|Painting by Karl Bryullov (1799-1852)|
Noun. Early 17th century.
[from Greek katoptron mirror + -MANCY from Greek manteia divination.]
Divination by means of a mirror or mirrors.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the most gullible of the them all?
Mirrors are a bit creepy. Who hasn't hesitated to glance in a mirror at night for fear that something different might be looking back, or even that you're not in the reflection at all? Perhaps it's due to their inherent creepiness that mirrors have become so associated with the occult and superstition - breaking a mirror, of course, is said to bring seven years' bad luck, and mirrors are often covered with a black cloth at wakes for fear that the soul of the departed will become trapped. Oh, and don't let a child younger than a year look into a mirror because he'll develop a stutter (obviously). And there's also catoptromancy - the use of mirrors for divination. I'm lead to believe that, of all the divinatory arts, catoptromancy is one of the hardest to master. All I can say is, if you really are so easily lead (that's a good pun so I used it twice) that you believe in catoptromancy, there's no two-ways about it - it really is a sad reflection on you and your gullibility.
If you're a catoptromancer, how do you look at yourself in the you-know-what?
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