Symbolism of glass has a long history, for glass has been in use since very old times.
In fact, glass was one of the first natural materials people used to create various useful and beautiful artifacts.
Five millennia ago, our ancestors used glass to make various types of tools and astonishing decorative objects.
Glass has been used for making various types of bowls, vessels, jewelry, weapon and so on. Much later in history, people learned how to use glass to make windows. In addition, glass has many useful and powerful properties.
Unlike semi precious and precious stones, glass is not believed by crystal therapy experts to possess particularly important healing properties.
However, glass characteristics could be equally interesting, inspiring and magical. Glass is eternal; you can break it into the tiniest particles, melt it down, turn it into magnificent forms, but it would always sty what it is, glass.
Glass is made out of all four essential elements. It symbolizes transformation, change, eternity and rebirth.
Glass is an impressive material, although, symbolically, it is commonly associated with ideas exactly the opposite of longevity and eternity. Glass is commonly seen as a symbol of fragility, vulnerability and brittleness.
Glass symbolism is dual. It represents things that are fragile, but also things that are protective and strong.
Glass could symbolize invisible protection, but also brittle, unsteady one. Glass stands for clairvoyance and ability to see through things. It stands for things you are aware and those of which you are not.
Today, we will talk about symbolic meanings associated with broken glass, which is a common motif in many different cultural systems.
Symbolism of broken glass
While glass symbolism is generally of a dual nature, if we focus on broken glass only, meanings are associated with one side of general glass symbolism.
Broken glass generally symbolizes something that is brittle, weak, vulnerable, fragile and easily damaged.
Glass could be incredible strong material, but also unbelievably fragile, depending on the thickness, in the first place.
For example, beautiful, sparkling and breathtaking pieces of glass art, seen in glass-made decorative balls and little figures for a Christmas tree, are incredibly tender and easily breakable.
The finest pieces of pottery, as well. On the other side, there are glass structures that are unbelievably strong; some architectural pieces, glass doors, windows and so on.
Broken glass usually stands for things that are damaged and that are gone for good.
Metaphorically, it represents not only actual objects that are broken, but also relationships that are broken or corrupted, things that are bad and that cannot be undone and else. It is interesting, because glass is, in general, something that can always be ‘revived’.
However, it could be shaped up again, but in a new for. That said, broken glass could also be seen as a symbol of transformation and inevitability of change.
Broken glass symbolizes the importance of accepting changes, no matter what their nature is.
Life goes on and we should not ‘cry over spilt milk’, but bull ourselves back together and move forwards.
Broken glass superstitions
There are many superstitions about broken glass and these are present in various cultural concepts. Superstitions about broken glass represent a mixture of different beliefs, coming from all over the world.
These folk beliefs and superstitions are related to various glass objects.
A broken bowl or a cup made of glass is considered a lucky sign. It is associated with money and fortune.
It means you are about to receive some good news regarding your financial status or that there is a celebration coming your way. Broken cups, plates and else usually symbolize happy events, gatherings, abundance and prosperity.
Sometimes, glass is broken intentionally, as a ritual to chase away evil and bring good fortune.
For example, Jewish wedding ceremony features breaking of a glass, to ward away evil spirits and make marriage long lasting and love eternal.
If a wine glass or even a bottle has been broken while people were toasting or so, it is considered particularly a fortunate sign. There is a common naval tradition to break a bottle of champagne over a bow of a ship, to ensure a safe voyage and luck to all the crew and the ship herself.
It is an old and common part of ceremonial launching of a ship. It is called ship christening.
If you break a figurine made of glass, the meaning depends on what the figurine represented to you. If it was particularly important one to you, it means that you will lose something in near future; it could be anything, from material possessions to people in your life.
It happens that people who are dealing with a loss break glass objects accidentally or see broken glass objects.
In that case, it is a sign of guidance and comfort, although not particularly enjoyable. This phenomenon means you should accept the fact you have lost something or someone and move on.
No loss is easy to accept, so it is normal you feel sad and lacking motivation.
However, broken glass objects says 0what has been done, it is done’; you cannot do much about it.
Particularly controversial are superstitions about broken mirrors that are, indeed, made of glass. Folk beliefs are many and they are quite similar, all around the globe. Generally, to break a mirror is bad luck.
The most common superstition is that you will have seven years of misfortune, of you break a mirror.
Some objects made of glass or featuring parts made of glass are particularly symbolically interesting if broken.
For example, a broken watch or a clock made of glass is a bad omen. It symbolizes stagnation and delay. It means you will be stick in an unpleasant situation.
A broken glass watch or clock or sandglass means you will not progress, at least for some time. It could also be a warning sign. You should be patient and wait, not to rush.
On the other side, such objects, if broken symbolize what is called ‘dead time’, so it would be the best to get rid of them, in order to move forward and progress.
Breaking glass accidentally is usually taken as warning signs. For example, if you break a glass accidently, it means you should be cautious about people around and especially to reasonably handle our money.
Seeing broken glass often symbolizes disappointments, disconnection, isolation, broken friendships or so.
A broken window symbolizes your fragility and weakness. It means there is nothing to protect you and your own invisible protective shield is damaged, in a way. It usually means that you are either preoccupies with taking care of things around that you neglect your own well-being.
A broken window suggests you should take time for yourself and start repairing your protective aura.
Dreams about broken glass
Particularly interesting field in analysis of broken glass symbolism are dreams about broken glass. There are many scenarios that would rarely happen in reality, but are related to broken glass and have powerful meanings.
For example, walking on broken glass or eating broken glass.
If you dream about eating broken glass, it could be very discomforting and scary. This could be quite a terrifying dream experience, but what does it mean? Its meaning is not good at all, however it could be a good lesson.
This dream means you are unable to tell something to someone, for any reason. It could also mean you have decided to keep silent, but it eats you from the inside.
This scary dream also reflects unwillingness and fear to speak up your mind; you are afraid of being judged, rejected, and criticized or whatsoever.
It could also happen that you have such a dream after saying or doing something you are not proud of, but are unwilling to face consequences.
If you dream about stepping onto broken glass or if it happens in reality, it means you are in danger. It means there are people around you who do not wish you well at all.
It also means your path will be full of danger and obstacles you have to go through on your own, without anyone’s help and support.
This phenomenon, both in dreams and in waking life, symbolizes difficulties and shiftiness of reality.
Dreams about broken glass should remind us life goes on and that changes are inevitable.
Some things are about to be lost or broken along the way, but that is not meant t discourage us, but to make space for new things to come.