« The Fates are beyond goddesses and gods; they are considered forces of nature. They flow of energy, matter, and meaning. The Fates or Norns are called the three Weird sisters. They spin, weave, and cut the thread of each life and are believed to be the writers of the Book of Life. The Norns are dressed in white and red and black. What they rule must be. There are many names for the Fates: The Greeks called them the Parcae; the Romans, Fata; in Northern Europe they were the Norns, who governed people's 'wyrd,' or fate, and for Anglo-Saxons, the 'Weird' were those who could foretell the future. When they are being kind they are called the three Graces. As the Graces their names are Aglaia (Radiant), Euphrosyne (Joy), and Thalia (Flowering)and they are the companions of Aphrodite. When the Fates are angered, they are called the Furies; then their names are Alecto, Tisiphone, and Magaera. They cannot be avoided. It is said that the Fates are the daughters of Necessity. They have no father. They sit under the Tree of Life and enforce natural law. » Source - http://www.thewhitewillow.com/gallery/TheFatesNorns.html
« The Fates (or Moirae) are the three sisters, robed in white, who decide on human fate. Lachesis sings of the things that were, Clotho those that are, and Atropos (or Atropus) the things that are to be. Of the three, Atropos is the smallest in stature, but the most terrible and feared. » http://www.thanasis.com/fates.htm
« ... Clotho (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable).
They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. They were independent, at the helm of necessity, directed fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws might take its course without obstruction. The gods and men had to submit to them... » http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moirai