The Eye of Horus Pattern is a Trend that Goes Beyond Bead Weaving

I remember a Happy Days episode where the Evil Eye and a curse were cast upon Al, the sweet restaurant owner. It was a matter of dueling families. Once cast, the “spell” wreaked havoc on Al until the “curse” was removed. This show always comes to mind when I see an “eye” used in a design. It definitely came to mind when we reviewed Marianna Zukowsky’s Eye of Horus project, found in the October/November 2018 issue of Beadwork magazine. Thankfully, this beaded Swarovski crystal eye is offered as a symbol of protection not evil.

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Beaded eye by Marianna Zukowsky.

The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol. Also called the Egyptian Eye, or Wedjat, it represents protection, royal power, and good health. Horus was an Egyptian sun god during the Egyptian civilization of 3000 BC. In one myth, Horus’ eye was removed then restored. After it was restored, Horus offered his eye to his father, Osiris, in hopes it would restore his life. The direction of this myth influences the eye to also represent sacrifice, healing, and restoration.

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Beaded eye with a tear by Marianna Zukowsky.

In some stories and symbols, the eye is shown with a tear. This is thought to represent the eye of a falcon. A falcon eye is sometimes seen with a tear-like mark and so, the Eye of Horus is sometimes seen with a tear.

Richie Cunningham calls for the Eye of Isis to help cast out the spell from Al. For those of us who believe, wearing one of Marianna’s Eye of Horus pendants should keep us safe.

Editor, Beadwork magazine

Find the directions for the Eye of Horus pattern in the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine.


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