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How to Use a Ouija Board Correctly: Basics and Beyond

Karen Frazier
Hands on ouija board

Want to learn how to use a Ouija board? The Ouija board is easy to use, even for people trying for the first time. Ouija boards require little set-up and only have a two parts, and you can use them virtually anywhere as long as you have somewhere to sit face to face. By following a few simple steps, you'll learn how to use the Ouija board in no time.

Learn How to Use a Ouija Board

In general, you need at least two people to use a Ouija board (although you can use the Ouija board alone under the proper set of circumstances).

  • Designate two people as sitters that sit touch the planchette.
  • Designate one of the sitters as the medium who asks all questions during a session.
  • Designate a third person as the scribe that writes questions and responses on a pad of paper. If only two people are present, use a voice recorder to record questions and responses instead.
  • All other people present are observers. If they have a question, they can share it with the medium, who will ask the questions.
  • You can rotate positions during the session if you wish, closing out one session and starting a new one each time you do.

Directions to Use the Ouija Board

The directions below are for two people as sitters with an additional person serving as the scribe.

  1. Sitters sit face-to-face either in two chairs with knees touching or at a small table where they can each easily reach both sides of the Ouija board.
  2. Sitters place the Ouija board either balanced equally on both their knees or on the table between them with the letters and words facing up.
  3. Place the planchette in the center of the board with the felt feet touching the board. The felt feet allow the planchette to slide easily.
  4. Sitters place their middle and forefinger of both hands lightly on either side of the planchette.
  5. Medium performs a summoning chant, if desired.
  6. Medium begins to ask questions, starting simply with a query such as, "Is anyone here?"
  7. Scribe writes the question so everyone can remember later.
  8. Everyone waits for the planchette to move without sitters trying to move it themselves. Once it starts moving, sitters allow the planchette to slide across the surface of the Ouija board without attempting to control it.
  9. When the planchette stops on a letter, number, or response, the letter or response will be centered in the planchette window. As it stops, the medium calls out the letter, number, or response and scribe records it.
  10. Allow the planchette to continue to spell out or designate the response.
  11. Medium asks follow-up questions.
  12. When the session comes to a natural conclusion, or if participants wish to change roles, close the session:
    1. Medium says, "Thank you for communicating with us."
    2. Sitters deliberately slide the planchette to "Good Bye" and pause there, and then they deliberately slide it off of the board.
    3. Sitters turn the planchette upside down with the feet up to break any energetic connection.

Tips for Ouija Board Use

Above are the basic steps for a Ouija board session. When working with a Ouija board, consider the following tips.

Choose a Ouija Board or Talking Board You Like

Use any Ouija or talking board you like; they all work about the same way. You may also find these games called spirit boards, witch boards, or something similar. There are even online versions, although many people prefer to be hands-on with the game.

Gather Everything You Need Before You Begin

To play, you'll need the contents of the talking board game as well as a place to set up. This includes the following materials.

  • A planchette or indicator, which is the piece that slides across the board and points to letters, numbers, and responses
  • The talking board or Ouija board
  • A small table and two chairs or two chairs of the same height
  • A pad or paper and pen or pencil to record responses
  • A recording device if you don't have a pen and paper or someone to record responses
  • Any objects you wish to have as protection or for atmosphere such as candles, sage, or crystals

Use a Light Touch on the Planchette

As sitters touch the planchette, do it so lightly you can slide a piece of paper under the fingertips or shine a beam of light beneath it. Sitters should also hold elbows at their sides, with elbows and forearms off the table.

Warm Up the Ouija Board

At the start, sitters can warm up the board by deliberately circling the planchette in seven clockwise circles. Return planchette to the center of the board before asking questions.

Ask the Ouija Board Questions

Once the board is warmed up, the medium can begin to ask questions.

  • These can be open ended or yes or no questions.
  • Avoid questions you don't want to know the answer to, or those that may be dangerous to ask the board.
  • Allow the planchette to move without sitters trying to influence it.
  • Sometimes, the planchette moves very slowly, sometimes quickly, and sometimes not at all.
  • Give the planchette time to respond to a question before moving onto the next. If it doesn't move after ten minutes or so, close the session, and either put the game away or choose new sitters and a new medium.

Record Responses

Each time the planchette points to a response, such as a number or letter, the medium should call out the response for the scribe to write on the paper. This way, you can be sure you're recording the responses accurately. The tip of the planchette may point to a letter, or the planchette may stop with a letter centered in the circular window. Either is fine; typically, your board will do one or the other, but not both within the same session.

Ouija planchette on no

Close Every Ouija Board Session

When you're ready to end the session, or to switch sitters and medium, close the session before starting a new one. To do this, say, "Thank you for communicating with us," and then deliberately slide the planchette to "Good-bye." Pause there for a few seconds and then lift the planchette off the board and turn it upside down with the feet up off the board until you're ready to start a new session. This closes ties to the energy of any entity with whom you've been communicating.

Always Put the Ouija Board Away When You're Finished

Don't leave the board sitting out when you're not using it. Instead, wrap the planchette in a cloth so it doesn't touch the board, and put both pieces back in the box. Store it in a closet or drawer until you're ready to try again.

Beyond the Basics of How to Use the Ouija Board

Beyond basic playing, there are some things you can do to make your session go more smoothly.

Using a Ouija Board Is Easy

Ouija boards are a fascinating tool. Some people believe they communicate with paranormal entities, and others think the sitters subconsciously move the planchette so no spirit communication occurs. Regardless of what you believe, it's interesting to use Ouija and other talking boards either as a game or as a way to communicate with spirits from other realms.

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