Friday, February 26, 2010
Perhaps the most feared/ honored Superstition of all is that of Broken Mirrors. Rather, to make sure you don’t. Break them. But aside from the fact that it is a pain in the ass to clean up chards of glass, why is it bad luck per se?
This one goes way back. Our ancestors believed that the image in a mirror is our soul. So if you break the mirror your soul is let out. That’s no bueno. And by the way 100% true. But anyway, the 7 years of bad luck part comes from the fact that our bodies regenerate every 7 years (an actual scientific fact. Body cells have a life span of 7 years. Which is why you cannot say you are a true resident of someplace unless you have lived there at least seven years. At least that’s what I say. Right now is the first time actually). Additionally, and I didn’t know this one, you are not supposed to pick up the broke pieces for 7 hours and then apparently bury them outside under the moonlight. That part seems mostly symbolic and I ain’t doing it!
Also, because mirrors were thought to hold the key to the future, to break one was to shatter your own future.
Other Mirror Superstitions found:
• If a couple first catch sight of each other in a mirror, they will have a happy marriage.
• If a mirror falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will soon die.
• Any mirrors in a room where someone has recently died, must be covered so that the dead person's soul does not get trapped behind the glass. Superstition has it that the Devil invented mirrors for this very purpose.
• It is bad luck to see your face in a mirror when sitting by candlelight.
• Before mirrors, in ancient societies, if you caught sight of your reflection or dreamt of it, you would soon die.
• Someone seeing their reflection in a room where someone has recently died, will soon die themselves.
• Babies should not look into a mirror for the first year of their lives.
• Actors believe that it is bad luck to see their reflection while looking over the shoulder of another person.
• To see an image of her future husband, a woman is told to eat an apple while sitting in front of a mirror and then brush her hair. An image of the man will appear behind her shoulder.