You may have heard of the saying ‘giving someone the evil eye’, but what exactly is the evil eye and what does it mean? The evil eye is widely known throughout the world and has been a big part of many cultures. Those who have a strong belief in the superstitious, magical world, know about the evil eye and take it very seriously. The evil eye is exactly what it sounds like. The evil eye is a look in one’s eye that is a malevolent, wicked glare that is both seen as a curse and wish of bad fortune upon a certain individual. Most the time when the evil glare is pronounced on someone, the person that is receiving the glare will become injured or cursed in some way or the other, most the time ending in harm to the other person.
The evil eye curse is most popular among the regions of West Asia, Central America, Central Asia, Latin America, East and West Africa, the Mediterranean Region, and the northern, Celtic, parts of Europe. The idea of the evil eye then spread to America by the European and Asian colonist and immigrants. In Islamic doctrine, the evil eye is mentioned quite frequently. So frequently that they developed a shield, or protectant, against the evil eye curse. Amulets and talismans are a counter defense against this evil glare in every culture that the evil eye is mentioned. Amulets and talisman are objects that have been blessed and thought of as having a certain magical power within them that wards off evil and harmful spirits. Not only do they protect you against these entities, they bring good luck to the individual that has these objects in their possession. Although the evil eye is a glare coming from a person to another, it is a very popular tattoo concept to get angry, vicious eyes (or just one eye) tattooed somewhere on the body so whoever is looking at it gets that sense of being looked through and cursed! Down below are examples of evil eye tattoo designs and ideas.
The Evil Eye
The ancient history of the evil eye comes from regions where the eye color of people is mainly a darker or brown color. Those who possess light colored eyes, such as green or blue eyes, are rare in these areas and are said to bestow this curse within them. Because of this, amulets in regions such as Greece and Turkey started a trend to have objects with a blue eye. This object with the blue eye painted on it acts as a counter attack to the evil eye itself. When the curse is being pushed upon someone and the amulet is intact, the evil eye sees the amulet and all damage that should have been done to the individual is then reflected back to the evil eye, distinguishing all curses. Evil eye tattoos can be done in a number of different designs and styles. The cultures that believe in the evil eye curse do not exactly have a set symbol for the eyes, for they can come in many different shapes and sizes. Although each evil eye may be a little different from one another, the one thing they all have in common is the aggressive, violent, and scary glare they give off. Tattoos of the evil eye can be seen as the classical blue eye giving a disgruntled look, or you can even keep the tattoo in plain black ink. Either way, the evil eye design is a simple, yet very thought provoking tattoo that almost seems to look right through you. This design can be seen in places such as the back of the neck, the forearm, even the bicep. Anywhere you get this design, it is sure to look great, just be sure to match your graphic size with an appropriate amount of room for the tattoo itself.
Talisman and Amulets
Talisman and amulets are the most effective way to ward off harmful spirits and curses. Since the curse of the evil eye, all the cultures that have this superstition came up with a way to defend themselves against such an attack. The talisman, being an object that has magical powers and also acts as a good luck charm, can come in many different shapes, sizes, and objects. It is said that the talisman should be made and constructed by the individual that plans on wearing it or keeping the object around them. This gives the talisman more positive energy for the person who has the talisman. The amulet of choice is sometimes worn as a necklace or perhaps a piece of jewelry that can be worn by the individual at any time they can. The talisman, or amulet, for the evil eye however, is very particular.
The talisman for the evil eye can be designed in a few different ways, one thing that is always the same is the rounded blue eye. This blue eye is a circular pupil filled with blue, around the blue eye is a rounded design that acts as eye lashes and eye lids. This all seeing blue eye is the most important part of the amulet. Because the evil eye is said to be a light color such as green or blue, the amulet is also blue or green, most notably blue. The blue eye staring back into the gaze of the evil cursed eye is said to reflect back to the gazer, causing a cancellation of the curse harming the individual.
The Hamsa Amulet
The hamsa amulet is a design that is not only seen as pieces of jewelry, but it is very common to see this design on sides of boats, houses, buildings, and other places. Not only does this design ward off evil spirits, it is a neat concept and looks nice as decoration. Also known as the Hand of Fatima, (Fatima being the daughter of the prophet Muhammed) Hand of Mary, Hand of Merriam, and the Hand of the Goddess. This design is a right hand, usually painted blue, with the classic blue pupil of an eye as mentioned above. A tattoo such as this is popular amongst the ‘evil eye’ tattoo enthusiasts. Not only does this tattoo look great just about anywhere on your body, it is creative and will ward off all the negative energy you may come in contact with!