Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of Luck and Good Fortune
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)