Ananke (Greek: Ἀνάγκη, from the common noun ἀνάγκη, "force, constraint, necessity") is a personification of inevitability, compulsion and necessity. She is often depicted as holding a spindle. The character Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars universe derived his first name Anakin from this Greek goddess.
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- Ananke must above all be regarded as cosmic force, that is as the ruling law in the universe; thus … the super-personal, cosmic significance of "the All" ruled by Ananke as well, can be accepted as certain. … In the image of the sphere, where the true existence of thought can alone recognize itself, the non-corporeal Ananke becomes conceivable, being the law that forms the world and holds it together.
- Otto Brendel in Symbolism of the Sphere: A Contribution to the History of Earlier Greek Philosophy (1977), p. 37