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Your Altar
Creating a Sacred Space for Prayer & Meditation

By: Sandra Kynes
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738711058
English  |  240 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: December 2007
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Take Control of the Matrix

For thousands of years, people have used altars as focal points for various aspects of their lives. In virtually every culture the world has known, altars have been used for numerous purposes. You may currently use your altar as part of your ritual work, but in Your Altar, Sandra Kynes reveals how you can work with an altar for more than you might expect:

Access and activate archetypal energies
Retrieve deeper layers of self
Receive knowledge and wisdom
Align your physical, mental and spiritual energies
View yourself and the world in new ways
Define a system for working on big or small life issues

The secrets to making altars that can help you with all of this and more is in the unique system presented here. Kynes uses the image of the altar top as a design matrix, and by using numerology and a wide variety of correspondences, you'll learn how to design the sections of the matrix for just about any purpose!

The Nine Matrix Altars
In Your Altar, Kynes presents nine basic types of altars. The altar top becomes a type of "game board." This is not meant to be frivolous or irreverent, but rather a way to convey the concept that your altar top can form patterns that you can change to meet your needs. It also shows that how you choose to set up your altar determines the direction of energy and the purpose of the altar. It reveals how you can get the more use out of your altar than ever before.

A one-part altar is ideal for magic because it focuses on one thing, one intent, and the concept that from nothing comes one thing. The book shares how to make such a singularly-focused altar, including information on color associations, the power of gemstones, the secret of pyramid power, solar deities, projecting and pulling power, and more.

A two-part altar is ideal for working with concepts of balance, harmony, and healing, but also duality, division, and opposites. In this section you'll learn how to design altars that emphasize duality, the motion of incoming and outgoing energy, the concept of "as above, so below,&quot and more. You'll also discover deity pairs, the attributes and energies of trees, opposite zodiacal signs, and correspondences for the number two.

As you continue adding to the matrix (up to a nine-part altar), you'll receive practical instructions on the meaning of numbers, how you can use this numerology to design your altar, and how by varying the design or matrix of each altar top you can literally redirect your altar for multiple purposes.

Unique and Thought-Provoking
Other books about altars tend to be simple cookbooks; they tell you how to set them up and what objects to use. Your Altar is different and unique. It focuses on specific meditations that use the altar as a matrix and guide. You'll see how dividing the altar top into multiple sections and using them to focus the flow of intention allows the altar to function as a powerful and symbolic tool not unlike Buddhist mandalas, classical Christian icons, and Hindu yantras. There is nothing like Your Altar.

Part meditation guide and part numerology pattern, this book provides a personal blueprint for an inward journey of growth and balance. It will spark your imagination to help you create your own designs for home altars that are more than mere copycat patterns. When you use the techniques in this book, you will learn to use an altar to access deeper meaning and the knowledge of who you really are.

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