The Eye (a.k.a. The Beholding, The Ceaseless Watcher) is one of The Entities and is the manifestation of the fear of being watched, exposed, followed, of having secrets known, but also the drive to know and understand, even if your discoveries might destroy you. It is also the fear that you’re suffering for the sake of something watching.
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This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot.
The Eye is among the chief "characters" of the series. It is the power behind the Magnus Institute, influencing the members and granting them certain powers. It seems to have been responsible for giving Elias the ability to see and know all things, although he does not do this without great effort. Its associated ritual is called "The Watcher's Crown."
It is the entity that granted the Head Archivists, currently Jonathan Sims, the ability to ask a question and compel the listener to answer. This power also effects avatars of the other entities as Jude Perry became upset when Sims compelled her. Yet it may have a diminished effect of Elias as he volunteers information on Gertrude's death to Sims, DCI Tonner and the others.
Other characters and avatars in the world, such as Perry, have criticized the Beholding, as an entity of great power that does very little and seems content only with feeding its thirst for knowledge. Perry even states it cannot stop the Desolation from winning and will leave it a burned out blind eye by the end.We currently do not know how much influence The Eye is exerting on our world.