By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – An astrologer (and past apprentice) of mine and myself were talking again about the Oceanic Goddess Taleelayu, also called Sedna (planetoid # 90377). We have had discussions of her on and off since 2010 and this week, we were at it again. I shared with her that transiting Uranus was going to conjunct my natal Sedna (25 Aries, 5th house in 2015).
Because I am very Uranian / Urania ruled, when Uranus conjuncted my Sedna, it brought a completion to my forty years of initiations as a dreamer (shaman) and closed that door, which had opened at seventeen. My maiden is in tact, my mother healed and my return to the grandmother lead spiritual divinity the way it was, before the birth of men’s patriarch and all its damage to her psyche (soul).
My friend decided to run the numbers and share her findings in this Sedna-Uranus discussion and we saw that Sedna will effect everyone from 2017-2023. Its quite fascinating because everyone on earth is going to experience this, either known or unknown. I have divided this article into two parts, the later is the astrological data of Sedna and its effects and present conjunctions and first part is the Legend of Sedna which is more folklore than mythology, bringing the collective or greater into the personal.
The first legend is from Egypt…
A Maiden, scantily clad except for a long diaphanous wedding veil, stands on a stone platform in front of the Nile River. She is barefoot and chained by her ankles to a heavy rock; her hands are tied at her sides. She is to be thrown into the river as a sacrifice.
In Egypt, there is the mythology of the sacrificial Virgin Bridge myth that has nothing to do with the maiden, nor the dominance of spiritual realms, it has to do with the destruction over free and empowered women in tribe, village, city and the world, called marriage as an institutional law and to do it to her while she is a maiden, using love as a mask of patriarchal power (otherwise the results were to withhold all abidance and safety away from woman until she surrendered or was killed. The ritual killing is in many places still on earth, especially the middle east).
Writer Mogg Morgan:
This ubiquitous myth about Egyptian culture, ancient and Coptic, panders to the western taste for exoticism and the “barbaric” but fascinating east. In a nutshell, a beautiful maiden is supposedly married to the river god, her wedding day attended by many thousands of “well wishers” concludes with her immolation by drowning and murder.
The practice was supposedly revived by Coptic Christians to indulge their Roman Masters’ taste for sex and death of the innocent sexual girl. Then supposedly banned by the Muslim Omar within living memory but still celebrated in effigy in annual Nile regattas. It has inspired at least two modern Egyptomaniacal novels, one, which gives its name to this article, by the celebrated Georg Ebers, Egyptologist and novelist, whose main claim to fame is the discovering of the important medical papyri that bears his name.
So what is the origin of this myth, which most experts agree has no basis in Egyptian culture, Pharaonic or Coptic (The myth later reemerges as a “slander” against Coptic Christians, )? The finger of blame for this story is usually pointed at Roman author Plutarch. You can look in vain for this in his masterly study of Egyptian culture “Isis and Osiris”. In fact scholars agree the source is pseudo-epigraphy, ie later work ascribed to Plutarch but by no means displaying his genius. The second century AD work, whose abbreviated title is “De Fluviis” (About Rivers) full title “About Rivers and things found in them.” The passage reads:
“Nile is a river of Egypt near the city of Alexandria. Formerly it was called Melas from Melas, a child of Poseidon. Later it was called Egyptus for a reason of this sort. Egyptus, a child of Hephaestus and Leucippe, was king and queen of the regions, and, through a civil war, because the Nile did not rise and the natives were oppressed by famine, the Pythis delivered the solution:
The king sacrifice his daughter to the god(s) as an averter. Distressed by the evils of men in war and conquering, the tyrant conducted Aganippe to the altars. When she was sacrificed (murdered), Egyptus, through surfeit of grief, flung himself into the river Melas, which, from him, was renamed Egyptus.”
Interesting though this text is for other reasons, it does not display any genuine first hand knowledge of Egyptian religion. Modern Arabists have several suggestions as to where this pseudo-Plutarch got this story. Dr Ahmad Al Safi has produced a primer for health care providers, researchers and students entitled “Tradition Sudanese Medicine”. It’s a mine of information on local folklore, the Nile Bride being one example of a common myth to be dispelled. Of course it really happened, but what evil we have all done in our past lives does not erase what we have done to woman. This is relevant to health care because it has been reported that mental breakdowns occur in some patients when the Nile inundation is immanent. “Sudanese people offer Nile sacrifices to pacify it.
The sacrifices are of several kinds, but do not include the sacrifice of young women, as has been unjustifiably reported but instead mercy killings of young wives when husbands are mentally ill and justify that through their religion. Ni’mat Ahman Fouad, an Egyptian folklorist, discredits the myth in her book Al-Nil fi Al-Adab Al Shabi. (The Nile in Folklore) She quotes the views of many historians and Egyptologists; all agree that the custom never existed. They do not find any evidence for it in Pharaonic times, nor could they consider that Christianity could have condoned such a brutal practice in the Christian era.”
“She goes on the consider the Harris Papyrus (1198-1167 bce) as the possible source. The Papyrus states that food was offered to Hapi, the Nile River God, and that, Egyptian priests also made six idols out of wood for the Nile gods and an equal number for Repyt, the consort of Hapi. Other statues were also made of silver, gold and precious stones. These were all thrown into the Nile just before flooding to celebrate Hapi’s festivities. The priests then made another set for the next season.
This myth is the only true story of the destruction of grandmother, mother and daughter, not just the maiden or maiden mother. In Greek mythology, Andromeda is the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of Aethiopia. Her mother Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus and often seen accompanying Poseidon.
Andromedae is one of the 48 Greek constellations listed by Ptolemy in the Almagest Greek name: Ἀνδρομέδα Perhaps the most enduring of all Greek myths is the story of Perseus and Andromeda, the original version of Religion’s destruction of the Goddess called: George and the Dragon.
Its heroine is beautiful princess Andromeda, whose misfortunes in the patriarch, began one day when her mother claimed that she was more beautiful even than the Nereids, a particularly alluring group of sea nymphs. The affronted Nereids decided that Cassiopeia’s vanity had finally gone too far and they asked Poseidon, the sea god, to teach her a lesson.
In retribution, Poseidon sent a terrible monster (some say a flood) to ravage the coast of King Cepheus’s territory. Dismayed at the destruction, and with his subjects clamoring for action, the beleaguered Cepheus appealed to the Oracle of Ammon for a solution.
He was told that he must sacrifice his Virgin Daughter to appease the monsters of the patriarch. Hence the blameless and innocent Andromeda came to be chained to a rock to atone for the sins of her mother which were not sins, ho watched from the shore with great sorrow . Boastful women were not subservient women and each type of woman of the building of a male patriarch had to be reprimanded or killed in society.
She was chained on the coast of the Mediterranean at Joppa (Jaffa), the modern Tel-Aviv which is near Jerusalem. Andromeda stood on the wave-lashed cliffs, pale with terror and weeping pitifully at her impending fate, until her savior hero Perseus happened by, right after killing and beheading Medusa. His heart was captivated by her bondage, the sight of the frail beauty in distress.
The Legend of Sedna the Sea Goddess is not a very pretty or nice one, nor positive in the likes of traditions, because when most legends speak about woman or the soul, the spirit birds or the dragons, they are speaking of something that involved her demise – over the last three-thousand years. In these changing “collective” times of humanity right now, Sedna is about a payment coming due, an undergoing of another big change, but this time, within.
SEDNA THE SEA GODDESS, MERMAID, RUSALKA
Inuktitut : ᓴᓐᓇ, Sanna is the Goddess of the Sea and Mother of the Sea and all animals and life in the ocean of the Inuit folk stories. A story of Sedna is a creation myth, describing how she came to rule over Adlivun, the Inuit underworld connecting
her with the “limitation” of female shamans who could not fulfill their complete destiny. Sedna is also known as Arnakuagsak in Greenland as Sassuma Arnaa, Mother of the Deep and Nuliajuk, District of Keewatin, Northwest Territories, Canada. She is sometimes known by other names by different Inuit groups such as Arnapkapfaaluk, the “Big Bad Woman” of the Copper Inuit from the Coronation Gulf area and Takannaaluk (Igloolik).
Sedna in the Netsilik region, the story states that Nuliayuk was a mistreated orphan. One day the people tried to get rid of her by attempting to drown her by chopping off her finger tips. But the fingertips would transform to seals and walruses. Eventually Nuliayuk marries a sculpin and lives in the sea controlling all sea mammals.
Another version is that Sedna as a beautiful maiden who rejects marriage proposals from the hunters of her village. When an unknown hunter appears, Sedna’s father agrees to give her to him as wife in return for fish. Sedna’s father gives Sedna a sleeping potion and gives her to the hunter who takes her to a large nest on a cliff, revealing his true form: a great bird-spirit, variously described as a raven, a fulmar or a Kokksaut / Petrel-spirit. She wakes surrounded by birds.
Her father attempts to rescue her, but the evil Eagle Spirit becomes angry, causing a great storm. In desperation, Sedna’s father throws her into the raging sea. Attempting to cling to the kayak, her hands freeze and her fingers fall off becoming the creatures of the sea. She falls to the bottom of the sea.
In one legend Sedna is a giant, and co-creator of the god Anguta (who was later demoted and called a daughter). The daughter has a great spiritual hunger that causes her to attack her parents. Angered at this, the overthrowing god Anguta takes her out to sea and throws her over the side of his kayak. As she clings to the sides, he chops off her fingers and she sinks to the underworld, becoming the ruler of the monsters of the deep. Her huge fingers become the seals, walruses, and whales hunted by the Inuit.
Sedna is linked to a different bird creature in yet another version. Her father then leaves in his kayak to rescue her from the floating ice-island where she is imprisoned while the bird creature is away. The creature, enraged by her disappearance, calls to a spirit of the sea to help. The sea spirit locates the kayak with the two humans aboard and creates huge waves to kill them.
Her father throws Sedna overboard in the hope that this will appease the angry bird. Sedna clings to the kayak but her father grabs a little axe and chops three of her fingers off before striking her on the head and murdering her. The three fingers each become a different species of seal. The stroke to her head sends Sedna to the ocean floor where she resides, commanding the animals of the sea.
The Uranus and Sedna Shift
Sedna is world creation story of a young woman who does not wish to marry or be in an arranged marriage and the consequences for her are harsh for her, her family and for community. I would imagine when Uranus, the energy of both truth and chaos, along with the power of the Goddess of the Ocean combine, supernatural forces rise for change within the psyche, and are guided by regeneration from a cleansing of humanity from the restrictions of mother earth, of woman, of the feminine sides of men and the spirit of the natural laws if nature’s flow, especially water.
The more eclectic sides of Astrology has influences on humanity that is never really covered or given notice by other astrologers, but because I do collective work as a shaman, astrology has always been a tool of navigation, not only of pyramids on certain star configurations but also navigating places on earth and the subtleties of the mythological occurrences all the generations alive right now.
My friend said the dates of the Uranus Sedna are only approximates, because she checked positions for Sedna and Uranus by running reports of when the Sun conjuncted them to get a yearly position for each so she could see the trend. The start and end dates are very approximate.
She noticed that when Sedna & Uranus have had a conjunction in the past, weather phenomena like earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunami and even the great depression had occurred. Sedna seems to rule natural disasters when the lightning God Uranus is involved. I can attest to this starting in July of 2017 until mid October, when all the western and Pacific Northwest states were on fire all the down to Los Angeles, making it the worst fire disaster in US history. Uranus sits at 26 Aries today, on Halloween.
In the old way all teachings of earth have gone through what I call a ‘grandfather clause’ – meaning that as the men and elder men took over spiritual leadership, shamanism and many other roles that were the grandmother (up til around the 2nd century bce), in all races, including indigenous – things changed to a shorter or less complex version. Stories from the ancient are dominated by the kingdoms and chiefdoms, but to obtain ancient wisdom of stories through dreams is going beyond history and into pre-history.
Ancient objects carry deep emotional and soul imprints (energetics) by the maker of the artist, which is the truth beyond the mental body’s ability or scope. And to extract information, just as written forms of languages such as writing, ancient writing or symbolism of when writing’s began, it created a story for us to live by on earth. Well, this is changing my friend, and not just the focus of technology and its luring impact but the opposition is happening too, the depth and feminine sides of the soul and the emotions of the non-physical realities are being experienced more and more and not just in shows like Impulse.
Those of us who can access soul and emotional experience and information, what I call this “memoretics” is like the telekinetic who can manipulate physical energy of objects… we can extract the history of the object through its imprints of memories of the past and present, the dreamers code I call it. This tells us, not the world, that there has been a lot of things going on the last few thousand years that are so very incorrect by historical accounts. The Oceans is also one huge memory vault, the water as a collective carries everything, as our great ocean mothers womb which is alive with consciousness.
This is why Sedna interests me so much, she is not like the nubile powerless or evil sexual Nymphs, Mermaids and Sirens portrait by artists or folk stories by the peasants and mythologists, the 15 to 25 year old watery maidens. Sedna is the faithful daughter of the indigenous sides of our soul, who becomes horrified of her future that will be governed by religions and kingdoms (governments) who sets her destiny. She isn’t like the other maidens who just become entrapped in the sexuality and drama of their unfulfilled soul or karma as they grow into women. This archetype has been arising through the millennial generation (Pluto in Scorpio) in the last ten years and since their birth.
Because Sedna is a water woman of oceanic proportion, this brings the rising of repression and degradation of woman under the three-thousand year patriarch to the final stages of freedom and healing, the collective, the ocean / soul’s freedom or the feminine sides of men as well.
In 1929, Uranus first conjunct Sedna and impacted the late teens, which found themselves facing a world without much opportunity. By 1930-1931, Uranus conjuncted natal Sedna of every person in the 1920s. Today, the roaring 20s (2020) are fast approaching, I can’t help but feel that the energy of frenzied irritation and a high creative spike, will again be upon us, with Uranus-Sedna’s influences like the 1920s.
When we talk of Sedna or any water, river or ocean goddess we have to include Neptune which rules the effects of our emotions, because water is the main symbol for our emotional life and our great or collective oceanic soul life. Neptune is in its own sign of Pisces now, who rules the great oceans like Sedna. Astrologers and Mythologists tend to forget that the God Neptune (Poseidon), originally only started out as small “Creek” Demigod and was elevated and promoted to an Ocean God.
That came at the price of course, of the reduction of the Sea Goddesses like Amphitrite and Salacia who were eventually demoted to sea-nymph, sirens and nereid. The rising of the Sea Goddesses, especially Sedna, has some very powerful undercurrent of spiritual forces now that the ice age is finally melting revealing more and more of our oceanic planet. We as humans will eventually have to come to recon with the feminine in all of its wounding – as it begins to heal. And when I speak of the feminine, I mean both within men and women.
Sedna & Uranus in the Great Depression Era
Both the current happenings of those years but also the psyche of those born and in the womb had its effects. I say the womb because of Sedna’s connection to the ocean and the family. Uranus is a seven-year transit in one sign and Sedna is very slow, moving only 7 degrees in twenty-one years.
Uranus conj Sedna at 10/11 of Aries, June 1929,
affecting those born 1910-1914.
Uranus conj Sedna at 12 of Aries, April 1930,
affecting those born 1914-1918.
Uranus conj Sedna at 14 of Aries, May 1930,
affecting those born 1918-1924.
Uranus conj Sedna at 15 of Aries, July 1930,
affecting those born 1924-1928.
Uranus conj Sedna at 17 of Aries, May 1931,
affecting those born from 1928-1931.
2017-2023 Uranus-Sedna Conjunctions
Uranus Sedna at 24 Aries late 2015/16
affecting people down to the age of 62.
Uranus conj. Sedna at 28 Aries late 2017/18
affecting people down to the age of 52.
Uranus conj. Sedna at 02 Taurus in 2018/19
affecting people down to the age of 43.
Uranus conj. Sedna at 06 Taurus in 2019/20
affecting people down to the age of 34.
Uranus conj. Sedna at 10 Taurus in 2020/21
affecting people from 33 down to the age of 20.
2022 children in their 10s & 2023 under ten years old.
No one born after 1932 has experienced “a transiting Uranus impact on their natal Sedna” until 2017. I have written a few articles about the Great Shift of the Convergence (1987-2026) which my friend had remembered and we both agree that around summer of 2019, should begin the end of the Harmonic Convergence and the greatest impact of the collective because it will be more physical, which includes the processes of Sedna, Pluto, Uranus, Neptune and Regulus.
The Uranus-Sedna cycle started slowly at its very beginnings in 2013 helping this shift along and you have seen the weather patterns the last five years and it will remain the same and even increase up until 2026. This second half of the shift after 2012 will be less energetic-spiritual expansions and more psycho-physical spiritual. Meaning if you did the healing and self work required the last twenty five years, then you should be fine, if not, your time to do so begins.
Sources, Images: Artists Nora Cabrera, Oviloo Tunnillie; Andrey Remnev (Russian painter); Paul Toolooktook’s Sedna Stone.www.coastalpeoples.com; Wiki; Weather info in the Sedna chapter of this book: smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1844095053.