Home > Weird
and Wonderful > Plato and Reincarnation
Reincarnation, and Astrology
Part II: So What Does Plato Say
to Plato’s account in The Republic, in preparation
for reincarnation, each person chooses a daemon or deity that will
guide him or her through life.
to ancient Greek thought, this guiding daemon accompanies most
people through life as an unconscious guiding force.
was generally thought that only a select few advanced souls,
such as the philosopher Socrates, were capable of conversing
and/or interacting with their guiding daemon.
choosing a daemon or deity, each person is then led to the spinning
wheel or spindle of the Greek goddess, Necessity. The spinning
wheel is sitting in the lap of Necessity.
is where it tends to get really interesting for those of us that
are astrology buffs...
Wheel of Necessity
According to Plato, the spinning wheel or spindle of Necessity
is comprised of one outer wheel (the Zodiac) and then seven inner
wheels (the Sun, the Moon, and the five known planets).
Greek mythology and tradition, the goddess Necessity had three
daughters: Lachesis, Clotho, and Atropos. The three sisters were
together known as the Fates.
(meaning: she who allots) meausred the thread of fate, Clotho (meaning:
weaver) wove the thread of fate, and Atropos (meaning: implacable,
unbending, unyielding) cut the thread of fate.
Plato’s cosmological description, he identifies Lachesis
as having her hands busy with both the zodiacal signs and the
planets, Clotho with the zodiacal signs and Atropos with the
planets. Also, of interest, Lachesis is singing of the past,
Clotho is singing of the present, and Atropos is singing of the
future. Each soul approaches Lachesis first, then Clotho, and
then finally Atropos.
measured the thread (zodiacal signs and the planets) - past
Clotho: wove the thread (zodiacal signs) - present
cut the thread (the planets) - future
this point, I think I'll let Plato speak for himself:
the souls had all finished choosing their lives, they approached
Lachesis in the order the lottery had assigned them. She gave
each of them the personal deity they’d selected to accompany
them throughout their lives, as their guardians and to fulfill
the choices they had made. Each deity first led its soul to
Clotho (zodiacal signs), to pass under her hand and under the
revolving orbit of the spindle, and so to ratify the destiny the
soul had chosen in the lottery.
once a connection has been made with her, the deity led the
soul to Atropos (planets) and her spinning, to make the web
woven by Clotho fixed and unalterable. Afterwards,
the soul set a fixed course for Lady Necessity’s throne
and passed under it…” Plato, the Republic translation
by Robin Waterfield (620e)
(Italics for emphasis and the words contained within parentheses
what in the heck does all this mean? Glad you asked...
page > Destiny and
the Zodiac > Page 1, 2, 3
to Weird and Wonderful