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Goddess of the Sea

Athen Chimenti

10 March 2024

Sedna's Discovery and Symbolism

Inuit Goddess Sedna

Named after the Inuit goddess of the sea, Sedna's presence in astrology introduces its mythological significance into astrology. The dwarf planet Sedna was discovered in 2003, and its elliptical orbit extends far beyond the reaches of Neptune, taking approximately 11,400 years to complete a single journey around the Sun. In astrology, Sedna is associated with themes of isolation, sacrifice, and transformation, drawing from the myth of the Inuit goddess who was cast into the ocean's depths.

Astronomically, Sedna's extraordinary orbit suggests it may be a resident of the distant Oort Cloud, an extensive shell of icy objects that exist in the outermost reaches of our solar system. This region is thought to be a vast reservoir of comet-like bodies that were ejected long ago from the realm of the giant planets, serving as a repository for ancient remnants of our solar system's formation. Sedna's peculiar, elongated orbit takes it into this frigid, shadowy domain. This placement challenges the boundaries of our astronomical knowledge and prompts questions about the processes that could have led to Sedna's distant, icy orbit. As a likely inhabitant of the Oort Cloud, Sedna bridges the gap between the known planetary system and the mysterious outer vestiges of our solar system.

Sedna’s Mythology

Whales in the ocean

In Inuit mythology, Sedna's story is a tale of betrayal and transformation. She was a beautiful young woman who, against her wishes, was married off to a mysterious bird-man by her father. When Sedna discovered the true nature of her husband, she pleaded with her father to take her back home. On their journey back, a furious storm, said to be caused by her angry husband, threatened their lives. In a desperate act of survival, Sedna's father threw her overboard. As she clung to the side of the boat, he cut off her fingers, which transformed into the first seals, walruses, and whales. Sedna sank to the ocean floor, becoming the goddess of the sea and ruler of the marine animals. Her story reflects themes of sacrifice, resilience, and the interconnectedness of all life.

Sedna and the Collective

Air bubbles that resemble asteroids

Astrologers are still exploring the full implications of Sedna's influence, but it is believed to represent deep-seated karmic lessons and unresolved issues that span across lifetimes. When prominent in a natal chart, Sedna can indicate areas where one might experience profound challenges, ultimately leading to spiritual growth and evolution.

Sedna's slow movement through the zodiac means its impact is generational, affecting collective consciousness and societal shifts. It is thought to herald a time of awakening, where humanity is called to confront its shadow side and through doing so, embrace a more compassionate and sustainable way of living.

As Sedna slowly transits through Taurus, it invites us to delve into the depths of material existence and uncover the enduring value beneath. Taurus, a sign that treasures stability and tangibility, is now charged with the task of integrating Sedna’s far-reaching themes of transformation and transcendence. Sedna’s icy influence in this earthy sign calls for a redefinition of resources and resilience. It beckons us to consider not only what we possess but also what possesses us, encouraging a shedding of possessiveness in favor of an embrace of what is truly indispensable. The transit of Sedna through Taurus might manifest as a period where our collective and personal security is tested, not to unsettle us, but to fortify our relationship with the physical world through a spiritual lens. It can be a time where the interplay between loss and abundance becomes more pronounced, prompting us to question our consumption patterns and redefine our notion of wealth to include the non-material riches that sustain our souls.

Sedna in the Natal Chart

Asteroid Sedna in space

The placement of Sedna in the different houses of a natal chart can have varying effects on an individual's life experiences and lessons. For example, Sedna in the 2nd house may reflect profound lessons regarding self-worth and material security, where there might be experiences of both loss and recovery that deeply shape one’s values and resources. Alternatively, Sedna in the 10th house could suggest a challenging path to public recognition or career achievements. These placements highlight areas of life where one may encounter obstacles or undergo profound transformations.

Those with Sedna conjunct planets or angles in their natal chart will feel its presence more significantly. For instance, Sedna on the IC (Imum Coeli) could indicate a profound connection to one's roots and a need to heal past traumas related to home and family. On the other hand, Sedna conjunct the Ascendant might manifest as a powerful presence that impacts first impressions and self-identity, challenging the individual to integrate Sedna's themes into their persona and interactions with the world.

On a personal level, Sedna's presence in a chart can signify a journey of deep inner transformation. It may point to areas where one needs to let go of old patterns or beliefs to make way for new growth. Embracing Sedna's energy can lead to profound healing and a greater understanding of one's soul purpose.

To see where Sedna falls in your chart you can use our true sidereal chart calculator. Sedna is currently 7.5 degrees into the sign of Taurus in true sidereal astrology. Locate where the first 5-10 degrees of Taurus are in your true sidereal chart - this is where Sedna is currently transiting for you.

Navigating Sedna's Challenges

Boat in stormy lake

Working with Sedna's energy can be challenging, as it often requires facing uncomfortable truths and embracing vulnerability. However, it also offers an opportunity for profound emotional and spiritual growth, encouraging individuals to connect with their innermost selves and the collective human experience. Sedna’s mythology encourages us to consider that once we are forced to face the icy depths, we will emerge fully transformed, and completely renewed.

As astrologers continue to study Sedna, its significance in modern astrology will likely evolve. Its discovery coincides with a time of significant global changes, suggesting that Sedna's influence may be particularly relevant in guiding us through these transformative times.

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