#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic October Spooktacular Author Spotlight Guest Post – “The Ouija Board,” by Author, D. G. Kaye

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Welcome to my October Spooktacular Author Spotlight Guest Posts

I’ve had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with D. G. Kaye through her writing and the friendship we’ve developed online. I’m always surprised by how drawn we writers are to each other even though we’ve never met in person. I believe there is something deeply spiritual about reading something another person writes. The bonus is that when you connect with the author’s words, you glimpse a part of their soul.

That’s just how it is for me and D. G. Kaye. I can tell you for a fact, that D. G. Kaye’s latest book will make you reexamine how you feel about your family and yourself. I reviewed her most recent release, P. S. I Forgive You, HERE, on my, A Mindful Journey blog. Check out a sample below:

Today, I have a spooky tale to share from D.G. Kaye. Do you remember when you were a kid and how certain things scared you more than they do now? Or do they still scare you? Take a deep breath and prepare to hear a tale that will give you a spine-tingling scare!

“The Ouija Board”

By D. G. Kaye

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My fascination with the occult and spirits began at a young age. As curious as I was to learn about magic and mysticism, I was also afraid of it and always the skeptic until I had my own encounters with spirit eventually proving to me there is more to life than only the world we exist in. If you haven’t been visited by spirit, it’s sometimes hard to become a believer.

My curiosity for magic and spirit evolved when I was a child. Entranced by TV shows such as Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie, I was inspired and fascinated by the phenomena of making things appear and disappear by the twitch of a nose or by folding my arms and blinking as I’d nod my head to make the impossible happen. I’d practice in front of a mirror after watching a new episode, hoping I’d see something move or change, to no avail. And soon to follow in that era of my childhood, I discovered the Ouija Board.

As curious as I was about using my Ouija board, I was apprehensive and afraid of the dark, which I believed from the things I watched on TV, to be a requirement for concentration to call up spirits with a Ouija board. So, I convinced my younger brother to ‘do’ the Ouija board with me for protection, and we went downstairs to the dark den where Pedro resided on the wall to begin my investigation.

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The den was decorated in a Spanish theme – black slate furniture, black leather couches, and heavy red drapes always drawn and blocking all signs of sunlight. On one of the walls hung a dark wood-carved portrait of a Matador bust. That room was where our hi-fi stereo was, and my brother and I used to sit in there and listen to music after school.

I was brave when my brother was in there with me, but I was petrified to be in that room by myself because I was convinced that Pedro, the name we christened the Matador on the wall, was always watching us.

Something about the way his eyes were carved into his face seemed to have a 3D effect, making me feel as though his eyes shifted to watch me wherever I moved in the room.

One stormy, Sunday afternoon, I decided to try out the new Ouija board I recently received as a gift (odd gift for a child really), and convinced my brother to join me. I decided that ‘the Spanish’ room’ would be the perfect place for dark and quiet to use the board.

I was eight and he seven, and I really didn’t have much clue about the potential for the board to call to spirits, other than we both had to place our hands on the heart-shaped disc and ask a question while concentrating on the question and repeating it a few times. The board was a mere wooden board with the alphabet covering the board and the words ‘Yes’ and ‘No printed at the bottom of the board. The objective was that spirit would hear our question and guide our hands to spell out the answer on the board.

We began by asking questions about things we knew the answers to, and after a short time passed, I found myself bored and skeptical because I was convinced my brother had swayed the disc to spell out what he wanted it to say. So, I decided we had to ask some questions we didn’t know the answers to, to see if that board game was real. We made a list of ‘test questions’ we thought we’d ask and then go verify answers with my parents who were in the next room entertaining friends in the kitchen.

I decided to test Ouija’s answers by asking it what were the middle names of my grandfather and my Uncle Robert. I had no idea if they even had middle names, but I figured the all-knowing Ouija would inform me either way. We got into concentration mode and asked the Ouija both questions. And it wasn’t long before the answers were spelled out by our moving hands over the disc.

I was somewhat uncomfortable as I felt Pedro’s eyes watching me in the darkened room, and as soon as I received the answers to the questions, I beelined it out of the room, excited to find out if the answers I received were true. And they were!

After that first encounter with the Ouija board, I was scared to use it again. I was afraid of the unknown and couldn’t understand how ‘a board’ could know answers to questions that I didn’t even know. I was convinced my brother and I were playing around with spirit, and I didn’t think it was such a good idea, even at the age of eight. I put the Ouija and disc back in its box and put it back with games in my bedroom closet.

Many nights after I’d put the board away, I was scared to go to sleep at night. I didn’t know why or what was scaring me, only that I felt an eerie presence in my room, as though I wasn’t alone in it. I would only go to sleep with lights on – not a lamp, but full bright light fixture above my bed. After a week or so of the unsettling feeling I had in my room, I decided that I should throw out the Ouija board stored in the closet in front of my bed.

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I never felt that eerie discomfort again in my room after trashing the Ouija board. The only place I still felt at unease was when I sat alone in the Spanish den where Pedro watched all who entered.

©D.G. Kaye

Author, D. G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir writer who writes about her own life experiences and about how she learned to overcome emotional abuse and low self-esteem. She writes on topics such as: kindness, forgiveness self-growth, and compassion. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When she isn’t writing books, you can find her on her blog at DGKayewriter.com where you’ll find an eclectic mix of life lessons, rants of injustice, writing tips, book reviews, and featured interviews with guest authors. She’s known to inject humor into her work whenever it’s warranted. D.G.’s motto is: Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe.

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BOOKLINKS:

Conflicted Hearts

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Words We Carry

Have Bags, Will Travel

P.S. I Forgive You


Are you interested in appearing on my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more. ~Colleen~

136 thoughts on “#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic October Spooktacular Author Spotlight Guest Post – “The Ouija Board,” by Author, D. G. Kaye

  1. Spooky…I don’t like Oiuja boards the one and only time I participated was when I was 13/14 and at my friend’s house her big brother was the one who encouraged us to do it and we asked probably silly questions to start….and like you decided to ask things that required definite answers so we started we didn’t get very far when my friends mum came in and wanted to now just what we thought we were doing …at that point interrupted halfway through a question the glass just shattered into a thousand pieces it just gave a sort of pop and everywhere there was glass . I was sent home pronto and my mother phoned, my friend and her brother sent to their bedrooms. What prompted that glass to shatter like it did I haven’t a clue…But I have never attempted to use a ouija board again..We obviously upset whoever was there and maybe their plans for us..I don’t know it just spooked everyone.

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    1. Wow Carol, that was scary. I might have pooped my pants if that happened to me, lol. But I’ve heard scarier stories through the years and so I’m glad I never again endeavored to play with a board again. 🙂 x

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    2. HOLY Buckets! Too scary for me. I just don’t think the spirits contacted through this medium are friendly. It’s definitely a scary thing when you are a kid. Children are still able to see through the veil. I don’t think I could ever do this. I’m a big chicken! ❤

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  2. I’m smiling here, I have so many memories of Ouija with my Catholic school friends, usually at a slumber party. We always suspected that the other person was moving that thing, but still…such a mystery about it. When my older sister started using it regularly with her teenage friends, it got creepy. It scared me then, and still does now. I believe in those forces that we were not meant to understand. Thanks to Deb for this one. (And I’ve loved her books, so honest and genuine, a treasure. )

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    1. Thanks so much Van. And thanks for sharing. It seems many of us, especially those of us who are in-tune with spirits have learned better than to play with such things. 🙂 x

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    2. Thanks so much, Van. I love Debby’s book too. I stayed away from the Ouija board too. I’ve never played with that stuff. There is definitely something there that is not good. When I was looking for photos for this post I came across one from a priest saying that people should stay away from the boards because you are contacting demons. That freaked me out a bit. I’ll stay with the light! Yet, kids are drawn to this stuff. Pretty scary! Yikes! ❤

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    1. Lol Olga! Well it’s best you don’t mess with the Ouija board, just look at some of the other stories here! But the matador? Come on! You’re Spanish! LOLLLLLLL 🙂 xx

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    2. LOL! I remember that style in the 1970’s. Very dark and brooding design that many people enjoyed. I still like the use of wrought iron but the heavy black and red was too much for me. Glad you enjoyed this strange tale. ❤

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      1. Omg, you practically described our den back in the 70s LOL – wrought iron base tables with slate tops, black leather couches and heavy drapes. Were you there? LOL xoxo

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  3. Wow, that’s quite the story. You were brave children! My first experience with an Ouija board was it at Goddard College while in residence for my MFA program. I got so freaked out by the spirits we were conjuring, that I left it there when it was time to return home. 🙂

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    1. Wow Aletha! It seems that anyone who messes with spirits is going to find something eerie. Glad to hear you hightailed it out of there. I once had a friend years ago who told me about her experience using the board and while they were doing it they heard loud crashes in the backroom and found it looked like a hurricane had gone through it. She threw out the board! Many people think it’s a game, as I did when I was a kid, but it’s a medium to call on spirits and if we don’t know what we’re doing, we shouldn’t enter. 🙂

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          1. Probably should clarify…there have been nights when the unwelcome spirits come through as I am in the state near sleep, when the veil is lowered, and then sometimes when I am “sleeping,” but somewhere else…but there are always forces of light to call in. I like to use AA Michael and St. Germaine, as well as placing a golden bubble around me, the house, the pets, the kids, etc. ❤

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      1. I’m inclined toward the belief they shouldn’t be available, but then again, I suppose a pendulum can serve the same purpose. I started using one of those too, at Goddard, and encountered some rather sad, trapped souls. 😦

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          1. Sometimes I wish I could go back to help them pass over. I think the
            light is always there for them to move to it, they just need to be guided toward it. The pendulum can be a powerful tool…

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  4. Thanks so much Sister Fey, Colleen, for inviting me to share an eerie story here. I so appreciate your beautiful intro to my post, and thank you so much for adding the perfect photos to accommodate the post. I forgot to send you my Ouija photo with the post and you didn’t remind but found one even better than the one I had. You rock my friend! Huge hugs! ❤ xoxo

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    1. Ah, Sister Fey we take care of each other in this world. Glad to sponsor you and share your spooky tale. Your books are amazing and I hope you will gain some new readers. Many hugs and thank you for your support. ❤

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  5. Great story Debby and thanks dear Colleen for having her as a Guest here…. There is certainly a high potential (although unknown to us) when it comes to the power of “the board” to call to spirits. I remember my own experience with the Ouija, back in my High- School times. It was overwhelming… He supposedly contacted an argentine soldier of The Malvinas-Falklands war. I say “supposedly” because I still think the persons “on board” actually somehow move their hands towards certain letters. But it is very hard to explain how this might even work, given that it is hard to synchronize movements and ideas… I´d say that it is a mystery. And as such it remains unexplainable!…
    Love & best wishes xx 😉

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    1. Aquileana, it is truly a mystery and one I believe should be treated with caution. Just my thoughts. Many psychic mediums use the board to communicate with the souls they believe are left behind. As a Pagan Buddhist I try to tread carefully around the darkness. It always scares me. Hugs and love back! ❤

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    2. Thanks Aq! Wow, it seems so many have attempted the old Ouija board. Yes, so many are skeptical that our hands move it to what we think the answers are, but when I asked questions I had no clue about the answers, that was enough for me when I found it was right. 🙂 x

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      1. I’m with you girl! Who wants to call on darkness anyway. And I’m a big chicken too. I could see we’d be no comfort to each other LOLLLLLLLL 🙂 xxx

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  6. I read every word with bated breath. Yes, I’ve had similar experiences with the Ouija board. Answers that were right even though I and the few friends who ‘played’ the Ouija with me didn’t know it at the time. An eerie feeling that some presence was around while we played. I didn’t throw my Board away, but I did ‘hide’ it in a deep dark corner of my brother’s closet (not mine, for heaven’s sake!) Ha ha. Great story, Debby.

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  7. I have real terror of thhe ouija board. My older sister messed around with it with some friends when she was a teenager, and apparently it ‘said’ that one of them would die within a short time, and one of her friends that was there did.
    I don’t know if it was coincidence or not but it was very scary. I am not surprised that you were scared and felt uneasy too, Debby. How weird about the grandparents names being told by the Ouija board! It completely creeps me out!

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    1. Wow Judy. That was a scary enough story to keep away from these boards! Anyone I know has encountered unusual experiences with these boards, there’s nothing we need to know that urgently. Let sleeping dogs lie. 🙂 x

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  8. It’s strange how many people dismiss the ouija board, but I have always believed in it. We had one when we were children but after a few weeks our parents decided it should be thrown away. Oh, the powers of the ouija board! I should get another. It’s good to see you on Colleen’s wonderful blog, Debby. Love and hugs to you and to Colleen.

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      1. I hear you girlfriend! But perhaps if we were mediums we’d be better equipped to handle what evokes from these seances. Without proper experience I’ll take a pass with you. ❤

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      1. My parents had always said to do that but we thought we knew better as you do. I have to say that in our last house , the one I blogged over at Sue Vincents, I told my girls straight do not ever ever mess with that in here and to their credit they didn’t.

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  9. Wow, a haunting tale indeed! Perfect for this sullen rain sodden evening. I have always been fascinated by Ouija Boards but never had the courage to try one… Wise choice me now thinks! Thanks Debby and for the most enjoyable feature Colleen.

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    1. Hi Paul. Lovely to see you drop by. And yes, best to stay away as you can tell by many comments here, lol. And it’s grey and gloomy here too today, Friday 13th of course! 🙂

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  10. It is interesting to read so many experiences along with Deb’s spooky story (she is so good at her words) but I have never had any such experience nor did I have such friends who could coax me into one…missed on one of the dramatic experiences of childhood! But nothing could scare me…or I thought so! 🙂 when I was young…tough handling by people around me.

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    1. Yes, I kind of think we are kindred spirits somehow back from our childhoods B. But seriously, after your last post about directions, I thought you were a little braver than I, LOL 🙂 xx

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  11. It’s amazing how an object such as the Ouija Board will move us into connecting with the spirit realm; and in this case, with the darker aspects. I wonder how much is the product of our own minds… After all, energy follows thought. And endowing an object with potential power might facilitate the process. We certainly can scare the begeebees out of ourselves! Spine-chilling post, Colleen and Deb! 🙂 💜💜

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    1. Thanks T, the one who always tries to find the logic. You are probably right, but then, spirits have their own will. And really,. when a board gives up answers that I didn’t even know, that’s just eerie! 🙂 ❤

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  12. wow, spooky indeed, Debby. Thank goodness you threw it away, your inner sense is very strong and it spoke to you and you listened. Pedro. What happened to him, did he get thrown in the bucket too? Loved this story, thank you Colleen and Debby. xx

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    1. LOL thanks Adele, and thanks for asking about Pedro. My sister inherited Pedro when our family home was sold. She hung it in her own dark and scary den over the couch. Whenever I”d go there and see it, I’d burst out laughing at the ‘memories’ and ask her how she had the nerve to hang it. But . . . don’t forget that’s the house where ‘The Lady’ resides. You know, that story I wrote at Sue Vincent’s blog? 🙂 xxxx

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  13. What a great story, Debby. I don’t know what it is about Ouija boards, but they seem to come into the lives of many of us at a young age.

    Our next door neighbour had one, and I remember trying it out with some of my school friends. We were all convinced that the glass was moving by itself, as we each took our fingers off it and watched it moved slightly over the word ‘Yes’. I can’t remember what the question was but, after giving it back to the next door neighbour, the board disappeared from where she’d kept it in the spare bedroom. She was an old lady and I thought that she’d maybe forgotten where she put it. Then, about a year later, she passed away. She had no family, so a house clearance company cleared the house out before it was put on the market. It took four years for the house to sell as people said there was a cold presence in the spare bedroom. When the house was finally sold, it was rented out. The family that moved in, upon opening the door to the spare bedroom, found the Ouija board laying in the middle of the spare bedroom. They packed it up and gave it to a jumble sale. I’ve no idea what happened to it after that.

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    1. Holy cow Hugh. That was scary! And you are so right, it seems that kids are intrigued by it, maybe it’s curiosity, or they think it’s a toy, but from what I hear, after using it once and having a weird experience, it seems nobody wants to use it again. NO wonder! 🙂 xx

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      1. Got to finish the last couple articles for the Quarterly and get it uploaded. Today’s our anniversary so won’t finish today. SOON. Good thing it’s my publication and I answer only to myself. LOL. I can be a hard taskmaster though. 😉

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  14. Ooh er, Debby! We had an Ouija board when I was a kid, but my aunt June would mess about and you knew she was moving the disc. At school we all sat around one at lunchtimes until a teacher confiscated it. But like you, I’ve always been fascinated by the occult, and as a child I also enjoyed ‘Bewitched’.

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  15. I totally believe in the power of those boards. We didn’t have one in our house, probably not allowed. I’m sure I asked for one for Christmas one year but no-go. I don’t blame you for sleeping with the lights on! That is so freaky. You know, spirits love kids, so I’m not surprised you and your brother were able to connect with one so quickly. Pedro! Did your parents finally re-decorate the room and get rid of Pedro? We also had a spanish style “red room” where our stereo and t.v. were set up. It was the hang out room for most of us as kids and teens. Many-a-beer was spilled on that carpet (which was also red). What were our parents thinking?

    Loved this story, Debby and so perfect leading up to Halloween. 🙂

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