The 12 Ouija Board Rules You Must Follow

spirit boardOuija boards have been around since ancient times. They date back hundreds of years when they were used by the Chinese to reveal secret messages. It wasn’t until 1891 that this board made its appearance in the U.S. within advertisements and novelty shops. Known as, “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board” this product began to sell at an alarmingly fast rate.

Sometimes referred to as Spirit Boards, this mysterious tool is used among a group of individuals wishing to connect with the afterlife. While they may be extremely helpful, when used incorrectly, they can cause more harm than good!

If you’re considering using a Ouija board or already you already have been experimenting with one, we want to make you aware of some rules that should be followed when contacting a spirit. Things can go wrong if you are not fully aware of what you’re getting yourself into. Following these tips will ensure a healthy, successful session.

Here are 12 essential rules to follow when using a Spirit Board:

1. Don’t Ever Taunt A Spirit

By no means, should you ever play around with a Ouija board or taunt a spirit. This rule seems like common sense. However, it happens more often than we’d like to admit. If you have contact with this spirit and mess with them, the consequences can be disastrous.

Insulting a spirit is never a good idea. Because many users don’t fully believe in the power of this communication, they can be disrespectful by calling the spirit a coward if they don’t get instant results or any clear signs.

Previous users have shared terrifying true Ouija board stories that they don’t wish upon anyone. They’ve shared strange events that happened as a result of taunting a spirit like waking up with bruises on their skin, witnessing slamming doors, or hearing voices in the middle of the night.

The last thing you want to do is make a spirit angry, so don’t taunt them.

2. Be Careful With the Questions You Ask

girl summoning ghosts with spirit boardNever ask questions you don’t want to know the answer too or are not ready to hear. This is such an important rule – you should never ask a Ouija board questions like when you’re going to die. For starters, knowing the answer to this will have you living in fear your entire life.

Asking questions about death or illnesses can traumatize you leading to severe health issues.

Here is a brief list of questions you should never ask:

  • When am I going to die?
  • Am I sick?
  • What is going to happen in the future?
  • Can I talk to a demon?
  • Is it possible to possess me?

Moreover, you should never use a Ouija to pry into someone else’s life. Only ask questions about the people in the room if everyone agrees to the question.

When using this board, you need to be courteous of everyone’s feelings. It’s not fair to mingle in the private affairs of someone else’s life. How would you feel if someone did this to you?

3. Not All Spirits Tell the Truth

Some spirits are malevolent, especially when they sense negative energy they don’t like. Just like you have the power to ask anything, they have the power to answer whatever they want. Just because they say something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Try winning a spirit’s trust by letting them know you’re not there to taunt them – you’re simply in search for answers.

4. Never Use a Ouija Board Alone

girls using the ouija boardThis is a simple rule that should never go ignored. You never want to use a Ouija board alone as it leaves you vulnerable. Always have other people with you – the more the better.

Ouija’s feed off the energy in the room and are more likely to come to you when there is a strong energy present. Remember, it is okay to have some people be viewers and not participate.

5. Keep The Board Away From Your Home

Never, ever use a Ouija board inside of your home. If you do, you run the risk of putting yourself and those living around you in danger. If you happen to connect with a malevolent, evil spirit their energy will spread within your home. This will make it hard to break contact with them. It will leave you, your home, and your family vulnerable and in danger of the unpredictable.

6. Assign A Group Leader

Once you have a group of people around the Ouija board, you need to assign a leader. This is the person that will do the talking and asking of questions while everyone else is using the board. Having a leader facilitates the process of establishing contact with the spirit.

If you are not the leader, then you need to keep your fingers on the planchette and not say a word. Remain silent, don’t laugh, and don’t even ask if it’s working. All of this is negative energy being sent to the spirit. With this being said, the leader should not joke around by asking silly questions.

7. Assign a Note Taker

Within the group, there also needs to be a note taker or someone assigned to keeping track of all the answers. This individual will need to write down the words and letters on a notepad and translate to the group what they believe the spirit is trying to communicate.

The note taker should not try and guess what the spirit is trying to say, instead, they need to write everything down and decipher the message after the planchette stops moving.

8. Don’t Leave the Planchette on the Board

planchetteWhenever you’re done using the Ouija, be sure you don’t leave the planchette on the board. Even if you’re just leaving the room for a second, remove it from the board as it’s considered to be back luck to leave it on top of it.

If you’re in need of a break, have one person keep their hand on the planchette. This will maintain the energy you’ve built intact.

9. Always Say Goodbye

At the end of every session, you want to say goodbye (every time). This lets the spirit know that you’re leaving and it’s also a courteous way of departing. If at any time during the session you notice any of the following, say goodbye immediately.

  • The spirit starts counting down
  • The spirit starts spelling the alphabet
  • The spirit draws a figure 8
  • The spirit identifies themselves as “Zozo”

These are all clear signs that you’ve encountered an evil spirit and a good sign that it’s time to say goodbye and leave.

10. Choose Your Location Wisely

There is a time and place for everything, and this is not an exception. You want to be sure you select an ideal location before beginning a session. It needs to be dark, quiet, and free of outside distractions. If you’d like, you can use a candle to bring some light in and see what the planchette is spelling.

Are there any locations you should not use a Ouija board in? Yes – the cemetery. Never use one here (for obvious reasons).

11. Don’t Use When Depressed

It can be tempting to rely on a Ouija board for answers when we are sad or feeling depressed. However, evil spirits feed off this energy and it will draw them in. They will cause more harm than good. So, if you’re feeling down, using a Ouija board is not in your best interest.

Instead, we suggest visiting a medium or psychic who can help guide you through this difficult time. A reliable one will be able to feed off your energy and bring some peace into your life.

12. Never Burn a Ouija Board

Woman spiritualists communicating with ghosts through spiritual boardWe all see this in movies. Someone burns a Ouija board and next thing you know it’s back on their kitchen table or the last place they put it. While the board will not reappear, burning it causes more harm than simply storing it away and not using it. Be sure you store the planchette separately from the board.

Follow these rules if your mind is set on disposing of it:

  1. First need to close the connection you have with the afterlife by saying goodbye and letting it know you no longer want to speak with it.
  2. Then, you’ll want to bury it separately from the planchette.
  3. Sprinkle some holy water over it to cleanse it. This is the best way to rid the Ouija board of its power.


This brings us to the end of our rule guide. The Ouija board is only one of the many tools that are available to you when seeking answers.

We hope you follow these rules if you ever decide to use a Ouija board. Failing to do so can lead to serious consequences that we wouldn’t want for you or those around you.

Best of luck and use it safely to engage in a productive, healthy Ouija board session.