"A Ouija board can be an interesting experience. Some believe it is a doorway to another world and warn against its use, but most people see it as a harmless diversion, especially if it's not taken too seriously. Here are some guidelines.
- It takes two to Ouija. Usually one person is not able to work the Ouija. Get a friend to use it with you. A male and female is usually recommended.
- Timing. Most practitioners suggest using the board at night when, they say, less interference is in the atmosphere.
- Create some atmosphere. The Ouija is more fun if you darken the room and light some candles. Turn off the TV and any music to minimize distractions.
- Have a seat. The two users should sit facing each other, with knees touching if possible, with the board on their laps. Don't use a table.
- Decide on a questioner or medium. Even though both people can ask questions -- or anyone else in the room can -- only one of the users should be the medium (the one to formally ask questions of the board).
- Place your fingers on the planchette. You and your partner should place the fingers of both hands very lightly on the planchette, or pointer.
- Move it. Purposely move the planchette around in a circle on the board for a moment or two to get it 'warmed up.'
- Attitude. Don't let the board control the session. The medium should begin by announcing that the session will only allow an experience that is positive or toward a higher good and that negative energies are not welcome.
- Begin simply. Start with a simple question, one that requires a yes or no answer.
- Be patient. You might not begin to get answers right away. Give the board a chance to 'warm up.'
- Be polite. When the board starts working, thank the board or entities for showing up and communicating with you.
- Don't ask stupid questions. Avoid questions such as, 'When am I going to die?' If the board answers, 'in 6 months,' you might just worry about it needlessly.
- Don't ask for physical signs. Many experienced users warn against asking for physical signs that the 'spirit' is real or present.
- Don't believe everything the board tells you. Just as with any other source of information, don't accept whatever the board says to be the truth or accurate.
- Close the board. This is an important step. When you're done with your session, slide the planchette to 'GOODBYE' and remove your hands.
- Have someone write down the answers. Sometimes the letters spell out very quickly and it's difficult to keep track of what's being said. A third person with paper and pen can write down the message as it comes.
- Play sober. You'll get better results if you haven't been drinking or smoking.
- Maintain control. If the board starts giving rude, vulgar, obscene or otherwise disagreeable responses, break off the session immediately by closing the board."