Saturday, June 2, 2007

The Evil Eye

Yesterday I attended our local Greek Festival. Several of the vendors were selling these charms to ward off the evil eye.

The ‘eyes’ here are like charms, blue in color with an eye painted on them to ‘reflect’ the evil and bring good luck. You can wear them on a necklace or hang them in your house or car.

I will keep mine in the house so I also brought this braclet.

They looked like they would be fun things to own and I came home and did a quick search on the evil eye. Here is what I learned

The Evil Eye - It can strike at any given moment. More than likely, you’ve had it happen to you, but you’ve just never realized what did it. Take a moment and think about it. Perhaps there was an occasion that you were dressed up and someone told you how nice you look. A few minutes later you spilled coffee down the front of you or split your pants. Or maybe someone told you how beautiful your new vase was
and a while later it fell to the ground shattering in a thousand pieces.
That’s the evil eye. So beware when a blue-eyed person pays you a compliment, according to the superstition, it could be disastrous.

One way to ward off the evil eye is with garlic. There are rare instances when a single clove will grow into the shape of a small head of garlic. If you’re lucky enough to come across one, guard it well as it is the best thing to keep away the evil eye. You can carry it in your pocket, or as I do, keep it in a hanky in your bra. I know what you’re thinking, but believe me… as long as the skin is left on, it doesn’t smell at all. If you can’t brave the garlic, there is an alternative. When you get a compliment remember to say ‘Skorda (garlic)’ under your breath and spit three times on your own person. If you know the individual that is complimenting you, tell them to spit on you too.

Some Greeks, especially in villages, believe that someone can catch the evil eye, or “matiasma”, from someone else’s jealous compliment or envy. A person who has caught the evil eye usually feels bad physically and psychologically.
To avoid the matiasma, those who believe in it wear a charm: a little blue marble glass with an eye painted on it or a blue bracelet. Blue is believed to be the colour that wards off the evil eye but it is also believed that people with blue eyes are givers of the matiasma.

In regions where the Lucky Eye (Evil Eye) belief occurs, the All-Seeing Eye is one of many forms of reflective eye-charm used as a talisman against this danger. The All-Seeing Eye – a single human eye surrounded by radiating beams of light – appears on the Great Seal of the United States, can be seen on at least one North American Good Luck Coin to “guard” the bearer "from bad omens”, and is among the many beautiful symbols of Freemasonry, where it represents the Great Architect of the Universe.

There are many other defenses against the evil eye including tying bells to horses' harnesses, tying red ribbons to children's underwear, surrounding gardens by jack beans, the shamrock is used in Ireland, and garlic is used in Greece
You can use this Big evil eye in the outside of your house, above your main door. They are suppose to ward off the evil eye and bring good fortune.
Arrow like edges pointing at a house, and electrical posts near building create harmful energy and strong electromagnetic fields. In cul de sacs and T-Junctions invisible energy moves as in straight rivers and streams.Houses at the end of such places are like targets for strong, accelerated energy. Strong bad energy can be harmful to the occupants of these house. Building in roundabouts with heavy traffic are also exposed to strong magnetic fields.

In folklore and the occult the evil eye is generally thought to be a sign of trouble. Few, will agree that there is an accurate definition of the evil eye. To some the curses of the evil eye might be more accurately associated with old wives' tales.The Evil Eye is a kind of negative power we all more or less carry within
ourselves. If we stare too long on a person, animal or even an object we may inflict damage through this power. It is often totally unconsciously, but the staring in itself often comes from admiration or envy, which are perfect channels for the Evil Eye o check if you really have been struck by the Evil Eye or if you just have a hangover or haven't had enough sleep.

To get rid of the spell, you will have to find a person that can break it To do this, they will put a few drops of olive oil in a cup of holy water. If the oil stays on the surface you are OK. Take an aspirin and go home. If the oil dissolves then you have been EVIL EYED (yes, it is a verb in Greek).

You can also purchase a blue beads to wear instead of an eye. Blue is
the color that wards off the evil of the eye, but it is also commonly
thought that blue-eyed people are exceptional givers of it.

I think I will stick to using my charm. I really don't think smelling like garlic or spitting is to cool. Oh well it was fun to learn about cultures from other countries, and I have a fun new bracelet to wear to work.

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Blogger PEA said...

I have blue eyes but honest, I haven't give you the evil eye!! lol How very interesting to learn the story behind them...I had never heard of that before!! xox

June 2, 2007 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

Thanks for visiting my blog again. I'm kind of partial to my new grandbaby. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend.



June 2, 2007 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

All I know is I am very uncomfortable when someone stares at me...say across the aisle at a restaurant...I mean I just hate that and try never to do it myself!
That is a cute bracelet...would go with most any color you choose to wear!

June 2, 2007 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Sioux said...

Just perhaps we eat enough garlic to ward off the evil eye...and many of our friends!

June 2, 2007 at 11:58 PM  
Anonymous mama kelly - 2 witches blog said...

My grandmother was Sicilian and she taught me about the evil eye from a very young age. Though in italian is is referred to as maloccio and is warded off by making the sign of the horns with your hand.

Your bracelet is beautiful. May it be successful in warning off any evil headed your way.

mama Kelly

June 3, 2007 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger peppylady said...

great post I never heard the story about the evil eye.
The only thing I relate to is that look (evil eye) is when my parents had a certain look.

June 3, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Mike M said...

Great blog!!! I will be back for more!


June 3, 2007 at 6:18 PM  

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