Midnight Moon
Art for the Home & Garden
Phone: (707) 984-6747

About Our Work, Color Choices, Ancient Stone Designs

Our Offerings: Celtic Wall Plaques,  Goddess Wall Plaques,  Other Wall Plaques, Asian Plaques
Stepping Stones / Garden Plaques, Gazing Bowls,  Mystical Creatures,
Celtic Blessings

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The Greenman


Jon Maglinte

The Green Man is an image of renewal and rebirth. He is an archetype that symbolizes our oneness with the earth. He challenges us to heal our relationship with nature.

The image of the Green Man has been found in the folktales, rituals, and the art of past centuries. He was a vital symbol of the rebirth of plants after the winter. He is a symbol of life; his face is made up of green leaves and branches, symbolizing the union of the wisdom of man and the interdependence of nature.

The Green Man is the living face of the earth. Ecology teaches us that all living things are connected, and dependent on each other for their survival. And yet, man’s wisdom often seems to be at odds with the instinctive forces of nature.

Artists and sculptors have been fascinated with the image of the Green Man image for centuries. His image is on countless churches and buildings in the British Isles. The Green Man can be seen on the high overhanging corners of churches, carved on the edges of the pews, on gates and doors, and many other places. In Europe, many seasonal celebrations include a man, dressed in a leaf costume leading the procession. Robin Hood, or Robin-in-the-Wood, as he was known in the British Isles, was associated with the Green Man. Many inns and pubs called “The Green Man,” portrayed Robin Hood on their signs. The image of the Green Man also relates to the Fool in the Tarot cards, the Goddess, and Pan, in Greek mythology.

When archetypes return, such as the Green Man, they connect us to the past, to the works of art that were created in his image, to the mysteries of the woods, and to the seasonal celebrations that were important to the Celts to insure a good harvest. This motif bridges past and present, connects the Christian world to ancient Celtic mythology, and represents the intersection of modern man and the natural world.

As the Green Man of knowledge, he asks us to look at our relationship with the environment and the earth. The Celts had a deep kinship with the trees and the woods, almost as close as their own families and tribes. With the growth of western science and technology, our values have changed. The Green Man signifies a new awareness of a world where science, art and nature can work together. He challenges us, as people of knowledge, to learn how to live in harmony with nature and to support the environment that sustains us.

The Wheel of the Year

The early Celts created their calendar by carefully observing the stars, the sun, and the moon. They divided the year into two halves, winter and summer. These halves were then divided into two making the year into four divisions. The calendar was drawn in a circular form, with a cross making the divisions, and became known as The Wheel of the Year.

Each season was celebrated with a festival where the Celtic tribes would gather. This was a time for prayers and offerings to the earth, also a time to renew old friendships and make new friends, to celebrate life and seasonal changes.

Too often, in our busy world, we do not have a connection with the earth and her changing seasons. We spend most of our time inside where we can regulate the temperature and the light. Celebrating the seasonal changes with friends, being outdoors, hiking, and watching the moon and stars as they travel across the sky will give us a greater connection with the flow of the universe. We can enjoy the present moment we are in, instead of only thinking about what tomorrow will bring. Sharing the seasonal celebrations with our children can be a wonderful community event, such as Maypole Dance or a Festival of Light for Winter Solstice.


Ann, her granddaughter Haley and daughter Emmelia
at the Willits Community Winter Solstice Spiral Dance

Read Past Shared Thoughts:
The Moon's Effect on Our Daily Life
The Symbolism of Celtic Knotwork and Interlace

Visit our Seasonal Festivals page


About Our Work, Color Choices, Ancient Stone Designs

Our Offerings: Celtic Wall Plaques,  Goddess Wall Plaques,  Other Wall Plaques, Asian Plaques
Stepping Stones / Garden Plaques, Gazing Bowls,  Mystical Creatures,
Celtic Blessings

FAQ, Shared Thoughts, Retail Locations,  Contact & Ordering,  Links


Ann & Jon Maglinte
P.O. Box 1115
Willits, CA 95490

Phone: (707) 984-6747

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