Atropos was one of the three Moirai, sisters known in English as “the Fates”. The Fates were the daughters of Erebus (“Darkness”) and Nyx (“Night”), and even Zeus was subject to their dictates. Atropos was known as “the Cutter”, for it was her responsibility to determine the means of one’s demise, and to sever the thread of life at death.
She is also referred to as “the inflexible” or “the inevitable” due to her implacability. Atropos has lent her name to the plant genus Atropa, of which the most well-known poisonous variety is Atropa belladonna (“Deadly Nightshade”), from which the drug atropine is derived.
Astrologically, Atropos is a marker of death, also representing endings or transformations of other types. Individuals with Atropos prominent may acquire a reputation for “hardness” or inflexibility, and might find employment in hospice or other end-of-life positions.