Last Updated on July 17, 2022 by Wishbonix
The evil eye is a kind of look that can inflict pain or bad luck on the person it is directed at. The superstition of the evil eye goes back for thousands of years, and it is a source of great terror for many people due to its association with black magic and witchcraft. Those believed to possess the “evil eye” are often ostracised by many cultures that fear the implications of being subject to an evil eye attack.
The Cultural Background of the Evil Eye
Belief in the evil eye is certainly not an obscure or uncommon phenomenon; it dates back to many ancient civilizations. Instances of the evil eye are recorded in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Ancient Greek and Roman writings.
Many cultures say that those possessing the evil eye can cause adverse effects to others inadvertently by committing the sin of envy. In these situations, the belief is that a person is cursed with the ability to bestow suffering and sickness on someone simply by fixing their gaze. Alternatively, they can transmit the effects involuntarily to those who they feel the emotion of envy toward. This is considered a punishment unto those who possess the ability, more so than the people they affect with this unwanted power.
However, some people possess the power of the evil eye and choose to use it to achieve their own ends. These people are evil and not the kind of people we want to be associated with magical practices. Magic should be used for honorable and good reasons, not causing pain and suffering.
Evil Eye Protection Talismans and Amulets
Almost all of the different cultures that believe in the existence and powers of the evil eye have their own talismans and amulets to ward off the forces before they can do any harm. An example is the Nazar, an eye-shaped talisman found in Turkey that wards off the evil eye. It can be worn or hung outside a home to prevent evil energies from affecting those inside the home.
Another example is that a blue eye representing the evil eye can be found on some forms of the hamsa hand, a protective talisman in the Middle East. This can again be placed in homes to ward off spirits and harmful spells.
What are the symptoms of the Evil Eye?
It is possible to tell if you have been affected by the evil eye by looking for several symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme pain on the head and the back of the neck. The pain is usually accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in your eyes. Secondly, those affected feel a high level of apprehension towards everything they do, and every event in their life seems to turn out wrong. Finally, an intense stomach ache is often accompanied by regular dizziness and vomiting.
Physical Symptoms of the Evil Eye
Discomfort, digestive disorders, vertigo, permanent headaches, constant itching, sleep disturbances, recurrent skin problems, addiction, yawning, and heavy eyelids. In children, it may also cause fever and excessive crying.
Mental Symptoms of the Evil Eye
Excessive fright, nightmares, mood swings, tension, depression, forgetfulness, and fear of the dark.
Economic Symptoms of the Evil Eye
Constant economic problems, failure in business, a victim of swindling, recurring financial losses, and not finding employment.
Social Symptoms of the Evil Eye
People are getting angry at you for no reason, not getting married, relationship problems that lead to breakups, and discomfort in social gatherings.
So the conclusion is that the evil eye is something that the spiritual community needs to be aware of as it can cause enormous levels of suffering to people everywhere, whether the effects are caused inadvertently or with a considerable level of malice. All magical practitioners must be aware of the evil eye’s symptoms so they can immediately identify evil eye based damage and take the necessary steps to lessen the effects or even stop them from working entirely.
Symbols of Protection of the Evil Eye
Nazar (Evil Eye)
The Nazar symbol, which looks like a large, blue eye, protects people, animals, and even a home’s occupants. People wear it like a talisman, but it can also be hung on the wall, over doors, on cars, etc. Since young children and babies are particularly vulnerable to the evil eye, they are often given extra protection.
The Nazar symbol can be found in many pendants, clothing, and hair ornaments for children. The Nazar symbol comes traditionally from Turkey but is also used in many other cultures to protect against the evil eye.
The hamsa is a well-known protective amulet that has its origins in North Africa but is also part of the Jewish tradition. The eye symbolizes the divine watching over us and protecting us from external forces and our own fears and negative actions. The Hamsa hand with fingers pointing up is used to protect against the evil eye. Conversely, i.e., with the fingers pointing downwards, it is used to attract luck and success.
The hamsa hand is known by many names – hamsa, hamesh, khamsa, and chamsa. It is also called the Hand of Fatima, named for the daughter of the prophet Muhammad. In the Jewish tradition, it is called Hand of Miriam, named for Moses and Aaron’s sister.
Cornicello (Italian Horn)
Cornicellos come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials. It represents a curved horn, originally a potency and fertility symbol. The cornicello is most commonly worn as a pendant, but as a protection against the evil eye, they are also effective as key chains and hung over front doors.
The Cornicello, also called Corni, is often associated with pre-Christian goddesses. This is also why it is preferably worn in silver (sacred to the moon goddess) or red coral (sacred to Venus). It is believed that buying a cornicello yourself will bring bad luck. It must be given as a gift to have its full effect on the owner.
A tradition that comes from Latin American culture uses an egg to remove the evil eye. Throughout history, the egg has often been associated with the evil eye.
When a person suffers from an evil eye (mal de Ojo), a raw egg is passed over the body or rolled onto the skin to eliminate the negativity. Then the egg is hidden under the bed. The negative energy of the evil eye is then drawn out of the person by the egg. The next day, the egg is given to nature or cracked into a glass filled with water. Oomancy (divination by eggs) can then be used to see if the person really suffered from the evil eye.
Wadjet Eye (Eye of Horus)
The Eye of Horus is one of the best-known and most popular talismans of ancient Egyptian times. It is known by various names – the Eye of Horus, Eye of Ra, Udjat, Wedjet, and Wadjet. Featuring the eye, teardrop, and strong lines, this symbol is believed to ward off evil and offer many types of protection. Worn on the body or set up at home, it provides particularly strong protection against the evil eye.
All parts of the eye have a meaning. It consists of six parts representing the six senses – taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing, and thought. Through these senses, it offers protection from the evil eye and can keep all negativity away.
The Gesture of Fearlessness is a hand gesture and finger position that is one of the most fundamental mudras in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. The gesture is very simple, sit in a comfortable position, raise your right hand, palm outward, at about shoulder height. Place your left hand on your left thigh. While doing so, focus on releasing the evil eye and replacing all negativity with positivity.
The abhaya mudra hand movement channels the yin and yang energies throughout the body and achieves various physical, emotional, and metaphysical results. Known to help against the evil eye, it is one of the most popular mudras in India.
The Algiz symbol in the upright position is a very powerful protection rune associated with protecting people and guarding. The Algiz Rune represents defense, protection, responsibility, strength, and trust. It protects particularly well against the evil eye because it comes from an external source.
To use the full protective power of the Algiz rune against the evil eye, you should wear the symbol on you, display it in your home, or hide the rune under your bed and the bed of loved ones.
Protective Crystals, Plants, Gods, and Other Symbols
The best stones for protection from the evil eye are opal, amethyst, chalcedony, chiastolite, coral, malachite, marble, and tiger eye. If you want to ask a God for help, the God Balor of the Evil Eye will be of help. In case you can’t find a suitable protective symbol from the list above, use a print of your right hand or use a cowrie shell. To protect your home or items, pick one of the following plants, oils, or incenses: anise, ash key, the eye of Satan, figwort, garlic, rue, sage, vervain, or last sheaf of harvested grain. The colors bright blue, red, and black have strong evil eye protection properties.
The Removal of the Evil Eye
If you have already received the Evil Eye and need to remove it, the following ritual will be of help.
Spell to Remove an Evil Eye
Many different cultures believe in the evil eye. An evil eye usually consists of negative energy that is sent your way. This negative energy can cause both physical and mental health problems. You can use this simple spell to remove the evil eye and protect yourself from further attacks. The best time to cast the spell is on a Saturday during a dark or waning moon.
Ingredients for the Evil Eye Removal Spell
- One blue candle
- Dragon’s blood essential oil
- Two small pieces of paper
- Blue ink pen
- Cauldron or fireproof dish
- Wood box
How to cast the Evil Eye Removal Spell
Cast your circle and call the quarters.
Anoint the candle with the essential oil rubbing from the bottom to the top.
Place the candle in the cauldron or fireproof dish and light it.
On one piece of paper, draw an “eye” with the blue pen. Place the eye in the envelope.
On the other piece of paper, write:
I release all negativity directed at me without harm.
Burn the spell paper in the flame of the candle.
When the ashes have cooled, place them in the envelope and seal it shut.
Place the envelope in the wood box.
Thank the quarters and close the circle. Snuff out the candle.
Hide the wood box someplace dark and safe, like a closet. When you feel the time is right and you are safe, you should burn the envelope in a ritual bonfire.