What Does A Red String Bracelet Mean?
Red string bracelet instills faith, protection and empowers the bearer.
In the last few years, I have seen an increment of people and potential customers inquiring about the famous "Red String Bracelets", and although to many it might be a common piece of red wool, I have learned over the years that what matters most is the symbolism behind it. Personally, I've been given red string bracelets, I have gifted them to friends and loved ones hoping to express love, wishes of good luck, and protection, heck; even my 2 year olds daughter wears it on her left ankle, and I always get asked the same question: WHAT DOES A RED STRING BRACELET MEAN?
So today I decided to start a mini series on the most frequently asked questions. They will be divided to make it easier for the reader (YOU).
The History of the Red String Bracelet:
The red string bracelet is commonly worn by practitioners of 4 different faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Kabbalah and even Ancient Chinese legend. It can be worn on either wrist and is usually made of wool; it can even have knots tied into it. The color red has had a long-standing tradition in human history for many things, more so defined by the attachments that the culture puts on them. Red has been a color used as a symbol of blood, protection, is used in the work with the Evil Eye, its been painted on the human body before battle, even painted on doors of homes for protection.
In energy work, this bracelet can become a talisman and charged with energies that are to protect the wearer. It is believed that the left side of the body is the receiving side, so wearing it on the left side allows the receiving of good fortunes and luck to come to you.
so, What Does A Red String Bracelet Mean? Well, symbolism varies by practice and culture.
In Hinduism, they are called “kalava”, and they are generally worn on the right wrist by men and left wrist by woman. In Hinduism, red is a symbol of purity, the color of divine, bravery and generosity. It is given in the temple’s at ceremonies and punjab’s. It shows unity in the faith of Hinduism and the community.
In Buddhism, the color red is a symbol of life force, compassion, and rules the tongue. Wearing the red string in Buddhism is a reminder to the wearer to show compassion to all and mind the tongue; for the tongue can cut deeper than the sword.
In Christianity, Genesis: 38 mentions the red string to “worn off misfortunes”. It is also generally worn on the left wrist. In Christianity, red is a symbol of fire, blood, and Pentecost. It also became the color of the martyred saints.
Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical interpenetration of the bible. It originated from Rachel’s tomb and is only worn on the left wrist. In the Kabbalah it’s believed it removes unwanted energy to make room for wanted energy.
Ancient Chinese Legend
In ancient Chinese legend, the Red Thread of Fate is an invisible thread said to tie together all those whose lives will intertwine. It is governed by the Chinese God of marriage, Yue Lao, as it is often most associated with the link between two people who are destined to be married.
There are so many people exploring the meaning of mindfulness and spirituality. People who are open to discovering tools that help them live a better, more fulfilling life. There are so many different practices and traditions we can draw from to live that out, and the Red String Bracelet is one of those powerful practices. Now that you read the benefits, and history behind it; it is on you to set your intentions for it. No matter what wrist you wear it on or how you view it; wearing it can be an addition to your own faith, and a reminder of whats important for you.
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