# Persian Geomantic Dice

A set of special dice used to generate geomantic figures.

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1. They’re beautiful! And I’m also a sucker for portability. Where can somebody find geomantic dice like these, preferably online?

• Unfortunately, I can’t really help here. I’ve never found a place to buy them from, but you might do better on EBay or Middle Eastern contacts. I’d probably just make them, using wood cubes and thin dowels from a craft store. Probably’d be cheaper, too.

• Thank you. The cube-and-dowel idea does make a lot of sense. (and cents as well) I’ll have to look into that one of these days. I like the idea of having relatively small and dedicated tools I can take out wherever I am.

• If that’s the case, I might also suggest a notepad and pencil, which give you as traditional a method as any. ;) Another dice-based idea that I use occasionally is to get a set of RPG dice, using the corresponding Platonic solids to represent the lines of a particular figure: the fire line by a tetrahedron (d4), air by an octahedron (d8), water by an icosahedron (d20), and earth by a cube (d6). Roll the dice and see which come up odd or even.

2. Cuji says:

The ones in the picture shouldn’t be considered geomantic dices since they can’t provide the classic geomantic figures

• Um…pardon? They are geomantic dice, since they do provide the geomantic figures. If you take one of the spindles vertically and spin the dice, then lay it on a surface, you take whether each die is odd or even for each row, then “reduce” the points to a single geomantic figure. If you take both spindles horizontally and spin the dice, then lay them on a surface, read the dice in vertical pairs going right-to-left; the rightmost die of the top spindle produces the first two rows of the first Mother figure and the bottom spindle produces the bottom two rows; the next one over produces the second Mother, and so forth. These are a pretty traditional tool, and examples have been found for hundreds of years.

3. Phillip Mendoza says:

Quote me a price please and I can PayPal, thanks