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My left eye has been twitching a lot lately.  I have also noticed, that I’m not the only one.  I have met at least a half dozen other people who are experiencing the same symptoms. What does this mean? Does it mean anything? What do we all have in common? Is there a transit that supports this?

Initially, I think of Jupiter who has just moved into Aries, being that he rules over the Liver and the Eyes, he was my first place to look for answers.  And I think I’m onto something….

What follows is the Science and Superstition around the Left eye twitch! It all relates strongly to where I’m currently at.  Jupiter is going to move into my 8th house very soon and I can feel the looming event of “stranger” or “significant other” coming into my life.  I also feel the auspicious and inauspicious qualities that seem to contradict each other from China, Hawaii, and  India which relate to money and resources.

Left Eye Twitching – What Does It Mean

Left Eye Twitching Superstition – China:

An old Chinese saying about twitching eyelids says that “the twitching of the left eyelid indicates the coming of good fortune; while the right one is a warning about the coming bad luck.” So while a twitch in the left eye indicates good luck or even a major gold rush, a twitching right eye is considered a bad omen which foretells of ill luck headed your way! In women the tables are turned as a twitching right eye signifies good luck while a twitching left one is considered a bad prognostic. Similarly, there are many assumptions of eyelid twitching causes and superstitions where a twitch in the lower left eyelid means you can expect to cry soon or someone is gossiping about you.

Left Eye Twitching Superstition – India:

The Indian left eye twitching superstition is the reverse of the Chinese version. So in India a twitching right eye is definitely a good sign while the left eye twitching is considered inauspicious. At times, eye twitching can also be based on the gender as well, so while left eye twitching is considered good for women it might be a bad sign for men.

Left Eye Twitching Superstition – Parts of Africa:

In certain parts of Africa, twitching in your lower eyelid signals that you will soon be shedding tears or when the upper eyelid twitches, it’s a sign you will meet someone unexpectedly.

Left Eye Twitching Superstition – Hawaii:

In Hawaii twitching eyes can signal the arrival of a stranger, or a mourning in the offing. In addition to these faith and beliefs, there are some other versions of the left eye twitching superstition where a constant twinging of your left eye might signal a demise in the family or the twitching of the right may signal an impending birth.

Read more on bad luck superstitions.

Left Eye Twitching Causes

Although the left eye twitching bad luck or good luck superstitions might make for a good reading, there is a scientific reason behind left eye twitching. Involuntary eye twitching also referred to as eye muscle spasm can be attributed to a eye problem known as blepharospasm. The condition is actually caused by uncontrollable contractions of the muscles around the eyelids. This chronic, uncontrollable blinking of the eyes is the result of dry eyes, conjunctivitis or light sensitivity. In addition to this there are many brain or neurological disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome or certain eye allergies and injuries. Eye twitches can also be caused by certain conditions such as stress, air pollution, strained eyes or fatigue. If it is an extreme condition you need to consult a doctor who might prescribe oral medications or certain eye drops. In an extreme case, myectomy or surgery for treating blinking eyes may have to be performed to cure the excessive twitching of the eyes. However, general twitching in the eyes can be cured with plenty of rest and cutting down on certain things like smoking, caffeine or alcohol. Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms are pretty common. Usually only the bottom lid of one eye is involved, but the top eyelid also can twitch. Most eye twitches come and go, although they can last for weeks or even months. Here are the main “Scientific” causes of the Twitch:

  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Eyestrain
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dry eyes
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Allergies

Almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem. However, this kind of eye twitching also can be hard to treat. The only option for making the twitching stop may be to figure out the cause and deal with it. More serious forms of eyelid twitching are caused by neurological conditions such as blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. These conditions are much less common and should be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.

Illumination of the causes:

Stress: While we’re all under stress at times, our bodies react in different ways. Eye twitching can be one sign of stress, especially when it is related to vision problems such as eye strain (see below). Reducing the cause of the stress can help make the twitching stop.

Tiredness: A lack of sleep, whether because of stress or some other reason, can trigger eyelid spasms. Catching up on your sleep can help.

Eyestrain: Vision-related stress can occur if, for instance, you need glasses or a change of glasses. Your eyes may be working too hard, triggering eyelid twitching. Computer eye strain from computer use is also a very common cause of vision-related stress. If your eyelid twitching is persistent and very annoying (like the problem experienced by my patient’s wife), you should have an eye exam, because you may need vision correction. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, you also should consider talking to your eye doctor about special computer eyeglasses.

Caffeine and alcohol: Many experts believe that too much caffeine and/or alcohol can trigger eye twitches. If your caffeine (coffee, tea, soda pop, etc.) and/or alcohol intake has increased, cutting back is worth a try.

Dry eyes: More than half the older population experiences dry eyes, due to aging. Dry eyes also are very common for people who use computers, take certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, etc.), wear contact lenses and consume caffeine and/or alcohol. If you are tired and under stress, you also may develop dry eye. It’s best to see your eye doctor for a dry eye evaluation, because many treatments are now available.

Nutritional imbalances: Some reports indicate a lack of certain nutritional substances, such as magnesium, can trigger eyelid spasms. Although these reports lack scientific evidence, I can’t rule this out as a possible cause of eyelid twitching. If you suspect a nutritional deficiency may be affecting you, however, I suggest talking this over with your family doctor for expert advice rather than randomly buying over-the-counter nutritional products.

Allergies: People with eye allergies can have itching, swelling and watery eyes. When eyes are rubbed, this releases histamine into the lid tissues and the tears. This is significant, because some evidence indicates that histamine can cause eyelid twitching. To offset this problem, some eye doctors have recommended antihistamine eye drops or tablets to help some eyelid twitches. But remember that antihistamines also can cause dry eyes. It’s best to work with your eye doctor to make sure you’re doing the right thing for your eyes.


But for the benefit of others who strongly believe in the Chinese sayings, there is another type of explanation available. The twitching of eye could be caused by signs coming to us from some unknown sources. And twitching on different time of the day means different signs.
RAT (11pm to 1am) Left: You are about to meet a helpful nobleman. Right:You will be invited to a big or important dinner party.
OX (1am to 3am) Left: You have things to worry about. Right: Someone is thinking of you.
TIGER (3am to 5am) Left: Someone from another city or country is coming to visit you. Right: An auspicious event is about to occur in your life.
RABBIT (5am to 7am) Left: You will be welcoming a visitor to your home today. Right: This suggests that the next 24 hours are peaceful and safe.
DRAGON (7am to 9am) Left: Someone from another city or country is coming to visit you. Right: You will lose something of value very shortly.
SNAKE (9am to 11am) Left: You will be invited to a big or important dinner party. Right: Something bad or harmful to you is about to happen.
HORSE (11am to 1pm) Left: You will be invited to a big or important dinner party. Right: There will be an inauspicious event. SHEEP (1pm to 3pm) Left: You will enjoy a financially auspicious development. Right: A small but auspicious event is about to happen.
MONKEY (3pm to 5pm) Left: You will lose some small money or hurt yourself in a small way. Right: There is someone thinking of you in a very romantic way.
ROOSTER (5pm to 7pm) Left: Someone helpful is coming to see you soon. Right: You will welcome a foreign visitor into your home soon.
DOG (7pm to 9pm) Left: You will be welcoming a visitor to your home today. Right: If you encounter a large group of people, it brings you good luck.
BOAR (9pm to 11pm) Left: You will be welcoming a visitor to your home today. Right: There is a court case that will cause you some aggravation.
….in the end, to ground it all: Maybe it is simply too much stress, caffeine, and computer time that is causing the twitch.  This is totally possible.  But I cannot help my curious investigation.  Who really knows….Only time can tell. If your eye is twitching, or ever has, please share your stories!!!

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