A Journey to the Edge
in a remote region of space, a distant world whose recent
discovery triples the size of our solar system. From
her icy surface, the sun seems only a twinkling star.
Extremely cold, vividly red, eccentric in orbit and mysterious
in constitution, her first sighting on November 14, 2003,
06:32 AM UT at Palomar Mountain, California marks a new
shift in human awareness. Nothing this far away has ever
been seen before.
headlines proclaimed Sedna as our 10th planet though
Dr. Michael Brown , who named her for the Inuit goddess
of the Arctic seas, believes she will be classified as
a planetoid . Estimated at about 1800 km, or 2/3 the
size of Pluto, Sedna is the largest and most outlying
body found since 1930.
somewhere beyond the outer edge of the Kuiper Belt and
the inner periphery of the hypothesized Oort cloud, a
vast source of comets and other frozen bodies thought
to extend half way to the next nearest star, Alpha Centauri.
Her distance is between 76AU and 942AU, making a single
journey around the sun in about 11,500 years.
Sedna is still much closer than the ‘fixed stars’,
important astrological points. Like homeopathy, distance
(dilution) may actually increase potency. The question
is what kind of potency?
the astrological significance of Sedna requires diligent
observation. Considerations include mythology, collective
movements at the time of discovery and events, internal
and external, that link to natal and mundane chart activation.
and author Dennis Elwell cautions against giving excessive
weight to singular episodes in the mythology and not
enough to empirical experience. Though mythic themes
are insightful, events coinciding with Sedna activation
must be considered equally.
coincidence is the naming of Sedna . How do we know they
got it right? Dr. Liz Greene, from London’s Centre
for Psychological Astrology , elaborates.
is…a curious synchronicity between the time when
the planet is discovered and the emergence in society
of values and experiences which the planet represents
symbolically. It’s as though the planet breaks
upon consciousness in both a literal and symbolic way.
I can’t really answer you as to why Uranus is
called Uranus and Neptune, Neptune. I can only say
that in some mysterious fashion they get the names
in the icy depths of Adlivun, the Arctic underworld beneath
the sea. There she rules all marine life, and controls
the fate of humans by releasing her bounty to respectful
hunters and withholding it from the careless. Disregard
for the sacredness of life is the worst offence. When
this happens, her long hair tangles with filth and requires
a shaman’s journey to appease her rage.
vary, though in most Sedna was once a beautiful girl.
Many suitors came to ask for her hand in marriage yet
she rejected them all, often to her father’s anguish.
When one wealthy hunter was refused, he gave her his
dog, saying it was all she deserved. She then marries
the dog and gives birth to pups and babes alike.
Ironically, a dog to the Inuit symbolizes faithfulness to
one’s own spirit, making this union a mark of individuation,
completion. The hunter and her father, however, are appalled.
When the dog-husband carries food to his banished offspring,
Sedna’s father places stones in his pack so he drowns.
continues to refuse all suitors until a mysterious man
arrives dressed in very fine skins and feathers. Intrigued
by the promise of warmth and abundance, she agrees to
guarantee of comfort vanishes when Sedna realizes he
is a Fulmar, a dangerous bird spirit living on a desolate
island. Although he brings her fresh fish every day,
there is no warmth, no furs, and no lamp oil. She falls
into despair, wailing her lament.
In yet another
version, Sedna is the child of two deities. Though well
fed, she is a hungry girl and chews into her parents’ flesh
while they sleep. For this she is sent into exile.
version, Sedna ends up in a kayak with her father. A
terrible storm ensues, stirred by the angry Fulmar or
other offended spirits. Her father fears for his life
and tosses Sedna overboard. When she grasps the side
of the kayak and tries to climb back in, he chops her
frozen fingers off, one by one with an axe. As her finger
joints fall into the sea, they turn into seals, whales,
polar bears, fish, dolphins and walruses.
below the waves, her upper body remaining a woman and
her lower body transforming into a fish or dolphin. She
comes to rest at the bottom of the ocean floor and is
guarded by her faithful dog-husband. Sometimes she is
depicted as a grotesque, one eyed vision of outrage.
Other images are more seductive and mermaid-like.
mermaids, circulating for centuries and underscored periodically
with actual sightings, tell of sea creatures, half female-half
fish or dolphin. They personify both the alluring and
treacherous aspects of the feminine, residing in the
sea of the unconscious, holding a key to life and death.
Like Sedna, they maintain specific taboos and seem to
represent an innate fear of the sacred feminine, the “wickedness
of which is an unescapable punishment, a necessary evil
painted with fair colours” .
tales, like The Handless Maiden , also involve a father
who cuts off his daughter’s hands. The loss of
ones hands is a potent and disturbing symbol. Hands represent
our dexterity, allowing us to control and interact with
the world. The father’s act of maiming his child—in
the Inuit and European stories —is poorly motivated.
Lack of incentive makes these tales all the more provocative.
Among other things, they say something about abused family
suggest that the astrological Sedna is a victim. Sedna
is a life/death/life goddess. Her power and authority
regulate who by their right action will live and who,
by their negligence, starve. Here is what Dr. Kathleen
Jenks says about Sedna and victimization.
victimization moves to the goddess-level as it does with
Sedna, (it) signals us that there's an extra depth of
compassion for the abused. It also tells us that this
goddess-archetype has the wherewithal to make a difference
and empower that person whose (planets) are resonating
with Sedna’s sphere of power.
Sedna may come to represent an extreme terrain of the unconscious,
one where issues of power, authority and respect for life
do not separate from a respect for oneself. The Inuit are
animistic, seeing divinity in all things. Sedna may ask us
to account for previously unconsidered forms of negligence
towards ourselves and our living planet.
by force, bribe or cajole, Sedna is softened by a shaman’s
song of life. The 2003 New Zealand film, Whale Rider,
echoes such a shamanic journey, impelled by the spirit
of a people in need. Perhaps this is how we are to commune
with Sedna, through the guided imagery of dreams and
on November 14th, 2003 at 17 Taurus 58 coincides with
350 million people uniting in World Diabetes Day. Venerated
astrologer Isabel Hickey taught that diabetes was a physical
form of emotional bitterness, the inability to balance
bitter thoughts with sweet ones . This highlights Venus,
ruler of both Taurus, the sign of Sedna’s current
transit and Libra, the sign long associated with this
disease. Venus also links to personal, one-to-one, socially
significant relationships and the drive for balance there.
what other world events coincide with this discovery
, and what they may say about fear, abuse of power and
mother earth’s immutable authority. Here are just
native horse killed off by food shortages and climate
change - not human hunters.”
actively do we protect and nurture life on earth?
world's most damaging potato disease discovered in Britain.”
do we respond to the treat of food shortage and disease?
to USA Patriot Act Swells”
well do democratic governments protect the rights of
gas explosion in a southern China coal mine killed 48
workers, injured two others.”
well do we protect our labor force?
Asia Water Forum- - Chiang Mai, Thailand."
do we protect our global oceans/fresh water ecosystems?
been transiting through mid-Aries to mid-Taurus these
last 75 years. Current generations share a similar placement
in their astrological charts by sign and outer planet
aspect, though house position and contacts to personal
planet are more unique.
the transits of Sedna and checking activation dates against
inner and outer life events will help reveal her meaning.
A downloadable Ephemeris is available on line at Astrodienst
. There is also an ephemeris generator on Jon Dunn’s
Astro site that gives declination, sidereal and draconic
Transiting Sedna was exactly opposite the author’s
natal third house Saturn when learning to SCUBA dive in areas
teaming with sea lions, dolphins and whales. By facing fears
(Saturn) this time led to self-confidence and empowerment,
particularly in the area of communication, higher education
and teaching (3rd-9th house axis).
For another woman, transiting Sedna exactly squared the natal
Moon in Aquarius. This coincided with a separation from an
abusive relationship and major change of residence. Both
these transits reflect significant turning points in life.
the chart of a woman called Charlotte . During a troubled
time, she sought astrological consultation, bringing
"I am looking into a deep inland sea, edged by descending stairs. I feel
urgently compelled to follow the stairs down into the caverns underneath the
water. I somehow know there is something down there that is hungry, trapped.
I race down the steps and glimpse an enormous black walrus stuck in the dry
caverns, unable to get to the water. I race on to free it, but as I turn the
last descent of stairs, I run straight into a wall. The way has been blocked,
sealed off. I can’t get to the creature to feed it and return it to the
sea and I know it will starve."
Sedna 4 Taurus 16
Transiting Sedna 17 Taurus 52
of her chart, transiting Sedna was conjunct her natal
12th house Sun. Note her chart ruler, Venus, conjuncts
natal Sedna, also in the 12th. With the abundance of
earth (Taurus), she has a naturally pragmatic approach
to life—sweet, calm and compelled by the realm
of the senses. However, all that earth is “trapped”
in the non-corporeal 12th house, the sea of the unconscious.
Her relationship with the mundane world was well established
yet her connection to her inner world remained relatively
The sea links
to the vast depths of Charlotte’s unconscious 12th
house. It is interesting that mythically Sedna used her
creatures, whales and seals, to communicate with human
kind, to feed them or not as they deserved. The only
way to reach Sedna, however, is through the spirit journey
of the shaman. Once there, the shaman placates Sedna’s
anger by asking how the taboos have been broken and what
can be done to correct the offence. The shaman then combs
her tangled hair, releasing the souls of animals abused
and chants to her songs of life.
heard the myth of Sedna, she realized, through a stream
of tears, she had always wanted to pursue her artistic
talents but worked as a bookkeeper in her father’s
business instead. She had never acknowledged how empty
the inherent conflict between the 12th house Sun in Taurus
(square 3rd house Leo Moon) she found ways to feed and
nurture her creative and mystical longings as well as
her need for practical security. This Sedna transit coincided
with an application and acceptance to art school, greater
independence (separation from father) and a new journey
into her hidden world of creativity and spirit. Although
other transits occurred at this time, the imagery in
Charlotte’s dream and the personal relevance she
felt seemed specific to Sedna.
discovery heralds the expansion of not only our solar
system but our capacity for conscious awareness as well.
By tracking Sedna’s transits—perhaps looking
first at the conjunctions, squares and oppositions—themes
of her message will arise . Where is 18-19 degrees of
Taurus in your natal chart? What planets or angles are
activated by this contact? Have a look and be a part
of this new and intriguing exploration!
Positions of 2003 VB12-Sedna
Date Long Decl
01 Apr 2005 18 ta 22 5°58
01 May 2005 18 ta 43 6° 5
01 Jun 2005 19 ta 6 6°10
01 Jul 2005 19 ta 25 6°13
01 Aug 2005 19 ta 37 6°12
01 Sep 2005 19 ta 38 Rx 6° 9
01 Oct 2005 19 ta 30 Rx 6° 3
01 Nov 2005 19 ta 14 Rx 5°57
01 Dec 2005 18 ta 56 Rx 5°53
01 Jan 2006 18 ta 42 Rx 5°52
01 Feb 2006 18 ta 36 5°54
01 Mar 2006 18 ta 41 5°59