The All-Seeing Eye

The Symbol Representation

The all-seeing eye is usually portrayed as a single eye, eye inside the sun/light halo, eye inside or on top of a pyramid, and signaled by covering one’s eye, making pyramid with your hands or pointing to one eye in some way.


History: Divine Origin

Many powerful creatures or idols/”gods” were believed to be one-eyed:

Balor: from Irish mythology, believed to be able to kill with his one, evil eye.

Cyclops: from ancient Greece, one-eyed race of giant creatures.

Kabandha: a headless demonic entity known in Hinduism as Ramayana, depicted as having one large eye on its chest.

Ojancanu: one-eyed evil being from Slavic mythology.

Psoglav: another one-eyed, dog-headed demon from Serbian mythology.

Dajjal: Muslims believe that the antichrist (Dajjal in Arabic, or False Messiah) is one-eyed.

Horus: one-eyed god of ancient Egypt.

Odin: one-eyed god in Norse mythology.

The first mention or use of the symbol of the all-seeing eye goes back thousands of years ago to the Hindu sacred texts, the Rig Veda (believed to be 3000 years old). Rig Veda describes the eye as the representation of many deities, including the Sun–the eye in the sky that is always watchful and open. It is referring to the elusive third eye concept believed to give one spiritual power. Although one of the major Hindu gods, Shiva, is said to possess three eyes, it is the third eye that is most important. The third eye, it is believed, allows one to access higher knowledge and destroy all negativity.

Besides the Hindus, there have been many others who believe in the divine origin of the all-seeing eye. For example, in Buddhism Buddha is called the Eye of the World. Buddha’s statues often depict a dot between his eyebrows symbolizing the “divine” third eye.

Ancient Greeks believed also in the all-seeing eye to represent divinity as noted in the Hymns of Orpheus. Of course, no one can ignore ancient Egypt and the eye of Horus or Ra. Horus was believed to have falcon head and a human body. Hence, his “all-seeing” eye was stylized in the image of the lanner falcon eyes that have the marking below:


The all-seeing eye either is depicted alone or inside an other object such as the thousands of years old symbol of Hamsa (Khamsa or Hamesh). Hamsa is an image of a hand (usually right hand) with an eye inside the palm. It is used as a protective talisman against evil forces. Minority Jewish sects call the symbol Hand of Miriam, Muslim mystical sects call it the Hand of Fatima, Hindus Humsa and Christian sects call it Nazar.


Secretive societies or societies claiming to hold secrets, such as Freemasonry or Bavarian Illuminati from 18th century, have used the symbol of the all-seeing eye to represent their understanding of a supreme being too.

Modern Times: Divine Symbol

In modern times, the eye symbol is usually placed on top of or inside a pyramid. It continues to be of religious significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. Modern Freemasons use the eye and pyramid symbol on everything, most famous being the United States great seal on the dollar bill. To them, the eye is the eye of the Great Architect of the universe, their name for God. Most of the signatories of the first political document of the United States were Freemasons.At least 18 U.S. presidents were Freemasons, including the father of the nation George Washington. Hence this is why we see the great seal of the United States on the U.S. dollar bill

Christians adopted the symbol since 16th century and call it the Eye of God or Eye of Providence. It is displayed in many Christian churches. The pyramid, for Christians, represents the trinity concept and, the eye–the sign of Christian deity.


Besides religious groups using the eye symbol, today’s entertainment industry appears to be promoting it:


Based on the historical uses and depiction of the all-seeing eye, it is reasonable to conclude that the symbol of the eye represents a deity that is glorified or adored in some way. I believe this ‘deity’ is often representing something/someone otherworldly or supernatural , Man himself or the State as omniscient, omnipresent “god.” Depending of the tradition, the eye could be an evil eye or positive, protective eye or both at the same time. The use of the symbol is not rooted in monotheism even though some, such as Freemasons and Christians, claim that the eye represents the One True God.

Questions for you, the readers, are:

Why do we see the symbol of the eye everywhere?

Who promotes and glorifies it?

Which “god” is it representing?

What is the context in which it is represented?




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