The Legend of The Red Thread
The Legend Of The Red Thread
According to an ancient Japanese legend, the old lunar matchmaking God, Yué Låo, who is in charge of marriages, connects everyone when they are born with an invisible red thread. The thread is attached to their pinky finger and the other end is tied to the pinky finger of their destined soul mate.
The Heart and the Pinky Finger
In our bodies is it a coincidence that the ulnar artery connects the heart with the pinky finger. When we make a promise it is often done by two people crossing their pinkie fingers and thus connecting hearts.
In the words of William Shakespeare “Journeys end in lovers meeting”.
Inspired by The Red Thread
After reading this beautiful myth, I was inspired to create my own interpretation of The Red Thread.
This piece is done in encaustic wax (itself an ancient art form). Its surface represents all the bumps on the road of life. No one has a smooth journey, there are always ups and downs. The red thread was then twisted and tangled into the shape of a heart and in bedded into the encaustic wax. It was then sealed into the work with several final layers of wax.
I love the whole idea of this lovely legend. You may meet different people in your life but only your soul mate will have the red thread attached to their pinky finger that eventually leads to you.