in the shop, but this is by far my favorite form of spirit communication and otherworldly guidance.
Divination and oracle by means of pre-printed letters, words and symbols
which are then pointed to by a spirit have been known since the ancient
Egyptians and Greeks. Automatic writing, the pre-cursor of the board -- has been in use since ancient China. The Ouija (TM) board was named, trade-marked and
mass-produced relatively recently, but the concept of the talking board
is literally ancient.
Ouija gets a bad reputation from folks who
don't know how to properly protect themselves while using it. Natalie
and I ALWAYS work within a circle with their OUIJA (the favorite board for
both them and the spirits of the several boards in their home). Our circle (compass and caim) is actually triple-cast, making it an extremely safe space within which to call up spirits. Furthermore, when we're calling on a spirit whose motivations and personality are known to be dubious, we create a triangle around the board. The magician's triangle is a time-honored method of confining a spirit to a specific place.
We've designed our board, based on the circle and triangle, but it isn't ready to be produced for sale yet. We have one proto-type which is still under construction.
I've also received a board as a gift from a Blade & Broom client. The make of the board was very pleased with the reading she received from me (a combo of Dark Mirror and Ouija), and she made the board as a custom tool for me.