I’m Renna Shesso, a shamanic healing practitioner and teacher, and a reader and teacher of Tarot and other magical material.  I’m the author of Planets for Pagans and Math for Mystics, as well as a self-published series of zines. I research and write on a range of spiritual, artistic and Goddess-infused topics.

Shamanism, Tarot, that erratic array of other subjects: All are deep-rooted and bright-sparking in the heart of my personal life.  This stuff is real, and I live here.

Among my grandparents were an astrologer/herbalist on one side and an organic gardener/lapidary on the other. 

I began learning casually about plants, astrology and gem-lore during my childhood. 

This expanded erratically into other, more occult studies, and I gradually stepped onto a Goddess path in the late Seventies.  A few years later this formalized into the practice of the nature-oriented path sometimes called the Craft, aka witchcraft. Privileged to study with many fine teachers, I always seem to return to Nature Herself as the ultimate teacher and healer.

In the late '80s, I began learning the practices of shamanism, and have found that — for me — the Craft and shamanism combine well to form a balanced and complimentary practice.

Extensive formal training in core shamanism has come mainly through Sandra Ingerman (author: Soul Retrieval, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide and more), but again, much of the learning comes within the journey experience, directly from the guides in nature and Non-Ordinary Reality.

Since 1991, I’ve been teaching about and using the healing practices of shamanism.  I also teach classes on Tarot and other metaphysical subjects.  Math for Mystics was released by Weiser Books in March 2007, and most recently, Planets for Pagans: Sacred Sites, Ancient Lore, and Magical Stargazing, initially released in late 2011 (as A Magical Tour of the Night Sky).

In terms of what I write and research, I like the term “independent scholar” — that may be a polite way of saying “quirky amateur”, but, hey, it’s time quirky amateurs got our due.

A beautiful group called The Circle That Has No Name has been my delight and support for 20+ years.  We are eclectic, spontaneous and spend a lot of time laughing and working deep.

Photo © Cynthia McKeever 2006

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Born in Illinois, now a multi-decade resident of Colorado

Virgo with lots of Libra and a Grand Trine in Fire

“From where we stand the rain seems random.  If we could stand someplace else, we would see the order in it.”

              from Coyote Waits,

                    by Tony Hillerman