The Evil Eye Meaning - The Story Behind Evil Eye Jewelry
What is The Evil Eye?
The effects of an evil eye curse can be anything that brings misfortune in a person’s life. In ancient Greece, it was believed that intense headaches and grief are common causes of the evil eye curse. Financial difficulties and family problems are also forms of bad luck one can face. Worst-case scenarios can be injuries or worse.
According to old folklore, one does not need to cause the curse on a person intentionally. In fact, just looking at someone with even a trace of malevolence can trigger it like being envious of the person's superior appearance or their success. But whether or not that is true remains to be seen.
Why an eye?
The use of an eye symbol to ward off evil is based on the thought of "an eye for an eye." The belief that the eye can possess and cause destruction upon others finalizes the use of eyes as the universal antidote to the problem.
Fighting the fire with one's own light, so to speak. Displaying the image of an eye as a talisman or a charm simply means that it can counteract the power of the curse if it happens to fall on the person in any situation.
Matiasma means "evil eye." It is already established that the use of an eye was used to deflect the foul effects of the evil eye curse. The all Seeing Eye symbol has been used, starting from Ancient Greece all the way to the Middle Eastern cultures.
Of course, the general appearance of The All-Seeing Eye is used in amulets, charms, and other pieces of jewelry in various forms. The Blue eye charm is the most common and traditional form of thwarting the evils of the curse.
Appreciative glances are also a cause of evil eye curse. If one admires another, not in contempt but in awe, it can inflict the evil eye curse. It is believed that people with blue or green eyes are more likely to cast an unintentional evil eye curse, and that is where the Matiasma Charm gets its properties from.
Notably, most charms are blue, with the yellow backdrop that resembles an eye. Of course, different cultures make and use the charms in various styles and designs, but that is a core feature of the evil eye charms.
In ancient Greece, however, the remedies of the Evil eye were not always very simplistic. The healers had to perform rites that would free the accursed of the effects of the evil eye.
The Matiasma is a process where the healer recites a prayer silently. The prayer is recited and passed from an older relative of the opposing gender. More often than not, they are grandparents, and they are not to reveal the prayer unless under specific circumstances. Those who do, lose their power to banish the curse.
A way to test whether or not a curse is active was used with oil. Oil is dropped in water, and if it floats, there is no active curse and vice versa.
In ancient Greece, the evil eye was a much-feared curse. It is considered an evil curse for the one inflicting the scourge, as well as for the one suffering it.
Fortunately, one does not need to perform these rites to rid or deflect the evil eye. Merely wearing the amulet can deflect the curse according to modern-day beliefs.
Uses of protection jewelry:
The methods of charms were originated in Greece, and it is a still popular ornament among the natives today. Typically an eye designed and crested on a decoration is worn to ward off any potential glances. It is distinctive in appearance, with concentric white circles and a blue eye in the middle, usually seen as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or even rings.
The symbol has gained much popularity, and it is found often in accessories and company logos even. There is also a Greek app that offers the prayer to dispense the curse, the logo being the eye, of course. The ornaments are rather popular among the many tourists in Greece. It is often bough as a good luck charm or souvenirs.
Today, natives and tourist alike are developing a growing interest in the spirituality that these symbols and curses represent. Whether out of trend or actual belief remains to be seen, of course.
The traditional blue Charm is still adorned today, but there have been many variations of the Matiasma charm. Including multicolored necklaces or ornaments for children and adults alike. The design is also incorporated into clothing and different apparels.
In Greece, the financial crisis since 2009 has had a somewhat noticeable impact. And also a reason for the people to start believing that it is in fact, a wicked luck curse.
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The Evil Eye Belief:
The belief of the evil eye curse is, of course, believed since childhood for many people. It is a belief deeply rooted in tradition. This is also a prominent sight if one happens to travel to Greece. The mere display of the Mati amulets, keychains and other ornaments on display is enough to make that impression.
It is also not an uncommon sight to see the evil eye adorning the doorways of homes, protecting the people living within from bad luck and curses. While not necessarily in the ancient ways of evil eye protection, it is also not uncommon for natives to call experts. These are experts in the circles of evil eye curses. They say a prayer if there is a suspicion of the presence of the evil eye curse.