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Mythic Monday ~ The Fates


The Three Fates

The Three Fates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The three goddesses of destiny. The Greek’s called them the Moirae. Germanic pagans referred to them as the Norn. In English, we simply call them Fates. The weavers of our destiny.

They spin the threads of our future destiny like an intricately woven tapestry. Klotho spins the thread of life when you are born. Lakhesis measures the thread. Aisa cuts the thread.

After Christianity was adopted, they were called birth fairies. They show up to greet the infant on the third day of life. You can not lock the doors and windows to deter them. They are persistent and determined. I suspect how they are welcomed could influence the gifts they bestow on the new child. Perhaps today they would be thought of as the ‘Fairy Godmother’.

Do you think Fate has a hand in our lives?

Is it all predetermined or is it the gifts we choose to acknowledge that grant us the life we are living?



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I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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4 Responses to Mythic Monday ~ The Fates

  • Jen says:

    I’m torn on this one….I would like to believe it fate and destiny…but sometimes I think we are also give free will and we determine our own futures…perhaps a little of both is what gets us through our lives—fate throws us a bone and it’s up to us to take it or leave it 😉 Great post, Maryellen. It got my wheels spinning early in the morning! 🙂

    • Maryellen says:

      That is exactly what it was meant to do 🙂 Get you thinking!!
      I’m toying with the fates in my writing 😉 Nice to hear what you think…..Thank you!

  • Ginger says:

    I believe we come in with some fated events–the Yods, the hand of God/fate, in astrology.
    Also, I believe, we come in with some individual talents, i.e. writing, speaking, etc.
    Then Life offers opportunities to grow and utilize some talents we didn’t know we had, say as healers, teachers, etc. We can use the opportunities for growth, or pass them by–and Yikes!–sometimes they come back around.
    Thanks for writing. Keep it up!

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