Protect your paradise this Halloween

By Michele Savaunah Zirkle Marcum - Contributing columnist

Before demons infiltrated my home, I didn’t understand the importance of protecting my space. At Halloween time I stretched fake cobwebs across the windows and tossed candy into the bags of all the Mermaids and Supermen who scampered up the front sidewalk. I enjoyed the spooky season, but failed to implement procedures to protect me and my household from the real goblins.

I received a unique gift at a Mindful Writer’s Retreat I attend twice a year in a quaint, little Pennsylvania town. The blue ceramic keychain with an eye painted on it is called a “nazar boncugu” and is a Turkish symbol that, legend has, repels the evil eye. Yes, the eye on the amulet reflects the evil back to the evil eye from which it originated.

The evil eye isn’t the only negative energies we need to protect ourselves from; however, it is a notorious one according to cultures as ancient as the Hopis to modern day Sicilians, the influence of which extends into North America. The evil eye is simply malevolent intent projected through the eyes of one person toward another. This intent can be sent via intentionally harmful thoughts sent across miles or even continents.

This is a curse and can cause the victim to experience a streak of bad luck that seems to never end. The repercussion of an evil eye isn’t a random bad day or even a hectic day where everything seems to be a struggle. The evil eye curse will be prominent weekly, if not daily. One scenario is that you burn the cookies, then head out for more, but the battery is dead on your car. You get out your cell to call for a tow, drop your phone in the road and a dump truck runs over it. This sort of day would become your routine day if you had the evil eye curse.

If you’re still not sure if you need protection from the evil eye, you can try the test popular in Sicilian culture. Place three drops of olive oil in water, and if the oil forms an eye shape; you do. If not, you are in the clear. To rid yourself of the curse Sicilian-style, make a cross symbol on your palms, say your name and repeat the Our Father, one Hail Mary and a Glory Be three times.

Of course, depending on your beliefs, you may wish to invoke Archangel Michael’s help since he is the leader of God’s army and defends in battle. Salt sprinkled by doors, sage blown around windows, and white candles lit with the clear intent to be protected from negativity is also effective whether from negative thoughts or from out-right devious, harmful wishes from others.

Each culture has its own evil protection symbol. The Jews have the Hand of Miriam, which is a blue hand with an eye in the middle; the Aztecs depicted the Thunderbird to ward evil away and the Sicilians display the Corna, the horns of the moon goddess.

Whatever you choose to use, remember, the intent behind your prayer is what makes the symbol or the object powerful. Your faith is the power behind the protection.

Before the paranormal events described in my book, “Rain No Evil,” I had limited experience with the spirit world and toured my share of haunted houses in joyful expectation of a good scare. I carved grisly faces on pumpkins, not knowing that I’d see a carved demon’s face in my very own mirror years later.

I still get a thrill out of an unexpected, “Boo,” or two and relish the feel of pumpkin guts between my gooey fingers, but I also pray and purge and protect myself and my loved ones on a daily basis. I project peace and protection with pure intent.

The Halloween season screeches of fear. Don’t let you fears become your reality like mine did. I encourage you to find a way to protect yourself, one that vibrates in your comfort zone whether that includes symbols or superstitions, angels or prayers.

Enjoy sneaking a piece of your kid’s or grand kid’s candy, jump from the bushes with a chainsaw and chuckle, but take seriously your responsibility to those dear children and yourself to protect what you love from that (usually) invisible, evil force that is more real than the stuffed ghost hanging on your front door.

By Michele Savaunah Zirkle Marcum

Contributing columnist

Michele Zirkle Marcum is a native of Meigs County, author of “Rain No Evil” and host of Life Speaks on AIR radio. Access more at\lifespeaks.

Michele Zirkle Marcum is a native of Meigs County, author of “Rain No Evil” and host of Life Speaks on AIR radio. Access more at\lifespeaks.