Mirror Fasting is the Everything at the moment – the idea is that you regain a healthier sense of self by just not looking into mirrors for a month for more. It’s a fascinating idea, although I thought only vampires needed to do this.
Also, is it possible that this concept is yet another way to make people – women in particular – feel bad about an over-hyped pretend ‘sin’?
Still, I love anarcha-hippy trends that feel like you can give up something that you’d taken for granted and be more emancipated. My Aquarius Rising would love to scream ‘Fuq yeah‘, do some air punching and leave mirrors behind. Who needs stupid reflections? Sagittarians have probably already smashed their mirrors and had their shaman transmute any bad luck from the fragments.
But okay – reflections are everywhere. My computer reflects me when it fades down to screensave, my fave picture on the wall in my bedroom has reflective glass at night, if one is to have dental hygiene (Saturn crossing my Moon this week makes this pretty much an obsessive ritual) a mirror is unavoidable. Worse, it’s a zoomed-in, see-all number.
It’s not feasible to go Victorian and drape tacky black Goth polyester sequinned scarves over them all. What’s more, is this some kind of dreary puritan s**t repackaged as zen noire psychic minimalism?
Mirrors actually count as “Water” in Feng Shui and apparently you should never ever have one you can see yourself in from the bed or else dire spiritual consequences befall ye.
This could be why Leos get lost so often when they’re astral travelling at night – the mirrors on the ceiling above the bed distract their soul. But seriously, you do have to be extremely careful with the placement of mirrors and they very easily trap ghosts. The old custom of covering mirrors after someone had passed comes from the belief that the soul of the person could become caught in the mirror.
One day I will impart my truly terrifying Haunted Dressing Table Mirror story.
Also, isn’t it a fact that when you look in a mirror, you are not seeing how you actually look anyway? I mean, obviously you can check your complexion tone, stray brow hairs and whatever but to view how you actually appear to others you need a True Mirror…or do you?
Wikipedia has this explanation which confuses me even more:
If one looks in a mirror, one’s image reverses (e.g., if one raises one’s right hand, his left hand will appear to go up in the mirror). However, a mirror does not “swap” left and right, any more than it swaps top and bottom. A mirror reverses the forward/backward axis, and we define left and right relative to front and back.
Flipping front/back and left/right is equivalent to a rotation of 180 degrees about the vertical axis (in the same way that text which is back-to-front and upside-down simply looks like it has been rotated 180 degrees on the page).
Therefore, looking at an image of oneself with the front/back axis flipped is the same as looking at an image with the left/right axis flipped and the whole figure rotated 180 degrees about the vertical axis, which is exactly what one sees when standing in front of a mirror.
Oshun, the African-Cuban-Brazilian goddess – is often depicted with a mirror as it’s one of her sacred magical tools. Less salubriously, the “wicked stepmother” in Snow White has a magic mirror that does double-duty as a kind of spirit guide.
I don’t think I can Mirror-Fast and it’s not because I am trying to be Goddessly – it’s more that there would very quickly be scant separation between my sleep and day clothes. I would become a coconut oil smeared blur of a woman because I’d use it for everything – cooking, haircare, brow grooming, lipgloss…people would scuttle away from me in the street and I’d think it was an aura-thing.
I gather that Mirror Fasters push through these fears but I’m not there for this, possibly because I already veer dangerously close to ‘intuitive dressing.’ In fact, I think i want a True Mirror, only rose-quartz tinted. You would ideally be able to wave a hand and it would morph from eye-brow analysis to psychic-scrying mode.