Summoning Spirits

Evocation is a lot more than a parlor game.

Summoning spirits is also known as evocation. Evocation has been used to attempt contact with spirits or demons to gather information or command these otherworldly entities to do something on the summoner's behalf.

Summoning Spirits and EVP

Some paranormal researchers in North America and Europe have claimed they have made contact with spirits and been able to communicate with them using EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). Spirit voices may be present in a house or other building that are only able to be heard at a frequency that the living occupants are unable to detect.

To find out whether this is the case, run a tape recorder at a time when you know the building is unoccupied. You may be very surprised by what you hear. A word of caution, though; not all the sounds you may pick up will be pleasant. In some cases, the owners have heard disturbing sounds or threats being made against them. If you think this would make you feel uncomfortable, you may be better off not exploring this possibility in the absence of other evidence of paranormal activity in the area.

Talking to Spirits Using a Ouija Board

People have been summoning spirits with Ouija boards for quite some time. However, this practice can open the door to a dimension that might be better left closed.

What is a Ouija Board?

Ouija boards became popular during the mid-1800s when they were a very popular parlor game. At that point, spiritualism was very popular, and mediums were being sought ou tby many people for consultations and holding seances. The word "Ouija" is derived from the French and German words for "Yes", being "Oui" and "Ja."

The Modern Ouija Board

The modern version of the Ouija consists of a board with all 26 letters of the alphabet and numbers from 0-9 imprinted on it. The words "Yes", "No," and "Goodbye" also appear on the board. A plastic planchet in the shape of a heart is also included. This is the item that the participants lightly put their fingers on as a supposed spirit guides it over the board to create answers to seekers' questions.

In absence of a proper Ouija board, some people simply create their own letters and lay them out on a tabletop, and they use an overturned glass for a planchet. This set up seems to work equally as well as a manufactured spirit board.

Dangers of the Ouija

Ouija boards are still being sold in the game board section of stores, but they are most definitely not parlor games. While you may have fun playing with the Ouija board and have nothing scary happen, you may have a much different type of experience.

Some devout Christians believe that any type of channeling is forbidden, and that by using a device like a Ouija board, the participants are relying on unreliable and downright dangerous sources for guidance. There is also a concern that the seekers may actually be influenced by Satan or other evil spirits. People who play Ouija boards or who make their own are inviting spirits to enter their homes. Once you have opened that door, there is no guarantee that the spirit you have summoned will leave simply because you have decided it is no longer welcome. Getting rid of a presence in your home can be very difficult, and you will likely need to seek the help of a medium, psychic or religious leader to help.

Before you are able to gather enough evidence of paranormal activity in your home to warrant intervention by an expert, you will possibly have to live through a number of episodes that may range from being merely inconvenient to downright dangerous.

If you are still curious about summoning spirits and are going to use a Ouija board for this purpose, you may want to say a prayer first asking for divine protection for everyone in the home. Another suggestion for those people who just need to find out what will happen is to burn sage in the house while the Ouija board is being used. A sage scented candle could also be used for this purpose. Sage is used to cleanse a location of any evil spirits, so using it during these times makes sense.


Remember, summoning spirits is not something that should ever be done lightly. You can never be sure which kind of being you may contact, and you could open up your home and yourself to some very negative influeces. If you proceed, do so with extreme caution.

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