“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb
The Red Thread of Destiny is a belief that comes from an old Chinese legend. Also known as the red thread of fate or red string of fate, it means that people who are destined to meet are tied together with an invisible red thread.
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. The myth is similiar to the Western concept of “soulmates”. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of “the red thread” is believed to be Yue Xia Lao, the old lunar matchmaker god who is also in charge of marriages.
Another way this theory is explained is someone is waiting for you with an invisible red string around their ankle. You have a red string around your ankle too, and it will bring you to your soul mate. In this ancient Chinese parable, “The Old Man in the Moonlight” ties predestined people together. In ancient Greece, strings thread their way through the myth of Ariadne. Ariadne, princess of Crete, fell in love with an Athenian hero, Theseus who was sent to a labyrinth to be killed. Ariadne helped Theseus escape by giving him string to find his way back out of the Labyrinth. For Anglo Saxon’s a string around your finger helped you remember. In these three examples strings declare the unseen elements of the world, represent divine intentions in our daily lives, become the symbol of how we find our way to the source, enabling us to remember our purpose, and connecting us to one-another.
While most commonly thought of as being about two lovers, connected by a thin, red string of fate, the proverb does not discriminate the type or limit itself to one specific relationship. The term is also very popular among families who adopt children from China. The saying is that when a baby is born, he or she is already connected to the important people in his or her life. And as each birthday passes, the threads shorten and tighten, bringing closer together those who are fated to be together. The red thread becomes an important symbol during the adoption process and helps parents feel connected to the child they are waiting to adopt.
Wearing red thread bracelets is a great way to symbolize the strong bonds with the loved ones in your life now, and the ones you haven’t even met yet. It is a constant reminder that we are all interconnected. Our lives are invisibly tied to those whose destinies touch ours.