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Cat's Eye Shells

I think the only time Cat's eye shells are mentioned was in the pilot episode. Sam and Dean just discovered their father's hotel room and begin to look around when Sam says: Salt, Cat's Eye shells... He was worried.

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The shells are used for protection, just like salt, but more specifically for the evil eye. The evil eye is usually given by someone who is envious, jealous, or covetous which could very well fit the pilot's Woman In White. Constance Welch's husband had been unfaithful to her and as a Woman In White she went after men and accused them of doing the same.

The Cat's Eye is a sea-snail called a Turban Shell or Turbo (I know, I instantly thought of the movie too!). They became very popular in the Victorian era and where often made into jewelry. The shells can also be part of mojo and gris-gris protection bags as well as hoodoo.

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The other side of the shell is known as "the eye of Shiva" and represents the 3rd eye of Shiva.
The spiral of the Eye of Shiva represents development and positive energy, again protecting and guarding. The talisman is also known in other cultures as "the Eye of Buddha" in Buddhist Asia, as Mermaid's Money" in southern Africa and as "Eye of Santa Lucia" in Italy. (X)

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borgmama1of5
Feb. 18th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
Neat info!
agent_jl36
Feb. 20th, 2014 05:42 am (UTC)
Thanks m'lady! I'm glad someone else finds this stuff as neat as I do!

Edited at 2014-02-20 05:42 am (UTC)
roxymissrose
Feb. 18th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This is really informative--I'll add it to my bag of 'What Winchesters Need And Why'. :)
agent_jl36
Feb. 20th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Cool! I really want a cat's eye bracelet now... for my own protection of course.
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