Category Archives: Celtic

Midweek Mindfulness with Michael J. Green: Be As a Candle — March 2, 2016

Celtic Blessings 2016 wall calendar

Image by Michael J. Green from our Celtic Blessings 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Be As a Candle

Never has our world been rendered so alive with glitter and temptation as it is today. And so it is that amidst these delights, only a few who pass through are taken by a longing for the simple and the still.

Do we even know of such a hunger? Are we simply wanderers, or would we be pilgrims? Window-shoppers or seekers? Have we the gift of sacred yearning, and are we those who truly hunger?

If we nod our heads and murmur yes, then know that it is given and charged in these days of distraction that a few must now begin the task of turning away from the ten thousand glitters. And in this turning we turn to the heart, That which is secret and shining and simple.

Be wary, then, but wise, and a witness to the changeless Truth.

O Friend, O one with yearning face, Become as a candle now, A candle in a windless place!

And you shall Blessed Be.

— Michael J. Green


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Artist Spotlight — Michael J. Green

We’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael for many years to craft the Celtic Blessings line of gifts and calendars as well as his Illuminated Rumi series. His attention to detail and passion for his art shines through in each of his beautiful works. ~Amber Lotus

Celtic Blessings

Images by Micheal J. Green featured in our Celtic Blessings 2106 wall calendar. Click for more info.

A Word from the Artist
For the first time in human history, we have the entire spread of our species’ cultural achievements easily available. But at the same time we find ourselves curiously rootless – almost weightless – suspended in the strange dream of accelerated time that is our postmodern age. Perhaps it’s a moment of great opportunity, a possibility to reshape – even redefine – ourselves, to re-anchor our souls in those timeless mythologies, tales, and truths where we meet and recognize one another as old, if forgotten, friends.

We are witness today to the emergence of an ancient spiritual vitality into modern affairs. Call it the river of sanity. It comes from the deepest wellsprings of our humanity and moves us into harmony with the natural world and ourselves. It does not contradict scientific thought, but the river offers a profoundly wider way of engaging reality. It is caught rather than taught.

Two great wellsprings of our civilization are the Celtic tradition and the legacy of Christ. And the work here, as it is everywhere in a time of discord, is to bridge, heal, and connect. Let the heart lead; let art follow.

About the Artist
A countercultural revolutionary, author Michael Green has made an eclectic life the foundation of an artistic career. Born in New York in 1943, he received his BA from New York University. He attended film school there before going on to study at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He joined the legendary Castalia Foundation, worked on germinal light shows with Timothy Leary, and, in the summer of 1967, moved with the group to an area of protected land (essentially a reservation) to experience communal living. Later, Green moved to Pennsylvania to study with the venerable Sufi master Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Celtic Artist Jen Delyth

We are delighted to share this guest post written by one of our contributing artists, Jen Delyth. Her intricate Celtic illustrations have been included in some of our best-selling calendars and cards for over 10 years. Here she shares more on her process and love of Celtic culture:

CM15-0CFor many years I have enjoyed creating original Celtic art to communicate the ancient symbols and archetypes that still speak to us today. I use the ancient language of Celtic patterning to create new work, rather than reproduce the designs from antiquity, as Celtic art is a living tradition that continues to evolve into our time.

This is exciting and challenging for me—and I feel so lucky to have found this path—as an artist, and fulfilling my love of mythology and folklore, of exploring symbols and how to communicate their meaning through a visual form. Continue reading

Mystic Heart

For most of us to this life born, the heart takes no great comfort in its own company but yearns for its completion in another. And so it is that it becomes a hungry hunter and wanders the world in search of its counterpart. The tales told of this human enterprise see no end.

Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card

Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card

We live in an age with more than its share of sorrow and loneliness, and so it is a goodness and a mercy when two hearts meet, and a greater goodness when they surrender one to the other and declare themselves as bound and joined.

But the sages declare that the happiness of this union is given to us as example and foretaste of a greater bliss which is the perfect Unity of the soul. There is no need to search for this in far and distant realms, for it is the nearest of all things. The soul is here for its own joy, and it abides always in the Great Unity and the mystery of No Other. So it follows, then, that all souls are in truth just one soul. Thus is the simple secret of the ages laid bare for all to see, but alas, there are but few to hear, and fewer still to seek.

Blessed Be.                               

by Michael Green

New Amber Lotus Holiday Cards

Introducing our latest holiday cards, featuring Duirwaigh Hearts and Moons, Furturtle Show Prints, Celtic Mandala art with seasonal 
blessings, classic Peace Posters and the whimsical Tree-Hugging Santa.

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New Holiday Boxed Sets

Our cards are printed on recycled cardstock with 
soy-based inks. Cards are 5″ x 7″ and sold in clear boxes of twelve cards with envelopes for $13.99.

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Peace and Love and Christmas Moon Holiday Boxed Cards

Duirwaigh Studios is home to the creative talents of the husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball. They specialize in the three Es: enchantment, enlightenment and entertainment. The Duiwaigh Studios inspiration comes from old-world fairy tales and myths and the natural curiosity for anything that explores the space between heaven and earth.

Furturtle Show Prints

Furturtle Show Prints Holiday Boxed Cards

Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints pairs witty words with whimsical illustrations. Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed Gig posters. The Furturtle card lines are printed on recycled textured watercolor paper, which gives it a wonderful artisan feel.

Celtic Mandala Holiday Cards

Celtic Mandala Holiday Boxed Cards

Celtic Mandala art with seasonal blessings by Jen Delyth, a Welsh artist whose work is founded in her deep connection to her Celtic heritage. She creates intricate paintings and illustrations using traditional egg tempera and contemporary digital techniques. Her original, iconographic style is inspired by the Spirit in Nature and expresses our mythic connection to the natural world. The Celtic Mandala card lines are also printed on recycled textured watercolor paper.

Peace Poster Holiday Cards

Peace Poster Holiday Boxed Cards

Godzilla & King Kong by Steff Geissbuhler. Geissbuhler is among America’s most celebrated designers of brand and corporate identity programs. His work also includes posters, brochures, books and illustrations. Peace Now, Artist unknown. Poster Image courtesy UC Berkeley 1970 Workshop / Lincoln Cushing collection.

Tree-Hugging Santa

Tree-Hugging Santa Boxed Cards

Tree Hugger: a person with strong environmental beliefs who embraces eco-conscious living and all that is good for the earth and its inhabitants. There are a lot of good reasons to love trees, whether for their majesty and diversity as living creatures or because of their crucial role in the global ecosystem. Trees for the Future (TFTF) has helped rehabilitate environments across the globe by planting nearly 65 million trees since 1988. Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a partner in this wonderful program.

All these cards are available to purchase on our website and at select retailers.

14 New Calendar Titles for 2014

We have an amazing lineup of new calendars this year, including Farm to Table, Tree Huggers, Lunaria and Sacred Celtic Sites. We’re also bringing back an old favorite, Hafiz, with Persian-inspired illuminations from  Silas Toball, designer extraordinaire and co-creator of our best-selling Duirwaigh card line.  Other new titles include Steampunk, Day of the Dead, Bee Happy, The Garden Sanctuary and On Sacred Ground. We are also adding four new titles to our Healthy Pet series: Healthy Dachshund, Healthy Golden, Healthy Lab and Healthy Pug.

Bee Happy Calendar Sacred Celtic Sites Calendar Day of the Dead — Sugar Skulls Calendar Garden Sanctuary Calendar The Healthy Dachshund The Healthy Golden The Healthy Lab The Healthy Pug Lunaria Calendar Steampunk Calendar Tree Huggers Calendar Farm to Table Calendar Hafiz Calendar On Sacred Ground Calendar

As we move forward with our mission to illuminate spirit in the world, we remain mindful of our responsibility to the planet we share. We are full of optimism and goodwill, and we extend our deepest gratitude to our customers, artists, authors, representatives and friends all over the world.

Namaste — Amber Lotus Publishing

Beltane – May 1st

Spring celebration of Beltane begins tonight!

Beltane (Brilliant Fire) is a celebration of fertility, and the festival of Bel (Bright One) and his táin (fire). May Day is still celebrated in many cultures around the world and is a festival of the green-budding, brightly blossoming new life that arrives each year with such beauty and vitality.
— Jen Delyth, Celtic Folk Soul, Amber Lotus Publishing, 2008

When “need fires” (new fires) were lit at Beltane festival, burning brands were carried to the houses, all domestic fires having previously been extinguished. The new fire brought luck, prosperity, health, increase and protection.
—Donald Mackenzie, excepted from Ancient Man in Britain, 1922

Celtic Mandala wall calendar

Woodland Fox – Llwynog Coch
Intelligently negotiating the forces and challenges of the Wilde, the elusive fox is aware and adaptable, providing well for her cubs in her carefully hidden den. Both predator and prey, the skillful fox was known to symbolize the struggle of the ordinary common folk against the feudal barons.

February 1st: the Feast of Imbolc

Celtic Mandala 2014 Engagement Calendar

Celtic Mandala 2014 Engagement Calendar

Brighid tends the fertilized seed as it divides into life, grows full and journeys out toward the light and air from the watery furnace of the belly of the Mother. She is loved and worshipped throughout the Celtic world and is still honored as the healer goddess of the creative fire of life.

On the Eve of Brighid’s Feast young Celtic women make corn dollies—woven effigies  of Brighid called the Brídeóg—by weaving sheaves of corn or husks of wheat, barley or oats into the likeness of a woman. They often weave straw from the sheaves of the last harvest into the new one; continuity and blessings are intricately entwined with the golden crop that embodies the fertile fire of the sun.

In parts of Wales the grain spirit was thought to hop from stalk to stalk as the sheaves were reaped, until she was in the very last sheaf, which was brought into the home, dressed and woven into the form of a woman. Sheltered for the winter, the corn or wheat spirit was then offered back to the land at planting time.
These are the ancient rituals of an agrarian people, continuing from mother to daughter, from father to son through the rhythm of the years, keeping alive the balance of nature and connection between the farmers and the land,  between the spirit and the earth.

Excerpted from Celtic Folk Soul, Art, Myth and Symbol by Jen Delyth. Jen is a Welsh artist whose work is founded in her deep connection to her Celtic heritage. She creates intricate paintings and illustrations using traditional egg tempera and contemporary digital techniques. Her original iconographic style is inspired by the Spirit in Nature and expresses our mythic connection to the natural world. Amber Lotus is proud to publish the Celtic Mandala Wall and Engagement Calendars by Jen as well as her Celtic Folk-Soul Card series. http://www.celticartstudio.com

Celtic Folk Soul -                 Art, Myth & Symbol

Celtic Folk Soul – Art, Myth & Symbol