In this fast-paced world of over-stimulation and distraction, keeping a private space for meditative retreat and spirituality is essential. Creating an altar using the power of numbers allows you to achieve spiritual stillness in a personal and meaningful way.The numbers one through nine each carry a profound symbolic history and significance.Read more...
In this fast-paced world of over-stimulation and distraction, keeping a private space for meditative retreat and spirituality is essential. Creating an altar using the power of numbers allows you to achieve spiritual stillness in a personal and meaningful way.The numbers one through nine each carry a profound symbolic history and significance. Harness this energy and apply it to your life by selecting the number that best resonates with your intention and using it as a guide to your altar design.Deepen your spiritual practiceExplore your inner worldWith meditation techniques and many examples of prayers, practices, and rituals from all major faiths, popular author and Celtic scholar Sandra Kynes offers a new approach to altar-building. Using representations of elements from myth and nature as focal points, you can create an altar that best suits your spiritual needs. Straightforward and practical, with easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations, this unique book allows you to experience the restorative benefits of altars—and ultimately reconnect with that sacred space within yourself.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 58.
- Review Date: 2007-10-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Readers interested in this volume from Kynes (Year of Ritual, etc.) would do well to pay attention to the subtitle, as the title is somewhat misleading. The book is not a comprehensive overview of home altars, but a guide to using an altar space for meditation. The thrust of the book is that an altar is like “a game board”; through different arrangements of objects, practitioners can prepare themselves for varying states of reflection. For example, Kynes describes how an altar space can be divided into three parts, each representing one of the divine triplets from an ancient spiritual tradition (e.g., Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva from Hinduism or Fotla, Erin and Banba from the Irish Celtic tradition). She then suggests what to place on the altar for different effects. A three-part arrangement can be used to rebalance energies or as an aid for decision making. In all, Kynes outlines nine basic altar compositions and gives hints for alternatives in each main category. While some may be annoyed by Kynes’s use of the second person throughout the book, this should be welcome reading for neopagans seeking to spice up their spirituality with something a little offbeat. (Dec.)