Yearly Archives: 2020

Artist Spotlight — Anahata Joy Katkin: PAPAYA and FIREWEED

Amber Lotus Publishing is excited to welcome Anahata Joy Katkin to our family. We have been a big fan of her soul-stirring artwork for a long time, so working together to publish her collection of calendars has been a thrill.

PAPAYA co-founder Anahata Joy Katkin developed her passion for the arts by trial-and-error discovery. She creates original paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces that have woven a heartcentered landscape of offbeat muses and vivid illustrations. PAPAYA’s signature aesthetic has been celebrated around the globe since 2003.

“I love the place where pretty and gritty meet. Where flowers, faces, and ink run together. I’m endlessly inspired by repeating themes of plants, travel, Victorian era, folk arts, Asian influences, and female faces. I believe in working from impulse to impulse and answering to an intuitive process. I make artwork for myself and then weave pieces into our PAPAYA & FIREWEED collections alongside our talented in-house design team.” — Anahata Joy Katkin

See the full calendar collection on our website. To learn more about PAPAYA, visit their website or follow Anahata on Instagram.

PAPAYA 2021 Wall Calendar

PAPAYA 2021 Hardcover Deluxe Planner

PAPAYA 2020 – 2021 Planner 17-Month Calendar With Pocket

PAPAYA 2020 – 2021 Desk Pad 17-Month Calendar

FIREWEED 2021 Wall Calendar

FIREWEED 2020 – 2021 Planner 17-Month Calendar With Pocket

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2020 — Free to Download

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Formerly named Sextilis, it was originally the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar. It became the eighth month around 700 BC, when King Numa Pompilius added January and February to the beginning of the calendar year; he also made the month 29 days long. Julius Caesar later added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC, giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed to August to honor the great triumphs of the Roman Emperor Augustus.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
3 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
3 – Full Moon 11:59 am EDT
15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
20 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
22 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
29 – Ashurah (Islamic)

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Letters Against Isolation — Notes to Cheer Self-Isolating Seniors

As a stationery publisher, we love creating beautiful greeting cards to spread inspiration, comfort, and cheer. We know that a handwritten note has the power to brighten someone’s day — a small act of kindness that can transform.

Sisters Shreya and Saffron were doing their best to support their self-isolating grandparents by calling them every day during the COVID outbreak. Then they had an idea to do something more. Here’s an excerpt from their website Letters Against Isolation:

We realized that without visitors or the ability to interact with the wider world, many senior citizens may be growing lonely. Senior loneliness is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on seniors’ mental health but on their physical health. We believed that we could do something to help this situation. We decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes. When growing demand for letters outpaced us, we started Letters Against Isolation.

I am Saffron, a 10th grader attending high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I absolutely love volunteering and getting involved with my community! Prior to the pandemic, I was volunteering at our local science museum, hospital and STEM club on a weekly basis. Since I have moved countries and states a few times already, I find volunteering to be my way of getting to know my community and feeling connected. Once the pandemic started, I missed going to my volunteer programs! I was eager to find a new way to build a community and help people in need.

My sister Shreya just graduated from high school a year ago. She is taking a gap year before heading to Washington University in Saint Louis in the fall. Shreya also enjoys volunteering and is very close to our grandparents. She is interested in entrepreneurship and is always searching for ways she can make an impact or improve the community.

Letters Against Isolation started as a small-scale project for the two of us. My grandma who has been self-isolating for almost 4 months was feeling a bit lonely. A friend of hers wrote her a letter and she was so happy to receive it. Shreya and I saw firsthand how something as simple as a letter can remind you that someone is thinking of you, and can really boost your mood. We thought that it is likely that many seniors were also feeling a bit isolated, and sending them a letter could lift their spirits. We contacted a local care facility and asked if we could send their residents a few letters. They told us that the residents were thrilled to receive them! We knew that we wanted to spread the love and that we needed help to do it. We enlisted the help of friends, family, and volunteers online. In just a few days, we found a huge number of people willing to take a bit of time out of their day to bring some joy to a senior.

Their website has wonderful information on participating as well as great ideas for what to write and share.

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Remembering Waverly Fitzgerald — Writer, Teacher, and Calendar Priestess

Waverly FitzgeraldWaverly Fitzgerald was a writer, teacher, and calendar priestess who studied the lore of holidays and the secrets of time for decades. She shared her research and her thoughts on her Living in Season website, in her book Slow Time, and here on the Amber Lotus blog. We were very sorry to learn that Waverly passed away in December 2019. We will miss her deep wisdom, clever insight, and generous spirit.

Her friend Joanna Powell Colbert shared these beautiful thoughts after Waverly’s passing:

I am mourning the loss of my beloved friend Waverly Fitzgerald, who died Friday night of cancer. I am not at all surprised that she left us on St. Lucia’s Day, calendar maven that she was. We had conversations over the years about how many people who walk the Wheel of the Year during their lives tend to leave on a significant date. Marija Gimbutas died on Brigid’s Day 1994, our friend Helen Farias died on Autumn Equinox 1994, and another friend died on Winter Solstice 2013.

I posted a photo of St. Lucia in the doorway Friday night as I was holding vigil for Waverly along with an entire community of her friends, our candles glowing on altars in all our homes. I imagined St. Lucia aka Freya arriving in her golden chariot drawn by cats, gathering Waverly up, and heading out across the starry sky — their pathway lit by blazing candles.

My head is bowed in grief and grace. I will miss you so much, my friend.

The Wild Hunt shared the sad news with their community:

Fitzgerald was based in Seattle and wrote both fiction and non-fiction, though many Pagans may remember her for her work on The Beltane Papers with Helen Farias. Fitzgerald became editor of the Beltane Papers in 1994 after Farias death and continued in that role until 1998 when she resigned to focus more on her writing and teaching.

Fitzgerald was a noted folklorist and published several books of interest to Pagans: Slow Time: Recovering the Natural Rhythm of Life, and several books that focused on the crafts and customs and rituals surrounding Pagan celebrations, most notably: Celebrating Spring Equinox and Celebrating Summer Solstice. Her writing also was featured in the publications Sagewoman and Gnosis. 

She taught classes online, for Hugo House in Seattle, and also offered correspondence courses through her site, School of the Seasons. In 2014 she opened her own publishing company, Rat City Publishing.

She is noted by others for being kind, talented, and generous — especially in the aid she provided to many writers, both aspiring and well-established, with her wellspring of knowledge.

What is remembered, lives.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2020 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally called Quintilis (for the fifth month of the 10-month Roman calendar), July was renamed by the Roman Senate in honor of Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
11 – World Population Day
14 – Bastille Day (France)
18 – Nelson Mandela’s Birthday
30 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
31 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

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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.

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

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18 Million Thanks: Send a Thank You Note to Healthcare Workers

Artwork courtesy of 18 Million Thanks

There are 18+ million healthcare workers in the United States. Let’s show our gratitude by sending 18 million thank you notes. This note writing campaign was created by the folks at Good Juju Ink and launched by 13 women-owned stationery brands.

The 18 Million Thanks website has more details — addresses for participating hospitals, examples of what to write, and a count that you can add your thank you notes to.

Amber Lotus is participating by offering a select group of thank you cards at 50% off. But a plain sheet of paper or handmade card would also be a beautiful and inspiring note to uplift these healthcare heroes.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2020 — Free to Download

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, wife of the Roman god Jupiter.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – Saka Dawa (Tibetan Buddhist)
5 – World Environment Day
5 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
7 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
19 – Juneteenth
20 – Litha (Pagan/Wiccan)
20 – Summer Solstice
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Father’s Day
21 – Annular Solar Eclipse
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — May 2020 — Free to Download

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days. No other month starts or ends on the same day of the week as May in any given year. May is the only month with this characteristic. May is also the month with the shortest name.
Flower: Lily of the Valley and the common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), also known as “may blossom.”
Birthstone: Emerald

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – May Day
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
7 – Vesak (Buddhist)
10 – Mother’s Day
15 – Bike to Work Day
16 – Armed Forces Day
18 – Victoria Day (Canada)
19 – Lailatul Qadr (Islamic)
21 – Ascension (Christian)
24 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
25 – Memorial Day Observed
28 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
28 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
29 – Shavuot (Jewish)
31 – Pentecost (Christian)

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