A Book of Women's Altars by Denise Geddes
How to Create Sacred Spaces for Art, Worship, Solace, Celebration

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Altar (noun): an elevated surface upon which one displays meaningful objects.

Any surface can become an altar. Geddes and Cunningham, with beautiful, inspirational photos and text that's both instructive and poetic, show us how. For women, they say, an altar can become a sacred space upon which to place symbols of her true self. Whether indoors or out, permanent or fleeting, an altar helps you to quickly focus on the spirituality inherent in common things -- the flicker of a candle flame, the heady scent of freshly picked lilacs.

Part One of A Book of Women's Altars explains the cultural and historical background of the altar and why to create one. Making and using an altar literally clears a path for a woman through the clutter of her world. She creates a place where she is free to make her inner journey, where healing is abundant. Cunningham describes the process of selecting a theme, choosing a place, finding the right objects, and knowing when to change the altar.

Part Two focuses on what to do with altars on special occasions. The author and photographer have created and illustrated -- with photographs and stories -- sixteen special altars. There are altars for the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives -- including loss, remembrance, celebration of new life, and many more. Each has its own purpose, story, and ritual.


About Denise Geddes

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Nancy Brady Cunningham is an accomplished poet and has lead workshop in yoga, meditation, and ritual for over 30 years. She is the author of I Am Woman by Rite and A Book of Women's Altars. Denise Geddes teaches photography in Massachusetts. Her photographs have appeared in Free at Last, Torot Celebrations, and A Book of Women's Altars.
Published September 15, 2002 by Red Wheel. 176 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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This slim guide by Cunningham (I Am a Woman by Rite) explains the background of altar making, which she demystifies by observing that "an altar helps you to quickly focus on the spirituality inherent in common things," such as photographs, candles or fresh flowers.

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