From prehistoric times to the modern day, the altar has been a pivotal tool for ritual and magick. The Witch's Altar is an in-depth exploration of altars for covens and solo practitioners. From building and maintaining your altar to exploring the use of mobile and hidden altars, this book offers advice, techniques, and fun for Witches of all ages and skill levels.
Learn about the altar's role in history and mythology. Personalize your altar with candles, crystals, sacred tools, magickal objects, statues, pentacles, and symbols. Explore how different altar locations may affect your practice, and discover new ideas for elemental, seasonal, and outdoor altars, as well as altars for the dead. The Witch's Altar also includes fascinating contributions from leading writers, including Jenya T. Beachy, Lilith Dorsey, Lon Milo DuQuette, Angus McMahan, Louis Martinié, Lupa, Gwion Raven, Natalie Zaman, Andrieh Vitimus, and many more. Filled with spells, recipes, and tips, this book provides everything you need to help you create the altar of your magickal dreams.
About the Author
Jason Mankey is a third-degree Gardnerian High Priest and helps run two Witchcraft covens in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Ari. Jason is a popular speaker at Pagan and Witchcraft events across North America and Great Britain. He is the channel manager at Patheos Pagan, the world's most read Pagan blogging site, and writes there at Raise the Horns. He also writes for the magazine Witches & Pagans . Jason is the author of Transformative Witchcraft , The Witch's Athame , and The Witch's Book of Shadows and the coauthor of The Witch's Altar .
Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac . She is the author of the bestselling book Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols , as well as The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels , and The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey). Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft is her fourth book.~
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
One: What Is an Altar? (Tempest) 9
Two: The Altar in History & Other Traditions ( Jason) 27
Three : The Pentacle ( Jason) 47
Four: Building an Altar (Tempest) 87
Five: Daily & Seasonal Altars (Tempest & Jason) 139
Six: Devotional Altars in Action ( Jason) 181
Seven: Outdoor Altars (Tempest) 201
Eight: Altars for the Dead (Tempest) 229
Nine: Altars on the Go (Tempest) 253
Ten: Troubleshooting an Altar (Tempest & Jason) 269
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book contains a nice mix of beginner information as well as fresh ideas for more experienced practitioners. I especially enjoyed the conversational tone of the book and the different perspectives brought by the two authors. Including the sidebars from various others on the construction and use of their altars also added more depth. Although I've kept altars in the house for years, I particularly enjoyed the chapter on creating outdoor altars. That's something I've always wanted to do but have never gotten around to. I'm inspired to create some sacred space on my property after reading this book.
So many people have questions about altars. What should I have, where should it be p!aced and why do I need one anyway? All these questions and more are answered in this book. It is obvious that the authors collaborated with each other and that their styles are a little different. That's a good thing as you get even more ideas on how to set up an altar. It discusses diverse types of altars such those in the ancient times, New Orleans Voodoo altars and their own personal ones. There is an altar dedication and blessing ritual as well as altar and moonrise recipes to use in rituals or for yourself. I thought the travelling alters and the virtual and digital alters were very creative. Loved the dashboard altar. I do plan to do a little work on mine, but what I learned is that if it feels right, then go ahead and fix yours any way you want to. I received this book from Net Galley and Llewellyn Publishing for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.