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Samhain Countdown: What About Ouija Boards?

By Patti Wigington

I periodically get notes in the magical email bag asking whether a Ouija board is “evil”, especially around Samhain — which is just two weeks away for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere. Here’s the thing. A Ouija board by itself isn’t evil, any more than your Tarot deck or your Ogham staves or your Magic 8-Ball are evil. Unlike those divination tools, however, a Ouija board involves voluntary possession by the spirit you’re trying to communicate with.

Think of it in Internet-terms: a chat room in itself isn’t dangerous… until you find out that the cute boy you’re messaging is really a serial killer. And regardless, that doesn’t make the chat room – or the Ouija board – evil, but it does mean there’s the potential for disaster in the hands of someone who doesn’t have a clue what they’re doing.

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