Review: A Magical Tour of the Night Sky

A Magical Tour of the Night Sky
by Renna Shesso
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN-10: 1578634954
ISBN-13: 978-1578634958

Product description:
“The sky was our original calendar, our original storybook, the first illustrated edition, the prototype GPS. Beyond its pragmatic usefulness, the sky was the domain of spirit, traversed by deities and a place to which human souls departed. Let’s re-enchant it, shall we?”

Shamanic practitioner, Wicca priestess, and author of Math for Mystics, Renna Shesso invites readers along as she takes a pagan’s look at the night sky—as messenger, guide, storyteller, and mother. She weaves together facts and folklore about the heavens that can’t help but fill readers with awe and guide them to personal and sacred discoveries.

Using a planet-by-planet, star-by-star chapter format, A Magical Tour of the Night Sky draws on astronomy, Tarot, shamanism, astrology, Wicca, lore, legend, and history to interpret the patterns and movement of the night sky and re awaken our spirits.

Included is a treasure trove of information about the North Star(including Ophiuchus!), the Sun, the Precession of the Equinoxes, the Moon, and the visible planets, and each chapter ends with practices people can try to help get them back in touch with their sacred selves.

My thoughts:

As is my custom, I thumbed through the book before reading it. I was impressed with the sheer number of the illustrations. I first started reading through the Appendices and couldn’t help but be impressed with some of the 2010 – 2050 planetary locations schedules. I got a little chuckle as some of the charts extended into the 2090′s. That could come in handy for my nephew’s great-grand children.

The book begins with chapter 0, but page 1 —hmmmm? Shouldn’t that have been chapter 0, page 0? I can’t, in all honesty, tell you what was my favorite part. The entire book was excellent. The mythology is superb. I don’t know how many times I had that “oh yeah, that’s right moment.”  I didn’t have any Tarot cards so I couldn’t try some things in the book. Having said that, I used the book to locate some stars with a certain amount of success and I plan to try again in the winter.

Eleven chapters, 193 pages, and rich with illustrations, “A magical Tour of the Night Sky” is a quick, fun read that you will use for some time in the future. Twenty-eight pages of Appendices and a huge Notes section gives the book a pretty good bang for the buck.

I highly recommend it.

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