Friday, February 23, 2024


by Lygia Cabus
The mirrors are, in themselves, magical objects for a vocation that emerges from its own physical nature. Mirrors reflect light! And the light has many dimensions and meanings. The mirror that speaks awakens in the Queen of a malignant vanity, first, the envy and after, the desire for revenge against the beautiful Snow White.

Crossing the mirror, like a portal between two worlds, Alice entered in the Wonderland. The destruction of Narcissus was a water mirror. The curious fascination caused by reflection in the mirror image lures people since the remotest antiquity.

Egyptians, Greeks and Romans made mirrors of brass, silver and zinc. In medieval Italy, the ladies, already used, attached to belts, practical mirrors, small and round, in general, also made ​​of gold or silver. 

It was in the fourteenth century, in the 1300s, which Venetian craftsmen began to produce glass mirrors coated with a thin layer of an alloy of mercury and tin. In 1833 the coating began to be done in silver, as we know today.

For wizards and witches, the recognition of an object as a mirror depends only of the power of reflection of the light that the object has. According the understanding of the ancients, to the occultists, every surface polished is a mirror because all that it needs is be able to reflect light with more or less intensity.

The Initiated uses the magic mirror for different purposes. The first is the development of the will by of the look training, of the sight while like expression of the will.

This is because control of will is achieved, base of the power of the magi, the secret of magic, is reached, precisely, through the education of the human expression of this will. And the men, express of their will through of the:


The magic mirrors are used, then, for two purposes:

1. The education of the look or sight

2. with educated look, the look-oriented is possible to produce a phenomenon called Fascination, ie, submission of someone due to impression caused by concentrated light emitted by the mirror or the light, energy issued by the look of the magician himself, since the iris of the magician, the surface of eye, such as a mirror is also light reflector.

The fascination produced by the look is obtained not only because the iris reflects the light but also because condense the light of the own magician, that, by this way, by the fixed look, can send their own light (energy) through the eyes. Thus, the eyes are, in themselves, magic mirrors. The occultist Papus (Gérard Anaclet Vincent Encausse, 1865-1916), in his Traite Méthodique De La Magie Pratique (1898)  explains:

The magic mirrors are essentially organs [instruments, vehicles] of condensation of the astral light, so that coal, crystal, glass and metals can be used in their construction, in their manufacture (...) ... the simplest of magic mirrors is a crystal glass filled with pure water. It should be placed on a white napkin with a light placed behind.


It is evident that the working principle of the magic mirror is its property of reflecting light. The secret of the mirror is to produce an attractive light to the look that be able to promote the concentration of the observer in a process that aims to transition to one state of consciousness - that some have described how to alpha state.

Papus concludes that ... all these mirrors has the sole purpose to produce the of a effect concentrating in one point, in a portion of the astral light and - to put - the life od an individual, the individual conscience in a direct relation with the universal memory field conservative of all things, all facts, all forms (in the present, in the past and in the possible future).

Papus always refers to the astral light. It is inferred from this that the mirrors reflect all spectrums of light, visible and invisible to the human eye, in its normal physical state of consciousness, or wakefulness.

In occultism, appeals to the virtues of the mirror for the development and exercise of a power, a faculty called foresight (vidence), the capacity to see what is distant, either in space or in time. Now we can understand the meaning of the use of the famous crystal ball: the ball that reflects light is a magic mirror.

Thus, the mirror reflects the astral light as the same way that reflects the sunlight. If we consider the teachings of the esoteric tradition, assuming that the astral light has a kind of universal memory, registry of all things present, past and future, it results that the magician (or the witch, the sorceress), fixing his eyes on a reflection of a magic mirror or, even - by the concentration in a ordinary point of light, becomes able to perceive the astral light and to distinguish there - (or to access) - the information that wants to obtain.

The budhists, Theosophists and the masters of the High Magic call this cosmic fluid and omnipresent, astral light, the etheric energy field - Akash

The psychologist, K. G. Jung (1875-1961) could call it collective unconscious.  And - yet - more recently, the physicist and biochemist Rupert Sheldrake could identifies this phenomenon as a resonance field of memory or conscience collective.

Papus describes the exercise of the Initiate with the magic mirror:

(In the first experiences) when the practioner fix the look for a few moments in the center of the mirror, is common to feel a unconfortable sensation in the eyes, like stings that oblige, often - close temporarily the eyelids and, therefore, nullify all the efforts made ​​even then.

These stings are due to the impulsive being [the animal in man] and are purely reflexs, so we must combat them by will, what is just a matter of time, doing a daily exercise of twenty minutes at most.

The moment you feel these stings in the eyes, we must develop a tension of will to prevent the closing of the eyelids. This will be achieved without much effort.

Once obtained this result, you will see that the mirror, soon, will take a different color than he usually has: effluvia red, then blue, something similar to the electric effluvia, and only then is that the shapes begin to appear.

This exercise, which should produce an experience of clairvoyance, contains within its procedures the requirements for the training of control and projection of the will - and power - through the eyes. 

This power allows you to produce phenomena others; not only the clairvoyance but also a simple type of telekinesis, as made run a cold engine, like a car motor or the fascination of people and animals, controling small actions that make with that they have behaviors according to the will of the magician in a kind of induction very close of hypnosis.
The power to fascinate entails great responsibility and high ethical standards. Can be used by actors in the theater, for example. You can avoid the hostility of dog but can also be used politically, to control or influence the thought of crowds. Occultists believe that this has been done throughout history by producing, in most cases, disastrous results. Then, Let's meditate...

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