Questions You Should Never Ask a Ouija Board

Karen Frazier
Children play with Ouija board

While there are plenty of things you can ask a Ouija board, not every topic is appropriate. For example, you shouldn't ask the Ouija board, "When am I going to die?" While this is definitely one question to avoid, it's not the only one. When working with any spirit board, there are certain questions you just should never ask.

Don't Ask About Death

Along with never asking, "When am I going to die," you also shouldn't ask other questions about your death or the death of others. You probably shouldn't even ask about the death of the entity with which you are communicating. There are a few reasons why this is so:

  • An entity may be uncomfortable discussing his or her death, so the question might be upsetting.
  • The future isn't written in stone; no one can predict when you or another will die.
  • If you do receive an answer, how will you feel? Will you live in fear of that day? You could truly upset yourself or create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Don't Ask About Illness

Along with not asking, "Am I sick?" or if someone else is sick, don't seek diagnoses or advice about illnesses, their treatment, or their progression. There are several reasons why this is the case:

  • Chances are if you are talking with an entity, he or she doesn't have knowledge of current healthcare practices.
  • Again, the answer may stress you out, or it could lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • It's always best to seek medical advice and opinions from trained professionals - not talking boards, no matter who is controlling the planchette.

Don't Ask Prying Questions

Don't use the Ouija board or any other talking board to pry into anyone's life. Only ask questions that everyone present in the room agrees upon and avoid asking any private or prying questions about other people's lives. Think about how you would feel if someone asked the Ouija board prying questions about you when you weren't present. Would you want those secrets revealed or would you be upset others were prying into your private affairs? Use the same courtesy you'd expect from others.

Don't Ask About the Future

The future is not set in stone, so asking about it does no good. Humans have free will, so your future will be the result of your choices and actions and not some preordained series of events. Asking about the future and receiving answers may also be upsetting, or it may lead to false hopes or expectations.

Don't Ask to Talk to a Demon

Regardless of your religious beliefs or whether you think demons are real (or that you can contact them through a Hasbro game), never ask to talk to one on any talking board. While it may seem like a lark, you truly don't know who or what you could contact through a Ouija board. Chances are you are unprepared to deal with dark and negative forces - real or imagined - that can wreak havoc in your life. Never ask about demons in any type of spirit communications, whether you're using a talking board or participating in a seance.

Don't Ask (or Invite) the Spirit to Possess You

Possession leads to the loss of free will and invites an entity to live in and through you. Bishop James Long, exorcist and priest with the United States Old Catholic Church, cautions that you never know what type of entity you will contact through the Ouija board. Inviting possession or demonic influence is foolish at best and dangerous at worst. The Catholic Church still has trained exorcists and warns that demonic possession may be on the rise.

Questions You Might Not Want to Ask

Man and woman using Ouija board

Along with the above questions, there are other questions you may wish to avoid when working with a spirit board.

Questions About Religion

Why? Because just as in the living world, the answers you receive may depend on the entity with whom you are communicating. The entity may be just as likely to not be tied in to any universal truth as the person asking the question.

Questions You're Not Prepared to Have Answered

Think about whether you actually want a truthful answer before you ask any question. For example, if you ask, "Is my husband having an affair," are you prepared to know the answer to that? Think very carefully about your readiness before you ask any question in case the answer is not what you want it to be. If you're not ready to know, don't ask.

Frivolous Questions

It's always best to approach the Ouija board with an air of serious intent, even if it seems like just a bit of fun. Asking frivolous questions wastes your time and makes a joke of any entities you may be communicating with. Make the most of your time of communication by asking serious, thoughtful questions.

Communicating With Spirits

Ouija boards are one device you can use to communicate with spirits. They are similar to other modes such as electronic voice phenomena or pendulums. Approach the spirits with respect and avoid asking inappropriate questions. Ask well thought out questions just as you would ask a living person in a conversation. This is the best possible way to approach whomever you contact via a Oujia board.

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Questions You Should Never Ask a Ouija Board