Lesson 15: The black mirror.
Most people in this world always have fear for the things they don't understand. As soon as they start fearing things they only have one thing left to do; redicule the subject to make it sound less threatening. Magick has always been one of the most feared forms of art on this world. Not many people know what magic actually is, they only know how strong it's effects are and how powerless normal people are against it.
In the ancient times people practiced it a lot more then they do nowadays. People who still work on magic are often considered to be lunatics or mentally ill. However, the rituals which are performed often find their roots in a deeper form of understanding on how nature and the human mind works. Many people know what the placebo effect is. If people believe in the function of something then it's effects are much stronger. One of the most interesting rituals I would like to discuss is the famous black mirror. This artifact can function as a part of a setup called "the magic triangle", but the triangle is only a tool to remind the person who stares in the mirror what it is we look for. To analyse this ritual properly, the most important question to ask is:"what's the difference between a normal mirror and a black mirror?". The answer is easy, a normal mirror shows you you're reflection, but a black mirror doesn't. A black mirror absorbs all light instead of reflecting it. According to ancient philosophies the world can be seen from two different perspectives, we see with our eye`s and we see with our mind. Only if we do both at the same time the absolute truth will be revealed to us. However, most people are so distracted with what they see they forget to form an image of something with their mind. This is where the black mirror become's a real eye opener. A person staring in a black mirror would eventually start thinking about this mirror. It is supposed to show you something about yourself, yet you cannot see anything. Then the only thing left is to think about yourself. To see a reflection of yourself in the black mirror with you're mind. Who are you? You are what you do. What do you do? Do the things you do make you a more beautifull person? These are the answers that lie hidden in the black mirror. In ancient times people had a qwild imagination. They didn't know so much about reality as we do nowadays, so in order to send people on the right path they where often inspired with stories about magic and dreams.