In modern and contemporary architecture, mirrors have become part of every household’s ensemble of décor. Interior designers use mirrors to create space and modern homes use decorated framed mirrors as ornaments. Bedrooms and Bathrooms are covered wall to wall with mirrors. In this article we would explore as how the vaastu and fengshui view the use of mirrors? Are there any taboos associated with the use of mirrors? In Feng Shui, Mirrors are the cheapest and most useful enhancers you can purchase! Mirrors can be used to deflect bad luck, attract love, double your wealth, help the sick become better and create abundance. But beware as with the Yin and Yang of all things the use of mirrors is a double edged sword! Wrongful use of mirrors can cause rifts in relationship, wealth to decline, health to deteriorate, disputes and even litigation. Uses of mirrors Using mirrors for Fortune and abundance Mirrors are great “ doublers “ of wealth and fortune. When used at right place, mirrors do wonders in activating luck for abundance ! For example, you may place a mirror next to your cash register to “create a second cash register” means double money”! Place a mirror behind a bowl of gold ingots and coins to “double” the number of coins! Placing wall length mirror on North, Northeast, and East sides of your restaurant, symbolizes unlimited and never ending streams of customers ! (You notice that restaurants with this features do really well !) Casino in Malaysia and Hongkong are so famous for their mirrors especially the gentling Casino Resort in Malaysia, which has mirrors on every pillar, and even on the ceiling! For the home, place a large mirror in your dining room to “double” your food. This is very auspicious as it represents the notion that you always have enough to eat for the rest of your life” and will never go hungry or you can say that it will double your energy which leads to more work, better results, hence more finances. Using Mirrors to make up for Missing corners to avoid problems related to health, career & relationship. Some houses, which are created in irregular shapes, such as L shaped houses, seem to “miss out” on one or more of the 8 Aspiration sectors; that are vital for success. For example, an L shaped house may miss the southeast sector, which represents wealth, or the North corner, which represents career. We remember a client in Zambia, whose Northeast (education corner) was missing and he used to complain of the unsatisfactory performances of his children, besides his constant mental stress; before the fixing of a suitable mirror, with wonderful results. When the Northeast, North or East or even west corner in is cut, placing a mirror on the wall of the missing area automatically extends/balances that zone. This is particularly effective in Northeast of an office or cabin or the living room/drawing-dining or study room; but must be avoided in the bedroom. There are many more remedies for other missing directions i.e. use of water feature in Northeast/North, keeping a plant or wooden windchimes in Southeast, metal windchimes in Northwest/West, putting focus light in the missing corner of Southeast or South and use of crystals in Southwest. Using Mirrors for Love & harmony Single ladies; who want to attract a suitable Life partner. Here’s a great way to enhance of the beauty and attractiveness. According to an old Taoist Feng Shui ritual, a woman’s beauty can be greatly enhanced and made more attractive to the male species if she can harness the yin rays of the moon. It is an open secret that the moon has profound effects on women and their hormonal cycles; so perhaps this traditional ritual has a merit! The moon, considered the yin counterpart to the sun, is said to embody the powerful yin energy, which befits the role of the highly desired female. For harnessing the rays of the moon, place a perfectly round vanity mirror with a strong and heavy metal base outside your balcony or porch to capture the reflection on a full moon night. Leave it outside for about 3-4 hours to soak up the moon energy and just before sunrise, bring it in and place it in a pouch (unexposed to sunlight). Use this mirror to reflect your own face when applying makeup or lipstick especially before a big date! If you have a male friend whom you like to attract, shine the mirror at his face once. Be careful to only do this with someone you’re very serious about, as this ritual has been known to bring immediate results and some of the single ladies may not really be ready for such a commitment! When not in use, keep it encased in a soft silk pouch. Recharge your mirror every full moon and do not let others touch your mirror! Your mirror is very personal and the chi that it should store from you and for you should be kept unblemished by someone else’s chi. Note : Before charging it with moon energy, make sure you cleanse your mirror of impure chi when you first purchase it. Cleansing can be done by washing it with moon water (water left outside to collect the rays of the moon) with dissolved salt. Using Mirrors as protection from health problems Mirrors are said to posses’ protection powers. Not only can you use mirrors to deflect shar chi, mirrors are very powerful as protection amulets to reflect bad luck coming your way. Women who live alone should always carry a small mirror inside their handbags as protection against unwelcome company. According to traditional Taoist Feng Shui, a protection mirror needs to be of silver & preferably with gold plating and the symbol of longevity engraved on the back. The longevity symbol is an emblem of health and also a protection against premature and unnatural death. Keeping such a mirror will save you from accidents as well. Taboos of Mirrors Mirrors have taboos too! Beware and do not take these warnings lightly as mirrors can create potent Feng Shui imbalance & serious problems in life. Avoid mirrors in the Bedroom If you are married, do not place any mirrors in the bedroom that reflects your bed. Place them inside a cupboard door (which you can close) or in your bathroom. The best thing is to place them inside a walk- in closet or even inside the changing room. We have numerous examples/feedback from people wherein mirror in the bedroom caused increased marital problems and quarrels and even in some cases separation. It is strongly believed in China that since mirrors reflect people in the bedroom, it symbolizes a “third person” in the relationship. Especially in various parts of Canada & U.S.A , I have seen the bedrooms in which mirror cover the wardrobe sliding door , from floor to ceiling and directly reflect the bed. Many of the houses I have seen in my recent tour to Europe, are in the market for sale, due to divorced couples, had this feature of mirrors on the wardrobe or even on the head-rest of the beds in their sleeping rooms. If you have a mirror in your bedroom which cannot be removed/changed, please cover it with a thick cloth or a curtain when not in use; or shifted to a position that does not reflect the bedroom door or the bed. Please remember that any reflective surfaces like a TV or computer also have similar effects. Do not place mirrors at the entrance of your main door This common problem is prevalent in most Western interior décor. When you have got a mirror facing the entrance of the door, any luck that enters your home gets reflected out again! As the negative chi enters your living abode, the mirror reflects your door; making it believe that there’s another door in front. Symbolically luck entering from one door goes out straight through another door. One particular hair salon located in the most prominent shopping area of Delhi has a huge mirror at their entrance facing the door and frequently I notice that they have hardly any customer! Another hair salon a few shops away from them are always packed with customers and they have no mirrors facing any of their windows or doorways! In another case of a leading jeweler in Dubai, he was extremely benefitted after removing a mirror which was got fitted by a local Feng Shui expert, though on North wall but directly in front of the main door. In the end it is humbly submitted that the above examples are only a few of the numerous feed backs, we regularly receive. Wishing best of luck for the enlightened readers!