Finding stability in spring

by | Aug 30, 2023 | Seasons Newsletter | 2 comments



Do you struggle to find stability in spring?


Don’t feel there is something wrong with you. The nature of spring is change. It’s a season of uncertainty, and for most of us, uncertainty is not easy to deal with

Spring is full of contrasts: on the one hand, bare trunks and branches rise to the sky everywhere. On the other hand, new grass spears through the earth, and it seems a marvel that these delicate blades can find their way through such water-logged soil.

Above, thunderclouds gather, unleashing torrential rain that sends you running for home without a coat. Hail lashes incipient buds. Magnolia blossoms are torn, petal by petal, and tossed to the ground. And you may well long for stability.


It’s no use complaining!


Some people talk of ‘horrible weather’, but really this is just spring doing its thing.
Each season has its own character. To understand this helps with acceptance and gives us a way of making the best of it.

The old myths describe the battle of the seasons, but their focus is mostly on the solstices, those points at the outer edges of the sun’s reach. The Celtic Holly King fights the Oak King, or the Māori sun god Rā changes wives at the summer and winter solstice.


But it seems that spring may be where the big battle lies.


There’s a saying in Europe: ‘Spring bounds in like a lion and creeps out like a lamb.’ Here in the southern hemisphere, however, spring doesn’t bound in like a lion, for it first has to fight off the dragon claws of winter.



A visual diary

Above you see part of a visual diary that I once created outdoors in public as one of the ‘Artists in Eden’. The day was full of fluctuating weather, recorded here. Spring is as fickle as that day.

No sooner has spring made its first bright appearance, innocently flaunting snowdrops, crocuses and hyacinths, than the winter dragon charges in to stomp on new growth, blast the blossom from the trees and lash the trunks with lightening that splits them open.

Yet under the surface of the earth, a greater power is slowly gathering. The globe is turning and tilting, the soil is warming, earthworms are wriggling, insects are awakening, and bees buzzing out of their hives once more to make honey.


The seasons continue. Nothing stays the same.



Leunig’s Remedy for Lifeache 


In your own seasons of loss, uncertainty or upheaval, you may have gone through such spring-like struggles, not just once but several times.

Once, when I was in the middle of a turbulent spring, a friend gave me a cartoon by Michael Leunig, entitled ‘A Herbal Remedy for Lifeache.’

The remedy consists of:

 ‘One patch of grass, a mild day and two large trees.’

After lying on the grass under one tree while contemplating the second tree, ‘pain will subside,’ says Leunig.

Would you like to try it?



Sensing into spring growth


If you have a heartache to ease, bodily pain to manage, or you are longing for replenishment, I wish you a dry patch of grass and a mild day.

Sense into the regenerative energy of spring, a season that will not be defeated, a season that very soon will turn into the leafing of trees and the leafing of you.

Bright blessings,



Books for the seasons

For guidance in aligning with the season you are in, my Seasons books are there to help you.

Celebrating the Southern Seasons is a classic resource book. The chapter on Spring Equinox, (p. 104) links this seasonal marker with Celtic Eostra, Māori Kōanga, and Christian Easter.

Dancing with the Seasons is a personal guide to the seasonal flow. In Chapter Eight on p. 151 you will read more about awakening, regeneration, and ancient myths.

Sun, Moon, and Stars will inspire you to celebrate with your family or whānau. See p. 137 for the chapter ‘Spring Equinox: Te kōanga’ to tune you into this season.


  1. Kerrin Brizzell

    Just – ‘Thank you Juliet’. For all you share and create.
    My world is blessed by it.

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Kerrin; how kind of you.


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