After a moment, you will feel and see the planchette moving across the board to either letters spelling out a response or to the words "yes", "no" or "goodbye".
When you play with a Ouija board, you take the planchette and place it on the board.
It's easy for someone to move the planchette across the board to whatever he or she chooses without anyone knowing, so it's wise to play with friends you know are trustworthy.
There are times that you won't get a great response from it and other times when you can't get the planchette to move at all.
Depending on the website, playing Ouija online is similar to playing on the board except your mouse is the planchette.
With the traditional board game, players place their hands on a raised, triangle-shaped planchette that sits atop a lettered game board, and the spirit guides their hands to the letters that spell out responses to their questions.
Whenever dealing with Ouija boards, always remember that no one really understands what makes the planchette move.
In the 1980s, a group of college girls were huddled in a circle in the middle of a dorm room using a Ouija board, their fingers just barely touching the planchette as it slid around the board in a lazy figure eight motion.
The moment the planchette moved, Melissa, who had never used the Ouija board before, was convinced that it was demonic.
With just the two girls touching the planchette, it moved more slowly, but eventually it dragged itself to the bottom of the board and over the word "GOODBYE".
The three boys and one girl sat on the four sides of the board, with their hands crowded onto the small plastic planchette.
Suddenly, after about thirty minutes, the planchette started to move with more urgency and speed.
"I W-A-N-T H-E-R," it answered, as the planchette raced in a figure eight again and then launched itself off the board and started sliding in small jerks, across the bed sheet toward Tanya.
Tanya glared at him as the planchette, with all hands lightly resting on it, slid across the bed and rested near her hand.
One edge of the planchette lifted onto her finger, slid to the top of her hand and started to glide up her arm.
Fingers on the planchette, they watched it form lazy circles, appearing to warm up.
Both girls were a little scared to go on when the planchette moved again, spelling out - H-A-P-P-Y-F-I-R-E.
The planchette moved in little circles, before moving directly over to the word "NO" on the board.
As this particular Ouija board story shows, the woman most likely interacted with an elemental that was able to sense emotion and memories through her touch on the planchette.
To immediately close the board, move the planchette to the word "goodbye" yourself, and firmly tell the spirit that the session is over and that it is never welcome back near you, your family or your friends.
Many people feel confident going into a Ouija board session, but all too often the tug of the planchette under your fingers can induce a surreal feeling, almost as though everything that you thought was impossible is suddenly possible.
It is thought that the spirit somehow uses the planchette to spell out messages.
The planchette appears to be moving but theories on how this is taking place create further contradiction.
Many psychologists and skeptics believe the subconscious mind can cause your hand muscles to react automatically in moving the planchette without your conscious mind being aware of it.
When more than one person is touching the planchette, it is considered a collective ideomotor action.
Believers, paranormal investigators and most board users believe that spirits are using the sitters' energy and their own energy to move the planchette.
There are accounts of the planchette moving across the board without anyone touching it.
Each person places two fingers on the glass or planchette.
Then one person at a time asks questions and soon the planchette should start to move around in response.
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