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Book Review: The Ouija Book by Gina Covina

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Book Review: The Ouija Book by Gina Covina

As an avid Ouija collector I believe I have almost every book ever written on the spirit board in my collection and I have read each one. If I don’t have a book it is either because I don’t know of its existence or because it is out of print and I have not as yet found a copy.

Of all the books I have ever read on the subject of the spirit board, The Ouija Book by Gina Covina is in the top two rivaled only by Hester Smith’s Voices from the Void (1919). The Ouija Book was published by Simon and Schuster in 1979. As far as I know The Ouija Book is out of print but you can still find copies with relative ease and, as of this writing, the out-of-print copies are not astronomically expensive.

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Gina’s approach is pragmatic. She wants to share her enthusiasm for the use of the board just as Hester Smith did before her so the book focuses on use as opposed to history or methods of manufacture.

Gina is also not “occult heavy.” Once again, like Hester, Gina’s approach is objective and clear. An example of an occult heavy book would be Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board by J. Edward Cornelius. Edward elevates the use of the board to the level of ceremonial magic. There isn’t a trace of ceremonial magic in Gina’s book making it user friendly for the novice.

Another element that I love about The Ouija Book is that Gina explores the various purposes for which she has used the board as a tool. If you thought the board was only for spirit communication you will be amazed with the wide variety of applications Gina has personal experience with.

With her board, a standard store bought Ouija, Gina has explored her past and future lives, she has asked questions of historical significance, she has located missing objects and persons, she has explored the depths of her own unconscious mind, she has used the board to communicate telepathically with friends, she has used it to communicate with plant and animal life, and she has used it to interpret or help recall dreams. And the list I just gave you is not comprehensive but representative.

There is also a chapter on the hazards of employing the board as a tool called, “Oracular Hazards.” I love the title of the chapter because the hazards most often associated with the board are not exclusive to the board. Anyone who ventures into occult territory does so with some risk. The better we understand these risks the better enabled we are to mitigate against them.

In her chapter on hazards she tells the sobering story of her friend’s suicide. In introducing this story she says, “at the risk of frightening a few people away from the Ouija board entirely, I’ll bring out the most extreme illustration I know of the hazards of Ouija literalism. Jane…began to use the Ouija board at an empty, lonely time in her life….Ouija told Jane that she deserved a far better situation than the one in which she found herself….Since the board’s words always amplified her own perceptions, offered her solace, and acknowledged her worth to a degree no one else did, the game quickly became her most trusted friend….soon she was spending hours alone with her Ouija “spirits.”

“The Ouija board told Jane that she was a goddess….her unhappiness came from trying to live with mere humans when she really was a goddess. Her troubles would end if she would come and live with the gods…. If Jane truly believed in Ouija spirits, they told her, she should prove it by taking her gun from the drawer and shooting herself. She did.”

Gina’s “lesson” from this tragedy was that the messages Jane was receiving “were not evil in themselves, but were telling her with the strongest possible metaphors that she desperately needed to begin her life again.”

Personally I found the story of Jane a tragedy.

The lesson for me is that users need to evaluate their mental state before they engage the board or any other divinatory device. If such devices do indeed mirror or reflect back to us in an amplified manner our own subliminal affective states than we must know ourselves thoroughly and completely before we can hope to discern between what is and is not in our best interest or the best interests of those around us.

Much love,
David

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