Weaving is of all times, and through time was often identified with the higher or divine. Many cultures therefore have gods or goddesses who took the weaving in hand and thus also vouched for the life cycles.
If we believe that the world is woven as a warp, then everything in the cosmos is connected by an invisible web. In China, this represents itself as the change from yang to yin and vice versa. Just like going back and forth from the bar.
In the same region where Budhism and Hinduism are very represented, it is believed that by higher powers the web of illusion is woven. Both world religions assume the journey to ultimate enlightenment. At the end of this journey one would end up in Nirwana, where one will not know any desire, irritation or confusion. The earthly world in which the unenlightened spirit lives is called Samsara. This stands for everyday life, daily rut and thus also the illusion, woven and yet constantly changed.
In the ancient Greco-Roman Empire, the goddess Athena (Minerva for the Romans) was seen as a weaver of the world. Like Persephone, who with her going back and forth from the underworld weaves the seasons together. And Moira, the Greek destiny goddess, who alone forms a triad and is thus ahead of the Christian Trinity centuries. Moira could show itself in three different forms:
- Klotho is the spinster, the word comes from the Greek verb “klōthein" which means “spinning". She spins the thread of life with her spindle.
- Lachesis is the goddess who allocates, the word comes from the Greek verb “lanchanein" (verbal tribe “laughing") which means “getting by fate". She rolls up or holds the spun thread. This symbolizes the development and direction of fate. To determine what to do with the thread, she pulls out of an urn. Her attributes are a destiny and she is also depicted with a globe and a griffle.
- Atropos is the goddess who cuts the thread of life, the word comes from tropos which means rotating or changeable. Thus, atropos means “unchangeable" or “inevitable". Atropos cuts the thread of life. Her attributes are a writing roller or washbasin with engraving pen and a sundial. The last attribute refers to the function to rotate the wheel or the sun and keep the creation going. Atropos can stop the wheel for an individual. She also writes down the destiny predisposed.
In the old Norwegians and Germanes it is the Norns and Woman Holle who weave the fate of men together. Also the Norns were with three:
- Urd : what once was —> the past
- Verdani : what is born to be —> the present
- Skuld : what will be —> the future
Vrouw Holle is then identified with Frigga, the wife of Odin and the mother goddess in Norwegian mythology. It is She who weaves the world and spins the clouds. It is she who from Odin's chair in Asgard considers the world and sees what will come. In our region, too, we often use the metaphor that when it snows Woman Holle shakes her bed. Vrouw Holle was often seen as protector of spinsters and weavers.