Ouija Board Warning -
Don't Open The Door
By Bevy Jaegers <USPsiSquad@aol.com>
COMMUNICATING WITH THE UNKNOWN
The questions exist - Can mediumship or spirit communication lead to 'possession'? Is
automatic writing a dangerous pursuit? Does danger exist 'out there'?
What is the controlling force behind such things as the Ouija Board? Experts find it
difficult to agree on answers to these questions. Early researchers in psychology and
psychiatry refered to ouija-type devices and to spirit-writing with pencil or planchette
as a form of automatism.
Following the lead of noted 'psychic medium' Eileen Garrett, modern research tends to
regard 'guides' and so-called spirit controls as secondary personalities, which lie deep
within the subconscious mind - only to surface when some form of parapsychic 'spirit'
communication is attempted.
ACTUAL RESEARCH CASES
A 34 year old woman had been experimenting with Ouija among other means of
'communicating' with the spirit world. Under observation, she was seen to suddenly
change from an awake to a sleeplike state. Over her face, some sort of misty,
unfocused field seemed to appear, looking much like another person's face. It
appeared to be male. She later awakened and reported that she believed herself to be
in contact with a brother that had passed away some time before. _____
While at a meeting, a woman approached researchers and told them that her husband,
she thought, was going mad. He had lost much weight and was always feeling ill. He
also had played with a Ouija type device. In speaking to him, he reported that during a
daughter's pajama-party some years before, they'd been playing with a Ouija Board
device, and had encountered some strange phenomena. The 'board' had told them to
call the father and ask him to take control of the planchette which spelled out the
'messages'. He had no experience with the Ouija, nor any form of the mysterious at the
time. He took control reluctantly, to show the girls it was all a 'bunch of hokum' and
the 'board' provided a gaggle of information, none of which could be checked out.
After the party he continued off and on to play with the board and one night it 'told'
him he would not need it any more, but he was to get a pencil and sheets of paper.
With the pencil and paper, he began doing 'automatic writing' and eventually he
produced reams of material, mostly high-sounding information and messages that
actually were meaningless. After several years of this, he was 'told' by the pencil that
he did not 'need' it anymore, but was to just sit down and get sleepy, then he would
hear the 'voices' of 'Bob and Steve' (father and son) his so-called communicators
talking to him. Before going any further, the researchers obtained a King James Bible
and read to the man a passage from 2nd letter of John referring to a question to be
asked of any 'spirit' to test them. The passage was read aloud to the man twice.
Following the Bible text, which directed that the question "Who is Jesus, Christ" be
asked, the researcher was careful to read slowly the question and the answer. Then the
man was asked to prepare himself to 'listen' to Bob and Steve, and to 'channel' their
voices for the group. He sat in a chair, became somewhat sleepy, and finally what
sounded like another voice was heard, greeting the researcher. It gave the name 'Bob'.
He was asked "Who is Jesus, Christ" and admitted after some time that he did not
know. He volunteered to go and get Steve, his son, who he felt sure would know the
answer. When 'Steve' was asked the same question, he also had to admit that he did
not know the answer, and after some meaningless platitudes in his voice, the man was
awakened. The 'channeler' was amazed to hear that the so-called 'spirits' he'd been
communicating with did not know the answer to the question, and thus failed the test.
He was advised to go home and cease communicating with the voices or to do any
other form of 'spirit' contact. Several weeks later, he returned to the home of the
researcher and reported that he was feeling very much better and that he had regained
ten pounds, plus he was able to sleep at night without being bothered by any 'spirits'.
His wife was ecstatic. The man promised never to attempt any kind of communication
A married couple had been communicating with a board, and were told to sell their
home and move to Arizona. The board insisted that they would be taken care of and
would become rich. They were retired and had no extra source of income. They had
only a small equity in their home. Following the 'direction' of the board, they sold
their home (at a loss) and moved to Arizona, where they promptly found no property
they could buy and within a very short time they were penniless. Financially
devastated. At this point, there was little the research team could do for them. _____
The research team was contacted by several individuals who belonged to the Church
of the A......, in Northern California, and were taking Courses from this Church. They
were somehow 'told' by the 'spirits' while there, that the researcher's son was the
reincarnation of St. John, and that their job was to guard and honor him. (he was 8 at
the time) Several weeks later, they appeared again, along with a Counselor who'd
flown in from that Church, who communicated with her own 'sources' and verified
that the child was indeed the reincarnated St. John. Some months passed without
incident, but one morning, the researcher received a telephone call at six a.m. from
someone who identified themselves as God. 'God' commanded the researcher to
appear at her home, immediately. The researcher did not want to go, but finally
awakened her husband and took the child along as 'God' had directed.
When they arrived, the woman who was 'channeling' and believed that she was
speaking for 'God' had completely lost her mind. She had built an altar of some kind
on top of the television set. She was pacing, stiff as a board, back and forth around the
room. When she passed the 'altar' she would suddenly fall to her knees with a
resounding 'boom' on the bare wooden floor. In addition, she was shouting some sort
of commanding language. Her face was blank and mindless, her skin ashen though
she was normally a black person of medium complexion. Her friend Carol, who
shared the communal house was watching her in distress.
Finally, after trying to talk to the woman and not succeeding, it seemed impossible to
get through to her.
At some point, she stopped shouting commands, and said that she had just been told
that the researcher's husband was the Devil, and she was to kill him. She headed
toward the man and boy with mad eyes, hands raised like claws.
The researcher had to jump between them and, shouting something remembered from
the Bible herself, finally succeeded in backing the woman against the wall long
enough for the man to grab his son, and go outside. Instructing Carol 'Call 911' the
researcher was somehow able to keep 'Sarah' flattened against the wall until the
ambulance arrived, and the EMF team was able to take control. The woman was led
away in handcuffs.
After a year or two, Carol was met on the street downtown, and reported that her
friend 'Sarah' had spent two years in the hospital, and had now been released on
medication. They were no longer Members of that Church and had given up all
attempts at communicating with the Spirit World. ____
A woman contacted the researchers and explained that she had visited a crystal ball
reader who communicated with the 'other side.' She gazed into the ball and told the
woman she was under a bad 'spell' and that her deceased husband had been a crook -
stealing money from his clients. The money he had left his wife was 'tainted'
according to the 'spirits'. It must be cleansed. The cleansing method was to take it to a
specific graveyard (which had a high stone wall) at midnight, and to bury it behind a
certain headstone. The next day, the woman could come back and retrieve her money,
which would then be 'clean'. The older woman knew she could not climb that wall,
especially in the dark of night. It would not be physically possible for her. The 'spirit
communicator' then told her that she would be happy to do that job for her client. All
she had to do was to withdraw the money, in cash, and bring it to the reader's home
the following evening at 8 pm. Following the spiritual advisor's advice, she withdrew
all her money - thousands in cash, and brought it, wrapped in a white handkerchief as
she'd been instructed by the 'spirits'. She never saw the money again. ____
A woman in Meridian, Mississippi wrote to the researcher after reading an article in a
New York Publication, and related that she had tried to use a ouija-type device, and
was later told that she should try automatic writing. She had continued to use this
mathod to contact 'the other side' and after some months had found nothing of value
coming from the writing. However, when she attempted to quit, she would shake
uncontrollably. If she would sit down and begin writing automatically, or using the
board, she could keep herself from this shaking, which began in her hands and arms,
then her entire body. If she resisted, it would begin and continue until she sat down.
She was almost afraid to write the letter for help as the shaking began while she was
writing it. Finally, after some commonsense counseling and several telephone calls,
she was able to stop both the 'spirit' communication and the shaking ceased forever.
She was free. _____
Another woman called from New York and had the same thing happening to her. She
did not know of the first woman. She reported that she had contacted eight 'psychic
readers' and all of them had told her she was under some kind of 'evil spell'. The
researcher explained to her that there was no curse, and that she could stop the whole
thing through will power. The woman became angry, as 'eight psychic readers' had
verified the spirit curse. She insisted that it had to be true. Several weeks later, she
called, and said that she had been thinking the whole thing over and had decided that
the researcher was right; and that common sense had 'cured' her problem. She now
believed that she'd met eight frauds and one real expert. _____
Late one night a call was received from the Dean of Women at a northern College. It
seemed that a 'dorm' party which involved candles and 'spirit boards' had resulted in a
panic amongst the girls who lived there. They were heard in the background, shrill
screams and odd noises. After counseling the Dean that there was no 'spirit' reason for
the commotion; but that the girls were over-reacting (and may have been taking
something other than apple cider) the Dean should just turn on all the lights and wait it
out. The following day, she called and said that the idea had worked and no further
trouble had erupted. She had also gotten rid of the 'board'. _____
A Public School teacher had become so obsessed with the use of the ouija-type board
that she operated it entirely alone. Her hands,on the planchette, moved at blinding
speed, spelling out letters so rapidly that even close observation could make little of
nothing of what was being spelled out at that speed. _____
A Roman Catholic Priest, on a radio talk show with a member of the research team,
reported that he had 'exorcised' a man who'd turned into a leopard. The researcher
asked him if the man belonged to the Espiritu religion, and was told that indeed he
was a member of that group. It is a practice of this religion and others, that those who
are taking part in the celebrations and rituals often are 'mounted' or 'possessed' by one
of several 'spirits' - including that of the leopard. The Priest had to admit that the man
did not grow fur, nor did he really turn into an actual animal. In this case, it would be
illogical for a Priest to use the Church Rite of Exorcism, as the 'possessed' man was
merely acting out a strong belief of his religion. _____
A perfectly logical reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that he'd been
assigned to do a series of articles on "Psychic St. Louis" and had spent some time with
a totally normal-seeming woman who was convinced that she was somehow
communicating with The Virgin Mary on her 'spirit board'. She'd been doing that for
some years. He reported that she 'seemed sort of weird'. _____
After the release of the movie 'The Exorcist' a young man tried some 'spirit'
communication of his own. He became convinced that he was 'satan' and one night, he
hid in the dark hall of the apartment he shared with another young man. As the other
young man came home and walked down the hallway to hang up his coat, the first
man jumped onto his back and began to scream in an unknown language. After
fighting him off, the 'possessed' man calmed down so that the other could call for
help. The 'possessed' individual was certain that he'd been 'claimed' by a spirit-tiger,
whose picture had hung in that hallway for some time, until it was taken down and
burned. Having lost touch with both men, it is not known what the outcome might be.
The research team was called by a local Pastor and asked to pay a visit to a house
outside of town about thirty miles. Some very strange things had been going on. When
the team arrived, they were told that the house had apparently become 'haunted'
Mysterious blood would appear on the woman's nightgown - a black spot would
appear on a wall in the bedroom - the family car would start up its engine in the night
and run down the driveway only to crash into a neighbor's carport. (this had happened
twice) There were many other strange and frightening things going on there. The
research team asked if anyone there had been using some form of 'spirit'
communication, and were told that indeed, they'd been doing some of that 'just for fun'
and had commanded "spirits of the underworld - come forth". After that time, the
noises and disturbances had begun. The couple were worried and frightened. They
were afraid their two small children would be harmed. During the following
investigation, at a time when the children were being cared for in another home, the
research team were interviewing the couple, in the living room, as to events that had
occurred. Within full view of the team, in an empty kitchen, a washing machine
turned itself on and began to fill, then swish its blade. There was no timer, no
possibility that anyone had tried to play a trick. After a few minutes, one of the
researchers had an impression of a harmonica and asked if one was in the home. The
man vehemently denied that he owned a harmonica; although the wife reminded him
that they indeed did have one and that it was at that time in a drawer in the kitchen.
Getting up, she went to get it although her husband was protesting loudly. She gave it
to the research team and while they were examining it, suddenly a very large black
shadowy field was seen to move down the hallway and into the place between
livingroom and kitchen. It was icy cold and very strange in appearance. When the
agitated husband saw this shadow, he began to break down. Finally the story came out
in bits and pieces. It seemed that he'd been a member of a Special Forces group in
Viet Nam. He'd had an uncomfortably bad relationship with another soldier. The
soldier was African American. This man had used his harmonica to play tunes such as
"Old Black Joe" and 'Dixie', as he knew the would aggravate the other soldier. Finally,
one day, the African American soldier said "One of these days, we're going to go out
on patrol - and only one of us will be coming back". Several days later, the group did
indeed go out on patrol, and only the man talking to us came back. As he told this
story, his face tightened and he was pouring sweat, knowing that the shadow was still
in the doorway. Talking this over, we decided that the best course was for him to ask
forgiveness of the shadow. He kept insisting that he hadn't done anything. But the
shadow would not go away and the room became even colder. Finally, the man got on
his knees, crying and shaking, and begged for forgiveness. As he did this, the shadow
slowly dissipated and was gone. Such a case cannot be explained fully, other than the
attempted contact with the 'spirit' board had opened some door that should have
remained closed. This could not be just the imagination of the man involved, as the
research team had seen too much to believe that. Events such as the last episode are
uncommon, naturally. There have not been many over the thirty-odd years the
research team operated as a 'rescue' squad. Spirit boards, writing and other devices to
contact 'the other side' do not automatically result in reaching their goal. More often,
they seem to open a door into the hidden depths of the mind of the person trying to
communicate....where many strange and frightening thoughts and memories may be
contained. Metaphysical experts have for years warned against such practices, and
agree that any form of trance may be dangerous. The practice of 'spirit'
communication may indeed not lead to contact, nor to 'possession' - but certainly may
lead to obsession! No form of 'protection' has been found to be helpful in averting
such things from happening.
Experimentation in the parapsychic is not recommended. _____
Some of the above cases are related in the book Ghost Hunting - Professional Haunted
House Investigation By Beverly Jaegers with Ray Jaegers
Originally published 1979 by Aries, Inc. Available from Amazon.com or from:
Aries, Inc. Dept L, P.O.Box 29396 St. Louis, MO 63126
From: Chris Poteet <firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a story to tell you. About 15 Years or so ago my sister and some of her friends
played with a ouija board game. After an experience she had, she eventually had
mental problems. Things around the house kept getting worse and worse. My
alcoholic father went mental and had many episodes that were hard to explain.
Everything led up to a Fire in April of this year. My father was badly burned. After
many operations and treatments and prayers, He finally is ok.
In July of this year at the house My sister was helping me unload a lawnmower I
jumped off the truck and the ramp came loose
and fell on me. I broke my leg. I have prayed and prayed for my father and sister.
Miraculously my father has since stopped drinking and is joining church. My sister
has made amends with her husband and maybe our lives are back on track.
I can't help but believe that the Ouija Board caused our
home to be possessed. It may still be?? Just a couple of weeks ago the
furnace in dad's home blew up and smoked up the entire house he told about the awful
nightmares he has had.
Ouija Board Spooks Inmates -
Priest With Holy Water Needed
By Roxanne Stites
San Jose Mercury News
A circle of inmates set a Ouija board on the floor and gathered around. They leaned in, and,
together, prayed to the devil. At one point, inmates said, they lightly placed their fingers on
the board and called up the spirit of a woman.
They asked the spirit how she died, then followed the message indicator around the
handcrafted board as it spelled out: ``I was murdered.'' They asked how, then watched the
indicator move letter to letter, spelling out ``investigate.''
The inmates were spooked. But the game wasn't over.
According to Santa Clara County Jail officials, the inmates went from asking a few questions
to praying to Satan to three of them screaming out loud after they thought they were
possessed by demons.
Jail officials said correctional officers immediately called in a priest who blessed 29 prisoners
as he sprinkled them, and then the group's dormitory, with holy water.
``We have never, ever had anything like this occur here,'' said Bryan Peretti, county
department of correction spokesman.
The Ouija board -- with the alphabet and words Yes, No and Goodbye printed on it -- is said
to have been around, in some variation, for hundreds of years. Some sit down to the board
out of curiosity, others seek spiritualistic or telepathic messages.
The jail inmates, all documented gang members, said they spent an entire night earlier this
month crafting the board. They used the underside of a Scrabble game as the base, fancily
penciled in the alphabet, and shaped a piece of cardboard into a teardrop to use as the
``message indicator,'' which, in theory, mysteriously moves from letter to letter, spelling
out messages, after a question is asked.
Then, on three separate nights, four to five inmates gathered at one time in the bathroom:
It's the darkest place in the dorm, with just a flicker shining in from afar. Before long,
inmate Isaias Velasquez, 21, said he and others thought they felt a presence in the
bathroom. They asked the board if anyone was in there, and the teardrop began spinning
uncontrollably, he claimed. Everyone bolted.
When they went back in, Marcos Vasquez, 29, said, he looked at the board on the floor,
then turned to face the others. ``I felt cold and bigger,'' he said. ``I was filled with anger
and talked in this deeper voice I never had.''
Inmates thought Vasquez was acting, but the drama continued. By the third day, three
inmates, including Vasquez, feared they may be possessed. They tore up the board and
threw it away.
But, on the morning of Aug. 5, two correctional officers -- who never saw the inmates
toying with the Ouija board -- said they heard screams coming from the inmates' dorm, 2-4.
They went inside and confronted a chaotic scene in which inmates were crying and flailing
their arms. Peretti, the corrections spokesman, said officers soon realized the inmates
``seriously believed'' they were possessed.
After interviewing all the inmates involved, jail officials said they don't believe the fear was
feigned. They called the priest away from his other prayer duties and asked that he bless
and counsel the inmates. The clergyman then spent two days counseling the three inmates
most overpowered by fear.
Marilu Edder, who has been director of Detention Ministry of the Diocese of San Jose for
about 15 years, said this is the first time she has heard of the county's jail inmates using a
Ouija board. But it's not unusual, she said, for some to pray to the devil.
She said she counseled one woman who contemplated praying to Satan because someone
told her it could get her out of jail faster. Some of the incarcerated have asked to see a
minister after claiming to have seen dead loved ones.
Others, Edder said, want ministers to cleanse their cell after seeing or hearing their
cellmates pray to Satan. But, in all her years of working inside jails and juvenile halls, this is
the only Ouija board she has seen.
Most of the inmates involved were Hispanic, Catholic and probably overcome by guilt, she
said. ``They were doing something they weren't supposed to,'' Edder said, ``and they were
probably fearful of what they might have done.''
Some did have a religious turnabout.
Vasquez said he was raised Christian, and before this incident, ``sort of'' believed in God.
Now, there's no ``sort of'' about it. ``This was a sign to believe.''
Both Vasquez and Velasquez are awaiting completion of their trials. Vasquez is jailed on
charges of being under the influence of drugs and willful harm, injury or endangerment to a
child, and a parole violation. Velasquez faces charges of spousal abuse, false imprisonment
and parole violation.
According to an internal memo about the incident, the priest told jail administrators one
thing that he neglected to tell the inmates: That the Catholic Church doesn't believe a
person can become possessed through use of a Ouija board.
Edder declined to say whether she believed the board could evoke spirits. ``It's not for me
to say whether they are or are not possessed. . . . We need to honor whatever people think
is going on with themselves,'' Edder said. The board, she added, goes into the same
grouping as tarot cards and fortunetellers. ``It's nothing to play with.''
Vasquez now heeds that advice.
The inmate, who has tattoos that run up his arms and cover his chest and neck, said last
week that he was counseled twice, and still has a hard time sleeping. He still can't explain
what came over him, but said one thing's certain. He's never touching a Ouija board again.