Charming Eyes Both Evil and Otherwise

How to protect yourself from common whammies, curses, and hexes — beware “evil” eyes.

Anthony Mountjoy
May 18 · 9 min read
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Nun, the embodiment of the primordial waters, lifts the barque of the sun god Ra into the sky at the moment of creation. —

Something not feeling quite right in your life? Keep waking up on the wrong side of the bed? How many times have you stubbed your toe this week… cut yourself shaving… tripped on the cat toy? Late for work… another promotion passes you by and your car battery is dead again! The neighbour a little too cozy with your spouse? Says everything’s fine, but you sense it’s a lie. Some say curses aren’t real. That the world doesn’t work like that. Does that feel true to you?

Maybe they’re right and there’s a simple explanation for why you struggle in spite of your best efforts. Then again, maybe someone glared at you with just a little too much malice when you bumped into her at the grocery store. Oh, I know… I know… it’s just a glare. What harm can it do? Well I ask you… what harm has it already done? You’re a nice person. You don’t deserve a cross stare. Certainly not an “evil” eye. So what can you do to protect yourself… just in case.


The “Mano in fica” Gesture

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Drawing of the “Mano in fica” gesture.

This “polite charm” is often considered an incredibly offensive gesture. Someone glares at you, take your right hand, tuck the thumb under the pointer finger in a closed fist like that “got your nose” game we all played as kids. This can easily be done without anyone seeing you do it. Works with your hand in your pocket, too.

Recite the words to yourself or whoever you’re trying to protect, “Te faccio na fica” while holding the gesture as if you would say to a friend “may the ‘evil’ eye do you no harm.” [2] If you’re really angry go ahead and flick the thumb off your buck teeth toward the offending party. There are dozens of gestures like this one for all manner of occasion but this is the most elementary.


An Eye, evil or otherwise, isn’t really an eyeball but often symbolized by one in association with how they are usually created. It’s a cosmic force which manifests in the form of extraordinary entropy surrounding the focus. Either less or more; contributing to good luck or bad. At its best a blessing but usually a curse, a hex, a whammy, a jinx. Once thought to be a god or deity or a powerful entity either harming or defending its focus.

Considered by many authoritative scholars to be the “basis and origin of the Magical Arts” depending on sympathetic ethereal(quantum) connections between source and focus. [1] More powerful forms being of the same source with a more refined approach or compounding and specialized intent. Ancient Egyptians based their entire way of life on these ideas including their economy.


Eyes of Horus and Ra

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In practice you can use these symbols pretty much interchangeably, same symbol for both Horus and Ra(Re), right or left eye or both, carved or written, printed, etc. One is a little more passive than the other. The Eye of Horus is an early ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. The Eye of Ra is a being in later Egyptian mythology that functions as a “feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra and a violent force that subdues his enemies”. Represented in Hieroglyphics also by the Eye of Horus. If you use the symbol as Horus then it acts as a general protection. If as Ra then it will also proactively work against your enemies.


Protection charms have their roots in the ancient world of sympathetic magic as well. I’m talking thousands of years ago. As old as any other Eye it defends against given the common source of their effect. For a protection charm is just another Eye created through a kinder gaze. Ever hear the phrase, “meet eye to eye”, well now you know what it really means. In its most basic form the idea extends that any object that’s strongly associated with a person can be used to curse or bless them by proxy. A picture, a lock of hair, a pair of shoes they are well known to wear.

You think the world is picking on you? No. A curse can happen to anyone just as anyone can feel hate in their heart. An Eye is a powerful force arguably on par with Fire or Electricity, as universally cosmic. Similarly, they can be good, bad, or both. Everywhere or nowhere. A quantum manifestation of intent. Helpful or dangerous and everything in between. An “evil” Eye, specifically, is a destroying Eye cast through a malevolent gaze.


Pin Cushion Heart

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Drawing of a Pin Cushion Heart found inside the “clavel” inside a chimney of an old house in Staplegrove in 1890.

Let’s say someone with ill intent “overlooks” your pigs, determined to ruin your farm... your livelihood. Could be a witch (but unlikely), more likely a competing neighbour or a stranger passing through town with no obvious reason for visiting. Anyone who might benefit from your loss or isn’t invested in your community who through pure thoughtlessness might lash out after a local conflict. Take the heart of your first dead cursed pig, poke it full of pins or nails and secure it to the inside of your upper chimney. If you know the person you’re defending against carve their initials in the heart. Your other pigs should recover and your enemy will soon find their curse reflected back at them. [3]

For general protection for those who don’t want to harm the source, use a large onion instead. Like the Eye of Horus this will at least protect your homestead, household, and livestock from further harm so long as you hold the intent of protection stronger in your mind as you stick the pins in the onion than the source holds their ill intent against you. For more powerful protection the whole family, and if possible entire community, should chant the following while roasting a pinned heart. (This isn’t used with the onion, only a heart… a sheep’s heart for example, and doesn’t require knowing who initially cursed you.) [4]

It is not this heart I mean to burn,

But the person’s heart I wish to turn,
Wishing them neither rest nor peace

Till they are dead and gone.


A curse’s influence over time (and ultimate cost for the jinxer who couldn’t keep their cool) is give or take equal to the harm the source would have inflicted had they preferred a more direct means of settling the score with the focus. It’s the oldest and most accessible form of malediction a lay person can cast and as expected the most common. Constrained by the imagination of the practitioner and their inability to conceive its full potential or carry the risk of the art taken to its logical conclusion.

Ironically, Eyes are quite capable of good works; protection charms being just one example of blessed Eye.

Did you know that you can curse someone with an “evil” Eye just by strongly envisioning the person in your imagination while holding ill intent or even thinking about their smell, their voice while wishing them harm. Even blind people can curse you so be kind to everyone or else! Further still a loving gaze, can enrich others and support them to higher success. A mother’s pure love is possibly the oldest and most powerful blessing of all.


Secret Cure Alls

Just as with the Polite Gesture, secrecy is key to the efficacy of a common cure all. The basic principal is to take coloured thread and wrap it around the neck (necklace) or arm (arm band) or wrist (wrist band) etc with a blessed intent. (Or thread the pins or nails on a pinned heart for extra protection) or if already sick take ribbons or cloth or a meaningful object and rub it over a diseased area of the body then hang the ribbon on a special tree or bury the object nearby and it will absorb the sickness from the inflicted.

“Take a dew-snail and rub it on the wart, then stick the snail upon a white thorn, and as the snail dries up and ‘goes away’ so will the wart.”

“Steal a piece of fresh raw beef and rub that upon the wart, then bury it where nobody sees, and as the meat perishes, so will the wart.” [5]


I’ll have to write a different article on advanced curses — spell craft in the hands of a practiced occultist. These charms cover the most frequent need, however. Every day anathema making us miserable with endless bad luck and yet still offer some protection against more powerful imprecations. That said, these charms may not work and curses may not be real, but if they are real then these are real charms as well which can protect you from “evil” Eyes and those who would employ them against you.

In this article I’ve given several examples of basic protection charms using a Gesture, Symbol, Artifact, Secret Cure All, and Amulet. Use some or all of these as you see fit. Make up your own consistent with the sympathetic principals of each type and experiment with what works for you. In more advanced papers on the subject I may in the future list a more comprehensive list of charms as there are hundreds if not thousands of historical examples of each type especially amulets and symbols. This primer is just to get you started and illustrate the basic nature of how it all works.


The Gorgoneion Amulet

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Drawing of a typical Medusa Charm by C. W. King

Consider an amulet (or mask) baring the picture of Medusa, snakes with split tongue and all, to provide general protection against strong Eyes working against you. Reputed to be the most efficacious of amulets. “It was an amulet against the ‘evil’ Eye: what could be more potent than the face of the Queen of Hell?” [6] Often a Medusa amulet will have an inscription such as ΑΡΗΓΩ ΡΩΡΩΜΑΝΔΑΡΗ — “I protect Roromandares”.

Some speculate that the Medusa charm is so effective because everyone in the world knows her legend and power. The compounding intent creates an Eye of the type of effect only millions of combined intentions and associations can produce with the sympathetic principal establishing it as a sort of Universal charm. Anyone can make one. Even a simple wooden coin with a Medusa head carved upon it will usually suffice.

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Gorgon by Italian painter Alberto Abate (1946–2012)

There is so much more to cover that I can’t possible include everything in one article. From the Mano Pantea, Gemstones, Cresents, Horns, and Horseshoes to Cimaruta, Sirene, and Tablets. Cabalistic Writing — MAGICAL FORMULÆ, Spitting, Incantation, and avoiding Pixie-led mischief. One could write entire books on just the corrupting consequences in the long run for those cursing others. And don’t get me started on Divination and Gargoyles.

Hope you enjoyed this little primer of the Occult and get some use out of it. If nothing else it should point you in a positive direction for your own research and with the understanding that the Occult is neither good nor evil. It’s as duplicitous as a person. Very human, personal and complex. Not a surprise the ancient priests and magi mistook it for deities and modernist mediums mistake it for psychic powers.

Be careful, however, like any new skill… try to use it responsibly and respect its limits. Entropy ultimately destroys everything even when it seems to benefit you in the mean time.


[1] Sir Edward Burnett Tylor, Primitive Culture, vol. i. p. 101., 1871

[2] Andrea De Jorio, Mimica degli Antichi, p. 155., 1832

[3] Frederick Elworthy, The Evil Eye, p. 53–54, 1895

[4] W. F. Rose, Somerset and Dorset Notes and Quiries, vol. Iv, part xxvi, p. 77, 1894

[5] G. Hartman, Chymist, The True Preserver and Restorer of Health, 1695

[6] Rev. C. W. King, Gnostics and Their Remains, pp. 67, 223, 1864

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And, midst the noise of this Great World are feeble cries…

Anthony Mountjoy

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Verboten | editor@verboten.ca | When I fight I fight to win. When I sleep I dream of battle. When I wake the world welcomes me in a celebration of white light.

Verboten Publishing

And, midst the noise of this Great World are feeble cries for help; My ear shall practice to hear such calls, my hands shall train to lift the fallen. - Col. Wm. C. Hunter, Dollars and Sense, 1906

Anthony Mountjoy

Written by

Verboten | editor@verboten.ca | When I fight I fight to win. When I sleep I dream of battle. When I wake the world welcomes me in a celebration of white light.

Verboten Publishing

And, midst the noise of this Great World are feeble cries for help; My ear shall practice to hear such calls, my hands shall train to lift the fallen. - Col. Wm. C. Hunter, Dollars and Sense, 1906

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