We never played with the Ouija board. Ever. My parents bought it for us when we were in elementary school, and though we were excited about it, we were also afraid of it. The game remained in the basement, at the bottom of the closet in our playroom. Every once in a while we’d go in and look at it, I presume just to make sure it was still there. Other than that, the box just sat there unused, but it was definitely always on our minds.
During giggly childhood parties (at other people’s houses), I would join in on the game, perhaps because I thought it would be safer with lots of other people around. In the end, someone would always accuse someone else: “You’re pushing it!” In general, some just thought the Ouija board was an amusing pastime, while others always wondered what was really making that indicator move.
When I grew up, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they still sold Ouija boards at the Toys “R” Us. I bought one on a whim. It never made it out of the plastic shrink wrap, and eventually I just threw it away. For a few weeks afterwards, I wondered if one day I would go outside and the board would be out there waiting for me, as I had heard in so many stories. But that didn’t happen, and so I put it all out of my mind.
Was I worried about opening a portal to another dimension that I could not close? Was I concerned about entities coming into my home through said portal and attaching themselves to me and my home? Yes, and yes. So rather than risk it, I left it alone. I still continued with tarot, however, and one day had to ask myself if the same principle was involved. In both Ouija and tarot, I was asking questions. I also received responses. But the question was, “from who?”
I refer to the Great Book, the Bible. It is filled with warnings against divination, such as:
Jeremiah 29:8-9 “For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.”
Ezekiel 13:6-7 “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken?”
The running theme in these scriptures is that the messages are not coming from God, but from other sources. And so I ask, if we practice divination while calling upon God, will we not receive His divine guidance? I believe so, and find that reading the tarot is yet another method for God to work through me, providing His answers. As mentioned, there are still other beings out there which can influence us. That is why it is imperative to pray for protection.
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
As for the Ouija board, will I ever get another one? I’m not sure, but I do know that I look at it from a completely different perspective now.
~ Shelby Fizer