Late Summer and the Element of Earth

Image from our Gardens of the Spirit 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by John Lander. Click for more info.

Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth which brings tidings of grounded, nurturing, peaceful, and compassionate chi.

The Earth element encourages us to nurture ourselves and others as well as create the most loving, supportive, stable, sustainable, and peaceful life and home that we can.

Late summer is related to the stomach, spleen, and pancreas in our bodies. In our physical spaces, it’s related to the center of the Bagua (the Tai Chi or health gua) as well as the Relationship gua (kun). The sound of Earth is singing.

When earth is balanced inside of us and our living space, we feel grounded, stable, and calm and enjoy loyal, reliable, and compassionate relationships.

When the Earth element is out of balance we may feel insecure, lonely, listless, anxious, or worried. We might be apathetic, sluggish, bored, stuck, inert, lethargic, or overprotective or smothering in our relationships. Or perhaps too accommodating, trying to “be all things to all people.”

Here are some simple adjustments to support the Earth element in your home:

  • Bring earth from sacred places back home and sprinkle it into your garden and house plants.
  • Do this Taoist visualization ideally between the hours of 7:00 am-9:00am. Think of your house as having an umbilical cord connecting it to the very center of the earth. Now see and feel it soaking up that earth energy and bringing it into your home.
  • Check all the locks on your doors and latches on your windows to make sure they work perfectly so you have peace of mind.
  • Make your home earthy, comfy, and cozy.
  • Be extra wary of clutter.
  • Decorate with golden yellow paint, wallpaper, or decor (a fabulous antidote for the Pacific Northwest weather, by the way!). You can use square shapes in your furniture or fabrics such as check, plaid or herringbone.
  • Perfect accents would be natural geodes, agates, and gemstones.
  • Add ceramic pottery planters, tableware, lamp bases, or Asian garden stools.
  • Ground each room with an area rug in proper proportion.

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 — September 2018 — 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.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Sapphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
3 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 – International Literacy Day
9 – Grandparents Day
10 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
11 – Patriot Day
12 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
13 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
17 – Constitution Day
19 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
20 – Ashurah (Islamic)
21 – International Day of Peace
22 – Autumnal Equinox
22 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
24 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
24 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)

Free September Desktop Wallpaper

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Ganesh Chathurthi

Ganesh greeting card

Ganesh Blessing greeting card. Click for more info.

Ganesh Chathurthi is a lively seven- to ten-day long festival to worship the elephant-headed Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom and success. As the remover of obstacles, he is also called Vighnesa or Vighneswara. It starts on the fourth day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. For 2018, the festival begins on September 13 (dates may vary by region). The festival is especially colorful in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, and is the bestknown event in Bombay. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Ray Morimura: Now and Zen

Now and Zen 2019 wall calendar

We’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — Now and Zen.

Used widely throughout East Asia, woodblock printing is an age-old technique for printing text, images, and patterns. The craft originated in China as a method of printing on textiles and then on paper. In Japan polychrome prints known as nishiki-e (brocade pictures) spread more widely and resulted in more realistic and expressive prints. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Rachel Grant: Weaving the Past with the Present

Image from Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Grant to our family of contributing artists. Her gorgeous work is featured in our new 2019 wall calendar Women Who Rock Our World. This calendar is one part homage to female scientists, artists, writers, activists, athletes, and leaders and one part call to action. Each month highlights one revolutionary woman’s inspirational words paired with breathtaking original art and a short biography.  Regarding her extensive work on the calendar, Rachel said, “It was fascinating to work on. So much inspiration in these women’s stories.”

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Introducing Our New Calendar Titles for 2019

It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to introduce nine new wall calendar titles for 2019. Click each image below to see more info about each one or browse our full selection of over 75 calendars on our website

This Land Is Your Land 2019 Wall Calendar

Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

Now and Zen 2019 Wall Calendar

The People's Yoga 2019 Wall Calendar

Super Foods 2019 Wall Calendar

Wild Woman Rising 2019 Wall Calendar

Stoic Meditations 2019 Wall Calendar

Save Our Sharks 2019 Wall Calendar

Bird Brains 2019 Wall Calendar


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2018 — 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. It was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, and March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC, it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC (708 AUC), giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed in honor of Augustus. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
8/1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
8/6 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
8/15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
8/22 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

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Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing — Part 2

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes. Tim Campbell is our VP Director of Sales.

Thirty Years and Thirty One Words

Listen to what anyone says
as though it were the last words
of a father to his son.

Listen with that much compassion,
and you’ll never feel jealousy
or anger again.

This was the first quote* I ever chose for an Amber Lotus calendar, nearly 20 years ago. On the one hand, that means I can only speak to 20 of the 30 years of Amber Lotus’s history. On the other hand, the transformative power of that quote has never left my mind, and it has informed all my subsequent text choices. I use this quote as a guiding hand precisely because of the profound spiritual instruction that it offers in just 31 words. Reading this passage every day for one month can become the start of a revolution. Thanks to our beloved contributor, Jane English (Tao wall calendar), we refer to our calendars as a book you read one page per month. Through his modern-day interpreter Coleman Barks, Rumi also says, “Whenever someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hand.” Month by month our effort is to light that candle.

When drops of water fill a vase
it is neither the first drop that fills it
nor the last or any drop individually…

These verses from the famous Tibetan mind training text Wheel of Sharp Weapons describes the history of Amber Lotus. That history is continually made and remade drop by drop, action by action. Amber Lotus was founded in 1988 by western students of the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. While we are no longer focused exclusively on Tibetan Buddhist causes, we honor our origin with our efforts to practice Right Livelihood, which I interpret as doing the most good with the least harm. To that end, Amber Lotus has planted 750,000 trees since 2008, and we’re on our way to 1 million and beyond. I’m happy to say that Amber Lotus is carbon negative. Each year, the trees we have planted offset our carbon footprint more than 40 times. It doesn’t do to make too much of our present efforts, and it’s true to say we still have work to do in the environmental department. Internally, we are taking steps to become more and more paper-free.

As Amber Lotus enters its fourth decade, and I enter my sixth, we will strive to listen with compassion to our customers, authors, artists, reps, friends and each other, and to take mindful care of each drop we add to the vase that is our shared planet.

* Excerpt from “Dying” from The Hand of Poetry by Coleman Barks


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