Yikes! Last weekend I saw The Excorism of Emily Rose, and was literity freaked out. *Warning Movie Spoilers follow* When the priest mentioned to the lawyer the "witching hour" was 3 a.m.--which is meant to mock the "holy trinity hour" that is at 3 p.m. (when Christ died and was resurrected) I was in disbelief. I know it's only a movie (however it was based on a real events), but it got me thinking about the supernatural and such. The movie also made an emphases on dark forces and evil happenings. Dark forces? Well I was bored so I googled the following: "witching hour", "holy trinity hour", "supernatural forces", "excorisms", and somehow landed on a message board that mentioned something called a ouija board.For those who do not know what a ouija board is, let me clarify. A Ouija board is used in divination and spiritualism. The board usually has the letters of the alphabet inscribed on it, along with words such as 'yes,' 'no,' 'good-bye' and 'maybe.' A planchette (a slidable 3-legged device) or pointer of some sort is manipulated by those using the board. The users ask the board a question and together or one of them singly moves the pointer or the board until a letter is "selected" by the pointer. The selections "spell" out an answer to the question asked.
Some have concluded the user(s) are guided by sprits of the beyond. They can either be good or evil spirits. Some say lighting a white candle and saying a protection prayer, will help to attract "good spirits". On this message board a user mentioned there is a online ouija board over at the witchboard . And I guess there are rules to play by some of the rules are:
- Never play alone!
- Never let the spirits count down through the numbers or go through the alphabet as they can get out of the board this way.
- If the planchette goes to the four corners of the board it means that you have contacted an evil spirit.
- If the planchette falls from a Ouija board, a spirit will get loose.
- If the planchette repeatedly makes a figure eight, it means that an evil spirit is in control of the board.
- If you should get an evil spirit, quickly turn the planchette upside down and use it that way.
- The board must be "closed" properly or evil spirits will remain behind to haunt the operator.
- Never use the Ouija when you are ill or in a weakened condition since this may make you vulnerable to possession.
- The spirit of the Ouija board creates "wins" for the user, causing him to become more and more dependent on the board. Addiction follows. This is called "progressive entrapment."
- Evil spirits contacted through the Ouija board will try to win your confidence with false flattery and lies.
- Always be respectful and never upset the spirits.
- Never use the Ouija in a graveyard or place where a terrible death has occurred or you will bring forth malevolent entities.
- Witchboards are so named because witches use them to summon demons.
- The very first Ouija boards were made from the wood of coffins. A coffin nail in the center of the planchette window served as the pointer.
- Sometimes an evil spirit can permanently "inhabit" a board. When this happens, no other spirits will be able to use it.
- When using a glass as a message indicator, you must always cleanse it first by holding it over a burning candle.
- Ouija boards that are disposed of improperly, come back to haunt the owner.
- A Ouija Board will scream if you try to burn it. People who hear the scream have less than thirty-six hours to live. There is only one proper way to dispose of it: break the board into seven pieces, sprinkle it with Holy Water then bury it.
- If you must use a Ouija board, make your own. Arrange the letters and numbers, into a circle so whatever is trapped within that circle can't escape.
- If you place a pure silver coin on the board, no evil spirits will be able to come through.
- NEVER leave the planchette on the board if you aren't using it.
- Lecherous spirits from the Ouija board will sometimes ask young women to do rather . . . ah, odd things.
- Never ask about God.
- Never ask when you are going to die.
- Never ask where the gold is buried.
Do I believe the ouija board can summon spirits from the beyond. I don't know, but I'm afraid to use it. Maybe you can summon the spirits or just maybe there is a scientific explanation for the moving of the planchette. Based upon some of the experiences some has described including my own mother, I think I'll just pass. I'll just stick with horoscopes and tarot cards for now.