Can You Give an Evil Eye for Healing?

Can you gift an evil eye for healing?

 

The short answer: yes, of course.  

And also please call your health professional if you or someone you love isn’t feeling so well.

 

As we often talk about in our blogs, the “evil” in the use of the phrase “evil eye” is frankly misleading.

Sometimes we wonder if there’s a better way to say it.

Because the evil eye as a symbol – a circle with a dot in the center, or a group of concentric rings, or an elongated, pointed oval with a dot in the center —really is about protecting.

Protecting you from harm.evil eye gold necklace

To our knowledge, the evil eye charm is never worn to inflict harm. That would be a shonda!

 

So, for this discussion, we’ll call it the protective eye.

Like the eye of a good mother, Jewish or otherwise (the eye charm is worn by non-Jews, and has been worn by Moslems for centuries, too…just sayin’…), tracking her beloved child around the park or playground, scanning the crowd at the marketplace for strangers, keeping a watchful gaze not only upon her beloved, but also on the larger scene.

Wearing the eye, and the cultural awareness from the great deserts of western Asia and North Africa (which is where the eye was first worn), suggests an awareness of a world where not everything is milk and honey.

As Jews, centuries of our humor, our scholarship and our attitude bears the sting of hardship.

 

Then again, whose history is free of hardship?

For instance, many people in the world use the Scandinavian countries as a model of how the world should be.

These are tall, athletic people who like to chop their own firewood.

They like clean, open rooms and polished surfaces.

They are known to be modest and hard-working.

This is why in contemporary economic and societal studies, countries like Norway and Sweden are often cited as ideal modern cultures.

To which we say Mazel tov.  

 

But did you know that history is filled with centuries of war, enslavement and really bad vibes between Norwegians and Swedes, for example?

We’re off-topic, so please Google it yourself, but yes.

For instance, Norway as a nation was conquered and oppressed by the more militaristic and technologically aggressive Sweden.

Norwegians were forbidden to speak their own language, forced to speak Swedish, and until recently considered themselves underdogs.

So, it’s not all swoopy, minimalist furniture and butter cookies, folks!

 

Back to the idea of hardship.  

Scandinavian folklore, prior to Christianity, is filled with what would be called superstition and magic.

The terrain of Scandinavia is rugged.

The coast is ruthlessly dangerous.  

And then there were those pesky Vikings—who knew when they’d show up and steal your horses, burn down your village, and TAKE ALL YOUR GOLD JEWELRY (talk about a shonda !?).

The world was dangerous to all of our ancestors, and they all had responses of a magical nature to create a feeling of security and self-empowerment.

People of pre-Christian Scandinavia, like people everywhere, wore charms to deflect bad luck, keep kitchen pots from boiling over, etc.

 

The trials of living in the southern Mediterranean, North Africa and western Asia were more about drought than too much snow, so the evil eye as we know it references drying up and loss of moisture as the primary motif.  

For a scholarly insight, you can read the work of the brilliant Dr. Alan Dundes, a Berkeley professor who concentrated on folk beliefs, especially the evil eye and apotropaic magic.

 

And back to healing.

If we accept that our world, though marvelous, is potentially dangerous, wearing a charm that makes you safe can only be a good thing.

Doctors in the modern West are just beginning to acknowledge the dialogue between physical symptoms and what some call the “subtler body”, meaning our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and spiritual context.

 

If your baby has an ear-ache or a fever, or if you slice off the end of your thumb while cooking, call 911 or go to the emergency room.

No kidding.

Never take chances when you have overt physical evidence that something’s wrong.

One of the great blessings of living in the industrialized world is that we don’t have to light candles and hope for the best.  

 

And when you’ve gone to the doctor, studied the lab results, gotten a second opinion, then a third, looked at the facts, taken every step that the modern world has to offer, then we do love to add an evil eye charm to the mix.

Without putting too fine a point on it, we often have given an eye charm to someone with chronic health condition.

Could be rehab.

Could be chemo.

A wise Rabbi once told a friend, “Take all the good advice you can get.”

If someone you love is recovering, may the gift of an eye charm bring swift and total recovery.

Amen!

 

Why We’re Wearing a Seal of Solomon Necklace

Have you ever received a gift that made you ecstatic?
A gift given to you with the intention to make you feel better?

Before telling about that gift, I wanted to share Art’s story.

Art, a business partner, was feeling a bit down. Things weren’t going in the direction that he wanted, his own business was horribly slow, and he was suffering from back problems. One afternoon, out of nowhere his close friend gave him a necklace and said, “wear this.”

And he did.

Things started picking up– business improved and so did life.

But that necklace, it was falling apart. The plating was coming off, his neck was turning green.
Others with similar necklaces were asking him to repair and re-plate the silver color on their pendants.

There seemed to be a trend.

Men wanted jewelry, and wanted jewelry with meaning.

The two of us, Art and I, started talking about this idea of jewelry that heals from the inside of your soul. We started researching exactly what was this necklace that he was given.

A Seal of Solomon

 

What is a Seal of Solomon and who was Solomon?

 

There are 72 Seals of Solomon, all made by King Solomon from Biblical times. He was perhaps the wisest man who ever lived. Author of not only most of the Book of Proverbs, which has over 3,000 proverbs in it, but the Song of Solomon a collection of love poems, and the Book of Ecclesiastes. G-d gifted King Solomon with unsurpassed wisdom and he ruled Jerusalem for 40 years of peace and much prosperity– he was born in 848 BCE and died at the age of 52 in 796 BCE. 

So, what do the Seals mean?

Solomon, a King, that could speak directly to G-d, was also gifted with the ability to command and control demons and speak to animals. It is said he received a signet ring, with a magical seal and drawing that held supernatural powers.

All in all there are 72 Seals. Each one has its own unique meaning that varies from success to health and recovery to that of love. Each seal empcompasses the cosmic order, the skies, movement of the stars in their spheres, and the perpetual flow between heaven and earth and the elements of air and fire. King Solomon’s Seals combine strength, beauty, symbolism and illustrative quality and all within a geometric figure.

That is a ton of information!

You know, many of the abstract figures and diagrams that were found on these seals are encompassed in all three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The seals are not religious oriented, but are more centered around the celestial stars and geometrical figures. Basically, a universal symbol for protection that hold magical powers to ward off evil forces, and are not associated with one religion or people.

 

 

So, that is the history behind the Seals. Amazing, right? It’s totally mind-blowing!!

The next task, after we researched the seals, was how to design and create one that is hip, modern in style and durable. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, that was invented a long, long time ago, but what we wanted to do was to make one better.

The first inspiration, besides the seal itself, was creating a frame for the pendant. We chose a wax letter-stamp seal as the border. Then we cast the piece in sterling silver, deciding on a 2 inch diameter.  Silver, being a precious metal,  will prevent discoloration and bring you years of wear and enjoyment.

Which Seals to Use?

We thought long and hard on which two seals to place on the necklace and we came up with one for wealth and honor.  The Fourth Pentacle of Jupiter, taking its wording from Psalm 112:3 “Wealth and Riches are in His house, and His righteousness endureth forever.”  The other is from the Sixth Pentacle of Jupiter, used for protection against all earthly dangers. Surrounding this seal are the Seraph, Kerub, Ariel, and Tharsis; the four Rulers of the Elements from Psalm 22:16 “They pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell all my bones.”

What is the legend of buying or gifting the Seal of Solomon?

The story about gifting this necklace, like the one that began with a gift to Art, is based only on our experience, brought to us by Armenian folklore– we googled and googled it and found no answer on the practices of gifting a Seal. The best answer is really no answer.   Sorry to say.

If you’d like to buy a Seal of Solomon for a loved one, in need of business success and wealth, as well as protection from all earthly dangers, please see our seals online at Amazon. And we’ll keep you posted on more designs to come.

 

Seal of Solomon Sterling Silver Necklace

Recap:

King Solomon Seals were created by King Solomon and are used by all three religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They allow people to feel an invincible power of ancient knowledge and experience enormous charges of energy. They also help people to reshape their destiny and enhance their quality of life. If you’d like to gift a Seal of Solomon made from the precious metal, sterling silver, we are sharing Alef Bet Jewelry’s link here.