The Red Thread Of Fate

22 Aug

The Red Thread of Fate Ever heard of it? Not to worry if you haven’t, because until just yesterday I had never heard about it either.

In short, the Red Thread of Fate, sometimes named the Red Thread Of Destiny or Red String 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. Legend has it that the deity in charge of “the red thread” is Yuè Xià Lǎo (月下老), the old lunar match-maker god, who is also in charge of marriages. 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, sisters, fathers, even complete stranger that find one another over a lost pet or misplaced wallet.

What a beautiful idea. How magical to think that we are all already invisibly tethered to the people that we are ordained to meet during our life’s journey. People who will make us better, richer individuals, and whose destinies are infinitely tied to our very own, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. It is the theory of everyONE.

Even though this is an ancient myth that was written and shared thousands of year ago, before the invention of Google or email, I would like to believe that if you are reading my blog, it is simply because you were meant to. Whether it’s so you might learn something new, or because this short tale offers you some small comfort today, there was a plan here. Something unseen, but no less powerful.

So to everyone who finds themselves here today, reading this little piece, may your day be filled with shortened red threads to the people you love.

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


One tale  featuring The Red Thread of Fate involves a young boy who, walking home one night, sees an old man standing under the moonlight (Yuè Xià Lǎo). The man tell the boy that he is connected to his destined wife by a red thread and then goes on to point out the young girl, who is destined to be the boy’s future wife. Being young and having no interest in being married or having a wife, the young boy picks up a rock, hurls it at the little girl and flees.

Many years later, when the boy has grown into a young, handsome man, he enters into an arranged marriage, and on his wedding night, his new wife is waiting for him in their bedroom, with her face covered by a traditional veil. Lifting the veil, the young man is delighted to discover that his new wife is one of the most beautiful girls from his village.

Regardless of her astonishing beauty, his new wife is wearing an adornment on her eyebrow. The young man asks her why she is wearing it, and she answers that when she was a little girl, a boy threw a rock at her, which left a scar on her eyebrow. She  wears the adornment to cover the blemish, that she is so self-conscience of. The beautiful, young woman is, in fact, the very same little girl that the boy was told would be his wife on day by the old man years earlier.


3 Responses to “The Red Thread Of Fate”

  1. Hier September 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Hey, nice post on Threads of fate. I never heard of that before. Thanks. Bye, Franzi.

  2. Tania April 25, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    What a beautiful piece! Thank you!

    • A Girl Who Reads April 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      And thank you for reading it. Always lovely to hear from readers 😉

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