Goddess of Luck
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Tyche is the giver of good fortune and the bringer of evil, a Goddess if whimsy, and an emblem of inescapable destiny. She teaches the paradoxical message that life is essentially a game of dice, determined by chance, and that nothing is ever set in stone. No matter how certain we are that something will happen, there’s always an element of chance to it, and the unexpected may turn out to be what happens. Instead of submission to Fate, Tyche encourages her followers to take things into their own hands, and make their own destiny. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we don’t – it’s all up to chance.
Primary Cult Centers
- Roman Empire
- Agathe – the Good
- Fortuna – Fortune
- Megale – Great
- Soteira – Savior
Wheel, globe, cornucopia
- Various (May 25, June 11, August 13, and November 13) Modern observances
Ways to honor
Gamble. Play the odds. Never give up. Get involved with politics, the biggest crap shoot in the land.
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- Aeschylus’ Agamemnon 664
- Archilochus 8
- Euripides’ Alcestes 785
- Euripdes’ Cyclops 606-607
- Herodotus’ The Histories 1.126, 3.139, 4.8, 5.92
- Hesiod’s Theogony 360
- Pindar Fragment 21, 39
- Pliny’s Natural History 2.5.22
- Stobaus 1.6.3
- Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War 5.112
- The Gods of the Greeks by C. Kerényi