The Ouija board also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a round board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. Currently it is a registered trademark of Hasbro Inc. which markets and distributes the Ouija Board as part of its line of board games. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette and it is moved about the board to spell out words.

Spirit boards were a common sight during the spiritualist movement.  Spiritualism is a belief system or religion, based on the belief that spirits of the dead residing in the spirit world have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living.

Spiritualism developed and reached its peak growth in membership from the 1840s to the 1920s.

However, it’s not all fun and games. Mainstream religions and some occultists have associated use of an Ouija board with the threat of demonic possession, and some have cautioned their followers not to use an Ouija board.

Some pagan sects warn against using the Ouija board outside of a sacred circle, or without blessing it beforehand. 

I’ve had mine for years, however it’s never yielded any type of successful result.  Although it does bear an Enochian sigil of blessing to ward away harmful spirits.

What are your experiences with spirit boards?

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