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Solitary Spirit Board Use

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From: nocTifer 
Subject: Solitary Spirit Board Use (was Ouja Board)
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 08:29:02 GMT

50010821 VI! Hail Satan! Hail Oblio!

"Caty" :
> How many people to do you need for this?

depends on whether you want to do "safe" work or not. with all
the warnings I am seeing about working alone, it does appear
to be possible for a single individual to use the board to
contact the spirit world. 

> Can 1 person sussessfully work?

what does "successfully" mean? both the authors in my library
on the subject of spirit boards generally and Ouija (oui - 
French 'yes'; ja -- German 'yes') in particular (Stoker Hunt, 
Michael St. Christopher) warn against using the board alone. 

Hunt says working with others helps one to avoid emotionally
overwhelming or frightening experiences of distress. if you
are confident and self-assured, Hunt doesn't really address
your needs, he just says work with others. I should point out
that most of his book is concerned with examining the variety
of problems and virtues associated with the use of the board,
and he may be superfluously cautious here.

St. Christopher has more practical advice for the interested
reader. he lists the following items which should be considered
if one desires to work alone:

	* he says that recording the results in writing and
	  using the planchette is very difficult; 

why one could not use a tape recorder I'm unsure

	* he also mentions the problem of addiction to the
	  use of the board and seems to think that people
	  who are weak-minded may become dependent upon
	  the board (for advice to orient their lives,
	  I suppose); 

of one is sufficiently disciplined, then this precaution 
needn't be necessary

	* he obliquely mentions that one's perspective
	  may include providing the board with too much
	  authority, apparently thinking that in numbers
	  people are more likely to question the authority
	  of the spirit world more carefully before, say
	  following instructions given by random ghosts.
I see no reason why the individual of sound and stable mind
should avoid the solitary use of the spirit board or any
other kind of divinatory or spiritualist device (spirit
boards have a long and interesting history which precedes
Parker Brothers' Ouija by centuries, at least according to

blessed beast!

 "How to Use a [sic] Ouija Board: Communication with the Spirit World",
  by Michael St. Christopher, Indio, 2000; pp. 14-5.

 "Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game", by Stoker Hunt, Harper and Row,
  1985; p. 143.
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