Much of math history comes to us from early astrologers who needed to be able to describe and record what they saw in the night sky. Whether you were the king's court astrologer or a farmer marking the best time for planting, timekeeping and numbers really mattered. Mistake a numerical pattern of petals and you could be poisoned. Lose the rhythm of a sacred dance or the meMuch of math history comes to us from early astrologers who needed to be able to describe and record what they saw in the night sky. Whether you were the king's court astrologer or a farmer marking the best time for planting, timekeeping and numbers really mattered. Mistake a numerical pattern of petals and you could be poisoned. Lose the rhythm of a sacred dance or the meter of a ritually told story and the intricately woven threads that hold life together were spoiled. Ignore the celestial clock of equinoxes and solstices, and you'd risk being caught short of food for the winter. Shesso's friendly tone and clear grasp of the information make the math "go down easy" in this marvelous book.
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Excerpt from Math for Mystics: “It’s our collective malaise: Post-Traumatic Math Disorder.
“Yet despite how we personally feel about mathematics, our distant ancestors willingly used numbers as pathways into the great patterns of Nature, avenues to understanding the Universe and their own place in it. Many ancient cultures had specific gods and goddesses they credited with inventing mathematical skills. With the aid of divine inspiration and assistance, humans nourished this numerical invention, continually pushing their skills and seeking greater clarity of expression.
“Our starting point may seem like a Zero. But for now, before looking at numbers and math, let’s simply see it as a circle. No matter what our spiritual practice, we each live within the circle of creation, each within the circle—the cohesiveness—of our own form...”
From John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid, Ancient Order of Druids in America and author of The Druidry Handbook:
“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.”
I was always useless at Math. Over the last year I have been trying understand sacred geometry. I learn when I am truly interested in a subject and can apply it to life and art. This is a great book for people like myself who see a brick wall when it comes to mathematics .
This book uses examples of numbers being present in nature , art and music making it easier to grasp.
'Math For Mystics' is very well written, and easy to understand. I have read similar books before , and this is one of the easiest to understand. Renna Shesso has inserted a lot of personality, parts are almost whimsical. I finished it, and my son started reading it. I highly recommend.
I was disappointed. I was expecting more math and less mysticism. Actually, there is hardly any math in this book at all. It's mostly about numbers and counting. Still, if you wish to know what numberical value is assigned to the planet Saturn, this might be a helpful book.
I couldn't give this book a rating. While it made intriguing mystical connections with mathematical concepts, it had too much mysticism and not enough math for my taste. Nor did it provide enough evidence for a lot of its assertions. However, there are many interesting points and connections made.
I'm stalled on this one. It's interesting, but lost me when it started talking about how I could use the information in my spells. I'm not that kind of gal. So, this gets shelved for now, back to use as a reference book.
Excellent. A bit heavy on some silly pagan ideas, but overall a complete reversal of the boring state school lies about math and meaning. Basically souped up Pythagorean and Egyptian Maths. Recommended
I’m Renna Shesso, author of A Magical Tour of the Night Sky: Use the Planets and Stars for Personal and Sacred Discovery and Math for Mystics. I'm also a shamanic healing practitioner and teacher, and a reader and teacher of Tarot. I research and write on a range of spiritual, artistic and Goddess-infused topics.