The stories of the “Evil Eye” originated in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean. It spread to many other countries. In some European countries, giving somone the evil eye is known as overlooking. The idea of the evil eye seems to come from the concept that we all have a third eye, located in the center of our forehead. The intent of the evil eye is to blind or obscure that 3rd eye in some way. You do not have to be a sorcerer or witch or even a “bad” person to give someone the “evil eye”.
Have you ever experienced someone looking at you with a hard stare, their gaze lingering on you overlong? Maybe it creeped you out. Maybe you thought about it later in the day. Maybe it seemed like your day got worse after that lingering gaze. This discomfort may come from some primitive roots. Animals stare each other down to establish dominance and it may be that in more primitive times, this was done among human animals. No animal, human or otherwise, is comfortable with another animal staring straight at it. Personally, I get the same feeling when a person has teeth that are way too white. Bright white teeth scream “predator” to me and I do not like to see a wide grin with bright teeth. I’m sure this comes from my primitive ancestor memories. We all seem to have these primitive ancestor “memories” to some extent even though we rely less and less on instinct in these modern times.
The evil eye has nothing to do with sorcery or witchcraft. It is thought to come from envy on the part of the person who is over looking. The original belief is that giving someone the evil eye can harm your children, your livestock, your frut trees or any over evidence of prosperity. It logically follows that one should not flaunt their good fortune and run the risk of making someone jealous.
In common lore, the evil eye could cause a dehydrating effect, drying the milk of nursing mothers or cows, causing dry coughs, a lack of rain for crops, withering of fruit, drying up of wells or springs and impotence in men. Wow! I suspect that damage from the “evil eye” is greatly psychological in origin and probably in direct proportion o the extent of your belief. If you believe that someone has the power to influence your life with a malevolent stare, then you will reap consequences in proportion to your belief, drawing negative energy toward you by dwelling upon it.
In many cultures, jewelry is worn to protect one from the evil eye. In Mediterranian countries, the lucky hand is often worn. Any of the “eye stones” such as malachite or tigers eye, hawks eye or cats eye (chrysoberyls) were worn also to protect the wearer from the evil eye.
Recently, resin and glass evil eye jewelry has become popular like this evil eye and Greek Key charm bracelet.
If you feel you have been “overlooked” by someone who is ill wishing you, quickly use the hand gesture known to avert the evil eye.
I joined Heather Powers 10 week Mojo Challenge. We have a new challenge every week to get our creative juices flowing. I don’t know about the rest of the participants, but I need this challenge. Snow, wind, cold, and “brain freeze” have me bogged down.
This first week, we were supposed to gather a “bead soup” mix and make some bracelets or a long necklace. Of course, I forgot to take qa picture of my bead mix before I started, go figure. I almost NEVER use pinks unless they are hot pink. I tend to work with rich, dark colors, ripe and sensuous or earthy colors. I do not think I have ever made any piece bigger than earrings with pastels: way too sugary sweet for me! I have no idea why I had pastel pink and green beads in my stash. I decided to break them out and see what I could so. There were creamy pink and green glass pearls.
I put them with these faceted celestial crystals in a lite green pastel. Then I had some frosty pink squares with tiny flowers and green leaves.
I added a few strands of pink and green cord and some faceted pink beads plus a pink and silver bead as a focal. Here’s my bracelet.
So, I made a necklace next. It’s light and perfect for spring or summer.
Just to make it a bit more interesting, we can take the bracelet and add it to the necklace for a long necklace. I like it even though these aren’t colors I would normally use. It’s beautiful and makes me think of sunny spring days and flowers peeping up through new grass.
Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati has come up with yet another unusual challenge for us. She has done this in part to create awareness for an increedible organization Music & Memories. These folks supply Alzheimers patients with Ipods and playlists. Patients show improved memory function and interactive skills after listening to their favorite tunes. If you visit their webpage, you will see an incredile video featuring a man who barely spoke at all yet after listening to a tape of his old time favorite tunes perked up and chattered away with others.
Music plays such an integral part in our lives. Tunes we hum or sing along with brighten our days. Music can take us back to a happier time, to some crazy memories, it can soothe us when we are sad and calm us when we are angry.
Here’s what we had to do for Erin’s challenge: Pick a song, one from another year that evokes a memory. Use that song to inspire us to create a piece of jewelry.
I chose a song that came out in 1977, written by the talented Stevie Wonder. It’s a song about music and how it plays such a part in our lives. When this song was popular, I had met Ben and Justin’s father and we fell in crazy loco love. We both loved music and loved to dance. When we danced, we were like that couple in Dirty Dancing, eye to eye, in sync, fancy steps. Once, when we went out to dinner, my first time out in cool clothes since Justin had been born, we danced to this song. You know those old corny movies when the cute couple dances and everyone else clears the dance floor then breaks out in applause? That happened to us. That’s the way it was with us. We would dance in the kitchen, the living room and out on the sidewalk if one of “our songs” came on. And people loved us!
Here’s the song
Here’s the lyrics, just in case you didn’t get them. ( Sir Duke, by Stevie Wonder).
Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove
Don’t make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A
When the people start to move
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people
Did you feel it? It’s happy, it’s young, its alive with LIFE!
Here’s my bracelet. It’s orange and peach and creamy white, young vibrant and happy colors. The chain and the music notes are gold because gold is rich and warm. The little charm is one I got from Tealwater Designs in the Art Charm Exchange. My bracelet is not original or trendy but it has LOTS of beads that will click and shoosh with a percussive sound when I wear it and give a beat to my day as I work or play.
I’m going to keep this bracelet and not put it in the shop. But, Erin is going to have an auction after this blog hop, to benefit Music and Memories Organization. So, I wanted to make something to put in the auction. I made these little earrings, a variation on the art charm I made and my own design so here we go. I’ll let you know when the auction is held so anyone interested can support this organization.
If you want to see what others have made, check out Erin’s blog.
Oh, I do love the jewelry challenges! And Heather Powers of Humblebeads has tossed out a really good one. This is a major Mojo Challenge and last 10 weeks! Wow! And a huge challenge it is! Any of you beaders or jewelry makers who might want to get in on it, this is week one and I think you can still sign up.
Our first week’s task is to JOIN a CHALLENGE! No problem for me. Heather, I’m assuming you did not mean just join the Mojo Challenge so here are my other challenges.
Earrings Everyday Blog has a monthly challenge. Using art as inspiration, we will make a pair of earrings every month. But, I am already IN this challenge so that may not count.
And, I am already in Erin Prias-Hintz’s Music & Memory Challenge coming up this week so that may not count either.
What to do, what to do?
Lucky for me, Lesley Watt of the Gossiping Goddess blog and Thea Two jewelry and Caroline of Blueberri Beads opened up a challenge just yesterday! Woot Woot! I’m IN. PLUS! I’ve got a chance to win some awesome beads made by these ladies! Woot woot!!! Beading friends! Jump in this one! The beads are fabulous, fantastic and spring colors! Wow! And Smitten beads is adding some bright and colorful sari silk!
Now, when am I going to find time to do all this work? Stand back ladies, there’s beading to be done!!!
Some friends over at Earrings Everyday Blog have offered up a challenge for this year. They provide an art print to inspire us, we create a pair of earrings. I do love a challenge. It gets me out of ruts.
Here is the picture for February.
This picture made me laugh. It just made me feel happy and it looked like fun. I wanted to do earrings with angles and this stick-like design would have been my choice. Unfortunately the only color bugle beads I had were the neon blue and didn’t have all the colors.
So, I went for color because I love all these colors. They are a little longer maybe than most people would want, but I love long and I have the perfect hat and shirt to match so I have a new pair of earrings for myself AND the colors are fun.
If you love earrings, why not hop over to the Earrings Everyday blog and see what the rest of the ladies are making?
For me, an extremely important part of being pagan is connecting to earth and nature. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you already know that I love learning about rock and stone lore. It’s one of the ways I connect. If you know me personally, you also know that herbal lore and herbal remedies are another topic really important to me.
Spring is coming soon, at least I hope it is and with it, all the buds and blooms. Along with the flowers we all know and love come the so called weeds, the undesirables. So, I’m thinking that some of my Pagan Blog Project posts will be about these much maligned yard and garden “upstarts”.
I’m starting off with dandelions, the nuisance plant of every yardman. It seems that no matter what you do, there is a dandelion popping up right where you just mowed! They are one of the most prolific of the summer plants. Most people think they are good for nothing. Oh sure, they know you can use them for salad greens, but why would you do that when there is a perfectly good head of lettuce in the frig and the dog has probably peed on them anyhow?
Here is what else they are good for.
First of all, they are loaded with vitamin A. Yes, I know you can take a pill and get vitamin A, but if you run out of pills, remember where there is a natural source. Be sure and pick them when they are young and tender. They are just a tad bitter………well, quite bitter as a matter of fact. You can drink a tea made from them to cleanse your system: the bladder, the urinary tract, the spleen and kidney. Dandelion tea is good for gout, insomnia and rheumatism.
Now, I hear you saying, why would I want to drink some nasty old tea when I can go to the doctor and get medicine? I’ll tell you what got me started using herbs. My oldest son was born allergic to everything, soap, his crib, milk and was in the hospital probably half a dozen times with allergic bronchial asthma before he was one year old. Doctors gave him Benedryl. So much medication rotted all his baby teeth and he had to have 11 teeth all pulled at once because those teeth were making him sick. I wanted to stop giving him medication. I feared he would have false teeth before he was 10! So, all summer, I gathered “weeds”, anything that I thought might cause allergies. My idea was to build up immunity. I dried all the leaves from dandelions, goldenrod, clovers, violets and lots of other plants. After they were dried, I kept them in a jar. When I cooked, I tossed in a pinch. I put them in pancake batter, in biscuits, cookies, chili, soup, and hamburgers. The next spring, summer and fall, we had no problems with the hospital, no oxygen tents and no Benedryl. After that, I started learning all kinds of remedies.
I taught my kids: If you are out in the yard and get stung by a bee……….you pick THIS plant and rub it on the sting. My grandson was playing with the boy next door one time. I heard the other kid screaming and Josh, as calm as could be, came running in, dragging him by the arm yelling “MIMI! Show him how to put this plant on his sting!”
The gypsies say that the juice from dandelion stems will cure warts. Rub that juice on the warts at least twice a day.
Oh, and dandelions make some really potent home brew wine. I’ll never forget my first batch. I told my folks it was a science project down in the basement. My dad just looked at me. A week or so later, he told me I had better check on my experiment because it was about to blow up. No, dad, I got it under control. Next morning……….all over the basement……..dandelion wine, broken glass and a huge mess. I was more careful the next time.
And what about these? How much joy has blowing dandelions fluff given to hundreds of kids all over the country? Dandelion lore says that its a sure sign of rain when the fluff flies off the dandelion and there is no wind. And, everyone knows that when you blow dandelion fluff, you are sending love to someone special, don’t they?
If you are interested in herbs and what uses they have, the best book I ever found was Jeannie Rose’s book, Herbs & Things. I wonder if it is still in print? I will have to look on Amazon. I still have a much battered and ragged copy I first bought in 1981. You can find cures, recipes for hair care, herbal baths and douches and some oddball lore that is just plain fun to know.
P.S. I checked on Amazon. A new copy will cost 39.99 but there are 4 used copies starting at 2.99 so hurry over and get one if you want to learn a lot. She also has a Herbal Body Book with bath salts, bath herbs, cosmetics and more but the first book is like my Bible. I bet I could not get 10 cents for my old raggedy wretched copy but I would not take 20 bucks for it.
This week’s picture is something different. It’s not a photo. I’ve been interested in something called Soul Collage. It’s a process where you collect images that have meaning for you, make them into a collage and then make your own cards to meditate or use for making decisions. I, however do not have lots of magazines so I used my computer to put together my very first card called Soul Essence. This is my photo for today.
From before birth the Divine Spark
gift from the Source
the fire that shows you are
One with All and All with One
Not all pagans are readers. Not everyone is interested in foreseeing future events nor is every pagan adept at reading.
Just because you can do one type of reading, does not mean you can do all types of readings.
When I bought my first deck of tarot cards, I only half believed that they would “work”. I read through the book, well sort of……. I read about the different suits and I read about the Major Arcana then studied a little bit about individual cards. At the commune one day, over coffee, I was talking to my 3 closest friends and of course they wanted a reading. We all thought it was quite a lark and I laid out the cards for my friend Kay. She and her husband Will were quite the perfect couple with two adorable children and the unofficial leaders of the group effort. I laid out the cards then laughed right out loud. “Kay, this is the craziest thing! These cards say you are thinking of leaving Will. You will meet a guy with blonde hair and blue eyes and though it will take some thought, you will probably leave. My reading ceased to be hilarious. She looked at me with soulful eyes and told me “I’ve already met him. His name is Mack and I’ve been seeing him for two weeks”. After the shock wore off, I realized that knowing the future can lead to unwanted intimacy. I would rather not have known my friend’s secret. After all, they were both my friends and I felt bad keeping such a secret from Will.
. I knew right then that this was not a parlor game, but some way to tap in to a universal consciousness and pick up information just floating around in the Universe. How it happens is beyond me. I’ve tried different decks. I’ve seen online “classes” and deep interpretations of the meanings of each card. Still, though I know basic things, I am not a student of Tarot meanings. How the information comes to me remains a mystery. Somehow, I quiet my mind and shuffle then lay down the cards. I do not ask leading questions, I do not do a long study of the layout. I simply say what flashes through my mind and I speak.
When I was reading frequently, I could tell if trouble was coming: problems for the reader, by the way the cards shuffled. If it was a struggle, the cards did not want to fall together easily, there would be information the person did not want to hear. If they shuffled easily and smoothly, it would be a “good” reading. Once, my hands shook so badly when shuffling that I refused to do the reading. I found out why later. When my son was missing, I went to another reader whom I trusted completely. She laid out the cards and told me he was alive and gave me hope. I looked at her layout and knew he was dead.
Only twice have I doubted myself since that first reading. Once, a friend brought me an acquaintance of hers. I had never seen this woman before. I could tell she was from a rather affluent family and she presented herself as a person as one of those sugar sweet girls who would do no wrong. . When I laid out her cards I was appalled. How could I say this to her? She was such a “nice” girl! I took a deep breath and said “It seems here that you are pregnant”. She started to cry. I then told her that she was not sure who was the father, it could be one of two men. She cried harder. Then, gaining confidence that it was a true reading, I told her that the man she wished were the father was most likely not the one and she would have hard decisions to make. I was right on, all the way.
The only other time, I did a reading for a very very skeptical friend. He was seeing two ladies and both had had hysterectomies. When a “BIRTH” came up in the reading, he laughed and taunted me. Three weeks later, he called to tell me that one of the women had called him and she knew not how, but was presenting symptoms of pregnancy and wanted to talk to him. He laughed no more. And I never doubted myself again.
There are so many ways to try divination: tarot, palm reading, scrying, candle flames and tea leaves are most common.
I’ve never been able to do any others. I tried crystal gazing and scrying with minimal success. They seemed to be better for meditation than for readings. Tea leaves are way beyond me. In fact, I see nothing when I look into the bottom of the teacup. Perhaps I do not spend enough time contemplating while I drink the tea. Perhaps it is because I am a more visual person and color and form speak to me more than contemplation. I would love to hear from other readers and how they think their intuition comes to them.
Tea leaf readings fascinate me. I found a lady through PBP who does really good readings. You should check out Alverdine’s blog here. Every month, she does a “Cup of the Month” reading and posts the picture of the cup and her interpretation online. Next month, her cup of the month will be my reading. It’s supposed to be anonymous but I do not mind letting anyone know that the reading is mine. With her permission, I am posting a picture of my “cup” here. You should check back next month for my reading and see how she interpreted my leaves. You may want to get a reading of your own.
Okay: here is my cup.
Now, when I look at this, no matter how hard I try, I really see nothing but tea leaves. Well, if truth be told, there might be a giant hand over there on the right, trying to scoop up a pile of something. I can only wish it would be CASH! LOL Or, if I look a little harder, maybe on the right is a giant, not like the Jolly Green Giant but maybe like the Iron Giant (I watch a lot of little kids movies) and maybe he has an erect phallus like Kokopelli. Well, you can see where MY mind goes trailing off to. Believe me, I have seen Alverdine’s interpretation and it in no way resembles my own. Tell me what YOU see. And be sure and check with her next month to see what she read for me. Once you read it, you will wonder why you did not see what she saw. You will also be amazed that she got so much out of the dregs of a cup of hot tea.
To sum up, if you are trying to decide which divination method to use, I do not believe it is possible to just say “OH, I am going to learn to read tarot cards”……..or tea leaves, or whatever method looks cool to you. You will have to experiment and see what resonates with you, what vibrates. Then, do what comes naturally.
magic fingers light up the night
they cut through the dark
they jump and spray
they fly out and away
I’m not afraid
safe in dad’s arms
nothing can hurt me
I am tired of winter photos so I am using last summer’s pictures.
Thirty Word Thursday: an exercise using photos and describing the feelings they evoke in only 30 words. Join Erin Prais-Hints at Treasures Found Blog to see what the others are