9/14/10

Goddess of the Week: Fortuna

Archaeological Museum in Milan, (Italy). Roman...Image via WikipediaDaisy needs a goddess of luck. Really, she needs a goddess of luck to thank after some bad/scary car business.

Well, Daisy, belly up to the altar and give thanks to Fortuna, Roman goddess of fortune. Typically depicted veiled or blind, Fortuna disperses luck and good fortune without much discrimination. She's funny that way. She tosses luck like penny candy. If it lands near you, so much the better. If not, well, nobody ever said life was fair.
A lot of people think they can woo Fortuna. Take Pliny the Elder. He said "Fortune favors the bold" right before sailing his ship toward the erupting Mt. Vesuvius and being killed by molten lava. In fact, you can't woo luck. That's what makes it luck. You just have to wait for it and, like Daisy, be grateful when it finds you.

Don't worry if Fortuna keeps missing you though. As Seneca noted, "Whatever Fortune has raised high, she lifts but to bring low." (Just ask poor Lindsey.)

Channel this goddess: I'm telling you, you can't channel her. If you try, she's likely to go all psycho on you. (Just ask poor Lindsey.) Lay low. When she visits, give thanks.

Need a goddess: I got goddesses! Post a comment telling me what you need, and I'll see what I can do.
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11 comments:

Jean Spitzer said...

Laughing hard. Love this. Good advice, too.

phoebat said...

ooo Margaret... this is a good one with lots of food for thought. "you can't woo luck", but how many try? i so enjoy your posts! doses of hope and reality :)

Stacey @ Entropified said...

Laying low here. That's my MO anyway.

Desiree said...

I'm gonna be humming Carl Orff all week.

Star said...

Oooh, how exciting, I recognize this Goddess of Fortune. She's on one side of an ancient Roman epoch Milanese private open-air altar now in my local archaeological museum, which is snuggled into the Renaissance building for a cloistered female monastery founded in the Longobard period, next to what's left of the ancient Roman imperial extension of the ancient Roman republican epoch walls (got that? --grin--). She's a beauty, thanks!

Shell Sherree said...

I don't know the back story, but I'm ever so glad to hear that Fortuna was on Daisy's side.

Deb said...

Words of wisdom, for sure. You definitely can't woo luck...

Olga said...

Ha. I've heard the expression "sh*t luck." I guess it fits with your last two goddess posts.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

sounds more like a good news/bad news godess

... daisy... said...

My mother in Italian always says "Speriamo che la Fortuna vada a dormire": "Let's hope Luck falls asleep"... It comes from a "tale" of her region which says that a man won a lot of money once and he thanked Luck for this and Luck answerd: you won because I fell asleep! ;-)))

MARGARET THANK YOU! YOU REALLY MADE ME HAPPY WITH THIS! REALLY... :-)

My car's still broken and it takes a bit longer than expected to fix it... I'm enjoying commuting again! :-)
A BIG HUG!

Petrea said...

I'm glad luck was with Daisy. I like the idea of lying low for luck--like PA says, this sounds like a good news/bad news goddess, and sometimes you want her not to notice you.