From fairy tales to real life, reflective surfaces, and still water, all have something in common. They are associated with divination, magic, superstition, repelling evil, and possibly serve as portals to other dimensions. The first reflective surface used for divination was a still body of water.
The Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks made their mirrors from bronze or silver. It wasn’t until the 13th century where glass mirrors were eventually introduced in Venice.
Association with evil
Mirrors are often associated with evil, either through a means to repel evil or as a way to further the growth of evil in the world. Thus, mirrors are thought to be portals into other dimensions or worlds allowing evil, spirits, and other beings to pass into our world.
Superstitions about mirrors are plenty
Numerous superstitions are connected to mirrors and the mythology that follows. As a result, for example, the following superstitions are the most common.
- If one breaks a mirror, one can expect at least 7 years bad luck, disaster or even death.
- If a mirror falls on its own, it is then believed that death is coming for someone in the house.
- If a dead person is in the house that has mirrors, their souls could become trapped forever in the mirror unless the mirrors are covered.
In tribal societies, it is a common belief that ones reflection is actually ones soul. And, by exposing ones soul, it is made vulnerable to evil influences and possible death. In these societies, they think mirrors are tools in which souls may be stolen for evil purposes.
There is even a belief that mirrors can be used to protect one from vampires and witches. In Europe it became fashionable for one to wear small looking glasses on ones hat. This was done to repel the evil eye and protect the wearer from evil.
There is of course the modern pop culture belief that if one looks into the mirror on the night of a full moon, repeats, “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary,” then evil is let loose upon you. Of course, the only likely thing to happen to you if you attempt this is you’ll look like a fool. Hopefully no one actually attempts this.
As for paranormal investigators, mirrors or other reflective surfaces can wreak havoc in many ways while investigating. When taking photographs (35 mm or digital), especially when a flash is involved, the reflection of light can create images that are not really present. If you are an investigator, be very mindful of this phenomena when reviewing your evidence. More than likely, these images are not paranormal, but rather illusions.
Photographic flash reflections can give an illusion of something not really there. The same can be said of still bodies of water. Water in a pond or the bottom of a bowl will also create illusions which I am sure helped to fuel the superstitious beliefs listed above.
Another speculation with paranormal investigators is that a mirror can act as a doorway. Mirrors are often referred to as portals. In technical terms, a spirit portal is a space containing a 4 dimensional vibratory frequency within a 3 dimensional physical realm. This is where the 4th dimensional plane merges into ours through the aid of what is called an energy vortex. Simply put, a spirit portal is a doorway in the physical world that allows access to the spiritual world.
What is it about mirrors, specifically OLDER mirrors, that seem so attractive to Spirits? Well, most older mirrors have a silver metal coating back and silver is a very interesting metal.
Silver atoms and their electrons are not densely packed. Electrons interact with light waves which cause electrons to move and thus cause light waves to reflect. Interestingly, the electrons can match the speed of the visible and slower infrared frequencies and reflect them back.
However, in the case of ultraviolet light frequencies, these are much too fast and pass through the mirror. Silver, which is used in a great deal of mirrors, have the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any other metal on the periodic table. In addition, it also has one of the greatest optical reflectivity available while having the least contact resistance of all the metals.
Remember, light is an electromagnetic field and silver is electrically conductive which will cancel the the field and cause the waves to reflect away from the mirror. It is theorized that Spirits have an electromagnetic field more in the higher range of ultraviolet frequency. If this is the case, the conductivity of a silver backed mirror would make an attractive “doorway.”
The fact that if Spirits can operate at a higher UV frequency, they would not cancel out then, but would rather pass through a mirror with ease. Of course, this is just a theory. But nevertheless, the science behind this backs the theory that mirrors could indeed be a great conductor to become a portal.
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