- “Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel...and die.”
The Spinning Wheel is an enchanted object and when touched, the spindle will send its victim (in this case Aurora) into Eternal Sleep, originally death which was cast by Maleficent but changed thanks to Merryweather. The victim of the Eternal Sleep can only be revived by True Love's Kiss.
The spinning wheel, which was made and used by Maleficent to put Audrey's mother into an eternal sleep, appears as a museum exhibit at the Museum of Cultural History. After all those years, it still works as Mal uses it to send the museum security guard to sleep. Unlike with Aurora's case, the guard woke after hearing an alarm go off in the museum, implying that the spinning wheel is weakened, a dud, or only works on Aurora.