While my muse lets me rest for awhile she also leaves me free to explore further thoughts on earlier revelations. With my new leisure I find myself picking up threads left dangling from my earlier obsessions. Focusing for the moment on the possible astrological meaning of the recently discovered Dwarf Planets.
To quote astrologer Richard Brown, “the discovery of a new planet is always a challenge to integrate and assimilate into our consciousness, for its discovery means a hitherto unavailable part of our inner self is now suddenly thrust into the bright light of awareness demanding our attention. The newly-discovered planet, Sedna, is a case in point.”
MY INNER SEDNA
Through the research of astrologers like Brown, my study of astrology continues to ignite the bright light of awareness, demanding my attention, helping me to understand the world around me. Not only do the planets represent “As above so below” but also “As without so within”. Since Sedna holds a special meaning for the world at large, it also holds a special meaning in my birth chart. Because all the planets are there when we are born, even those not yet discovered. Their discovery dates mark a future time when we can begin to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world.
Sedna is so slow-moving it was in Aries from before my father was born in 1900 until after my children were born in the mid-Sixties. I was actually surprised when I found it exactly on an angle in my birth chart, conjunct my Seventh House cusp, a very strong presence.
The rule of thumb according to Brown is that the affairs of the house in which natal Sedna is located are where a person either suffers victimization, or simply does not allow victimization if that lesson has been learned in this or a previous life. But once this process is complete, the house placement reveals the area in which the person can be helpful to others during times of great change.
According to the famous astrologer Dane Rudhyar the energies represented by every planet may be manifested and used in one of three or more distinct fashions. Richard Brown describes these three as beginners (mixed in density and descriptive of a majority of the population right now), intermediate (the seekers on their spiritual journey), and spiritual (which makes more sense to him than Rudhyar’s description of enlightenment).
The beginners level for Sedna, according to Brown, is victimization; at this level a person will either be a victim or a victimizer. I find this intriguing since for many years I had found myself saying “I refuse to be a victim”! I was determined to be in control as much as was possible by assuming personal responsibility. Not casting blame or making excuses for my failures. Although I knew there were things in life we were unable to change I felt at least we could determine our response to whatever befell us. I see now that in my struggle to reach the second stage of Sedna I became a seeker on a spiritual journey.
But did I become a victimizer? I did not. And yet I had one child who claimed to be my victim, a claim I refused to accept. She loved her victimhood, embracing it, while I refused to accept the role she cast me in. I did not earn nor will I accept the epithet of victim nor have I been guilty of victimizing others.
Sedna at the intermediate level represents a new energy in which we seek a higher meaning for our lives. I had been seeking this path for many years, determined to do whatever it took to liberate myself from the negativity around me, continuing my refusal to be a victim or victimizer.
SEDNA IN THE SEVENTH HOUSE
Since Sedna moves so slowly entire generations have it in the same sign—so the personal meaning must be found in the house in your chart that it occupies. Houses are simply areas of human activity. According to Brown Sedna on the cusp of my Seventh House reveal victimization in relationships prior to the first Saturn Return (at age 29)and is a major life issue to overcome, especially if Sedna makes harsh aspects to other planets.
Sedna makes a tense Square aspect to my Sun in my natal Fourth House and actually T-Squares my Fourth House cusp, Midheaven or Tenth House cusp and opposes my natal Ascendant. Which is why a planet on an angle is so forceful as it aspects all four angles of the chart. The planets and signs in the Fourth House are also powerful during childhood because family life is a large part of being a child. Although my childhood was harsh due to the death of my father when I was eight years old, yet I was also gifted with older siblings who cared for the younger children until we could fend for ourselves.
Yet, as Kentucky “hillbillies” we faced prejudice from the negative images of our culture. Since I read voraciously from an early age I often came across claims that people of my culture were inferior. We were victimized by the epithets attached to us by others.
The transiting Square of Uranus and Pluto has been impacting my Seventh cusp Sedna for several years but the Square is finally beginning to fade and transiting Uranus will soon hit my Sedna exact. By early fall transiting Sedna will also sextile my natal Pluto. Facing one’s woundedness (Pluto) leads to personal liberation (Uranus).
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