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Yup, that too

The topic of witch marks or apotropaic marks came up in the previous thread and I decided to plug ‘apotropaic’ into Ebay.

Sure enough, there’s a bunch of junk. Mostly jewelry in unrelated traditions to ward off the evil eye.

The Chinese favor green Moldavite crystal necklaces (moldavite was formed by a meteor strike, so that’s cool).

The Italians like screaming heads, Medusa in particular. Or figa fists. Ahem.

For your friendly neighborhood white supremacist there is the Norse Ægishjálmr Helm of Awe.

The Hamsa, or Hand of Fatima, does a confusing double duty as a good luck charm. Fatima was Mohammed’s daughter, but it’s also mentioned as a Kabbalah symbol.

And if you think you turn up a lot of woo with a search of apotropaic, try good luck charm.

Avoid the evil eye this weekend, everyone!


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 24, 2020, 11:41 pm

Ray Scanzani’s nonnie used to mutter when we visited –
“Malocchio! Malocchio!”
And then she’d make the (Hook em) horns hand sign pointing towards the floor.

I didn’t even know about UT Austin back then, but there she was predicting I’d end up in Texas!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 25, 2020, 1:55 am

If you wear mirror shades can you make the evil eye bounce back to the one attempting to cast a spell on you?

Comment from dissent
Time: July 26, 2020, 5:22 pm

It’s happened, at long last.

RIP Olivia de Havilland

Comment from dissent
Time: July 26, 2020, 5:36 pm

Also, RIP John Saxon (aka Carmine Orrico)

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 26, 2020, 5:59 pm

RIP Regis Philbin…. makes it three.

Comment from SundogUK
Time: July 26, 2020, 10:46 pm

I expect someone has Olivia De Havilland? I find I cannot be entirely too sorry – she has had probably one of the greatest lifes. And she will be missed.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 27, 2020, 12:32 pm

Three, and they couldn’t have managed to pick up Indestructible RBG on this sweep?

Course it’s hard to kill someone who’s already dead and carrying on through impersonators and animatronics.

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