What is a Ouija Board, Its History, How it Works, Is it Dangerous?

Ouija Board, Its History, How it Works, And are They Dangerous?

What is a Ouija Board?

A Ouija board, also known as a spirit board or talking board, is board and pointer used for divination and by some as a means to contact spirits or entities. The name comes from the French and German words for "yes," oui and ja (ja is mispronounced with a hard "j"). Critics of the Ouija, who include authorities in most denominations and sects of Western Religion, say it is dangerous and a tool of the Devil. Advocates say that it, like other forms of divination, is a legitimate means to discover insight, wisdom, and self-truths and to communicate with discarnate beings.

History of Ouija Boards

One of the first mentions of the automatic writing method used in the Ouija board is found in China around 1100 AD, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as fuji, "planchette writing". The use of planchette writing as an ostensible means of contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School of Mystic Taoism, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang, the teachings of Taoism and their masters, are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. Similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been widely practiced in ancient India, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe.

Heightened interest in the world of spiritualism during the 19th century ultimately led to the creation of the Ouija board, a commercialized form of "talking board" often used by spiritualists and psychic mediums. Two business partners named Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard developed their own version of a spirit board, combining the French and German words for "yes". Thus, the Ouija board was born.

Although Bond and Kennard are credited with inventing the modern Ouija board, it was an employee named William Fuld who took over the commercial production of the official Ouija board. Fuld could not completely prevent competitors from marketing similar spirit boards, although the name Ouija was a recognized trademark. Fuld died in 1927, but his estate did not sell the manufacturing and trademark rights to the game company Parker Brothers until 1966. Although dozens of talking or spirit board games still exist, only Parker Brothers can, in legal terms, call their product a true Ouija board.

Precursors to the Ouija date back to ancient times. In China before the birth of Confucius (c. 551 BC), similar instruments were used to communicate with the dead. In Greece during the time of Pythagoras (c. 540 BC) divination was done with a table that moved on wheels to point to signs, which were interpreted as revelations from the "unseen world." The rolling table was used through the nineteenth century. Other such devices were used by the ancient Romans as early as the third century AD, and in the thirteenth century by the Mongols. Some Native Americans used "squdilatc boards" to find missing objects and persons, and obtain spiritual information. In 1853 the planchette came into use in Europe. It consisted of a triangular or heart-shaped platform on three legs, one of which was a pencil. The medium or user moved the device over paper to draw pictures and spell out messages.

Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I.

How Does a Ouija Board Work?

A Ouija board contains letters, numbers and common words such as "yes," "no," and "goodbye." Users hold a device known as a planchette and allow the spirit to move it around the board. Ouija boards are believed to allow spirits of the dead, usually a condemned soul or a demon, to communicate with the living. They are often considered to be communication gateways to those who have "passed over."

The board includes letters of the alphabet, numerals 0 through 9, the words "yes" and "no," and a heart-shaped pointer on three felt-tipped legs. One or two people place their fingertips on the pointer, which moves to answer questions. In some cases answers probably rise up from the subconsciousness of the users, even when "spirits" identify themselves and give messages. However, Ouija pointers have been known to fly off the board and spin out of control, as though being directed by unseen forces, and some users claim to be harassed by external agents contacted through the board.

The acquisition and use of a Ouija board has always been controversial, to say the least. Proponents of the Ouija board believe that the participants hands are guided by "benevolent" or "good" spirits. The Ouija board itself is only a medium between the spirit world and the players. Some Ouija board enthusiasts claim the board itself cannot be destroyed and should never be burned. The Bible, however, tells us to destroy and burn all occult material (Acts 19:18-19). After contacting a willing spirit, players make light contact with the planchette and allow it to move across the Ouija board. Individual letters and numbers are often dictated to a non-participant for later deciphering. Simple yes or no questions can be answered directly.

There is a strong religious objection to the Ouija board phenomenon. According to mainstream Christian thought, Satan disguise malevolent spirits as the supposed "harmless" spirit guides sought out by Ouija board users. In reality, there are no "harmless" spirit guides involved in the occult. Demons are spirit guides in disguise. Demons are liars and they often pretend to be good harmless spirits or ghosts in order to trick people into thinking they are friendly and harmless but they are not. In this way the demons get control over their lives. These evil spirits use the Ouija board as a means of possessing the user's thoughts or to cause personal harm. Prominent Ouija board critics have documented evidence of lives permanently altered following malevolent Ouija board sessions. One Ouija board legend warns against playing the game alone, while another suggests that the spirits must be approached in a specific way to avoid encountering evil imposters. Don't believe any of these legends that may encourage you to play the Ouija Board. Never touch the Ouija Board by your own or with others! Whether they be called "harmless" or "malevolent", Ouija Board is a portal inviting demons into your home, body and soul (See Ouija Board Stories or Testimonials below).

The Dangers of Ouija Boards

Although Ouija boards are marketed as a "toy", there are people, even occult practitioners themselves, who believe they can be harmful. Some critics include Edgar Cayce, who called them "dangerous." Some warn that "evil demons" pretend to be cooperative ghosts in order to trick users into becoming spiritually possessed.

What the Top Experts Say on the Ouija Board Phenomenon

Some practitioners believe to have had bad experiences related to the use of talking boards by being haunted by demons, seeing apparitions of spirits, and hearing voices after using them. A few paranormal researchers, such as John Zaffis, testifies that the majority of the worst cases of demon harassment and possession are caused by the use of Ouija boards. The American demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, stated that "Ouija boards are just as dangerous as drugs." They further state that "séances and Ouija boards and other occult paraphernalia are dangerous because 'evil spirits' often disguise themselves as your loved ones—and take over your life."

In 1944, occultist and top ranking Freemason Manly P. Hall, the founder of the Philosophical Research Society and an early authority on the occult in the 20th century, stated in Horizon Magazine that, "during the last 20-25 years I have had considerable personal experience with persons who have complicated their lives through dabbling with the Ouija board. Out of every hundred such cases, at least 95 are worse off for the experience." He went on to say that, "I know of broken homes, estranged families, and even suicides that can be traced directly to this source."

As early as 1924, Harry Houdini wrote that five people from Carrito, California were driven insane by using a board. That same year, Dr. Carl Wickland in his book stated that "the serious problem of alienation and mental derangement attending ignorant psychic experiments was first brought to my attention by cases of several persons whose seemingly harmless experiences with automatic writing and the Ouija board resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated."

The former medical director of the State Insane Asylum of New Jersey, Dr. Curry, stated that the Ouija board was a "dangerous factor" in unbalancing the mind and believed that if their popularity persisted insane asylums would be filled with people who used them.

Decades later, in 1965, parapsychologist Martin Ebon in his book Satan Trap: Dangers of the Occult, states that "it all may start harmlessly enough, perhaps with a Ouija board," which will, "bring startling information... establishing credibility or identifying itself as someone who is dead. It is common that people... as having been 'chosen' for a special task." He continues, "Quite often the Ouija turns vulgar, abusive or threatening. It grows demanding and hostile, and sitters may find themselves using the board compulsively, as if 'possessed' by a spirit, or hearing voices that control or command them."

In her 1971 autobiography, the psychic Susy Smith said, "Warn people away from Ouija and automatic writing. I experienced many of the worst problems of such involvement. Had I been forewarned by reading that such efforts might cause one to run the risk of being mentally disturbed, I might have been more wary."

The late Vatican II Roman priest Malachi Martin believed talking boards are dangerous and claimed that by using these devices a person opens themselves to demonic oppression or possession, topics upon which Martin spoke and wrote extensively for many years.

The Famous Roland Doe Case

In a famous case, in January of 1949, a thirteen-year-old Lutheran boy, Roland Doe (also known as Robbie Mannheim), living in Cottage City, Maryland became involved in satanic possession after trying to contact his deceased aunt (with whom he had been very close) via an Ouija board. Shortly afterwards, his home became the scene of many alarming events, including sound of squeaky and marching feet as well as other unexplained noises, rearranged furniture, and flying objects. Nine priests and thirty-nine other witnesses attested to these paranormal phenomenon and signed the final ecclesiastical papers documenting Mannheim's experience. The boy was examined by both medical and psychiatric doctors, who could offer no explanation for these disturbing events taking place. The frightened family turned to their Lutheran "clergyman", "Rev." Luther Miles Schulze, for help.

Schulze arranged for the boy to spend the night of February 17 in his home in order to observe him. The boy slept near the minister in a twin bed and the minister reported that in the dark he heard vibrating sounds from the bed and scratching sounds on the wall. During the rest of the night he witnessed some strange events, a heavy armchair in which the boy sat seemingly tilted on its own and tipped over and a pallet of blankets on which the sleeping boy lay inexplicably moved around the room and slapped people in the face.

Schulze concluded that there was evil at work in the teen and he referred the case to Rev. Edward Hughes, a Catholic priest, who conducted an exorcism on the boy. During the exorcism, the boy inflicted a wound upon the pastor that required stitches. In subsequent exorcisms on the boy performed by Rev. William Bowdern, assisted by Rev. Walter Halloran and Rev. William Van Roo, his aversion to anything sacred, a shaking bed, flying objects, and Roland speaking in a guttural voice was observed. They eventually succeeded in driving out the demon from the child when the child finally uttered "Christus, Domini [Christ, the Lord]."

The exorcism ritual was performed thirty times overall during several weeks. Fr. Halloran stated that during this scene words such as "evil" and "hell", along with other various marks, appeared on the teenager's body. Moreover, Roland broke Fr. Halloran's nose during the process. When the final exorcism was complete witnesses reported loud noise going off throughout the hospital (the exorcism was performed in the psychiatric wing).

The events reported in the media of the time and the subsequent supernatural events surrounding those events went on to inspire the 1971 novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty and the famous 1973 film adaptation with the same name, as well as Thomas B. Allen's 1993 historical account Possessed, a second edition of it in 1999, and the 2000 film by the same name, based on Allen's book.

Ouija Board Stories

Often times, many violent, negative and potentially dangerous conditions are present to those using the Ouija board. Several spirits will attempt to come through at the same time but the real danger lies when you ask for physical proof of their existence. You might say, "Well, if you're really a spirit, then put out this light or move that object!" What you have just done is simple, you have "opened a doorway" and allowed them to enter into the physical world and future problems can and often do arise.

I believe the following cases are true examples of what could happen to those who continue to use the Ouija board!

Ouija Board's Evil Spell Still Lives in Our House

(National Examiner, 31-7-87 by Robert Stamper)

I invited a foul horror into my house with a Ouija board. My brother and I got no results when we started to use the psychic device, but suddenly the message indicator mysteriously began to move. The first thing the board told us was that the message was being sent by Seth. Then I made the tragic mistake of telling the board to prove it was real by doing something supernatural. The results were startling and scary. The board told us that the grandfather of one of my best friends would die in a week. The chandelier in the room began to shake violently and the chimes rang like pieces of metal being smashed together. The room became as cold as ice and we were shivering, though the thermometer read 70 degrees. The horrible stench of death filled the room and we couldn't stop gagging and coughing.

Suddenly, the noises stopped and the room was as quiet as a cemetery in the middle of the night. My brother and I looked at each other in terror. We opened the windows to get rid of the stink or rotting flesh and told each other we'd forget the whole thing. But a week later the grandfather of one of my best friends died just as the board has predicted! And from time to time the chandelier would rattle, the room freeze and that awful smell return. I couldn't take it any more. I threw the board away and told my mother about the experience. She told me that once you tamper with a Ouija board, its evil spell will remain forever. And to this day, those terrifying tremors shake the house and the stench of death fills the room.

Ouija Board Summons Demons

(The Sun, 12-9-86)

A simple Ouija board became a passport to Hell for a family that accidentally summoned a demon into their living room. [Editors note: There are no "accidents" when playing with the occult; all spirits are demons, some might be more violent than others though.] "I thought it might have been the Devil himself," says John Ravens, father of the tormented family. "When it was over, we were all bleeding and had severe burn marks. Our living room was a disaster area."

"It was supposed to be a joke," says Gloria, the girl's mother. "We were going to make believe we were talking with the spirit world."

Little Lynda, her nine-year-old brother Ronald, and their parents gathered around the board for what they thought was going to be an evening of fun at their home in a Toronto, Canada suburb. "We were just playing around with it when suddenly the planchette that spells out answers began moving by itself," says John. "We were all scared, but then I thought maybe one of the kids was up to tricks. We started asking questions, and this spirit began speaking to us. "Then it asked if it could visit with us. By this time, I was sure someone was playing a joke, and I said yes," he adds.

That's when the nightmare began. "The demon appeared within seconds," says John. "It spun around the room overhead, laughing and cursing at us. "It was surrounded by a ring of fire and the room became so hot, it was like an inferno from Hell." The family describes the demon as red and black with scaly skin and horns. It also had giant bat wings. "Then it suddenly swooped down and attacked us," recalls John, horror flickering over his features. "It started biting each of us on the face and arms. "We tried getting up and running for the door, but every time we did, the creature started clawing us. It was so fast, we couldn't escape from it."

Lynda and brother Ronald were picked up repeatedly and hurled across the room. As they lay helplessly on the floor, the creature pounded on their chests and heads. "It had hooves that dug into my children's faces and skin, marking them badly," says Gloria. The attack lasted for more than an hour before the horrifying demon vanished as quickly as it first appeared. The children were screaming and crying as John pulled them out of the house and drove to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for cuts and burns.

Demons Use Ouija Board As Gateway To Take Over Soul

(The Sun, 22-8-84 by Lewis Clifford)

Terrifying demons freed from other dimensions are preying on helpless human victims. And the gateway used by the grotesque monsters is being kept open by innocent toying with Ouija boards and other tools of the occult, top medical and religious experts caution.

"They are vile creatures of the night," warned Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, of the Pan American Institute of Health. "They exist. They can possess the bodies of their victims and cause normally gentle, nonviolent people to commit outrageous crimes. They can assume other forms some quite ghastly.

"And they are among us in many instances solely because of these sinister toys called Ouija boards." Gonzalez, a psychiatrist and parapsychologist, claims he has found demonic links to several cases of cattle mutilation and human vampirism in Central America.

Says the Rev. Morris Cerullo, president of World Evangelism and author of The Black Side Of Satan, Creation House, Carol Stream, Illinois, 1973. "Many people have related to me weird tales of answers given by the Ouija board. This and other occult games may seem intriguing, but the implications are serious and not to be tampered with. They can lead to dangerous waters indeed.

"Use of a Ouija has even led to violence and even to murder..." Dr. Marta Prohazka of Fairfax, Virginia, is also convinced that spirits can play terrifying destructive games with human behavior. During her practice as psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, she realized that many patients she had considered "hallucinating paranoid schizophrenics" might instead merely be in touch with something invisible to her but visible to them." I came to understand that another plane, or dimension or existence interrelated with our plane or visible manifestation," she said. "By training and expanding consciousness, some individuals gain entrance into that invisible dimension. It seems to some like a window into heaven.

"I also learned that contact with the other dimension can be dangerous, especially if a psychically sensitive person loses his emotional harmony. The window into heaven can then become a window into Hell." [Editors note: There are only windows to Hell when playing with the occult; and that is true even if the experience appears "benign" and "good" because demons often feign themselves as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) in order to deceive those who have no love for the truth, and who unlawfully make use of evil ends when, according to them, they are searching for (what they believe is) "God" or "good". However, in reality, "God" and "good" can only be found through prayer and good desire/will alone. Not through the occult or false apparitions.]

Millions of the plastic oracles are in use in American households, nevertheless. And the eerie messages from beyond they have spelled out have been credited or blamed for marriages, divorces, sickness, misery, mystery or murder. Psychic and medium Anne Rose told the Sun: "Horrible demons have definitely been released by the Ouija board.

"The Ouija board is a vehicle which makes it easy for negative spirits and demonic forces to enter this plane of existence." The Merrillville, Indiana clairvoyant cautioned that evil spirits or demonic forces often gain the trust of people experimenting with Ouija boards by answering several questions truthfully and providing predictions. "Once they have gained the trust of their victims, it is easy for the entity to move in and take over either by strongly influencing that person, or by outright possession," she said.

The Ouija Board Spelled 'Join Me in Hell'

(A true testimony, Saturday, July 23, 2011)

The night of terror began with a few drinks.

"It was just another night out with our group of friends," Toni said. "We had all been drinking so we decided to go to our friend Brittny's house."

The idea of using a Ouija board had picked at Toni's mind for the past three days so, as the group of friends sat at Brittny's house, she brought it up.

"I had been wanting to play around with a Ouija board just for the hell of it," she said. "Since we were all drunk[1] and my older brother knew how to make a pretty nifty homemade Ouija board, we all thought it was a great idea."

The friends soon discovered it was not.

After an opening prayer, the friends began their Ouija session.

"We started off with me and my brother's hands on the triangle (planchette) we had cut out," Toni said. "We warmed it up by spinning it in a circle for about 40 seconds."

Once they stopped spinning the planchette, Toni's brother asked the first question.

"Is there any spirit with us now?"

Tense moments past and nothing happened. Toni's friend Taylor shouted something sarcastic and the planchette shot to the word "yes" on the top corner of the board.

"At first, I truly believed it was my older brother," Toni said. "I was wrong."

Very wrong.

Toni and her brother took turns with others in the room, and eventually the messages grew dark.

"We switched people maybe about eight times before it really started getting frightening," she said. "All together, we had let nine spirits into the room."

Messages from the board claimed the spirits of six women and three men were in the room. Then the questions began to flow, like, "Did any of you kill yourselves?"

They did.

"It answered with a 'three,'" Toni said. "We then asked them how. G for gunshot, H for hanging."

For the first answer, the planchette moved to X, but the next rested on H. Then something happened that pulled a blanket of fear over the group.

"We heard soft banging as if someone had just hung themselves and their feet were gently hitting the wall," Toni said. "We asked the spirit who had made the banging noise to speak. We asked him why he killed himself and he spelled out 'wife.'"

Had his wife been murdered?

"No."

How did she die?

"Devil."

"We asked if the devil made him do it and the triangle moved to 'Yes,'" Toni said. "We asked if he hated women and he spelt out 'all of them.'"

The room grew silently tense as the planchette skittered across the homemade board, broken only by heavy breaths and the occasional brave question.

"We asked if he wanted to harm any of the girls in the room and the triangle moved to 'yes,'" Toni said. "We asked how and he spelt out 'fire.'"

Then the planchette quickly moved from letter to letter, repeatedly spelling "maim."

"Then one of the candles we had fell to the floor and hot wax got on my leg," Toni said. "Or at least I thought it was hot wax. It turned out to be a pretty deep cut. I don't know where it came from."

Despite the injury, the friends kept playing.

"There were a few people in the room who were scared," Toni said. When asked, the Ouija board identified each one.

The last people to use the board were Toni's brother and Brittny. Facing each other, the two spun the planchette and began asking questions.

"I wasn't scared until the last session with the board," Toni said. "This time, we were dealing with a demonic spirit; an angry demonic spirit."

Toni's brother asked, "are you evil or good?"[2]

The board signified evil.

"We all laughed and my brother began asking more questions," Toni said.

Taylor screamed, "We needed to put it away and stop (messing) around with it."

The group, focused on the spinning planchette, ignored him.

"We asked the demonic spirit if it wanted to hurt anyone in the room," Toni said, and the planchette spelled "HAT." Taylor was the only one wearing a hat.

"My brother asked him to point the triangle at who he wanted to hurt and it went straight to Taylor," Toni said.

Taylor shot from his seat and screamed an expletive; then he moved to another part of the room. The point of the planchette followed him. The board spelled that Taylor was cursed.[3]

"We asked more questions but the answers were too confusing for us to understand," Toni said.

The next few answers weren't.

"The Ouija board spelt out my father's name," Toni said. "This part made my heart stop because my dad truly is a (messed) up being."

Toni's brother asked why the board was interested in their father.

"It slowly spelt out 'deal with devil,'" Toni said. "My brother asked to be more specific and it spelt out 'no work.'"

Their father is technically disabled and "gets free meds and money from the government."[4]

Then the planchette started spinning, resting briefly on the board's roughly written letters.

J. O. I. N. M. E. I. N. H. E. L. L. P. A. D. …

"My brother flipped the board before it could finish spelling our last name," Toni said.

Toni's brother and Brittny released the board, and destroyed it, along with the paper they used to write the messages. Then they burned the remains.

"After that night, I will not touch a Ouija board," Toni said. "I now know how serious the Ouija board is."

[Editors notes:]

[1] [Drunkenness is of course unlawful to do and a mortal sin (1 Corinthians 6:10). Not many people know this, but demons always have easier access to possess and influence people committing (and living in) mortal sin.]

[2] [All spirits involved in the occult are always evil. No exceptions. There are no such thing an a "good" spirit involved with the occult. Even if the apparition appears "good" or as an "angel of light" you can know for a certainty that it is demonic in nature (2 Corinthians 11:14) and that it has as intention to harm you and murder your soul in Hell for all eternity.]

[3] [A person can only be cursed through living in mortal sin. A demon may also lie or accuse holy and good people of being cursed by them, but in reality, such curses have no effect. The only real curse is mortal sin. For when a person lives in mortal sin, he or she opens up his soul to demonic infestations and realities. Please, consult the following file to learn if you are living in some mortal sin that you haven't yet wished to break free from: Important Spiritual Information You Must Know About to be Saved.]

[4] [There is no sin in living on welfare or being disabled and unable to work[5] as long as one has a just cause for doing so. But if one has lied or made false claims, or made a deal with the devil (literally), however, to achieve this end, that is another story. Drug abuse also invites demons into one's soul.]

[5] [One always have an obligation to work out one's own and other peoples salvation, of course. If one doesn't do this (work out one's salvation) one is already in the control of the devil.]

A Letter From a Reader

Just was doing some work on your site and I wanted to share something with you and maybe you can help me. I am very sensitive about this. I went through your site and you had a warning about the Ouija board and I have had a bad experience when I was 19 years old and I am still haunted by this. I am 49 now.

My Mom, got involved with the board when I went away for about a month. You see I was the fourth child and kind of the loner. I was the one that went to church and had a strong belief in God. When I got back from being away everyone but my mom greeted me outside and all were very upset and hurt. They tried to tell me before I greeted my mom, but when I saw how she looked and how she came up to me, this was not my mom. This woman was a stranger to me.

I went up to my room, and very tired from the trip, I laid on my bed and fell to sleep. When I got this feeling that I was being watched, I opened my eyes and staring down at me was my mom. She was smoking in my room which she never done before and she just gave me this look, that frightened me...

That night I heard a party going on downstairs. I looked at the clock and it was one in the morning so I got up and went downstairs, peaked around the corner and the plastic piece on the board was going by itself and several different voices of men and women were coming out of my mom. My mom could not get by a minute without asking this board what to do first.

I think what bothered me the most is my dad would not do anything about it, or my older sister and brothers. One afternoon I came home and it was so bad that I fought with her and I went out and burned it...

My mom bought another board and lived with it until she died in 1996. My dad went to the place that she had stored it, but it was not there.

My mom and I worked things out and she seemed to get better, but she would not give up the board. She left me this haunting and I have to live with this. I have lived all my life with spirits and ghosts and they don't bother me. But the board I don't like it. I know first-hand how it can take over people's lives and you are right to say it is a door-way for things to come through. I am still working through this and if any of your readers want to know first-hand, you can share this with them.

Thank you! Pam Frost

What Does the Bible Say About Ouija Board?

The Bible has a few things to say about engaging in activities of this nature:

Leviticus 19:31: "Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God."

Deuteronomy 18:10-12: "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD."

Isaiah 8:19: "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?"

Galatians 5:19-20: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

"Playing" with a Ouija board is engaging in occultism. Such activity is clearly forbidden by God. No matter how innocent it may seem, playing with Ouija boards will open up a portal for demons to invade our hearts and minds. All demonic activity is under the control of Satan, whom St. Peter describes in no uncertain terms: "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (2 Peter 5:8). The scriptural example for dealing with items that pertain to the occult (books, music, jewelry, occult games, and other occult objects) is to confess involvement with them as sin and burn the items—safely, of course (Acts 19:18-19).

Many people find some truth in the predictions of the occult, while others assert that it simply doesn't work. Sometimes, the occult can truly seem to be speaking right to you, exactly pertaining to your life. You must realize however that it is just one of many tools used by Satan to keep you from relying on God and the things of God.

God is a jealous God. He wants our affection and trust to be placed only in Him. He will reveal His plans for us in His timing. He is greatly offended when we turn to things like the Ouija boards, séances, or signs rather than to Him. Proverbs 3:5-8 perfectly explains what the Lord wants from us. "Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones."

Conclusion

We strongly warn all people against using Ouija boards or any means of spirit communication including, séances, automatic writing, tarot, astrology etc. This is not a parlor game nor is it something for anyone to experiment with as there are many dangers involved, including demonic possession, death, and Hell!

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