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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 inflicting injury or bad luck by such an envious or ill-wishing look.

The evil eye belief is that a person, otherwise not malific in any way, can harm you, your children, your livestock, or your fruit trees, by simply looking at them with envy and praising them. The word ” evil ” is unfortunate in this context because it implies that someone has ” cursed ” the victim, but such is not the case.

A better understanding of the term ” evil eye ” is gained if you know that the old British and Scottish word for it is ” overlooking ” which implies merely that the gaze has remained too long upon the coveted object, person, or animal. In other words, the effect of the evil eye is misfortunate, but the person who harbours jealousy and gives the evil eye is not necessarily an evil person per se.

While the ” curse ” can take on many different forms, it usually involves a drying up of some sort: your child may fall sick with vomiting and diarrhea and thus become seriously dehydrated, your fruit trees may drop their fruit before harvest time, you can experience a financial drying up where your funds suddenly seem to evaporate, or there may be a drying up of your love life that can range from lack of conjugal interest to outright erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye has resulted in a number of talismans in many cultures. As a class, they are called “apotropaic” talismans, meaning that they turn away or turn back harm.

Disks or balls, consisting of concentric blue and white circles (usually, from inside to outside, dark blue, light blue, white, dark blue) representing an evil eye are common apotropaic talismans in the Middle East; In some forms of the folklore, the staring eyes are supposed to bend the malicious gaze back to the sorcerer.

Because the body of evil eye lure comes down to us primarily from parts of the world where water is literally the elixir of life and is very rare, we find that while the evil eye dries you up, the cure, which may involve spitting, makes you moist; and a watery shade of blue is the most popular colour for charms and talismans against the evil eye.

Here are some LPB’s solutions to ward off those evil eyes, fashionably of course.

An apotropaic blue hamsa hand wall hanging with an eye in the palm, to ward off the evil eye and protect the home; Or some fashionable scarves that makes you stylish & enviable !

You could even incorporate this geometrically aesthetic design into your home decor, for impeccable style & protection. The soft cushion below is great for sofa bed.

Otherwise, paint this talisman on your nails ( I shall challenge certain lacquer queen fir this task, ahem, Joey ) or carry a bag with this protective symbol. ( Well, if it isn’t Chanel or LV, you may not attract that much envy……)

The simplest & most economical way is to carry a keychain, as Lillian Too would have approved.

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3 responses »

  1. Ahh.. interesting concept, might get my manicurist to give it a try =)

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