What Does Breaking A Mirror Mean Spiritually? - 7 Years Of Bad Luck

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In the 16th century, when mirrors were expensive, servants were dreadfully afraid of breaking them and being struck with 7 years of bad luck and misfortune, which is why they would handle them with such care. 🪞 Even today, this curse still frightens the most superstitious amongst us, but for the clumsiest people, there are methods to ward off this jinx...

What Does Breaking A Mirror Mean Spiritually? - 7 Years Of Bad Luck

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Here's what breaking a mirror means spiritually - 4 Important significations

Meaning 1) You are experiencing a blockage of creativity and self-expression

A broken mirror can symbolize blockages to creativity and self-expression. When the glass is shattered, one may feel that something is preventing them from fully expressing themselves. This can range from a lack of confidence or fear of judgment to feeling stuck in one's current situation or resisting change. It is important to question why one might feel blocked in this way and take steps to address any underlying issues.

Meaning 2) You are clinging to negative emotions and experiences

A broken mirror can also symbolize negative emotions such as anger and resentment that you are holding onto. We often try to sweep these emotions under the rug instead of confronting them head-on, but they don't simply disappear—they fester within us until they unexpectedly resurface. If you find yourself clinging to negative emotions, acknowledge them, identify where they come from, and determine the best way to manage them. Letting go will lead to greater peace of mind and long-term happiness.

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Meaning 3) Resistance to change and growth

Breaking a mirror may also suggest resistance to change and growth. We may have outgrown our current routines or situations, but we may not be willing to let go and make room for new opportunities. Ask yourself if there are areas where you need to confront your fears or start taking action to move forward. If so, prepare to do so, even if it seems daunting at first!

Meaning 4) Difficulty letting go of the past

Sometimes, a broken mirror is associated with difficulty letting go of the past, whether it be regrets for mistakes made or people who have drifted away over time. While it is impossible to turn back time, acknowledging these feelings can help us heal and give us more strength than desperately holding onto what was—focus instead on appreciating what you have now!

💡 FAQ - What are the origins of the breaking a mirror superstition? 💡

- In the realm of well-known superstitions, a broken mirror equals bad luck, even nowadays. According to spiritual superstitions, there is even talk of this bad luck lasting for up to 7 years. The next time you move house, be sure to protect your mirrors during the moving period, or you too could be cursed! As is often the case, the origins of this superstition go back to ancient times, yet still manage to haunt us even now... Certain gestures, certain days, just like the number 13, are to be avoided if you do not want to see misfortune knocking at your door. 😱 What is fascinating about superstitions, is that they have no boundaries, and no time limits, plus, they are frequent in all civilizations. Indeed, superstitions feed on an emotion that resides in each of us, an emotion that we fight throughout our lives, and that's fear.

- Since antiquity, the mirror has been the reflection of the body, but also of the soul. Indeed, for the Romans, these objects stole the souls of those who looked into them. This essentially means that breaking a mirror is tantamount to breaking your soul.

- As experts of foretelling and prediction, the Greeks practiced catoptromancy. This is a method which consists in seeing the future in a reflection obtained thanks to a little water poured into the bottom of a container. If the reflection broke, however, the consultant was cursed.

- According to legends in the Middle Ages, the mirror was also a prison for demons and the souls of the dead, so breaking it is like letting out those evil spirits who would go on to spread their wicked waves throughout the household.

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What if I break a mirror in a dream?

Even in a dream, breaking a mirror or seeing one in pieces is a bad sign. It's a symbol of rupture, trouble and sorrow. For Freud, seeing a broken mirror in a dream meant that you were preoccupied with an unfinished project. Dreaming that you see a broken mirror is a warning that someone close to you is harboring negative feelings (or resentment) towards you. You must be very careful. Here, do not make any hasty or angry decisions, as it is best to talk and apologize to this person.

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Why 7 years of bad luck?

The number 7 is a symbolic figure that can be found almost everywhere, in olden days as well as in religion and culture. We associate it with the 7 deadly sins, the number of days it took God to create the world, the number of chakras and even the 7 wonders of the world, etc. 

This superstition has its origins in the first century, under the Roman Empire. At the time, it was believed that mirrors, which were rare and precious at the time, reflected the image of bodies but also of souls. To break one's reflection was thus to damage one's soul. The Romans believed in 7-year life cycles. Each cycle corresponded to a specific period of existence. Development from 0 to 7 years, the age of reason from 7 to 14 years, and so on. So, if you break a mirror, the misfortune lasts until the end of the cycle, which is 7 years.

Broken mirror

In China, breaking a mirror is the omen of a doomed couple, in England breaking a mirror is the omen of a broken friendship, and can even herald the disappearance of a dear friend.

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How can one get rid of this curse?

Have you cracked a mirror and want to avoid the 7 years of bad luck? Take the different pieces of the mirror and throw them into murky water. It’s also possible to bury the broken pieces in your garden on a full moon night. It is very easy to break a mirror, and it is not necessarily a source of bad luck. Accidents happen for no reason, and the best way to avoid bad luck is to always think positively and be optimistic. If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts, there is a greater chance that something will go wrong in your life. It's possible that simply not believing in curses will allow you to never suffer from them, think about it!

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