Sedna and the Dark Feminine Astrological Sedna and the TNOs have ushered in a third category of planetary objects that can provide us with new models for living in these troubled times.
They mark a necessary move away from the rigid, antiquated mores of patriarchal society and a step towards reviving the Feminine Principle so that the Goddess may be revived in all her former awe and glory.
"The Goddess is Dead and We have Killed Her"
Well. We haven't quite managed it yet but we're certainly on our way there...
Who is the Goddess and What does She Represent? The Goddess is represented in many ways and in many different guises according to the culture that seeks to embody Her. Whether you call her Isis, Atargatis, Sedna or Moira her essence is the same.
She is pure procreative power, She is elemental force, She is raw unbridled Nature....
.....And she demands our utmost respect.
She speaks to us through the Earth itself, through the changes in season, through dreams, intuition, the Tarot, Runes, Astrology....
The Goddess is the very heart and soul of Mother Earth. She is Mother Earth and since Mother Earth is in us, we all have our own unique way of accessing and honouring Her.
The Role of the Goddess and the Divine Feminine in the 21st Century
If we as a species and a planet are to survive we need to pay our respect to the Divine Feminine within us. She is a force that has been buried, denied and suppressed for millennia and we continue to denigrate Her in favour of "progress" and scientific advancement.
As more and more "feminine" planets are discovered we, as a race, are being forced to contemplate, honour, respect and ultimately integrate our forgotten feminine nature.
The Divine Feminine and the Age of Aquarius
It is no coincidence that there's been a rise in transgenderism and Drag Queen culture. This Age of Aquarius is about equality -equality of the sexes (both literally and figuratively speaking).
The original astral emblem for Aquarius was said to be represented by Hapi, an Ancient Egyptian River God who was imaged as a fat man with woman's breasts. He-She presided over the rise and fall of the Nile and poured the waters of Heaven and Earth from his urns. Male (heaven), Female (earth) - so it's not for nothing that Aquarius is known as an androgynous sign. The Age of Aquarius is about finally finding a balance between these two opposing polarities and so rediscovering the Divine Feminine is ultimately about bringing greater balance to an overriding patriarchal worldview.
The Goddess and Her role in Human Evolution
We are at an evolutionary crossroads and the Universe is literally begging us to rediscover and unleash the Goddess from her prison. It doesn't matter whether you are male or female (for we all contain both masculine and feminine polarities). -the survival of the planet and our survival as a species depends on this fusion between masculine and feminine.
For a better understanding of the Sedna archetype we must first examine her myth, which can be found below.
The Sedna Myth in Astrology
On November 14th 2003, far away in the coldest known region of our solar system, a team of astronomers discovered a planetoid orbiting the Sun at an extreme distance. This planetoid came to be known as Sedna, named after the goddess of Inuit myth who was known as the Mother of the Ocean.
Sedna is a beautiful maiden who lives with her father in the icy reaches of the frozen north. Her father longs for his daughter to get married and, after rejecting many suitors, her father flies into an uncontrollable rage telling Sedna that she must marry the next man who comes along.
The following day a dog comes and knocks at their door asking for Sedna’s hand in marriage and so, reluctantly, she agrees to marry him. Their union produces numerous children.
A few months pass and a stranger -elaborately dressed in rich bearskins and sumptuous furs -comes by Sedna’s house and asks for her hand in marriage, promising her a life of warmth, wealth and comfort. Sedna looks around at her threadbare surroundings and reluctantly agrees to marry the stranger abandoning her dog-husband without a word.
He takes her away and, after receiving a blessing from Sedna’s father, they get married. When they arrive at his house Sedna discovers that he has nothing more than a broken bird’s nest for them to live in and also discovers that he is not human after all but a fulmar, a birdman, who is no more wealthy than her dog-husband. Furious that she has been lied to, Sedna cries out in anger and humiliation.
Upon hearing her cries, Sedna’s father rows out to their nest in his kayak so that he can rescue his daughter from the birdman. Sedna boards the kayak and they escape.
The birdman sees them rowing away and becomes enraged that he is being abandoned by his new wife. He flies after the kayak, flapping his wings so hard that a great wind blows, whipping the waves of the ocean up into an agitated frenzy. A wild storm is now threatening to topple the kayak over and, fearing for his life, Sedna’s father pushes his daughter overboard hoping that killing Sedna might placate the birdman and stop the storm.
Sedna tries to hold onto the edge of the kayak to crawl back on but her father takes his axe and chops off her fingers and she sinks to the bottom of the ocean and drowns. Her severed fingers become the fish, seals, whales and other marine life that populate the waters and the Moon and Air spirits turn Sedna into the Spirit of the Ocean, who rules over her watery domain from the bottom of the ocean bed.
When Sedna’s father returns home he dies alone in grief and in anguish over the death of his beautiful daughter.
Because it is Sedna’s severed fingers that generate all marine life she becomes known as the Mother of the Ocean. The ocean is known as “the food place” in Inuit culture and not only provides food in the form of fish and other marine life, but also important commodities like seal blubber which provides oil for lamps and skin for shoes and clothing.
Sedna is pictured as a beautiful woman from the waist up and a fish from the waist down. Some versions of the Sedna myth claim that she only has one eye. Most versions of the myth describe her as having long hair and no fingers. She presides over all sea life and has strict rules about hunting and the way in which fish and sea animals should be hunted for sustenance.
If Sedna feels that her rules have been broken and that she and her creatures are not being respected (and if there is no respect being given for the spirit of a slain animal) she withholds her bounty from mankind, cutting off their supply of food.
It is then the job of a shaman to take a dangerous journey down to the bottom of the ocean bed to comb Sedna’s hair since she cannot comb it herself (she has no fingers, remember!) By combing Sedna’s hair, the shaman can appease her and find out what the tribe has done to enrage her. It is then up to the shaman to make a deal with Sedna, promising to correct whatever transgressions have been made so that she can replenish their supply of food.
Sedna is given the highest status in the Inuit mythological pantheon because she controls the supply of food and thus must be given the utmost respect and sovereignty.
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