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Alarming Ouija Experience


This story (a bit long - sorry!) happened in December 2008. I was hesitant to post it here because I have seen the negative feelings expressed on this forum regarding the use of Ouija boards - however, in lurking around this site, the knowledge I gained helped me put a stop to what was going on before it became a problem.

A few friends and I had headed out to an abandoned nursing home for our first Ouija board experience together (I had tried it a few times in my childhood, with not many interesting results). We made a board out of plywood, sanded it, and personalized it. We chose a room with a glassless window (for easy escape), laid a circle of salt around us, and began. I was documenting the questions and answers in a notebook while the others participated. We began the session with the question "is anyone here?" followed by "are you from the sun or the moon" and "do you love God" (since I had read somewhere that these questions are the only ones demons cannot lie about - whether or not there is truth to this, I'd like some feedback!)

We eventually contacted a spirit who called herself JOE-SEE, which we deduced (and confirmed with the spirit), was a phonetic spelling for the name Josie. Apparently, Josie had not been a resident at the nursing home, but someone she loved had. During the entire experience, our board would begin to rotate or spin slowly during the spirit's answers. When we asked Josie where her love was now, she directed the planchette to the "moon" symbol (which we'd read was symbolic of Hell) - and during her answer, the board began to almost twitch erratically, first beginning to rotate one direction, and then the other. We took this as Josie being irritated or sad at having to discuss something she found painful. After this we asked her if she wanted to quit, and she said yes. So we ended our session that night by saying "Goodbye" with the board.

Weeks later, we decided to try another location: this time, an abandoned fraternity house that had, in the times just after slavery, been a Negro children's school. We chose a room far inside the house - but this time forgot to bring salt for a circle (stupid?). Having become a bit too cocky perhaps, we jumped right in to our session.

"Is anyone there?"


"Are you from the sun or the moon?"

The planchette moved to the moon, rather slowly - as if not wanting to admit this.

The four of us looked at one another. Not good - but for some reason, we decided to ask one final question.

"Do you love God?"


That was the final straw for us; we said "Goodbye" and immediately left the premises. A few days later, at one of the friends' houses, we chilled out for a bit before trying the board again; we were curious to see what results we could get in his basement. We opened the session, again neglecting a salt circle, and it went a bit like this:

"Anyone there?"

YES. This answer came very quickly, to our surprise.

"Are you from the sun or the moon?"

MOON. Again, very quickly.

We were uneasy at this point, and we closed the session. However, curious as we were, we wanted to ask it just one more question. We "re-connected," asking it the same questions as before: Yes, someone's here, yes, from the moon. Then:

"Were you the one we contacted the other night?"

Very quickly - the quickest answer we got: YES.

Immediately we closed the session, moving the planchette to "Goodbye" and exiting the room. I began to feel uneasy, a bit sick to my stomach, and particularly angry at one of my friends. They did a bit of online research while I dozed and brooded on a bed. Eventually, they did what they could to bless some water. We broke the board into pieces (seven, maybe - don't remember, but we'd researched this too), and we went into the woods to bury the pieces and sprinkle each "grave" with the water we'd blessed. After this, I felt a strange (perhaps psychological?) sense of relief.

Nothing strange has happened after that, but I find it fascinating - and very scary - that an entity might have followed us. We still aren't sure whether or not it followed us (as one friend had a rather misfortunate event in the days between the last two Ouija sessions), or had become attached to the board.

I doubt I'll try Ouija again. What do you think - feedback is welcome. Sorry for the length, and thanks for reading!

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Shadead (91 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-20)
ive done 30 or so sessions similiar with the same freinds different boards and we use a similiar method to the salt ring we also use the 5 white candles (must be white as it represents purity) we also each hold a piece of white quarts on our person and either a cruifix (possible to help but not 100% or a pendant ect of silver or sterling silver) We also do a prayer of protection (I am an athesist so instead of god I say higher power or just say You in refernce to a power) as for the moving board it can happen but is rare and takes greater powered spirits to do so and uses more of thier energy. A good set to ask at the start if you must dabble is:

Are you happy to talk to us?
Can you hurt us?
Will you Hurt us?

You want back:

If you get Yes for all 3 say good bye or proceed with due warning that you have been told. If you have any questions feel free to check my profile for my email address.

JoeySchonknecht (9 posts)
14 years ago (2009-12-29)
ok. Before I post my comment, I jus want to let everyone no that I am a very blunt person and I speak my mind. I have no intentions of hurting anyones feelings however what I have to say may do so. If I offend you in anyway, please do not read my postings or comments. Now then. I am so sick of reading comments on here of how the quija board is "evil" and all they do is summon demons. This is not the case and whomever may believe so needs to do much more research. However, it is possible for a demon to trace the portal in which you opened to contact whatever it is you were speaking with, so I do say use the board with EXTREME caution. Know exactly what your doing before attempting any exercise with the board. The board is neither good or evil. Its what you use it for and your intentions behind the use that make it as such. Sure, I have had some bad experiences with it, but who hasnt? It happens. You play with fire, eventually you will get burned. However, the board has helped me in many different cases as well. Now, to respond to this story. Your salt rings are a good way to keep yourself protected from nething minor that may come through the portal, however, something strong can easily break the circle. As far as lying goes, it can lie about anything at any time to make you believe what it wants you to. If you feel the intity is lying to you, you can attempt to comand it to speak the truth in the name of god and hope for a better chance at the truth. It doesn't always work tho. Also, I don't recommend commanding the spirit to do anything unless you know what your doing and what you could be getting yourself into. Commanding falls into the category of antagonizing, so again, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST! Never take any chances with the spiritual world unless you are COMPLETLY sure of yourself. However, do not under any circumstances do anything to piss "it" off if you have other people in the room with you. Regardless of how sure you are of yourself, you are putting the other people at risk as well. Using five white candles placed in the shape of a pentagram with you and your party sitting inbetween, but outside of, the candles can be used for protection as well, but as any protection, sometimes it may fail as well. You can also pray for protection, depending on your beliefes. What works best for me is a technique I picked up on for astral projection. I call it a spirit barrier. You may call it what you will. You take the essence of every element (fire, water, earth, air, spirit) and "weeve" it into a barrier around your entire body. How tightly you wind it depends on the level of protection you may have achieved. To do this, you must first get into a well meditated state. Once done, imagine radiant white streams of light coming from something that posseses the element in which you are trying to take the essence from (sink=water, fire place=fire, ground=earth, the air you breath=air, from your own body or someone elses=spirit). Once done, imagine the streams of light surrounding you and "weeving" together tightly as you can possibly make them to insure nothing can get in to screw with you during your experience. However, you can still have the crap scared out of you lol. If the sheild is formed correctly, you should feel a very warm feeling surrounding you. Embrase this feeling and keep your concintration on it to keep it woven tightly. It may take a lot of practice for some to get this right seeing as its a very advanced technique. But once you get it, you should be for the most part ok. I personaly think that if your willing to use the quija board again, go for it. Its your choice. However, its always best to no what your doing and how to handle ANY situation that could occure durring your session. Its also best to try and not get freaked out because even if you no everything there is to no about it, it will do you no good in your situation. I hope I gave you some new info that could help you in your future uses of the quija board. If you have anymore questions about it, please contact me at schonknecht [at] If you have a question or need my assistance I will do my best to help. Thanks for reading:)
Paladin_of_Christ (9 posts)
14 years ago (2009-09-12)
I think you shouldn't have used the board to begin with. Everytime you opened it, you just invited another demon to hang around... Including the so-called Josie. Let explain to you how demons work with the board. The first couple of times you might not have even had contact or anything, just like throwing out a lure, but when one of those demons noticed the worm (ouija activation) they took a nibble. Demons are very smart, they can lie about who they are and what they were in past life and so on... You are never contacting a benevolent or so called "good spirit". They try to make you believe that you are talking to other dead people and once you've fallen for the bait is when they start reeling YOU in. Trust me, you are very lucky that it didn't claim you under contract of the board and usage of diving.
CHR0NiKA13 (4 posts)
15 years ago (2009-08-17)
Don't worry I've seen longer stories up in here... Lol. And when you play the quija board you can experience some crazy shyt. Whether you bury it or burn it you really never get rid of it. It does leave some people alone but most of them can still feel the quija over their shoulders. That's me. I used to play the quija board almost everyday and it's been like a year since I've last played it and I would still experience shyt. But lately I haven't. But to be honest the room I'm in is all of a sudden chilly...
RayvenHawk (21 posts)
15 years ago (2009-07-10)
Like I tell everyone regarding the ouija, the board IS NOT evil, does not only contact demons, doesn't open portals... Etc etc etc. It's a freaking board!

But it is a focal point for YOU. Meaning you the "user" open the portals, contact the evil spirits (if any are truly evil to begin with is up for debate), the board just gives you an outlet to direct it. Think of it this way, if you saw a loaded gun on the table, would you be afraid of that gun killing you? No, it's just an object not capable of doing anything on it's own. Now if that same gun was in the hands of a murderer and pointed at you, would you then be afraid? Of course you would, the gun is being used by someone with intent, it now has power coming from the user. The moment they put it down that gun becomes lifeless and contains no power whatsoever. Same goes for the board.
PlaydoughMaster (8 stories) (38 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-07)
Dude when I read other stories I hear they were attacked or something dark formed or something like that and its because they didn't do what you did. You used salt, you went to good bye after using the board, you asked the questions right, then breaking the board and using holy water. You know how many people set the thing on fire. Alot of dumb people do. About the ghost, for it to have broke the salt it had to be very powerful. I recomend next time lighting a candle. It directs ghost to the light. Then you burry it with the board but still you did a smart thing. Good for you. Listen I'm an expert with the board, feel free to e-mail me at ouijacondom [at]
raincolor (2 stories) (16 posts)
15 years ago (2009-05-16)
Sorry about the wait, everyone. I hope you're all still around to continue this discussion:)

Whitebuffalo: When we spoke with "Josie," the board was made of sanded plywood and the floor was dusty cement covered in the debris of an abandoned building. So, yes, the entire board itself would slowly spin in one direction as we spoke with Josie, but we attributed this to the slipperiness/lack of traction -- until, when we asked her the question about her "love," the board began spinning in different ways, and more erratically. It would jerk from clockwise to counter clockwise in varied intervals, where before there had been a gradual spin. I hope this clears things up. However, we didn't feel intimidated by the motion; we all separately read it as Josie being emotionally distraught. I hope this isn't a naive assumption.

StarGazed: I am agnostic as well. It is simply because most of my ouija knowledge comes from online sources such as YGS that I adopted a Christian or Catholic-based understanding of the practice. My reasoning is that not everyone who doesn't love God is evil, but how could someone who IS evil love God? So you're limiting your target ghost audience so to speak (lol).

Lawboy and Jginkx: I had been feeling sick for the days prior to this because of a distressing event in my life that caused mild depression; I had been unable to eat. But for the entire day until our final ouija session, I'd felt fine. Why I was suddenly at my friend? To me, it was like the little things about him that had always irked me were actually making me angry. As if my distaste for him had been amplified. Coincidentally or not, he was also the one who had the main part in "blessing" the water. This was meagerly done by saying some Catholic prayers over some really hot water. Personally, I have no idea whatsoever about Catholicism, its practices -- and therefore what we did was probably useless. Maybe it's the thought that counts...? But destroying the board seemed to alleviate my anger and tiredness (I had felt really sluggish and generally annoyed, like a grumpy person is when they're first awakened, really irritable).

I'm sure some of my physical reactions might have been psychological, or was it the entity feeding off of my energy and making me feel weaker/tired?
Jginkx94 (1 stories) (12 posts)
15 years ago (2009-05-12)
i think that you were brave for trying to contact the dead. It would have been wise to ask if it was followiwing you or not. But that is a great styroy and legth is not a problem I have seen WAy longer. I was wondering if you could answer my question of why did you suddenly feel sick and why were you all of a sudden mad at your friend?
lawboy386 (10 posts)
15 years ago (2009-05-11)
hmm did any of you feel sick or anything while this was going on? If this happened to me I would have ran I bet lol well thanks for sharing!
StarGazed (10 posts)
15 years ago (2009-04-07)
I'm sorry to sound disrespectful, but after reading- I'm curious. Why does it seem like all spirits are either theist or evil? I'm agnostic, so if asked whether or not I love God- I don't think I'd say yes even though I don't consider myself evil or harmful, but that seems to be a common way to tell if a spirit is good or not.

It's good that you stopped talking when you felt uncomfortable. If something feels wrong, especially with something that can go so wrong, you should stop. I wouldn't suggest trying it again if you're uncomfortable, certainly not in the same spot. Maybe somewhere else if you want to try and have another positive experience, but still be careful.
October (1 stories) (14 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-29)
It was smart for you to close the session after realizing you had a demon. However, I really don't think it was necessary to totally destroy the board. Like "DarkkX" said, it makes you more cautious to the bad spirits. They were also right about them being dumb, lol.

We asked a suspected demon when it died (even though we knew it would lie since it was a demon) and it gave us 1822 then when we asked it when it was born it told us 1901.
And we were like WHAT? Lol.
Darren (1 stories) (17 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-29)
Interesting story. In my experience Ouija spirits both lie, and tell the truth. I believe they have the ability to tap into the collective unconscious. I also believe in the ideomotor effect, but with a twist. I have participated blindfolded, and was STILL able to spell words and sentences with alarming regularity and with concise control and precision. Not to say that it worked everytime, but ALWAYS did with an x-wife who claimed to be a witch. I think the spirits can read your mind, and plant thoughts which could THEN be in turn used to unconsciously move the centerpiece. Thus ideomotor controlled with the spirits "input."

I have actually been the question asker and while not having fingers on the planchette, was directing the conversation and flow. I had an encyclopedia, and was asking questions pertaining to a King. I "knew" the people who had their fingers on the centerpiece knew nothing of this King, yet were able to guess all sorts of dates of birth, events, etc. Maybe the spirit had the ability to read my mind, and plant these thoughts into the physical participants?

We appreciate the story, be careful!
Tonith (1136 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-19)
I honestly can't give a ouija board much credence. I believe it to be mostly our own subconscious at work. If there is something to it as a tool for commuication it should be used as such. It doesn't have to be shrouded in superstition and hysterical fear which always seems to be the case when people use it for just that reason. To give themselves a good oldfashioned scare.
whitebuffalo (guest)
15 years ago (2009-03-19)
You want some feedback on those questions that supposedly demons can not lie about the answer on?
I am kind of...
Huh, how to say this?
IF you ask a demon if it is from the moon or the sun, WHAT do you think it's answer SHOULD be? ("No" is the CORRECT answer there) In all actuality, if you asked that question, expecting an honest answer... You would receive none (meaning silence). I have known persons who ask such questions to get the answer of "Moon" or "Sun"...
Does that make that particular entity a liar, or evil? No, It COULD mean that they enjoy a very dry sense of humor, or is very sarcastic.
"Moon" and "Sun" do not ALWAYS refer to Hell and Heaven. It is also a stage in existence. So, while a being MAY let you know that it is on the Moon, it MAY be letting you know that it is "aged". And if it says it is on the Sun, it is a "newbie".

You state, at one point while you were talking with Josie that "...the board began to almost twitch erratically, first beginning to rotate one direction, and then the other..." The BOARD? Or the Planchette?
You ask if an entity may have followed you.

Were you carrying the same board from place to place, and in the company of the same peers?
No. It was NOT following YOU, but was in service to the board. But YOU ended it's slavery by breaking the board into the seven pieces and burying it.
They did what they could to Bless some water... I am curious. WHAT does that mean, exactly?
Thank you.
raincolor (2 stories) (16 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-19)
Hobbyholly: the story takes place in Edwardsville, IL, which is coincidentally the site of the old Three Mile House (a rather famously haunted location). It's a very old town/city, settled in the early 19th century.
zack1392 (2 stories) (11 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-19)
you are ten times braver than I am.
I can't stand to be in the same room as an ouija board. I have never used ones but the stories have put me off.
Good job on getting out of that and actually looking up how to get rid of it. I can't tell you how many times I have heard of people burning it. I scolded my friend the other day for using one
jonnygreenfinger (2 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-19)
i wouldn't worrie about anything ouija work from ideomotor movement which is baslicly small movements made unconsiously, and from your story I can tell there were a few of you who are all belivers which would of speeded things up and the places you used the board at sound like fairly scary places which would have made you all a lot more suggestable. I have done plenty of ouija boards for fun and 99% off the time have been totaly comfortable with it. 😁
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-19)
I for one am glad to read in yourstory that you did wha was needed when you realized you were loosing control of the situation.

God Bless!
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-18)
Please don't mess with this... I don't care what others say about using this as entertainment, etc. It is something that WILL bite you at some point. As a person with gifts to communicate (without boards, rituals etc) ie:otherworldly,...I KNOW there are liars on both sides of good and bad. Demons are real, and there are crazy Spirits who are as demented in death as they were in life. Be careful what you choose to do in life. It will come back to haunt you if you are not careful. Blessings, Ghostseer
Ramzey (9 stories) (130 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-18)
Quija boards can literally ruin someone's life when used in the wrong way, glad you got out when you did, I know ~ I'm a person who hates 'em. Thanks for sharing.:)
DarkkX (guest)
15 years ago (2009-03-18)
Unfortunately, there are no questions that can be asked in which a spirit or entity cannot lie about. Another thing, I swear some spirits or entities are stupid. (Or they think that you're idiotic enough to believe the following...) Should you ask 'Is anyone here?' and they answer 'No', it's pretty obvious someone's there. -_-;

I'll be honest here, when I use a ouija board (normally alone) I don't make a circle of salt. (It's not to say that I don't think I need it -- or even that people should do it without the salt because they should.) Anyway, a few bad experiences with a ouija board shouldn't put you off to it [but should definitely make you cautious]. There is an extra option on the table that a lot of people do not know about, or simply forget. You can call for aid, banishment, and protection, while still working on the board with the negative spirit or entity, from a higher power. (i.e. Angels, God, gods, guardians, etc.)

Oh, about the salt. Salt is not the only 'mineral' to use for protection. If you're out of that, then you can simply place a few 'protective and absorbing' stones on the board. (Such as quartz, rose quartz, moonstone, onyx, etc.) It also helps for you to have a stone or a few on your person during the session.
hobbyholly (11 stories) (572 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-18)
Where about in Illinois did this take place? I'd be interested to know the town/city. There a lot of IL "haunts" that you can research

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