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Evil Eye

To: alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.magick
From: (Tom Schuler)
Subject: Re: Evil Eye
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 97 21:03:29 GMT

"Microsoft_Network_user"  wrote:

>What is an Evil Eye?  It is not a disease, is it?  How can one individual be
>inflicted with it?

The Evil Eye is a curse.  I'll leave it to the folklorists to describe how it 
is done in various cultures.  What I am interested in is the nature of the 
curse, itself.

Curses are the magical things that people fear the worst.  They are not 
diseases in the sense of the germ theory, but they act a lot like them 
sometimes.  It's more like a malaise, actually.  It's a feeling of discomfort 
that seems to have no specific cause or location.  It just hangs around you 
like a cloud.

I think of it this way:  A curse works because the recipient or recipients are 
influenced to interpret reality differently than before.  They are now attuned 
to the bad things that the curse will do them and believe that such things 
will occur.  Subsequent events that resemble the curse effects are attributed 
to that nebulous cause.  As more of these events are collected, the victim 
begins to act as if the negative effect is more and more inevitable.  The 
whole thing becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, after you start the ball 
rolling.  Curses build over time until a crisis point is reached and some 
drastic action is taken, resolving the tension.  

Curses are best dealt with by enchanging the victim's belief in the curse for 
a belief in a cure.  This breaks the cycle of expectations and begins a new 
cycle of less unpleasant expectations, those of a blessing.

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