I’ve always loved the “Mati” aka The evil eye symbol for protection.
So why not implement it into a good product that protects us as a whole?
So what does the evil eye mean?
The evil eye, known as “mati” (μάτι) in Greek culture, is a curse thought to be given by a malicious glare that can cause bad luck or loss.
You may have heard someone giving you the "evil eye" from across the room - and many people around the world believe this to be more then just a saying.
People can knowingly wish negative thoughts on you, but the power of the eye is that some people unknowingly and innocently cast the curse on others. That's why it's important to wear an evil eye somewhere on your body to ward off this curse and protect yourself throughout the day.
What are the origins of the evil eye?
The history of the evil eye in our history, it actually goes pretty far back. From as far back as 3,000 BC the idea permeated through ancient culture. If someone was jealous of another because of their social status or what they owned, the evil eye could be cast on them out of pure envy, leaving the receiver with misfortune.
The evil eye symbol has been seen in ancient Greek art throughout the ages.
To avoid this look, the ancient peoples began wearing amulets or jewelry with the evil eye symbol incorporated into them. If you wore this, the evil look would be reflected back to the person that was casting it.
You can find the evil eye mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts, and even famous literary works like the Bible, the Koran, and even Shakespeare's plays.
Across all of the world's many cultures, over 40% of them believe in some form of the evil eye, according to folklorist- John Roberts (1976).
Before science was able to explain many misfortunes like bad luck, ill health, an accident, or environmental woes like a drought or disease, many people attributed these harmful situations to a curse. The evil eye was a common answer to the question "why do bad things happen to good people?"
How do you protect yourself from the evil eye?
Given all this history, it's easy to pass off the evil eye as an ancient, irrelevant belief that has no place in modern world. But, as folklorist Dundes has said:
We should keep in mind that the evil eye is not some old-fashioned superstitious belief of interest solely to antiquarians. The evil eye continues to be a powerful factor affecting the behavior of countless millions of people throughout the world. -Alan Dundes
We can protect ourselves from the evil eye in many ways - with prayer, by exclaiming “ftou!” 3 times (yes, you've seen this in My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and, of course, wearing the evil eye symbol on our body.
When a person wears or carries an evil eye with them, it guards against misfortune happening in one's life. The evil eye brings good luck and protects you from any ill-will that could otherwise have a negative effect on your well-being or your life in general.
In Greece and many other cultures that believe in the evil eye, the most popular colour is a deep blue, just like the Greek seas. This sapphire or cobalt blue is the classic interpretation, but over the years many other colors have come to symbolize different meanings.
Below are some of the most popular colors and what they mean.
Orange evil eye meaning
- Happiness and protection
- Motivation for commitment
- Increase creativity and playfulness
Dark blue evil eye meaning
- Karma and fate protection
- Calm and relaxation
- Open flow of communication
Light blue evil eye meaning
- General protection
- Broadening your perspective
- Solitude and peace
Dark green evil eye meaning
- Garners happiness
- Balance in your life
- Freedom to pursue new ideas
Red evil eye meaning
- Brings you courage
- More enthusiasm and energy
- Protection from fears and anxieties
Brown evil eye meaning
- Protection from the elements
- Connection with nature
- Orderliness and convention
Purple evil eye meaning
- Boost your imagination
- Re-balance your life
- To remove obstacles
Yellow or gold evil eye meaning
- Protect your health
- Relief from exhaustion
- Sharper mind and concentration
Grey evil eye meaning
- Protect against sorrow
- Openness to new situations
- Reduce intensity of another color
Light green evil eye meaning
- Success with your dreams
- Enjoyment and contentment
- Good health
White evil eye meaning
- Purity and focus
- Clear clutter and obstacles
- To start fresh
Pink evil eye meaning
- Protect your friendships
- Calming feeling
- Content and relaxation
The myth of the evil eye is predicated on the fact that others could be envious of your life.
Although the recent surge in popularity is a win for those wanting to protect against bad luck, it's interesting that the evil eye has stayed true to it's original meaning for thousands and thousands of years. We're sure it will continue to hold an important place in many cultures and hold the attention of the human imagination for thousands of years to come.