Ouija boards are ‘extremely dangerous’ and could cause mental health issue in children, claims an experienced Manchester psychic.
Eileen-Rose, a professional psychic medium and clairvoyant, warns that children are ‘tempting fate’ after reports that sales of Ouija boards have risen by 300%.
The Ouija board, many manufactured by toy makers Hasbro, is now threatening to become a sell-out Christmas gift after the nationwide release of the film ‘Ouija’ in cinemas on October 24.
Eileen, who has worked in the field for more than 20 years, believes Ouija boards put people at severe risk, namely the younger generation going through adolescence.
“Ouija boards are very dangerous,” she told MM. “What are they doing giving them to kids? They could get into all sorts of shit!
“The consequences of using Ouija boards have led to mental health issues and depression. You could contact raw energies that don’t belong here, energies that can latch onto young people that go through puberty, which can cause a lot of problems.
“People don’t listen and think it’s just a game. No, I’m sorry, it’s just not. It shouldn’t be allowed. Why would anyone want to buy their child something like that? Tempting fate at the least isn’t it?”
Eileen, referred to as ‘Spooky Eileen’, also pointed out that if an evil person was outside your house, you wouldn’t invite them in. ‘So why do it from the other side?’ she asked.
While similar boards are thought to date back to 12th century China, the Ouija board as we know it today originated in the 19th century and was sold as a novelty item.
But spiritualists have warned that the boards are a tool to contact the spiritual world – a world they believe is filled with evil spirits.
A traditional board combines letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0 to 9 with the words ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Goodbye’. With it comes a pointer.
Participants are instructed to sit around the board, each placing two fingers lightly on the pointer, before asking slow and clear questions to see what the pointer spells out.
It is said that the pointer then moves – of its own accord – towards specific letters and numbers.
Members of the paranormal forum Anybody… there! had some unnerving experiences to recall when asked about their use of Ouija boards.
Suzi said: “From the time we used the Ouija board, until I moved out, things were never the same. I would see shadows going down the hall, feel my foot being grabbed while I was sleeping, wake up with ghosts, or whatever entities, standing over me. Ouija boards are bad news.”
Tres said: “My son asked the Ouija board if our family was safe and the planchette spelled out ‘No’. Then it spelled out Carol, my sister’s name, and her last name, which is also her maiden name, followed by ‘Die’. After, the planchette spelt out July and it was May at the time. In July, my sister Carol died.”
However Reverend Dr David Holgate from the Manchester Cathedral believes that there is far more danger in real life situations to be conscious of than Ouija boards.
“I definitely wouldn’t buy one to give to a kid, but I don’t think they [Ouija boards] are a way of getting in touch with evil or evil getting in touch with us, any more than other things,” he told MM.
“I’ve never met anybody in more than thirty years of ministry whose life has been ruined by a Ouija board. I’ve met a lot of people whose lives have been ruined by alcohol, sickness, cruelty, and unfair dismissal from jobs.
“If you are without a job for a long time, being imprisoned, abused as a child, that can mess you up. So I take the stance that there are many more dangerous things in the world than Ouija boards.”
But the Reverend, Residentiary Canon for Theology and Mission, did admit that he would avoid using a Ouija board if the opportunity arose.
He added: “If I’m honest, I wouldn’t want to play a game with it myself, so I don’t know what that is saying.
“I would put that more to the level of superstition, and a feeling that there is spiritual evil in the world and the Christian position is to resist evil, not to play with it or party with it.
“I would think to that extent you might be placing yourself in a vulnerable position, but I don’t think spirits would come in and take over your life.
“I think a lot of people who would say they don’t believe in God don’t therefore believe in nothing, but they would believe in anything – and I think that’s where suggestion can be very scary.”
Image courtesy of Emily Mucha, with thanks.