Certain objects whether because of their physical properties or because of the purpose for which they are used are often endowed with symbolic meaning. A mirror is an example of the former while a key is that of the latter. These objects acquire great significance in occult and magical practices as a way of helping a person ‘see’ something special or divine some hidden meaning. One of the most widely-depicted images of this practice in popular media is that of a gipsy woman wearing a headscarf and telling fortunes for her clients by means of a crystal ball.

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