Breaking a mirror will give you seven years of bad luck!
We all know this, but what can you do about it?
I have seven fast techniques that can save your soul. Keep in mind, these should be used as quickly as possible, before your luck runs out.
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“The reflection in a mirror represents not just ones physical appearance, but also ones soul”
Some might not understand the relevance that breaking a mirror holds, or the origin of its importance. Breaking a mirror not only causes a mess, but can also stir up some emotions for those of us who are superstitious.
This myth started with the Romans. They believed that the soul would regenerate every 7 years. So essentially, when you break a mirror, you’re waiting for an entirely new soul to rid yourself of the bad luck.
Others believed that mirrors were actually devices of the Gods. Breaking a mirror would anger the Gods, who would then torment the person who’s last reflection it held. Either way, breaking a mirror is said to bring you heaps of misfortune–unless you use one of these foolproof hacks.
Throw Salt Over Your Left Shoulder
Throw salt over your left shoulder as soon as possible! It’s said that you’re throwing the salt straight onto the Devil who lurks there.
According to Morton Salt, the French throw a little behind them to hit him in the eyeball. This will buy you some time to get away. In fact, in the United States many people may even crawl under the table after throwing the salt to further remove themselves from the bad juju.
In my opinion, almost every house in the world has salt in their cabinet. In a pinch it is worth it. 😉
Another option would be to cleanse your body with saltwater. The easiest way to go about this would be to add 2 Tbs of salt into bathwater. If neither of those options suit you, then try putting sea salt in the corner of each room and under each windowsill. This is said to protect your entire home from unwanted spirits.
Spin in Circles 3 Times
Without hesitation, spin around three times counter clockwise.
Careful not to do this unless you’ve just broken a mirror, as doing so on it’s own actually brings you bad luck. If you do it after breaking a mirror, it will confuse the spirits.
Try not to get too dizzy in the process or you might break something again!
Grind the Mirror into a Fine Powder
Grind the mirror shards into a fine powder. This prevents you from being able to see your reflection in the broken shards. However, you need to be extra careful!
There are multiple ways to grind the glass so use whatever method you prefer. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles and gloves as the glass is likely to move around in the process.
Reuse the Broken Mirror
Reuse your broken glass for a craft! There are so many DIY options for broken glass. Using broken glass to create a mosaic effect really adds some flare to your décor–this would look even cooler with colored glass!
Use it on the outside of a terrarium or even a beauty tray to make your accident look high class. Some people call it clumsiness, we call it creativity.
Toss the Broken Mirror into a South Running Stream
This is a tip that works if you have a bit more time, and all else has failed. Toss the pieces into a south running stream. This will wash away the bad luck in only seven HOURS instead of seven years. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
If you don’t live near any type of river or stream, don’t worry. Another method of doing this would be to run the shard under a faucet. As long as you have access to a sink or bathtub, this should be one of the easiest hacks yet!
Blacken the Mirror with Fire
Use flames to blacken the mirror fragments, then bury them exactly one year later. You can use flames from a match, candle, lighter, stove, or really anything that is capable of catching on fire. As always, be careful.
Unfortunately, you’ll still have one year of bad luck until then, so try to avoid getting into anything risky before then!
Touch a Tombstone with One Glass Shard
Take a single piece of the broken mirror and touch it to a tombstone. Not sure where this one originated, but it’s supposed to lift the 7 year curse immediately. It might be a little creepy, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
If this hack is a little too creepy for you, you might still have time to reverse your luck. If there happens to be a full moon, take your glass shard and reflect the moon. When you gaze into it, it’s supposed to ease your bad luck.
In this specific case, you can either keep your piece of broken mirror, or bury it–don’t throw it away.
Bonus Tip: Bury the Glass
Bury the pieces very far into the ground where the spirits can’t find them. It is best to do this at night so your reflection is less likely to be taken with the pieces. Bring a friend with you if you’re scared of the dark, and be wary of the moonlight.
You may be wondering how you’re supposed to know if the method you tried worked. The answer is pretty simple–if you can still see your reflection in a mirror then your soul is safe. . .for now. If you want to be extra safe then carrying a good luck charm such as a four leaf clover or horseshoe is likely to help.
Why does it have to be SEVEN YEARS of bad luck instead of just a day or two? This superstition dates way back to Roman times, when they believed it took seven years for a soul to renew itself. The myth itself dates back much further, the oldest mirrors we know of date back to Anatolia in 6,000 BC.
If you have any other tips to remedy bad luck, let us know in the comments below!