Here we have tried to answer some of the questions we frequently get asked at MysteryLodge.

What is the difference between an Amulet and a Talisman?

Here is a brief explanation which we hope helps you choose the correct charm.

An Amulet is an object which has intrinsic power to give protection to its wearer, whereas a Talisman is specifically made to achieve a particular purpose.
Amulets on the other hand give protection by absorbing negative energies, whilst Talismans work by generating a positive force to achieve their objective.
Both work like self charging solar batteries and are constructed in a way which links them with the appropriate planetary force concerned for the intention.

Your chosen Talisman may need to be charged with energy for its full effect to work.
We supply full instructions on how to charge your Talisman at home without too much ritual.

Ouija Boards, Spirit Boards, Talking Boards.

How do they work?

Spirit Board History and Theories.

The following text extract was originally written by the Brothers Johnson who used to make high quality wooden Spirit Boards through their company Portals to the Beyond.
As far as I know they have ceased to trade which is a great shame. I have re-written the article and changed the text from US-English to UK-English.

Spirit Boards are also called Talking Boards and Ouija Boards.

So, how does it work? Placing your fingertips lightly on the edge of the small planchette (also called a slider or pointer). Another person does the same on the opposite side of the board. You move the planchette in circles around the board to get it warmed up. Then you ask your question. No response at first then slowly the planchette begins to move, seemingly on its own, or at least you’re not trying to move it. Sliding from one letter to the next, the planchette spells out it’s answer and it seems to fit.
More questions are asked, with increasing speed the Spirit Board provides its responses, letter by letter, seemingly with astonishing significance.

What is behind the Spirit Board? How does it work? Is it harmless fun? Or is something more spiritual involved?
The Spirit Board as we know it today dates back to the late 1800’s when at the height of the spiritualist movement it was a popular parlour game. Over the years many manufacturers have marketed “Talking Boards” The many different styles of talking boards work in pretty much the same way. A pair of hands or more resting on a planchette that points to words or spells out answers to questions asked.

Why do many people believe that spirits make the planchette move? For one they cannot understand how their subconscious might be doing it. For another, the Spirit Board itself often tells them so.
It’s not uncommon for users to ask “Who is controlling this board?” very often the Spirit Board will oblige the users, spelling out a name unknown to the users.  Further inquiries sometimes reveal the controlling spirit recently passed on, pe some other such drama, the spirit can provide cryptic messages and even warnings to the users. Too often, however, users take these messages at face value, never considering they could be coming from their own imaginations.
The Museum of Talking Boards articulates the two prevailing theories on how the Spirit Board works – The Automatism theory and the Spiritualist theory.

The Automatism Theory.
 The clinical term is “ideomotor response” You may not know that you are moving the message indicator, but you are. This is similar to automatic writing, also known as automatism, a well understood phenomenon. Mediums, in years past would hold a pencil in one hand and pay no attention as it wrote furiously. Some believed that these written messages came from the spirits. Others felt that the messages came from a clever medium. At any rate, most proponents of the automatism theory generally accept that it is very possible to move the planchette unconsciously. They claim that the Spirit Board opens a kind of shortcut from the conscious to the subconscious mind. Collective automatism occurs when more than one person operates the board.

The Spiritualist Theory.
 Spirit Board messages come from forces beyond our control. You contact or “channel” these entities through the board, They are discarnate spirits, ghosts, or other ethereal beings who have a purpose for contacting the living. Many advocates of the spiritualist theory think there is no harm in contacting the other realm because most spirits are basically benign and have important information to share. A few of these same advocates will perform elaborate cleansing rituals before using the board just in case they run into a stinker. Indeed, there are many tales of weird events and paranormal phenomena taking place during and sometime immediately following Spirit Board sessions.

Another theory is: Autosuggestion

This is where the participants unconsciously control the movement of the planchette. Something, possibly the combination of the random and minor spasming of the muscles of the participants, drives the planchette in a random direction. This random movement would, one would expect, lead to a random distribution of letters which would, as the most part, appear to be gibberish. However, despite all good intentions, there is likely to be some editing by the participants. The participants begin to subconsciously guess ahead and the letters come out in a general orderly fashion. Self-delusion is where the belief of the participants drives them to subconsciously control the movement of the planchette. A sort of not-quite intended fraud. This is very like autosuggestion except that one or more of the participants actually controls the movement of the planchette, albeit subconsciously. They hear the question, they know what needs to be spelt out and their fingers subconsciously push or pull the planchette in the direction of the required letter.

Well there you have it, the main theories, or arguments, on how Spirit Boards work. We hope you found it useful.