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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.

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

salt over 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

grinding a broken mirror

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

mirror mosaic
mirror mosaic
outdoor mirror display

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.

If your mirror doesn’t break TOO much, try making a dodecahedron!

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

graveyard with full moon

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!

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      1. I have 3 mirrors on my wall and out of no where one fell off the wall and broke. Does that technically mean I didn’t break it? I threw salt over my shoulder, crawled under a table and spun around 3 times just in case.

      2. I carry a small mirror in my backpack just in case I need to check my face at school. I hadn’t opened it in a while until I did, it was broken. So technically it was an accident. Does that still count? Should I try one of the techniques above?

    1. Please help, I threw my dogs toy at my mirror and cracked it on the bottom, does this still count as broken? If so, I did the salt and table and the counterclockwise, please I’m so scared. Am I going to be okay? How do I reverse all 7 years? Please I’m really scared

      1. I broke a mirror last year around April time, since doing so my luck has 100% been bad. I have been put into very dark situations and troubling times. Couldn’t work out for the life of me why everything was going wrong until I was thinking why me and as soon as I did the broken mirror came into my mind. I’m not a superstitious person but I definitely believe that the mirror is the cause of my problems.

        1. I’ve heard some people ward off back luck with lucky charms such as horseshoes, four leaf clovers, and rabbit’s feet. I’ve also found that believing in yourself and having a positive attitude works wonders!

  2. I threw salt and crawled under a table to the other side but idk what to do with the mirror should I bury it too?

    1. What if I broke someone else’s mirror? Will they receive the bad luck? I don’t want them to receive bad luck.

  3. we found out our side mirror of motorbike outside the house broke because of coconut drop into my side mirror of my motorbike.. do you think we can still have a bad luck even were not the one who break it?

  4. I broke a mirror the other day I’m going to touch a piece of it on a tombstone I didn’t see it I cleaning and stepped on it

  5. Help, I broke/cracked my Walmart mirror. I did the salt and table and the counter clockwise. My mom put the mirror outside, what do I do? Am I okay now? I don’t understand but I’m really scared

  6. I always carry a compact mirror in my purse for make up and such. I went to use it and it was broken!! I didn’t know and I looked at it SMH. How can I dispose of it so I am free of negative energy and bad luck??? I have not looked,used or touched it since.

  7. well seven years bad luck could also date back to the fact that exactly 7 years from when you broke the mirror all of your cells will umhacke regenerated so you’ll basically be in a body that never broke a mirror 🙂

  8. Ok, idk if I broke the mirror and I did the salt trick and went under that table, what if I didn’t break the mirror and I did the trick is that bad luck please answer me I’m super scared! 😬😭

  9. My partner broke two different mirrors in our home while me and him were arguing on two different occasions. One small light up one and a big full body length mirror. They both were mine. I didn’t break either of them but I feel like we both have bad luck. He broke the small light up mirror one first back on my birthday which was in November of 2019. 3 months later I miscarried at 8 weeks. Then he broke the full length mirror a month or two later. Soon after that we found out his great aunt died. I honestly don’t know what to do. The small light up mirror he threw away without doing anything to fix it, but the full length one I for some reason tried to glue a plastic bag over it so none of the small pieces would fall out since the majority of it was big pieces that didn’t fall out of the mirror and I didn’t have tape to tape it back at the time. I don’t want to throw the big mirror away because I’m worried we’ll have worst luck then. I did the salt trick on July 27th of 2020 this year. I want to respect the souls in the mirror. What should I do??

  10. I accidentally broke a mirror when I’m attempting to remove it from its plastic frame. I did not thought of any bad luck happening. I pasted and painted the broken part and it ends up looking aesthetic. Since I wanted to make sure, I just visited this site. I’m safe, surely speaking.

  11. I accidentally broke a mirror that was in a skip without knowing about the curse my mum later told me about the curse. The mirror is buried over in the skip. I have done the salt thing and crawled under a table and spun around three rimes will I be okay. Please reply.

    1. HELP my grandma broke a quite big mirror in my room a few weeks ago and before i knew it brings bad luck yesterday i had seen myself in it almost everyday WHAT SHOULD I DO SOME BAD SITUATIONS HAPPENED TO ME ALREADY

  12. My sister broke a portable mirror she used for makeup.. she did the throwing salt over her left shoulder, and spun 3 times counter clockwise. She also crushed the mirror into tiny oieces and threw it down the drain. Will this remove the bad luck?

    1. Sounds good, Christina! I think this broken mirror incident should be ok since you’ve taken all those safety precautions.

  13. 3 years ago, I broke a mirror after blowing off the girl I really loved for her best friend. I was mad at her for taking my own personal matters into her own hands. I know she thought she was helping me, but it ended up hurting me more in the long run. I have very bad anxiety so sometimes it takes me awhile to work up the courage to stand up to people that hurt me too. I was selfish, narcissistic, and played the victim a lot. It’s important to understand the differences between self sabotage and taking care of yourself. Your mind and heart won’t always agree with each other. But your heart knows what you really want, even if your brain always doesn’t. After I broke the mirror, I kept the pieces in a little black bag in my room. My mother had to be the one to throw the pieces away, but I also couldn’t just outright tell her to. So, I just waited until she noticed the little black bag and asked her to kindly throw it out for me and she did. I had never broken a mirror before so it’s possible that I got 3 years because it took my mom a minute to notice. I have a shamrock, salt shaker, and death tarot card tattoo for protection though. As well as over 24 other tattoos that help protect me in my own special way. Take action as soon as you can. Trust what the little intrusive voice in your head is seeing and saying. It’s better to get sucked down the rabbit hole for a little bit than to have 7 years of bad luck if you ask me. 333 is a lucky number as well. Seek out all the sentimental things that protect you. My Grandma Brady gave me a stuffed white teddy bear with a red bow tie when I was slept over her house one night as a kid. I’ve always been scared of the dark, so she gave me the bear to protect me. When she died of breast cancer at the age of 66, me and my father where the only ones who weren’t in the room with her. But my teddy bear was with her when she died. And it was with her at her funeral, snugged right up next to her neck. My grandmother was a libra and granted me her gifts through my libra mercury. Sometimes, the best thing you can give someone, is a simple conversation. There is nothing that can’t be solved without communicating your true feelings to someone else. But I am not absolute truth. You are, my neighbor. And your mind is the ONLY absolute truth. Trust you intuition. You have all the power of God in you. You just have to dig it out. Take what i’m saying with a grain of salt.

  14. i’m very scared. i broke my mom’s small walmart mirror like 5 or 6 hours ago and i did the spin thing just right now. i don’t know if i’ll be okay or if i still have bad luck. please help someone.

  15. Hi,
    I was staying with my brother and his wife before my marriage for nearly 6 years, later i got married and shifted to my new house. latter three days or so after my shifting from brother place to my new house the mirror in my room where i use stay when was there suddenly broke. No one did anything it, suddenly broke into two pieces.

    I want to know what is meaning of mirror breaking by itself suddenly?
    In the same house this is the third time in last six years a mirror has broken. Twice it broke suddenly and once with child’s mischief.
    I just want to know is it bad for both of us?
    I want to know about my room mirror breaking reason after i left

    Right now i am suffering with lot of health issues.
    Kindly help!!!

    1. Sounds like a very creepy moment SH! If it broke itself, you may be safe from bad luck. It depends on exactly why it broke–which is something you may never know. Internal stresses in the glass caused by the frame could be a simple explanation to a seemingly supernatural cause.

  16. Hello Krista, I would love your advice please.
    I broke the large mirror on Sunday while moving in my new apartment, today is Satuday and I have only just read your piece on this and instructions.
    Given that this happened 6 days ago, is it too late to follow all these directions above ?
    Thank you,

      1. Hi k , thanks for the reply . So is it too late to follow rule number 2 today considering the week time that has passed ?

  17. I broke a mirror by mistake bout 5months ago is it to late to try an fix or iam I to late an I can tell I have bad luck

  18. A mirror in my house randomly fell off the wall and broke when I was downstairs from it, and I rushed up and helped clean it up with someone else. I tried being careful not to break the pieces because I didn’t know if that was still bad luck, but the other person wasn’t as careful and swept up the pieces while I was holding the dustpan and some might have broken there and I didn’t know if that was technically my fault because I was holding the dustpan. Also I viewed my reflection in the pieces that had broken off but weren’t cracked themselves. I also might have cracked a piece that was already cracked a little bit more but I’m not too sure about that. I was just wondering if anything I did was bad luck at all? Thank you

  19. i broke a mirror few years back ever since all i had is bad luck i just want to end so ive done one of the things please wish me luck

  20. will I get bad luck if the mirror fell by itself but I stopped it from falling all the way with my foot ? Will I still have to do these things ? And if I do which would work best please let me know I’m really scared

  21. I just stepped on glass and did everything except grind it down i put it outside on the grass of my back yard am i okay ?

  22. I just broke my big mirror I’m gonna trust God with my life because he has the last say so no weapon that forms against my life shall prosper 🙏

    1. I’ve heard differing opinions–some would say a simple crack isn’t broken, unless it’s traveled across the mirror (splitting/shattering the soul)

  23. So, a trash can hit my car while I was driving by and it took out my right side car mirror. I go back to where it happened to find everything, but I only found the shell. There was no glass in the shell and there was no broken glass or intact glass anywhere. What happens if the “glass/mirror” just disappears or you can’t find it?

  24. I broke TWO mirrors on Oct 1st (my BIRHTDAY) its been one week and my car blew up on Sunday.
    I am having the worst week with things at home/ work.
    I have just done the salt and the spins but I fear its too late.

    I am quite a spiritual person and I read tarot. I’m so scared to read my own now?!?!
    what do you guys suggest?

  25. Wow I wish I would of known this before!! About 4 years ago I broke not one but TWO mirrors…so I now have 14 year of bad luck? it’s weird to just stop and realize that maybe those mirrors you accidentally broke can be the cause of what’s going on in my life today. Mind blown!!

  26. Hello, i’m so scared i’m getting chills um i did the salt thing and the turning around. I have prayed to lord. I buried the pieces somewhere but it isn’t that deep. Umm can u tell me if the cross on a 5 dollar bill works and how does it work. Do these remedies only let the bad luck for only 7 hours. Please help me reply.

  27. Please I broke a mirror like a month ago and I’m just knowing bout the curse and the cure I wanna know if it’s too late to do the cure although when I broke the mirror I didn’t look inside my friends image was the last please what am I to do I’m scared

  28. it like a year from now I broke a mirror accidentally. my friends told me it’s not realistic to think at first things went ruff (path) but I honestly don’t know what to think. like I said it was accidentally I’m not sure if I have bad luck I just think that’s life. I believe it’s what you think… There some people that are so native. their people who post “7 years of bad luck” just to scare people.


    thx. seasons greetings. 😉

  30. I Broke a Mirror 1 year ago at My apartment and I’m scared I did the salt threw it over my shoulder and and turn counter clockwise three times and broken the mirror was a 1 year tell me what Should I do next am I going to die or can I hang tightly and keep positive reasons

  31. I did the salt trick and spun around 3 times but i thought it said clockwise so i spun 3 times clockwise. What do i do now??please help. Thank you.

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