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I spoke recently with a friend's young daughter concerning the well-known phenomenon of the Witch Eye. Like many of us, she's got one, too.

The stories all agree that we only get one Witch Eye each. Why only one? The answer is not far to seek.

A witch has one Witch Eye, not two, because you have to be able to see into both worlds: both this world, and the other. Otherwise, you couldn't function in both. Even witches need to take care of practical matters, too.

“What if we had two?” I ask her, posing a hypothetical that I've long wondered about.

Not missing a beat, she tells me. (12 going on 347.) Her response takes me between the eyes.

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Much to my chagrin, I couldn't remember how to say “evil eye” in Witch.

Truth be told, the evil eye is not a terribly active category in my thought-world. Still, I've been there myself, both on the giving end, and on the receiving. (Making eye contact with two young girls seated across from me on a bus in Malta, I was surprised to see them both cross themselves. It didn't occur to me until later that it was probably my green eyes that spooked them. Green eyes—well-known to be diabolical in nature—are rare in the Mediterranean world.) I'm quite confident that you, my friend, have as well; it's simply one of the hazards of social existence.

The friend with whom I'd been discussing the topic certainly has. She's both striking, and gifted; throughout her life, this a made her the target of envy.

I've been in the same position myself; that's what happens to those of us that stand out. (“To hate excellence is to hate the gods,” said Socrates.) I'm no great beauty, but I've always had the gift of charisma, which down the decades has not infrequently drawn the ire of those who don't, but wish they did. Like every other arena of endeavor, the pagan community can be a highly competitive place.

Stand-out gifts often draw the evil eye. You know it: the look that strikes like a blow. The look of envy, the look of ill-wishing. Sometimes it's accompanied by words of ill-intent, sometimes not. Some may not even realize that they're giving you the Eye, though they are.

Of course, there are ways and ways of ducking the Eye. Redirection is always a good tactic: you give them something else to Look at. Amulets blunt the blow of the first strike; that's their job.

There are verbal prophylactics, too, to startle and disrupt the act. “Five in your eye!” is a good one, especially if accompanied by an out-thrust hand with fingers and thumb joined.

When it comes to gods, the Horned preeminently protects against the Eye. The sign of the Horns usually does the trick: two horns, one to poke out each spiteful eye.

My friend and I had a good, rollicking discussion on the Eye and how to prevent it, as one would expect from two witches. Finally, just as our conversation was drawing down, I remembered how to say “evil eye” in Witch. In fact—maybe this was the source of my cognitive shortfall—it's not a noun, but a verb.

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Seeing with a Different Eye

Witches are popular with cartoonists. Of the thousands of witch cartoons that I've seen over the years, one stands out in particular.

 

  1. Rainbow. At one end, a big black pot of gold. At the other, a witch, hands raised, looks on with delight and surprise.

  2. Witch runs over to pot.

  3. Witch dumps out gold.

  4. Rainbow. At one end, a pile of gold, laying on the ground. At the other, the witch happily stirs her new cauldron.

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Since it's All Saint's Day, I thought I'd introduce you to one of my favorite saints--and the inspiration behind our Nurturer - Energy (aka Queen of Wands) card from our Snowland Deck. This is an excerpt from the Snowland Intuitive Workbook, which includes information about her legend, associated symbols (especially eyes), keywords, intuitive questions for journaling, wring prompts, affirmations and a "secret":

Nurturer Energy 400Description: Also known as Saint Lucy, Lucia stands at the center of several official stories and unofficial histories. Most of these say that Lucia was set to be wed in an arranged marriage, but because she didn’t want to, her eyes were gouged out— either by her own hand, or by others in torture. In all cases, her eyes were miraculously healed. Thus, Lucia is associated with healing and averting all eye disease. In fact, it’s reported that the poet Dante Alighieri credited Saint Lucy with healing his eyes that were damaged after crying when his beloved Beatrice died (Lucy appears in his masterpiece Inferno).

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