Rangitoto from St Heliers


Do you get frustrated — wanting to plan a weekend away and once again the weather is choppy?

Wanting to take a long walk but the winds turn you back?

I find some of my frustration comes from an expectation that spring will turn into summer at any moment. But that’s not the way of this season. Its nature is to be unsettled, up and down, first one thing and then the other—a bit like adolescence. And as you know, there’s no point in expecting maturity from a teenager.


Spring equinox (autumn equinox in the north) falls on Monday, September 23.

At this time, night and day, dark and light are in balance. Southern and northern hemispheres are in balance.

Yet the weather is anything but balanced! The other night the weather man showed how one front after another is rolling in, with perhaps just one fine day between them. He ended his forecast with the words, ‘Welcome to spring.’

The truth is that spring tends to be unpredictable and turbulent.

And so how do you find stability?


Balance lies within

Take another look at the photo at the top, of Rangitoto Island. I took this photo in a former spring when I travelled over to the eastern suburbs of Auckland and had just emerged from the dentist. I had heard bad news about a treatment that was going to cost over twice what I expected and to take twice as long. Inside, I was as turbulent as the storms that had blown on preceding days. Outside, the day was calm and beautiful.

The challenge was to return home and find that balance within.

Finding it

Help came from an unexpected source. I did an inner process that connected me with the growing, hopeful, optimistic energy of spring. Creativity began to surge inside and I rode a wave of new energy.

The problem hasn’t gone away, but it is balanced by a wave so positive and exciting that the worry has found its rightful place. Instead of dominating, it sits alongside my creative projects.

Attuning and rebalancing

If you’d like to know more about the inner process I used, check out The Spring Attunement.

And even if this is not for you, here are three questions to check where you might need rebalancing at equinox. Take a moment to focus inside. Take three deep breaths, and then consider the questions:

1. How is the balance between outer and inner for you, right now?

2. How would you like it to be?

3. What actions do you need to take to find the desired balance?



All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair —
The bees are stirring — birds are on the wing —
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Blessings and peace,


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  1. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    I forgot to put in my details below – so it swipes my comment! Life balance thrown! Such is life … back on track … we’re going into our Autumnal times, then the cold of winter … but as you say each season works its way through … with wonderful aspects to each. Enjoy your Spring springing … cheers Hilary

    • Juliet Batten

      Hilary, I hope you find some mellow times in your autumn, even as we are springing into spring, as you say. Thank you.

  2. Denise Poyner

    Hi Juliet
    My imbalances are self and others, and house and out there. I am very structured toward others. This is sometimes to the detriment of myself. Telling myself I am allowed something for myself is still quite a painful shift to make. Then there is stay at home or be out there being active. Not too dis-similar really as the dilemma of balancing self and others. I am progressing slowly with lining that up better. Thanks for the insight. Always great to read your life’s knowledge.

    • Juliet Batten

      Denise, I hope it was helpful to identify those imbalances. I think a lot of women have the self and others dilemma. Thank you, and it’s nice to see you here.

  3. Nadezda

    I love spring equinox more than autumn equinox, ha ha
    You have plans for spring, wait for warm days, doing ‘my list’ And in fall all plans are how to store and cover up plants to overwinter. Your photos are very nice especially the first one. It seems that you had balance at that moment.

    • Juliet Batten

      Nadezda, there certainly was balance in the moment of that photo. Storing and covering up plants before winter; there’s balance too in hearing how it is for you in the northern hemisphere as you tilt into the dark season. Thank you.

  4. Anne Ruffell

    How I would like to be sitting on that seat and looking across to Rangitoto, one of my favourite spots. Over here the first leaves of autumn are falling but we’ve had unseasonal warm weather. The evenings are beginning to draw in too and it is dark by 7.30 pm. Walking is a good way of keeping a balance in life as it gives you a chance to think without any distractions, particularly if there is a huge sky above you. I have this when walking the fields near me but people are already encroaching and a huge housing estate has just begun on a field that this year was full of poppies. Very sad to see the countryside disappearing.

    • Juliet Batten

      Anne, that is a very peaceful spot looking out to Rangitoto. You are so right about walking being a good way of keeping balance, especially when there is lots of space around. Thank you for this reminder; it’s been so wet here over the past month that I’ve missed my walks. It’s nice to be kept in touch with what’s happening in the northern hemisphere. It’s sad that your field of poppies is getting smaller. Thank you.

  5. pauline mann

    hello Juliet. very appropriate comment on balance this time. Just doing a glass sculptural project on Rudolf Steiner ‘s idea of the 12 senses—-balance (a physical sense) is paired with hearing (a spiritual sense). thank you for your comments —they have the creative juices flowing . much love.

    • Juliet Batten

      Pauline, how nice to hear from you and of your glass project. It sounds wonderful and fascinating. Thank you, and I’m glad the creative juices are flowing. The season is with you!

  6. Penny O'Neill

    Ah, dear Juliet, our autumnal equinox is as equally unbalanced as your spring island I find myself a bit unbalanced as well as life itself takes its turn to surprise, upset, become unpredictable. It has become important to me to take time each day to just sit and “be”, especially when my walks in nature are somewhat stymied. 🙂

    • Juliet Batten

      Oh Penny, I’m sorry to hear that life is upsetting the balance for you. Taking time to ‘just sit and be’ sounds like the best remedy. I hope you can find that still centre inside to support you.


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