The Red String is used for protection against what the Zohar terms: evil eye.
“A person possessed of an ‘evil eye’ carries with him jealousy & envy, a destroying force. Be on your guard not to come near him. 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. It is worn on the left wrist, left representing the desire to receive, therefore creating a protective shield that fends off negative energy.
RACHEL AND THE RED STRING
There is a tradition regarding the key that unlocked the door to the ancient tomb. The key 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 there is an ancient tradition regarding a segulah or charm which 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.
After the Red String is wound around the tomb, it is endowed with mystical powers. It is then cut into pieces and worn on the left wrist. The left hand is considered to be the receiving side for the body and soul. By wearing The Red String on our left wrist, we can receive a vital connection to the protective energies surrounding the tomb of Rachel.
It also allows us to take Rachel’s powerful protective energy and draw from it anytime.
Rachel represents the physical world in which we live. Her greatest desire is to protect and defend all of her children from evil. When tied to the left wrist, while reciting the prayer, we seal her powerful protective energy within as it intercepts negative influences intended to cause harm.
Rachel’s 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.
Yue Lao (literally: “old man under the moon”), is a god of marriage and love in Chinese mythology. He appears as an old man under the moon
He appears 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 either in the moon or in the “obscure regions” (Yue ming), the Chinese equivalent of Hades
YUE LAO: THE MATCHMAKING GOD
There was a young man named Wei Gu. Once he was passing the city of Songcheng, 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 book of marriage 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 of Xiangzhou, gave Wei Gu his daughter in marriage. He was having 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 before.
Also referred to as the red string of marriage is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of “the red thread” is believed to be Yue Xia Lao often abbreviated to Yue Lao, the old lunar matchmaker god, who is in charge of marriages.
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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