Ancients Romans were superstitious about the evil eye. The premise of the evil eye is that some people have the ability to harm others just by looking at them. This concept is seen in many different cultures. In Rome, there was concern that giving the evil eye could harm a nursing mother, children, nursing animals and male fertility.
In order to ward against the evil eye, a variety of amulets were worn. One of the most common amulets is a little horn, called a cornicello charm--pictured below.
Another common charm worn for good luck and to ward off an evil eye was a phallus. The one pictured below is from 100 A.D.
Sadly, we don't have any phallus charms hanging in our house, but we do have a kind of lucky ornament that graces our house. It was a gift from my parents when my husband and I were married--a door ornament from Singapore. The bats around the edges of the ornament are a symbol for luck.
Do you have any lucky charms?