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Lachesis: The Fate of Second-Place

August 25, 2010


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Identity: The Apportioner. Second of the three Moerae or Fates

Description: White-robed, grey-haired goddess who holds the measure of life.

Symbol: A measuring stick or rod.

The Greek Myth

Homer saw the three Fates as representing mankind’s individual and inescapable destiny. It was only Hesiod who treated them as minor divinities. And yet the principles they represent are as valid in today’s world as they were in ancient Greece.

Daughters of Night, the Moerae or Fates were three in number and were named Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. Clotho, the spinner, personified the Thread of Life; Lachesis, the Apportioner, often called ‘Chance’, that kindly element of good luck that we all hope will make its presence felt at some propitious time in our life, while Atropos stood for those fatalistic conditions that are generally described by schools of Eastern belief as ‘karmic’.

The Moerae shadow the whole of a person’s life. They arrive with Ilythia at the moment of birth and are present at the point of death, when it is their duty to sever the cord of life. In ancient Greece they were also invoked at the time of marriage to ensure a happy and lasting union. They dwelt on Olympus and submitted to the authority of Zeus, who commanded them to see that the natural order of things was respected. Their gift of prophecy mainfested mainly at the time of birth, at which point they were able to view the entire life of the newborn child.

Upright Meanings.

Chance. The element of luck that comes suddenly, out of the blue.

Reversed Meanings

Good fortune or a boost in life for someone close to you. Apparent good luck which exacts a penalty.

Psychological Comment

That elusive element labelled ‘good luck’ is something we all wish for at some time or other in our lives. When staffing his army Napoleon was heard to say, ‘Don’t give me clever generals, give me lucky ones!’, the implication being that some people are born with a better quotient of Lachesis than others. The Greeks did not necessarily share this view, however, as they thought that Lachesis could come to anyone at any time, at least one visit being every person’s just due.

There is a theory that we attract whatever we generate from our own minds, i.e. the timid person who always fears a mugging is more likely to meet with that act of violence than his or her less fearful colleague. If, therefore, we are permanently pessimistic and always sending out negative thoughts, then we will attract similarly negative reactions in others. ‘Like attracts like’. It is upon this premise that most of the books on positive thinking are  based. [PS: Murry Hope offered this comment in 1991]

Look around in life and you will see adequate proof of this phenomenon. How many men or women seek hard for a mate without success, envying their friends who partner easily without even looking? Examine the mental attitude of both parties, and the cause becomes apparent. By wanting something badly, we inadvertently erect mental barriers against it. We create negative pictures of desperate situations in our minds which are unconsciously transmitted to the very people we seek to attract. The result: alienation and subconscious fear from the other party that they, too, might become enmeshed in that web of desperate insecurity. And, if a relationship is achieved by an insecure person, the selected partner frequently turns out to have exactly the same problem, like having attracted like!

The element of luck, therefore, depends to a degree on our state of mind. And, if Lachesis does pay us a call, we may not always be able to handle it, and, because; wants are not necessarily synonymous with needs.

Equally, there may be occasions when someone in our immediate circle encounters good fortune or a boost in life, and we find ourselves waiting hopefully to see if they will show us some generosity. But whether their largesse extends in our direction or not will depend very much on how they really feel about us. It may, therefore, be observed that the mental placebo we refer to as ‘good luck’ can have either positive or negative connotations.

From the Muse

There’s a well known saying, offered as a panacea in times of strife: God never gives us more than we can handle.  What if that cuts both ways? What if we haven’t learned how to handle prosperity, manage our power, receive the simplest of compliments. Would God also not give us more than we can handle? How often have we heard of people winning megabucks on lotteries and blowing it all in short time, or being more miserable or just as miserable as they have always been?  As comedian metaphysician, Robin Williams once quipped: Cocaine is God’s way of telling you, you have too much money.

‘Like attracts like’ is the guiding principle of homeopathy – a vibrational medicine.  Are you in Lack consciousness or Lachesis consciousness. Comparison is the greatest source of unhappiness and the Numero Uno way we vibrationally block the flow of abundance coming towards us…….it’s not what you think, it is the tone of your vibration(energy) that the Law of Attraction resonates to…….like a moth to a flame!  Where are you “killing” your abundance?

Moth – Transformation, movement into shadows, finding the light. The moth has strong healing abilities and can perceive with clarity. They guide from dark to light. The moth metamorphasis is part of its magic. The egg stage symbolizes the birth of an idea; the larvae stage indicates the laying of the foundation; the chrysalis stage represents the process of creating, and the winged stage allow it to take flight. Moths have acute hearing. Paying attention to what is said as well as what is NOT said is one of moth’s lessons. Watching body language is also helpful. When moth appears it is asking us to pay attention to issues of sensitivty: whether you are overly sensitive or insensitive to those around you. (Source: Schaef Designs Artisan Jewellery)

 1 Cor 10:13, ”No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation She will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”