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Eyes of the Ages

A musing on different eyes throughout the ages and cultures of history

Eye of Horace

The Eye of Horus, also known as wadjet, wedjat or udjat, is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. The Eye of Horus is similar to the Eye of Ra below, which belongs to a different god, but represents many of the same concepts.

The difference between the two types of eyes is that the Eye of Horus is the left eye...

Eye of Ra

And the Eye of Ra, also known as the Eye of Re, is drawn and symbolized as the right eye. It is also part of ancient Egyptian mythology and it functions as the feminine counterpart to the sun god, Ra who is regarded as a violent force that subdues his enemies.

The Eye of Providence, or the all-seeing eye of God, is a symbol that depicts an eye, often enclosed in a triangle and surrounded by rays of light or Glory, meant to represent divine providence, whereby the eye of God watches over humanity. While there are many interpretations and versions of this concept, the one depicted here is the most commonly used. A well known example of the Eye of Providence appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, which is depicted on the American one-dollar bill.

The Evil Eye

The evil eye is a curse or legend believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when one is unaware.

When a person wears or carries an evil eye with them, it guards against misfortune happening in one's life.

The evil eye brings good luck and protects you from any ill-will that could otherwise have a negative effect on your well-being or your life in general. One essentially uses the creation of the ill will as the effective defence against it whereby using/wearing/carrying the symbol is intended to mask us from the evil eyes of others.

The Third Eye

The third eye refers to the gate that leads to the inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. It is usually located on the forehead centred above the eyes used to see the world around us.

Eye of Newt

Well, it turns out "eye of newt" is simply the seeds for a popular condiment -- mustard. However, the classic scenes from movies and books just wouldn't be the same if the characters spoke of boiling mustard seeds, rosehips and mint leaves.

And this concludes our walk through the eyes of the ages. One thing we know for sure, my dear reader, is that your eyes are more valuable than all these ones combined.

Until next time,

The Narrator


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