06 April 2007
The goddess Fortuna, by artist Susan Seddon Boulet.
Today is the feast day of Fortuna, goddess of chance, also known as Lady Luck. Historically, she was considered the patron goddess of gamblers. On this day Games were held in her honor on the Quirinal. She was originally a goddess of fertility and was thus honored by mothers. Her oracle was in Praeneste and the cornucopia, rudder, ball and blindfold are her attributes. She is quite possibly the only deity to be invoked and cursed the world over by nearly everyone, if by different names. Her Greek counterpart is Tyche. For a great essay about these two figures visit Sacred Texts.