Sedna was discovered in 2003. The planet’s discovery has only been possible because right now it’s at perihelion (closest to the Sun). Eris was actually discovered after Sedna even though it is nearer to us, so until 2005 Sedna was also actually considered a candidate for the 10th planet.
This missing 10th planet has always been a suitable hook for the missing Dark Goddess archetype in astrology and the exiled feminine which is why both Eris and Sedna both resonate with the Persephone myth. They also both carry themes of resurrection from deep, dark and bleak places.
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Sedna’s myth is quite horrifying. Her father, a widow is desperate to marry off his eligible daughter, but she refuses all his choices. At his wit’s end and in order to punish her, Sedna’s father forces his errant daughter to marry the pet dog! Unfortunately, the animal actually mates with Sedna, so she ends up giving birth to little doggy babies.
Her father is so ashamed and horrified that he throws her out onto the streets. Feeling poor, abandoned and lonely, Sedna then thinks marriage may be a good idea after all if only to have a comfy bed! So in haste, Sedna 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. It turns out he has no wealth to his name and just a stinky old nest. Sedna is beside 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 comes to rescue her.
Mr Crow returns from scavenging to find his prize catch is missing, furious he 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 to save his own skin by throwing Sedna off the sinking boat.
Sedna though, tenacious and stubborn as she is, will not accept her fate. She clings to the side of the boat for dear life, until her exasperated father hacks off 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, Sedna realizes her fingers are transforming into seals and her palms into whales and dolphins. Sedna becomes the Queen of the sea creatures, finds her life purpose and ultimately her serenity. However, when her mass of unruly hair gets tangled she becomes enraged again and the threatens to withhold her bounty from the sea. All good shamen of the sea 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 resurrection. However this time it is the child who is too clinging and possessive of her parent, rather than the other way round with Ceres in the Persephone myth. The lesson here is about not accepting being the victim. One must learn to take responsibility for one’s life, turn the situation around and transmute an extreme negative into an extreme positive.
In the members only version of this post we look at Sedna keywords, Sedna discovery chart and Sedna with the planets/angles in your chart.
Find Planet Sedna in Your Chart
1. Create your chart HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. Select Sedna from the “additional objects” section.