“As thoughtful as it is readable, Renna Shesso’s Math for Mystics is the book I wish I had when I first started trying to make sense of the mathematics that underlie so much of modern magic and traditional occult lore.  Not the least of its virtues is the way it makes magical number theory accessible even to those who think they don’t like or can’t handle math.  It provides a first-rate introduction to a fairly neglected branch of magical lore.”


—John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid, Ancient Order of Druids in America and author of  The Druidry Handbook

(Find out more about Greer and Druidry)




“A nifty book filled with great ideas and exercises to make the abstract concepts of mathematics meaningful in daily life.  While astrology is often the subject that leads many students into deeper levels of esoteric study, it is ironic that while much of our knowledge of mathematics can be traced through astrology, many students of astrology (and esotericism in general) are more than a little shy when it comes to mathematics.


Everything from tracing lunar cycles on your hands, to using magical squares, and the secret locations of the Catholic shrines to Our Lady is explained in clear, concise, and at times humorous language, making math not only accessible, but friendly as well. 


Math is really the only way to access higher archetypes, and Shesso gives us means to both know this intellectually as well as experientially as part of our mystical path – while staying grounded the whole time. Quite a job indeed. 


Maybe John Michael Greer summed it up best in his support for Shesso’s book when he wrote, "Math for Mystics is the book I wish I had when I first started trying to make sense of the mathematics that underlies so much of modern magic and traditional occult lore. Not the least of its virtues is that way it makes magical number theory accessible even to those who think they don't like or can't handle the math.” 


I couldn't agree more and am adding it to my required reading lists for students.”


—So writes modern alchemist Mark Stavish in the March 2007 issue of his VoxHermes newsletter.

—(Find out more about Stavish and alchemy)



“Math For Mystics is definitely not math; it redefines the concept of "mathematical skills" ! In her book, Ms. Shesso takes us into a mystical world that opens when we understand the power of numbers. The author quite convincingly reveals how our ancestors used math to further their quest for understanding of God and comprehend their very existence. This ideology is demonstrated throughout the book with real world examples that offer understanding of our own existence in relationship to shapes and numbers.

“Math for Mystics is a refreshing take on old-fashioned numerology books.

“It explains that the lunar calendar is more than 28 days and Shesso delves so deeply into Tarot and root numbers it defies explanation. Suffice to say, you will be empowered to make choices more in alignment with your truest self. Shesso's easy conversational style and detailed illustrations will help you recognize important sequences and geometric shapes in your own environment... The idea is that once you are open to the signs, you will be open to the experiences.

“If you are craving a deeper understanding about the mystical world of numbers, this book is a new addition to any numerologist's library.”

Quoted from an on-line review at Blessed Gardens.  Find them here.

 

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