The Ouija Board

What is a Ouija Board?

Ouija boards are a popular spiritual tool that is used to communicate with spirits. They are also known as spirit boards, witch boards, or talking boards.

Ouija boards are made up of a flat board with letters, numbers, and symbols printed on it, as well as a planchette, which is a small triangular piece that is used to move around the board.

History of the Ouija Board

The history of Ouija boards is somewhat mysterious. Its first historical mentions come from 1100 AD in China, Shortly after the American Civil War, “Ouija” was named and created as part of the spiritualist movement that took place at this time.

From there, William Fuld pushed the board into production a little over a decade later – around 1901. Fuld eventually popularlized the modern etymology as Ouija as being a combination of the French (“Oui”) and German (“Ja”) words for “yes.”

Regardless of its origins, the Ouija board quickly became popular and has been used by people of all ages for centuries. The purpose of the Ouija board is to allow people to communicate with spirits.

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Using a Ouija Board

Using a Ouija board can be a fun and different way to connect with the other side. Safe and effective use can be an important part to using a Ouija Board.

How to Use a Ouija Board

Dim the room and light a candle. The candle will aid the spirit in finding its way to your session. Make sure you are in a calm and clear state of mind before using the Ouija board and be sure to keep all distractions at bay.

Sit around a table with the Ouija board in the middle, and place your fingers lightly on the planchette, move it yourself so you can distinguish the difference between it being moved by someone versus a spirit. It is best not to use your palm, as this can make it difficult for the planchette to move.

Ask your questions clearly and concisely, and allow the planchette to move.

If you feel uncomfortable or scared while using the Ouija board, stop immediately. This is not a game, and should be taken seriously.


When using a Ouija board, it is important to be aware of the risks involved. Some things to avoid include:

  • Do not use the Ouija board if you are feeling emotionally unstable or vulnerable.
  • Do not use the Ouija board if you are trying to contact a malicious spirit.
  • Do not allow children to use the Ouija board.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs while using the Ouija board.

It is important to be respectful of the process and take precautions to ensure your safety.

To learn about different tools and items used in spiritual practices, check out the various articles on the Tools & Items page.


The Ouija board is a popular spiritual tool that is used to communicate with spirits. People have been using Ouija boards for centuries to talk to the dead, and there is some controversy around whether or not they are safe to use.

Today, Ouija boards are still used by people of all ages for spiritual purposes. The purpose of the Ouija board is to allow people to communicate with spirits.

Some people believe that Ouija boards can be dangerous and allow evil spirits to enter your home, while others believe that they can be helpful in communicating with deceased loved ones. Ultimately, whether or not you choose to use a Ouija board is up to you.