Supernatural goodness

Supernatural goodness… let’s begin with:

Gothic style mirror

Mirrors & Superstition

Mirrors are said to be a reflection of the soul, and they were often used in traditional witchcraft as tools for scrying or performing other spells. It is also said that mirrors cannot lie. They can show only the truth, so it is a very bad omen indeed to see something in a mirror which should not be there. Also there is a legend that a newborn child should not see a mirror until its first birthday as its soul is still developing. If the child sees its reflection it is said that it will die.

It is a common superstition that someone who breaks a mirror will receive seven years of bad luck. One of the many reasons for this belief is that the mirror is believed to reflect part of the soul, therefore, breaking the mirror will break part of the soul. However, the soul is said to regenerate every seven years, thus coming back unbroken.  It is also said that tapping the broken mirror on a gravestone seven times will allow the soul to heal. Another option is to bury the mirror, also preventing the mirror from reflecting the broken soul. However, if the mirror is both touched to the gravestone and buried, the bad luck will remain. If you are in this position, the only course of action is to dig up the mirror and grind it to dust. Finally, this dust must be sprinkled around the same gravestone on which the mirror was initially tapped.

In days past it was customary in the southern United States to cover the mirrors in a house where the wake of a deceased person was being held. It was believed that the person’s soul would become trapped in a mirror left uncovered.  Mirrors falling from walls or otherwise breaking or cracking mysteriously were said to be haunted. According to legend, a vampire has no reflection in mirrors because it is an undead creature and has already lost its soul.   {Wikipedia}

Urban Myth: Bloody Mary

Do you dare call upon Bloody Mary?

One of the more common ways participants attempt to make her appear is to stand before a mirror in the dark (most commonly in a bathroom) and repeat her name three times, though there are many variations including; chanting a hundred times, chanting at midnight, spinning around, rubbing one’s eyes, running the water, or chanting her name thirteen times with a lit candle. In some versions of the legend, the summoner must say, “Blueberry baby , Blueberry baby,Blueberry baby!” , “Bloody Mary, I killed your baby.” or her husbands nickname,”Candyman , Candyman, Candyman Candyman.” Blueberry is the name of Bloody Mary’s dead son named Blue. In these variants, Bloody Mary is often believed to be the spirit of a young mother whose baby was stolen from her, making her mad in grief, eventually committing suicide. In stories where Mary is supposed to have been wrongly accused of killing her children, the querent might say “I believe in Mary Worth.” This is similar to another game involving the summoning of the Bell Witch in a mirror at midnight. The game is often a test of courage, and bravery as it is said that if Bloody Mary is summoned, she would proceed to kill the summoner in an extremely violent way, such as ripping his or her face off, scratching his or her eyes out, cutting their head off, driving the person insane, bringing the person into the mirror with her or scratching their neck, causing serious injury or death. Some think if she doesn’t kill the one who had summoned her then she will haunt them for the rest of their life.  {Wikipedia}

Myth/Folklore: Wendigo

 

The legend of the wendigo has a long history. It was part of the folklore of the various Native American tribes – especially the Algonquian people – and was to be found in what now makes up the northern US States and Canada.

The wendigo is a man-beast that lives in alone the forest. It is far from benign, feeding whenever possible on human flesh – especially that of children.

The wendigo originates as a human being. However the person is then possessed by an evil spirit and transforms into the beast. The most common reason for becoming a wendigo is if one eats human flesh. For this reason, it has been suggested that the wendigo legend came about in order to prevent tribes from descending into cannibalism during times of food shortage.  Some say that people bitten by a wendigo will begin to develop a craving for human flesh and eventually become possessed themselves. There is no cure.

The wendigo is also known as the “spirit of the lonely places”. It is certainly a lone creature, again possibly a reference to the casting out of those who break tribal taboos. The wendigo hides in the forests and tracks you silently, always just out of sight. It waits, biding its time until it can pounce.  {Wyrdology}

Myth/Folklore: Werewolf

 

A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope , is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf either purposely, by being bitten or scratched by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse. This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon.

Werewolves are often attributed super-human strength and senses, far beyond those of both wolves or men. The werewolf is generally held as a European character, although its lore spread through the world in later times. Shape-shifters, similar to werewolves, are common in tales from all over the world, most notably amongst the Native Americans, though most of them involve animal forms other than wolves.

Traits distinct from those of original folklore, most notably is vulnerability to silver, be it bullets or knives. Rye and mistletoe were considered effective safeguards against werewolf attacks. In medieval Europe, traditionally, there are three methods one can use to cure a victim of werewolfism; medicinally (usually via the use of wolfsbane), surgically or by exorcism. {Wikipedia}

This topic is such a broad subject, I thought I’d start with these for now.  These are some folklore/urban legends that I loved as a kid and had my imagination running wild.  If you have any supernatural beings or supersitions that you would like to share, please feel free to comment! 🙂

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