This is the definitive handbook on what is involved in setting up an altar in your home, garden, or office. These sacred spaces have traditionally been places of prayer, ritual, and meditation. Today, they can also be oases of silence, centering, and creativity.

Peg Streep, author of several excellent quotation anthologies, writes cogently about altar ware, cloth, statuary, gemstones, tools for prayer, offerings, and the power of scent. She also has some interesting things to say about feng shui, the mandala, Native American medicine wheels, prayer flags, and other systems of thought for guidance. Streep makes it clear that personal altars enable us to consciously affirm the presence of the sacred in the midst of our everyday activities.