Source of Power in a Symbol (the Evil Eye as example)

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I got the following question from a reader of my Symbols website:

My neighbor suggested I have some sort of evil eye symbol placed on my doorway to my gallery, (I expect as a symbol for protection).  I feel the place is protected because I ask for protection.  What are your thoughts?

My response:

I agree – our energy is protected (or otherwise) when we consciously choose to make it so…a physical symbol of our intent is unnecessesary.

Symbols are useless to us if we do not believe in their vibrational potentional.  Similarly, it is not the symbol that holds the power – it is the intelligence that holds the symbol that commands power.

In other words, the fire of human belief fuels the implied meaning of a symbol.

As you know, our ancestors used symbols frequently for drawing in or banishing various essences.  As humankind moves forward, we see these old ways dropping off more and more.  I think this is because humankind is beginning to understand the Hermetic axiom “As within, so without – As above so, so below.”

  • Now it is no longer the symbol holding the power – it is US! 
  • Now the esoteric art of symbolic interpretation is even more profound because it is our human heart that forms the meaning
  • Now the symbol merely serves as a reminder to us of the attributes we embody, the ultimate reality of our infinite potential.

So what is our infinite potential? We can answer that with another question: What are the symbols we hold?  With what are we aligned?

This cycle of reason reminds me of: “Which came first – the chicken or the egg?” because our symbols can define us, or we can define them.

And then, for another philosophical turn in your question:  If you DO put an “evil eye” symbol above your doorway with intent for protection – does that not imply an existing level of UNprotection?

Meaning, if we feel we must have a symbol to protect us, then we are coming from a position that we are unprotected.  I propose that protection (from a symbol or otherwise) need not be an option, because we are already protected 100% and at all times (just as you said “I feel the place is protected because I ask for protection” – simple as that – done deal).

Let’s just say we wanted to put an intentional exclamation point at the end of your request for protection.  Fending off an evil with an evil eye is highly ineffective.  If a space resonates evil, it will draw unto itself the same resonance.

In essence, Evil Eye’s wink back to evil, and say “come hither.”  Whereas, something with the verities of purity, love, compassion would be more suitable.  Love always trumps.  I’ve written a summary that’s kind of an antithesis of the Evil Eye here.

And I love this question – it’s one I’ve given tremendous thought to because I’ve asked it of myself…thanks for indulging me the expression of these thoughts.

You may also be interested in my page on Eye Symbolism here.

5 Comments on “Source of Power in a Symbol (the Evil Eye as example)”

  1. The inquiry about “the evil eye” caused me to chuckle. My mind immeditately generated an image of Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody from Harry Potter and the animated eye he would remove and leave around to scare people. As I shifted focus, I thought of the glass eye of protection I received as a gift from friends in Istanbul, Turkey after a visit.
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    This tradition, gesture has cultural significance.

    One can effectively ask for protection without physical symbols. “Right” and “wrong” ways of doing things are only perceptions of ideas you create and choose to believe or not. It relates back to inner fears that prompt you to think you need protection in the first place. You can also choose to believe that you are safe, secure and have everything you need right now where you are.

    Native indians create amulets and shields using beads and other items that reinforce their requests to the spirit world.

    The Egyptian scarab with beady eyes is a symbol traditionally worn to ward off evil. It represents the rising sun, or Egyptian sun god Chepri (or Khepera). To ancient Egyptians, this dung beetle rolled its dung balls like Chepri rolled the sun across the sky. It became popular in Egypt, Phoenicia, Greece and the Mediterranean.

    The symbols people use to ward off imagined evil are said to emit energy forces or vibrations that are believed to re-establish inner balance.

  2. Hi Liara,

    As always, your observations cause a new ripple of clarity and color to the cosmic pool of expansion in which we all bathe.

    Surf’s up!

  3. I like Venefica’s challenge about who or what has control. I love certain symbols and their meanings but i would never let it control me or my direction. Like, will wearing a cross save me? Not bloodly likely.

  4. I have been in the business of selling evil eye jewelry for over 10 years during which I have learned a lot about the evil eye, mostly from customers.

    One thing I can definitely say is that there are two types or levels of this belief. Some use evil eye symbols and jewelry as a simple superstition such as walking around a ladder instead of underneath.

    There is however, a large group of people who have a very strong belief about the evil eye and are very offended by the first group. The latter group has more serious remedies and/or rituals to get rid of the evil eye and only see the symbol only as a protector/preventer

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