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The Electric Mystifying Oracle: A Historical Overview Of The Ouija Board

playingOuija boards have been in popular culture since the late 1800s, but they have existed as a form of divination since way before they became a popular parlor game. So why does the Ouija board still hold such a fascination for us? This is an evolving look throughout their last century of development.


The current incarnation of the Ouija is relatively new; however, as we’ve previously discussed, the desire to know our future, contact a dead loved one, or figure out how to proceed within a conflict is as old as the world itself. Therefore, it’s no mystery why these types of devices were held in revere by our ancestors. Regardless, as a family game, feared object, and source for all kinds of ghost stories, Ouija boards have a colorful history.

We now know it now as a flat piece of cardboard, a plastic planchette, and the Parker Brothers’ trademark on the bottom of the board by the word “GOODBYE,” but at one point the mysteries of the Ouija board were matched by the intricacies of craftsmanship and beauty of the antiques. Maybe the ability to purchase a one at a local toy store throws people from the magic it is capable of, though it’s just as possible someone may not know how Ouija boards came to be or why they became such a popular parlor game.LongBoard

Before the boards came about, a pencil was placed within a planchette, which was used to write out letters onto a piece of paper. This system could take a lot of time, and different ones were tried until the development of the wooden pieces with carved letters; the planchette was then used as a pointing device. These first boards were made from solid wood, carved by skilled woodworkers, and had delicately carved designs embedded into their frames. Not only were they made to last several years, they were larger than the boards we have now—some of them as wide as a bedside table.

As Ouija became more popular, the need for more interesting designs became clear. Elijah Bond was the first person to patent the device in 1891. These boards were mostly in the form that we have now, except for the detail of the woodwork and the designs on the inlay.

William Fuld was the next person to hold a patent for the Ouija board, and his family held the patent until the 1960’s (when Parker Brothers took over.) These first Fuld boards were not designed to scare individuals at all, but to unite families into group activities and light-hearted fun. Fuld went through several designs and names between what is now recognized and the original Ouija boards, initially developing The Electric Mystifying Oracle Ouija (patented in the 1930s) which was battery powered. The board was made of metal, and the planchette had a place to store batteries inside to make it move. The letters on the board were raised, and the board would emit sparks as the planchette moved over it, as it was meant to be played in the dark. In addition to the metal board, Fuld’s company developed the form we are most familiar with today.

From these large wood pieces, to plywood, to laminated cardboard, the well-recognized Parker Brothers, Hasbro Inc. version came about and has subsequently, continuously been modified. In 2008, Parker Brothers released a pink board marketed towards preteen females, and in 2013 there was a major redesign which included a light-up planchette, illuminating hidden messages on the board—an incredible feature since the original conception of the planchette and pencil. Even more incredible is that none of these differences have impacted the performance of the device.

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Regardless of the form of the board, it is clear that the Ouija board remains popular enough to warrant consistent redesigns and marketing campaigns as the desire to engage in spiritualist activities or contacting the dead is still prevalent in our culture.

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Numerology: Ruling Number 1 Compatibility Guide

Most people are curious to know if they are compatible with someone else. It can be our significant other, boss, friend or family member.

We find this out by reducing our ruling number to a single digit. Remember: our Ruling Number (aka Life Path Number) is our complete birthdate reduced to a single digit. As long as you know the person’s Ruling Number you are ready for some interesting info. There are many combinations to finding compatibility so over the next few blogs I’ll break the numbers down individually.

Our first number, of course, is 1.

We will explore number one with the rest of the numbers 2 through 9.


Ruling Number 1 Compatibility:

1 with 1

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Leadership is key with this combination. Since you both are aggressive and both want the same things, working together in harmony is the lesson here.

1 with 2

Number 1 is the leader here and number 2 is the support. This is a winning match because you compliment each other.

1 with 3

With one’s leadership abilities and three’s ability to turn ideas into real success, these two can have an extremely fruitful relationship. If they both stay focused anything can happen.

1 with 4

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Even though ones are strong on leadership they are also strong on impulsiveness. Fours are cautious which can be irritating to a one.

1 with 5

Both of these people are very active and have original minds. They make a great team with the one originating the ideas and the five selling them. They have a great capacity to make a good living together.

1 with 6

People with a number six love art, beauty and the “good life”. The number one person is capable of delivering these luxuries as long as they don’t insist on having their own way all the time. A cooperative effort and this team can do great things.

1 with 7

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These two people can make a spiritual connection. Ones need to give sevens the space needed for privacy and thought. Sevens can help with the impulsivity of ones. Together these numbers can make a powerful team.

1 with 8

Both numbers here are aggressive and used to things going their way. They would have to cooperate or become arch rivals. They can either do great things together or bring ruin to each other.

1 with 9

This is an interesting combination. Nine people have great vision and wisdom while one people are original and inventive. Together they can make for a very successful partnership doing great things.


That’s it for now

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Number 2 Compatibility

More from our Numerology series

Numerology: An Introduction & Number Meanings

Numerology: Power & Master Numbers

Numerology: Name Numbers

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Numerology: Day Numbers

Numerology: Soul Urge Numbers

Numerology: Outer Expression AKA Personality Number

Numerology: Personal Year Number

Numerology: Hidden Passion Number

Science of Astrology Complimented by Numerology

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Numerology: Power & Master Numbers

This time we are going to talk about the three Power numbers otherwise called the Master numbers 11-22 and 33.


The Master Numbers

We do not break these numbers down to a single digit. We refer to them as 11/2, 22/4, and 33/6 because they contain aspects of their single digit counterpart.

11/2

We already talked about how elevens have exceptionally high levels of intuition and spirituality. These are the people who are the guides of mankind. They guide us into lives of compassion and awareness. The eleven also has aspects of the number 2 which includes charisma and leadership. The number two is a duality of intuition and inner conflict. The negative side of this is that not many elevens live up to this great responsibility. They are shy and have a lot of nervous energy. This can give way to fear and self-doubt.

Elevens make great teachers, artistic performers and social workers.


22/4

Twenty-two is not only the most powerful of all numbers but the most successful. The number 22 encompasses the all or nothing. Twenty-two’s can become the masters of anything they are committed to or they become lazy drifters. Remember, 22 are double 11 and they have the practical aspects of 4. Four’s express themselves best in the material world. What a great combination! They possess an immense potential to achieve with intense productivity. The number twenty-two is rare occurring in a small percent of the population.

Twenty two’s make great leaders in all aspects of life, artists, diplomats and architects.


33/6

The number 33/6 is not concerned with self-advancement. It is all about doing well for mankind. This brings with it great responsibilities and leadership skills. These people are all about serving and helping the largest number of people. The down side of this is their being able to discern where, when and whom to help or they become overwhelmed. Remember, 33 combines 11 and 22 all of which are rare numbers. 33/6 also encompasses the number 6 which is about responsibility especially to others. It also represents a take charge attitude along with loyalty. There are always two sides to every number. The negative side to 33 is to become too focused on your own agenda and to care less of others. People born under 33 make great spiritual leaders, teachers and artists.


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More on Numerology at The Psychics.com Blog:

Introduction & Number Meanings
Name Numbers
Day Numbers

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Numerology: An Introduction And Number Meanings

There are many methods that better help us understand ourselves. For many, numerology can be one of the most interesting, logical, and fun. You do not have to be a math geek to enjoy it. Numerology helps to give us a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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