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Lost Teachings of the Runes
Northern Mysteries and the Wheel of Life
Ingrid Kincaid
ISBN: 9781578636761
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
$16.95
6 x 8
304 pages
Line drawings
October 1, 2019


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"In Ingrid Kincaid’s book, the runes spring to life with a new force. Born out of a visceral and passionate engagement with her own northern ancestral tradition, her book is a searching exploration of the runes and their meaning, but much more – it is a paean, a poem, a meditation, and a clarion call “for the lost teachings of the runes to return with intensity and brilliance.” The book takes the reader on a marvelous journey through the symbols, probing their deeper layers and many-faceted messages. For the reader who wants to work actively with the runes this book provides a framework for orientation and a series of guided meditations. In the words of the writer: “The teachings and wisdom of the runes bring us back into harmony with all life, with our bodies and with the earth.” - Christopher McIntosh PhD, author of Beyond the North Wind.

"Very impressive and emanating a great love towards the Northern heritage, and the wish to share this universally, the first part of Lost Teachings of the Runes is pure evocative poetry. Reading it throws one into a pleasant light trance from which your own ideas emerge. It is just how it is written-- the Dance of Runes manifesting themselves in writing. It sings! The runes are examined from a primordial understanding as 'Living Beings', closely intertwined with nature. This is very intriguing. Containing a slew of new visualization techniques, centering around The Wheel of Life, this book will appeal to Pagans of all stripes, shamanic workers, and Heathens. But it does require an open mind. This book asks a lot of question which are well worth meditating upon. Some of these are very hard questions and will challenge your perceptions. Lost Teachings of the Runes is a Song of Runes It sure has given me a different perspective on the runes to contemplate. -- Freya Aswynn, author of Northern Mysteries and Magick and Leaves of Yggdrasil.

"In Ingrid Kincaid’s book, the runes spring to life with a new force. Born out of a visceral and passionate engagement with her own northern ancestral tradition, her book is a searching exploration of the runes and their meaning, but much more – it is a paean, a poem, a meditation, and a clarion call “for the lost teachings of the runes to return with intensity and brilliance.” The book takes the reader on a marvelous journey through the symbols, probing their deeper layers and many-faceted messages. For the reader who wants to work actively with the runes this book provides a framework for orientation and a series of guided meditations. In the words of the writer: “The teachings and wisdom of the runes bring us back into harmony with all life, with our bodies and with the earth." - Christopher McIntosh PhD, author of Beyond the North Wind.

"The ancestors have not stopped teaching us. In Lost Teachings of the Runes: Northern Mysteries and the Wheel of Life, Ingrid Kincaid illuminates a simultaneously very new and very old way of engaging with the mystical North. The runes come alive in unique ways, embraced by a seasonal cycle, and rooted in the center of the World Tree. Kincaid encourages a questioning spirit. What do you experience as the Wheel turns around? This book has answers and more questions. It is a pioneering and powerful vision." - Dawn Work-MaKinne, Ph.D., and author contributor to Goddesses in World Cultures and Myths Shattered and Restored

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.

Lost 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.

Known 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 www.ingridkincaid.com.
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