Threads have a symbolic energy meaning. They are a source of personal power for the Native Americans through their long hair, they are in our DNA and they are in our food as fibers and even in nanotechnology, galloping into the future. The analogy in the examples may be far-fetched, but it is not to be underestimated. A thread can go as long and as far as possible, and connect as many people as possible.
Thread in Tradition
In the Chinese tradition, the red thread of the destiny is the red cord of marriage. According to the ancient stories, the gods tie an invisible red thread around the ankles of those who are destined to meet under specific circumstances or to help each other in some specific way. In the Japanese legends, the red thread used to be tied around the small finger. Those that have been connected with the red thread by fate are destined to love each other forever, regardless of the place, the time and the circumstances they find themselves in during their lives. The thread can be torn by force or tangled, but the connection can never be totally destroyed.
The thin pink or crimson thread in the Jewish tradition is a type of talisman that can be carried as a protection against misfortune. The Macedonian ‘martinka’ is a strand woven of a white thread and a red thread. The white symbolizes purity and happiness, and the red denotes blood and vitality. On the first day of March, the oldest woman in the family used to tie the red and white string around the children’s wrists to protect them from bad omens and to improve their health. The ‘martinka’ was also used to decorate the first milk given in May and the herbs collected at the beginning of July.
How to Use the Power of the Red Thread
The red thread is a global symbol of the connection that exists among all women, across space and across time. With the monthly bleeding, the women reboot their energy cycle and get in touch with their intuition. That is one of the best gifts they can give to each other and to the world.
There are amazing ways you can empower yourself with the magic of the red thread. Tying a red string around your wrist during your monthly bleeding is an excellent way to remind yourself that you are a sovereign to your body, soul and heart, and to take as much as you want time for yourself, at least during the bleeding. If you want to create a special bond with friends or a circle of women, you can get a long string and make pieces for each circle member in a ritual.
The power of thread work on workshops with multiple participants is unbelievable. The group can knit and wave an enchanting web of interconnections just by taking the string from one member to the other, choosing the next in the circle by free will.
In the end, cats might be on to something. It is no wonder that yarn is one of their favorite toys!
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