Aug 31, 2009

Attack Magic

Evil eye is a look that is believed by many cultures to be able to cause injury on the person at whom it is directed. The term also refers to the power, attributed to certain persons, of inflicting injury or bad luck by such a look. The idea that the term (which has been around for over a millennium denotes causes many cultures to pursue protective measures against it.)

The concept and it's significance vary widely among different cultures. Belief in the evil eye is ancient and widespread; it occurred in ancient Rome  and is found in Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian cultures, being particularly prevalent today in the Mediterranean  and Aegean.

 The "curse" is usually thought to be unintentional, although it can be deliberate (in southern Italy it is believed that some people - gettatori - are spiteful and deliberately cast the evil eye on their victims). In  Greece and Turkey  there are  glass blue eye charms to ward against the evil eye are still regularly sold - very often to be pinned on a baby's clothing. A religiously devout as well as superstitious nation, as the Greeks are, they will often wear a protective charm, or mataki, as well as the cross, around the neck.

I'm not too sure about the Evil Eye myself but I do know there are types of attack magic and unfortunately there are those people out there that do not subscribe to the three fold law (and just as unfortunately are pretty miserable human beings inside). One type of attack magic is that of psychic vampirism...I know it sounds silly but have you ever been around someone who after a few hours just makes you feel tired and drained and you just want them to go away? These people (mostly unintntentionally) are needy types and can drain ones energy just by hanging around.

Some people, out of misguided ideas about what witchcraft truly is, seek out to affect others using this technique, so it is always a good rountine to shield yourself from all the harmful and negative energy that surrounds us most of the time. I don't mean you have going around paranoid and suspecting everyone that is around you but a little healthy prevention is always good!


clairedulalune said...

Hello Liz! I have a nieghbour who has the evil eye on her front door. I can feel it peering at me when i walk past! I think she is using the healthy prevention hook! (I hope!)
Hope all is well!

Crazy Squirrel Lady said...

Even before I started out on my pagan path and had it open my eyes to this sort of thing I talked about what you call 'psychic vampires'.I just called them energy stealers or energy leeches.I know 2 people like this.Neither is involved in witchcraft and I do not think that either is aware they are doing it.But just imagine how powerful it would be if they were! Scary thought :\

Rue said...

I have one of these blue charms in my car, for protection when I'm driving (from road rage!)