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 by the Greeks since before the time of Christ.
It was in 1891 that a patent was granted to Elijah J Bond on the first modern Ouija Board. The following year the rights to the Ouija Board were purchased by William Fuld.
In 1966 the Parker Brothers then purchased the rights to the Ouija Board and shifted its manufacturing facilities to Salem, Massachusetts. "Ouija" is a registered trademark.
There are several theories about the origin of the term "Ouija". According to one of these, the word is derived from the French "oui" (for "yes") and the German/Dutch "ja" (also for "yes").
An alternative story suggests that the name was revealed to inventor Charles Kennard during a Ouija séance and was claimed to be an Ancient Egyptian word meaning "good luck.".
The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Parker Brothers manufacturing. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped!!
The layout of the OUIJA BOARD seems to vary depending on where it was made and who designed it.
The original layout places the YES at the top of the circle and the NO at the bottom.
The letters are then 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. Numbers from one to nine are placed at the bottom of the board, next to NO.
The Ouija Board usually requires a minimum of two people to operate it.
*It is very rare that one person has the power to operate the board.*
The two people should sit opposite each other and gently place the tip of only one finger on the indicator, also known as a planchette.
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 until a Yes answer is received.
Eventually, the planchette moves and answers the question.
The first time you use a OUIJA BOARD can be quite startling.
The planchette, unless moved intentionally by one or more of the individuals utilizing the board, tends to move in jerks rather than free flowing.
It is helpful to write down the questions you wish to ask before you start. It is also helpful to have a third person writing down the answers as you go for future reference.
Once you become experienced at the Ouija Board you will find the pace of the responses received will increase. In fact sometimes the planchette will speed across the board with such speed, it is almost impossible to keep up.
It should be noted that sometimes the communications will be in foreign languages or backward.
Its important that you go into working with your board, whether created by you or purchased, with a positive attitude. Having a bad attitude may bring forth spirits with negative responses or bad attitudes.
Little Known OUIJA BOARD Trivia:
~Alice Cooper claims that an Ouija Board suggested that he was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch named Alice Cooper. Thus his band's name Alice Cooper.
~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 the 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, however, he warned against people using Ouija boards for any purpose.
~In the early 1900s, St. Louis housewife, Pearl Curran, used her Ouija board communications with the spirit Patience Worth to publish a number of poems and prose. Pearl claimed that all of the writings came to her through séances, which she allowed the public to attend.
~In 1917 writer Emily G. Hutchings believed she had communicated with and written a book dictated by Mark Twain from her Ouija board. Twain's living descendants went to court to halt publication of the book that was later determined to be so poorly written that it could not have been written by Twain dead or alive.