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Moirai by Arbetta Moirai by Arbetta
The Greek mythology "Moirai", also known as "the Fates" ("Parcae" for the Romans) are the personifications of Destiny, represented by three sisters who have total control over our "thread of life". They are feared and respected by all the gods (though some people feared them so much they said Zeus was slightly more powerful than them hehehe... fools), and there are many different theories about their parentage, some of them making them the daughters of Ananke, "Necessity", or Nyx, "Night".

From left to right they are:
Clotho (Cloto), the "spinner": spins the thread of life onto her spindle. She represents the beginning of life.
Lachesis (Láquesis), the "disposer":measures the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. In one of my books she also decides if the life of the person she's measuring will have happy moments or painful ones, and she adds golden threads to the main one.
Atropos (Átropos=, "unturnable, inevitable": finally, this Moirai represents death and she's the cutter of the thread of life. Her shears were feared and called "abhorred", but they were also golden ones :nod:

Although sometimes they are depicted as sharing one eye and one tooth (UUUGH) and being old and ugly nuns, I decided to go for the triad representation of a woman's life: a young girl, a matron and an old lady. They are said to wear white clothes and to appear three days after a child is born to foresee his/her future. Have you ever seen them? Do you believe that the future is preordained? The ancient Greeks did and the Moirai are a personification of this philosophy.

This is specially dedicated to my friend Robb :iconhrothila:, whose birthday was yesterday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBB! :dummy: And also to my brother Santi, he wanted the Moirai coloured SOON :D

Hope you like it! :meow:
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srmthfgandtmntgirl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I remember seeing them in the Disney animated version of Hercules! 
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LuvHades5 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Great job making the Fates the center of this giant web.
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I've really enjoyed looking through all this goddess art!  I think this is my favorite.
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WindWhisperBri Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I love them, and about the one eye and one tooth I thought that the Gray Ones where the ones who shared that(sorry can't remember their greek names) They helped Persius find medusa. But any ways keep up the AWESOME work :)
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TheseAreTheWords Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely work, it's amazing!
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cvanderlinden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Wow, this is amazing!
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Gossamer1357 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student General Artist
OH.MY.GOD. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! AND GREEK MYTHOLOGY!!!!! I really admire your artwork and this is just beautiful. 
Again I read alot of greek mythology so I hope that you will keep doing this unit. I have some gods and goddesses that I hope you will draw in the future:
Morpheus  (god of dreams)
Helios (god of the sun)
Selene (goddess of the moon)
Zephyrus ( god of the west wind)
Eros (god of love)
Mnemosyne (goddess of memory and mother of the muses)
Astraios (god of stars planets the study of astrology)
and Astraeus (god of dusk or twilight consort of Eos) 
Please keep drawing!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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moonofwitch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...just wow..
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shadowhood100 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Daughter, Mother, and Grandmother. I love their mystique!
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09alih Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful!
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GleeHatch Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
It's magic
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Lewis-James Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work as always! xxx
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous take on them (you and your work, my gawd).
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Cyluho Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazingly done! :meow:
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cari28ch3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
la gente a menudo se las imagina como las que salen en la pelicula Hercules que hizo Disney, creo tu idea se acerca mas a la realidad ya que en el otro es como una mezcla de 2 trios distintos.
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EyerahTheOwl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your greek mythology works! They are just......WOW!!!!!!!!!!
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like my mythology stuff :hug: Thanks a lot!
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I love the artwork :). In regards to them sometimes being depicted as sharing one eye and one tooth, they are sometimes confused with the Graeae, (the sisters of the Gorgons).

So, whos next?

* Artemis, Selene & Hecate.
* Hathor, Bastet & Sekhmet.
* Nike/Victoria (Victory), Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal).
* Aether. ­
* Leto.
* Asteria. ­
* Tethys
* Theia, ­Selene/Luna, Artemis/Diane, Hecate/Trivia, Phoebe (Moon Goddesses)
* Rhea, ­Mnemosyne, Themis. ­
* Helios, ­Selene & Eos.
* Mousai (Muses): ­Calliope, Clio, Erato, ­Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, Urania
* Horae (Hours): ­Dike, ­Eunomia, ­Eirene
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to draw the Graeae, then! (The eye and tooth thing seems so scary and awesome to me hehehe...)
Hm! There are lots of people to draw next! :D I personally want to finish the Muses but Terpsichore is giving me so much pain! I want her to portray dance perfectly and I suck at it :cry:
Thank you for giving me so many ideas! I want to draw Selene and Helios to put them with Eos in a drawing and I also want to draw the Horae (lovelovelove them!). I also want to draw all of Zeus' victims (lovers, hah) and many other mythological heroines and heroes from Troy... so I have a lot to do next! :aww:
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Have you ever considered doing wedding portraits of the couples of Greek Myth; Zeus and Hera, Poseidon and Amphitrite, Hades and Persephone, Cronus and Rhea; or Hercules and Megara, Perseus and Andromeda, Paris and Helen of Sparta/Troy, etc?

:)
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
The Graeae feature in the Greek myth of Perseus.

Have you ever seen the film addaptations of the Greek myth of Perseus; "Clash of the Titans" films, either the 1981 film, (See: [link], or the 2010 film, (See: [link]; they feature in both films.

And as for your other projects, I wish you the very best of luck, I love your artwork.

:)
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Bulm Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Very pretty. :) I love Lachesis' headdress, and the gradient from light to dark as it goes through from birth to death.

(If I may be a little picky though I think it's a different trio, the Graeae, who had the single eye and tooth.)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I think so too but one of my books talked about the Graeae like they were the Moirai and that confused me, I'm a victim! :D Hehehehe Thank you for the comment! Glad you like the sisters! :hug:
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Bulm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
In fairness there are quite a few creepy old lady trios in Greek mythology, it's understandable when they get mixed up! I blame Disney for stealing the one eye thing in Hercules.
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Miss0001 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As soon as I saw the scissors and thread I thought, "HERCULES!" Haha. x) That's the only reason I somewhat knew who they were. I really like this picture, you have skills! :c)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I was little and went to see Hercules I was so excited when they appeared, I loved them! Then I grew up and understood they were not evil sisters, they just have control over our lives hehehe :aww: Thank you for the comment!
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LadyofFellan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really like your take on them! They look ethereal and really cool at the same time :D
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I really wanted them to have that ethereal look! ;)
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LadyofFellan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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UshioAmamiya Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
amo tus moiras, mejor que las mias (descritas en historia porque en dibujo apesto XD)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muchísimas gracias, me alegra que te gusten! ¿Cómo las describes tú en tu historia, son de tres edades distintas o son todas ancianas? ¿La tienes subida a Deviantart? :aww:
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sealavender Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I live how you made each of the fates a different age.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I prefer the depiction of them as three different women than three old ladies :Aww:
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Yipe!:sprint:
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NoOneWouldListen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
You have a wonderful piece here, your background is epic! =D I always enjoyed this theme... Clotho is my favourite ;)
I don't believe in destiny, I think we make our own fate. =)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The same as me, then :aww: Thank you for your comments, all of them, my friend :hug: So glad you like Clotho! :D
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Marvelous! There's an ethereal, cosmic vibe to this one.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to make it universe-related somehow, thank you for the comment! :hug:
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hrothila Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
¡Esos efectos! Me encanta cómo se mezclan con la ropa, le da un efecto muy esotérico a todo y encuadran la escena muy bien. Las tres están geniales, pero mola Átropos porque no sueles dibujar abuelas :D.

¡Gracias por la dedicatoria!
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
¡De nada! Me alegra que te gusten! :aww: A mí también me gusta Átropos, es la Parca por excelencia jusjusjusjus a la que hay que tener miedo, bitches! ;)
Gracias por comentar! :D
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terrymarkova Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh my Gosh! :OOO BEAUTIFUL...
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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Nico-Di-Angelo-fan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice! I like the woman's life representation! It's very...um, spiritual! @.@
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I've always loved the concept of the Moirai :aww:
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Nico-Di-Angelo-fan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, same here. I like your take on it. Very nice art you got there. Have you considered making more Hades and Persephone art? Or maybe ever Egyptian mythology? I'm very fond of the pairing of Set and Nephthys… you should check it out sometime.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! Hades and Persephone are my OTP :D And yes, I will move onto other mythological gods and beings after the Greek/Latin ones, and Set and Nephtys sound amazing! ;)
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Nico-Di-Angelo-fan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! I have you on watch to see when you make them! Set and Nephthys are my god OTP!
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013   Artist
Lovely work as always!:love:

Personally I think there is a balance of fate and free will, but ultimately I think many things are up to us., when we cannot handle it then put it on the hands of the divine you believe in.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting opinion! :aww: I also can't deny my spiritual beliefs but I mostly want to believe we are truly free. Thank you for the comment! :hug:
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013   Artist
You're welcome, and I LOVE your art!:iconhoneyflowersplz:
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