The “evil eye” is a look that is believed by many cultures to be able to cause injury or bad luck for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. The term also refers to the power attributed to certain persons of being capable of inflicting injury or bad luck by such an ill wishing look.
The idea expressed by the term causes many cultures to pursue protective measures against it. These attempts to ward off the curse of the “evil eye” has resulted in a number of talismans among various cultures. As a class, these objects are called apotropaic talismans, meaning that they turn away or turn back harm.
Curiously, the most widely known amulet of this nature is from Turkey and is itself commonly known as the evil eye. “Nazar,” is the actual name for this Turkish amulet, a stylized object made of glass featuring concentric circles or teardrop shapes in dark blue, white, light blue and black that replicate an eye. It is a common sight throughout the Middle East where the nazar is often hung in homes and offices or incorporated in jewelry and ornaments.
There are some who believe in various tests to determine if, in fact, the evil eye has been cast. One such analysis is based on combining olive oil and water. Under normal conditions, olive oil floats in water, as it is less dense than water. The test of the oil is performed by placing one drop of olive oil in a glass of water, typically holy water. If the drop floats, the test concludes there is no evil eye involved. If the drop sinks, then it is asserted that the evil eye has indeed been cast and appropriate actions can then be taken.
There is another form of the test to determine the fact of the evil eye curse. A healer sets on fire using a matchstick a clove which is then thrown into water. If the close explodes upon touching water, the evil eye was cast. If it burns out silently, it wasn’t.
In various cultures, the evil eye is directed away by a healer who silently recites a secret prayer. Such prayers are revealed only under specific circumstances for according to superstition, those who reveal them indiscriminately lose their ability to cast off the evil eye. A common version of such prayer in Christian enclaves – “Holy virgin, if — is suffering from the evil eye, release him/her of it” – is repeated three times. According to custom, if one has indeed been afflicted with the evil eye, both victim and healer then start yawning profusely at which time the healer performs the sign of the cross three times and emits spitting like sounds in the air three times to clarify the energy and release the spell.
To simplify things, of course, there is always the Turkish nazar to prevent the evil eye curse in all circumstances. The charm works by deflecting harmful intent whenever “evil” looks in your face. Possessing or wearing the evil eye charm as a protective amulet is based on the belief that evil can only harm you if it peers at you directly into your eyes. The evil forces are tricked by the evil eye charm. Rather than evil looking at you eye-to-eye, it directs its focus on the evil eye charm where it can do no harm.
Protective evil eye charms are typically worn, carried or placed in homes. They are also used to guard individuals and corporations against financial losses or poor business dealings. If you are not going to Turkey in the near future, you might consider one of the following amulets to protect you from an evil eye or from misfortune in general. Take your pick at $33.00 plus shipping; we’ll pay the tax.
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Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
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Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111