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Friday, August 12, 2011

Boats With Eyes

The tradition of painting a pair of eyes on boats has existed for millennia and still remains strong. It serves various purposes:
  • The eyes rebuff the Evil Eye
  • They represent the protection of deities like Hours, Hathor, and primordial, all-seeing "Eye Goddesses."
  • The eyes activate the boat so that it can "see" where it's going and "see" the fish.
  • Eyes also invoke the power of Saint Lucy who, in addition to her Evil Eye fighting capacity, has a reputation of finding fish for the fishermen.
Found in: Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
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