What does the eye in the hand symbol mean?

The Eye in Hand symbol is a multi-cultural expression of the interactive bond between two essential human functions: 1) Eye: sensing, knowledge, observation, omniscience (all-knowing), and 2) Hand: doing, power, acting, omnipotence (all-powerful). As such, it is the icon that represents the user-created 3D virtual world community "Second Life." The symbol may also be worn as a protection against the "evil eye."

The Hamsa Hand is one of the original protective signs. It is believed that the one who wears it or hangs it in his house, will be protected from the Evil Eye and it will bring positive energy, happiness, prosperity and health.

An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima, in reference to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Muhammad. An alternative Jewish name is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron.