Do you ever have a conversation with someone and cannot help but notice that they keep staring at you? You’re talking to them and not only are they looking at your face, but your hair, your clothes, and even your shoes. They also seem to compliment you more than the average person, but you somehow feel like the compliments are not genuine. When someone is excessively staring at you it is normal to feel as though they are judging you. This person just might be cursing you with the evil eye or malocchio as Italians say. (Mal = Bad, Occhio = Eye).
The History of the Evil Eye
The evil eye is a condition of unluckiness that brings misfortune and sickness. It is believed that individuals who are overly praised are most at risk of getting the evil eye.
The earliest evidence of the evil eye dates back 3,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. There is also evidence of the evil eye in ancient Rome and Greece. It is a common misconception that only Italians believe in superstitions. The superstition is widespread across many continents including Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and Central America. Although there are slight differences in the evil eye between cultures, the superstition remains basically the same. It is important to understand how to protect yourself from it the evil eye.
Ways to Prevent and Cure it
1. Wearing a Charm
The cornuto, corno (animal horn), or cornicello (little animal horn) is an Italian amulet meant to protect against the evil eye. The horn is a replica of an animal horn that is believed to be sacred to the Moon Goddess of Europe. Italians also protect themselves from the evil eye with other keychains, including the mano cornuto.
2. The Hand Gesture Method
One way to ward off the evil eye is to make specific hand gestures. One hand gesture is known as the mano cornuto. To make it, you simply make a fist with your index and pinkie fingers extended. Make sure to point your hand down when doing so. Another hand sign is known as the mano fico. To do so, stick your thumb in between your index finger and middle finger and make a fist.
3. The Oil Method
This method is commonly used by Italians. For it to work, the person diagnosing the evil eye must drop oil into the water. If the oil forms an eye shape, the person is said to have the evil eye.
4. The Salt Method
The salt method is often used by Sicilians. One must scatter salt inside the front door or outside of their home. The fact that the salt grains are innumerable is said to confuse the evil spirits.
5. The Wax Method
To use the wax method, one must drip candle wax in Holy Water. It is important to watch how the wax reacts when it hits the water. If it splatters, it means you may have the evil eye.
6. The Touch Method
Another way to cure the evil eye is to use the touch method. To do so, the person who caused the evil eye must touch the forehead of the person they cursed with their hand. This is most often used for unintentional curses such as when an adult compliments a child.
7. Say The Prayer
O Lord our God, King of the ages, omnipotent and almighty, who create all things and who, by your mere desire, transform all things; who changed into dew the seven-fold furnace and its fire in Babylon, and who kept safe your three holy children: physician and healer of our souls, haven of those who hope in You; we beseech You and implore You; remove, banish, and expel every diabolic energy, every satanic attack and every plot, every wicked curiousity and harm, and the evil-eye of mischievous and evil-minded people from your servant(s) (N); and if anything has happened because of beauty or because of bravery or good fortune or because of jealousy and envy, Yourself, O Master, who love mankind, extend your powerful hand and your mighty and most high arm, and as you look upon everything, look upon this (these) your creature(s), and send him (her) (them) [a] peaceful and powerful Angel(s), guardian(s) of soul and body who will reprove and expel from him (her) (them) every wicked intention, every witchcraft, and the evil-eye of ruinous and envious people, and the one(s) who supplicate(s) you as he (she) (they) is (are) protected by You, will sing to You in thanksgiving: “The Lord be my helper, and I will not fear; what will any man do to me?” and again I will not fear bad things, because you are with me; because you, O God, are my strength, a mighty ruler, leader of peace, father of the age to come.” Yea, O Lord our God, spare your creature(s), and deliver your servant(s) from every harm and every influence caused by the evil-eye, and preserve her (him) (them) higher than every evil thing; through the prayers of our all-blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, of the luminous Archangels, and of all the Saints. Amen.