Three Fates

The Triumph of Death, or The 3 Fates. Flemish tapestry in US public domain.
The Triumph of Death, or The 3 Fates. Flemish tapestry in US public domain.

In the The Vision of Er, Plato imagines that the soul as capable of choosing their fate:

“All the souls had now chosen their lives, and they went in the order of their choice to Lachesis [the Past], who sent with them the genius whom they had severally chosen, to be the guardian of their lives and the fulfiller of the[ir] choice: this genius led the souls first to Clotho [the Present], and drew them within the revolution of the spindle impelled by her hand, thus ratifying the destiny of each; and then, when they were fastened to this, carried them to Atropos [the Future], who spun the threads and made them irreversible, whence without turning round they passed beneath the throne of Necessity. And when they had all passed, they marched on in a scorching heat to the plain of Forgetfulness [Lethe], which was a barren waste destitute of trees and verdure; and then towards evening they encamped by the river of Unmindfulness, whose water no vessel can hold; of this they were all obliged to drink a certain quantity, and those who were not saved by wisdom drank more than was necessary; and each one as he drank forgot all things”

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