Saturday, 4 January 2014

Broken Mirrors as a Source of Bad Luck

The origin of the superstition regarding breaking a mirror and then facing seven years of bad luck can be traced back to the ancient Romans. It was the Romans who first created glass mirrors.

The Romans - along with the Greek, Chinese, African and Indian cultures - believed that a mirror had the power to confiscate part of the user's soul. If a person's reflected image became distorted in any way, this could mean a corruption of his or her soul.

If a person were to break a mirror it was thought to mean that his or her soul would be trapped inside the world the mirror represented. Essentially, a broken mirror created a broken soul, which in turn lead to the broken health and fortunes of the unfortunate user.

The Romans also believed that a person's physical body renewed itself every seven years. Under this criteria it would take seven years before a person's soul could be fully restored.

Mirrors are inanimate objects. They have no life, spirit, movement or consciousness of their own. Upon breaking one, you're more likely to experience cuts to your hands or feet than a long string of unfortunate events. Believe me when I tell you that you have a healthy, resilient soul, and will only attract seven years of bad luck if you truly believe that you will.

If you truly embrace the superstitions surrounding broken mirrors, you can take steps to counteract your expectations. Since the pieces of the mirror can, in this superstition, still reflect the soul, you can grind the entire mirror into dust - no reflection, no problem. Some suggest that you can avoid the possibility of bad luck by burying the broken pieces of the mirror under a tree during a Full Moon or by washing the pieces in the flowing waters of a stream or river.

[Image: The Mirror (1896). Oil on canvas by Frank Dicksee (1853-1928). In the public domain.]

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