Ouija - Board
by Rolf-Dietmar Ehrhardt

The following information and the pictures in the first part of the article below have been taken from http://www.witchboards.net. The second part of the article is written by Rolf-Dietmar Ehrhardt based on his personal experiences with a Ouija board, which were positive and profound. Remember, starting off with spirit communication can be helpful or harmful, depending mostly on our state of mind. Please refer to "Avoiding the unpleasant."

The name "ouija" comes from the French and German words for yes, "oui" and "ja." There are many different types of Ouija Boards, which can have differing layouts and can be made from a variety of materials. The board usually consists of the letters of the alphabet, 0-9 in numbers and the words, "Yes" and "No."  The user or users of the board lightly touch a pointer (sometimes called a planchette) and the pointer moves and spells out the answers to questions asked of the ouija.  Usually this pointer is mounted on castors to help it move freely about the board.

February 10th, 1891 marked a great day in history.  The first Ouija board was patented by Charles Kennard.  It is pretty much unknown who actually invented the Ouija  board...but if I had to place my guess on it, it would be Elijah Bond.  This is because his name is listed on the original patent documents under the title of 'Inventor". If Ouija boards were invented by someone else, such as Charles Kennard or William Fuld, why would they allow Elijah Bond to put his name on there like that?  Still...the answer lies unknown.  This was the first Ouija board ever made...it's also one of the only Ouija boards to be made out of actual wood (instead of veneered plywood).  It's made of several horizontal boards joined together.  There are two vertical boards on the back to help keep the board sturdy.  They've done a wonderful job.  This board is in amazing shape considering the 110+ years it's been on this planet.  If only I could find a planchette for it.

The first Ouija board was patented by Charles Kennard.


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Rolf-Dietmar Ehrhardt reports on his experiences
made on August 16th, 2001:

that is a continuation of the report given in "Talking table" with the same date.

one "professional" type

our home made board

The following experiment was also new to me. Our girlfriend used a home made Ouija board that was a carton paper recording the digits 0 - 9 and the fields JA (YES) and NEIN (NO) in the middle. A small mustard glass was employed as glass and indicator.

We hoped for being able to decrypt the name of the new entity, "appertaining" to me, now through the application of this procedure. Also here I would like to choose the enumeration mode again during the description.

The first part of this report can be seen soon in "Talking table".

rodiehr 11 Nov 2002

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