The Red String of Fate

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”

The Myth

The Red Thread of Fate is an ancient East Asian myth, found in both Chinese and Japanese mythology. According to the Chinese legend, when we are born the gods tie an invisible red thread around our ankels, and the ankles of those we are fated to meet during the course of our life. As the years pass and we grow older, the thread becomes shorter and tighter, bringing these people ever closer to us.

In Japanese culture, this mystical cord is thought to be tied around the our little fingers instead of the ankle. Over time this unseen thread may stretch or become tangled, but it will never break.

We will always meet the people we are predestined to meet, at just the right time in our lives. While it is often thought that this strand only links two star-crossed lovers to each other, the mythos does not, in fact,differentiate between one specific type of relationship or another. It is about connections between people: lovers, friends, enemies, even complete strangers.

Happy Valentine’s day!

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