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The Fascination of Mirrors



The Mirror 

As well as being the root of the word miracle, mirari is also the root of the word mirror. Mirroring can in itself be a magical act in several different ways, and I will be exploring the theme of mirrors and mirroring further in an upcoming publication being written specifically about the Mirari, 'Mirari Dreams - Portals to Other Worlds?', as well as considering the possibility of creating a card deck with the Mirari to work with, using them as contact points during inner work and journeying. 


Our modern word 'mirror' comes from the Old French word mireoir, meaning a reflecting glass, and was in common usage by the 13th century. The word is derived from mirare, which is Vulgar Latin and means 'to look at', and which is itself a variant of mirari. This old word for mirror was also related to observation and contemplation. 


All these factors played a role in the choice of the word for the name for this particular form of art. 


Marvelous Magical Mirrors  

Mirrors are without doubt mysterious and magical, and the history of their varied usage, from esoteric to technological, would fill many fascinating books. 


When gazing into them we perceive our exact likeness looking back at us, reversed. That is their common mundane use, to show us what we look like at any given moment. 


In other settings they may be sacred and treated with great respect, for mirrors are also symbols of the unconscious, as well as sometimes serving as portals between our dimension and the world of spirit. 


Tales of ghostly activities  are replete with eerie stories of haunted and cursed mirrors, and many a person has caught a glimpse in one of someone - or something - that wasn't really there, or was it? 





Sekhmet Who Reduceth to Silence





Reflections of the Divine 

We are all reflections and aspects of the divine, and we have a great gift that lies in our ability as human beings to create. 


Any work of art, including a photograph, becomes imbued with a unique vibratory field. This could consist of a number of different components. 


The work gains an aura of energy which can be interacted with. It contains an electronic presence that can be perceived via the subtle body and psychic centers. 


Conscious interaction with any image, through paying close attention to it, creates a link between the viewer and the picture. This mental or spiritual link is at the basis of the use of religious icons. 


The icon is not generally itself being worshipped but is rather being used as a focus and point of concentration. This is a technique used by the human mind attempting to form a link with the divine. 






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