I thought that I would pose this question as I've had some discussions with my close Orthodox friends regarding the evil eye and mainly the blue talisman that the some faithful wear as a pin or pendant for protection.
I have read reliable articles about Greek Orthodox priests going on television in Greece urging the faithful not to wear the blue eyed talisman.
In my opinion wearing the blue eye talisman is superstition at best, and dabbling in the occult and the evil one's world at worst.
As Christians we are to refrain from partaking in any folk 'formula' which is equally evil and sinful in the eyes of God. Why would those faithful need to wear a blue eye for protection if they are observing the fast, making good confessions, and praying including prostrations. Above all wouldn't receiving the sacramentals (drinking holy water, receiving Holy Communion and Holy Unction) aid in this protection.
In my opinion, the cross is defeat and protection against all evil. Period.
Superstitious occult practices and talismen are pagan in nature and are harmful to the souls of those who dabble in them.
There is difference between tradition and superstition. I don't believe that a tradition is beneficial if it is superstitious.
How can I tell my friends that wearing this blue eye is wrong in the eyes of God and their own Church ?
Brad (Latin Catholic)