The word “fortune” derives from the Roman goddess of luck, Fortuna. She is said to be Jupiter’s daughter, and also to bring forth bountiful farming, if in a good mood. She has ties to the cornucopia or horn-of-plenty, which is the cone, spilling fruits and vegetables we often see in autumn decorations.
Fortuna was not all about good luck. She brought bad luck too. It depended on how you played your cards (no pun intended). She might give you your just desserts if you were naughty, according to legend. Think of Fortuna the next time you say, “Good luck!”
I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.
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