The planet Sedna* was discovered in 2003, but not announced until a year later due to the need to confirm its existence for sure. Sedna’s discovery has only been possible because right now it’s at it perihelion, closest to the Sun. Eris was discovered after Sedna, so until 2005 Sedna was also considered at a candidate for the 10th planet. This missing 10th has always been a suitable hook for missing Dark Goddess archetype in astrology and the exiled feminine.
Sedna’s myth is quite horrifying. Her father is a widow and desperate to marry off his eligible daughter, but she refuses all his choices. At his wits end and in punishment, Sedna is forced to marry the pet dog! Unfortunately the dog actually mates with Sedna so she gives birth to doggy babies. Her father is so shamed and horrified that he throws her out onto the streets. Feeling poor, abandoned and lonely, Sedna then thinks marriage maybe a good idea, if only to have a comfy bed! So in haste she hooks up with the first charming and apparently well-dressed man that comes along.
Unfortunately, once safely married, the smooth-talker reveals himself to be a lousy crow man, with no wealth to his name, just a stinky old nest. Sedna is besides herself with disappointment. But instead of telling scrawny features where to stick his tatty feathers, she wails loudly and helplessly for hours on end until her guilt-stricken father come to rescue her. Mr Crow returns from his scavenging furious to find his prize catch is missing, and sets off to find Sedna and her father escaping on a boat. His rage whips up a fierce storm and in the panic, Sedna’s father decides save his own skin by throwing Sedna off the sinking boat.
Sedna though, tenacious and stubborn that she is, will not accept her fate. She clings onto the side of the boat for dear life, until her exasperated father hacks of her fingers one by one. Sedna has no choice but to surrender herself to the icy depths. Stripped of everything and left with pitiful stumps for hands, Sedna literally hits rock bottom. At the bottom of the Ocean, she realises her fingers are transforming into seals and her palms into whales and dolphins. She becomes the Queen of the sea creatures, her life purpose and ultimate serenity. However, when her mass of unruly hair becomes tangled she becomes enraged again and threatens to withhold her bounty. The good shamen know that in order to ensure an abundant supply of fish, they need to soothe and comfort Sedna by brushing her hair.
As you can see the story ends well; Like the Persephone myth it is about a rite of passage and eventual ressurection. However this time it is the child who is too clinging and possessive of her parent, rather than the mother (Ceres) in the Persephone myth. The lesson here is not to accept being the victim, to turn the situation round and turn an extreme negative into an extreme positive.
Here are some interpretations I found on the internet that sum her up for me, starting with Sedna at it’s lowest vibration:
“Sedna is evil. A Sedna business will leave its customers in the gutter after it has taken all their money and stripped them of self-dignity. Sedna symbolizes drugs and prostitutes, products that promote violence and or emotionless sex. Sedna is so insidious that it helps nobody. During so-called “good transits” by Sedna, a person will make money – but the profits will corrupt the person’s soul to the very core. And then Sedna will eat the person alive.” [Magi Astrology]
“Sedna’s myth may exemplify a female who does not want to commit in marriage, participate with men, or even be here on Earth, due to her fear of being hurt–an unresolved issue or molding from her unfortunate past, one that only perpetuates a life of loneliness. “ [Lunar Planner]
“The encounter with what has been lost, drowned out, or frozen long ago… In other words, our own ‘Ice Age': the wounds in the soul caused by the impatience, condemnation, dismissal or anger of the father; the living hell of unresolved outrage; the violence of hardship where we cut off from what is desperate and vulnerable in ourselves or others in order to survive. “ [Melanie Reinhart, in her article “The Goddess of the Frozen Waters.”]
“Sedna swims into your life to tell you to stop being a victim. The way to wholeness is to recognize how you’ve been caught up in and are living the victim archetype, then to change the pattern by empowering yourself. Are you fond of saying, “Why is this happening to me?” Don’t get stuck in the “why”. … Sedna says we have all been victimized by something, by patriarchal institutions, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, religion, or color. She encourages you to claim your power “ [Lynn Koiner]
“The goddess Sedna teaches us that we must delve into the dark, cold places that we fear most if we are to find the riches that rest there. Sedna reminds us that, in spite of all our infirmities and our foolish mistakes, we are still worthy of love and respect and have every right to expect, and even demand, that others treat us well” [Goddess Gift]
Victim or victimizer, Gold-digging, betrayal and/or abandonment by the father, alienation, eerie, far out, ethereal, floaty, untouchable, far-sighted intelligence, deluge, delusion, out on-a-limb, limbless, leper, not of this world, worm-that-turned, freezing out, numbing, frigidity, ice maiden, cutting off, dismemberment, skeletons in the closet, deep sea treasure, submarines, sirens, mermaids, vanity, divas, blaming, “something-for-nothing” culture, poor-little-rich girls, bling, greed, bulimia, parasites, scavengers, treason, treachery, betrayal, stabs in the back, commitment-phobes, feeling superior, disappointment, not measuring up, Ivory towers, riches to rags, the gutter, pimps, sluts, drug pushers, sleaze, incest, conservationists, animal activists, bestiality, seafarers, sailors, pushy parents, unreal appearance – either deformed or stunningly beautiful. Disinheritance, loosing ones inheritance, snobbery. False accusations, dirty cash, ill-gotten gains, downfall, reformed character, altruism, philanthropy, sacrificing a part of yourself for the greater good.
SEDNA DISCOVERY CHART
The tightest aspect in the chart is the tenacious Mars/Saturn trine. This will give great stamina and a strong will. Seeing things till the bitter end. This is Sedna’s stubborn nature, clinging to her father and security. Mars is in the fathers house, the 4th, squaring Venus. This is the unhappy marriage and anger from the father. The fear of commitment due to being betrayed and hurt comes from Lilith in the 7th and the trine to Uranus only adds more feeling cut-off and abandoned. Uranus on the IC, a frozen past and shock buried at the root of the chart. Fomalhaut, the mystical royal star is there, the chance of redemption and eternal fame, but also of messing up big time if one does not act with utter integrity.
Wow, the DC is Capulus – aggressive, sexual male energy, the sword that decapitated Medusa, and within orb of Algol. (Medusa’s head). The partner can be the source of transformation, the death of her or in the end her saviour. This is where victim or victimizer comes to play in relationships. Capulus of course reflects the fathers brutal finger chopping. Sun in the 12th house is utterly appropriate and Neptune itself is un-aspected, making it free to act pure Neptune, which can bring pure, poisonous deception. The Sun is on the South Node, both are on Unukalhai in the snake, showing past life betrayal buried deep in the 12th. It is said to be dangerous and destructive “of the nature of Saturn and Mars; It gives immorality, accidents, violence and danger of poison.” The chart is redeemed by Ceres trine to the AC (the conservationist) and Sun trine Moon. The nurturing principle is utilised in protecting the sea creatures and the Sun trine Moon balances the conscious with the unconscious. Here we have Sedna’s so yearned for inner marriage, which was also the very thing she feared the most. Saturn Mars can be fear of sex, hence my theory that Sedna can be frigid. Mars square Venus also has issues about bringing sex together with intimacy. Mars opposite Jupiter can be a huge sex drive however, so with Jupiter in the 10th this might be diverted instead into a successful career.
That Moon in the taboo 8th happens to be on Pollux the evil twin, conjunct Ceres on Procyon the little dog. (Sedna’s shameful, doggy-babies). This is Sedna’s dirty buried secret. The very aspect that could liberate her (trine Sun and AC) is also the aspect that she is most embarrassed about. This is how her victimiser keeps her from her power, telling her she is a dirty, perverted slut. Poison Neptunian crow man words along with Phecda on the MC, is the bloodlust and corruption you see in unscrupulous low-end Sedna businesses. Crowman Pimp is also shown by Mercury on psycho star Acrab in Scorpio squaring the parental MC/IC axis. Lilith is also squaring this axis too, showing Sedna in exile from her home.
Now the piece de resistance…. The Persephone Yod! Made up of the Moon sextile the North Node/DC/Sedna conjunction, both quincunx our friend Pluto in the first. Remember DC is also on Capulus. So this Yod is constantly yearning for transformation and intensity, pointing at the 1st house, the physical body. Moon on Pollux, wanting to cut out this evil twin, frozen and septic inside. DC is the knife or possible the axe. The whole Yod is like an executioner, but to get to the demon one has to hack away, years and years of black ice. Black on black, where is it!?! Hard to fathom. It is interesting that Pluto is conjunct Venus too (Persephone) and Venus semi-sextile Chiron (Wounds) in the 2nd (Self esteem).
I think the chart reflects the myth really well. Only time will tell if this way of looking at the new discoveries will help us understand how they work in the chart. As for me I am now adding Sedna into my Dark Moon readings, as that is the best way of learning about her influence. I took a look at celebrities with Sedna in all aspects to AC, MC and the personal planets, see the full list in Sedna Celebrities.
Find Planet Sedna in Your Chart
1. Create your chart HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. Select Sedna from the “additional objects” section.