Ouija Board Questions

linesmachine

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In my continuing efforts to experience anything (even slightly Fortean) my friend and I are entering the world of Ouija boards. This is not something I have ever really dabbled in and I could really appreciate any advice that's forthcoming. Could anyone recommend a specific board type? Should i be getting the classic Fuld design by Waddingtons or does it really not matter? Are there any preperations that I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance for any (non pxss taking!) responses.
 

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We have threads on this. The concensus is that ouija-users end up as gibbering wrecks. Go for it! :D
 

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linesmachine said:
In my continuing efforts to experience anything (even slightly Fortean) my friend and I are entering the world of Ouija boards.

To experience Fortean incidents, either find a way to raise your unconscious and subconscious, or failing that, tragically misperceive normality or as a last ditch resort, lower your expectations.
 

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jimv1 said:
linesmachine said:
In my continuing efforts to experience anything (even slightly Fortean) my friend and I are entering the world of Ouija boards.

To experience Fortean incidents, either find a way to raise your unconscious and subconscious, or failing that, tragically misperceive normality or as a last ditch resort, lower your expectations.

Or install Photoshop.

But, seriously, be prepared to meet your darkside: ain't usually pretty.
 

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I'm going to check out those links when it's not past midnight - too creepy!

The few people i've known that tried ouija imo ended up pretty freaked from unintentionally pranking themselves, but also a lot of the stories had some other odd element to them that was disquieting, one involved a key in someone's pocket that ended up on a glass tabletop without any of them seeing or hearing it get put down.
 

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Ooer, that video froze just as they started to use the Ouija board. :shock:
 

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I'm sure it was all rooted in the mind, but at Uni I stayed in an old Victorian three storey townhouse that had a lovely friendly atmosphere. Never worried about staying there on my own, despite the landlady telling us a few tales.

One night I had been out and came in late to see my landlady's light on, her room was next to mine, and so stuck my head round to say goodnight. She looked white as a sheet and went on to explain that her and one of my other housemates had had a few drinks and made a ouija board.

Evidently it had come up with some pretty nasty and vindictive stuff towards my housemate that had clearly shocked her as well. She was a teacher at a decent school and I think has gone on to be a head since, and was a generally lovely person, so not someone you'd expect to play a cruel prank.

It could well have been an act, could have been her manipulating the letters but she honestly looked perturbed, and as I say I do not think she would have done that to my housemate either.

As noted, this part was probably all in my mind, but the house just seemed to have an oppressive and evil feel to it and I think I lasted about 10 minutes in bed before I got up and went over to stay at my girlfriend of the times flat.

:shock:

I generally am quite sceptic, but as a rule would not like to take the risk of being proven wrong by one of these things.
 

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I only ever tried it once but wouldn't again. It was when I was much younger and pregnant with my first. I went next door with 3 of the other neighbours and didn't really believe in it, but wondered if I could concentrate and make it spell Gavin as that's what we had chosen if I had a boy.
There was just a classic board with letters and yes and no and we used a glass. I could feel like an electric shock when we all touched it and the siamese cat began wailing and running around the room .
I really tried to influence it but I couldn't and then it spelled out Karen which we had chosen if it was a girl. After that it was just gibberish.
That night I woke to feel like something was pressing on my chest and that was enough to decide not to try it again.
The neighbours apparently continued with it but had some very negative experiences so I heard later. Don't know if it had anything to do with it but all their marriages later broke up.
 

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There must be people who have done it and nothing happened or there was no negative vibe, but that is all that ever seems to come from them it seems.

Whether that is supernatural or a mental effect is another matter, but nobody ever seems to have tales of doing a ouija board and then feeling great and winning on a scratchcard the next day etc...
 

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I should have one around here somewhere. In elementary and middle school I played with the ouija many times without any repercussions. Mostly we got gibberish, which the mother of a friend of mine could make into some kind of sense using anagrams, but even at 11 I thought that was pushing it.

The only time it upset me was the time I was working it with my brother and he asked "Who does Peni 'like'?" and it spelled out the name of the boy who bullied me. Sort of; it spelled the last name wrong. My brother wouldn't cop to consciously pushing it, but did confess to mentally repeating the name constantly during the process. I believed him partly because it was the sort of thing he did and partly because my brother couldn't spell worth a dang. And partly because I really, really hated this guy (with good reason). Possibly one reason I never got spooked by it was that I had this early experience to assure me that, however it worked, it was reacting to the people at the board, not to invisible entities.

As I got older people would tell me their spooky stories and warn me that ouija was "of the devil." But then, I did live in the land of the Fundamentalist Calvinist! And their arguments always had glaring logic flaws. Like, the kid who told me the ouija told his big sister she'd be in a car crash, and then she was, blamed the ouija for the car crash instead of crediting it with foresight, and thought I was an idiot for suggesting that a benevolent desire to warn her so she wouldn't have the crash was also a logical possibility.
 

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Here's a genuine Ouija warning! Shocked

lol and i postponed looking at that until this morning in case it was spooky. :lol:

thanks. it can go with my collection of wanking emoticons. :hello:
 

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Ouija board questions-the Kenny Everet connection

I recently heard a true story relating to, and as a warning against using the ouija board.Before he died, the late comedian Kenny Everet was "playing with" the ouija board with some friends.Whilst using it,one of his friends was contacted by the spirit of a woman who only identified herself by her initials,which happened to be the same initials as his girlfriend.On further questioning,the spirit was asked when she had died.She replied "noon today".Which rather shocked the ouija board practictioners.She then told them she had died in a car crash and gave her name,which totaly shocked Everet`s friend because that was the same name as his girlfriend`s. She then said,on being asked where she was,"in a mortuary" in a certain named hospital.By this time,the boyfriend was highly agitated and said"if this is some kind of joke it is in very poor taste".So he rang the mortuary and was told,yes,this person`s body was indeed in the mortuary.The last message from the spirit was "join me". Advice:STOP USING THE OUIJA BOARD NOW PLEASE.
 

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Re: Ouija board questions-the Kenny Everet connection

Dickydevo said:
I recently heard a true story relating to, and as a warning against using the ouija board.Before he died, the late comedian Kenny Everet was "playing with" the ouija board with some friends.Whilst using it,one of his friends was contacted by the spirit of a woman who only identified herself by her initials,which happened to be the same initials as his girlfriend.On further questioning,the spirit was asked when she had died.She replied "noon today".Which rather shocked the ouija board practictioners.She then told them she had died in a car crash and gave her name,which totaly shocked Everet`s friend because that was the same name as his girlfriend`s. She then said,on being asked where she was,"in a mortuary" in a certain named hospital.By this time,the boyfriend was highly agitated and said"if this is some kind of joke it is in very poor taste".So he rang the mortuary and was told,yes,this person`s body was indeed in the mortuary.The last message from the spirit was "join me". Advice:STOP USING THE OUIJA BOARD NOW PLEASE.

That is actually very creepy, sent a shiver down my spine.

All the more so because it is a 'true story'... :shock: :lol:
 

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It is scary as anything ,but is their any evidence? It sounds more like an urban legend.
 

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Everett was also a devout catholic, so you'd think he wouldn;t hold with stuff like ouija.

Not that being catholic ever stopped him doing anything else he wanted to though. Everything about him was some strange kind of surprise. :lol:
 

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The ouija board is one of those great things that many sceptics say "its all crap but I'm not taking any chances". My infant and junior school was a convent school and as much as I'd like to think that I'm open minded I would go near one.
 

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BlackRiverFalls said:
Everett was also a devout catholic, so you'd think he wouldn;t hold with stuff like ouija.

Not that being catholic ever stopped him doing anything else he wanted to though. Everything about him was some strange kind of surprise. :lol:

Everett's wife was a psychic, she wrote books on spooky celeb encounters, so it's not entirely unlikely he'd dabble with the ouija.
 

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But doesn't any person with a strong religious affiliation have some belief in the supernatural? I don't see a conflict with Catholicism and other paranormal enquiries. Then again, I wouldn't play with a Ouija. No Sireeee!
 

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Firstly I truly want to thank everyone for their responses, however bonkers. I didn't expect this thread to gain much interest as my usual topics of 'I'm now trying THIS particular Fortean activity' are often ignored.

I'm in the process of buying a board from an antique dealer, although only for £20 so it's hardly like I'm forking out. By atleast it's an old, supposedly haunted board. So that should increase the likelihood of activity.

My friend and I are going camping in a specificly spiritual place, I'd rather not say where right now becuase it's not tchnically allowed. Suffice to say it's a major UK paranormal destination!

I now need some advice about how to use the board. This question might sound stupid but i understand the principal, i just don't know any of the detail. Are certain prayer type chants required? Do i really need to say goodbye to the spirits etc? Any suggestions would be awesome, and really useful as the camping trip is only a few weeks away.
 

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Hi there,

I am sure I introduced myself somewhere a while ago, however ill health has kept me away from the boards of late. I hope you don't mind me putting in my two penneth worth with regards this subject.

I find that doing ANY form of spirit work is aided by asking for guidance from our gaurdians, ancestors, teachers etc. Ouija board work is just the same as any other form of spirit contact in the sense that you cannot guarantee what/whom you are bringing through. Due to this, I always choose to ask for protection for myself, any other participants and for the space in which we are working.

During the time we are connected with spirit or any energy form, I always like to treat them with utmost respect - just as I would with anyone in this realm. I always give thanks for the energy/information they have given to me and wish for them to always be surrounded in positive light.

I close down by thanking guardians an guides etc for their presence and protection during the communication just completed and I ask that they clear my aura, the auras of the other participants and that of the space in which we are and fill our auras with positive energy only. Again I thank them for doing this.

I will say that you trust 100% the people that you are working with, that alcohol or any form of drugs are not involved, that the people you may work with are not currently unwell or suffer depression/bipolar etc. I will also say that you bring a halt to proceedings should anyone feel greatly uncomfortable/fearful/or have negative feelings/anger/the urge to harm themselves or someone else etc. I say this as the way people feel can effect the others around the board and false readings will occur.

Take everything slowly and make sure you open and close down properly, use protection and everything should work out fine. Good luck :)


If you find this of use and need some simple words to use, then please message me and I will write the words I use for spiritual work.
 

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Limes, don't put yourself down, I for one always look forward to your 'paranormal adventure' threads. :)

Mostly because, as you always let us know what your're aiming for, we wait to see if it happened. Because if you can do it, I can do it. So if you do, do it, it's a kind of trusted source. Even though we don't know who you are. Or your credentials. Or have any other good reason to trust you.

Anyho...before I turn you into a goofy geek, my experience of ouija.

Well, Me, me wiffee of the moment, and a mate were chatting one night, as it happens, in and about the house I thought was haunted, but had just suffered an earthquake, as retold on the 'it never happened to me' thread. (or some where similar) We had established that there were no spooky going ons in the house by then, but we had watched some freaky horror film, that featured a Ouija. Can't remember the film, sorry. We were chatting about trying a Ouija, and if it was in the mind or, dum, dum, dum, something else. My ex suggested that if there was anything in it, we should be able to make our own Ouija as, obviously, someone had made the first one ever for themselves.

So we used the back of a dart board.

Well, we did all the spooky things you could think of to set the atmosphere, whilst XXX wrote the alphabet on the board, we had candles, incense, a pair of black cats (real ones!), bit of Portishead in the background.

We called the spirits. Something along the lines of 'Oh spirits, please hear us, we implore your council'. Then the cats started to spit. The glass we were using on the board started to jerk. A candle fluttered out.

Well, we should have made sure that the tea lights were all newish. And the back of the dart board was made of very chippy wood. And the cats hated each other.

But...at the time, it freaked the hell out of my mate. She was supposed to stay the night, but we had to spark her the cab fair home. (One side of Leeds to the other was a twenty five quid fair in those days, hate to think what it would be now!) Me n XXX tried to calm her down, mostly as coughing up the cab fair was an issue for all of us. But she never visited us in that house again, and is still reluctant to talk about it. It could be down to shame for being a wuss.


but... [insert your own spooky emoted]
 

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Yup, I too like reading about your paranormal adventures. However, I find that teh spookiness tends to happen when I least expect it so setting myself up for it probably wouldn't help.

Anyway, as I say, we have several threads on Ouija-type subjects so why not have a look on there? Plenty of personal accounts there from FTMB posters, including myself, particularly the scary story of the demon-thing that was left behind when Techy and his mates fooled about with the Ouija. Brrr.
 

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Yep, good luck with your paranormal trip. I'm another who enjoys reading about them. :D
 

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I would say proceed with extreme care. The advice given by Wopppittess does seem very sound.

when I was little 2 couples (about the same age as my parents) in our road got together over an ouija board - this was the late 60's. My Mum has only said a few things about this that I know about, and she was not there. Of the 2 couples who were there both went on to divorce, the daughter of one couple developed epilepsy soon after. A son and the daughter of the other couple have both had serious mental health issues all their adult lives. There was one other person there, a teenage boy who'se parents were not there. Apparently he was thrown by some unseen force from one room (presumably the room where it was taking place) into another. He was killed in a car crash the same year.
So although the fortean & unknown interest & fascinate me, I have grown up with the thought that Ouija = bad and would never have a go myself or encourage anyone else to.
I do realise of couse that divorce is common and so is mental health problems.
But if it is true about the lad being thrown like that , it is enough to put me off :shock:
 

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Again, thanks for all the support and kind words regarding my (100% unsuccessfull) attempts to witness the paranormal. It's nice to know some people are interested, even if nothing has happened in the 5 years I've been doing this. I'm starting to wonder how long one continues before asserting to themselves that they have done their best and it's all just bull crap. At the moment I'm totally happy to find myself under the stars in stunning locations with good company and a tidy campfire, regardless of the the lack of paranormal activity.

Anyway, onto the subject in hand. I have indeed searched ta' forums for ouija info, but (and I'll say this at risk of offending some people) a good whack of it does indeed stink of anecdote, as Titch suggested earlier. However, there are also a good number of posts that sound quite reliable and have a very human sound to the descriptions, rather than reading like a fictional account by a wannabe novelist.

I am torn over the Ouija board, hence my interest. I'll come clean now and state that I don't believe in it's abilities, but I cannot ignore the number of people who report paranormal experiences when using them.

@wopppittess: I truly would appreciate any suggestions that you recommend. I'm building up a small library or "Ouija user manual" with some different techniques.
 

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As an example of how unwise it can be to try to set up paranormal incidents, you might have a look at the EVP threads. We tried recording EVP and scared ourselves silly with the resulting sounds. I was all for sleeping in the car. :shock:

We had of course turned up the recording levels to the limit and thus had actually recorded the dog trying to chew a hole in the back gate. :oops:
 

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escargot1 said:
As an example of how unwise it can be to try to set up paranormal incidents, you might have a look at the EVP threads. We tried recording EVP and scared ourselves silly with the resulting sounds. I was all for sleeping in the car. :shock:

We had of course turned up the recording levels to the limit and thus had actually recorded the dog trying to chew a hole in the back gate. :oops:

Lol! You are of course totally correct though, there is nothing scientific about what I'm doing, and I'm clearly forcing situations and mind sets to achieve desired results. The fact nothing has been experienced should prove something but as yet i'm unsure what!
 

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Sometimes it's less trouble to just wait for something to happen or not rather than trying to force it. The universe is bound to cock the fuck with you gun sooner or later.
 
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