(EYE OF MAAT)
EYE OF MAAT & EVIL EYE
The All-Seeing Eye of Maat was the symbol of the Goddess Maat, as Goddess of law, morality, and justice.
The Egyptians believed that it was Maat who held the universe together. It was Her quality of order which maintained the world.
As Walker states, “The Mother-syllable Maa meant ‘to see’; in hieroglyphics it was an eye.” (Barbara Walker, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, p 294) Even the ancients knew that mother’s had eyes at the backs of their heads!
The Eye of Maat, or Utchat, later became known as the Eye of Thoth, Eye of Ra, and is commonly called the Eye of Horus today. Although it became associated with male Gods, it is sometimes - confusingly - still referred to with the feminine pronoun.
The Eye of Maat is the origin of the Evil Eye superstition. The Goddess would not only judge, but mete out retribution. To those with a guilty conscience, the Eye of Maat became a source of fear.
The Evil Eye was a fear derived from the myth of the ancient Goddess Maat, whose All-Seeing Eye could assess a person’s soul at a glance. Over time, this became perceived as dangerous - not merely assessing but cursing.
The Evil Eye was associated with Witches in particular, but all women - under domination by a patriarchy - were considered able to curse with a glance. (Hence the old rules about women keeping their eyes downcast, and especially never looking at the men.)
Perhaps naturally, the cures for the evil eye are also feminine symbols -Goddess Symbols-Cowrie Shells, Black Cats, Kali’s Black Pot (Cauldron)
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