Waking the Dead

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to EbonWolf88.
  • This is one for all you DIY spookies out there who don’t fancy building a whole scary mirror box of doom.
  • Author notes that this ritual may not work if you are not into Khemeticism, the religion of ancient Egypt as this ritual incorporates elements of that.
  • Once you begin construction you cannot allow anyone to tamper with your equipment (oo-er) or interrupt the process.
  • If you have to use the safe room then I suggest remaining in it until dawn and then smudging the whole house the following day once you have removed all of the ritual components.
  • When choosing a room to perform the ritual I wouldn’t recommend it being somewhere anyone sleeps. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend doing this in your home at all.

Equipment

  • Enamel spray paint in matt black.
  • A large sheet of cardboard.
  • Bat or Dove’s blood ink. You can buy it here, or for my fellow UK people, here. Aside from Amazon I haven’t used these other suppliers so accept no liability for them screwing you over, should it happen.
  • Calligraphy or parchment paper.
  • A quill, paintbrush or a calligraphy pen.
  • Pliers.
  • Rubbing alcohol and a cloth.
  • Metallic sharpie in any colour.
  • Rubber cement.
  • A square mirror with removable frame.
  • Salt.
  • Thick, black cloth, large enough to cover your mirror.

Steps

  • Remove the glass from the mirror frame and clean it throughly with the rubbing alcohol, being sure to remove any stains, smears or fingerprints. Be careful not to cut yourself kiddos.
  • Put all of the other supplies in the room you will be using for your ritual.
  • Take it outside and lay it on your piece of cardboard. Holding the can of paint around 10 inches from the glass (to avoid air bubbles) spray one side black. Leave to dry.
  • Once you want to start your ritual, go to the ritual room (well, duh). Close the door and tell everyone not to disturb you.
  • Take the mirror frame and using the metallic sharpie, write ‘wake the dead’ on each of the four sides so that it will show once the mirror is replaced.
  • Draw a border line around the frame, to contain the words you have just written and do so in a single continuous motion so that there are no gaps or breaks. This is important.
  • Using the pliers, remove any fastenings or hooks from the back of the mirror. You don’t want to hang it on the wall.
  • Lay a line of salt across the doorway of your room, to trap anything nasty inside. Make sure that each time you leave after this you don’t disturb the line.
  • If it makes you feel better you can set up a safe space in another room by putting a line of salt across the doorway with a gap for you to enter by – if you do have to enter the room then use more salt to seal the gap behind you and wait in there until dawn.
  • Always do this part last because things may happen once you complete this step. Using your pen/quill/paintbrush and ink, write on it the first four lines of the Pyramid Text Utterance (Hymn for waking the dead). This is as follows: “O, raise thyself up, Unite thy bones to thee, Collect thy limbs, Shake the earth from thy flesh.” Once this part has been written, ensure you do not look behind you at any point during the ritual, whatever the provocation.
  • Use the rubber cement to stick this piece of paper to the inside of the back panel of the frame.
  • Leave your room and make sure to close the door behind you.
  • Go and spray the second coat of paint onto the mirror and leave to dry.
  • Return to your room and kill time for half an hour or so, remembering not to look behind you at any point. Beware of reflective surfaces at this time.
  • Go and get your mirror, closing the door behind you again and making sure not to disturb the salt line.
  • Ensure that on the side painted black none of the mirror shows through. If this is the case then you replace it into the frame, the shiny side facing out. Do not look into the mirror once it is assembled and be prepared for weird stuff to happen.
  • Cover the mirror with your black cloth and things should settle down. Keep it covered unless you want to use it.
  • There are no instructions provided by the OP about how you should use your mirror or what to expect if you do. Rituals involving mirrors are normally designed to turn them into a portal or doorway of some kind. As such, I would expect that you should be able to talk to the dead. My only comment is that in many of these rituals the warnings are always the same, the dead, or those posing as them, lie and make promises. You should not trust or believe anything they say.
  • If you intend to leave this mirror up in the room then I would suggest surrounding it with a ring of salt.
  • The OP suggests that each time after using the mirror you should leave it outside, face up during the next clear new moon for at least an hour. This is probably intended to cleanse it as the new moon is believe to be purifying. You can read something about purifying objects with the new moon here. This cleansing process is optional, but the longer the parchment and black side of the mirror spend together, the more powerful they become.

Safety first

After writing articles such as this one, you should probably clear your very weird browsing history. Bats Blood anyone? waking dead people? Normal people just worry about porn.

Anyway, careful with the glass, don’t inhale too much paint and avoid being eaten by flesh hungry Egyptian mummies (ugh, this just made me remember watching the new Mummy film.).

Risk level

High. Not enough information provided about certain parts of the experience. Also a high risk of zombies.

Would I play?

Nope.

 

 

The Dusty Ritual

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to trikyreaper of Reddit.
  • The OP describes this ritual as very high risk. You have been warned.
  • This ritual can only be performed between 8.00pm and 4.00am. Once the ritual has begun, these are the danger hours when it may visit you.
  • The OP doesn’t mention the need for a torch, but this is a step I have added because I don’t feel you can set up the ritual safely without any source of light.

Equipment

  • A mobile phone/cell phone.
  • 4 identical mirrors.
  • A piece of paper.
  • Tape.
  • A six sided die.
  • A pencil.
  • A torch.

Steps

  • Mark your mirrors 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Turn off all lights in your house.
  • Using the torch, place the mirrors in the four corners of the largest room of your house. The mirrors should be facing in toward the center of the room. Turn off the torch and set it aside.
  • Sit in the middle of the room.
  • Call the sixth number in the contact list on your phone and end the call after exactly two seconds. If the call is answered then you must abandon the ritual for that evening and may only begin again after twenty four hours have expired. If the call is not answered or you only hear static then you have successfully drawn its attention and may continue.
  • Roll your die. You must abandon the ritual for twenty four hours if you roll a 5 or 6.
  • Now write the number you rolled (1 – 4) onto a  piece of paper and then tape the paper onto the corresponding mirror. Do not look into any of the other mirrors while doing so and after you have done this, return to the middle of the room.
  • Stare directly into the mirror that has the number taped onto it. Do not look behind you and do not turn around no matter what you might hear. Without forcing yourself to blink, wait until you have blinked twenty two times exactly. At this point close your eyes and walk toward the mirror with the paper taped to it.
  • Remove the piece of paper (without opening your eyes) and then return to the center of the room.
  • You may now open your eyes. Roll the die, but this time if you get a 5 or 6, simply roll again. You should now repeat the previous steps of writing, taping and retrieving the paper until all four numbers and all four mirrors have been used. During this, if you get a number you have previously had, roll again until you get one you have not used.
  • Once this is done you should immediately head to your front door, place the piece of paper outside and run to any room in the house that does not contain the mirrors.
  • You have now opened a portal and it will come through one of the mirrors and find its way to the center of the room, where you were previously sitting.
  • You must be very quiet. If it hears you, it will come for you. Retrieve the piece of paper you left outside of your front door, but leave the front door open. This part is especially important as if the front door is closed, it will not leave.
  • The paper gives you some protection. You must trust in this because the next step is to enter the ritual room without looking into the mirrors or at it. Lay the piece of paper in front of it, but ignore any attempt from it to make contact and do not make a sound.
  • Go to sleep. If you cannot sleep immediately, feign sleep. It would be very dangerous if it realises you are awake. You cannot move until after 4.00am.
  • When you wake, if the front door was left open, it will be gone. On top of the paper will be the thing you want most.
  • The price you pay for this is that it will return to your home every night while you sleep. You can never let it know that you are awake.
  • You can stop it returning at any time by calling the sixth number in your contact list again and saying, ‘you are prohibited from entering the sanctuary.’ There does not seem to be any guarantee that this will work. Do not do this once darkness has fallen as it will either be on its way, or already in your house. This cancels the ritual, but you will forfeit whatever you have won thus far. While continuing the ritual, do not remove the mirrors from the ritual room or you will pay a terrible price.
  • Important rules: Do not make any noise while it is in the house. Do not break the mirrors. Do not remove the mirrors unless you cancel the ritual. Never look at it. Do not turn on the lights. Do not leave your home between 8.00pm and 4.00am.

Safety first

The OP mentions significant risk of physical or mental injury associated with this ritual. Rituals involving mirrors are considered very dangerous as in theory, you are opening a portal that could potentially lead anywhere.

Risk level

High. Plus, no one really wants to see themselves reflected from four angles, do they?

Would I play?

No.

 

 

 

Fire Breathing

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play

Notes

  • Credit goes to AksysGamer
  • This is a psychological ritual similar to some I have previously posted; Doors to the Mind and In The Eye of the Giant.
  • Originates from a Native American ritual.
  • You should have a clean body for this ritual, so bathe and avoid alchol and drugs for a while beforehand.
  • Your power object should be should be something very familiar to you that will help you snap out of a trance like state. It could be a childhood toy, a photo of someone important to you, or anything along those lines.

Equipment

  • 2 candles.
  • A lighter/matches.
  • 4 mirrors, ideally full length.
  • 2 chairs.
  • 1 power object.
  • 1 mobile phone/cell phone.
  • 1 mobile phone/cell phone charger.
  • A notebook/sketchbook (if you are more artistic).
  • A compass.

Steps

  • You will need a windowless room, or a room in which all windows have been covered. The idea behind this is that this ritual uses sensory deprivation.
  • Using the compass, set one of the four mirrors at each of the four corners (North, East, South and West).
  • You will be sitting on one of the chairs. Place it facing whichever of the four corners that you feel the most drawn to. The second chair should be placed in the opposite direction, facing the opposite corner. So your chair will be facing a mirror and the other chair will be behind you when you sit down, facing the opposite mirror.
  • Place one candle in front of your chair and the other in front of the second chair. This should create opposing light sources.
  • Put your notebook/sketchbook in front of you, with the pen/pencil nearer to the mirror. Your power object should be placed close to you.
  • Consider what you hope you get from this ritual; advice, understanding, self awareness. Once you have decided this, write it down on a piece of paper.
  • Turn off as many electronic devices and outside sources of light as you can.
  • Once you have fixed what you are searching for in your mind, go to bed.
  • Put your mobile phone/cell phone onto charge and place it beside you.
  • Set an alarm for exactly 02:58. You need to ensure you get exactly three hours of sleep. Set another alarm for 07:00. Go to sleep with the question fixed firmly in your mind.
  • When you are woken by your alarm, use the light from your mobile/cellphone to find your way back to the room where your ritual is set up.
  • If anything has changed in that room then do not proceed. Go to another room and wait until your next alarm goes off at 07:00.
  • If all is as it should be, sit in your chair and pick up your notepad/sketchbook. Light the candle that is in front of you. From now on this is your light source, don’t use your phone.
  • Without blinking, gaze into the mirror in front of you. Think about what you want to know and concentrate as you continue staring into the mirror. Your goal is to reach what scientists call Hypnopompia, the moment before Lucid Dreaming. This might take some practice.
  • Do not, at any point, look into any of the other mirrors. There is nothing to say what will happen, but the OP’s grandmother said it is a very bad idea. If you accidentally do so, leave the room immediately, closing the door behind you.
  • Breathe in slowly and then exhale. Continue meditating on whatever you are seeking. When you feel it is time, pick up the notepad/sketchbook and begin writing or drawing. You will know when.
  • Leave the room when the 07:00 alarm sounds. Do not remain in the room past 07:15. You may leave early if what you see or feel disturbs you.
  • You may need to do this several times until you reach the proper state for it to work.

Safety first

As with any of these games that promise greater self awareness, it is worth  bearing in mind that it can leave us feeling vulnerable or unhappy. This game is what you make of it, so if you are in a negative place, it may be worth trying something else.

Risk level

Low. It isn’t a summoning ritual. Being surrounded by four mirrors might not be a good thing if you haven’t started that diet you’ve been thinking about for six months though – personal experience.

Would I play?

Probably.

Reflections of Hell Game

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to play

Notes

  • Credit to Renegade2366.
  • This game can only be played alone in an empty, dark house.
  • You can set up in advance, but you shouldn’t return to the room again until you’re ready to begin.
  • A basement/cellar works particularly well, but wherever you play, you need to cover up any windows. A room with a wooden door would be ideal.
  • You should arrange for a friend to check on you at a pre-arranged time.
  • A variation states that instead of using your own blood you can write your name on a piece of paper and place it beneath the bowl of water. If you do this, be sure to burn the paper once the game is over.

Equipment

  • One pillar candle.
  • A bowl of water.
  • A steralised pin.
  • A mirror.
  • Salt.
  • Matches/lighter.
  • Mobile/cell phone.

Steps

  • Place the mirror against the wall opposite the door.
  • Sit on the floor in front of it, you should be close, but far enough away that it is out of reach.
  • When you look in the mirror you should be able to see yourself and the door directly behind.
  • Draw a circle of salt around where you will sit.
  • Place the bowl of water near the door and leave the room immediately, closing the door.
  • Set an alarm on your mobile phone for 3.25am at the latest.
  • Every light in the house must be switched off by 11:50pm.
  • Light your candle, placing the match box in your pocket, along with the sterile pin. Keep your mobile/cell phone with you at all times.
  • Enter the room at exactly midnight, leaving the door closed until then.
  • Be completely silent and do not look at the mirror for any reason.
  • Prick your finger, putting one and only one drop of blood in the bowl of water.
  • Press the pin into your candle.
  • Leaving the door open, take your place within the circle of salt.
  • The candle should be placed in front of you, keep the matches close by too.
  • When all is arranged as it should be, look in the mirror to invite them in. Once you have looked into the mirror you must keep eye contact. Never turn your back to it and do not leave the salt circle for any reason.
  • They may tell you their names. Never speak them aloud. They may attempt to barter, cajole or threaten. Ignore them. The candle may go out, if it does then relight it quickly.
  • End the ritual by 3.33am or nothing can save you.
  • To end the ritual, light a match and blow it out. Use the smoke to cleanse the area. Only leave the salt circle if the mirror is empty and quiet. Immediately drop candle wax into the water. Leave the room immediately and don’t re-enter until the sun has risen.
  • You may wish to dispose of the mirror, otherwise avoid passing before it if the room is dark.

Safety first

  • Blood magic is dangerous. So are infections.

Risk level

Medium.

Would I play?

No.

An Alternate Soul (game)

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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to play

Notes

  • Credit.
  • I have no idea why anyone would want to play this one, but I am trying to add as many of these games as I can.

Equipment

  • A mirror.
  • A candle and something to light it with.
  • A sterilised pin or needle.
  • An alarm (optional).

Steps

  • Begin at midnight.
  • There must be no light in the room save that emitted by a single candle.
  • Stand before the mirror.
  • For ten minutes concentrate in silence, focused entirely on your reflection. Keep eye contact at all times, if you look away then you have surrendered.
  • After ten minutes have passed use the needle/pin to draw blood. Smear blood in a line across the eyes of your reflection to ‘blind’ it.
  • At this point your reflection should begin to warp. Your reflection will mutate into a frightening creature. You must continue to watch throughout this process.
  • You may hear screaming, or some other unearthly noise. The creature within the mirror should begin to approach you. Continue to watch.
  • If you do not extinguish the candle at exactly 12:17am then the creature will escape. You may wish to set an alarm of some kind so you know what time it is.
  • Should you succeed; through any polished surface, be it mirror, wood, or window, your reflection will always be watching. Never play any games which are designed to open portals and be careful; smashing a mirror could have dangerous consequences.

Safety first

Stabbing yourself with pins and needles can cause infection. Plus, it hurts.

Risk level

High.

Would I play?

Hell to the nope.

The Mirror Game

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How to play

Notes

  • In theory you can play this game as many times as you want. However each time you play you should be aware that minor, as well as major changes may happen. As such, you have no idea what may await in the parallel world.
  • Changing things in your life can cause a spiral of events you did not anticipate. You should be prepared for this.
  • There is a cost for playing this game. For example, some have said that wishing someone was still alive could cause someone else in your life to die instead.
  • This game can only be played on turning days/the equinox; Halloween, Yule, Summer Solstice etc. Check out the pagan calendar for days when this might work.
  • If you see anyone else appear in the mirror, immediately abort the game. They are attempting to cross over.

Equipment

  • 2 black candles.
  • 1 white candle.
  • A large, ideally floor length mirror.
  • A lighter/matches.

Steps

  • This game must be played at night in full dark. Otherwise, the time doesn’t matter.
  • Choose a place to play. This must not be your bedroom or any other place where you could fall asleep after the game.
  • Place the 2 black candles either side of the large mirror.
  • Place the white candle in the middle, in front of the mirror.
  • Light the candles.
  • Turn off all other lights in the house.
  • You should sit in front of the mirror and concentrate on your reflection.
  • Think about something in your life that you wish was different. This can be major or minor, but there is a cost involved and you won’t know what it is until afterwards.
  • While still looking at your reflection focus on the thing you want to change and imagine how your life might have been different had things gone the way you wanted.
  • This is your final chance to abort the game. If you wish to do so, blow out the candles and destroy the mirror. Make sure every single shard is removed from your home. It may be best to break the mirror outside, away from your home.
  • Reports differ at this point.
  • The first version says you should now reach out and attempt to put your hand through the mirror. Be aware that once you do this, there is no turning back. You must pass through the mirror. You can never return to the previous one, no matter what awaits you on the other side. This is a new world in which your wish has been fulfilled. Note that you cannot anticipate what effects your wish may have had on your life, or the rest of the world.
  • The second version says simply that you should go to bed. Once you awake the world will have changed around you. Even if your wish was not granted, the world may have changed in subtle ways.
  • It is said that there is a gatekeeper that guards the passage between worlds. Those who have played this game more than once have reported seeing someone in the mirror behind them. Initially this figure is far away, but every time you play the game she gets closer. You must never let her reach you. Even if you only play the game once she will be aware of you from then on. You will be in danger every time you are in a dark room with a mirror and should avoid playing any other summoning games which involve opening portals.
  • Never sleep in the room with the mirror. Not only do you need to worry about the gatekeeper, but you have opened a portal that can never be closed. Other things may try to take advantage of this. It may be wise to keep the mirror surrounded by a ring of salt.
  • Once you have played the game once, you may only play again using the same mirror.

Safety first

Broken mirrors leave shards that can stick into your feet at the worst possible time.

Risk level

High.

Would I play?

No. My current life is okay.

Shattered reflections

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I should be writing about how dragons are violently gendered (don’t ask) but instead I thought I’d follow through on the mirror idea from yesterday.

I’ve mentioned previously that as a child I had disturbing dreams featuring mirrors. In one of them, perhaps the most memorable, I was dragged through one into the darkness to be slowly eaten. After that I never really liked them much and spend as little time looking into them as possible. I suppose some part of us is nervous when looking into a mirror in case we spot someone over our shoulder who shouldn’t be there.

There have always been superstitions about mirrors and to some extent, about mirror images. Many cultures were suspicious about twins, sometimes killing one of them or simply keeping an eye on them in case one turned out to be evil. In fact, there have been many strange cases involving twins, such as the Swedish motorway incident. Perhaps if I get more time I may investigate the link between mirrors, twins and cultural unease. Let me know if that’s something you’d like to read about.

Mirrors are strongly linked with souls. Many cultures tie your reflection and your soul together – if you damage your reflected soul then your health would suffer. It is said by some that your reflection is your soul and that is why vampires don’t show up in mirrors. It is also said to be dangerous to look at your reflection in a tarnished or broken mirror.

1. Parallel worlds.

One of the first things I remember reading about mirrors was the idea of a parallel world being on the other side. This has been speculated about for a long time and there are numerous sites out there discussing this. Here are a few (some were linked yesterday):

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There is a game that seems to think along these lines. You should sit before a mirror in a darkened (not fully dark) room at 8pm in winter. You should meet your reflected gaze and keep your attention there for around fifteen minutes. Never look for longer than an hour. You may feel uncomfortable and wish to look away, but resist this impulse. Eventually it is said that you will see yourself as you truly are. But there are also more disturbing consequences. This game seems to hint that there are multiple universes accessed through a mirror and different ones can be accessed depending on the time of day/year/season and the age of the object. In this case the dimension is not a particularly pleasant one and after playing this game you will always feel watched in a room with a mirror. Your reflection may become independent and over time, sentient.

2. Luck

Almost everyone will have heard the old wives tale about receiving 7 years bad luck for breaking a mirror. I remember as a child wondering why 7 years, why not grade it dependent on the size of mirror – it seemed unfair I’d get 7 years bad luck for breaking my compact. Also, why specifically mirrors, why not any reflective surface?

One rational explanation seems to be that in the past when mirrors were expensive, masters became tired of servants breaking them through carelessness. So they told the servants that part of their soul was trapped in the mirror and if they broke it then their soul was also damaged and would take a certain period to recover. The servants living in a more superstitious time immediately believed this and told others.

Another interesting theory is that the Romans (who are said to have invented mirrors) believed that life renewed itself every 7 years. A damaged mirror meant damaged health and this would not be repaired until the renewal.

Actors also believe it is bad luck to see your reflection over the shoulder of another person.

There are supposed to be ways to avert the bad luck should you break a mirror. The most common seems to be destroying the remaining shards, grinding them to dust. In early America slaves believed that if they submerged the broken pieces in a southern flowing river then their bad luck would be washed away over 7 hours. You can also bury the pieces under a tree during a full moon. It is also said that if a mirror falls and breaks by itself then it predicts the death of someone in the household within one year. Either that, or a ghost trapped within the mirror is attempting to escape. Either way, bad times.

3. Mirrors as soul stealers.

Many cultures believed that mirrors stole souls. At one time children below one year of age were not allowed to look into mirrors in case they lost their soul or would fail to thrive and die quickly.

In some places it is still common to cover the mirrors in a house if someone dies to prevent their soul becoming trapped in them. In Bulgaria this was done as it was believed the deceased would linger around the home and carry off any living person reflected in a mirror. In Crotia, mirrors were once buried with the dead as it was believed that if you didn’t trap them that way then they would wander the countryside and hunt the living – over time, becoming vampires. Another reason to cover the mirrors in the room of a dead person is that in another superstition should you see yourself reflected in that room then you will be the next to die. In a slight deviation from this urban legend, if you are reflected in a mirror belonging to someone who is dying, at the crucial moment Death will take your soul instead.

Interestingly mirrors are sometimes covered during sleep as it is thought the soul separates from the body and wanders at this time and can become stuck in mirrors. I thought this may be reference to astral projection.

It was said that if you look into a mirror by candlelight, or while sitting in a dark room then after a short time your own reflected surroundings will change and you will see a world full of demons and ghosts, or perhaps even images of your own death. Mirrors and candlelight are often linked to specific urban legends such as Blue Baby Blue or Bloody Mary.

Most importantly you should never place your bed in a position where it is reflected in a mirror (that’s me screwed). I assume this is linked back to the idea of our astral selves becoming trapped, however other sources say that evil spirits can come and pull you through the mirror when you are at your most vulnerable. It also puts you at risk of possession.

If you stare into a mirror between two white candles then you may see the soul of a loved one who has passed over. However, you may also see a perverse version of your own home, filled with the hungry dead.

4. Mirrors as portals

Instead of linking to numerous parallel dimensions, some believe that mirrors are a portal to a specific place, very close to our own reality, which is filled with spirits and demons. This is linked to the idea of turning days like Samhain, when the veils between these realms are at their thinnest and more powerful (evil) spirits can break through to terrorize the living.

There are meant to be many portals in our world, many of them in old wardrobes or open spaces. However, it is mirrors that are most commonly thought to be entrances and exits to this spiritual plain.

The older a mirror is, the more likely it is to be a portal. Mirrors with a solid backing placed in one position over a long period are thought to be doorways and it is said that the houses containing them will be haunted and dangerous for the living. To prevent a mirror from becoming a portal you should frequently move it around the room, or even to different parts of the house (good luck if it’s attached to a wardrobe). It is also said that backing a mirror with silver or iron prevents negative energy from building within it and it becoming a portal.

It is bad Feng Shui to have a mirror facing a doorway as it will absorb all good energy that enters your home. Feng Shui also agrees that you should never sleep facing a mirror. However, in other cultures a mirror facing a doorway is a good idea as any wicked spirit attempting to enter will be frightened away by its own reflection – thinking there is already another in occupation.

It is also said that if you wish to have a successful Ouija board session then you should have it in front of a mirror, or with one nearby. However, you must destroy the mirror afterwards and remove all pieces from your home or the doorway will remain open.

5. Fortune tellers.

Mirrors are often used for scrying as they are said to predict the future and they are certainly linked to the idea of portents in many cultures. It is said that if a woman sits in front of a mirror while eating an apple and brushing her hair then she will see an image of her future lover. If he/she should be over her left shoulder then they will find great happiness, if they are over her right then he/she will break her heart. However, if she instead sees herself holding dead flowers then she will die before marrying. Cheerful.

On a brighter note, it is said that should a couple first see each other in a mirror then their union will be long and happy.

6. Things in mirrors.

I wasn’t sure what to title this category. There have long been reported sightings of unearthly things in mirrors. Some sources claim that shadow people enter and leave this realm through mirrors. There have also been reports of strange mists and faces that don’t belong.

7. General superstitions.

Always cover a mirror during a thunderstorm or the energy can release any trapped spirits.

Never accept a mirror from a deceased persons home.

A guide on what to do if you break a haunted mirror is here.

Creepypasta about sleeping facing a mirror here

To see a recently deceased relative again you can go into a room with a mirror and turn off the light. Turn around five times and say ‘lady in white.’ Turn once the opposite way and say the name of the deceased person. They will appear in the mirror and you can speak to them for a short time. However, as with any urban legend, doing so can have negative consequences.

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