Coquette, what’s the difference between having all the atoms in your bodies forged from the exact same star and being soulmates? Love you by the way, and good luck on your journey.
The concept of soulmates is metaphysical poetry that holds biblical mythology sacred. It explores the idea of transcendent love in terms of dualistic religiosity. The idea of a shared soul in two bodies still separates the soul from the body, and it still requires a god concept to create the transcendence.
The concept of starmates is metaphysical poetry that holds the mysteries of the universe sacred. It explores the idea of transcendent love in terms of monistic philosophy. There is no soul. None is needed. We are all the same accidental alignment of stardust, and the only thing required to create transcendence is a more intensified alignment.
Every last poet, every last writer, every last human with the gift of language has tried to find words to express the concept of transcendent love and our painfully innate desire for it. We all come up short, but it was my turn to write about it, and those just happened to be the words I found.
It’s all metaphor, of course. I don’t believe in starmates any more than I believe in soulmates, but the belief system underlying the poetry is what’s important. It reflects what I choose to hold sacred. That’s the difference between the two, and the difference is everything.