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Many weird and wonderful cultures, myths and traditions exist in the world. One of the most popular ones surrounds the legend of the evil eye.
It is highly likely that you've encountered the evil eye at some point in your life - whether it be in paintings, stories, jewellery or cultures. But what is the meaning behind the evil eye? This article will explore the origin and meaning behind the evil eye, including an insight into how it is used in the modern-day.
EVIL EYE MEANING: WHAT DOES THE EYE SYMBOL MEAN?
The evil eye is a curse from Greek culture that has been passed through many decades and still exists today. It states that when someone is envious of you, they'll have the power to give you an 'evil glare' and send bad luck your way.
Due to this belief, protection from the evil eye is something that many people actively sought after. This is why, in today's times, people use evil eye jewellery as a symbol of protection against bad luck.
THE ORIGIN OF THE EVIL EYE
According to a folklorist called John Roberts, about 40% of the world's cultures believe in some form of the evil eye. There is mention of the evil eye in Roman and Greek texts, as well as the Quran and Bible. In fact, the evil eye curse has a long history as far back as 3,000BC.
Although science has evolved and times have changed since the evil eye originated, it has always been the simplest answer to 'why do bad things happen to good people?'.
HOW TO GET PROTECTION FROM THE EVIL EYE
Many people who believe in the evil eye have attempted to find ways to protect themselves and loved ones from it. Alan Dundes, who was also a folklorist, reiterates the fact that the evil eye is not just an outdated superstition. He states that it still drives specific behaviour in certain cultures all over the world.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular forms of protection from the evil eye is by wearing it through jewellery. Read on to discover why this is the case. We will also enlighten you on three other protection methods which have been adopted by various cultures.
- Wearing Evil Eye Jewellery: Wearing the evil eye symbol is
believed to be enough to protect yourself against the evil eye.
This is usually done by wearing evil eye jewellery, which has grown
to be a huge fashion statement in both believers and
Typically, when in jewellery, the evil eye is blue and white. However, different colours are used for other meanings. For example, an orange colour can represent protection as well as happiness, motivation, creativity, and playfulness. Dark blue is for karma and fate protection, while light blue is for general protection. Dark green is for happiness, red for courage, brown for connection with nature, and yellow for health. Grey is for protection against sorrow, white for focus, and pink for the protection of friendships.
- The symbol can be incorporated into many types of jewellery,
including evil eye rings, bracelets, and other accessories.
Mirror Talisman: Because of the reflective property of mirrors, people believe that they will bounce your bad luck back to the sender. This belief causes some people to arrange mirrors in their doorways and other commonly used rooms in their home to ward off bad luck.
- Coconut Rituals: Coconut rituals involve getting a coconut and
smashing it to the ground. The coconut is supposed to resemble the
bad luck and the evil eye which has cursed you. This method
typically takes place in a 'pure environment', such as a temple or
chapel. The idea is to smash the coconut as far away from your home
as possible, in order to ensure the bad luck doesn't gravitate back
- Magnet Cleanses: Other traditions believe that a 'magnet cleanse' effectively helps to pull the bad luck away from you. The ritual involves passing the magnet over your body from your head to your toes. Legend says to then burn the magnet, in an attempt to burn the evil eye and all the bad it brings.
WARD OFF THE EVIL EYE WITH MONICA VINADER
The Greek belief of the Evil Eye is still very much active today, but as time has passed, the symbol has become a fashion statement rather than extensive protection ritual. Whether you're attracted to the symbol because of its style or you want protection from bad luck, evil eye jewellery can easily be incorporated into your everyday life.
Our evil eye jewellery collection has been inspired by the ancient symbol, yet features a modern twist of blue and white pave set diamonds. With styles available in rings, bracelets, earrings and charms, it's never been easier to enhance your look and ward off the evil eye.