The Evil Eye
The Evil Eye! You may have seen the evil eye worn as clothing or jewelry or hanging on the wall or above the doorway in homes, dorm rooms, offices and even in cars! But what does it mean? Is the Evil Eye the curse or the protection from the curse? The answer to both is YES! Let’s break it down!
The Evil Eye Curse is a look that is directed at someone with angry, jealous or malevolent intention. This look can be given intentionally or unintentionally. And, if the person that energy is aimed at isn’t aware that it’s being sent, it is said to be even more toxic and more likely to cause harm.
The Evil Eye Symbol is an eye-shaped design, most often, but not always, created in blue with a black center. It is worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clothing, or hung in the home, workplace, dorm room, locker, or car for protection against the evil eye curse, and is designed to absorb the curse or negative energy and reflect that energy back to the one who sent it.
Does Wearing the Evil Eye Symbol Really Protect You from the Curse?
The evil eye charm or amulet is energetically charged with the intention to recognize negative energies, protect the wearer, and return that negative energy to sender. Does it work? Many people, from ancient civilizations to modern times, believe it does! Whether or not you believe in the evil eye curse, the principles of energy, vibration and intention are real! For example, if someone sneaks up behind you, you feel something, feel your “Spidey Sense” kick in, or even feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up! That’s the sensation when their energy connects with your energy. You might even notice whether the energy is positive or negative by how it makes you feel. If it is ‘good vibes,’ you would feel comfortable and safe. If it’s ‘bad vibes,’ it might feel creepy and make you want to move away from it.
We send and receive energy all the time. Sometimes, we send it intentionally, other times, unintentionally. Either way, the energy of the evil eye can come with side effects that no one wants to experience!
A good example of sending the evil eye unintentionally is when someone feels jealous of another person’s good fortune, luck, success, or life as compared to their own. They might not wish harm on that person, just wish their own luck would change for the better, but even an envious glance could cast the evil eye curse on them! On the other hand, if a lucky person started to brag about their good fortune to others, they could attract that jealousy and find themselves on the receiving end of an evil eye curse! People throughout history were cautioned to be grateful for what they had, to not covet what others had, and to stay humble about what they received.
Today, many feel the evil eye is just a superstition; however, in many countries and cultures it is still held as a strong belief and the symbol is used religiously. Many more people wear evil eye jewelry or have the symbol in their home just in case...better safe than sorry!
How did the Evil Eye symbol get started?
Even though its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, the Evil Eye symbol is not a modern invention! People have relied on the Evil Eye symbol for protection for over 5,000 years. Beginning in Mediterranean countries with the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations, then expanding to many countries as part of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, the Evil Eye symbol has been painted or hung on walls, made into clay or ceramic products like drinking vessels called “Eye Cups,” and worn as jewelry and talismans. Around 1500 BC, when glass making was introduced, glass evil eye beads became popular with Phoenicians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans.
In modern times, in Mediterranean regions, western Asia, and the Balkans, approximately 40% of the p