Description: Breaking a mirror brings bad luck for seven years
Origin: Ancient Greece and Rome
In ancient Greece mirrors were magical tools of the gods; and even before glass mirrors were invented, reflections on the surface of still water were used by diviners to tell the future. If the surface of the water was disturbed, it showed no reflection and signified ill-fortune - in the same manner as a broken mirror.
The Romans adapted this Greek superstition to their own belief that health and fortune was governed by a seven-year cycle.
Perhaps a broken mirror does not
always bring bad luck . . .
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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