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My thoughts on The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might by Courtney Weber

Posted in Book Review, Magick on October 21, 2019 by Occult Detective

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weberIn what is Courtney Weber’s best book to date, we are taken on a fascinating journey into the realm of the Mare Queen, the Morrigan.

Celtic Mythology is a tangled web, and no holy power more so than she who is sometimes called the Phantom Queen. Oft misunderstood, and the subject of much debate among scholars, linguists, and esotericists, the Morrigan is largely a mystery.

Was she a single goddess, or three sisters? The Morrigan is the foreteller of death, who watches over the battlefield with foresight, often inciting bloodlust in warriors and aiding them in victory. The Morrigan encourages bravery, preys on the fears of her champions’ enemies, and is said to wash the bloodstained clothes of those whose death is fated.

The Morrigan bears many names and wears as many faces. She is a harbinger of death and a protector of life.

In Weber’s latest work, The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might, the author mirrors the complexities of the Goddess by delivering a book difficult to pin down. It is equal parts academic and practical, as Weber combines historical research with her personal gnosis and the application of both research and discovery into practice.

I found the book to be thought-provoking and insightful. Weber weaves gracefully between foundational research and speculative conflation to produce a work that is alternatively prose, poetry, and pedantic.

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There is depth to the narrative within these pages that will inspire you to greater study and to seek a personal connection with the goddess herself in all her many guises.

Weber brings them all to life, drawing the reader along and making them a part of the journey.

This is a book perfect for beginners, but there are plenty of insights for those of us longer of tooth.

The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might by Courtney Weber is highly recommended and available wherever books are sold. And at just over $12 on Amazon, an absolute steal.

 

My thoughts on Lost Teachings of the Runes: Northern Mysteries & the Wheel of Life by Ingrid Kincaid

Posted in Book Review, Magick with tags , , , , on October 17, 2019 by Occult Detective

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I have had the pleasure (and I do mean pleasure) of reading Ingrid Kincaid’s Lost Teachings of the Runes. Before I delve into my thoughts on the book, here is Weiser Books description:

Lost Teachings of the Runes is an unexpected adventure into the hidden meanings and profound lessons held in these simple markings that are the signatures of ancient beings.

kincaid runesLost Teachings of the Runes invites the reader to journey to the realms of past and future that exist hidden beyond the horizon and beneath our feet. Using an engaging blend of stories, meditations, and ancestral knowing, author Ingrid Kincaid explores Northern Mysteries from the center of the Wheel of Life. Kincaid demonstrates ways the Wheel can be used to connect ancient wisdom with modern life, and offers tools and teachings that may be used on a daily basis to enable readers to reclaim their personal power. Lost Teachings of the Runes presents a life-affirming, death-honoring approach that returns the runes to a place of balance, to light and dark, to order and chaos, and to the roots and branches of the world tree.

kincaidKnown as the Rune Woman, Ingrid Kincaid is an author, educator and workshop facilitator with over 45 years of experience. She is a staff-carrying wise woman in the Old Norse tradition and her connection with the runes is ancestral. Ingrid teaches throughout the United States and Europe. Visit her at http://www.ingridkincaid.com.

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I was quite surprised by Lost Teachings. I was expecting this to be another modern examination of the runes with that New Age slant you so often get these days, but instead a discovered a very vibrant and thoughtful poetic journey that mirrored for me how the runes are alive and a visceral part of religious experience.

I felt very connected to the author’s word, in a way that’s difficult to explain, and I think it’s because they speak on many levels, the most important being to that deeper, primordial essence that connects us to our Northern European forebearers.

There is true magic of the north within these pages. You will feel them echo in your bones. She writes, as the book closes, “Sometimes all that needs to change are the meanings we attach to the stories we tell.” Very insightful and true.

Lost Teachings of the Runes is a journey. I am reminded of the guided meditations I used to take part in back in the late 80s, when the world was still fresh to me and I had so many questions (and yet thought I had all the answers). Lost Teachings led me to that long ago place and connected it with an even greater expanse, back to my ancestors, and made me feel at peace.

These words came to me just as I needed them.

I obviously recommend this book to all seekers of knowledge and understanding. One need not be a practitioner of a northern faith to gain insight and benefit from the lessons here.

You can find Lost Teachings of the Runes: Northern Mysteries and the Wheel of Life by Ingrid Kincaid wherever books are sold, though I recommend one purchase directly from Weiser Books. The more money that finds its way into the publisher’s pocket ensures many more books from them in the future.

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wolfecroweMy next book, Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum, will be available in trade paperback and ebook in just two weeks, dropping Hallowe’en, October 31, but you can preorder the kindle version right now via amazon.com.

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