Padre Pio prohibited all 'magic' and fortune telling. In November 1948, Padre Pio heard a lady’s confession. The lady gave an account afterwards, ‘among the things I told him was that we were worried about our aunt who read Tarot cards in our family”. Padre Pio in a authoritative tone said: "Throw that stuff away, as soon as you can."There is a lot of confusion among Catholics as to whether to buy 'magic' toys such as ouija boards and tarot card sets for their children. As Linen on the Hedgerow points out, buying 'toys' such as ouija boards over the internet has made it possible for people in our chilly islands to buy 'magic' toys from the US. The reason that I write 'magic' instead of just magic, is that really 'magic' is a nice-sounding, Disney-esque word that conjures up images of wands and magical fantasy castles; the stuff of fairy tales and fantasy. But diabolic 'magic' is real - where people believe that they will 'magically' get certain powers such as knowledge of the future (tarot cards) or in touch with the dead (ouija board).The majority of Catholics that I know who dabble/'experiment' in this stuff, have Never been told that it is not only dubious, but deeply dangerous. According to the documentary that was made of the possessed child who was the inspiration for the film The Exorcist, that child (in real life he was a boy) became possessed after he and his aunt played with a ouija board.
PS - The Microsoft word spell checker is putting red, squiggly lines under my uncapitalised spellings of 'ouija'. I'll have to write Bill (Gates/gates) a letter and tell him to make a 'Catholic Spell Checker' - then I'll be safe!