(Closed) Off topic: ouija boards… Have you ever used one?

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Helper bee

I’ve used them and have a lovely wooden one in my house. They are fun for a laugh, but are just a toy. The people who use them are the ones controlling the movement of the planchette.

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Newbee

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churrosandroses :  Never have and never will. My mother was staunchly against them when we were growing up and now that I am an adult, I tend to fall in line with what she is thinking. Toy or not, that doesn’t seem like something you should be messing with or inviting in to your life. 

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Helper bee

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churrosandroses :  No, I don’t. I think people can let their imaginations get the best of them when they have a preconcieved notion in their mind about ouija boards.

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Buzzing bee

I see no reason to use such a thing. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

As a practicing pagan, my views are likely different than most on this board. I am fascinated by spirit boards, and I do have an antique board on display in my home. However, I don’t use it and there’s no planchette to go with it. Due to my personal spiritual beliefs, I do very much believe in “the other,” and spirits of all kinds are not something to be messed around with lightly. While I believe spirit boards, like many other mundane objects, are simply tools (they aren’t inherently good or bad, etc)…I think when you use one and call out, you’re opening a door and inviting attention you may not then be able to control or rid yourself of. Again though, my views are changed by the fact that I believe in spirits and see them as a “normal” part of my life and practice as needed. 

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Helper bee

I dont think most people who use them are doing anything more than fooling themselves or their friends. I do however, also believe there are legitimate spirits and not all of them mean well. I dont mean like ghosts either. But it isnt worth it to me to risk the problems. It is the same reason I am not really up for frequent visits with my friend who does seances at his house. 99% of that kind of stuff is wooowoo fakery but I do believe if you keep knocking on a door, someone may answer and you may not like who does. 

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Blushing bee

My siblings and I while growing up were not allowed to bring one or play with one in our home. I did play it once with friends and there is always one kid that get paranoid or obsess over it.

My mother’s reason was her sister had one when she was around 14 years old and was obsessed with it. She went crazy about it thinking paranormal stuffs was happening and started to acted weird like leaving bloody pads/tampons in drawers to protect her etc. She is now diagnosed as shizoprenic (not because of the ouija board of course). Now that I’m an adult and own a house, I don’t want it in my home as well and I do know it is the person who moves the board. I find it a boring game and rather play other kind of boardgames.

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Helper bee

My mother used one once at a slumber party when she was a teenager. She didn’t believe in the ouija stories being real initially, but swears that she saw some horrific things that night, and believes she had something evil in her life for a while after. Several of my family members have had paranormal experiences, as have I, so I’m inclined to believe her.

It’s also possible that knowing other people’s experiences (not specifically with ouija boards, but spirits or whatever you’d like to call them, in general) subconsciously played a part, even if she felt like she didn’t believe in it before she used it. I’ve always thought it was less about ouija boards being inherently evil and more about people asking to let spirits/demons in that they shouldn’t; that if you genuinely believed in/intended to connect with something, you would get what you asked for. So, not the ouija board itself being bad, but rather the intent behind using it.

I’ve never really understood the appeal. I’d rather play a board game like Monopoly, even if ouijas didn’t have the stigma attached. It just doesn’t strike me as fun.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I’ve never used one and I don’t really believe nor completely disbelieve in spirits (could sway either way on that to be honest), but I love watching, reading, and learning about the paranormal. There’s a  YouTube channel called something like top 5s and he has a great collection of interesting and well-researched 10-15 minute documentary-type videos about the paranormal and also a few on Ouija board experiences. I totally recommend giving some of his videos a watch.

Sure gave me the right kind of spooks when I marathoned his videos last October lol.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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churrosandroses :  I’ve used one and we had to use a certain amount of candles and be in the dark. Also use a spell to protect ourselves I didn’t think they worked until I used one by myself… you really have to focus in order for it to work and use it with an open mind. I scared the crap out of myself using it 

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