History of Tykhe Dice
a little background information:
I live, work and play in Avebury, Wiltshire. Amongst the largest Neolithic stone circle in the world.
Tykhe Dice began here in conception, influence and in the making.
(26miles north of Stonehenge, and infinitely more important.)
Tykhe Dice is a divination medium that I have been working with since 2013. It first began as a need to look at the more complex aspects of life in the 21st.C. I had questions in my life and like everyone else, issues and questions I wanted to find answers too.
I’ve worked with all manner of ‘Cleromancy’ objects including the basics; coins, keys all my life. For me these had always been close at hand, easy to ‘cast’ and through my own inner eye a reflection on the problem in hand. Also what they all had in common was there immediacy, their intimacy; on my key ring or money in my pocket, there with me when I needed them. On the bus to school I would ask, ‘should I ask her out…or not?’ best of three spins…or for big questions best of five…or even nine! Big questions for a teenager, as I am sure they still are on bus rides everyday.
The undeniable fact was how often they have been right, for me that is beyond any doubt.
Well here it is, can you see a pattern, a portent in my methodology? How many spins, what’s the question, which parts are important…what do I really want to happen? I’m influencing and guiding my own future from the heart and from within my own mind and it’s infinite complexity. The ‘cast’ is only a point of decision, not the decision itself. So much is at work with divination, the hand of luck, timing…the right question even. The Greek Goddess, Tykhe embodied a hand beyond our mortal self an x-factor defined and checked by all the forces of our existence, the ether. An embodiment of virtues, the balance of spiritual and mortal. A portal through which we can see and measure our path.
Then there are influences of the undiscovered self; the masculine and feminine aspects of our own personalities: anima and animus in Jung’s teachings.
Well, those so simple cleromancy mediums were the start, open the Pandora’s box I thought, inspire and feed me with the combined wisdom, experience and acumen of centuries. Role out Tykhe Dice…all answers are there. And you can carry them around in your pocket.
Our futures are so varied and the possibilities infinite. I brought together tradition and more contemporary ideas into Tykhe Dice. With the support of others, both directly and indirectly Tykhe has risen from an idea to a fascinating Cleromancy divination medium that suggests it has a long future ahead of it.
Particular thanks are given to Arianllwynog who continues to work with Tykhe Dice and uncover more of its possibilities. His book on ‘Understanding Tyke dice’ is, and will remain, the reference for Tykhe Dice. However, having said that I quite expect that new users will open up new directions, techniques and casting methods. Tykhe Dice has only just emerged from its embryonic shell. How it grows in the years to come will be a constant source of enjoyment, surprise and enlightenment. I hope you decide to explore it too.
(photo: Tyche (English /ˈtaɪki/; from Greek: Τύχη, meaning “luck”; Roman equivalent: Fortuna) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. She is the daughter of Aphrodite and Zeus or Hermes.)