X
OOPS!
VIEW CART
CONTINUE SHOPPING
X
ADDED!
VIEW CART
CONTINUE SHOPPING
X
OOPS!
MANAGE WISHLISTS
CONTINUE SHOPPING
X
ADDED!
CANCEL
(0)
Llewellyn is committed to keeping our staff and customers healthy and safe, as well as being good corporate citizens, during this time. Click to read how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online Reference For Body, Mind & Spirit

Term: Ouija

DEFINITION:
Now the trademark of a “game” owned by Parker Brothers, it is simply a board that has letters, numbers, and perhaps a few words printed on it. In use, people put their fingers on a pointer known as a planchette, ask a question, and allow their minds to calm. Soon, the planchette starts to move, seemingly on its own, pointing to the symbols on the board to respond to the questions. Answers may come from spirits or from the participant’s unconscious minds.

The use of this type of spirit communication using a “talking board” was popular in the late 1800s, often using an overturned goblet to point to the letters. In the 1890s, two businessmen patented the planchette with a board and sold them as a novelty. Their employee, William Fuld, eventually started to market his own version which he called the Ouija (from the French Oui, and German Ja, both meaning “yes”) and claimed to have invented it.

Although Fuld’s version is the best known, others have marketed similar board and planchette combinations that have different appearances to about trademark disputes.
AUTHOR:  Donald Michael Kraig
See also:  ouija board
SHARE:    /   PRINT
IN OUR BLOGS
Busyness and the Knight of Swords
Fearless Tarot: How to Give a Positive Reading in Any Situation Elliot Adam I think of the spring quarantine months of 2020 as The Great Unwinding. Life slowed down significantly and for long enough for some of us to pay attention in ways...
What's New
$45.95 US
  /  
$18.95 US
  /  
$15.99 US
  /  
$17.49 US
  /  
$22.99 US
  /  
        
Copyright © 2020 - Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.