Equinox blessings

by | Mar 20, 2016 | Seasons Newsletter | 7 comments

Happy autumn equinox!

And to you in the northern hemisphere, happy spring equinox!


At equinox, light and dark, day and night come into balance.

At equinox, our two hemispheres of this planet come into balance.

We are together, poised in this moment of changeover.


What the seasons bring

Each season brings its own gifts and its own lessons. We undergo metamorphosis with each season, if we are willing to embrace its essence and allow ourselves to be called into its distinct way of being.

Summer draws us out, into the landscape, on to the water, towards other people, and into a wider awareness.

Winter draws us inwards, into the home, into the interior of our own selves and into a deeper level of awareness.

Now, at equinox, it’s time to pause, and reflect on this moment, mid-way between summer and winter.


A ritual for equinox

Here is a simple ritual you might like to do for the equinox. (Feel free to improvise on these suggestions.)

1. First create an altar. This is a simple setting on a cloth, mat, or table top. Place a candle on the altar. Then find some symbols that evoke the gifts of the bright times — your summer bounty. If you are in the northern hemisphere, find symbols for the gifts of the dark times — your winter treasure.

2. Light your candle. Pause, and close your eyes. Enter the stillness of this time of balance, poised between light and dark, dark and light. Breathe into it. Feel yourself entering the moment of balance, as fully as you can. Feel the spaciousness of this moment.

3. Open your eyes. Reflect and give thanks for whatever it is you are harvesting in your life, from the season that is coming to a close. Imagine you are gathering up this harvest as you prepare to move into the new season ahead. Complete with a song, perhaps an expression of gratitude for the changing seasons, and extinguish your candle.



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  1. Dana Leigh Lyons

    Such a beautiful way of thinking about the equinox, Juliet–as a place of pause and reflection. And such a lovely ritual you offer, as a way of doing just that.

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Dana. Have a wonderful spring equinox.

  2. odile

    Thank you Juliet for including the northern hemisphere and the poetical way of going through the equinox. It is always very exciting and energizing to go from winter to spring, feeling the warmth of the sun, the birds songs and all the earth’s energy ready to grow. This ment a happy altar in the woods for me. Now that the night has come, the moon it out illuminating the mountains and reflecting the snow! Beautiful!

    • Juliet Batten

      Odile, how lovely to hear from you! You are one of the people who have helped stretch my awareness to embrace both hemispheres, and the Newsletter is changing as a result. I wish you a happy awakening into spring.

  3. Odile

    Yes, Juliet I did notice the little changes. Both hemispheres are now linked in a common flow of circles breathing around the globe. Lovely!

  4. Hilary

    Hi Juliet – I hope I’ve got this into my Feedly … but your words will be wonderful to read – they always are … offering us thoughts for the time of year with appropriate actions …

    Have a peaceful Autumn and this weekend Easter – with thoughts – Hilary

    • Juliet Batten

      Hilary, how lovely to hear from you, and happy spring Easter to you in England.


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