The Emergence of New Astrological Archetypes for the New Millennium
Whenever a new planetary body is discovered it heralds a new archetypal energy emerging in our collective psyche which must somehow be integrated into our ever-evolving consciousness.
There is a mysterious process by which the naming of the planet coincides with its meaning on both mundane and personal levels and when Uranus was discovered in 1781 it challenged all the existing knowledge we had about our solar system, rendering it antiquated and incomplete. We had to stretch our minds to accommodate new truths about the nature of our solar system and to this day Uranus is still the astrological significator of paradigm shifts, upheavals and (r)evolution.
Sedna’s discovery ushered in a new category of planetary object as well as challenging all previously held notions about the nature of our solar system. Sedna exists in a realm of the solar system that is 11,400 years beyond the orbit of the Sun and her discovery has challenged our ideas about the nature of our reality on both a physical and metaphysical level. Like Uranus and Neptune before her, she has forced us to stretch our minds as to what we deem possible.
The discovery of other trans-Neptunian objects and fellow “paradigm shifters” such as MakeMake, Haumea, Eris and Quaoar mean that we must re-examine what we know about our universe, and by extension, ourselves, for we are merely reflections of universal energy. The universe is in us and not the other way round.
Sedna and the Yugas
Until Sedna’s discovery we had two known categories of planets. In the first category we have the seven inner planets which relate to man’s ego-awareness. In the second category we have the three transpersonal planets which relate to the collective awareness of man. The third category of planets, known as trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), relate to Great Year Cycles (precession cycles), or Yugas, as they are known in the Vedic Scriptures.
A Yuga lasts approximately 24000 years and Sedna’s orbit lasts roughly at the midway point of a Yuga. Her cycle therefore represents critical points in our evolution over tens of thousands of years and heralds a reemerging awareness in major planetary-evolutionary cycles that formed an integral part of the ancient astrological systems of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Mayans and Indians.
Quarter and halfway cycles in the precession cycle have always indicated major evolutionary shifts and signify turning points where civilisations either collapse or flourish. TNOs therefore represent human civilisation evolving over tens of thousands of years.
This shift in the way we understand evolutionary cycles signifies a change in the way we relate to the planet and our survival as a species lies on whether or not we are able to “appease” Sedna and abide by her rules.
Sedna, MakeMake and Haumea: the Emerging Popularity of Traditional Shamanic Culture and Matriarchal Wisdom
Interestingly, three of the other major TNOs, Haumea, Quaoar and MakeMake, mark a shift away from a Eurocentric, patriarchal worldview, signified by a departure from naming planets after Greco-Roman gods and goddesses to those belonging to traditional, matriarchal cultures.
Haumea was a Hawaiian creation goddess, and a symbol of fertility and childbirth responsible for birthing the entire race of gods and goddesses as well as all the creatures of the plant and animal kingdoms. With each new birth she would die and subsequently recreate herself again. She also had the power of eternal youth. She possessed a magic stick that could conjure up a never-ending supply of food ensuring the sustenance and continuity of mankind.
MakeMake was a creation god from the mythological pantheon of Easter Island who was imaged as a birdman (another birdman!). Every year a tribe elder would elect a member of the tribe to represent MakeMake. “Makemake” would then elect a warrior from the tribe who had to undergo a dangerous journey by dressing up in bird feathers and swimming across to an island and bring back the first bird egg of the season. If he returned victorious he would give the bird egg to the birdman who would then sit in a hut and meditate for a year waiting to receive wisdom from the otherworld that would ensure the survival of his tribe.
Here again we have the common themes of the importance of shamanism (a balanced relationship with the Otherworld), retrieving lost wisdom through a dangerous shamanic journey and appeasing a creation goddess through ritual offerings. The overarching belief in traditional, matriarchal societies is that the fertility of the land and the wellbeing of its people are inextricably linked. One cannot exist without the other. Our survival is ensured by making frequent contact with the spirit world by way of shamanic journeys and magic rituals. A healthy relationship with the Otherworld ensures that we are not overstepping our boundaries and can continue to thrive alongside one another.
The growing popularity of traditional shamanism and earth-based religions in recent years heralds an increased awareness of the Divine nature of our planet and of ourselves. Add to this the advent of organic food, veganism, crystal therapy, herbalism, permaculture and eco-friendly communities and it is clear that Sedna’s discovery has offered us a planetary model for living sustainably through a return to traditional values.
Sedna and the Mayan Calendar
Other events that signaled the arrival of the TNOs into collective awareness was a growing worldwide obsession with “the end of the world in 2012”, supposedly documented in the Mayan calendar. The global phenomena that was "the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar" marks an increased awareness in and understanding of large-scale cycles even though this understanding is extremely superficial. Hey, we have to start somewhere!
Eris, Dark Moon Lilith and The Emergence of the Dark Feminine Archetype
Eris, named after the Roman goddess of strife and discord also belongs to this third category of planets and reiterates another common theme amongst the TNOs: that of an enraged feminine deity who has been repressed and cast out from society and who must be appeased and reintegrated back into collective consciousness.
Dark Moon Lilith (another important symbol of the Dark Feminine archetype) has recently been included on astrodienst chart calculations and represents a gradual shift in the awareness of the Divine Feminine and a return to matriarchal wisdom.
It seems that we are at a critical juncture in our evolving humanity. If we start to adopt matriarchal ways (which the discovery of TNOs and the inclusion of Dark Moon Lilith on astrodienst suggests) we can avoid cataclysmic disaster, however, if we continue to dissociate from the "dark" Divine Feminine, then it is only a matter of time before humanity is extinguished. Remember quarter and midway points in the precession cycle represent critical turning points: “this could be heaven or this could be hell,” as the saying goes.
Restructuring the Way We Think as a Collective & Changes in How we Relate to Mother Earth
The discovery of these TNOs has heralded a restructuring in the way we understand the universe and suggests that our salvation lies in returning to traditional ways of living, which starts off by honouring our relationship with Mother Earth and acknowledging that She must be treated with sanctity and respect. No matter how rational, civilised, “evolved”, well read or learned we become we must always answer to the Great Mother. Hers is the first and the last word. It is through the body of a woman that we are born and it is to the Primordial Mother who we must return to when we die.
In trying to become gods, we have transgressed Nature’s Laws and sooner or later we will pay the price for our ignorance and greed unless we start making changes. Now.
Although there has definitely been a shift in environmental awareness with many of us becoming more conscious of how badly we are polluting our oceans and pillaging our natural resources, there are still many people who carry on without care of or thought for the health of the planet. The reemergence of the Divine Feminine in all her different guises is fundamental to the survival and continuation of our planet. It has become important to understand the development of human consciousness not only in terms of 7,29, 58 or 84 year cycles but in 12000 and 24000 cycles, too.
Sedna, TNOs and the Mythic Continuation of Humanity
The mythic continuation of Inuit tribes was reliant on a healthy relationship with Sedna, Primordial Mother and creator of All.
With her recent emergence as a new planetary archetype, it seems that our survival as a species has become increasingly important in recent times as we slowly but surely run out of resources and both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggest that ensuring the survival of the planet/the human race must be redeemed not through warfare or scientific advancement but through a balanced relationship with the earth itself.
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