Most, if not all, of us are familiar with the Ouija board. A controversial medium which is used as a tool to communicate with spirits, and can open a portal to the unseen world in order to get answers or insight into our current reality.
This method stems from “automatic writing”, and one of the first mentions of this practice stems back to China around 1100 AD (see: Song Dynasty).
According to Wikipedia: “The method was known as fuji (扶乩), “planchette writing”. The use of planchette writing as an ostensible means of contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. According to one author, similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been practiced in ancient India, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe.“
The Ouija Board, as well as automatic writing, is a powerful tool – and when used correctly you can gain insight into higher wisdom from spirit and the subconscious mind, but this is not to be taken lightly. As with any deeper spiritual practice, you must first banish, and protect – and be sure that you are using this with the right intention.
If this is something that you find interesting, the gallery below features a plethora of different boards for you to browse through/find inspiration from past and present mediums.
Crystal Gazer, 1940
Star Gazer Mystical Question Board Tray-Alice Lee Manufactur
ing, Chicago, IL c. 1944
Ouija Queen, America
n Novelty Company, Omaha, NE c. 1943 – c. 1945
Left: Magic Box Ouija Board-Sham
balla Redstone Editions, Redstone Press, London 1995; Right: The Cablegraph A Wander Board-Geor ge Foster Pearson, Lowell, MA c. 1919
The Sphinx Speaks-Jer
ry Lowenthal & Company, Philadelph ia, PA
Swami Ouija Talking Board-Gift Craft, Chicago 11, IL c. 1944
ston Sales Company, Inc., Chicago, IL c. 1960
hic Graf Company, Hartford, CT 1943
I-D-O PSY-CHO-I-D-E-O-GRAPH-Theodore H. White, Los Angeles, CA 1919
The Scientific Planchette
-Selchow and Righter, New York, NY c. 1880
st iron template, date unknown
Throne Board-J.E. Garside, Peoria, IL 1893
rd prepatent “Good Night“ board-Balt imore, MD c.1890
ell Rucker & Company, Chicago, IL
A different theory is that the name comes from the French and German words for yes “Oui’ and “Ja”. The ownership of the Ouija brand changed hands several times over the years, and many of the earlier patent owners were keen to claim they were its inventor or originator. One of the earliest known patent holders of Ouija was Elijah Bond who later had the idea of putting swastikas on the boards (before its association with the Nazis).
Ouija-J.M. Simmons, Chicago, IL c. 1920 – c. 1945
The Mystic Skull Talking Board-Vamp
irahna, Zenrad Manufactur ing, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2005
But it was William Fuld, a US customs inspector who was leased the rights to manufacture the Ouija board, who would become known as the father of the Ouija board. He sold millions of them, marketing them as a toy to children. In 1927, he fell off the roof of his Ouija factory while supervising the replacement of a flagpole when a support post he was holding gave way. Fuld’s children took over until the 1960s when they retired and sold the business to Parker Brothers, which later became Hasbro and owns the game today.