The Sisters of Fate

Many believe that a person’s life is already decided for them by an unseen force, or we are merely puppets being pulled along by the strings of Fate. There are those who don’t believe in fate believing we are the makers of our own destiny. The Sisters of Fate are a fearful entity in Greek culture yet are perceived as being knowable and wise beings.

In ancient civilizations, many believed in Greek mythology, thinking that the three Sisters of Fate were the commanders of mortal lives. The Sisters of Fates created life threads, and when the time arrived, the thread was severed, sending the person from life to the Underworld.

The Past Clotho the Spinner, represented the past and her job was to spin the wheel creating the threads of life. She was given the gift of deciding people’s lives when they were born. She decided whether they would live happy lives and when they would die. She is the youngest sister, and many consider her to be the giver of life. In Greek mythology she’s holding a ball of thread in her hands.

The Sisters of Fates

The Sisters of Fates


The Present Lachesis, represents the present, and is tasked with measuring the threads. She decides whether a person lived a long or short life. Lachesis, the master of the thread creates destinies with the threads of life. She uses her rod to measure how long a person should have in life before deciding their destiny. Some myths claim that three days after a baby is born, she appears with her sisters to decide the child’s destiny. Like her sister Atropos, a poisonous snake called Pit Vipers are mastered by her.

The Sisters of Fates

The Sisters of Fates – from Disney’s Hercules


The Future Atropos represents the future and was the one responsible with the shears deciding when to cut the threads ending a mortal’s life. In Greek mythology, gods were given golden threads showing their inability to die. She is the oldest of the three sisters and is seen as the one who decides the course of execution for mortals. She is the embodiment of death, shown by carrying her scissors to represent a reaper’s scythe.

The Sisters of Fates

The Sisters of Fates


There are many tales of The Sisters of Fates showing them to have different descriptions of their forms. In some cases, they are hideous hags and in other myths beautiful maidens. Many stories depicts them as being blind and sharing one eye between the three of them.

The Sisters of Fates

The Sisters of Fates


The eye they share id a play on the concept of the all-seeing eye, which gifts the sisters with their ability to predict the course of a mortal’s life. Mortals and gods alike feared the wrath of The Sisters of Fates, knowing that their lives hung in their hands.

Now shush, I’m trying to read Luna

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