The first time I came across this concept was in... 2000 I think. My best friend introduced me to it. In Celtic Women's Spirituality: Accessing the Cauldron of Life by Edain McCoy. I ended up getting a copy of the book as well.
It was called Anamchara there. It spoke of soul friends and a Anamchara ritual which friends may undertake together acknowledging their bond as well as reinforcing it. Anamchara is not a simple concept.
I will say that I am looking for connections which are deep and holds resonance for me. Those connections may not be considered deep or hold resonance for others.
It's very much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Though there was one chair, one bed, and one bowl of porridge that was just right for her (little trespassing thief that she was), to each of those bears, their respective chair, bed and porridge was just right for each of them. All different yet all just right.
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~Open up your mind and let me step inside.
Rest your weary head and let your heart decide. It's so easy.
When you know the rules.
It's so easy. All you have to do is fall in love.
Play the game.
Everybody play the game of love. Yeah...~