Ananke (mythology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Greek mythology, Ananke, also spelled Anangke, Anance, or Anagke (Ancient Greek: Ἀνάγκη, from the common noun ἀνάγκη, “force, constraint, necessity”), was a primordial ancient Greek goddess of inevitability, the personification of destiny, necessity and fate. She appears as a serpentine being, and marks the beginning of the cosmos, along with Chronos, in the Orphic cosmogony. Together they surrounded the primal egg of solid matter and so brought about the creation of the ordered universe. The ancient representation of the goddess, is perhaps a torch-bearing figure, but she was also depicted holding a spindle, as the representation of Moira (fate).

Just now, J called me into his room to have a look at a program called Space Engine. It’s a bit like Google Earth except you can travel around the known universe. We had a look around some galaxies and zoomed in closer to home, then had a look at Jupiter and its 63 moons. And suddenly J said look, there’s a moon with your name on it.

Turns out there was, and the Greek deity it was named after is the goddess of fate who sometimes is depicted carrying a spindle – that was a nice touch.

I was a bit tired but half an hour of hurtling through space and time, and then finding that there’s a moon with my name on it – and is a satellite of my favourite planet, but is quietly detached from the whole thing and moves quite a lot further away than the couple of moons everyone knows about – I’m rather pleased.


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