Are Ouija boards dangerous? Even though this “game” isn’t as popular as it once was, I sometimes get asked if it’s dangerous, bogus, or if we can really use it to speak to our departed loved ones.
Personally, I’m not a Ouija fan, BUT, I also believe they’ve gotten a bad rap for a few reasons:
- First of all, they were marketed as a game – but not just any game… a game where you could contact the dead.
- Secondly, they were popular with kids and teenagers, and even marketed towards those groups. (I remember sitting around in my pajamas with my friends and playing with Ouija during many sleepovers!)
- And finally because they were marketed to mainstream culture, many people, including religious groups and clergy, who outraged at the ease in which an innocent could get their hands on one of these evil “games.”
And of course we’ve all seen Ouija boards made out to be an evil tool in movies and on T.V. You know the ones—a kind, helpful Spirit suddenly turns into a vicious demon who takes over one of the pretty tweens playing the game.
So, are Ouija boards dangerous? Really, they aren’t much different than using a pendulum, tarot cards or the runes as a divination tool—a way to communicate with our deceased loved ones, Spirit Guides and angels. In fact, some people make their own version and call them angel boards!
Are Ouija Boards Dangerous?
In and of themselves, of course not. It’s just a piece of cardboard. It doesn’t come with evil or mischievous Spirits, or Spirits of any kind. A Spirit won’t follow you home from Toys R Us just because you bought a Ouija board.
They’re simply tools that can be used as helpful or hurtful. Are knives dangerous? Sure! If the intent is to cut or stab someone. But a knife can also be used to cut yummy vegetables. Should you give a knife to a child or someone who doesn’t know how to use one? No way! Same with Ouija boards.
The intent is the “magic” that determines if a Ouija board is dangerous or not.
By the same logic, can you summon malicious Spirits with Ouija boards? Sure, I suppose so. But what about if you had pure intentions to connect with your angels or Spirit Guides? It’s all in your intent.
Ask yourself this question: Are you seeking guidance or clarity on an issue or to make a decision that is in everyone’s Highest Good? Great! No problem, then.
BUT, if you’re messing around while tossing back shots with friends, just to “see” what will happen… Eh, not such a good idea. Your energy (vibration) will be lower due to the alcohol, and you don’t have good, clear intentions.
Tips for Using Ouija Boards Safely
Since Ouija boards are tools that help us contact and communicate with Spirits, the tips here are ones that should be used with any divination tool:
Set an intention—or say a prayer welcoming only those Spirits who are communicating in love and Light for the highest good of all involved. You may want to name the ancestor or Guide you are attempting to contact.
This sets boundaries for who is allowed to show up to the party, and it clarifies the intent of the divination session—to receive guidance and Truth.
Cleanse it—this is a good habit to get into when working with any type of Spirit connections. Things and people pick up energy and carry it around, so before starting, it’s smart to cleanse the board, and even the space and people who will be involved.
This starts the session out on a clean slate and again, sets your intention to connect only with those bringing Light, Truth, and the Highest Good. One of the best ways is to perform a sage cleansing. If you wish, you can combine cleansing and intention setting by doing them simultaneously.
Close the portal—when you communicate with Spirits, no matter what form that takes, there is a portal opened that makes it possible for Spirits to travel to you and connect with you energetically. At the end of the session, make sure to close this portal to ensure that no stray Spirits venture through.
This is also a great time to thank all of those who connected and communicated with you. Your message can be as simple as something like, “Thank you for coming and sharing your wisdom and truth. Our communication session is now finished.”
Make an Angel Board instead – If you’re a crafty person, try making your own angel board. This way, you can set a clear, loving intention when you are making it and decorate it however you want!
How to make Ouija boards less dangerous
Just as you wouldn’t give a knife to a child, it’s not a good idea to give Ouija boards to children or teenagers to “play” with. Even though they were marketed as games, they can be used for divination.
With pure intentions, no problem! But children and teens don’t fully understand the concept of intention and of the possible consequences of playing with mediumship. That’s why, even though I’ve been a medium since 2000, I don’t let my kids play with Ouija boards… even though I’ve never, ever had a negative experience with Spirit.
Along similar lines, Ouija boards aren’t games for adults either. It’s important to be comfortable and trusting of the people you invite to participate in the session. Those who are negative, skeptical or untrustworthy are not people who you want around the table with you.
You should be confident that the people with you also have the intent of everyone’s Highest Good in mind and are not using the board as a parlor trick.
At the very least, people who are negative or skeptical will lower the vibration and make it more difficult for Spirit to connect with you.
So, after all that, are Ouija boards dangerous? Nope, not if used correctly and with a pure intent. Just follow the advice above to make the session more effective.
If the idea of a Ouija board freaks you out, try using an Angel board instead. Here’s the instructions on how to make one.