The Rules Of A Ouija Board

The rules of a Ouija board

If you are curious about the rules of a Ouija board, then you can stop searching. Ouija boards have long been a controversial subject, as they are often connected to negative spirits and events. There are also varying views on how to use a talking board correctly. But as long as you know and follow the Ouija board rules, you should be fine.

If you’re brave enough for a paranormal experience and if there’s someone on the other side you want to communicate with, this may be the way to do it. At the end of it, you may even have some ghost stories to tell.

What Is A Ouija Board?

A Ouija board has long been used for communicating with and contacting spirits. People who use these tools are often seeking answers about loved ones who have passed on. However, if you are curious and would like to know what it is all about, then it’s time to learn. Before you start using one, it is important to note that the first unwritten rule is to have respect for the games process.

How to recognise Ouija boards

Ouija boards are easily recognisable. They have the alphabet set out in a half-moon shape. The alphabet is split into two rows, with the top one consisting of letters from A to M and the remainder of the letters nestled in a second half-moon row. Beneath this, in a straight line, are the numbers from 1 to 9, followed by 0. Underneath the numbers are the words “goodbye.”

At the top of the board on either side are two words: “yes” and “no.” These are there for simple answers from the spirits. There may be other designs, patterns, or symbols on each one, as different companies would have their own designs. The main elements, however, remain the same.

What you need

  • An Ouija board and a planchette (the moving indicator).
  • Some people like to keep notes on what happens when you use the spirit board. If so, have a pen and paper handy.
  • Other people like to have candles burning and placed at strategic points, as they feel this brings peace, calm, and focus to a Ouija session.

The Ouija Board Rules

The set-up

  • Always play with two or more people or a small group of very open-minded individuals.
  • Don’t play with the spirit board when you are intoxicated or ill, and avoid playing with someone who could be easily possessed.
  • Play in a well-lit room where there are no distractions. The area should be quiet, and you should be able to see everything in the room and on the board.
  • Never play in your home, in a graveyard, or anywhere a tragic death has occurred.

The people

  • Only play with people you know, like a best friend or close friends and family.
  • If someone doesn’t want to continue playing, let them leave. It is up to each person to decide how they feel about participating. If they are afraid, then it is better to remove this negative energy from the room.
  • Only play with people who have good intentions. If someone wants to use a Ouija for bad purposes, don’t let them bring their negativity to the session.
  • You can prepare your questions ahead of time but select one person to do the talking.

The ending

  • Always end the session by saying “goodbye”.
  • Never leave the planchette on the board unattended.
  • It’s good practice to sage a room after a Ouija session to get rid of any lingering energies.

How To Use An Spirit Board

Before you start to use a Ouija board, everyone who is in attendance should hold hands, or at least touch hands. This forms a connection between the attendees. Breath. Take a few moments to focus, centre your energy, and clear your mind. When everyone is ready, you may begin.

Start by asking the Ouija a question. Ensure that the questions are clear and concise. You cannot ask for an explanation of the purpose of life, for example. An open-ended question probably won’t receive an answer. Stick to questions that would receive short answers, as the responses are limited to yes-or-no and simple-word answers.

You need to place two fingers from two different people on the planchette. Touch it lightly. Don’t force it to move in any direction. It should be able to slide freely across the board.

The planchette may move to different letters to spell out a word, point to different symbols on the talking board, or it may simply move to yes or no. Watch it carefully to get an idea of what it is trying to tell you.

After using a Ouija game

At the end of your session, it is a courtesy to thank the board and the spirits if they made contact and to say goodbye. By saying goodbye, you are effectively closing off the session and preventing the spirits from coming through.

When your session is complete, fold your board up neatly and pack it away safely. You could keep your notes (if you made any) together with the board for future reference. Keep the board in a nice, cool, dry spot so that it is ready for using the next time your friends want to venture into the spirit world.

It is believed that if you leave the board open, you are inviting ghosts and spirits to enter our material world. Ouija boards can be dangerous, so it is better to be safe than to unexpectedly encounter a wandering spirit or ghost in your home.

Contact With The Other Side

Betty White said, “People have told me, ‘Betty, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with old friends…’ At my age, if I wanted to keep in touch with old friends, I’d need a Ouija game.

And that is why many people use a Ouija – to speak to those that have passed on.

When you open the doorway for the spirits to peek through, you are creating a pathway for them to enter as well. So, always take precautions. And if you want to be extra prepared, you could have your SpiritPod nearby and perhaps some other ghost hunting equipment.

What If A Spirit Tries To Get Out Of Its Realm?

Spirits can try to escape from the spirit realm through a spirit board. If the spirit uses the planchette to count down the numbers or goes through the letters of the alphabet, it may be trying to escape. If the planchette goes to the four corners of the board, you may have come across evil spirits or ghosts.

In these cases, you need to remain calm. Move the planchette to say “goodbye”, then remove the planchette from the board, and shut it immediately. Some people say that leaving real silver on the board keeps the spirits contained, so they cannot leave.


Is a Ouija board just a game?

While some people may see the fun side of playing with a Ouija board, reaching out to the spirit world is not to be trifled with, as it is an otherworldly realm of existence.

Is a Ouija board the same as a spirit board?

Yes, the terms are used interchangeably. There are different brands and makes of spirit boards, for example, from the Kennard Novelty Company. These boards are both used to contact spirits.

How do you discard a Ouija board?

If you want to dispose of your Ouija board, one way is to break it into small pieces and separate them, sprinkle them with holy water and salt, and then bury them.

Can I make my own spirit board?

Yes, you can make your own Ouija board. It requires materials such as a board and a marker to draw letters, numbers, and words like “Yes,” “No,” and “Goodbye.” And a planchette or a movable indicator. The creation process allows for personalization and creativity, enabling you to design a board that resonates with your preferences.

Final Thoughts

Dabbling in the spirit world is always risky, so always do your best to protect yourself and others during and after the session. When you use an Ouija board, you invite the spirits to communicate with you, so always end the session with a polite “goodbye”. A Ouija and its planchette are not toys, so they need to be treated with dignity and respect.

Always stick to the basic rule of never playing alone. Never use a Ouija game if you are ill or have had a few pints because you need your full faculties when dealing with the spirit world. If you adhere to the basic rules, you will have a pleasant and possibly surprising experience.


Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!