Discovered on 14th November, 2003 (Scorpio) by Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz, Sedna is the coldest and most furthest object found in the solar system. It was due to her frozen temperatures that they decided upon her name and mythology, and she was announced to the public on March 15th, 2004. Sedna has a complex and elliptical orbit, taking around 10-12 thousand years to move around the Sun. Theory abounds as to the reasoning behind her differing motion around the Sun – be it the presence of Nemesis, an theorized dim Sun presence which is hypothesized to have caused extinction processes over time, to another hypothesized planetary body tucked away in the Oort Cloud. As Sedna is the first verified object in this cloud, rumour abounds and time shall tell!
At the time of her discovery, Sedna was the largest object to be discovered in the sky since Pluto’s discovery in 1930. But Mike Brown and co. have been busy and she is now deemed the fifth largest trans-Neptunian object after Eris, Pluto, MakeMake and Haumea. She is a freezing entity, no kidding, with an estimated temperature of -240 C – that is more than a shiver being sent along the spine. Like Mars, Sedna is bright red in colour and it suggests that she consists of tholin, a hydrocarbon sludge, amorphous carbon, methanol ice and methane.
There are two distinct versions of this myth and I will provide a brief run over. There are common themes but the variances could definitely interplay in your natal chart.
Sedna was a vain and fussy young lady who thought no suitor was good enough for her to marry. Her father stressed and worried as he could no longer afford to keep her, pined at her fussiness. When a fancy looking stranger arrived in their village, dressed in fine furs, which obviously said how great he was – Sedna’s father was elated. It was with relief that her father waved her farewell, and off she went across the ocean to her new husbands ‘supposedly’ posh island getaway. But alas, her new husband was not even a man, but a raven – a cruel beast, who had lied terribly to both her forsaken father and herself. She was to live in poverty and feast only on fish and poor Sedna wailed and wailed, waiting for her father to come rescue her.
On the day that he did venture forth to rescue his daughter, he was midst the return journey and in the middle of the ocean when they saw a dark speck flying along the horizon and sea began to be whipped up into a ferocious storm. The raven husband drew closer and the seas were beyond menacing and from his own fear, the father pitched Sedna overboard to protect himself from her husband’s wrath. As she clung to the side, begging her father to save her, he cut free her fingers which then became sea mammals and Sedna floated to the bottom of the sea.
Sedna is still fussy and gorgeous, the father was still desperate for her to marry. In this legend, the father raised Sedna alone and was proud of her good looks and her sewing skills, and selected a fine husband which she disapproved. He was pissed and stated that she had shamed him and since no man was good enough for her, she could have his dog. So be it and it was not long before she was with child from her new dog husband. Shamed once again, the father pitched her into exile lest any others learn of her plight. Her dog husband however, was not to be swayed by her exile and looked after her by swimming the great distance with food and supplies. She survived, thanks to his dedication and she bore a half-man, half-dog offspring. Her father on hearing of this, filled the dogs packs with great rocks and on her husbands swim, he thus sank to the ocean bottom and drowned.
Conscience kicked in with the father, and feeling like an arse, he set off with food for his isolated daughter but, in her grief for her lost husband, Sedna set her dog children onto their grandfather. The father turned away but Sedna worried about his return after what he had put her through, Sedna set her dog children off in one boot – who then became kin to the white people, and her human children in another boot, who then became the Native Indians. For days the hunter would look out to his daughter, too scared to return with food. But one day, he looked out and she was gone – led away by a hunter who promised her food and lodging. On route to her distant home, the handsome hunter removed his guise and she saw the Birdman that was to become her new husband. She burst into tears. More lies. But time went on and the Birdman kept true to his word, keeping Sedna fed and well maintained,and eventually, they bore a child.
Her father, never giving up his search, was riddled with remorse that his pride had led her such a harsh blow, finally found her in the land of Fulmar. Scooping up his daughter in his arms, he begged her forgiveness and stated he would be taking her home. It was not long before the Birdman discovered his agenda and started to whip the seas into a vicious frenzy. The father tossed Sedna overboard but she clung to his side and each severing of a finger became a large sea mammal. As she floated to the bottom of the sea, the great Moon and Air spirit united and proclaimed that for her hardship, Sedna would become the guardian of the Innuit. Her kindgom was now born and she was reunited with her dog husband. The father made good of his escape but was filled remorse. One day, he lay by the sea and begged Sedna for forgiveness, which was given as he was taken by the tides and reunited with his daughter once more.
It is said that when there is a transgression within the Innuit world, the sea mammals are scarce and the seas are stormy. It is then up to the sharman to discover the problem within the people and only then will Sedna be soothed and peace restored.
There are so many possibilities with Sedna. She is very deep!
Parental concerns and forgiveness
Firstly, there is the vanity or perceived vanity, as only historically would it have been deemed vanity alone as a reason to push away potential mates that did not personally appeal. Here we face the first parental wall – when the child’s behavior moves outside of the parental, or societal expectation and it is given a ‘label’.
Then there is the paternal approval of said marriage partner and the familial after shocks when moving outside of what is accepted. This relates to race, gender, religion, class, ‘whatever’ – when there is a heavy paternal judgment in place.
The feelings of ‘exile’ we can either experience emotionally, or physically, when we breach the paternal expectation.
Then it shifts to the after feelings of remorse of the argument, the upheaval and the action/reaction process that has been undertaken.
One has to admire that in that day and age, Sedna did her best to hold out for someone who she ‘wanted’ to be with and who she was attracted to. However, as history states, in those days, what women wanted amounted to sweet nothing. Regardless of which mythology version you take on board, she ended up with a deceiving jerk, simply because her father approved of him. At least, considering the dog husband version, we find that Sedna shared loving bliss with him, defying public approval and acceptance. Love and happiness due to the paternal involvement, was an elusive element for Sedna and she suffered greatly in the end for attempting to defy the patterns of the time.
As a collective influence
Overall, Sedna’s message runs as deep as the ocean. It is a strong call for environmental awareness and not allowing the world of the ‘paternal’ (business) to ignore the essential nurturing role that is an essential in global care. It is also a call to take care of the ocean and an obvious signature for the crisis of drought and the water shortages that many countries are experiencing, and will continue to do so if more proactive measures of water protection and alternatives are not sourced.
In your natal chart!
All aspects are relevant to the Dwarf Planets, but I would keep the orbs tight – 1-2 degrees maximum, as they are a great distance away from us, even though their intensity is undeniable.
Overall, Sedna is like the continual intimate family Christmas, with all of the skeletons out on the table!
Look to Sedna as a place in your chart where you will clash with parental or society opinion regarding your relationships and passions. You can utilize this as an added padding to a difficult paternal influence in your life. Look also, towards aspects to the MC/IC or Saturn, to personalize and to deepen your Sedna story. I would also relate male influences of authority in general here. Both genders can suffer under the ruling of difficult males in the life experience, at work, play, parents of lovers. Here, you will no doubt find a selfish paternal influence in your life, where no matter how you try, they will not notice you or your desires and only have their agenda in mind.
You can also find here relationships of deep passionate union, or total deception – the complete fairy tale of promise that is a shattered reality when it comes to daily living. The individual who is nothing but a possessive smoke screen and you feel exiled from the rest of the world.
It can also indicate a place in our charts where we await a saviour. There can be many scenarios here and it would be interesting how it evolves through transition. I have a very strong placement for my 0 degree Sedna in Taurus and a very strong tale of how it all unfolds, so I am tainted by the strength of my own experience somewhat. But mimicking legend, the rescue can be like leaping from the frying pan into the fire in some circumstances. By myth, both suitors did provide well for Sedna. She was rescued from the displeased parental by two men who provided for her (depending on which myth you prefer) even if there was cultural struggles or deep deception – she was provided for and in one connection, she felt love. However, with paternal interference, her life was ended.
Here, we can also find relevance of where we as children, have been pitched as a weapon in custody concerns, or are prone to doing so with our own children.
We can also look to this area in our charts, in particular for females, as a point where we must move on from the paternal/father figure and stand firm within our own desires. This can also be the case for lovers who stand by the side of their mate as they defy the paternal, and/or and area in a lovers chart where they are ditched over paternal opinion.
Whilst the father in this mythology was undeniably selfish, Sedna also held onto his opinion for too long and also held a lot of blame. To this day, legend states that she lashes out in anger over the misdeeds done to her at the hands of her deceiving husband and her father. Granted but, one must learn to move on, even if forgiveness is never found.
Sedna is an area in our charts where we will dig into deep, deep wounds regarding male/parental figures in our lives and even face the negatives in our own parenting attitudes to some extent. It is where female role can feel lesser and controlled, and where male role can feel pushed away by another’s standards.
Artwork – Susan Seddon-Boulet
© Karen Piscitelli