The Evil Eye

The evil eye is a special symbol in Greece and for many cultures. In Greece, it typically comes in the form of blue eye. It is so prevalent in the culture here that throughout the mainland and on the islands – like Santorini and Mykonos –  it has become a popular souvenir. You can buy beautiful and creative artwork, wall decorations and all kinds of lovely jewelry with the evil eye as the main design. There’s a reason to have this eye close to you. Called the mati, the evil eye is a kind of superstition brought upon someone by a person who is envious or jealous. For example, if someone gives you the evil eye, you may feel sick or low.  May people say they get headaches due to someone casting the evil eye on them. Still don’t get it?  Perhaps someone complements you on your perfect face, and then the next thing you know you have a huge pimple on your nose. Greeks would tell you it was the evil eye.


The Inner Eye

The third eye (also called the mind's eye, or inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept of a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. In certain dharmic spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye refers to the ajna, or brow, chakra. The third eye refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance.


The all-seeing eye

It represents the eye of God watching over humanity (or divine providence.) It was originally symbolic of a higher spiritual power or God, a watchful caretaker of humanity or an awakened spiritual part within. As we have seen, throughout history there has been a strong tradition across time, continents and cultures of using eye symbolism to generally represent a benevolent creator force watching over, helping and protecting humanity and to represent a spiritual part within.

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Jesus in Matthew 6:22)

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry;” (Psalms 34:15)

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)