Have you experienced a twitching eye for few seconds? It can be very irritating sometimes, but it can also be a sign that something bad is about to happen for Egyptians—especially if it is the left eye. Some Egyptians wait for the bad thing to happen to them or to hear the bad news all day.
An involuntary spasm of the top or bottom eyelid muscles is known as an eye twitch, or myokymia. Although there can be various causes, common causes are a lack of sleep, stress, dry eyes, allergies, low magnesium, poor diet, or too much caffeine that can cause or worsen an eye twitch. An eye twitch usually only last a minute or two. If it lasts longer, then it could perhaps be a different condition, and you should seek medical advise.
We love sharing different superstitions from around the world, and were surprised to see so many Google searches related to eye twitching, so we thought we would share our findings. It is interesting to note that in different cultures, the eyes often relate with some mystical force, hypnosis, an all-seeing eye, or even an evil eye. Others feel that there is either a spiritual message, omen, or superstitious meaning behind an eye twitch. If you are interested in learning more about these different cultures what better way then to travel to these places. Tauck Tours has been offering unforgettable journeys to all 7 continents for over 95 years.
Here are some of the most common and interesting beliefs surrounding eye twitching.
Left Eye Twitch Superstitions
In India, the left eye twitching is considered auspicious for men, but bad luck for women.
In the Caribbean islands including Cuba, if your left eye twitches, it means someone close to you is doing something behind your back, someone is talking bad about you, you are about to get some bad news, or someone close to you may be in some type of trouble.
In China, the left eye twitching can be good or bad, as they feel the time of day is also part of the puzzle. For example, a left eye twitch between midnight and 3 am, means that problems lie ahead.
Between 9 and 11 am, someone will do something nice for you, but they will expect a favor in return. Between 3 pm and 6 pm, you will lose money (so avoid gambling.) Conversely, a left eye twitch between 1 and 3 pm, means everything will go as planned. At certain times of the day, it means there will be the arrival of good news or fortune.
In parts of Africa, if your left lower lid is twitching, it’s a sign of tears to follow. If your upper left lid is twitching, it means an unexpected visitor.
In Egypt, they also feel that if the left eye twitches, the person would receive unpleasant news, as evils exists on the left side. Did you know that in Egypt the Eye of Horus was thought to have healing powers and used to protect the pharaohs in the afterlife.
Others have a more spiritual thought when it comes to eye twitching. They feel it’s your minds trying to release thought of the past or you care too much about what others thing of you or your actions. Try to assess how you are feeling or what you are thinking about next time your left eye starts to twitch.
Right Eye Twitch Superstitions
In the Caribbean is your right eye twitches, it means that someone is speaking well of you, you are going to get good news or you are going to reconnect someone you haven’t seen in a long time.
In China, again it depends on the time of day. For example a right eye twitch between 7 and 11 am could mean your chance of an injury or accident is high. a right eye twitch between 7 pm and 10 pm, means good lucky will fall upon you or you will complete a project.
Others feel that if you right eye is twitching, that your mind & body are trying to tell you something. For example, you are a creative person and have untapped potential trying to come out.
In Egypt, if one’s right eye twitches, the person will receive good news, as the right side symbolizes peace and angels.
Ancient civilizations believed that the involuntary twitching of right eye was a signal from the sub-conscious mind to give a hint about a person’s impending future or near destiny.