When we started, the crowd round the inn door, which had by this time swelled to a considerable size, all made the sign of the cross and pointed two fingers towards me. With some difficulty, I got a fellow passenger to tell me what they meant. He would not answer at first, but on learning that I was English, he explained that it was a charm or guard against the evil eye.
Ethiopia – Buda
Hebrew – ayin ha-ra עין הרע The Evil Eye ‘the cause of all the world’s suffering’.
If a man on going into a town is afraid of the Evil Eye, let him take the thumb of his right hand in his left hand and the thumb of his left hand in his right hand, and say: I, ‘such and such’, am of the seed of Joseph over which the evil eye has no power, as it says:
(Jacob’s Blessing: Genesis: XLIX:22)
22 Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a fountain; its branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have dealt bitterly with him, and shot at him, and hated him;
24 But his bow abode firm, and the arms of his hands were made supple, by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, from thence, from the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel,
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee, with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that coucheth beneath, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
26 The blessings of thy father are mighty beyond the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the prince among his brethren.
4 An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of them enter into the assembly of the LORD for ever;
5 because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Aram-naharaim, to curse thee.
6 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
7 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.
4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;
7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.
28 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Finders, Keepers, Sharers, Seekers.
What do you desire?
The future, the past, the ‘now’?
Is it a secret you’re seeking?
Or the words you need for a Vow?
Curses, Wishes and Blessings,
Revenge, Power and Fame.
Love, Lust and Good Fortune,
It’s all in the Name of the Game.
The Rules for the Game are quite simple,
You just have to know how to ask.
There’s always an answer waiting,
From the guide assigned to the task.
What is it you seek? Do you know how to ask? Do you know when, where, wearing, carrying, offering what? Crawling on knees naked through the undergrowth, offering your life’s essence to the dirt beneath your savaged, bloody flesh?