What are Tykhe Dice?

This is the guide to using Tykhe dice. Hopefully, the basics will be both clear and fascinating…



Getting started:

Starting with the dice, there are four.

Three contain ‘symbols’ and one ‘Tykhe’ represents the ‘wild card’ and a runic aspect.
The first 3 represent aspects of influence, and for simplicity, we will just look at these 3 here.

 Each die represents a different aspect of your situation.


As an example, let’s look at one symbol on Dice 1. :

Skull: Symbolic of death and transition.

Key words: Death, mortality, transformation, unexpected change.
It speaks of an ending, the symbols nearby will indicate whether it will be for good or ill, it may seem an alarming symbol to draw, but may not necessarily mean misfortune or death.
It could mean the ending of a relationship or a way of life that could actually bring good into your life.
A sign of your mortality, the end or sudden change of events concerning some matter of importance to you, of transience maybe a portal of new understanding
This symbol is astrologically associated with Saturn’s influences.

TYKHE the goddess of or “Spirit” of fortune, chance, providence and fate, holding a ball representing the very unsteadiness of fortune, capable of rolling in any direction.

But truly, if Tykhe disapproves, nothing can turn out right for any mortal, and neither wise planning nor shrewd remedies can overturn or reshape the preordained arrangement of divine providence.
(Appulauis The Golden Ass)


So let’s get started…in this introduction, we will cast just three dice.

This is the usual casting:
I need to explain how the casting board is arranged. Please note, for simplicity the ‘rune’ element is not visible on this illustration.
We will look at the runes later, in another section.




Llwybr’s note:
We also have covered bonding with your dice and learning/understanding the symbols for those who may only be beginning on their journey.


The casting board is divided into the masculine and feminine aspects of the psyche.

The femimine is represented by the moon (left) while the masculine is represented by the sun (right).
Each side represents the influence of the dice (this may be effected by the querient’s own personality or the influence or of another person.) The Zodiac signs are arranged (as star constellations as well as symbols) in chronological order of the male or female in each section. Half the board feminine the other half masculine.

 I believe this to be an important aspect of Tykhe dice. Looking at the casting in this example, it is clear that a strong female influence is at work; even though  a man, cast the dice. The distance from the centre -line is also significant.


With these three dice now cast, we can look at:

* the masculine/feminine balance,
* distance from the centre line,
*proximity of the die to each other.

Looking at the photo, you may get a feel for what the dice are saying, at an intuitive level. Reading the symbols cast in relation to the question you/queriant asked. This gives you the basics of your reading.
There are however further layers of meaning that need to be considered:
*the positioning of the dice on the board
*relation to the elements, zodiac signs and planets:
all have an effect upon the reading (you may notice only the seven magical planets are incorporated within the Tykhe board.) 

So now let’s look at each of the die(dice) in order

Dice One: current situation

In this example, a strong female influence is governing the current situation.

The Bat: Shadows: warning, prophecy, danger-an omen, signalling good or evil (this depends on other aspects). This dice is further from the others but the same circumference, suggesting an influence equal but separate to the other two.


 Dice 2: Love and direction

In the example, a female influence equal distance from the centre as dice one; they are of equal importance.

The Stork: Children and birth, fertility, beginnings, fertility, inventiveness, ingenuity.


Dice 3: Finance and opportunity

In the example, dice three is influenced by the feminine, equal distance to the centre in the same way as the other two. The proximity to dice two suggests they are closely connected.

The Ladder: Ascension, enthusiasm, ambition, promotion, rising.



 Dice 4:  Rune symbols. This die is referred to as ‘ Tykhe. A wildcard, not unlike the Fool/Joker/Blank used in other divination.

It need not be cast but it does offer another aspect.

This is best left until you have worked with Tykhe Dice a little.
Those familiar with casting runes will find it straightforward.


Here, Tykhe adds a wildcard to the Tykhe dice set.
The four dice contain all 24 of the runic symbols when used together (4 x 6) and can be used in that way. The Tykhe casting board also contains all 24 runic symbols in the Futhark set (so any permutation of casting is possible) . Alternatively the Tykhe die can be used as ‘itself’ (nonrunic) to give an extra insight to the casting of the other 3 die. Where it falls on the casting board, irrespective of the symbol, can give context to the other three dies. ‘Tykhe’ can be used in many ways, the choice is always yours.
*For those of you on facebook we have a Group on Tykhe dice, please feel free to take part in the ongoing discussion and updates…


Showing the 24 runes on the board.

Runes our arcane guide to the mysterious web of wyrd governing our lives, in Tyhke we have embraced this magical system having evolved into an alphabetic and artistic form a living breathing system that cuts through the mundane to hone in on the issues that really matter.
The symbols on each face of the dice are also repeated on the casting board when cast they give a full range of reading options from the very simple to the much more complex.


Many ancient systems of divination are still practiced among the wise, Futhark Runes, Ogham, Tarot and I-Ching are bur a few, however the history of dice is nearly as old as human culture it’s self with much archaeological evidence supporting this, dice can be found as part of the overall collection of divination tools used by future tellers, healers, witch doctors and soothsayers in ancient tribes all over the world.
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