Goddess Symbols of Fortuna
Fortuna was a major deity among the ancient Romans. In fact, she held charge of the fates of all humans in her early career. So imagine in ancient Rome – the fate of your fortune was known and even influenced by this goddess.
With this kind of mindset, it’s understandable why Fortuna was afforded the most luxurious kind of worship.
Later in history, Fortuna became more of a fertility figure. Unwed Roman women would join forces with the goddess to land an ideal mate. Women seeking healthy pregnancies would also worship her, as Fortuna was known to be the fertility-maker of both human and earthly wombs. She put the touch of ripeness in the air, and issued insurance policies for abundance.
With all the highs to Fortuna, there are also lows. Whether in luck or fertility, Fortuna cast the die that colored the lives of ancient Romans.
“Don’t be surprised at Fortune’s turns and twists:
That wheel has spun a thousand yarns before.”~Hafez
Goddess Symbols of Fortuna
Because she had such massive sway, one of Fortuna’s attribute is a globe to convey the collective nature of her influence. A globe expresses her ability to oversee the world’s activities and doll out global rulings in matters of fate. Globes are also symbolic of: Inclusion, Community, Wholeness, Femininity and Protection.
Not just for Thanksgiving anymore, the cornucopia also serves as a goddess symbol to Fortuna because it’s all about value, abundance and infinite supply. What a great mental icon – the horn of plenty. Actually, mythology indicates it’s the horn of endless plenty. The original cornucopia was a ram or goat’s horn in Roman mythology.
Wheels are mobile circles, and remind us of the circulatory motion of wealth (fortune) in our lives. The wheel is also a sacred symbol of energy, and an illustration of how energy perpetuates through everything. Always rolling, turning and moving through all things. Just as globes are 3D symbols of circles which are symbolic of inclusion, community and cycles – so too is the wheel.
“Change yourself and fortune will change.“Roman Saying
Wreaths are symbolic of victory and reward granted to one who has excelled to the highest level of achievement. In ancient Rome, wreaths were made of laurel leaves or olive branches to name a few. The material in which they were constructed would depend upon the god, goddess or ceremony.
Flower meanings, when connected with goddess symbols almost always indicate fertility, elegance and beauty. Interestingly, flowers are some of the most delicate things on this planet – but they are also the strongest. This is the role of any goddess worth her salt, especially fortuna. She is strong,
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As always, thanks so much for reading. May all your fortunes be illuminating. Avia
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