Synopses & Reviews
The first complete book on altars and altar building, Altars Made Easy
explores the creation of sacred space -- in the home, in the office, in the garden, even in temporary surroundings -- as a powerful tool of transformation and spiritual development. What is sacred space?It is a place where, as Joseph Campbell put it, wonder can be revealed.
In a single volume, you will learn, step by step, how to create altars that focus energy and reflect the spirit, including:
- Understanding the language of sacred space
- Creating altars for special needs
- Choosing materials, colors and statuary
- Empowering your altar with signs and symbols
- Energizing sacred space with light, smoke and scent
- Using gemstones and minerals
- Drawing on the power of totems and guardians
- Building outdoor altars, and much, much more
Beautifully illustrated, this volume contains a full resource section and is filled with examples to help you create sacred space. With Altars Made Easy you have everything you need to create your own unique altar for meditation, reflection, prayer and revelation.
Altars are everywhere. In executive suites and private homes, in restaurants and gardens whether religious in focus or not people are reinventing the altar in new and imaginative ways. From a simple cherished photo surrounded by candles and shells that serves to attract the eye and draw the mind into gentle contemplation, to a more elaborate expression of personal style, altars bring peace and a place of beauty into daily life.In this first complete handbook on altars, Peg Streep shows readers how to use specific materials, colours, symbols, imagery, scents, crystals, music, and more to create their own personal altars. Streep covers the history, symbolism, and different types of the altar and provides detailed and fully illustrated guidance for anyone to create and enjoy sacred space. A discussion of offerings and rituals, along with a handy resource section, make this volume definitive, Altars Made Easy, makes the process simple and fun.
The ancient oracles haven't stopped speaking--we've just forgotten how to listen. For fans of Jean Houston and James Hillman, this spellbinding history and primer shows how to reclaim a hidden ability. This unique volume offers thoughtful suggestions and steps for making an ancient path to mindfulness accessible to anyone.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-217) and index.