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Sedna was the goddess of the sea and marine animals in the mythology of the Native American Inuit people, ruler of the underworld, who dwells in the deepest, most inaccessible part of the Arctic Ocean.

Originally human, Sedna was a prideful, spoilt child who refused to grow up, turning down offers of marriage from every man in her village, which frustrated her father.

One day a stranger came, and her father agreed to give Sedna to him as wife, in exchange for fish. He gives Sedna a sleeping potion and the stranger carries her off to an island nest, where he reveals his true form as a bird-spirit. Sedna is trapped on the island, surrounded by birds, and miserable. Her father regrets his actions and comes to save her, but the furious bird-spirit sends a storm after them, which threatens to sink their craft. In desperation, her father attempts to throw her into the sea, but Sedna clings to the side of the boat. Her father hacks off her fingers, one by one, and as they float to the sea bottom, they become transformed into marine animals, seals, otters and whales. At last Sedna herself sinks into the deeps, becoming a half-human, half-fish deity whom the Inuit propitiate when attempting a successful hunt. The name Sedna was given to a TNO (Trans-Neptunian Object) in the Kuiper Belt region of the solar system, near Pluto.

Astrologically, Sedna represents isolation and inaccessibility; separation; having too high an opinion of oneself; aloofness or haughtiness; a refusal to “grow up” and accept adult responsibility.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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