I personally find the Moirai fascinating. You may be familiar with them from the movie Clash of the Titans. They were depicted, as they have been described through the myths, as three haggard old women. I’ve gotten to know them fairly well over this last year and thought they were an ideal topic for this #ImmortalMonday.
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The Moirai were the spinner of our fate, quite literally. Together, they determined the length of a person’s life. This meant they had to be privy to all events affecting one’s life, be the events past, present or future. They probably had all kinds of oracle abilities – although it isn’t really brought up. It stands to reason.
They are the daughters of Zeus, sometimes referred to as the Three Fates. These goddesses of fate are believed to be among the eldest in Greek mythology and, as the original spinners, ranged in age.
As the youngest of the three sisters, it was Clotho’s responsibility to actually spin the threads of human life, themselves. She wielded an important power, determining when and who was actually born by deciding where to start a thread. Her Roman equivalent is Nona.
She is the middle sister, and has the heavy burden of determining one’s destiny – or the length of an individual’s life thread. Therefore, Lachesis must determine where a thread is cut. She is instrumental in a person’s destiny and is said to appear with her sisters to a newborn within three days of their birth. Her Roman equivalent is Decima.
Also known as Aisa, she is the shortest and eldest of the sisters. Because of her task, she is considered “inflexible” or “inevitable,” for she is death. There is a lot of burden in her job, but someone has to do it. Atropos makes the crucial decision when our lives come to an end, cutting our thread of life with her shears, thus putting an end to it. She is the ultimate executioner of destiny. Her Roman equivalent is Morta.
Would you be accepting of a balanced gods and goddesses check system like this that controlled our fate? Do you think it would be all right as long as you didn’t know what fate had in store for your future? Or do you prefer a world where our destiny is unwritten?
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