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  1. Moirai, Moiraenoun

    any of the three Greek goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Roman Parcae and similar to the Norse Norns


  1. Moiraenoun

    The Fates, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, the goddesses, who controlled the destiny of everyone, by weaving with the thread of life.

  2. Etymology: Plural form of moira from the Greek meaning "fate", from moros, (fate, destiny, doom, lot) from meiresthai, (to receive one's share).


  1. moirae

    In ancient Greek religion and mythology, the Moirai (, also spelled Moirae or Mœræ; Ancient Greek: Μοῖραι, "lots, destinies, apportioners"), often known in English as the Fates (Latin: Fata), were the personifications of fate; their Roman equivalent was the Parcae (euphemistically the "sparing ones"), and there are other equivalents in cultures that descend from the Proto-Indo-European culture. Their number became fixed at three: Clotho ("spinner"), Lachesis ("allotter") and Atropos ("the unturnable", a metaphor for death). However, according to the often cited Latin verse Clotho colum retinet, Lachesis net, et Atropos occat, their roles and functions were also seen differently: Clotho, the youngest of the sisters, presided over the moment in which we are born, and held a distaff in her hand; Lachesis spun out all the events and actions of our life; and Atropos, the eldest of the three, cut the thread of human life with a pair of scissors.The role of the Moirai was to ensure that every being, mortal and divine, lived out their destiny as it was assigned to them by the laws of the universe. For mortals, this destiny spanned their entire lives, and was represented as a thread spun from a spindle. Generally, they were considered to be above even the gods in their role as enforcers of fate, although in some representations Zeus, the chief of the gods, is able to command them.In the Homeric poems Moira or Aisa are related to the limit and end of life, and Zeus appears as the guider of destiny. In the Theogony of Hesiod, the three Moirai are personified, daughters of Nyx and are acting over the gods. Later they are daughters of Zeus and Themis, who was the embodiment of divine order and law. In Plato's Republic the Three Fates are daughters of Ananke (necessity).The concept of a universal principle of natural order and balance has been compared to similar concepts in other cultures such as the Vedic Ṛta, the Avestan Asha (Arta) and the Egyptian Maat.


  1. moirae

    Moirae, often referred to as "The Fates," are the three goddesses of destiny in Greek mythology. They were named Clotho (the spinner), Lachesis (the allotter), and Atropos (the unturnable). These goddesses were believed to control the thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. They were considered to be superior to all gods and immortals, determining the lifespan and destiny of all living beings.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moirae in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moirae in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    equally skillful with each hand
    A ambidextrous
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    C appellative
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