I had used a Ouija board only once, many years back. My sister-in-law and I settled into the parlor of our old home on 9th street with a bottle of red wine and some candles. We spent a pleasant evening summoning who we thought was a friend of my husbands, killed in a plane crash decades earlier. Asking many questions to verify his identity, we received answers that seemed benign and in line with what we thought dying in an airplane crash would be like. My now husband wouldn’t have anything to do with it. After we had packed up for the evening, we went in to relay our adventures with the ‘other side’. He listened politely and quietly and we told him about everything. When we were done, he sat back and said “That’s not Eric”. We had spent the better part of the evening believing we were communing with the dead, and we had been duped. I never opened the box again until around 2010.
My ‘Other Mother’ girlfriend invited me to a Ouija party at a little boutique store. I call her my ‘Other Mother’ because shes a witchy and blissful spirit, finely entrenched in the other side. Always has been. She’s family now-her daughter is marrying my son. Both her daughter and my son are on my paranormal team. Her daughter is exceptionally tuned in, and sessions with either of them are great fun. It was right around Halloween. They said they would teach us how to use a board properly. It was a fun night. Other like-minded adventurers listened to the proper way to open and close a spirit board. We made our own boards out of paper that evening. And yes, they worked. Fear lifted with a still healthy dose of skepticism and off we went, little paper boards in tow. The prayers I use to open and close the Ouija Board are the same I learned that night. Every session, every time.
To the North we ask for Archangel Metatron to protect us. God’s record-keeper and scribe. Set your boundary and keep evil from our door. Thought Co. describes Metatron as “a powerful angel who teaches people how to use their spiritual power for good”. As a marker of boundaries, we think he helps keep the demons out. He appears as flashes of bright white light and is said to smell like strong herbs, chilis or peppercorn.
To the South we pray for Archangel Michael. Defeator of Satan. You may see shimmers of blue, like from a camera flashbulb when Michael is around. You may feel unusually warm. And he likes to drop feathers.
To The East we pray for Archangel Raphael. God’s healer. Help our mind, spirit and body. He can mend a broken heart and also bring us love. You may experience serendipitous events. Tinglings, emerald green flashes, songs and pictures when he is around.
To the West, we ask for Gabriel. Angel of revelation, revealer and prophet. You may see white or copper light when Gabriel is near. Gabriel is the angel who revealed to Mary that she would bear a child.
To the North we ask for Archangel Metatron to protect us. God’s record-keeper and scribe. Set your boundary and keep evil from our door.
To the South we pray for Archangel Michael. Defeator of Satan.
To The East we pray for Archangel Raphael. God’s healer.
To the West, we ask for Gabriel. Angel of revelation, revealer and prophet.
(Light your candle)
As we light this candle,
May the light of God surround us,
May the power of God protect us,
May the mind of God guide us,
The basic rules we use aren’t the same rules you see in the movies, but here they are:
The Ouija Board is now over 125 years old and sold in every country in the world. Thought a novelty, our personal board was given to my husband as a gift in the 70’s. Our parents picked them up at Toys R Us, right next to Scrabble and Monopoly. Thanks to the magic of Hollywood, they are now feared as a demon-summoning portal to hell. There may be some truth to that fear, as results lie in the intention of the user. Go forth with reverence. #HonorTheDead
Greg, Casey and Calla Saumure, investigate paranormal events in and around Northern California. We love to photograph, film, fly and write about our experiences in ghost travel. We focus on the history and restoration efforts of haunted locations. We always open and close with prayer, ask for spirit permission and we never provoke. “We do this as a family, and we do it in light.” You can reach Casey at (916)759-7880 or E-mail us with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.