Just reading Lyall Watson's book Beyond Supernature and I came across this passage-
"The word "chance"comes from the Old French cheance, meaning
"the way in which things fall",
and seems, right from the start, to have referred to the lie of gaming dice -
the oldest, and still one of the most effective, randomising devices.
The French word cheance, in it's turn, derives from the Latin cadentia, which also means "falling", but carries in addition, a sense of rhythm.
Hence the English word "cadence" that describes a measured movement, something pleasantly musical.
This etymology implies that chance was never seen as haphazard or altogether neutral.
It hints at an early awareness of the existence of some kind of pattern, at the presence or absence of what we have come to call luck.
Also I couldn't help noticing that the leaf on my Beyond Supernature
book looks just like the leaf I thought was a maple leaf on the footpath in Bangalow.