The One-Eye Sign: Its Origins and Occult Meaning

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Why are there so many pictures of celebrities hiding one eye? It is definitely not random. In fact, the One-Eye sign has a profound meaning and proves an important fact about the powers that be. This article looks at the origins and the meaning of the unescapable One-Eye sign.

The One-Eye sign is one of the most recurrent themes on The Vigilant Citizen because it is also one of the most recurrent themes in mass media. Throughout the years, this site has highlighted hundreds upon hundreds of clear instances where major artists, models, celebrities, politicians and public figures pose with one eye hidden.

The sign is everywhere: In music videos, on magazine covers, on movie posters, in advertisement and so forth. The sheer number of these pictures is simply staggering. Considering these facts, the repeated occurrence of the One-Eye sign simply cannot be the result of coincidence. Indeed, there is a clear effort to have this sign displayed everywhere.

Why is this sign everywhere and what does it mean? Here’s a look at the timeless and transcendental symbol of the Eye.

An Archetypal Symbol

The One-Eye Sign: Its Origins and Occult Meaning

A Turkish “nazar” amulet used to repel “evil eye” curses. Similar charms can be found in Portugal, Brazil, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, parts of North India, Palestine, Morocco, southern Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania, the Balkans, the Levant, Afghanistan, Syria, and Mexico.

The human eye has been used as a symbol since the dawn of civilization. It can be found across all ages and civilizations. Carl Jung identified the eye as a classic “archetypal symbol” – an image that is embedded in humanity’s “collective unconscious”. According to his theory, humans instinctively respond to archetypal symbols and unconsciously assign to them a specific meaning.

“Eyes are probably the most important symbolic sensory organ. They can represent clairvoyance, omniscience, and/or a gateway into the soul. Other qualities that eyes are commonly associated with are: intelligence, light, vigilance, moral conscience, and truth. Looking someone in the eye is a western custom of honesty. In this way covering of the eyes, by wearing a helmet, sunglasses, etc. can mean mystery, not seeing the complete truth, or deceit. The eye often means judgment and authority.”
– Dictionnary of Symbolism, University of Michigan

In nearly all cultures, the symbol of the eye is associated with spiritual concepts such as divinity (the eye of Providence), spiritual illumination (the third eye) and magic (the evil eye).

“The eye symbolizes seeing and light, and therefore consciousness itself. The eye is the part of us that beholds the universe and sees our place in it. It is knowledge, awareness and wisdom. The eye takes in light, the pure energy of the universe, and presents it to the inner spirit. It is the gateway, indeed the very union, between the self and the cosmos.”
– Peter Patrick Barreda, Archetype of Wholeness – Jung and the Mandala

In the Bible, Jesus referred to the eye as the “lamp of the body”.

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
– Matthew 6:22-23

Since the dawn of humanity, the symbol of the eye has a mystical and spiritual dimension assigned to it. As the popular saying goes: Eyes are the windows to the soul.

For this reason, the symbol of the eye is particularly important in occult circles and Mystery schools.

Sun God

Since the dawn of civilization, the symbol of the eye and the sun (aka the “eye in the sky”) are associated with divinity. In Ancient Egypt, the symbols of the Wadjet, the Eye of Horus and the Eye of Ra are all associated with the solar god.

The One-Eye Sign: Its Origins and Occult Meaning

A classic depiction of the Egyptian eye.

“The early sun god was named Horus but he was not just associated with the sun. When Ra took over the title of sun god, he was also known as “Ra-Horakhty or Ra, who is Horus of the 2 horizons.”

It was in a battle with Set that Horus lost the use of one eye. Thoth restored the eye, and this was when Horus was also named Wadjet.
– Ancient Pages, Eye Of Horus – Powerful, Ancient Egyptian Symbol With Deep Meaning

Because the symbol of the eye is associated with the sun – a proxy of divinity – the esoteric eye has a peculiar quality: It is “all-seeing”. The archetype of the one-eyed sun god can be found in other ancient cultures.

In Persia, Ahura Mazda was considered to be the creator of Earth, the heavens, and humankind, as well as the source of all goodness and happiness on earth. He was said to have “the sun for an eye”.

“The supreme god Ahura Mazda also has one Eye, or else it is said that ‘with his eyes, the sun, moon and stars, he sees everything.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

In Norse mythology, Odin was known as the ‘Allfather’ (or father of the gods). He was represented as an old man with one eye.

The One-Eye Sign: Its Origins and Occult Meaning

An ancient depiction of Odin.

Odin is yet another representation of a one-eyed creator sun god.

“The Supreme, invisible Creator of all things was called All-Father. His regent in Nature was Odin, the one-eyed god. The Norwegians regarded Balder the Beautiful as a solar deity, and Odin is often connected with the celestial orb, especially because of his one eye.”
– Ibid.

Western Occultism

Considering the fact that Western occultism was greatly influenced by the esoteric teachings of the civilizations above, the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye made its way into orders such as the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati, and the Freemasons.

The One-Eye Sign: Its Origins and Occult Meaning

Masonic symbols, including the All-Seeing Eye.

“Albert Mackey writes that the All Seeing Eye is “an important symbol of the Supreme Being, borrowed by the Freemasons from the nations of antiquity.” The All Seeing Eye is a symbol representing the watchful gaze of God. It reminds us that every thought and action is to be recorded by the Grand Architect of the Universe, and that we are bound to our obligations in spirit as well as in blood.”
– James E Frey, 32°, Midnight Freemasons

Due to the heavy influence of Freemasonry on the historical events, the symbol of the All-Seeing eye was included on prominent documents such as the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States and the Declaration of Human Rights.

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