Superstitions are - and have always been - very common. Whether it’s stepping on a crack, putting your purse on the floor or throwing salt over your shoulder, all cultures and people have superstitious beliefs. The Evil Eye is one symbol and belief that exists across cultures and continents to impact all of us in some way (even if it’s just by knowing its name).
The symbolism of the Evil Eye has been pervasive for over 5000 years. Belief in this protective symbol is a cross-cultural phenomenon found throughout Europe, ancient Egypt, North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Latin America, among other cultures. Archeologists have found an evil eye amulet dating back to 3300 B.C.E. in ancient Mesopotamia. In addition, Ancient Greek literature from the 6th century BC mentions this sacred and protective symbol. Today, the Evil Eye is seen most often in Greece, Turkey and Middle Eastern countries.
From Buddhism to Christianity to Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, it is believed that those who display or wear this sacred emblem will be spiritually protected from the evil forces in our surroundings. This talisman was created to combat harmful energies coming from envious people glaring at us with bad intentions - in other words, those who are giving us the "evil eye."
It is believed that people who carry low vibrational energy and harbor bad feelings can charge the environment with negativity. As a result, in their presence our moods decline, we feel physically depressed, and we attract bad fortune to our life circumstances. Evil Eye talismans shield us from these harmful influences, allowing us to manifest our deepest desires without interference.
Many believe that the Evil Eye is also about believing in something we can’t see - that when we connect with something bigger than ourselves, we are able to gain perspective on our own lives and challenges. “It reminds us that we are part of a larger tapestry and that our individual experiences are interconnected with the world around us."