Mirror, Mirror in my hand who is the fairest in the land? The usual response is "My Queen, you are the fairest in the land." but not this time because we'r talking all things Magick!
Mirror Magick began with humble roots in divination and clairvoyance where a reflective material was used to conjure spirits of the deceased to gain knowledge and receive messages from the beyond. A common material amongst the rich would be Obsidian, bronze, or copper but for the poor they would use a body of water. The discovery of Silver mirrors began by a German Chemist named Justus von Liebig in 1853 (Really not that long ago!) with a method known sa wet disposition. This process involved the disposition of a thin layer of metallic silver onto a glass pane through the chemical reduction of silver nitrate. Now for those who are not chemistry inclined Silver nitrate is dangerous in its use. It can cause headache, dizziness,nausea and vomiting. to transport Oxygen, causing headache, fatigue, dizziness, and a blue color to the skin and lips (methemoglobinemia). Exposure to very high levels can cause trouble breathing, collapse and even death.
With this invention mirrors became largely more affordable compared to its expensive metals and glass counterparts and gave a rise in the use of mirrors and divination. They did however come at a cost.
Superstition of breaking a mirror spread from the Roman belief that if you break a mirror you will receive 7 years of bad luck! The reasoning behind this superstition is from the belief that the mirror is linked with the soul and through shattering the mirror the soul takes 7 years to regenerate. Another belief is that souls can become trapped in mirrors so in many homes if a person dies the mirrors would be covered by a veil or cloth to prevent the spirit wandering into the mirror to be stuck forever.
I have many antique silver backed mirrors around my home from my wardrobe right down to my handheld tortoise shell mirror. They play a role in my craft from time to time if I wish to work with the spirit or if I am reversing a spell. The belief
that using a mirror in Magick allows the spell to pass through to the land of the spirits and they can do your bidding. The other belief is that mirrors are the opposite and so using a mirror would reflect back and even reverse a spell which has been cast.
Mirror Magick can be as simple as this one pictured here or as grand as you would like. You can anoint mirrors before spell casting or divination to enhance your spell or divination session though mirror Magick is not for the new witch. Working with mirrors comes with experience as you are in turn working with the dead, Necromancy. Necromancy is the art of communicating, conjuring, and working with the dead (Not like in the movies!) to aid you in shellwork or even to have a better understanding of the dead. Paranormal Investigators are essentially necromancers. Hell, even christians are necromancers though will have a lot to say about that one!
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