Mirrors are the perfect example of an everyday household furnishing fraught with superstition. Probably the most common belief concerning mirrors is that their breakage causes seven years of bad luck. Whatever the origins of this belief, here are some methods to counteract the curse.

  • Throw salt over your shoulder.
  • Directly after breaking the mirror, turn around three times counterclockwise.
  • Burn the mirror, or at least blacken its shards in the flames of a fire. Save the fragments for a year and then bury them, and the curse will be counteracted (so you've only had to live with one year of bad luck).
  • On the first night after breaking the mirror, light seven white candles and blow them out at midnight in one breath.
  • Touch a tombstone with a piece of the mirror and the hex will be lifted.

Any of these rites can be used, but bear in mind that the "curse" of the broken mirror is usually a self-created one.

Although viewed with suspicion by some, it is generally said that having a large number of mirrors in the home is lucky. This is probably because of the mirror's ability to deflect evil and attract good.

The mirror is symbolic of, among other things, money. Hand one beside the table in the dining room or kitchen to attract wealth and food to the home.

Ideally, no mirror should be hung so low that it "cuts off" the tallest household member's head (doing so may cause headaches). However, mirrors shouldn't be hung too high either.

If you feel sorrowful or troubled while home alone, with no one to talk to and no apparent way to control your blue mood, stand before a mirror and gaze into your eyes. Your anxiety should disappear.

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