When I first started to explore the beauty and the spiritualism behind the evil eye, I was so intrigued by its color! Even if there were different kinds of evil eyes in different colors and nuances in Turkey, the blue one was definitely the most frequent to find and the one that was all over the places I went to!
So, one of my first questions was: why is the evil eye blue?
I did my research and I found out some interesting things I would love to share with you!
What is the evil eye?
Let’s start by understanding why an eye-shaped object can serve to drive away the so-called “evil eye”. Because the eyes are our gaze on the world, the tool with which we can pour our thoughts — good or bad — on what surrounds us. The belief is that compliments, even if bestowed without any dose of malice, still contain a touch of envy, whether we are aware or unaware of it. This happens above all towards something “new”, which for the Turks finds the maximum exemplification in the birth of a child.
That’s why today, in Turkey, newborn babies are given bracelets and amulets containing the famous eye, thus defending them from foreign “eyes”.
Still clinging to the legends and myths of the past, it is said that a group of Turks tried to move a rock from the seashore but could not succeed in the undertaking, even using dynamite. They, therefore, turned to a local, known as the “evil eye bearer”, who — once he came ashore — exclaimed: “What a big rock!”, and it immediately shattered under the astonished gaze of those present.
In short, referring to today’s times, more or less what happens, sometimes, is when they tell you “what a beautiful dress you have!”, or “what a beautiful jewel!”, immediately afterward you tear the fabric or lose your precious jewel! Here, that is the most typical expression of the “evil eye”.
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Why is the evil eye colored blue?
The evil eye is colored blue because of its deep symbolism and energetic charge. It is no coincidence that in the Aegean Region, people with light-colored eyes, especially blue, are very few and are believed to bring bad luck. The belief stems from the fact that peoples of Northern Europe, including a majority with blue eyes, have a custom of looking at children and complimenting them.
It has always been thought that compliments, even with good intentions, include a small dose of envy, as happens with purchasing a new home or car or new birth. The Blue Eye has as its task to protect against evil eyes and all the evil that an envious person can bring us.
It is only a belief, but in Arab culture, it is part of everyday life. We can find amulets with the Blue Eye hanging on the walls of their houses as decorations or furnishing elements or worn like jewels to always be brought with you against bad luck.
The very famous custom in Turkey is to apply the amulet with the Eye of Allah to clothing of newborns, their cradles, strollers, and anything else that belongs to them to protect the child.
Legend says that when the Eye of Allah breaks, it means that it has absorbed the evil eye by protecting the person or thing that wore it and therefore must be immediately replaced for new protection.
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Its properties and meaning
In essence, these blue amulets serve to protect against the evil eye (in Turkish, nazar) and negativity.
In many cultures (especially Eastern) the eye is considered the mirror of the soul, a sort of portal between two worlds capable of conveying both positive and negative thoughts, the latter capable of generating misfortune towards those affected.
Here, therefore, to protect themselves from these dark forces, this talisman is used. In Turkey (and also in Greece), parents are very careful to provide their children with the Evil Eye since, according to another legend, it seems that once a woman had given birth to a beautiful healthy child with rosy and plump cheeks, but later, after numerous compliments from visitors, the child fell ill and the blame was attributed to the evil eye resulting from too many compliments towards a specific part of the body.
It is precisely in these areas that the belief that giving many compliments to a person who has achieved a positive change in their life (think of a child, a new job, a new home) is often an attitude accompanied by a good dose of envy and therefore a bearer of the evil eye.
How does it work?
It acts like a magnet to attract all those other eyes on you while neutralizing them and all the negative emotions and feelings sent your way, thanks to the combination of blue, white, and dark features in the amulet. The blue is like the deep ocean where the negativity will be cleansed to get bright and white again.
How fascinating is that?
Why should I have one?
I know there are many different evil eye versions and some of these involve different colors. Still, I think that keeping it traditional is the best way to let the protective energy do its job and honor its ultimate goal of protecting us from evil eyes, negativity, and any sort of bad energy attacks!