The Fates  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"WITHIN THE FABRIC OF THE WORLD, EVERY LIFE HANGS BY A THREAD."--MORGAN FREEMAN"

THE "THREE FATES "ARE THE PERSONIFICATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND INESCAPABLE DESTINY FOLLOWED BY EVERY MORTAL BEING. THEY ASSIGN A MAN TO GOOD OR EVIL. THEY HAVE A SUBTLE, BUT AWESOME POWER. THEY ARE BELIEVED TO BE THE DAUGHTERS OF NYX. IT IS SAID THAT NO OTHER DEITIES HAD SO MUCH POWER AS THE FATES FOR THEY WERE THE GODDESSES WHO CONTROLLED BOTH MORTAL AND DIVINE FATE. EVEN THE POWERFUL ZEUS COULD NOT GO AGAINST THEIR DECREES, AND BECAUSE THEY WERE BORN FROM NYX, THEY BELONG TO THE EARLIEST CLASS OF DEITY...LONG PREDATING THE GODS.

AS GODDESSES OF FATE, THEY KNEW EVERYTHING OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE. THEY WERE CALLED THE "SPINNERS OF FATE" WHO SPUN OUT THE DAYS OF THE HUMAN LIFE AS A PIECE OF YARN.

CLOTHO, WHO APPEARS AS A MAIDEN. SHE IS THE YOUNGEST AND IT HER JOB TO SPIN THE 'THREAD OF LIFE' FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL.

LACHESIS, WHO APPEARS AS A MATRON, IS THE 'MEASURER' TO WHOM THE THREAD WAS PASSED AS IT COMES OFF THE SPINDLE TO BE MEASURED AGAINST HER ROD. IT IS SHE WHO CHOOSES THE LOT IN LIFE ONE WILL HAVE AND MEASURES HOW LONG IT WILL BE.

AND ATROPOS, SHE WHO CANNOT BE TURNED, WHO APPEARS AS A CRONE. AT DEATH, IT IS SHE WHO SNIPPED THE THREAD WITH HER SHEARS. ALTHOUGH THE SMALLEST OF THE THREE, SHE IS THE FATE WHO IS THE MOST FEARED.

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