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Author Topic: MYSTIC ORACLE: The Origins of the OUIJA Board  (Read 2112 times)
RJBowman
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« on: November 01, 2013, 03:43:02 am »

Image:


And here's the article:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Strange-and-Mysterious-History-of-the-Ouija-Board-229532101.html#ouija-board-planchette-gallery.png
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 06:52:34 pm »

I note the article states ouija boards were tested and passed by the patents office.  Could the same be said today?

 When young  an older child convinced  another small child and myself to  do a home made ouija board seance.  They succeeded in only scaring the pants off themselves.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 02:41:23 am »

There must be something to them, a channel to the unconscious mind if nothing else.  When I lived in Salisbury, in Wiltshire, All Hallow's Eve brought calls to the Theological College and the resident clergy from  people in a state of panic because they had begun to play about with ouija boards and things had gotten out of control.  I would never have believed that a modern clergyman had to know how to perform an exorcism, but they do!
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 08:37:56 pm »

There must be something to them, a channel to the unconscious mind if nothing else.  When I lived in Salisbury, in Wiltshire, All Hallow's Eve brought calls to the Theological College and the resident clergy from  people in a state of panic because they had begun to play about with ouija boards and things had gotten out of control.  I would never have believed that a modern clergyman had to know how to perform an exorcism, but they do!

 Yes whether it be the subconscious  guiding the hand to answers already known in a deeper part of the brain, wishful thinking or an actual supernatural force moving the hand.  The power of thought can be an amazingly suggestive thing.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 03:12:33 am »

The power of thought ... is in fact ... everything.

ahh, yes. the Ultimate in Home Computing. LOL
I've collected Oracles for most of my life
purchasing my first set of Tarot cards
at age 13.
I blame the tv show 'Dark Shadows'.
I read Tarot cards for friends in high school
in exchange for tobacco or assorted smoke-ables.

My mother bought me the Ouija
when I was still in Elementary School.
She's long passed but would be funny to learn
if she'd thought it'd teach me to spell!
ha!
I may be mistaken but the Ouija was first patented as a 'game'.
So I answer yes, could be patented today.
then the premise becomes
"If you build it - they will come"
and
"if you call them - they will answer."
Thing is - often in unexpected ways.

It's the Intention that sets the motion, in my experience.

Everything ... is energy first.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 08:49:22 am »

It could be a soundboard to the afterlive. I'm not sure.

James Randi has a more logical explaination:
http://www.randi.org/encyclopedia/Ouija%20board.html

That doesn't take away the fun though.


I wonder if there is a virtual online version of the ouija board.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 09:04:38 am »

There's an app for that.  (*)

(*) Bet there is, somewhere.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 09:17:41 am »

Just checked at Google Play: there are about half a dozen!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2013, 07:02:26 pm »

what fun!
(Ouija online)

I'd had no idea.

And dear Randii ...
so many years' work;
some successful at debunking
others ... not so much.
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2013, 02:03:33 am »

My Dears,
The link to Ouija board history was very interesting; how typical that it spread because of shrewd businessmen. I have read that the strange thing about the Ouija board's replies is that there is a sort of recurrent mischievous personality, or trickster, that emerges. Rather like a poltergeist. Perhaps the board contacts archetypes of the collective unconscious - the Trickster is one of the most ubiquitous. I find this idea very sinister, don't you?
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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2013, 12:15:40 pm »

My Dears,
The link to Ouija board history was very interesting; how typical that it spread because of shrewd businessmen. I have read that the strange thing about the Ouija board's replies is that there is a sort of recurrent mischievous personality, or trickster, that emerges. Rather like a poltergeist. Perhaps the board contacts archetypes of the collective unconscious - the Trickster is one of the most ubiquitous. I find this idea very sinister, don't you?
C.W.

 Yes indeed MS Wingnut it is a very sinister proposition to be summoning up spirits for a game. The consideration as to whether a mischievous or malign spirit or  energy could tap into the ether surrounding a ouja board or into the subconscious of those using it is an unnerving thought.

Co icidently there is a talking steampunk ouija board business seeking donations  to facilitate manufacture. I would provide a link but there is  great risk it is spam. .
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« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2018, 07:52:50 pm »

Doing some "necromancy" on an ancient thread just to show off...

Not Steamy, but I did a Celtic-themed Ouija board table a couple years ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Q3dI3YzHQ
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2018, 03:15:58 pm »

My Dears,
The link to Ouija board history was very interesting; how typical that it spread because of shrewd businessmen. I have read that the strange thing about the Ouija board's replies is that there is a sort of recurrent mischievous personality, or trickster, that emerges. Rather like a poltergeist. Perhaps the board contacts archetypes of the collective unconscious - the Trickster is one of the most ubiquitous. I find this idea very sinister, don't you?
C.W.

Trolls.  Somebody in the group is pushing the planchette to freak out the other players and then acting like it wasn't them.
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