Malocchio, pronounced “Maloik”, a.k.a…The Evil Eye!
Maloik is part of the Italian tradition, a superstition. It is a curse placed upon you when an Italian feels jealous and envious. Some may say the Evil Eye is an “old wives tale” but let us not forget that those old wives gave birth to “new wives” who can not stand the tale of others happiness!
The good news is that the Maloik can be lifted. You can wear the Italian horn (sort of resembles a chili pepper). To confirm you have been cursed place 3 drops of olive oil (imported from Italy of course) in a bowl of water. If the oil forms an eye shape or long bead shape, well you ought to be doing the sign of the cross! You immediately search out an Italian grandmother or elder and have her place her hand upon you as she recites prayers to female or male saints. Keep in mind that is just one way to life the curse. Others may or may not include herbs, candles, spit and red ribbon. If all these fail there’s always “Uncle” So and SO to call upon to make an offer not to be refused to the one who gave you the Maloik.
There is a fool-proof way to avoid the Maloik. If you have happiness, love,family, friends, a good job, a home and belief in a higher power that provided you…DO NOT BOAST ABOUT IT!
Just enjoy it. Wake up each morning with a smile, but don’t tell others what gave you that smile, simply allow it to be infectious. The ones you love and feel love from do not discredit it by talking how much you do for them or what you do to earn their love. Simply bask in it and whole heartily give it. While your surrounded by your family show them how thankful you are by honoring them, do not tell others how lucky you are to have them. Cherish your friendships not by boasting about the numbers of friendships but by being there for the ones who need you. Never tell others how hard you work or how much you earn, prove your worth of the paycheck by providing your best to those who sign the check and provide for those in need. No matter how large or small your home is do not shout how lucky you are, but always have your door open and an extra place setting at your table. Whatever you belief is, however you spend your Sunday’s thanking and giving back never judge another how they spend theirs. Remember that it is by grace that you have been saved through your faith, it is not your doing, it is a gift given to you.
If you simply live your life, humbly accept what you have and offer to others the Maloik can not touch you!
HOWEVER….if you are rooted in an Italian family you ought to be wearing your horn, red ribbon should be tied in your cars and doorways and pinned on your lapel. Your Nonna should be on call with her herb mix, candles, olive oil and her mouth ought to be moist. And please have “Uncle” SO and SO on speed dial. You door better be always open and your number ONE rule...STATAZIT!! (Italian slang for, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT)