Ouija Boards

Discussion in 'Esoterica' started by Anonymous, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    We did home-made one at school. A chair across scraped along the floor. You've never known 4-5 teenage girls to shriek so loud or scarper so fast.
     
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    Swifty Generation Y

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    She'd have your arm off ..
     
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  3. Roland Deschain

    Roland Deschain All things serve the beam

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    Roll up for Roland's IOT ouija.

    Features USB, Bluetooth and WIFI. Predictive plancheing to assist comms and a ring of emojii as well as alphabet and level of hell indication.

    Planchette is wireless and rechargeable, smooth moving nylon bearings.

    Google assist runs spirit answers through special filter in real time to trace spooks origins and validate responses.

    Automaticlly save sessions to Internet database.

    Hardware on Amazon and eBay, software from Android, iOS, and Windows.

    IOT system correlates answers and cross references experiences of all subscribers.

    For sale Xmas 2016
     
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  4. chris138

    chris138 Ephemeral Spectre

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    We made one whilst working in France. I found an excellent piece of wood and convinced the girl in the room next to me to do the design. So we went up the chateaux on our site, a winding narrow staircase full of dead bugs, enough to warrant complaints from whom who saw it, and sat in the top room. Five of us gathered, candles lit. We contacted a welsh man who had died in the 19th century. Nearly every question was answered by numbers!

    I'm pretty sure one of the girls was moving the glass. I was disappointed.

    I would still like to give it another go, with people I could trust. I want to be able to tell a true story that ends with something like... "it wasn't until the next day I realised the spirit was me!"
     
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    GerdaWordyer Abominable Snowman

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    Suzanne Planchette is one of my favorite actresses.
     
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  6. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    ...if a tad monosyllabic...

    *puts on coat*
     
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  7. Shady

    Shady WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU?

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    The Blue Screen of Death should be a riot to talk to
     
  8. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Great in that film with Table-Tipping Hedren.
     
  9. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    There's a message for you.
     
  10. JamesWhitehead

    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    OneWingedBird Beloved of Ra

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    I'm particularly thick at the moment as I just googled it thinking you meant Roland were branching out from making keyboards and other music kit. Then the penny dropped. [​IMG]
     
  12. Krepostnoi

    Krepostnoi Bug Bunny

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    I'm a bit of a sucker for a good biography/autobiography (one of my very favourite examples being Frank Walkley's "Clogs were my Life") and I've just finished the second volume of Danny Baker's memoirs. He has a very good knack of telling stories against himself, plus the reasons why Hoodwink never made it to our screens are entertainingly preposterous. In short, the book, and its predecessor, are well worth your time. Mr Baker reads FT - in the unlikely event that he treads these boards incognito with us, I hope he'll forgive my sharing the following story (pp.242-243 in the Kindle version):

     
  13. Cochise

    Cochise Justified & Ancient

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    I'm genuinely scared of Ouija boards and I don't really know why. I have several packs of Tarot cards in the house and they don't bother me, but an Ouija board would go straight on the bonfire.

    There's no question of me having been scared by people using one (unless I've suppressed the memory really well) because if someone got one out at a party or whatever I'd be on my bike.

    I don't think it matters whether it really contacts dead people or demons or whatever or whether its all in people's hades.

    Sorry, I mean heads. That was a genuine mistype that I thought was worth preserving. See how dangerous they are? Even thinking about them can let stuff through. :) sorta...
     
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  14. Mr T-H

    Mr T-H Junior Acolyte

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    I got a Ouija board for Xmas from my gran in about 1979, when I was nine. I remember we all used it Xmas night, while telling ghost stories. Absolutely nothing happened, and never did the few times I used it afterwards. It did allow us to have a fun and scary evening, with scary stories. Which, as it's a game- with no more power to raise the dead than Monopoly- meant to enhance social interaction, is entirely to be expected.
     
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    Cochise Justified & Ancient

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    So they say. I'm still scared of the bloody things. Dark nights, no problem. Ghost hunts, no problem. Having friends who were variously into the occult - never turned a hair.

    Ouija board, problem.

    Thing is, even without anything supernatural occurring, stuff can still happen. I gave up doing Tarot readings, which I used to do as a party trick (with the ulterior motive of attracting girls, of course) because despite the fact that I was making it up as I went along, people would start changing what they intended to do based on my readings.

    Well, you can't exactly make it up as you go along, because you have to be consistent regarding the basic meaning of each card, though you can spin it based on context. Also everyone thinks Death is the nasty card when actually its the Tower.
     
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  16. Heckler

    Heckler The unspeakable mass

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    Depends, context really is everything, change can be painful, true, and the tower represents a significant and sudden change, there really isn't anything bad (or indeed good) in it, or indeed any other card.

    The problem which you've hit upon is the because the images are so archetypal they can really affect folks who see something negitive in them. Elphias Levi believed the imagery to be far more ancient than simple playing cards would suggest and the tarot simply a more recent incarnation of the images, I'm not so sure, but they are a powerful tool for counselling if your intent is positive and constructive.
     
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  17. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    I never felt comfortable with using a Ouija board because the process of creating results (moving the planchette around) seemed to inevitably stress participants into directing their attention toward making something happen and making whatever happened textually coherent (in spelling).

    The whole idea was to become 'open' or 'loose' and let whatever-may-be-out-there affect your movements. Once participants start getting concerned about generating any results, or finalizing results in progress, they're no longer operating in such an 'passively open to whatever' mode.

    Another thing that bothered me about Ouija was that the purpose of using it wasn't the same (or even clear at all ... ) from one session to the next. Some folks approached it in the original context of communicating with elsewhere. Others approached it as an instrument for personal divination. Ambiguities arising from multiple participants' sometimes obviously conflicting objectives and expectations undermined the confidence one had in the results' coherence, much less their meaning.

    I, too, was far more comfortable with the more structured context Tarot cards afforded.
     
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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Same. No rational reason.
    Like Jungian archetypes perhaps.
     
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    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    Ditto. Same here.
     
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  20. Frideswide

    Frideswide Princess (PeteByrdie Certificated)

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    GingerTabby Carbon-based life form

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    A friend of mine, who I'll refer to as P, used to do Tarot readings and, like you, she gave up the practice for that very reason. P grew up in a small community and when she was a teenager her grandmother taught her how to do readings. Some years ago, P was visiting the town while on holiday and she ran into a woman she had known at school. The woman recalled P doing Tarot readings when they were younger and she asked P to do one for her. P agreed despite the fact she was never terribly keen on this woman when they were at school. P gave her a reading which stressed positive things, saying she would enjoy good health, success, happiness, etc., and the two then went their separate ways.

    About two or three years later P was once again in the town on holiday and she again crossed paths with this woman, who was very pleased to see her. Apparently the woman was doing very well and was quite happy with her life. She thanked P for having given her such a wonderful reading. P was glad the woman was so happy but she was nevertheless taken aback by the encounter. P said it made her realise the strength of the power of suggestion. It also made her acutely aware that things might have gone very differently if she had given a negative reading that suggested impending unhappiness or misfortune. Although P wasn't keen on the woman she didn't wish her any harm, and she was unsettled by the thought that a negative reading might have sent the woman on a downward spiral. Obviously P wouldn't have been responsible for any unpleasantness the woman might have experienced, but it bothered her to think she had come close to planting a seed of negativity in someone's mind.
     
  22. bloop

    bloop Devoted Cultist

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    I have so enjoyed reading this thread, long may it go on :)

    We have 2 ouija boards in the house but I must admit they havent been used since our paranormal investigation events nights. I have absolutely no issue working with them as to me, they are just another tool of focus, much like pendulums, crystal balls, tarot cards, angel cards etc. I will say I have my trusted people to work the boards with, those I trust to just go with the flow, even if all we get is gobbledegook. That said, there has been many a night out on an investigation, when the messages that have been spelled out have made sense with reference to the location we have been visiting. I have never yet encountered anything bad either during or after the use of these boards though thankfully!
     
  23. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Is this spoiling it? Mystery solved?

    Ouija boards. You either love 'em or hate 'em... or you're one of the undead and someone with one keeps calling you back up to chat, sort of like the paranormal equivalent of butt-dialing. Either way, it's been immensely popular since its invention by Elijah Bond in 1890 thanks to its supposed ability to "talk to the dead". Over a century later it's become quite the pop culture staple. Untold thousands of spooked-out kids have toyed with it at sleepovers—and dozens of supposed demonic possessions have allegedly (key word: allegedly!) occurred because of it.

    But it turns out there's a far more pedantic explanation of why Ouija boards work. And it's a lot more boring than talking to dead people. Thanks to a landmark Danish study—available here—from the Interactive Minds Centreat Aarhus University, researchers have figured out what makes ouija boards actually work, all because they used what other studies haven't: eye-tracking devices and huge amounts of data analysis.

    40 people were asked to participate in the study and play 2 consecutive "games" on the Ouija board. All wore eye-tracking devices for both games: during the first game they were asked separately to spell the word 'Baltimore', and in the second they were asked to play as usual (i.e. without a set phrase in mind to spell). ...

    https://bigthink.com/ned-dymoke/new-study-reveals-the-science-behind-ouija-boards
     
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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Nice to see ideomotor phenomenon proved beyond doubt for Ouija boards... but hadn't this been done already? I'm sure I've read that explanation before.
     
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    AlchoPwn Abominable Snowman

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    So, those Christians who play with ouija boards then lose their sh** and think Beelzebub is after their souls... ideomotor phenomenon says it is all just their own subconscious? That means they were already possessed by the devil!
     
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    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    I had to look up butt-dialling!

    I was picturing the occasions when your finger was poised to use an old-time phone and instead encountered the cat's tea-towel plug. :cat:
     
  27. Andy X

    Andy X Portent

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    I don't think there's ever been much doubt about the ideomotor effect being implicted in the behaviour of ouija boards, planchettes and improvised variations upon these devices, but does that prove beyond doubt that there might not be something else going on under certain circumstances? Cf. water divining / dowsing.

    I'm not saying I personally believe there is (actually I think dowsing is a different matter) and how a discarnate entity might interface with people's nervous systems I've no idea but y'know; 'absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence'...
     
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    Shady WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU?

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    What about the paranormal activity that's suppose to have happened? Is everyone lying?
     
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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Just because you believe something supernatural doesn't mean you're lying. It might mean you're mistaken, or have made yourself susceptible to suggestion. Or that weird shit does happen and has a twisted sense of humour.
     
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