Throughout history man has been obsessed with his mortality, fascinated by what lies beyond this life. The ouija board is probably the most famous tool used for communication with the “other side.” It is known as a spirit board or talking board, a flat board marked with letters, numbers, and other symbols. It has long been a popular method of attempting to contact the dead, and is probably the only product sold on a large scale for this particular purpose. It is a piece of compressed wood, sold at virtually all toy stores and occult supply and book stores. Many of its users regard this activity as simply a novelty for parties and other such gatherings, without fully realizing the potential dangers.
The Ouija board can and often does work. 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. But what many do not realize is that they are not contacting spirits of dead people, but actual demons – fallen angels. These are not NOT beings of a lower Astral worlds merely claiming to be angels, or famous people.
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. 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.
Precursors to the Ouija date back to ancient times. In China before the birth of Confucius (c. 551 B.C.), similar instruments were used to communicate with the dead. In Greece during the time of Pythagoras (c. 540 B.C.) 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 A.D., 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. (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience (NY: Harper San Francisco, 1991), pp. 418, 419).
Invention of the Ouija board
“The Ouija board was invented in America with a device called, a ‘planchette’ – meaning ‘little plank’. The board is almost heart shaped and the planchette moves around this. At the time of its making there were two castor’s underneath the planchette, which rotated once a pencil was placed at the tip. Annoyingly for the players, the messages were often difficult to comprehend and were very time consuming. Because of this, a whole host of different types of communication were being developed, but without much success at that time.
E.C Reich – a carpenter from the USA, then developed a lap top wooden board. He carved out the alphabet in a curve around the top of the board and then created another straight line underneath, with the numerals o-9 engraved. Reiche etched the words ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ in each bottom corner. He then replaced the pencil with an extra coaster, which gave the board more definition to the bottom of the heart shape. This then acted as the pointer as the planchette moved to each letter. (NB: some boards nowadays have the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ at the top)
The plancehtette’s ease of movement and communication resulted in a major breakthrough with spiritual contact. Great potential was envisaged for this product when Reiche then sold his business to two of his friends called, Charles Kennard and William Maupin, who began marketing the Ouija board in 1886.
In 1892 William Fuld took over the business development and subsequently changed the name to ‘Ouija Novelty Co’. The Ouija board took off to such an extent with Fuld (and later his brother’s input), that it remained successful for the next 35 years. By 1920 it was believed to have made over £1m profit and was also credited as being William Fuld’s invention…a claim Fuld quite rightly denied.
Remarkably, in 1927 it was reported that Fuld committed suicide (aged 57 years old) by jumping off the Baltimore building (where his factory was based). This then gave the Ouija board an even more sinister appeal. However, other accounts stated that Fuld had fallen from the building whilst leaning against a railing, which subsequently gave way and led to his death. Whatever the reason for Fuld’s death, the business was immediately taken over by his children, Catherine and William A. Fuld who continuted to market this phenomenum until ‘Parker Bros’ took over in 1942.” (Source: Ouija Board Dangers)
NOTE: The Ouija board, as a form of divination to contact the dead (necromancy), is clearly condemned by the Bible:
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” (Deut. 18:10-12).
All other forms of sorcery are clearly denounced in Scripture as well. Those that refuse to listen to God regarding this command are mentioned in the follow Scripture:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8).
The most sensible solution is to resist any temptations into divination completely, because God does not allow it. Trusting God at His word is the ultimate wisdom. We have little understanding of the spirit world, and those who “invite” contact do so at their own risk.