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Houston, we have a problem.
I don’t really have a spare mirror hanging around.
I could, I guess, enchant my bathroom mirror. That doesn’t strike me as the best way to go about this, though. Plus I’d probably forget that I did it, move out, and leave the next tenants with a fairly standard bathroom equipped with an incongruously magick mirror.
So, for today, I’m instead going to talk about some of the ways I use reflection in spells. When it comes to this kind of thing, it helps to have a somewhat flexible definition of “mirror.” What’s a mirror supposed to do, anyway? Reflect things. Therefore, as long as reflecting is happening, I figure you’re good. For example, I have:
- Added silver glitter to protection formulas (not anything that was going to be burned, for obvious reasons), particularly those I use to sprinkle in front of or anoint windows and door frames. What is silver glitter but a bunch of very tiny reflective surfaces? That makes it helpful for reflecting things back to the sender.
- Added broken pieces of mirror to my protection box. They help keep the bad stuff where its supposed to be. Think of it like the old trick involving using hanging bags of water to confuse flies.
- Added glitter, sequins, or broken bits of mirror to witch’s bottles or balls. Much like the protection box above, they serve the same function here– confusing the bad stuff and keeping it where it belongs.
- Set mercury glass vases and mason jars of water (with a few sprigs of fresh protective herbs) in a window when I had a neighbor who was kind of a buttbucket. It kept all of his issues on his side of the fence.
- Used a piece of obsidian as a scrying mirror.
There are plenty of other ways you can use mirrors for more positive, proactive magick– enchanting one to help you overcome body dismorphia and see yourself in a better light, for one– but I find it feels the most natural to use their reflective abilities like magick Teflon. Whatever badness is sent my way, let the mirrors bounce it right on back.
Do you use mirrors? How have you incorporated them into your practice?