Are Mirrors Portals?

Are mirrors portals?

Have you ever looked at your own reflection in a mirror, only to notice a shadowy figure or strange shape standing behind you? Creepy, right? For centuries, reflective surfaces have been steeped in superstition and folklore, with many cultures believing that a mirror can act as a window between the physical realm and the spirit world.

But is there any concrete proof? While there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, there are plenty of people who have had compelling paranormal experiences with mirrors at the forefront. In this article, we will look at some of the reasons why people believe mirrors to be portals and the superstitions surrounding them.

Why Do People Believe That Mirrors Are Portals?

Mirrors, like windows and glass doors, symbolise the space between one place and another and are often referred to as liminal spaces. Liminal spaces are thought to make it easier to travel between the spirit world and the physical realm.

Another example of a liminal space is midnight, as this represents the transition between days. This is why midnight is often depicted as a spooky time of night in ghost stories and folkloric beliefs. The same goes for twilight, which is symbolic of the transition between day and night.

One of the main reasons people believe that mirrors are portals can be traced all the way back to the Mayan Empire. Archaeological artefacts from this period depict mirrors as acting as windows into the spirit world, allowing communication between the dead and the living.

There are (and were) dozens of other cultures with very similar beliefs. Mirror stories and superstitions have filtered down through generations, with almost every nation having some sort of mirror-related story to tell. It is hard to deny that there is something inherently creepy about looking glasses, which is what mirrors were called when they were first invented.

Mirrors In Folklore And Popular Culture

No matter where you grew up and which culture you are from, mirrors play an integral role in folklore and pop culture. Some of the most popular stories in which mirrors play a magical role include the following:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • The Snow Queen

In these well-known fairy tales, mirrors have all sorts of magical powers. These powers range from granting wishes to breaking curses – and everything in between. Most people are familiar with the story of Snow White, where the Evil Queen asks: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

The mirror ends up telling the Evil Queen where Snow White is located, which allows the Evil Queen to attempt to murder Snow White. The mirror fuels the Evil Queen’s jealousy and vanity, and many people believe that the mirror is the true villain of the story.

The supernatural quality that is attributed to mirrors gives them more power and mystery than any other object that you’d typically find in your house.

Common Superstitions Surrounding Mirrors

There are many superstitions surrounding mirrors. Some are known by almost everyone, while others are a little more obscure. How many of these superstitions are you familiar with?

Breaking a mirror results in seven years of bad luck

Most of us are well-versed in this popular superstition. Unfortunately, accidents happen, so what should you do if you break a mirror? You could gather all the pieces and bury them under the moonlight to reverse the curse. Otherwise, throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder to reduce your bad luck.

Newlyweds should stand in front of a mirror

Newlyweds should stand in front of a mirror and admire their reflection to begin a happy life together. The moment should take place soon after the couple has said their “I do’s”. While this is considered good luck, gifting newlyweds with a mirror on their wedding day is thought to have the opposite effect.

Mirrors should be covered after the death of a loved one

In some cultures, all the mirrors in the home are covered for a few days after a loved one has passed away. This is so that their soul does not become trapped in a mirror before their body is buried. If a mirror captures a soul, it is said that the mirror will tarnish and you may see the face of your loved one in the reflection.

No mirrors should face your bed

Do you want a restful sleep free from negative energies? Then perhaps you should avoid placing a mirror facing your bed. If you already have a mirror facing your bed, you could consider moving it or covering it while you are sleeping.

Mirrors that don’t break will bring you good luck

Have you ever dropped a mirror and it didn’t break? This is a sign that you have plenty of good luck coming your way! This doesn’t mean that you should drop a mirror in hopes it won’t break, because chances are that it probably will!

Bloody Mary

Apparently, if you stand in front of your bathroom mirror in the middle of the night and say “Bloody Mary” three times, this ghostly foreteller will appear. This may just be an old wives’ tale, but it has been passed on for centuries.

Can A Mirror Be Used To Summon A Spirit?

Many witchcraft enthusiasts believe that when two mirrors are facing each other, they create an infinite reflection that allows spirits to enter our world. While mirrors may aid in your spirit-summoning activities, you may also want to create an altar and light candles to set the scene.

There are also certain spells that you can use to summon spirits. This should all take place under the cover of darkness if you want the best chance of communicating with paranormal entities.


What other equipment can I use for ghost hunting?

If you are interested in ghost hunting and communicating with spirits from other worlds, then a mirror may not be the most effective piece of equipment. Some of the ghost-hunting equipment and communication tools you may want to invest in include:

Are windows also considered portals?

Many people believe that windows, glass doors, and other reflective surfaces also act as portals to other dimensions. Even reflective puddles of water are said to act as a door to another world. It is up to you to decide how much of this you want to believe.

Is it bad to have too many mirrors in your home?

Most people have more than one mirror in their home. Not only are they practical when it comes to fixing your appearance and looking at your reflection, but they also have a decorative quality and can act as art in your house. But after reading this article, you may be wondering if having too many mirrors can be a bad thing.

If you sense that there is any truth to the claim that a mirror can act as a portal, then this may be a sign to limit yourself to one mirror per room. This will make it easier to cover them should you ever feel creeped out.

In Conclusion

The reality is that there is no proven evidence that mirrors act as portals between our world and other dimensions. But just because science doesn’t back these claims, it is not to say that the spirit world doesn’t exist. There are too many tales of supernatural experiences to believe that there is not at least some smidgen of truth to them.

It is difficult to say exactly why there are so many ghost stories that feature a mirror. Perhaps spirits use the reflective glass to travel between dimensions – or maybe they just like gazing at their own reflection as much as we do.


Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!