Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of Luck and Good Fortune
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Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of Luck and Good Fortune

Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of Luck and Good Fortune, Lady of Luck.

Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of luck and fortune has been at one time or another praised or cursed by almost everyone. So quick man is to reproach her when things do not go their way, to place the blame on her shoulders, using her as a scapegoat for what is often their own failings. How quickly they forget the many times she has blessed them with luck when one small thing goes wrong. Yet despite their curses and angry words, they can not turn away from her, chance and luck are so much a part of their lives that it keeps them enthralled. All of man looks to the Lady of Luck, hanging on her every spin, praying the wheel of luck comes up for them.

Like most Gods of Ancient Greece and Rome, people worshipped her in both countries, but by two different names. To the Romans, she was Fortuna and to the Greeks she was Tyche. Originally, she was an Italian Goddess of fertility, abundance and blessings, but as time passed, she became more associated with the ups and downs of the cycle of life and abundance. She is overseer for all of lucks facets, chance, oracles, fate, abundance, fertility, destiny and future telling. A Goddess of victory, she was worshipped by the Roman soldiers and Royalty. She was also a nautical Goddess, patron of sailors. She oversees all aspects of man’s life, from harvest, travel, fertility, business and happiness.

The Goddess of luck and good fortune holds a ship’s rudder in one hand and a cornucopia in the other. The ship's rudder represents her guiding humankind through the ups and downs of life. The cornucopia represents the abundance she brings. Her wheel is behind her, as she stands blindfolded to turn it. This is to remind man that fate is blind and all are equal in the chances and opportunities laid before them. It is what one does with those chances that make a difference.

Before the arrival of Jesus Christ and the spread of Christianity, Fortuna was a popular Deity. She had more temples in Italy raised to her than any other God of that time did. Today only one of her temples remains, it is now the Catholic Church of Santa Maria. So loved she was by the Roman people that when the legions fought in foreign countries they erected Altars to her. Many of these Altars remain throughout the British Isles.

The Roman Goddess of Luck and Good Fortune favours the brave and the fools. It is those who are willing to take a chance and use the opportunities that presented themselves to them to their full advantage. Fortuna rewards those who embrace life and do their best to flow and learn from the ebbs and currents that are part of it. 

Fortune rota volvitur (The wheel of Fortune turns)

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Mama Fortuna

Thank you for this little information page on the Goddess Fortuna.


The ancient Romans and Greeks believed in a wide range of gods and goddesses.

Many of these may originally have had a connection with forces of nature, natural phenomena and may have had characteristics similar to the characteristics they displayed in human life.

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Fortune in Roman mythology, the personification of chance or luck is the equivalent of the Greek goddess Tyche.

Daughter of Oceanus, she differed from her sisters’ Fates who were goddesses engaged in spinning the thread of human life, in that she worked without rule, giving or taking away at her own pleasure and dispensing joy or sorrow indifferently.

She might bring good or bad luck and she was often represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent life's capriciousness.

Greek artists generally depicted the goddess Fortune with a globe or a rudder, as emblems of her guiding power, or wheel or wings as a symbol of her mutability.

Famously renowned for favouring the brave and the fools, the Roman and Greek goddess of chance and luck always favoured those willing to take a chance and those who used the opportunities that were presented to their full advantage.

The goddess Fortune rewarded those who embraced life and who did their best to flow and learn from the ebbs and currents that are a part of it.

The Romans proudly declared that when she entered their city she threw away her globe and took off her wings and shoes to indicate that she meant to dwell with them forever. Later, she is represented with a bandage over her eyes and a sceptre in her hand, sitting or standing on a wheel or globe.

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