Ananke was the name of a primordial deity in Greek mythology, the personification of necessity and fate. She was depicted holding a spindle, and she was present when the universe began, along with her consort, Chronos (time). Ananke and Chronos both had the figure of a serpent, and were intertwined and revolved around the primal egg of matter; when they applied force, the primal egg split into the parts of the universe (earth, heaven, and sea). Ananke was believed to rule over fate, and being the mother of the Fates, she was the only one that could control their decisions.
See Also: Chronos, Fates