5 Signs Your Ouija Board Session Has Gone Horribly Wrong

By on June 9, 2015 // Spirit Communication // 8 Comments

Image: Amanda Hatfield via CC by 2.0
Image: Amanda Hatfield via CC by 2.0

There you are, sitting at a table with a group of friends, fingers on the planchette. You’re ready to communicate with the great beyond – but wait! You never know what you’ll find when dealing with the mysterious spirit board.

You have to be careful, you know. Here are five ominous signs that your Ouija session may be heading in an unfortunate direction…

The Planchette Moves Through the Alphabet or Numbers, Hits the Corners, or Makes a Figure 8

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Image: ryan via CC by 2.0

If the planchette begins to move across the board, through the alphabet or the numbers, without any regard to answering your questions, it’s probably time to close up shop.

According to the Museum of Talking Boards’ list of Ouijastitions, this may be a sign that whatever spirit — or demon — you’re communicating with is trying to break out.

Likewise, if the planchette motions to the board’s four corners, this is an indication that the entity you’re speaking with is undoubtedly evil. And worse, if it makes a figure 8 or moves in circles, that evil spirit is kindly letting you know that it now has control of the board.

On the other hand, it may just be attempting to mess with you. Some entities enjoy “playing around” or drawing random patterns on the board, or perhaps drawing symbols in an attempt to trick the user into believing it is a powerful spirit.

The Planchette Flies or Falls

A bit of plastic moves around the Ouija board, so what? You can handle that. But then…

“The last experience I had with a quija board, the plachett flew across the room, smashing against the wall, of it’s own power. They ARE a doorway, and unless you know how to [interrogate] the spirit, you have no idea what so ever who or what is communicating with you.

You’ve opened a door, and called them through.” – hotwitch2/Reddit

Another Ouijasition: if the planchette falls from the Ouija board, an entity may escape. A portal may open.

Time Goes Missing

Things have been pretty tame, so far. The planchette moved around a bit and you dropped it once, but you know — everything seems under control. Then something unexpected happens.

Reddit user lenoresden knows all about this. One night many years ago, she and a friend were using a Ouija board when they began to get “some very strange” messages from a spirit claiming to be from Malaysia. “He was here to protect us,” she wrote. But all was not as it seemed.

In the blink of an eye, several hours passed. “The next thing we know its 7a.m!” she wrote, “We lost 10 hours of our life. Neither of us remember anything about it.” Her friend swore to never use a Ouija board again. And while lenoresden did, her later experiences didn’t compare to what happened that night.

Where did the time go? There are those who believe that, in order to communicate or perform in any manner, entities on the other side must draw energy from their surroundings. And in the case of a Ouija board session, that energy comes from the individuals using the board. That means you.

Perhaps the lost time in this story was the result of a possession…

Terror Strikes Beyond the Board

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Image: Mark Gunn via CC by 2.0

Okay, well, that’s enough. Let’s put the Ouija board away and leave this spirit communication business to the experts. Wait, did you hear something?

“The board would disappear for days on end, then show up in places you never would have put it. I became obsessed with it. Then it was a black mass in the corner of the room. Or the silhouette of a man watching you from the doorway.

After that it escalated pretty quickly. I had my hair pulled. Fingers pricked. Scratched. Choked. Held down in bed while this thing whispered in my ear in what could have only been Latin…” – [deleted]/Reddit

Sometimes, the effects of using a Ouija board linger long after it’s been put away, or so I’ve read. Call it a little side effect of opening up a hell portal in your living room. And that’s why you always leave a note end the session correctly.

Zozo Makes an Appearance

Was the #CharlieCharlieChallenge a marketing ploy? A simple game gone viral? Maybe, maybe not. Seriously, I don’t know, because I missed the whole thing. But Charlie isn’t the only demonic entity that people have tried to conjure into our world. In the beginning, there was Zozo.

Zozo is known to be, well, evil. So if you see the planchette begin to spell out Z-O-Z-O or Z-A-Z-A or even M-A-M-A, you might want to think about putting an end to that conversation.

Not convinced? Still want to give it a try? Check out my post on Zozo before you do.

// Interested in more weird Ouija stories? Check out this list of 23 “true” tales over at Thought Catalog, where I discovered a couple of the Reddit links featured above.

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Shahiqa

    I do believe in ghosts, spirits, aliens, time travel theories but not ouija board. There was this one episode of Brain Games, which showed how the ouija board worked well when a group of people tried it. But when the same group was blind folded and asked to repeat it, the planchette would just land in some blank spaces on the board. Ouija board is all a mind game. Human mind is quite powerful and can make you conveniently believe stuff. Ouija board is just involuntary movement of fingers over the planchette.

    • Li

      I thought so too, until I tried it myself, alone. After some time of silence I was ready to give up (I didn’t really expect something would happen), but then suddenly the glass I used as the planchette began to move and pull my hand after itself. What if the experiment went in this way beacause the spirits use not only our hands but also our eyes?

    • Harley

      Some people indeed say the ghost/spirit uses your body, so it doesn’t just need your hand but it also needs your eyes to see the board itself

    • rodney

      i’m native use it all the time.i can make the planchette move by itself,i call on my ancestors,the trail of tears.i use it for good n bad”sorry”.i use red n white candles,sometimes black,when needed.just be careful.

    • Funny thing there is, I had a Native Friend who would use the board with me, and nobody believed it was real, so we had them cover our eyes and we would both look straight up at the roof to prove we weren’t moving it.
      The Ouija board still worked 100% and we had our friends read out the messages.

      Not sure why it didn’t work on Brain Games, maybe they want to convince you that nothing can come of it and make you think it is only a game?

  • Mariah Lynn Ernest

    I just got done with my paper made Ouija board… It started to ask a question, “Why are you? ” I didn’t know what it was going to ask, then it switched and wrote “IGY6″…. I googled it. It means, “I got your 6.” Before playing I did a prayer asked the Arch Angel, Michael, the Gods and Goddess’ of the Heavens, Earth, and Universe to protect me. I said, “No evil spirits are allowed to play, if you are here with ill intent you are not welcomed to play.” I asked who it was, it said Dereck Whit.. I finished it and asked Dereck Whittenburg? It said yes. I asked the basketball player? It said no, then said, “Pray for Iraq government qkxj”. I don’t know what that is. I tried to look it up on my phone, without removing my hand, then my dog started to have a nightmare. I asked was it them doing it, they said yes. I said goodbye.

    What does qkxj mean?

  • Susan

    some friends and I were using a ouija board and asking if there was anyone there when a glass at the end of the table moved by itself to where the ouija board was placed. This distance wa about 2 metres. What does this mean?

  • Diane greene

    Hi I thought I was talking to my dad then I asked my dad is my husband cheating he said yes her name was Elaine and she worked with my husband I had murder with my husband got in touch with his work over this girl and there was no such girl who worked there I nearly broke my marriage up cos of this board my dad would never of said yes to that question cos he no s it would break My heard could this of been my dad