Yearly Archives: 2020

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — January 2021 — Free to Download

January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. The month is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer).
Flower: Carnation
Birthstone: Garnet

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – New Year’s Day
6 – Epiphany (Christian)
7 – Christmas (Orthodox Christian)
14 – Old New Year (Orthodox Christian)
16 – Religious Freedom Day
18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
20 – Inauguration Day
26 – Australia Day (Australia)
26 – Republic Day (India)
27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day
28 – Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)
28 – Full Moon, 2:16 pm EST

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Hygge: Finding Comfort in Winter

Image from A Year of Mindful Living 2021 wall calendar.

Hygge (pronunced HOO-gah) is the Danish way of embracing winter that embodies loving connection and ease. Dwelling. Savoring. Slowing down. Making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, special, and beautiful.

I love how this philosophy mirrors the Taoist, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine paths of being in alignment with the season. With winter being so yin (cold, dark, wet and damp), it’s a time for deep rest, relaxation and restoration. We can balance this with some strong yang chi — fires, light and warmth!

Here are some simple ways to create your own at home experience of hygge…

  • Slow down and really relax — Take a nap by the fire. Turn off our phone, tv and computer and connect. Share food, music or poetry with loved ones without distraction. Watch the sunrise or moonrise. Enjoy pure “being” and presence!
  • Create warm, cozy spaces — Use faux fur throws, flannel sheets, soft sweaters, slippers, a blanket tent and so on.
  • Decorate only with what you love — Go natural and organic by hanging fresh or dried tree branches and fresh flowers or greenery in every room.
  • Illuminate with soothing light — White candles in clear glass jars. Mirrored sconces. Fairy lights. Fires in the fireplace. White paper star pendants.
  • Savor comfort — Love your favorite people. Create comfort and shelter for yourself and others. Cuddle with your cat and dog. Light a candle at breakfast. Take a hot bath. Stick cloves in a fresh orange.
  • Create sacred sanctuary and community — Enjoy the good and simple life. Savor the present moment. Walk in the woods. Have a bonfire outside. Make snow angels.
  • Eat warm foods — soups, porridge, congee, stews. Drink hot chai, tea or cocoa. Enjoy artisan chocolate or chutney. Bake bread.
  • Declutter, simplify — Be content in simple things. Enjoy BEING instead of doing!

Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — December 2020 — Free to Download

December is the twelfth and final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and is the last of seven months to have a length of 31 days. December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March.
Flower: Narcissus
Birthstone: Turquoise, Zircon, and Tanzanite

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – World AIDS Day
7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
10 – Human Rights Day
11 – Hanukkah Begins (Jewish)
12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)
21 – Winter Solstice
21 – Yule (Pagan/Wiccan)
25 – Christmas
26 – Boxing Day (Canada, UK)
26 – Kwanzaa Begins (African American)
29 – Full Moon, 10:28 pm EST
31 – New Year’s Eve

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — November 2020 — Free to Download

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the last of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the last of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name, despite novem coming from the Latin for “nine,” when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian)
1 – Day of the Dead (Mexico)
1 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
2 – All Souls’ Day (Christian)
3 – Election Day
11 – Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada)
11 – Veterans Day
14 – Diwali (Hindu)
20 – Universal Children’s Day
26 – Thanksgiving
29 – Advent Begins
30 – Full Moon, 4:30 am EST

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Día de los Muertos: November 1–2

Fascination with the Morbs © Cynthia Frenette from our Day of the Dead 2021 wall calendar. Click for more info.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween.

Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and tone. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revelers don elaborate makeup and costumes, hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and make offerings to lost loved ones.

Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people, who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit—and during Día de los Muertos, they temporarily returned to Earth. Today’s Día de los Muertos celebration is a mash-up of pre-Hispanic religious rites and Christian feasts. It takes place on November 1 and 2—All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the Catholic calendar—around the time of the fall maize harvest.

Literary Calaveras
Calavera means “skull.” But during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, calavera was used to describe short, humorous poems, which were often sarcastic tombstone epitaphs published in newspapers that poked fun at the living. These literary calaveras eventually became a popular part of Día de los Muertos celebrations. Today the practice is alive and well. You’ll find these clever, biting poems in print, read aloud, and broadcast on television and radio programs.

The Calavera Catrina
In the early 20th century, Mexican political cartoonist and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada created an etching to accompany a literary calavera. Posada dressed his personification of death in fancy French garb and called it Calavera Garbancera, intending it as social commentary on Mexican society’s emulation of European sophistication. “Todos somos calaveras,” a quote commonly attributed to Posada, means “we are all skeletons.” Underneath all our manmade trappings, we are all the same.

In 1947 artist Diego Rivera featured Posada’s stylized skeleton in his masterpiece mural “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.” Posada’s skeletal bust was dressed in a large feminine hat, and Rivera made his female and named her Catrina, slang for “the rich.” Today, the calavera Catrina, or elegant skull, is the Day of the Dead’s most ubiquitous symbol.

Altars
The centerpiece of the celebration is an altar, or ofrenda, built in private homes and cemeteries. These aren’t altars for worshipping; rather, they’re meant to welcome spirits back to the realm of the living. As such, they’re loaded with offerings—water to quench thirst after the long journey, food, family photos, and a candle for each dead relative. If one of the spirits is a child, you might find small toys on the altar. Marigolds are the main flowers used to decorate the altar. Scattered from altar to gravesite, marigold petals guide wandering souls back to their place of rest. The smoke from copal incense, made from tree resin, transmits praise and prayers and purifies the area around the altar.

Source: National Geographic by Logan Ward


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — October 2020 — Free to Download

October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name—from the Latin ôctō meaning “eight”—after January and February were inserted to bring the calendar to 12 months.
Flower: Marigolds
Birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Full Moon, 5:05 pm EDT
1 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
2 – Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
3 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)
11 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
12 – Columbus Day Observed
12 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
12 – Thanksgiving (Canada)
17 – Navaratri (Hindu)
18 – Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)
19 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
24 – United Nations Day
31 – Full Moon, 10:49 am EDT
31 – Halloween
31 – Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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Artist Spotlight — Flora Bowley: Creative Revolution

Flora BowleyAmber Lotus Publishing is excited to welcome Flora Bowley to our family. Flora is a painter, pioneer, gentle guide, and author of two books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.

Blending more than twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process, along with her books, international retreats, and online courses, has sparked a holistic movement in the intuitive art world by encouraging thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush.

Flora believes that creativity holds the power to awaken, empower, heal, and transform, and her work reminds us that all humans are born with infinite wells of creative expression just waiting to be tapped and remembered.

Flora lives and creates in Portland, Oregon. Her vibrant paintings can be found in galleries and shops and are printed on unique products around the world.

Find out more about Flora at florabowley.com.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — September 2020 — Free to Download

September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months in the oldest known Roman calendar.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Sapphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
2 – Full Moon, 1:22 am EDT
7 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 – International Literacy Day
11 – Patriot Day
13 – Grandparents Day
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
17 – Constitution Day
19 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
21 – International Day of Peace
22 – Autumnal Equinox
22 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
28 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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