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How to Use Dice for Divination

Niina is a folklorist and a storyteller who loves to research and explore myths from all around the world.


History of Dice

Dice have been used for divination throughout history in addition to being used for games and gambling. Podomantia is the name for dice-based divination. The oldest dice go back to ancient Persia in the region of present-day Iran, which is about 5000 years old. The number one on Chinese dice was painted in the colour red because, in Chinese culture, red is associated with luck. The numbers on Chinese dice are often painted in red and black. Modern dice have their roots in ancient Rome, in a small flat object called. Alea.

It said "yes" on one side and "no" on the other. The opposite end was a squire and it was round on the other end. Alea was spun like a dreidel, and as it came crashing to the ground, someone could decipher the message. Alea eventually transformed into a four-sided dice. Animal teeth and bones were used to make the first dice. Dice with six sides were first crafted from stone, ivory, and clay. The majority of dice today are constructed of wood or plastic. Dice were thrown for divination, against large flat stones, animal skins, and the tops of shaman drums. Numbers are used in divination to represent many life possibilities and activities.



Find a sizable flat stone if you're outside, or make a circle in the sand. As you toss the dice in your hands, consider the issues you'd like to find clarification on. Toss dice into the area.

Interpret only those that fall within the circle. If none of the dice land in the circle, it is not an ideal time for divination but you will still get a chance to make a wish.


Interpretation of 6 Eye

Made with one dice. This approach can be employed when posing queries with straightforward yes/no responses.

1. Not at this time. Such an undertaking requires extensive planning and time.

2. Yes, but you also need to be sincere.

3. not at this time. Is the issue with you?

4. Only if you exercise caution.

5. Don't be hesitant to take risks.

6. Yes, only if you truly mean it.


Nine Eyes Reading

Add the figures together. If you get a number with two digits, divide it by two to get a number with one digit. 6 + 6 = 12 would be 1 + 2 = 3.

1. There will be an unexpected development.

2. Major life changes

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3. Your loved ones will need to assist you.

4. Be prudent with your money.

5. You're going to make some new friends and encounter new people.

6. Be cautious. Avoid taking too many chances.

7. Be careful who you trust.

8. Have faith in yourself.

9. There are upcoming fantastic opportunities and events coming your way.

18 Eyes Reading

It is advised to use this divination for more challenging problems and inquiries.

1. No way out. internal family conflict

2. It's not as simple as it seems. What is the actual root of the issue?

3. Happy unforeseen friendship and love shocks.

4. Expect disappointments. a bad moment to launch new initiatives.

5. Despite the fact that your efforts have paid off, keep your head clear.

6. You are being taken advantage of.

7. Lies are being circulated about you behind your back by someone.

8. Unwind and treat yourself.

9. Love and success.

10. career advancement.

11. Ensure your own well-being.

12. legal issues. Consult a friend for advice.

13. Never equate happiness with possessions or wealth.

14. Someone wants to get to know you.

15. the moment is right for new endeavours. It's time to find out who among your friends will stand by your side.

16. the upcoming excursion or distant visitors.

17. If you want to succeed, take risks.

18. Do what you desire without fear.


Tibetan Dice Divination

Another name for divination with dice is astragalomancy.

There are many different dice divination practices in Tibetan culture, some of which are related to Buddhism and others which are not. The most popular variation employs six normal cubical-shaped dice. Other dice, like the Sanskrit paka, which have four sides and can be seen in manuscripts, date from the eighth to the tenth century.

There is proof that dice-based divination was used Tibetan law-makers to determine issues like loans, interest rates, marriage law, and conscription for the military. A Tibetan manuscript contains both a legal treatise and a manual for divination pointing to a connection between the two disciplines. Eleven "clauses," which each contain sets of questions and answers, make up the legal section of the text, which covers a wide range of topics. Each case concludes with the question of whether the issue can be settled with sho, which means "dice.

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