The Laimos are Baltic destiny spirits and Birth Fairies. Their leader is Laima. The Laimos are spinners and weavers: their thread is human lives. There are apparently seven Laimos but in their capacity as Birth Fairies, only three appear at a time. They may be distinct, individual spirits or they may be multiples of Laima. She may be able to manifest as one spirit, three or seven. The Laimos appear at the moment of the birth:
• One decides if the child will live at all
• One decides when the child will die
• One determines the quality of life during this allotted time
Laimos manifest as women, cuckoos or swans. Allegedly, if you can capture one in swan from, she’ll transform into a woman, engage in sacred marriage and bring you wealth and success.
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.