Friday the 13th and Tykhê

Tykhê is the Goddess of Luck, both good and bad. It seems especially appropriate on Friday the thirteenth, a day that is traditionally considered to be an unlucky day, to discuss the goddess that would by definition govern the day in question.

“But truly, if Fortuna [Tyche] disapproves, nothing can turn out right for any mortal, and neither wise planning nor shrewd remedies can overturn or reshape the pre-ordained arrangements of divine providence.”

However, I feel that Tykhê herself is part of the shape of providence. If she is not given her due as much as any of the other gods she has the power to make playthings of us. It is not by accident that in many ways, she is a goddess that men often invoke when they enter into risky enterprises perhaps even more than the other Gods.

“Luck is a lady whose smile is as cold as a stone
She’ll bring you things, many things you might never have known
But when your die is cast she’ll have the final laugh at you
She’ll lock you in a duel, where you come out the fool”

Tykhê stands by the side of Zeus in many depictions of her as he dispenses the lots of mankind and she delivers their lot. She is often depicted with a ball, which is an emblem of the changeability of Tykhê’s  gifts to us.  It is up to us what we make of those gifts.

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