When light turns to warmth

by | Jul 25, 2019 | Seasons Newsletter | 10 comments


At winter solstice the light began to return.

And yet we plunged, as always, into the coldest part of winter. And we must wait for relief.

If you are in the heat of the northern hemisphere summer, maybe you too are waiting for relief, only in this case it will be a change to cooler days. I hope the theme of waiting will stilll resonate for you.



Here is the southern hemisphere, it’s usually a six week wait before something changes (although this year there are signs of it happening earlier). Then in early August, at ‘First Light’, finally the light turns to warmth.

Yes, at last the warmth can be felt, not just by you and me, but by birds, insects, animals, trees, and sleeping seeds.

The season of awakening begins. Although the changes may still be subtle, they are perceptible as quiescence turns to quickening, slumber to stirring, and the slowness of dormancy to dancing movement.




Waiting without proof

What is Nature’s teaching for this season?

Between winter solstice and First Light we are asked to wait. Not without hope, because we’ve been given a sign. We know the light is returning. But we wait without proof since the light, although seen, cannot be felt.

How many times does this happen in life, when you may have kindled a new intention, pulled a dream out of the dark and into the light, and yet nothing happens?

You thought initiation was enough. Yet you can’t feel the change that you’d hoped for.


You’ve taken the right action, yet results are not flowing in.


What is being asked of you during such dark weeks of the soul?


This is a time to hold faith and patience, to trust, and surrender to a timing beyond your control.


It happens

Recently this happened to me after I said yes to being part of a film project. The week before the filming took place I caught the winter virus that had been felling my friends and I had to surrender to a whole week out of action.

Nothing I could do, no effort to heal, no amount of vitamins and other remedies was going to get me up and running in time. In fact, the more I tried to get well, the worse I became, because I was creating stress.

It was a relief finally to surrender, and then to accept that I was being taken more deeply into the dark cave of winter, to receive more knowledge and guidance.

The new date of August 1, scheduled for the eve of the First Light felt perfect, for I knew this was when light turns to warmth. I knew I would be ready to express from a deeper place.


What are you noticing?

Are you feeling any subtle changes as the light turns to warmth?
If you are a gardener, what signs do you notice that the plants are responding to the earth’s awakening?


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


A Ritual for First Light

You may like to welcome in First Light with a candle lighting. This is time to celebrate Brigid, the Celtic Fire Goddess of inspiration, poetry and healing. I like to link her with the Maori Fire Goddess Mahuika, whose flaming fingernails sent power into the forest of Tane. Share poetry, inspiration, and your hopes for a new cycle of growth.

I wish you patience as the light turns to warmth,


Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
— May Sarton


If you are feeling jaded at the end of winter, you will find replenishment in my Winter Attunement home ritual.

If you are in the northern hemisphere, check out my Summer Attunement home ritual.


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  1. Britta Conlon

    As always a beautiful reminder of where to place my attention. Spring definitely seems to be coming early, my bulbs are shooting, the snowdrops are nodding their heads… and a multitude of whitefly in the garden already – not a promising sign for a great harvest. I must think ahead for my companion planting!! Energetically it feels right though to look at seed catalogues snug inside planning for the next round of gardening.

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Britta, it’s great to hear about what’s happening in your garden. I always enjoy seeing the bulbs shooting out of the ground.

  2. Denise Poyner

    Thanks for your newlsetter Juliet. It’s so refreshing to read your words. I am noticing the winter light changing. I noticed my thought that we were past winter solstice and the days would very slowly draw themselves out with a bit more light earlier in the morning, and again in the early evening.

    I am noticing bird song. There are a lot of birds around right now. It’s lovely to lie in bed to be serenaded by other creatures.

    There is a stirring in getting a maintenance job done before the spring, and with that some new plants in the garden to build up the native trees on my property.

    Seeds of ideas for an October/November holiday are coming out in my processing, and I am now looking forward to a few days in the Bay of Plenty, and a few days at Paraparaumu Beach so I can visit Kapiti Island to photograph and listen to birds. It sounds sweet.

    I notice the milky sun with the fog we are experiencing at the moment, and hope it won’t be too long before that clears away once the sunlight is warmer. It’s hideous for driving in at the moment.

    A commitment to playing a Celtic sequence of tunes on my violin for a competition continues apace. I need to be ready for playing on January 1st at the Caledonian games in Waipu that day.

    I believe I am being invited to “do” what I firmly make contact with in myself. I have many ideas, however, the seed takes a while to germinate. Some seeds take a while to develop. I find I need to be “ready” before I can properly step into anything. It seems like procrastination at times, however, being ready is really crucial for getting my energy level right to be able to get stuck in.

    Blessings to you Juliet.

    • Juliet Batten

      What delightful newness is coming in for you Denise. Bird song, Celtic tunes on the violin, the milky sun, and attending to readiness for germinating new seeds – it all sounds full of life. Thank you.

  3. Penny O'Neill

    Wonderful words, as always, Juliet.
    I hope you are now feeling better.
    We are, of course, still in the long light of summer here, where the season has been rather erratic but in which we just celebrated some perfect days.

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Penny, nice to see you here. Enjoy basking in your summer!

  4. Karly

    This post really moved me, Juliet. And I am chuckling because the quotes from May Sarton and Emerson are beloved by me, as well. Thank you for the reminder about the beauty and richness in waiting.

    • Juliet Batten

      I’m glad you were touched by it Karly, and that you came across some friendly quotes. Thank you.

  5. Ree Stansfield

    Wonderful and wise – thanks Juliet and have fun on the set – Ree

    • Juliet Batten

      Thanks so much Ree, and yes, I did have fun!


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