So what does the evil eye mean?
Watercolor evil eye symbol with blue and light blueThe evil eye, known as “mati” (μάτι) in Greek culture, is a curse thought to be given by a malicious glare that can cause bad luck or loss. You may have heard someone giving you the "evil eye" from across the room - and many people around the world believe this to be more then just a saying.
People can knowingly wish negative thoughts on you, but the power of the eye is that some people unknowingly and innocently cast the curse on others. That's why it's important to wear an evil eye somewhere on your body to ward off this curse and protect yourself throughout the day.
How do you protect yourself from the evil eye?
Given all this history, it's easy to pass of the evil eye as an ancient, irrelevant belief that has no place in modern world. But, as folklorist Dundes has said:
We can protect ourselves from the evil eye in many ways - with prayer, by exclaiming “ftou!” 3 times (yes, you've seen this in My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and, of course, wearing the evil eye symbol on our body.
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.
While the most traditional evil eye symbol is a sapphire or cobalt blue hue, evil eye charms in different colours hold different meaning.