Clarissa Johal: Frightening Friday-Haunted Mirrors

Friday, June 6, 2014

Frightening Friday-Haunted Mirrors

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Throughout the ages, reflective surfaces of all kinds have been linked to the supernatural world. In ancient Greek legends, the gods observed mortals in a pool of water and reacted accordingly. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, spiritual visions, divination or fortune-telling via scrying mirrors was all the rage. Some cultures believe that mirrors reflect a person's "true" nature, or their shadow soul, and avoid them altogether. And we've all heard that breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck.
But can mirrors be haunted? 

There are many stories that tell of haunted mirrors. One of the best known is of a mirror located in The Myrtles Plantation. The mirror has been in the Louisiana home since it was built in 1796. It is said to hold the trapped souls of Sara Woodruff and her two children, who lived at the plantation in 1894. An old Southern tradition holds that when a family member dies, mirrors in the home are covered in order to keep the soul of the deceased from becoming lost. According to legend, when Sara Woodruff and her children died, all the mirrors on the plantation were covered--except the one. Hand prints--from the back of the mirror--appear in the reflection no matter how often the mirror is resurfaced. 

A more recent story occurred in February 2013. Two men pulled an antique mirror from a dumpster outside their London home. The men stated that since acquiring the mirror, they've suffered financial problems, illness, pain and a sense of impending doom. They also claimed to see "flickering shadows" reflected in the mirror itself. The final straw was that one of the men woke covered in red scratches. The mirror sold on eBay for $155 in spite (or because of) their claims that it might be haunted. 

Speaking of, here's a couple of haunted mirrors currently for sale on eBay. I'll let you decide if they're worth a bid.

Haunted Victorian antique mirror ghost portal

Vintage haunted vanity mirror

Haunted clock/compact mirror

Haunted vintage mirror


Carol Browne said...

I've always been fascinated by mirrors; Alice Through the Looking Glass and all that. And I just love that old Mirror Universe in Star Trek!

Clarissa Johal said...

I remember that episode! That was a good one :)