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Moirae, Spinners of the Thread of Life

The Fates (Moirae) were the spinners of the thread of life and the personification of destiny

Genealogy of the Fates

The Fates were among the most ancient goddesses in ancient Greek mythology. The Fates were either daughters of Zeus, lord of the gods, and Themis, goddess of justice, or were created by the goddess Nyx without the intervention of man.

The three Fates: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos

In Greek mythology, there were three Fates: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. Clotho, the spinner, was the youngest of the three goddesses of fate; she spun the thread of fate with a distaff, determining when a person was born; Lachesis measured the length of the thread to determine the length of life; finally, the cruel Atropos cut the thread of life, determining the time of death.

The Role of the Fates

The Fates (Moirae) were the spinners of the thread of life and determined the life span of every mortal from birth to death. No other god had the right or ability to change their decisions. The Fates were the personifications of destiny; yet no man could blame the Fates, as he alone was sometimes responsible for his failures.

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