The “evil eye” is a widely recognized talisman used in many places to ward off evil and prevent curses. It is incorporated into jewelry, art, home décor and many other items, but why? What are it’s origins and how did it become so popular?
As it turns out, the evil eye is a concept and symbol connected with many cultures. Each has slightly different translations, but the overall premise is the same. In Hebrew, it is known as “the eye of the envious”, in Arabic and Punjabi it translates as “bad eye/look”. In Portugese, mau-olhado means “giving of an evil look” and in Swedish, ge onda ogat means “to give an evil look” in Hawaii maka pilau means “rotten eyes”. As you can see, numerous cultures have reference to the evil eye – but what is it exactly?
Does it come from a demon? Is it a curse?
The evil eye is not about demonic spirits or things of that nature at all. In fact, it has more to do with warding off malicious energies directed at you from other people. In many ancient cultures, it was believed that this type of glare carried a curse with it that would bring misfortune, and perhaps even injury or death. As a result, symbols and talismans were used to ward off the evil eye, so that even if someone was given “the look”; there would be no ramifications.
Today, we may not believe that a dirty look will curse us; however it is possible to impacted by negativity from others. Have you ever spent time with a very angry or pessimistic person and later felt heavy or tired? When someone complains all the time; it can rob you of your energy and even start to make you take on negative emotions.
Today, this symbol is used for deflecting negativity in general, whether it’s from other people who may be envious or mean spirited, or simply a place that doesn’t have good energy flow. Whatever the reason; the evil eye talisman is a great way to protect yourself and also connect with a rich symbolic history that literally spans the globe. When you wear or carry it; you will feel a connection that brings comfort and harmonious feelings.
This talisman is incorporated into many useful items. Carry a key chain with the evil eye on it to protect you while you travel and to protect your home and place of business when you lock up. Hang one in the entry way to deflect negative energy in the home or place of business. Use a pendulum with the evil eye talisman to surround yourself with protective energy when you open up to do spiritual work. If you know you are going to be in a potentially negative environment, wear a pendant to help deflect negativity and keep your energies clear.
There are many great ways to incorporate this talisman and it’s protective properties into your daily routine.