It is recognized worldwide — pasternak, ayin hasad, böse blick, mauvais oeil, ayin harac, zemmel verés, mal de ojo, droch-shuil — all names for the evil eye from the different cultures it is engrained in.
The evil eye is one of the strongest and most powerful ancient symbols in the world. It dates back as early as 5000 BC in Mesopotamia and has roots in Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu cultures. The evil eye’s roots run deep, worn daily in antiquity and today, and for good reason — since the dawn of time, human beings have turned towards talismans and symbology for protection and guidance.
The Birth of the Evil Eye
Many of these cultures have endured extreme hardship, and some believed that it came through a curse that others have put on them. Despite these religions and cultures being so vastly different, the intention of the evil eye has always been the same — to ward off any curse or malicious intent.
Warding Off the Three Curses
It is believed that there are three different kinds of curses the evil eye protects against — unintentional, intentional, and unseen. These manifest in things such as jealousy, someone wishing you bad luck, or negative energy surrounding you. If something or someone was praised too much, the fear was that it would attract bad luck and curses. This thinking is ever-present in cultures today.
The Power and Symbology
The eye sees all ignorance and wickedness and reflects it back to the one casting it via its glare. It is almost always featured on a blue background as it is a fierce color of protection. Known as the nazar, meaning “vision” in Arabic, this amulet will ward off negativity for the wearer. Many cultures put the evil eye on cribs, houses, barns, and sacred possessions to ensure that they are protected and taken care of.
Today, this symbol is reflective of the nurturing gaze of God, caring for all of nature. It encourages you to look beyond what surrounds you towards something deeper. Channel the evil eye when you want to protect something close to your heart. With almost the whole world utilizing this symbol, the validity is ever-present. Wear it daily to ward off negativity, or turn towards this symbol for protection of your house, family, office, and more. It will always be keeping a watchful eye on what you hold dearly, and tirelessly offering its loving protection.
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