As I spin and collect people’s stories of love connection and serendipity, stories from far away and long ago have been shared or sent my way.
Here are a few of them that are guiding the research and the Exchange;
The spindle, essential to the weaving art, is recognizable as an emblem of security and settled times in a ruler’s eighth-century BCE inscription at Karatepe:
“In those places which were formerly feared, where a man fears… to go on the road, in my days even women walked with spindles”
In Greek Mythology The Moirae or Moirai (in Greek Μοῖραι, meaning the “apportioners”, often called The Fates), were the three white-robed personifications of Destiny (Roman equivalent: Parcae, “sparing ones”). They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things.
Their number became fixed at three: Clotho, (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable).
- Clotho (“spinner”) spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the ‘Ninth’), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.
- Lachesis (“allotter” or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the ‘Tenth’).
- Atropos (or Aisa, “inexorable” or “inevitable”) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person’s death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with “her abhorred shears”. Her Roman equivalent was Morta (‘Death’).
Clotho carried a spindle or a roll (the book of fate), Lachesis a staff with which she pointed to the horoscope on a globe, and Atropos a scroll, a wax tablet, a sundial, a pair of scales, or a cutting instrument.
The three were also shown with staffs or sceptres, the symbols of dominion, and sometimes even with crowns. At the birth of each man they appeared spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life.
Being goddesses of fate, they had to necessarily know the future, which at times they revealed, and thus became prophetic divinities.
moirae11In Homer’s “Iliad”, Moira, who was just one, acted independently from the gods.
Only Zeus, was close to Moira. Using a weighing scale (balance,) Zeus weighed trojan hero Hector’s “lot of death” against the one of Achilles.
Zeus appeared as the guider of destiny, who gave everyone the right portion.
In Hesiod’s “Theogony”, the three Moirae were daughters of the primeval goddess, Nyx (“Night”).
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This week, I will be spinning in Andover on Thursday and Friday. Come and meet me and let me spin your love or life story!