“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb.
The Red Thread of Destiny is a belief that comes from ancient Chinese lore. It is also known as the ‘Red Thread of Fate’ or ‘Red String of Fate.’
A myth originated in East Asia, the early Chinese, or should I say, the more superstitious people residing in China believe that the Gods of fate, specifically the God of Love ties a red thread in the index finger of lovers who are meant to be together.
It means that people who are destined to meet are tied together with an invisible Red Thread. Legend has it that the two people connected by this thread will have a major story, regardless of the time, place or circumstances. It might seem like a fairy tale to people, however, many believe it to be true.
The Red String might get tangled, contracted or stretched, as surely often happens, but it can never break. Thus, deducing that the ones bound by it, will always meet each other and eventually fall for each other.
These pairs are inevitable in nature, since the God of Love will always make matches in favor of the person and for their own betterment.
According to the Chinese myth, the Gods tied an invisible red thread around the ankles of a man and a woman who were destined to meet and get married.
Now here is where the mixing of believe starts, some say it is the index fingers and some believe it to be the ankles of the destined couple.
The myth is the Asian counterpart of the Western concept of ‘soul mates‘ or ‘twin flames.’ The deity in charge of ‘The Red Thread’ is believed to be Yue Xia Lao, the lunar matchmaker God who is also in charge of marriages.
According to legend, there was a great emperor, who wanted to find his wife, the one whom he would spend his life with.
During that time, people say that there were magically strings attached to the people who were destined to find their soulmates and they’d follow the string in order to find their soulmate. However, the string was invisible.
The emperor contacted a witch, who was alleged to be able to see the red string of fate. The witch took the emperor was taken to a village where he was taken to a woman with a baby.
The witch told him that his string was connected to the poor peasant woman with the baby. This infuriated the emperor, believing that he was being marked by the witch.
The emperor then pushed the woman, resulting in her baby getting hurt. The emperor then ordered the execution of the witch, since she had defiled him of magic and humiliated him.
Many years passed, and the time came when he had to marry. Someone suggested a woman of his status, daughter of another general. On the wedding day, the emperor unveiled the woman and saw a scar on the girl’s head. Similar to the one he had caused to the baby.
Knowing that we have been created in a pair, we go around our lives searching for the one who is our destiny. Every time we fall in love, we feel this is it, this is the one and that we have found the other half.
However, sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail but that is how love is. Not all of us get happy endings to our story.
This person is our soul connection, and we gamble our hearts to find him or her. Many times we break our hearts in our search for the right one, but when we find them, it is all worth it.
It is all butterflies and meadows, ticklish feeling in the stomach and love in your heart when you meet someone with whom you connect emotionally and spiritually.
However, it is also true that sometimes the path that leads to our destiny is a rocky road. It challenges everything that we have ever believed in about love and happily ever after. Even when we find the ‘one for us,’ things may not go smoothly.
The time may not be right; the circumstances might challenge the strength of our bond. What remains is that people who are destined to be together will find a way back, because no matter what we believe true love does exist, and it is eternal.
All cultures have pondered what it is that governs the individual path of each person, and among them, many have conceived an astronomical thread that predicts their paths.
Think of the Moirai of the Greeks, who hold a thread of gold for each person on earth and cut it suddenly when his or her death is due or the other Red Thread of the Cabala which connects the believers to the Holy Land of Jerusalem.
It is logical to think that if life is conceived as an excellent text (Latin text: knitting, connection), the strings are the primary material of men to rasterize their daily lives. To ‘lose the thread’ is now a universal expression to refer to practical or even existential deviation.
Thus, the legend of the Red Thread tells us that within the labyrinth of encounters and shared stories there is a pre-designed and perfect path, a scarlet string which, like that of Ariadne, connects us with our irrevocable destination placed at the edge of another string that will also lead to us.
Sometimes we try hard to find the people we are destined to be with, sometimes we give up and sometimes we lose faith in it.
The most intriguing part of this legend is not that it’s true or an old wives’ tale, it is all about acceptance and being patient about love.
We should never force someone to love us, they are meant to be with us, and they will be, regardless of time, space and circumstances.
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