BLACK SPINDLE

“Your only existence shall be that which I weave for you out of sorrow and woe.”

Definition/Summary:

Spindle

  • Tool designed to weave fibers into thread

Flavor text: weaving, is a reference to the idea of someones lifespan or existence being predetermined

Mythology

The Moirai

  • Three goddesses of fate who personify the inescapable destiny of man.
  • They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things.
  • Klotho (Clotho), the “the Spinner,” who spun the thread of life
  • Lakhesis (Lachesis), “the Apportioner of Lots” measures the thread
  • Atropos (or Aisa), “She who cannot be turned,” who cut it short.
  • Zeus Moiragetes, the god of fate, was their leader.

Expanded info:

The Fates

  • Three female deities who shaped people’s lives. In particular, they determined how long a man or woman would live. Although a number of cultures held the notion of three goddesses who influenced human destiny, the Fates were most closely identified with Greek mythology
  • As the Greek image of the Fates developed over time. The poet Homer who is credited with composing the Iliad and the Odyssey, spoke of Fate as a single force, perhaps simply the will of the gods
  • Another poet, Hesiod portrayed the Fates as three old women. They were called the Keres, which means “those who cut off,” or the Moirai, “those who allot.”

These portrayals may have originated as goddesses who were present at the birth of each child to determine the course of the child’s future life

While still a mystery, Hesiod described them as the daughters of Nyx, aka night and also describes them as the children of Zeus, the chief of the gods, and Themis, the goddess of justice

  • The Fates had power over Zeus and the other gods and they had to accept the decisions of the Fates
  • Fates could be manipulated, Apollo even tricked the Fates into letting his friend Admetus live beyond his assigned lifetime by getting them intoxicated
  • Hesiod is responsible for the most popular depictions of the Fates Clotho (“the spinner”), Lachesis (“the allotter”), and Atropos (“the unavoidable”)
  • Over history the name Clotho, became a reference to spinning thread and became the basis for images of the three Fates as controlling the thread of each person’s life. Clotho spun the thread, Lachesis measured it out, and √Ātropos cut it with a pair of shears to end the life span
  • The triad of goddesses linked with human destiny appears in various forms in mythology

Horae, associated with the goddess Aphrodite

  • Their names were Eunomia (Order), Dike (Destiny), and Irene (Peace.)

The Norse called them Norns:

  • Urth, the past; Verthandi, the present; and Skuld, the future. Sometimes the Norns were referred to as the Weird Sisters, from the Norse word wyrd, meaning “fate.”

Celts, triad of war goddesses, collectively known as the Morrigan, who determined the fate of soldiers in battle

  • The image of a triple goddess may be linked to very ancient worship of a moon goddess in three forms: a maiden (the new moon), a mature woman (the full moon), and a crone (the old moon)

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