RACHEL AND THE RED STRING A TOOL TO PROTECT
The Red String is used for protection against evil eye. A person possessed of ‘evil eye’ carries jealousy & envy, a destroying force. The Red String reminds us to be on guard and to not to come close to such a person as he may injure you.
The Zohar says that the eyes are the windows of the soul, and therefore can transmit tremendous energy. When we look at others with hate, or with envy, we are sending a negative energy their way. And vice versa. The Red String protects us from conscious & unconscious stares, creating a protective shield that fends off negative energy.
After it is wound around the Rachel’s tomb, it is endowed with mystical powers. The cut pieces are worn on the left wrist. The left hand is considered to be the receiving side for the body and soul. left, representing the desire to receive. By wearing The Red String one can receive vital connection to the protective energies surrounding the tomb of Rachel. It allows us to take Rachel’s powerful protective energy and draw from it anytime. While reciting the prayer, we seal her powerful protective energy within as it intercepts negative influences intended to cause harm.
The key that unlocked the door to the ancient tomb was about 15 centimetres (5.9 in) long and made of brass. The beadle kept it with him at all times, and it was not uncommon that someone would knock at his door in the middle of the night requesting it to ease the labor pains of an expectant mother. The key was placed under her pillow and almost immediately, the pains would subside and the delivery would take place peacefully.
Till this day an ancient tradition regarding a segulah or charm is the most famous women’s ritual at the tomb. A red string is tied around the tomb seven times then worn as a charm for fertility. Rachel, wife of Jacob, gave birth after many barren years to two sons, Joseph, and later Benjamin. During the birth of Benjamin, Rachel passed away. She represents the physical world in which we live and her greatest desire is to protect and defend all of her children from evil. Her Tomb is covered with a curtain (Hebrew: parokhet) made from the wedding gown of the Buskin reality of Nava Applebaum, who was killed on the eve of her wedding during a father daughter talk in the Cafe. Hundreds of friends and relatives traveling for the wedding arrived to find that they would be attending her funeral instead, on the day she was supposed to get married. Sand attended the funeral, and placed in her grave the wedding ring he had planned on giving her at the wedding.
Yue Lao (literally: “old man under the moon”), is a god of marriage and love. He appears as an old man under the moon at night, and “unites with a silken cord all predestined couples, after which nothing can prevent their union.” He is immortal and is said to live in the obscure regions of the moon (Yue ming), the equivalent of Hades
A young man passed the city where he saw an old man leaning on his pack reading a book in the moonlight. Being amazed at it, Wei Gu walked up and asked what he was doing. The old man answered, “I am reading a listing for who is going to marry whom. In my pack are red cords for tying the feet of husband and wife.” When Wei Gu and the old man came together to a marketplace, they saw a blind old woman carrying a three-year-old little girl in her arms. The old man said to Wei Gu,” This little girl will be your wife in the future.” Wei Gu thought this was too strange to believe and he ordered his servant to stab the girl with his knife.
Fourteen years later, Wang Tai, the governor, gave Wei Gu his daughter in marriage. He had difficulty finding a suitable match of higher standing for his daughter even though she was a beautiful young woman because she had difficulty walking and had a large scar on the small of her back. When Wei Gu asked what had happened, he was told that she had been stabbed by a man in the marketplace fourteen years ago.
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined flame.
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