The fundamental ideas behind Ouija boards go way back to around the beginning of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 CE!
This was a Taoist practice that used a type of planchette writing called Fuji, also known as “spirit writing” or, what we know today as automatic writing.
Fuji uses a suspended sieve or tray to guide a stick which writes Chinese characters is in sand or the ashes of incense.
It was used for the means of contacting the dead and those in the spirit world under special rituals and supervision. Eventually, it became forbidden by the Qing dynasty and forgotten over time.
Automatic writing is similar to painting a picture or playing music; it is something that flows through us.
There is some occult mystique surrounding automatic writing; it is considered an alleged psychic ability, when really it’s just pure creativity being channeled through us. It’s not necessarily a “paranormal” phenomenon, in that it is something we do all the time.
The actual word Ouija is a trademark of none other than Hasbro Inc., the well-known toy company.
This is both shocking and makes perfect sense at the same time.
Originally created by businessman Elijah Bond in 1890, this board was used as a parlor game with no relation to the occult.
It was actually popularized by an American spiritualist who used it as a divining tool during the first world war.
Spiritualist believed that the dead were able to be contacted through these modalities and picked it up.
There is a lot of negative stigma surrounding these boards, especially in the Christian religion. Many people have warned against using an Ouija board. Have you ever brought up the topic of trying an Ouija board and had people coy away saying they were dangerous?