Recently I have taken an interest in seances and have been doing some research into how best to conduct one. The first thing I thought of was, of course, an ouija board. Not knowing how to use one, or even where to get one, I browsed various web sites including Castle of Spirits as well as this one for stories involving ouija boards and instructions on how to use one. I also watched some youtube videos of (supposed) seances.
So far I have gathered that there are many different methods of using an ouija board, such as:
- Minimum of three people (multiples of three apparently work better)
- One speaker only
- Keeping contact with the pointer at all times
- Touching the pointer with only two fingers
- Saying goodbye to the spirit when you are done
- Never speak to a demon or angry/violent spirit, and
- Explicit instructions not to use them at all
As such, I still wasn't 100% confident I knew what I was doing, but I moved onto the next step of actually getting an ouija board. I'm told they can be bought at toy shops (THEY'RE NOT TOYS!) but I'm also told home made ones work just as well.
So with my home made ouija board in one hand and pointer glass in the other, I began looking for someone I knew who might be more experienced with seances. To my surprise, I discovered that my dad knew quite a bit and had performed some fifty odd seances in his teen years. To my disappointment however, he flat out refused to perform one with me. When I asked him why, he recounted one seance that terrified him to the point that he has never gone near an ouija board since.
He performed a seance with some friends in Melbourne, Australia and made contact with a particularly violent spirit. This spirit was extremely uncooperative and moved the pointer so forcefully that it repeatedly fell off the table. When asked its name, the spirit spelt out 'DER TEUFEL'. At the time, the group thought it was gibberish but wrote it down anyway.
PLEASE NOTE: My Dad does not recall what the exact word was (it happened 30 years ago), only its meaning.
Some days later, one of the people involved looked into what 'DER TEUFEL' meant. He found that it was German for 'the Devil'.
Now before anyone goes off at me for telling such an extreme story, understand that I too think it extremely unlikely that this spirit was actually the devil. My understanding is that spirits, like humans, are under no obligation to tell the truth. I also don't recall the Devil ever referring to himself as 'the Devil' in the bible (I could be wrong). Either way, it is a pretty incredible story.