I get a lot of questions every day on my Ouija board advice blog, and usually they’re the same questions over and over. So instead of answering each one, I usually post a link to a post that answers their question while stating Read This. Apparently it’s become my iconic catchphrase. So here is a long post of all things I typically tell people to read.
-Ouija boards are incredibly dangerous and you should not mess with them!
~Ouija boards are very safe as long as you’re playing in the right frame of mind. Read this.
-Is it safe to wear Ouija board clothes and accessories?
~Very much so. Read this.
-How do you pronounce Ouija?
-Wee-gee in America, Wee-juh in other English speaking countries. Read this.
This is just for Ouija board related asks. In a few months, I’ll post an FAQ for more pagan and spirit related stuff. In the meantime, you can check out a mini FAQ here. And hey, if you didn’t see the answer to a question you have, ask away.
*this post is currently being edited and will be added to this post presently
“That’s…That’s not how Ouija boards work. And the apps are not a reliable indicator of activity because their shit is randomly generated.”
“Why are you ASKING the tiny mysterious child to come in and play? Are you fucking stupid?”
“Why is it white people? Why do these shows almost always feature random white middle-America fluffheads without the sense God gave a goose? Is it because they do dumb shit more often or because POC families are quicker to recognize spirit bullshit and move the hell out?“
“-blink- Lady, that is NOT the 91st Psalm.”
“Wait, so you saw random geometric symbols doodled in a closet and you automatically thought OMG SATANIC? What kind of ignorant jackass….”
“RECREATIONAL TAROT CARD READING DOES NOT RANDOMLY SUMMON SPIRITS, YOU USELESS CARDBOARD SUBMARINE!”
“Since when is divination the same as spirit-summoning? What is this bullshit? Read a goddamn book, people, holy crap.”
“No no no, you can’t just set herbs on fire and think that’s it. You have to put some oomph behind it and claim your space. Holy shit, if you can’t use the sage properly, put it the fuck down.”
“You moved into a house that the realtor was literally afraid to walk around in, did you think there was no REASON for that!?”
“Oh you ignored your wife and kids being terrified cause you’re skeptical of spirits, mister big tough man? How’d that work out for ya? Thrown down the stairs you say? Gee, that’s rough.”
“Why does NOBODY listen to their kids when they say they see weird shit!?”
-the second anybody mentions Zozo- “OH MY GOD. OH. MY. GOD. OH MY. GOD OH MY GOD. OHHHH MY GOD.”
“Ohhh yes, there was a witch who lived in the house once. Totally the cause of your haunting because we all know that the only thing witches do is sit around and summon evil spirits.
Much wicked. Very scare. Wow.”
“Yanno, witches aren’t automatically evil and hauntings can be nasty without being demonic. Your fundie financial backers are showing.”
“Listen, numb nuts, surfing the internet to find out what’s clomping around your house at night is kind of like going to WebMD to figure out why you have a stomachache. The answer you find is always going to be way more dire than what’s actually going on. Sheesh.”
Annabeth: My for fun paper on the War On Drugs And How It Failed
Jason: My friend’s Half Series. All 5+ stories she’s written.
Zozo: My brother’s paper about how East Asian Mythology and Greco-Roma Mythology have similar themes hidden in them
Leo: The Liability/Waver form I had my friend sign before reading my OWL au
Reyna: My OWL au in it’s entirety
Piper: That unfinished story I started making for this one person about the friendship/platonic rivalry between a goddess and her living shadow
Hazel: My Diamonds Are Worthless paper I wrote in a day (on vacation in Chicago) after procrastinating heavily on the original I was going to write (It was Gun Control, don’t ask why I just was in a huffy hate mood when I picked it out)
Rachel: My ‘classic trope with a twist’ plotline about a introverted ghost who loves potato chips and the Weather Channel
Percy: that time when the link to a word doc I needed for class didn’t work so I made a huge tri-green coloured font message that filled an entire page. All it said was “THE LINK DOESN’T WORK!!!”
Nico: My Horror-but-not-really-horror story plot twist
Drew: My Legally Blonde 2,000+ word assignment I completed for my teacher’s first CR (when it should have only been 500 words)
Malcolm: Both of my US History CR responses, both in standard MLA paragraph formatting, because my teacher told me that I should probably write shorter responses, effectively offending me because I worked hard on both of those mini responses and declared war on the CRs. He is no longer my teacher
Thalia: My latest wip chapter for my SOL au titled ‘Taxi Ride of Slimy Death’ that has been in wip for the past 3 or so months
Bianca: The notes I have for the OlyB au
Grover: My Impossibles Au! Where he’s actually going to be a major main character unlike 90% of my stories
Juniper: My friend’s story called “A Thousand Different Feelings” about a lesbian diabetic British high school girl living in America who’s girlfriend is the sweetest musician diabetic-acknowledged and they go through life together with bypassing the hateful-ex, regulating blood sugar issues, motorcycle rides, and general fluff
Ella: My notes for my SOL au
Frank: The two page long aaah scream I made for my SOL au - the doc is titled “I became the FBI’s ‘most wanted’”
Sally Jackson: Also one of my SOL docs - this one is titled Hakuna Mom-tata
So you think you've summoned a demon through the Ouija board
Oh snap! After playing on the Ouija board, all these creepy things are happening inside your house! You’ve summoned a *dun dun DUUUUNNNNN* DEMON!!!
I’m here to tell you that no, no you didn’t. You did not summon a demon.
Think of it this way. Demons are the opposite of angels. Could you accidentally summon an angel? Do you think that with some letters on cardboard you could accidentally invite an angel into your home? And in doing so, have that angel trapped in your home while strange things happened all around you?
No. Angels have way better things to do. So do demons.
BUT, hypothetically, you just used the Ouija board and now weird things are happening in your home! What is going on??
You have a poltergeist. A poltergeist is any spirit that is able to control things in our world, such as turning off and on lights, throwing things, or scratching you or walls and furniture. Poltergeists can be good or bad. Most are good, and are just using your energy to try to get your attention one way or another. Unless you are being physically harmed, assume the poltergeist is friendly. They are just communicating the only way they can. I mean, if you suddenly went invisible and mute, and tried to tell someone you were there, you would throw stuff too.
If you do have a demon in your home, they would not resort to just turning lights on and off. They are far, FAR more powerful than poltergeists. Symptoms of a demonic haunting are:
-very deep scratches or wounds on your body. And not like cat scratches, deep cuts
-being awakened or disturbed by low, dark voices or growling
-feeling like you want to stay inside all day, not wanting to be outgoing
-a feeling of dread or a sick feeling in your stomach when entering certain rooms
-a deep aversion to anything religious
-any religious items kept around the house will fall of the walls, or be smashed
-having a priest enter your house and they feel attacked or are physically attacked by an unseen entity
-all the poltergeist activity listed above happening frequently. Daily. Constantly.
If none of these things are happening to you, then you’re all good. But I gotta say it again, YOU WILL NOT SUMMON A DEMON THROUGH THE OUIJA BOARD.
YOU WILL NOT SUMMON A DEMON THROUGH THE OUIJA BOARD.
IF YOU USE A OUIJA BOARD AND YOU START TO NOTICE DEMONIC ACTIVITY, IT DID NOT COME FROM THE OUIJA BOARD. IT CAME FROM YOU.
And like I’ve said before, demonic possessions or hauntings only occur to people who are deeply religious, and have grown up knowing and fearing demons. If you do not have demons in your religion, or are not religious, you will never have to worry about demons.
But theouijagirl, what about Zozo???
Zozo seems to be a demon, but I can almost guarantee you that you are not talking to him. Let’s say Zozo is a demon, and likes to spend his time hopping around Ouija boards and deliberately freaking people out. Then Zozo is a huge MORON. Then Zozo is a powerless, weak demon that feeds off the dumbest form of fear possible. Go home, Zozo. Go home.
Or, if this isn’t the case, then you have a trickster spirit trying to scare you by pretending to be Zozo.
And now that you know this, if you are on the Ouija board and encounter someone claiming to be Zozo, you know you are dealing with a regular trickster spirit or the most moronic, idiotic, pathetic demon to ever crawl out of the Underworld. You are totally safe.
I hope this is informative for you guys. Feel free to send me an ask if you have any questions!
First of all, there has never been a documented demon named Zozo. Here is a list of theological demons we know by name. At the bottom is Zozo, looking sad without his own Wikipedia page. This is because he does not exist. The closest guess we have is the demon Pazuzu, most famous for being the star of The Exorcist and a few Gorillaz music videos. But if this ancient demon did come through the Ouija board, why would be give himself a nickname? Demons are boastful creatures; they’re gonna give you their full name if you ask for it.
Second, if this is a demon, then their sole purpose is to go around the world and scare people on the Ouija board. What kind of pathetic demon is that? If this was all demons were capable of, then Hell is probably a chill, relaxed place where nothing bad could really happen to you. Demons can accomplish way, way more than that. Ouija boards re for spirit communication, and spirits are one of the weakest supernatural beings, so if a demon was on that level, then they’re probably not even a demon.
Third, let’s talk about the name. They go by “Zozo” because those are the two letters on the opposite ends of the board. Same goes for Mama, M and A are on the opposite sides. Spirits know they can scare people by making the planchette do weird stuff, like spell out things quickly and repeatedly, making it seem like the spirit is erratic and out of control. If they just spelled out something like “DADA” or something else that had letters close together, it’s not as scary. The spirit wants the planchette to fly across the board as wildly as possible, so it goes from one side of the alphabet to the other. That’s how you get the name Zozo. It isn’t some mystical reference, it’s literally how the board is laid out. I can guarantee you that if you changed around the letters and put like T and I on opposite sides, you’re eventually get a spirit that spells out TITI over and over, trying to scare you. Same goes for spirits that like to spell out Zaza, Zamo, Moza, and other combinations of the letters on the sides of the board.
The lore now is called the Rainbow Effect, where the planchette goes across the alphabet like a rainbow to spell out Zozo. Apparently if you do this, the spirit is trying to release itself from the board. Of course, spirits are already “free”, nothing is trapped in the board, and the spirit is just trying to see how gullible you are. Nothing will happen to you if the Rainbow Effect happens to you.
So what is the point of spelling out Zozo? Basically it’s a scare tactic. Spirits get energy from you, and the best way to get you energized is by scaring you. The best way to scare you is to say they’re a demon and that they’re trying to be released from the board. But think of it this way: Zozo is a Catfish. This spirit is impersonating a demon, saying they’re a demon, and trying to act like a demon does, but the minute you try to Facetime or Skype with them, their connection is bad, or their webcam is broken. Zozo spirits can only do so much, but if you actually expect them to deliver some demonic stuff, don’t.
What do you do if you contact a Zozo or Mama? Tell them to stop. Say you know what they’re trying to do, it’s cute that they tried, but you do not want to talk to them if they’re going to do this. I’ve had many people message me and say they do this, and nine times out of ten the spirit apologizes and the session goes normally. Every once in a while you’ll get some spirit who is immature and just wants to mess around and keep trying to do the Zozo thing, even if they promise they won’t. In that case, end the game. Don’t give them the time of day. Don’t feed the trolls.
So what have we learned today?
-Zozo is not a demon
-”Zozo” is a Catfish name used by multiple spirits to scare you
-The name is not based off of any theological demon
-The Rainbow Effect doesn’t do anything
-The easiest way to stop a Zozo spirit is to tell them to stop
For a few more blogs, check out my posts on whether or not Ouija boards are portals, if you can get possessed through a Ouija board, and if Ouija boards are just games.
Tomorrow I’m going to talk in detail about whether or not Ouija boards are portals, and hey! It’s the fifth day of my blog project! So for it’s going smoothly, but I’m going on vacation this weekend, so if a post comes a day late, my apologies (but I will do my best to stay on top of it). You can check out my #31ouijadays tag to see the other blog posts, or follow the link here.
If you’re daring, then you may have participated in a Ouija Board session. The Ouija dates back to the year 1894, and has been insanely popular with those wishing to make contact with the dead ever since. A lot of paranormal experts, spirit mediums, and demonologists warn against the dangers of the infamous Ouija, and a entity called Zozo is a terrifying reminder why.
Reports of this demon date back to the early 20th century. When using the board, the planchette or glass performs strange figure eights or “inverted Zs,” and answers become repetitive and seemingly boring. But it does not take long for an encounter with Zozo to turn negative. This story, sent in by and anonymous follower, highlights how intense a meeting with ZoZo can really be:
“I was about 15 when I played with the Ouija Board for the first time. I played with 4 friends, we came into contact with a couple of my friends family members, Then Zozo came up. At the time, none of us had any idea who or what it was. So without knowing it was a demon, we carried on playing. He acted like a nice spirit, then without any warning, he spelled out “MURDER”. That’s when my friend sitting across from me began to act strangely. She started to twitch and fidget in her seat. I asked if she was ok, and she just shook her head with tears in her eyes. That’s when we decided to say GOODBYE to Zozo. Suddenly, she got up and screamed. She said that her back was on fire. We pulled up her shirt quickly and discovered a scratch spelling “ZO” on her back. It was so deep that she was bleeding. Safe to say, I haven’t messed with the Ouija since.”