Another reader asks…
“A client has transiting Sedna Stationary right on their natal asteroid Atropos. So if Sedna is about actions taken out of fear or anger, could its transit over and station on natal Atropos help the native to ‘sever’ this tendency in some positive way? Otherwise, the other way around, I suppose Sedna could reflect the native’s urge to sever some situation, affair or process out of fear or anger…”
Atropos is the Goddess who wields the scissors to snip our Lifelines when our Time is up. Sedna turns Direct on 6 February, so it’s Stationary – ie, Strong – till then. That would not be a good day to test-drive a Lamborghini or retrieve a dropped ballpoint pen from the Lion cage. It would also be good for them to be hypervigilant on 1 February, when the Moon Opposes Sedna.
What the Ego conveniently forgets is that 99.9% of the time – and probably more – we operate on autopilot (Karma, Trance, Archetype) without realizing it. I mean, who wants to feel Helpless. Consciousness is a thin varnish lain over Unconscious Reality, barely more than an Illusion. The most glaring difference between Consciousness and the Unconscious, is that the Unconscious lacks Direction – good versus bad, left versus right, up versus down. It has Dimensions, but not Duality. Since Reality and the Unconscious are almost identical, what we’re reading when we read astrology, is the Unconscious.
So yes, we have a merging of a Dimension of Endings with a Dimension of Fear. So, making a guess, your client might terminate a Relationship or a job or a Habit on 6 February, or thereabouts, out of Fear that it will be harmful. They could give up smoking, or speedboat racing, or allopathic medicine, or an other risky Habit. Or, more likely considering who Sedna was, something that they’ll later regret Rejecting. On the other hand, once the dust settles, it will eventually look like a Blessing.
They might undergo a Big Ego Death; living in a Culture that can’t Discern Physical Death from Ego Death, that of course could create Big Fear. If it was my client I’d give them a list of dates when their natal Atropos was Lit Up Big – for instance, the approximate date every year when the Sun crosses it, and the years when Jupiter and Saturn have crossed it – so they might become Aware of their historical Unconscious Reaction to their own Apropos. Also, every four years Atropros will have crossed their natal Sedna; those would be useful dates to know as well.
As long as we’re in the Unconscious, we don’t know if Fear will increase or decrease here, and we don’t know if Endings will begin or cease. We don’t know the Direction; only the Dimension. If we can help our client get into Consciousness – which after all is the astrologer’s primary goal, right? – then they can develop some Healthy Control over their choice of Direction.
And yes, the Symbol for the Degree of the Sedna Station (25 Taurus), “A vast public park,” isn’t obviously related. As with Dreams, we always want to consider the possibility of “prediction,” without adding extra Fear to the situation. The park may include a big parking lot for Lamborghini test-driving, or a Zoo with a Lion cage.
More seriously, though, an implication might be spaciousness. To me spaciousness implies Meditation, and the flavors of Sedna and Atropos are both akin to the flavor of the 12th House. The traditional meaning of the 12th House is hospitals and prisons, but if we choose a Direction different from the traditional, we can use Introversion and Meditation to reduce Stress and promote Self-Assessment, which can reduce the causes of hospitalization and imprisonment. Introversion and Meditation can also reduce the odds of stepping into a Lion’s cage to avoid a Paper Tiger that’s chasing us.
And another reader’s note about our Fairy-Star Adventures…
“Yes… This is the School we’re in, and to really learn and participate (love) we have to Be Here Now. But yesterday, in a moment of realizing that ‘Success’ as defined by my culture and upbringing, and my Yingtegrity (acting as my True Self) are fundamentally opposed, caused a kind of mind-heart freeze. How to go forward without those cultural markers that I’ve ‘done it right’ and am acknowledged as skilled/creative by my tribe? To realize that I have, in a sense, chosen to walk away from the village and into the forest alone, is a strange emptiness that I am working with all my selves to not be discouraged or terrified by. I think Jung said something about the path of individuation being a lonely one, but to experience it in myself is truly an Edge.”
Yes, the Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey isn’t Thornless. We’ve actually all been dancing on this Edge all our Lives, between our True Self and our necessary Community. As children we were at times punished for being our True Self, and we’re left with the Belief that we have to Choose. But we don’t. As we’ve danced ever since, we let our True Self sneak out at times, and indulge our Community’s Demands at other times. It’s not actually about Choice; it’s about Both/And.
Especially as the Internet has spread, we’ve all begun to migrate our Community. Most of us are far closer to the people who Allow our True Self to bloom, and less close to those who don’t, than we were in our younger days. There will be times when the cliff is steeper, when we need to cut chords that have Supported our False Self and haven’t yet replaced their Support. And we will move toward Sustenance – the other side of the Coin from Sustainability – because Money is a tool often used to Exploit our False Self.
Every Loss must be Grieved, so yes, there are times when the emptiness and loneliness seems to dominate. As with other Emotions, we need to Discern, Witness, and Embrace. Grief has its own timetable, but it will be much shortened if we give ourselves a healthy dose of “You poor Sweetheart, you’re really Feeling your Abandonment, aren’t you.”