Mirrors are items of power. They’re gateways. Mirrors are connected strongly to the element of water, and the realm of the dead. They don’t reflect our world perfectly, there are impurities in mirror surfaces, and they don’t reflect back 100% of the light that touches them. They absorb light constantly. This means they’re always charging. The association to mirrors and spirits is mostly likely through water. Water is the element of death and spirits. Reflective surfaces, including still water (read scrying) have been used to communicate with the dead for a very long time. So it’s not hard to see how a reflective surface of a mirror could be used to replace the reflective surface of water as a method of communing with spirits. Whether mirrors have always served as a gateway for spirits, or that has become more true as the conscious collective has believed it, doesn’t really matter. The end result is the same: that many spirits find it easy to communicate through mirrors.
Think of all the children’s games where you summon a spirit. Blood Mary needs a mirror. The game where you see your face aged for when you’ll die, needs a mirror. My mother taught me a game with a mirror where you can see the name of the person you’ll marry, or how many children you’ll have. The facts are just such that mirrors make “Seeing” easier, for both humans and spirits, and that they are constantly collecting energy. This makes them good channels for communication, but also means that something can use that channel without your permission as well. Most people never notice how odd mirrors are, because they don’t take note of things that are off. The problem tends to arise when you take note of something weird, because all of a sudden whatever had caused it to be weird, notices that you saw it, and gets interested.
I hope this helps, but taurotrickster will be better able to explain than me
This reminds me of the spirits I saw in the mirror about a year ago. It was weird. (More on that later though. But this explains why I saw them in the mirror and not when I looked where they should have been standing. I saw them in the reflection of the tv too when it was off).
find power in the hidden, but don’t forget the inspiration and mystery brought from the mundane
the most common of things can grant the greatest of wishes
some suggestions for discreet/hidden altars (or places to keep materials):
the shelf altar: even though it’s out in the open, it’ll likely look like an innocuous arrangement of pretty things and mementos on a shelf to non-witchy or non-pagan folks. this can also be done on a nightstand or in a special corner on your desk, if you have one.
the drawer altar: simply an altar set up inside a drawer, where people usually aren’t likely to look (and it might just look like a collection of pretty things or mundane personal possessions)
the closet altar: set it up in a corner or shelf within your closet, behind clothes/scarves/etc, where people aren’t likely to look
the mini travel style altar: How to Make Altoid Tin Traveling Altars
the box/portable altar: this can involve storing your altar supplies in a box (be it a shoe box or a fancy wooden box) and when you need to do a spell/ritual/meditation, take everything out and use the box as a platform to set everything up on — jewelry boxes could be used similarly, depending on the size
alternatives for candles and incense:
LED or flameless candles (battery powered) — you can find these in a lot of places, like Bed Barth & Beyond, Target, for sale on-line, and even at dollar stores. there are tea lights, votive candles and medium to large pillar candles, some are even scented!
if you can’t use incense to represent the element of Air, you could use a feather instead. for the scent, oil warmers and diffusers create little to no smoke. while they are a bit harder to find, there are battery powdered ones, too. you will get the benefit of the scent that you’d get from incense. same goes for plug-in or non-plug-in air fresheners, another alternative.
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