God's Eye

I like God's eyes. In my high school Spanish class I gave a presentation about how to make Ojo de dios, God's eye. I realized as I was trying to give the presentation that most people had not chosen to present instructions for something that was interesting, but something easy to explain. One person presented how to draw Bart Simpson's head.

God's eyes are pretty straight forward to make, but I struggled horribly to remember the words for twine, to explain the process of basic weaving. For people who don't do anything with their hands, the over, under, over under repeated motion can be difficult. Hardly anyone in the class was able to make one, and my carefully prepared kits went to waste.

I still like God's eyes now, and  would like to explain them again, maybe in drawings, to children. Hopefully it would work better than my first attempt.


One of the things that is interesting about them is that they actually have roots in Pueblo religion. They used to be placed on desolate trails in the Southwest to protect passers. The act of making a God's eye also has some significance as a meditation exercise. I am not sure of the whole context. But it is funny that they are made at summer camps throughout the U.S. without any context at all, as a simple arts and crafts project. 

God's eyes always reminded me of  my early interest in walnuts. As a young child I thought walnuts were eyes looking at me, and I worried that ghosts or demons might live inside. 

I saw a walnut right after I drew the God's eye, so I picked it up and drew it too. I hope the demon is happy.