Like many a teenager, I dabbled briefly with a Ouija board that my friend and I made ourselves out of a large thick, white sheet of paper. We were 15. My friend used an invocation that definitely seemed to have done the job because in addition to feeling the presence of a spirit, the glass we used seemed to move over the paper board on its own -- both of us only touching the glass lightly with the tips of our fingers.
We had not tried to contact any dead people; we just wanted to ask some questions and we had no idea what the nature of the spirit we had invited was but it felt dark. My friend left and I stored the home made board in my closet... I continued to feel the presence of the spirit throughout the night and wasn't able to go to sleep until I had gotten up and torn the board up.
As you can imagine, I resolved then and there to never dabble with a talking board again. Several similar stories have been brought to my attention through the years and the general consensus in the spiritual community seems to be that it is a tool best left alone.
However, the odd person reports using it with good results and no ill effects, so I'm curious to see what the Tarot has to say about the usage of the ouija board.
The first question I asked was what the Tarot (as a tool for connecting with my God-self) has to say about the usage of the Ouija board for contacting spirits who have passed over:
|Tarot of the Hidden Realm and Les Vampires|
What I'm getting from this combination of Tarot cards (Page of Pentcles+10 of Swords+Shadowdancer/The Devil), is that the kind of spirits that sneak through are young, impish and eager to connect with the physical realm in order to play tricks on people. In other words, the 'person' you are speaking to is not a person at all - it's a djinn.
I take the Outsider card from Les Vampires here to simply means that it is a spirit which does not belong and should not be allowed in. Also, the 10 of Swords here is a strong warning to not go there as it will mess with your mind.
Hmmmm... OK but what about using the Ouija board for connecting with one's Guardian Angel (or spirit guides), blessing the board to serve only Light and Love?
This combination of cards (Page of Cups+5 of Swords+The Hanged Man), I could see going either way and you would have to wage constant battle with the ego in order to avoid self-deception and delusion.
I find the Les Vampires Resurrection card here interesting because it contrasts quite strongly with the Tarot cards. It offers the advice to take charge of your life and to swiftly create the changes you need to make in order to move forward - a card of Fire and Action.
Perhaps best not to be passive and leave one's fate in the hands of spirits which may or may not be the real deal? I do tend to err on the side of caution and will continue to do so as far as the Ouija board is concerned.
What's your experience of this tool for spirit communication? I would love to hear from you!
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