Sedna

SCIENCE

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.

MYTHOLOGY

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.

Version 1

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.

Version 2

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.

ASTROLOGY

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.

In Love

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

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Eris

SCIENCE

Eris is the ninth largest object orbiting the Sun, first discovered in January 2005 by astronomer Mike Brown. Due to her size, conjecture began. Should she become the tenth planet? Or should there be a reclassification of what defines a planet? The rest is history, with Pluto being demoted to Dwarf Planet status and Eris becoming the new shining star in the ‘skyworld’. Located in the Kuiper Belt just past Neptune, Eris takes around 557 years to orbit the Sun, which is a heck of a long time in one sign, and degree point!

MYTHOLOGY

In Ancient Greek Mythology, Eris was the Goddess of Strife. Her most infamous role was her initiation of the Trojan War. Known as a troublemaker, she was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, the eventual parents of Archiles, so she set about a brilliant plan of retribution.

Carving into a golden apple:- ‘To the most beautiful’, she tossed it into the wedding proceedings, and snickered gleefully in the background as the Goddesses – Hera, Athena and Aphrodite flocked to the apple and argued about who was suitable for the etched prize. It was then left to Paris to decide whilst the Goddesses dug in deep with their efforts to persuade him.

Hera attempted to bribe him with political power, Athena battle skills and Aphrodite promised him Helen, the most captivating woman of all the lands. It said that his choice of beauty over power was the deciding factor in bringing about the ultimate downfall of his beloved, and once very powerful country.

In Hesoid’s Work and Days, Eris has a dual nature, one that revolves around the atrocities of man, and the other which makes man worker harder as a means to self improvement and financial success.

ASTROLOGY

To locate Eris in your chart, head over to astro.com.

In your natal chart, Eris is hard work dedication and Eris is trouble on legs. She is the penultimate tactician, the part in your chart that will imagine the evil of all possibility as a means to reek revenge on another who has done you wrong. This is not an anger reaction or rapid response, this is a carefully planned and precision filled exercise.

Eris indicates premeditation and careful thought, planning with a determined goal in mind. This is obviously a signature to look for in regards to war and geo-conflict, events and tragedies that cause extreme hardship on mankind and intense instances of corruption. But Eris also highlights dedicated ambition and amazing success.

Some example of Eris in motion: serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has Mars conjunct Eris in 7th House Aries, Jim Jones has Eris oppose Ceres exact and angular, 4th-10th House/Aries – Libra. For positive examples of Eris in action, one only needs to glance at the corporate world. Bill Gates has Eris conjunct Moon 10th House, also opposing Mars in Libra, whilst Richard Branson has 9th House Eris square 12th house Uranus in Cancer, and trine 5th House Ceres in Sagittarius.

Eris is power, a veritable pit of potential, forcing you to tap into her well. Here, you are an island, it is the place in your chart where you stand alone as an individual and measure yourself, your worth and your role, against others. It is your interpretation of the comparison, as to how your natal Eris will ultimately express itself. This isolation aspect of Eris, the element of separation where there is judgment of the negative kind by peers, is a pivotal element in understanding how she works in your natal chart. Honesty is needed here, as is compassion and acceptance of her positioning. It is a dark side of the psyche, a pure and powerful potential to lash out at others when you feel pushed out, condemned and ostracized.

Jealousy and envy are key elements of the Eris motivational influence. These emotive responses are fuel to her flame. This is your ambition response, how you choose to leap beyond what you admire and grab that slice of success pie and make it your own. House positioning is detrimental with understanding the intricacies of Eris and it is one instance where an exact birth time is paramount in unlocking essential detail regarding her expression. She moves so slowly and her potential will remain in the veritable dark without this information.

With Eris, there will always be discord on some level. Even when working with her energy in a positive ambition expression, utilizing her individuation from the collective and displeasure with others success as inspiration for solid goals – you will still experience levels of conflict. The growing experience is all in how you learn to deal with it, how you grow into the governing of the tactic, rather than allow the natural response factor to govern you.

It is a part in your chart where you will always feel that you just don’t live up to the pretense and expectation of the collective at large. Eris is an inborn restlessness and disappointment. Here you feel left out, separated from the pack and hold a longing to be midst the bubble of others social happiness, but feel that you never quite make it. However, you can and must learn to live with it and learn how best to manage it, and channel the energy productively.

In transit, connections to Eris indicate a time of evaluation and future planning. As per Philip Sedgwick’s keyword analysis, it is a fine time to remove yourself from negative goals and addictions, and redefine your agenda. Here, your role in the collective is highlighted and you will be able to ascertain areas in life where your intentions have gone offtrack. Jealousy and revenge are also key elements that are raised at this time, either felt within, or directed towards you by another.

 

Artwork – Sylvie-Malfray
© Karen Piscitelli

Ceres

SCIENCE

Discovered on January 1st, 1801, Ceres (a Capricorn) by Giuseppe Piazzi, started out as a planet, actually being classified as a ‘missing planet’ between Mars and Jupiter at the time by many astronomers, but was reclassified as an asteroid with the discovery of more objects within the main asteroid belt.

It was the debate surrounding Pluto and the constitution of planets that led to another reclassification of Ceres yet again. She is the largest object in the main asteroid belt, but the smallest of the newly classified dwarf planets.

Ceres takes four and half years to orbit the Earth, spending roughly four or so months in each sign. Interesting piece of trivia. If one was to seated on Ceres, they would see the inner planets, including Earth, cross the Sun. The next such transit will be Mercury, which will actually happen this year.

MYTHOLOGY

Ceres is the daughter of Saturn and Ops, wife/sister of Jupiter with whom she mothered Proserpina, she was also sister to Juno, Vesta, Neptune and Pluto. She is symbolised as the Goddess of grain, forming a union with Liber and Libera, the other agricultural Gods. With twelve minor Gods governing the prosperity of the lands under her realm, Ceres ensured she ran a tight ship. She was adopted by the Romans during a time of harsh famine and was worshiped by women, in secret ritual, every month of May.

In mythology, the story of Ceres resembles that of Demeter/Persephone and Hades, except we insert Proserpina and Pluto as the key players. However, Hades is a separate asteroid and in my following of myths, a separate entity to that of Pluto. This I will cover in a later article. Persephone and Hades have their own unique love story that should not be tainted by adopted myth.

However, as we equate Ceres with that of motherly love, we must share the maternal tale of the stolen daughter and the mother’s gut wrenching search and subsequent division of the seasons as was the result of this search.

Whilst Proserpina was out frolicking with the nymphs in the spring sun with the nymphs, picking flowers and flicking her hair about, Pluto rose to the Earth with four black horses and spied the stunning princess, stole her and tucked her away in the Underworld. Ceres was in despair and furious, leaving the heavens in search of her daughter. Roaming the Earth, each step she took turned to a desert and the crops of which she was patron, began to wither and die.

Jupiter was concerned, so sent Mercury to the Underworld to strike a deal with Pluto. An agreement was made but Pluto, being the sly dog that he is, insisted that Proserpina partake in a pomegranate before she leave. This she did and since the seeds of the pomegranate were deemed the food of the dead, she was thus tied to the Underworld for eternity. Ceres, so happy for the return of her daughter, accepted this fate but with condition. The Earth was now divided into seasons, with Autumn/Fall and Winter being the time that her beloved daughter returns to the Underworld.

ASTROLOGY

To locate Ceres in your natal chart, head to astro.com and add her from the additional objects table. As she is a dwarf planet, orbs can be as wide as you normally use, same with the aspects.

Ceres is the true symbolism of the ‘mother’ in the chart. Cancer and the Moon work but that is more a compulsion and instinct, whereas with Ceres it is more about the attitude and approach to motherhood that comes into scope. As Ceres is the symbolism of grain and agriculture, it is about your seeds and how you will tend them after they have been sown. It relates to the possessiveness of the young, the coping mechanism when they move outside of the maternal sphere and the protective reaction.

With Ceres in harsh aspect, you find a smothering maternal tendency or one that is quite neglectful. In positive aspect, you find a hard working maternal who wishes nothing but prosperity for their young. The possessiveness is still there, as is the protectiveness, but it is tempered and within the realistic expectation that the young will move on and life is to continue as one of productive growth.

Ceres is a key factor to consider when one is determining the maternal and deep concerns involved there and also the subsequent approach to motherhood that results from that.

It should also not be ignored that Ceres is a serious consideration when working with career and finance. Here, it will indicate ambition and staying power, how well and how hard you will work to achieve your goals. Ceres was a boss and team manager, so can indicate aspirations for management, or even success in the home business in your chart. One would expect that a heavy Ceres influence could be found with those who are excellent teachers, or even find solace with working with children.

 

Artwork – John William Waterhouse
© Karen Piscitelli

Black Moon Lilith

Demoness, witch child killer, night creature, these are all names given to the first wife of Adam. Made from dust, which some say was deemed impure, yet Lilith claims was the same as Adam, Lilith stood defiant before her chosen mate, refusing to be subservient. There are numerous mentions of Lilith throughout history, and whilst many have been rejected by certain scholars, there is the general understanding through all of the myths and religious teachings, that Lilith is associated with personal feelings of worth and how one can be disrespected and rejected, by those in the external. Continue reading “Black Moon Lilith”