The evil eye is a human look believed to cause harm to someone or something else. The supernatural harm may come in the form of anything from a minor misfortune to disease, injury or even death. The evil eye is also often defined as the ability to bring about evil results by a malicious gaze. In most cultures the belief is prevalent that some human beings have the power of sending destructive rays, so to speak, in order to cause harm to those of whom they are envious or otherwise dislike.
Belief in the evil eye is ancient and ubiquitous: it occurred in ancient Greece and Rome; is found in Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions and in folk cultures and preliterate societies. In some societies, like the Turkish society, blue eyed people are believed to bring bad luck. These beliefs gave way to the birth of many amulets and charms as well as blue-colored evil eye beads. “Evil eye” was the name for eye pictures, eye shaped beans or any other charms providing protection against the strike of evil eye. It was in the sixth century BC that ancient Greeks manufactured black-figure wine drinking vessels (literally known as “eye vessels”) with exaggerated eye figures on them, which were believed to prevent evil spirits from entering the drinker’s body while drinking wine. In short, evil eye might be defined as an object which is supposed to have magical power to ward off danger and bring good luck.
The idea of the Evil Eye has been around for at least a few thousand years. It makes its earliest appearances in the Middle East and is mentioned in several ancient texts. One rather famous book that mentions the Eye multiple times is the Bible. Sir Frances Bacon once said, “There be none of the affections which have been noted to fascinate or to bewitch, but love and envy; they both have vehement wishes, they frame themselves readily into imaginations and suggestions, and they come easily into the eye, especially upon the presence of the objects which are the points that conduce to fascination, if any such there be. We see likewise the Scripture calleth envy an evil eye.”
The evil eye is essentially a specific type of magical curse, and has its roots in magical thinking and superstition. Let’s say that a person experiences bad luck, ill health, accident, or some unexplained calamity — perhaps a drought or an infectious disease. Before science could explain weather patterns and germ theory, any bad event for which there was not an obvious cause might be blamed on a curse. Curses, including the evil eye, are an answer to the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people.
The association of special powers with the eyes is not hard to fathom: Eyes, it is said, are the gateway to a person’s soul. Shifting eyes are said to subtly betray liars, while a steady gaze may be endearing or menacing depending on the circumstances. Actors use their eyes to convey a wide range of emotions, including love, hate, disgust, boredom, scorn, surprise, and envy. In fact it is this last emotion — jealousy — that underlies the evil eye’s cultural association with magic.
Symptoms of the evil eye
Symptoms of illness caused by the evil eye include loss of appetite, excessive yawning, hiccups, vomiting, and fever. If the object attacked is a cow, its milk may dry up; if a plant or fruit tree, it may suddenly wither and die. It can even affect objects and buildings: The evil eye cast upon a vehicle may cause it to break down irreparably, while a house so cursed may soon develop a leaky roof or an insect infestation. Just about anything that goes wrong (for any reason, or no reason at all) may be blamed on the power of the evil eye.
An evil eye from a neighbor or relative might cause a chronic illness for someone in the family. The remedy for this includes distilling sea water in a white cloth and then mixing it with cow’s urine. The resultant mixture should be stored in a bottle and spread in the rooms on full moon and new moon days. Friday and Tuesday can also be chosen. This is considered to be effective in burning the evil eye and the illness caused due to the same.
Illness of Domestic Animals and Lack of Appetite:
Evil eye can cause the livestock to be continually sick and suffering from loss of appetite. Washing the animals with water and turmeric powder helps washing away this effect.
Material Loss at Home
Evil eye of those who are envious to one’s luxuries, can cause loss or breakage of precious items at home. It’s been said that you can ward off such an evil eye by placing colorful beads or stones in a white bowl.
Babies and young children tend to be the most vulnerable to the evil eye. Those who work with this type of energy indicate that the most common symptoms of a possible evil eye curse in the young are:
- Loss of appetite
- Continuous and frequent vomiting
- Uncontrollable sobbing for no apparent reason
- Disturbed sleep
- Allergies and outbreaks on the skin
In adults, the evil eye tends to have a more powerful psychological, rather than physical, effect. Nervousness, intense fear and sudden paranoia for no apparent reason, are three examples of the condition, which may also be accompanied by dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
Ways to protect yourself from the evil eye
A Powerful Amulet
The Romans were particularly fond of pendants and sculptures of flying phalluses. The Greeks also placed Gorgon sculptures on their doorways and even carved them into their weapons and armor. Today, it’s fairly easy to find Hamsa and Fatima amulets in Middle Eastern and North African countries like Morocco, Sicily and Israel. In Morocco, for example, the talisman aesthetic is so common that you can find it in parts of commercial architecture and even in domestic accessories like rugs, and blankets. What’s great about amulets is that they’re focal points of sustained social and personal beliefs. Their efficacy against the eye may stem in part from their power as societal symbols for positivity.
Practice With Mirrors
The gorgon Medusa was killed when the Greek hero Perseus used a mirror shield to reflect her petrifying glance back onto her. Naturally, the shield was a gift from Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Similarly, in the Renaissance epic poem Jerusalem Delivered, the protagonist Rinaldo’s enchantment is removed when he glances into his fellow knight’s mirror shield. All these tales hint at the dispelling effect of the mirror and its ability to be truthful to reality. This doesn’t mean you need to flash your hand-held mirror around, but it does mean that you can use mirrors to work on your own gaze. Victorian guides to mesmerism and hypnosis manuals often advise the practice of staring into mirrors to strengthen the will. Another technique is to refuse to look at your oppressor in the eye, and instead look into the space between his or her eyebrows. Like the mirror, which refracts and reflects, averting your eyes is a method of distortion, cognitively severing the visual bond between you and your abuser. One shared look is often the preemptive act that leads to all types of attachment. That’s why some of have experienced love at first sight or just happened hook-up after one passing glance.
An important aspect to protecting yourself against the effects of the evil eye is to work continuously to strengthen your spirit and increase your positive energy, in order to protect yourself against negative energies sent from other people. In this respect it is very important to get to know yourself, your spirituality and feel comfortable with your actions and life. Relieving yourself from stress and increasing your happiness can combat all forms of the evil eye. Find a genuine spiritual healer to fix your spiritual prosperity and seek out the help of an expert spellcaster , white and/or black magic specialist to help remove or protect you from the evil eye. There is never just one way to overcome a curse, it’s always important to stay in control as you search for help in removing them.
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