planchettes.com - Frequently Asked Questions...
What's a planchette?
There are two basic types of planchette. The most common is a "ouija board planchette." That's the little pointer that you use with a ouija board. The "ouija board", actually a trademarked brand for "communications board", was first seen around 1880.
It is believed that the "planchette" was invented in France, sometime around 1850. Planchette, in French, means "little plank..." This earlier planchette is most accurately called an "Automatic Writing Planchette..." These first planchettes were designed to hold a pencil, and allow the "spirits to write through the use of our hands..." Although now less popular than the ouija board varient, these earlier planchettes are actually much more capable. While with an ouija board, the planchette can only point to a letter, number or symbol, as printed on the board, an automatic writing planchette can draw pictures, etc.
It's curious that many report that different spirits have distinctly different handwriting.
What's a communications board?
A comunications board, generically, is a device composed of a rectangular board, printed typically with the full alphabet, the numbers 0 through, and perhaps a few words or symbols representing "Hello" and "Goodbye." A communications board is used with a planchette, a small device which glides with the least resistance possible, allowing the user to, via automatism, point to various letters, spelling out words.
Opinions vary on the use of these devices. Modern psychiatrists actually call for their use in a number of cases. Meanwhile, certain predominately fundementalist Christians will assure you that they are a ticket to hell. Most scientists will agree that communications recieved through devices like the communications board or the planchette are the result of automatism. They believe that it's simply that, via devices like the ouija board or planchette, the subconscious is able to communicate directly.
We couldn't agree more about this. We must add though that it's possible that the human mind has capabilities which most cannot easily access. We feel that through the use of a device like a planchette, that many powers deemed "Supernatural" by most are easily accessible. We certainly can't rule out the possibility of communications with "spirits..."
If spirits exist, and somehow, can communicate with us through sensations available to our minds, then perhaps psychic tools like the planchette can more easily help access them. Hundreds of thousands of people have felt so, and seen for themselves. With our products, some of which have never been available before, most anything is possible...