Who hasn’t watched the movie Ghost with Whoopi Goldberg’s character Oda Mae as the medium who did not know she had true power to hear spirits? That was until Patrick Swayze’s character Sam (in ghost form) showed up at her parlor. She did not use a Ouija board but was trying to channel ghosts (scamming them is more accurate) and was getting paid for her work. This movie was very simple. If you had unfinished business and did not go to the light- you stayed behind. If you died and was bad and by bad I mean a murderer and such you were pulled to hell by shadows. Maybe I should have added a spoiler alert at the beginning of this. However, if you were good you went to heaven. Simple. To the point. Good movie.
Not everything is so black and white. I have some questions. Let’s first look at something not mentioned in this film because it had no place in what was happening but I did bring it up before and that is the Ouija board. If you’re up late and can’t sleep I recommend watching The Exorcist. I’m kidding. It is not a bed time film. In the film *Spoiler alert* the little girl Regan finds a Ouija board in her house and starts playing with it by herself. Yes my friends. Herself. In those encounters she befriends something call Captain Howdy. Creepy.
This film came out in 1973 and I want to point out that the little doll the priest finds in Iraq was of a demon, I did not realize that when watching it and I hadn’t read the book at that point. Even now I am trying to remember if I’ve read the book. But I am learning new things every single day.
The Ouija board was introduced to the patent office in 1890 and the owners began advertising in February 1891. This toy was made not to open portals to other worlds but to rake in the cash. Some people (me being one of them) do not look at this device as a toy. It was believed to be and marketed as a toy and it was purchased by Parker Brothers during the Vietnam war and continues to be sold as a novelty. However, do we only think this because of the movie the Exorcist? This was the first piece of pop culture to show it in a negative way and that demons are waiting on the other side to be let in through a piece of cardboard and an open mind.
In the Smithsonian article I have been referencing all of this is discussed.
How did this board get its name you may be wondering- or not. The board gave a medium the name. Let me repeat that- THE BOARD GAVE THE MEDIUM THE NAME. Sorry for yelling. And it is supposed to mean “Good luck”. Good luck with what? Talking to a ghost, a demon, not being possessed by the end of the night?
Is there any real truth to using this board to communicate with the dead? No one knows 100% but there are places open to the public for ghost hunting that do not allow them on the premises. The article does state that people may be unconsciously moving the planchette themselves. This is why it moves and it goes where we want it to go this is the psychological component to this game. Questions are asked and answered by the same people. Interesting thought.
I won’t touch one with a ten foot pole and do not recommend using it at all. There are things in our existence and on our earthly plane that cannot be explained. I remember a conversation with my mom once where she said there are things around us all of the time. Demons that would make our hair turn white if we saw them and I believe her. Comments and questions are welcome. I will be giving away a t-shirt to someone (at random) that leaves a comment.