Image from our Wanderlust 2017 wall calendar featuring adventure photographs by Chris Burkard. Click image for more info.
I grew up in the southern hemisphere, in Australia, but I’ve lived in the northern hemisphere for the better part of the past 20 years. You’d think that would be enough time to have gotten used to the seasons being opposite, but the truth is it still strikes me as a curious novelty.
Firstly, there’s the fact that I grew up with a summer birthday (February), which was always celebrated with some sort of outdoor activity. Now that my birthday is in the dead of winter, well, it’s just not the same. Continue reading →
Image from our Simply Raw 2016 wall calendar featuring vegetable portraits by Lynn Karlin and raw food recipes by Matthew Kenney. Click image to see more.
There are two great feasts that mirror each other across the calendar at the times of the equinoxes. Around spring equinox (with its corresponding holidays of Easter, Passover, and Naw-Ruz), we enjoy the first fruits of the season: fresh greens, eggs, cheese, lamb. At the time of the autumn equinox (with its adjacent festivals of Sukkot and Michaelmas), we enjoy the fruits of the harvest.
This year’s autumn equinox will occur on September 23. Depending on where we live, we might be harvesting the last tomatoes or the first pumpkins, sweet corn or succulent apples, ripe grapes or ripe grain. This is also a time to celebrate the transformation mysteries as fruit, grain, and grapes are transformed into cider, bread, wine, and beer. Continue reading →
In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, poet William Blake wrote, “Without contraries is no progression.” And in the profound teachings of Jewish mysticism is the statement, “The Book of Concealed Mystery is the book of the equilibrium of balance.” Our pagan fore-bearers celebrated the balance of opposites on the Equinox. This day, when the hours of light and dark are equal, was a sign, a teaching embedded within the mysterious yet comfortingly predictable time cycles. This ancient wisdom is marvelously illustrated in the yin-yang symbol. The image from Taoism teaches that light and dark — in fact, all pairs of opposites — are necessary. They are the Tao, the original and inherent way of all things. And growth — life itself — arises from their balance and equilibrium.
by Tim Campbell
VP Sales Director
Amber Lotus Publishing