Thursday, February 1, 2007

I Hope this Doesn't Count for 7 Years of Bad Luck

It doesn't.

Did you ever wonder about why breaking a mirror is said to be unlucky?

Well, I just wondered.

Here is what I found (taken verbatium from

Centuries ago many believed that a person's image in a mirror was a reflection of that person's soul. That is why the
legendary vampire, who had no soul, casts no reflection in a mirror. To the people who held this belief, breaking a mirror
meant preventing a part of the soul from reuniting with its body. The absence of a portion of the soul, it was believed, would certainly lead to ill fortune.

But why seven years? This goes back to a Roman belief that a person's health and
fortune changed every seven years.

I thought that was an interesting little tidbit for a Thursday morning.


  1. Zoey just wanted to drop by and say hello blogger won't take my post most days but I still drop by and read. Hope you have a great day.

  2. Hi Zoey,
    Interesting post about the seven years and the mirror. I didn't know it was from the Roman belief!

  3. It was just the handle-whew-so your luck is with you! ; )
    Amish people don't like to be photographed and they also don't have mirrors in their homes for the same reason you said-they believe their souls are being stolen.

  4. Hey, thanks for the info!
    Love those tidbits. I learn so much from my blog friends! Thanks!

  5. Thanks Zoey,
    I always wondered about the 7 year curse.

  6. Well, it makes sense to me! lol I had never really thought of where that had come from but now we know!Thank goodness it's just the handle you broke! WHEW!!! Hugs xox

  7. Just sand off the rough edge where it broke and say you 'restyled' the mirror.

    In books set in ancient days, the women used bronze bowls of water to see their reflected images... but they didn't have a hair dryer plugged in at the same time!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


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