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Rosemary Ellen Guiley on the Djinn, Ouija, and Paranormal Research – The Big Séance Podcast #64

Interview with Paranormal Expert, Rosemary Ellen Guiley on The Big Séance Podcast with Patrick Keller - Visit BigSeance.com for more info.

 

Rosemary Ellen Guiley, leading expert in the paranormal and metaphysical field, shares her latest research on the Ouija, paranormal research, and why we need to know about the Djinn. 

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Ouija Gone Wild…

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

I purchased this book after hearing the author, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, interviewed on The Paranormal Podcast with Jim Harold. For a while now I’ve wanted to find a great book solely on the topic of the Ouija board, or talking boards in general. I’ve heard her interviewed a few times and I just love her. Plus, I’ve read and enjoyed another book by her as well, so I knew it was the book for me.  

Rosemary (along with Rick Fisher) mention in the introduction of the book that they’ve had no negative experiences with the Ouija. They are convinced it is a “neutral tool” for spirit communication. After reading this introduction I was convinced I was ready to give it a try. After all, as a paranormal investigator and the writer of a blog called The Big Séance, it is probably something I should have some experience with. Then I read on and changed my mind over and over as I read the rest of the book. You see, much of the book is a collection of recounted experiences and true stories of different talking boards going back to 1886. Much of the earlier experiences with the Ouija board are pretty benign, since it was intended for lighthearted entertainment purposes. But most of the more modern stories are overly dramatic and filled with evil activity. The authors attribute this to Hollywood.

 

I really really really wanted to come away with full signed permission from the author to give the Ouija a try, but most of the stories made me wonder why I ever wanted to. At the same time, I understand that in this day and age a book about nice and fluffy, positive experiences with a Ouija board is going to go nowhere. So, after finishing the book I came away with several things.

  • Hollywood has turned talking boards into something very different from what they originally were.  
  • People who have negative experiences with the Ouija were most likely “playing around” or perhaps using the board for the wrong reasons.
  • A person with negative energy, or a board being used in a negative atmosphere will have a higher possibility of contacting lower energy entities.
  • If you’re looking to try a Ouija board, buy a new board, rather than a used board with an unknown history.  
  • Since I haven’t had a proper Ouija experience, I was thankful that Rosemary included some basic instructions for those willing to try. 

Keeping in mind that I haven’t had that Ouija experience yet, I still tend to believe that using a Ouija board (or any other talking board) shouldn’t be any different from any other form of spirit communication, which is a topic that I’ve studied quite a bit in the last few years. As a paranormal investigator and researcher (I hope I’m allowed to refer to myself as this), I’ve experimented with several forms of spirit communication, many times successfully. I’ve always experimented in an atmosphere of respect and seriousness. At no time have I felt that I was in harm’s way or felt that I was in danger of being possessed or influenced in any way. I do believe that the Ouija board is a tool that I’ll try soon. For a few different reasons, I think I need to try this on my own. I just think it has to be the right time and place. And when that happens, you know you’ll be the first to know! 

 

From the back cover of the book as well as Guiley’s website

For more than a century, simple divination devices called “talking boards” have captivated millions of people curious about contacting the spirit world. The most famous is the Ouija, whose trademarked name has become synonymous with all boards. Ouija messages have inspired writers, artists, and musicians, and have played a part in murder, suicide, possession, treasure hunting, marriage, divorce and bizarre behavior.Authors Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Rick Fisher provide a detailed examination of the Ouija. They debunk myths and discuss how horror films have influenced popular opinion.

Ouija Gone Wild features dozens of true stories collected over decades, many told in print for the first time., including tales of unexpected terror:

“She realized she had a problem when an aggressive entity turned the planchette into a sex toy and sent it slithering up her thigh…”

“I glanced over at the heat vent and what I saw scared me so much I dove off of the chair and refused to touch this ‘so called game’ again. I saw two red eyes staring back at me through the grates…”

“Suddenly I was sucker punched in my stomach. The force of the blow made me slam face-forward onto the table. Clutching my stomach, I took my hand off the planchette…”

 


“Paranerdal” Update…

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to just give readers an update on my incredibly exciting life as of late. (Ahem… that was your cue to laugh.)

I am completing my fourth week of school for this new year. The beginning of the year always keeps me pretty busy, and so I haven’t be able to focus nearly as much as I would like to on “paranerdal” activities. I’m behind on analysis of my last two investigations. I’ve really stepped up the analysis of the most recent private residence though, due to more activity and the concern of the family. It has taken me almost two weeks to get through all of the audio alone (lots of stationary audio), but I have to tell you, I’ve gotten some interesting stuff, including the voice of someone asking for help. One of the EVP from this investigation is possibly the most clear file I’ve recorded yet. I’ve captured some interesting responses and activity from the spirit box as well, although I still struggle with having confidence in knowing what I’m hearing. In general though, experiences with my own spirit box have not been as clear or impressive as what I’ve heard and experienced with other groups. It’s still a big learning experiment for me… although I guess everything is, isn’t it? It has been a pleasure getting to know the family, working with a friend and medium, and trying to do what I can to get to the bottom of whatever is going on. Tomorrow I move on to video analysis and add to my already 11 pages of notes. 

Someone or something was definitely in my house and woke me up at around 3am a few nights ago. One of the strangest feelings I’ve ever had. Maybe more on this later. Nothing since. 

I’ve been reading and enjoying Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. It’s the first book I’ve checked out that was devoted solely to the topic of the Ouija Board. I’ve always liked to hear what Rosemary has to say. I plan on sharing more of my thoughts on this latest book in a future post. 

What about my personal EVP and Radio Sweep experimenting here at home? Well… there hasn’t been much of that in quite a while. I hope to have a session sometime over the Labor Day weekend. I also hope to have some willing spirits joining me since it has been a while. Send some my way, would ya? Only the good ones. 🙂 Stay tuned.

I’m waiting for whatever is left of Hurricane Isaac to show up here in Missouri. Bring it! After this drought, I might just lay out in the yard and make rain angels when it gets here.  

Lastly, I’m excited for some upcoming séance experiences happening in a few weeks. This will be a big project for me, and Marilyn and I are excited to jump into it. Don’t worry, we hope to take you along with us!

 

For those of you in the US, have a fantastic Labor Day weekend! (Oooh, that means Fall is just about here!)

Peace!


The Paranormal Podcast… To Ouija or not to Ouija?

Jim Harold and The Paranormal Podcast

I’ve mentioned Jim Harold and the Paranormal Podcast several times here at The Big Séance. It has played a big part in my paranormal “education” in the last several years. I love to listen to his podcasts driving to and from work. And… maybe I’m a nerd, but the opening theme music pumps me up and prepares me for the day. 🙂 I can proudly say I’ve listened to almost every episode! If you haven’t checked The Paranormal Podcast out, you totally should! 

Jim Harold

Some of my favorite guests or authors on the program have been Annie Wilder, Maria DeSimone, Michelle Belanger, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, and Rosemary Ellen Guiley, who was recently interviewed by Jim about her latest book. I’m ordering it as soon as I “publish” this post. 

Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley with Rick Fisher

From Guiley’s site:

For more than a century, simple divination devices called “talking boards” have captivated millions of people curious about contacting the spirit world. The most famous is the Ouija, whose trademarked name has become synonymous with all boards. Ouija messages have inspired writers, artists, and musicians, and have played a part in murder, suicide, possession, treasure hunting, marriage, divorce and bizarre behavior.Authors Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Rick Fisher provide a detailed examination of the Ouija. They debunk myths and discuss how horror films have influenced popular opinion.

 

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

I have to tell you (without going into a giant Ouija board post) that even though in the past I have resisted the urge to run out and get a Ouija board, I’ve always taken a strong NO OUIJA BOARD stance. After listening to her discuss the book, I wonder if this opinion is silly… especially having never used one. I like to consider myself a person who takes spirit communication and the study of it seriously. If this is the case, is it truly any different from experimenting with the spirit box or my clock radio… or even basic EVP research? 

I’ve read quite a bit about the topic, but never an entire book devoted to it. While looking up sites to link in this post, I also realized that there are more books than I realized devoted solely on the topic of the Ouija. My “To Read” shelf may have just grown quite a bit. 

 

Thoughts? Does anyone have any interesting Ouija board experiences? 

 

 


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