Mar 23, 2010

Tell Me Your Fortune - Part VIII


The Ouija Board has been around since the time of the Roman Emperor Valens in the fourth century. It is also thought to have been used as a form of divination by the Greeks since before the time of Christ.

In 1891 a patent was granted to Elijah J Bond for the first modern Ouija Board. The following year the rights to the Ouija Board were purchased by William Fuld. In 1966 the Parker Brothers purchased the rights to the Ouija Board and shifted its manufacturing facilities to Salem, Massachusetts.

For the best results, you should make your own Ouija board. This is simple to do, all you need is a smooth table or board to work from and small pieces of paper to write on. The best layout is to place the word yes at the top and the word no at the bottom.

The letters of the alphabet are placed in a circle starting with the letter A next to the word yes and continuing around until the final letter Z ends up on the other side of the word yes. The numbers from one to nine should be placed at the bottom next to the no.

Any glass will do for the planchette , although a wine glass is the most effective. The responses you get from the Ouija Board will really depend on your attitude and commitment.

The Ouija Board usually requires a minimum of two people to operate it. The two people should sit opposite each other and place the tip of only one finger on the glass. The fingertip should only gently touch the glass.

Someone starts by asking a simple question, such as "is there a spirit present?" If there is no response the question should continued to be asked. The glass eventually moves and answers the question. Once you have your first answer, you can take turns asking simple questions and awaiting the answers.

Once you become experienced at the Ouija Board you will find the pace of responses coming from the glass will increase. In fact sometimes the glass will speed across the table at such great speeds it is almost impossible to keep up.


The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.

Aleister Crowley advocated the use of Ouija boards, and they played a major role in many of his magickal workings.

Poet James Merrill used a Ouija board for years, and even encouraged entrance of spirits into his body. He wrote the poem The Changing Light at Sandover with the help of a Ouija board. Before he died, he recommended people not to use the Ouija board.

Alice Cooper claims that an Ouija Board suggested that he was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch with the name Alice Cooper, which is why he uses that name.

1 comment:

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I've only ever seen them in those 'B' scary movies but now I know what to get my sister for her birthday. She'll love it for she truly is the oddest girl.