Witch Boards and Ouija Boards
Talking boards, witch boards or spirit boards have been around for centuries. They are one of the most common methods used for trying to communicate with the spirit world. Many claim that they have been able to talk with loved ones who have passed on, and some claim that they have used them successfully to predict the future. Others have used them to locate their spirit guide.
One of the first recorded references of the use of one of these boards dates back to 1100 BC in China. According to ancient texts, they used a type of planchette writing. Planchette writing is similar but it does not use an actual board.
There have also been claims that ancient Greeks and Romans used a form of board to communicate with the spirit world.
Ouija is actually a trademarked name. On February 10 1891, Elijah Bond was issued a patent for the Ouija board. Charles Kennard, Bond’s partner is also listed on the patent. William Fuld took over production of the game in 1901 and changed the name to Ouija. Parker Brothers, who now own the rights to the game and the name, purchased them from the Fuld Estate in 1966.
Where did the name Ouija come from?
There is some real debate about the origins of the name Ouija. Here are three different theories that I have come across:
1) The name is a combination of the French word for yes, which is oui, and the German word for yes, which is ja.
2) The word Ouija is a variation of an Egyptian word meaning good luck. It has even been said that a spirit gave the word to Fuld or Kennard after using one of these boards.
3) It has also been suggested that Fuld had some Spanish speaking friends who pronounced the word Wicca as “wee ha” If you try to spell that sound in English you get something close to Ouija.
Ways to use the Ouija board properly
You do not have to buy a spirit board; you can create your own. Many people use a simpler method to communicate with the spirit world. They use an inverted glass (wine glasses seem to be the most popular) as a pancetta and make a simple letter circle. If you do not have a large piece of cardboard you can simply cut out letters to form a circle, you should also include numbers, ‘yes and no’ squares and the sun and the moon signs.
For those who want to use a witch board bear in mind that they should be approached with an open positive mind.