Altars Made Easy: A Complete Guide to Creating and Using Your Own Personal Altar

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Altars are exploding in popularity. All across the country – and across the spectrum of belief – people are creating personal altars as sacred space for meditation, reflection and prayer.

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.

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More and more of us are beginning to realize that there is no distinction between our "spiritual" selves and the other roles we take on in life. Creating sacred space in the home, garden, and workplace helps us articulate and integrate spirit into our daily lives, and gives us a concrete way of acknowledging its importance.

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THE ART OF CREATING SACRED SPACE…

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 trans-formation 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
• Chossing 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.

Peg Streep is a writer and editor who has researched sacred places, altars, and ancient mythology for nearly a decade. She is the author of many books on spirituality, including 'Sanctuaries of the Goddess' and 'Mary: Queen and Heaven', as well as the editor of 'Spiritual Illuminations'.

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