A to Z Blog Post 2021 – Letter O – Ouija Board

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A to Z Blog Post 2021 – Letter O – Ouija Board

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It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Letter O …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter O

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OUIJA BOARD

Introduced in 1890, by Elijah Bond, as a harmless parlor game, the Ouija board has gained quite the negative reputation. It is a flat board, with numbers, letters, yes, no, sun, and moon, and good-bye, printed on it. A person/persons use a planchette to put their hands on, expecting the board to move the device around the board to spell out answers to the questions it’s been asked. Is this some sort of magic? Is it demonic? Is it just, as stated, a simple parlor game for kids?

I don’t know. Some people swear it is evil…that it opens a portal to the underworld and calls forth demons. Despite the warnings, the Ouija board game can still be purchased at toy stores today.

I had a Ouija board when I was a kid. Me and my friends played it all the time, with no ill effects. We’d ask silly questions…and it would move the planchette we had our hands on…and give us an answer. Most times it was right, and for a fact, we were not making it move. I don’t know how it works, but it does.

One question I asked it was, would I get a dog? It said yes. I asked when? It said January. (this was back in the fall). Sure enough, come January, I did get a puppy. I named him Dusty, and he was an awesome dog, who lived with us for many years.

Later on, my own kids were playing with a friend’s Ouija board, when they hollered, all excited, that they’d contacted a spirit called Seth. When I heard that, I made them stop, and told them the story I’d read about Seth.

It is written in a series of books, called “Seth Speaks”, by Jane Roberts. Her and her husband claimed they’d contacted the discarnate entity of Seth, and he was speaking through her. Her husband transcribed all she spoke, as Seth, and they wrote every dialog down in the book series. One of the main topics of the writings is, as Seth told them, that each individual creates their own reality.There is much, much more.

So, when the kids said they’d contacted Seth, I told them this and they put it away, never to play it again.

For more information on Ouija boards and the Seth books, go to…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Material

Thank you for reading!

18 responses »

  1. Fascinating! We NEVER had any contact with Ouija boards when I was growing up, they were portrayed as evil. Given my religious background that isn’t a surprise though. But we weren’t allowed to even think of messing with one due to the following story my mother told. When she was in college, she and three friends had one or got one somewhere. One of the girls in the group had lost her brother (it was the tail end of World War II) and asked the board to let him contact her. It was after midnight when they were doing all this. Suddenly there was a violent and loud pounding on the apartment door, and the knob was rattled and the door shook. Given that the college was a place with a strict curfew and was located in a very quiet small town (at the time), this convinced all the young women there that he had come back somehow. Nobody answered the door of course, and the board was discarded (I think they even burned it) and they all vowed never to mess with the supernatural ever again. I know that kind of scene would have scared any temptation out of me. There are more things here on earth than man understands or knows about in my opinion. I do believe, even if that’s naive. I ‘dabble’ with the Tarot though sometimes. If the vibe is bad though I do not touch those cards. I guess it comes down to perception.

    This is a GREAT post Barbara. Congratulations!

    • Thanks so much, Melanie! We never heard about them being dangerous when we were playing around with ours, but later on I read about them it was scary stuff. I can’t remember what ever happened to ours – maybe we sold it at a yard sale? I still see them for sale in the game aisles at the stores.
      Wow that was a scary thing to have happen, even if they were asking to be contacted. Who knows what caused the door to be pounded on at that exact time. Good thing they got rid of it just in case.
      I sure do believe there are strange things going on. Some may just scoff or blow it off as a fanciful imagination of others, but still, it’s nothing to be playing around with just in case. A friend sent me a deck of Tarot cards, but I never have learned anything about them.
      Glad you liked reading about this. … And I sure do like your lengthy comments anytime. 🙂

    • Thanks, Lauren! Same here. We had fun playing around with it asking silly questions. How it ‘knew’ the answers I don’t know, but I do know we weren’t moving the indicator thing. Pretty spooky. I wouldn’t use one now, though. 🙂

  2. I once knew a girl who claimed to be a witch. She told us what level. I don’t remember. Anyway after coming to a group on a Thursday night for prayer, she brought her ouija board and destroyed it. She obviously thought it was evil. That was a rare, scary, and victorious occasion. I think I wrote a blog about it. Maybe I will try to find it…. But, yes, there is a world of supernatural out there, most of which should be avoided.

    • Thanks, Oneta! I don’t know how the thing worked, but it did. Just a flat board and the indicator thing, but there’s something eerie about it, for sure. I’m glad your friend got rid of hers that time you mentioned. You’re right there are many things we don’t understand, and are best left alone. 🙂

    • Thanks, Paula! To us it was a fun game, but still it answered questions right, and we weren’t moving it ourselves. Very strange that a so called toy or whatever can be evil, but you never know what could really happen that would be bad to let loose. 🙂

    • Thanks, Janet! I’ve heard stories of the bad juju playing around with this board can bring to a person. I’d not take a chance now of maybe bringing something evil from it. 🙂

  3. Never played with one and never will. Even the Long Island Medium burned the one her daughter had brought home. I am very superstitious- except for black cats. 🙂 XO

    • Thanks, Ellen! The one we had was just a fun game to us … but … it was not moved by us, and it answered questions accurately. How it works I don’t know. I’d not mess with one any more since I heard how the can be for evil things. 🙂

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