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How our PSYCHIC CIRCLE was born...
Most people know what a Ouija® board is. It is a
copyrighted rendering of the kind of "talking board" that has existed
literally for thousands of years. Talking boards are spiritual tools and,
unfortunately, the Ouija® has too often been sold and used as a toy. It has
scared the wits out of a lot of people, and not just young people either.
It is funny how life works
outóreally funny in my case, because I started out to be a musician. Since
1988, my wife, Amy Zerner, the fabric collage artist, and I have become known
in the publishing world as the world's foremost creators of interactive
personal guidance systems. We've tried to clean the "dirt" of
centuries of ignorance and superstition off of the "buried treasure"
to be found in the totally misunderstood arts of tarot, astrology, alchemy, the
Goddess, Love, and, the most misunderstood of them all, talking boards.
We thought, "Why should all
this ancient wisdom be ignored just because no one is taking the time and using
their heads to see what the ancient sages were really saying?" We had
spent most of our lives studying these things, so we thought we'd put what we
know into our books.
As artists and inventors, we wanted
to create a talking board system that was prettier, more fun, and easier to
use. It would have to be true to our personal goal of helping everyone develop
their intuition and decision-making ability, and making ancient wisdom
accessible, practical and useable to all. And very importantly, we wanted to
include a comprehensive book that would properly prepare a person to use this
very powerful spiritual tool. In 1993, Simon & Schuster published The Psychic Circle: The Magical Message Board.
I'm very proud to say that it has
sold over 300,000 copies around the world and now, when I sneak in for a peek
at the talking board chat rooms on the Internet, more and more of them are now
called "Ouija/Psychic Circle." We're starting to win back the good
reputation of talking boards, but here's something we've never told anyone
before: We were told to do The Psychic
Circle by a spirit on a talking board. And we were told to do so fifteen
years before we actually did itóbefore we even dreamed of creating divination
systems and writing books!
Now it is 2014, and we've received
thousands of letters from people who've
contacted loved ones, found missing objects and changed their lives for the
better. We've also received some letters from people who've actually had
frightening incidents, even with our PSYCHIC CIRCLE.
But way back in 1976, Amy and I were
in our mid-twenties, visiting our dear friend Lori Solensten when she mentioned
that she had been given a talking board. She had not used a talking board since
her teenage years and invited Amy to try it with her. Though Amy had never
tried using a talking board before, she agreed. Being familiar with the power
of prayer and ritual, we all held hands and prayed together that only energies
from the highest levels of the world of spirit would come through. And
For what seemed like a long time we
all just sat there, me with my pencil ready to record any information and they
with their hands on the board's indicator. Suddenly, the indicator started
circling the board and increasing its speed with each turn. We were laughing at
the exuberance it displayed, finding it hard to believe that neither one of
them was pushing the indicator, when it spelled out: "I am of kin."
Even as I write the words now, almost 40 years later, I still get the same
electric feeling that seeing those words produced in us all that night.
The board proceeded to tell us that
the disembodied spiritual essence we were experiencing was a departed relative.
Without going into the details of the information given as proof of identity,
we received a good deal of material that turned out to be quite important to us
all many years later. One example is that during the first session and the
sessions that followed, we received the name KARMA CARDS, a name I would use
ten years later for my first personal guidance system, as well as the name and
idea for THE PSYCHIC CIRCLE itself!
After our "kindred" spirit
had left, a new energy arrived. The board spelled out: "I am Van Fuld,
William Fuld's brother." We all laughed because there printed at the top
of the board was the name William Fuld, the man who had invented the Ouija® and
sold it to Parker Brothers, the game manufacturers who had made a lot of their
fame and fortune with it.
In the spirit of investigation,
which is the best way to approach the use of a talking board, we continued.
Well, good old Van really got going. I was keeping the notes of the letters
indicated by the talking board's "planchette," the little marker you
put your fingers on. Amy and Lori would call out the letters as the marker
hovered over them, sometimes with a lot of time between letters, so they didn't
know what was being spelled out. They didn't know if anything at all was being
spelled out, for that matter!
My eyes widened with surprise as I
jotted down the letters, broke them up into
words and saw what "Van Fuld" was saying to us on the talking board:
"He stole the Ouija“ board idea from me and now I am going to give you an
Then the marker started zipping
around so fast that everyone knew the words being spelled out: "PSYCHIC
CIRCLE... circle is infinite... try to make PC for everyone...one heaven for
everyone... 18 inches diameter in square...not the size of a place-mat... there
should be maybe planets, symbols, and signs... see nature--sea (water), and
nature (earth)--sky (air)... something like a tweeter (the Magical Message
Indicator looks like a small clear plastic high frequency speaker!)... six
levels... represents the cosmos... be patient."
We were patient, all right. We were
so patient that I totally forgot about that session for fifteen years. And then
our wonderful astrologer, Leor Warner, whom we had never told about the session
because, after all, we had forgotten it, said to us in our bi-annual reading,
"It's time to do that round talking board." And the rest is talking