Honouring Last Light

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Seasons Newsletter, Uncategorized | 12 comments



My granddaughter and I wandered through the park, picking up anything that was dying or dead: tiny pine cones that had been shaken down in the storm before they had ripened, mature cones, silvery sticks, autumn leaves, maple seed balls and more.

Here, on the threshold of winter, my message is simple:

Begin with observing nature.



Collect what is dying in nature.



Contemplate the dying part of the seasonal cycle.



Pause on the threshold.

Honour the transition into the dark.

Remember your loved ones who have died between April 30 — Samhain — and May 2.

Light a candle for them in a simple ceremony of honouring.

Be still.

Release the tears that may have been waiting to flow. This is their time. This is your time to pause, to feel, and to know you are part of a larger cycle.

Even now, the northern hemisphere is in peak greening.
[Click here to be taken into your season if you are in the north]
Greening will come again in the south also. But for now we are about to take the plunge into the depth and quiet of winter.


Don’t be afraid. There is beauty in dying just as there is beauty in growth. Every season holds gifts as well as challenges.

You may like to make something from the dying plants, as I have in this season of storms and challenges.



May Last Light be a time of stillness and meaning.

May your candles burn brightly.

Autumn blessings,



This is an excerpt from my Seasons Newsletter. To receive the Seasons Newsletter, you may sign up on the home page of this website and receive a free audio meditation.


  1. Paula Hames

    Dear Juliet,
    Thank you for you beautiful newsletter, so gratefully received. My heart feels tender as I enter this season of Last Light, for the first time without my beloved Father. I am comforted as I light a candle in the window and, set an altar and sit in stillness. I am glad for the inward turning of the season … for the gentle quiet.

    Blessing and love,

    • Juliet Batten

      Paula, what a tender time for you, the first Last Light without your father. How special to take this still time to remember him as you light your candle. Blessings to you, and thank you.

  2. Ruth

    As always, very moving!

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Ruth.

  3. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – the falling leaves, twigs and sadly sometimes branches, the dying plants all feed back into the life-giving earth … life’s cycle is good … and yes our green is wonderful to see – cheers Hilary

    • Juliet Batten

      Hilary, I like the way you put this, the feeding back into the life-giving earth. Thank you, and enjoy your green!

  4. Penny

    Oh, how sweet and honorable your words are, Juliet – as they always are for me. We are, of course, awakening here in the Northern Hemisphere. Today, I moved an arrangement I made late last Autumn. Naked branches, seed pods, wisps of milkweed filament. They served me and comforted me as our winter came upon us. I hope I served them as well. Thank you.

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Penny for your lovely response. Moving your autumn arrangement must feel like a good marker as you enjoy your season of awakening.

  5. Penny Geddis

    Thank you Juliet your message I got to read today was timely – I was feeling elated after our Samhain dinner catching up with dear friends on the 30th, only to be slapped today with job and novel rejections. Instantly I read the rejections I cried, feeling the grief and loss. Then as I sat in front of the computer, a message came through from a wonderful channel: ‘rejection is sometimes the best protection’ and with both reading that, and your words here about the season, I feel empowered. My feelings are not at odds with the season, and there are blessings to be found, even in rejections. Brightest fire-warmed blessings to you.

    • Juliet Batten

      Penny, I’m sorry to hear about the rejections. It seems to be the way of things at Samhain, the season of loss and letting go, all to make way for something new. Bright blessings to you too, and may you continue to find resilience within.

  6. Anne ruffell

    As you go into the darker season, over here summer us bursting forth in the sunshine. I have just made this posy of the colour I found in my very simple garden. The bluebells give the posy a delicious scent but unfortunately they, like most wild flowers, do not last long when picked. I cannot see how to add my picture so am sending it by email.

    • Juliet Batten

      Anne, what a gorgeous posy! and a thrill to have a taste of the opposite season. Thank you so much. My website doesn’t have a way for people to post photos with their comments, but I’ll put the photo and your comment on my Facebook page as well.


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