Saturday, May 30, 2020
"The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces" - Anjou Kiernan
I must confess that I didn't quite realize when I first opted to request an Advanced Reader's Copy, though looking back the introduction and marketing material certainly suffices and I was simply caught up in the idea of a book related to home-based altars/sacred spaces.
While I wouldn't describe myself as the target population for "The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces," I'm familiar enough with the topic to appreciate the author's knowledge of the subject, splendid photographs, and journey through the seasonal Sabbats and holidays.
The mission of the book is to teach how to create altars and sacred spaces based upon the Wheel of the Year. Kiernan takes us through the main dates and seasons of the year and offers concrete ideas for building of such altars and sacred spaces utilizing a variety of elements, spices, herbs, plants, foods, items, and many other things. She's precise, yet many of her ideas are fluid and easy to individualize.
Even as someone outside the realm of the target market for this book, I found much of the information shared to be familiar knowledge yet it's nicely organized and thorough in presentation. This is a beautifully produced, simply written book that could easily be a table book and would look beautiful within one's home.
Kiernan is creator of the Light of Anjou online witchery shop and apothecary and was named “One of the Magical Women on Instagram You Should Be Following” by Refinery 29. You can simply feel from each page in the book that Kiernan lives these teachings and that gives "The Book of Altars and Spaces" a warmth and intimacy to be valued.
Cover over 50 different magical spaces, "The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces: How to Create Magical Spaces in Your Home for Ritual & Intention" is due for release on June 16th by Fair Winds Press.
Richard Propes is an award-winning writer/activist/minister who has traveled over 6,000 miles by wheelchair over the past 30 years raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children's organizations on his acclaimed Tenderness Tour events. Author of "The Hallelujah Life," Richard is the founder/publisher of TheIndependentCritic.com and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his activism including Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash, Kentucky's Order of Kentucky Colonels, and Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor, the Donna J. Stone Award. Richard is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association.