Fates is a general term for goddesses who control destiny. Technically, it refers to the Moirae, the Greek goddesses of fate. However, similar goddesses exist elsewhere, and the name has evolved into a blanket term for them all. Thus, the Norns are also known as Fates. In general, Fates come in groups, usually three, although not always.
Fates mimic the phases of the moon, hence their tendency to appear in triplicate. The New Moon is tiny like a human infant. It waxes; reaches full strength, and wanes; finally disappearing as if in death. Typically the Fates are spinning goddesses: they weave a person’s fate as if it were a tapestry, cutting the thread when the tapestry and life is complete. Fates may also be used to indicate birth Fairies, although whether they actually control the fate they arrive to announce is subject to debate.
- Birth Fairy
- Lady Tung
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.