I shared this work a few days ago now, but I wanted to take a moment to explain who this is and what her tattoos mean…. for those of you who might be interested.
This work “Moirai” – is my representation of the Fate Lakhesis.
In Greek Mythology, the Moirai were the three Goddesses of fate, and daughters of Zeus and Themis.
The first of the Moirai was “Klotho”, known as the Spinner. She spinned the thread of life, so essentially was the Goddess of birth.
The Goddess in this image is “Lakhesis”. Her name means “apportioner of lots”, and it was she who measured the thread of life.
The final of the Moirai was “Atropos”, and it was she who cut the thread of life – the Goddess who brought death to us at it’s apportioned time.
As far as symbolism goes, I’ve given Lakhesis a number of tattoos (because I have a HUGE love of tattoos)
1) She bears a depiction of her Father on her right arm – Zeus, the king of the Gods. Since he’s the God of all the Gods I think he warranted a feature on his daughters arm.
2) On her left shoulder you’ll notice some bees.
The ancient Greeks believed Bees to be envoys of the soul, and for this reason they’re a favourite addition to many of my works. I’m even planning on adding them to my own personal tattoo collection.
3) On her legs Lakhesis carries the markings of her sisters – the spindle representing Klotho the Spinner , and the Olive branch – symbolizing death – representing Atropos.
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