“Better safe than sorry” is a good philosophy to have in most situations that could turn dangerous or at least of questionable safety. Would Ouija boards fall into either of these descriptions? Those who fear them generally define ‘safe’ as ‘stay as far away as possible’. However, that often changes when they’re at a party, the drinks are flowing and peer pressure is pressing. For those circumstances and other occasions of Ouija board usage, Ansh Srivastava at Infinity Explorers has provided a detailed guide to ‘safe’ Ouija board use. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones and some that are not obvious but equally crucial. Non-believers may want to check them out too … it’s a good primer on the fascination with the mysterious Ouija board.
Find the right place to use the Ouija board
Srivastava first tip goes contrary to every Ouija board party – don’t use it at home. He recommends finding a place filled with positive vibes and/or happy memories. He suggests outdoors in areas with few distractions. Avoid a home because any evil spirit the board might conjure up could stay and occupy it – that makes sense. And, as much fun as it might sound, he strongly suggests not using a Ouija board in a cemetery. Burning candles will help cleanse the area of usage, but he also suggests cleansing the Ouija board itself with sage or incense.
Set the right mood
This tip goes contrary to what most non-party users turn to a Oujia board for – to get answers to what is bothering them. He warns not to use it when one is in a bad mood or sick, and never when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Srivastava suggests taking a bath in soothing herbs or salts for both mood adjustment and cleansing. This seems like a lot of work and you haven’t even put the pointer on the board yet, but Srivastava wants you to be safe, not sorry.
Don’t use a Ouija Board alone
There’s safety in numbers, and Srivastava considers a safe number to be at least three people – one to ask questions and handle the pointer, one to place extra hands on the pointer and interestingly, one to record the session for review later. Participants should sit facing each other, with knees touching if possible, and hold the board on their laps – never on a table. Which user is responsible for calling the exorcist? He doesn’t say.
Be careful what you ask
Yes, this takes the fun out of Ouija as a party activity. Don’t annoy the spirit and don’t ask questions about death, God or religion. Be polite so you don’t upset it and thank it for the answers. Try to remain calm if the answers aren’t what you were expecting or they’re upsetting. Srivastava also points out that the pointer/spirit can lie – that’s quite a loophole for when answers or predictions turn up untrue.
Keep your eyes on the pointer
This is perhaps the most interesting and scary collection of tips and warnings. Srivastava says to watch for the pointer (planchette) to begin moving over the numbers in a descending order – the spirit can escape when it reaches 0 so the session needs to end before that. That’s why you need at least two people to watch and move the pointer to GOODBYE. The same advice is given if the pointer travels to each corner of the board, it starts to make figure eights, or it falls off of the board – an evil spirit has taken control of the board and the session should end by saying GOODBYE or flipping over the pointer. Finally, never leave a pointer on the board unattended and store it separately.
Recommendations for properly ending the Ouija session
No, passing out or running out of the room screaming aren’t on the list. End the session by moving the pointer to the word GOODBYE or flipping over the pointer, and put the board and pointer away in separate places.
Best times to use a Ouija board
Srivastava realizes the obvious – most people want to use their Ouija boards at the scariest possible times and places, so he’s OK with midnight or late evening, Halloween and the solstices.
Again, check out Infinity Explorers for more details on these Ouija board tips. This is not an endorsement nor a ban – just some useful information for believers and the curious.