March 16, 2004

Sedna in Mythology

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess of the sea (which makes one wonder if she's met Neptune/Posideon.) There are variants, of course (here, here, and here) but the core story seem to go thusly. A beautiful maiden reluctant to wed was married off by her father to a hunter who turned out to be a bird in disguise. Eventually, she returns to her father, and her husband in anger raises a storm. The father, in fright, tosses her into the sea, where she is transformed into an immortal.

The matter seems to be moot now, but the mythology would - in keeping with the matter of Pluto - be of help in determining which sign Sedna rules. Just off the top of my head, she sounds pretty Piscean to me - watery, mutable, losing herself (literally!) in the sea. But it would be asking too much, perhaps, to have three planets (Jupiter and Neptune also) ruling. She was involved with a hunter - Sagittarius? Nah, there's that fire thing which plays no part in the tales. The only water sign left with only one planet ruling is Cancer (Moon) and she does sound a bit like a homebody.

Anyways, I like the myth - I've always had a thing for ladies of the water. I mean, those naiads/nymphs must have been hot stuff seeing how Zeus couldn't keep it zipped around them.

Posted by pvcneop at March 16, 2004 09:56 AM