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Juno and distant Sedna begin a new ~4.4-year synodic cycle on July 5, 2014, just after the First Quarter Moon in the June 27, 2014 Lunar Cycle. The Juno-Sedna synods occurring now, especially this one and the next (2018), are of far more significance in effect because they occur at the Juno-Sedna orbital plane crossing. This is one of the two nodes created in their respective orbits where their orbital planes cross. Thus they align both in ecliptical longitude and latitude, as shown in the movie below.
Heliocentric Star Chart Movie showing the current Juno-Sedna Synods. (You can leave the movie paused and drag the progress bar to play the movie at the rate you choose.)
Sedna, orbiting the Sun at an extreme distance, in the coldest known region of our solar system was discovered in November of 2003. The planetoid (2003 VB12), was named Sedna for an Inuit goddess who lives at the bottom of the frigid Arctic ocean. Sedna is about one-quarter to three-eighths the size of the planet Pluto; and has an extreme elliptical orbit. Cold and removed, Sedna, approaches the Sun only briefly during her ~10,800-year solar orbit. Sedna curiously has a peculiar reddish color, like that of Mars.
Mythically, their are several versions of Sedna’s story. Basically, Inuit Sedna is a beautiful but vain maiden who is quite content living at home with her parents. She refuses several potential husbands but is finally coerced to marry by her father. She ends up marring an evil bird disguised as a man and is wisped away to a distant island for a life of misery. Her father comes to rescue Sedna, but on their way back in her father’s kayak the birdman attacks the kayak. In a vicious struggle and in fear of his life, Sedna’s father either inadvertently or deliberately pushes Sedna overboard into the frigid Arctic waters while severing her frozen fingers from clutching the boat. Sedna eventually drowns in dramatic scenario of deceit, betrayal and abandonment. Sedna becomes the goddess of the sea watching over the mammals of the oceans. Sedna has the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish—our mermaiden.
Being recently discovered, Sedna’s astrological influence is still exploratory. Based upon an initial exploration of Sedna’s astrophysical parameters, discovery, and myth, Sedna articulates the “return of the exiled feminine principle.” Sedna’s message is that humanity must recognize the truth about the suppression, persecution, abduction and exploitation of the feminine force in the world (both of females and of the feminine principle); and the mentality perpetuating such must be addressed and changed. Although it is quite obvious of our need for this re-emergence and balanced reintegration with the overly dominant patriarchal world, there is still dire hesitancy for such participation of females due to the often awry, deceptive and exploitative use of creative power by the masculine force in the world.
Sedna’s re-emergence suggests her purpose is to bring forth that which has been hidden, exiled, latent or suppressed; and specifically supporting the emergence of the long-suppressed feminine principle in the world; and the participation of females equally with males in all walks of life; prominently, openly and without fear, abuse, prejudice or exploitation.
Sedna appears to motivate action from a mature social platform, from an open, honest and inclusive humanitarian focus, into an active focus in leadership in the world; to break trail along a new path of discovery by demonstrating that a more feminine humanitarian type of leadership can provide the answers to the challenges our world faces.
Potential Sedna issues may include: a refusal or hesitancy to participate in fear of being hurt, or from resentment of being hurt; abduction or abandonment issues (self-exile or forced exile); or fear of commitment.
Prior to 1950-1954 Sedna was south of the Celestial Equator (CE) in late sidereal Pisces. We might say that Sedna’s reemergence into the world was gestating in human consciousness up to this time. Sedna’s role supporting the emergence of the feminine shifted significantly around that time, and for those born at this time, as Sedna moved from being submerged in psychic-emotional sidereal Pisces onto the shores of sidereal Aries. Sedna was also crossing from south of Earth’s celestial equator to north at the same time—creating a strong drive to support the feminine reemergence in the world, for that generation and those to follow. We should begin to see another significant shift in the role of the feminine force in the world starting 2011, as Sedna enters the constellation of Taurus, and then in 2014-2017, as Sedna enters sidereal Taurus, supporting a more physically active and prominent participation of females in world.
More about Sedna.
Juno is the asteroid of covenant relationships and soul colleagues. Juno is not only of personal relations, but also those of a business and economic nature to those of political leaders and nations of the world. In the astrological chart, Juno indicates the nature of the issues and opportunities in significant relations of all sorts. Mature Juno is diplomatic, tactful, cooperative, and mutually trusting. Mature Juno expresses with a sense of equality within self that provides the ability to draw true partners and those of equality into one’s life. There is an acceptance of another’s truth or opinion without need to challenge or debate. There is an ability to honor and support others in their own choices and decisions. Mature Juno expresses in mutual support and unconditional love to allow each other to grow and change through whatever issues surface.
At a personal level, Juno’s placement in the astrological chart is one of several points that determine the types of significant relations drawn into our lives and the nature of issues we may face in those relations. Juno's placement specifically reveals the nature of the compatibility we seek, that is, what is important to us regarding our partners. Because Juno is where we deal with our inferiority / superiority complexes, and if this issue is prominent, partnerships drawn in earlier life can be full of lessons regarding such issues and not much else. Once a certain level of emotional maturity is attained within self regarding any related issues, we draw partners that are more compatible or true soul level covenant partners. This does not mean we still do not grow regarding Juno issues, but there are those individuals with which we may also have a mutual soul bond and mission to pursue together.
Potential issues include: superiority / inferiority complexes - competitiveness, defensiveness, lack of self confidence, arrogance, judgment of others, power struggles. etc. More about Juno.
The Juno-Sedna synods currently progress about 2.75°, as Sedna makes passage from Aries into Taurus, now arriving to the sidereal Taurus cusp. Based upon initial thoughts and observations about Sedna, the Juno-Sedna synods (and geocentric conjunctions) support the emergence of females and the feminine force/principle into partnerships of mutual respect and equality. This is an important point when we consider the mature emotional expression of Juno (compared to its diminished expression), hopefully being embodied by more and more people as our world awakens from its acquiescence in the ignorance of a totalitarian exploitive greed-driven fear-instilling dominance over life. Sedna's long journey up through the Cetus infused Piscian waters onto the shore of Aries, in the earl 1950s, brought impetus for females to personally aspire to rise from the suppression of the past. The journey through Aries was one of reclaiming personal power and strength to achieve personal independence. It was also a time of evolving the mentality in human consciousness to accept and embrace the feminine pursuit for independence and personal achievement in a patriarchal dominant world. We can certainly see this in various women's movements and achievements throughout this time, and with women claiming more prominent positions in education, business, etc.
Now, at cuspal Taurus, Sedna arrives to a milestone, but also to another initiatory gateway as she continues her journey from the depths of her cold distant past toward her periapse. Her journey through Aries was primarily a mental excursion, one of personal achievement to establish this acceptance not only in global mind but also in the minds of women (and men)—albeit not all. Now the excursion is one that becomes very physical, grounding the feminine into the very physical infrastructure of our world paradigm and into Earth herself. This is of significance when we consider Taurus the Bull Is the archetypical primordial mother, ruled by Venus and the exalted location for the Moon. Thus, the Venus-Sedna synods and their cycles, now starting to transition into Taurus, will express a greater level of empowerment as well.
Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Photo Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan
The Juno-Sedna synods starting now (as well as those created by other planets with Sedna) enter the auspices of Perseus, which expresses through the cusp and first decan of sidereal Taurus. This synod and the next (the two most significant due to the synods occurring on the Juno-Sedna node) conjoins the Gorgonias (Gorgonea Secunda, Tertia and Quarta) and Algol at cuspal Taurus, which is Medusa's slain head, which he now carries at his side, also Theta Perseus on his arm reaching back toward the feet of Andomenda in sidereal Aries, which are kicking for freedom to avoid the jaws of Cetus from snapping her legs off, yet who's arms remain lashed to the rocks in the tumultuous forces of sidereal Pisces and Cetus, the techno bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. Conjoining from the far north is Segin of Cassiopeia. From the south is the influence of Zurak of Eridanus—all creating the forces of cuspal Taurus.
Perseus is not your average or typical man. He has in intimate awareness of the patriarchal supremacy with a deep innate love to protect and support the feminine. He also has the awareness of his need to first claim his own personal power in order to accomplish his chivalric heroism.
In the story of Andromeda and the Royal Family, Queen Cassiopeia, with boastful arrogance, proclaimed that her daughter, the Princess Andromeda, was of far greater beauty than Poseidon's Nereids, the nymphs of the sea. In revenge, Poseidon (a greater authoritarian power), sent Cetus the Sea Monster to ravage the shores of ancient Ethiopia, which Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus ruled. After hopeless deliberation, King Cepheus consults the Oracle of Ammon who advised him to sacrifice Andromeda to Cetus as the only way to appease Poseidon. In a state of acquiescence, Cepheus has the princess chained to the rocks by the sea to be devoured by Cetus.
Perseus was born of immortal Zeus and the mortal princess Danae, whose father, King Acrisius of Argos, locked her in a dungeon in fear of a prophecy that if Danae bore a son, he would kill the King. Zeus enters the dungeon in a golden shower of light impregnating beautiful Danae. When King Acrisius finds Danae with her baby Perseus, he locks them in a wooden chest and puts it out to sea. The chest drifts to the island of Seriphos and is found by Dictys while fishing, the brother of the island's king, Polydectes. Dictys takes them in and raises Perseus to become a strong, honorable and intelligent man.
Polydectes had designs to marry Danae, but she refused and he would have by force if it had not been for Perseus protecting her. Thus, Polydectes devises a plan to get rid of Perseus coercing him on a diversionary mission to slay the Gorgon Medusa and to bring her head back to Polydectes, thinking that Perseus would never return.
During Perseus' long and arduous journey, Hermes, the winged-footed herald of the gods (Mercury) and Athena, who were also born of Zeus, visit Perseus. Perseus learns of his divine heritage. He also learns that the Gorgons have snakes for hair and that anyone looking directly at a gorgon would turn to stone. Hermes gives Perseus his winged sandals and explains how to find the Hesperides where he could learn of Medusa’s den. Athena gives him her polished shield so he could use it to look at the reflection of Medusa rather than looking directly at her to avoid turning to stone.
King Cepheus of Ethiopia and Queen Cassiopeia thank Perseus for freeing their daughter Andromeda, La Délivrance d'Andromède (1679) Pierre Mignard, Louvre.
Despite Polydectes’ design to get rid of Perseus, in what becomes an initiatory journey, Perseus instead overcomes his fear and claims his personal power by beheading Medusa. Pegasus, the magical horse with wings (and Chrysaor) sprang from the neck of Medusa. Perseus befriends Pegasus and learns to fly upon Pegasus, demonstrating his capacity to rise above the tormenting emotional fear-based world, now confident in his self-mastery.
On his way back to Seriphos, Perseus stops in Ethiopia, the kingdom ruled by King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia, where he learns of Andromeda’s entrapment. In one version of the story, he flies over Cetus upon Pegasus, in another using his winged sandals. Either way he has the head of slain Medusa in his hand (Algol at cuspal Taurus), which he reveals to Cetus. Seeing Medusa’s head, Cetus turns to stone and shatters into the sea. He then frees Andromeda, returning her safely to the gracious appreciation of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia.
During his journey, Perseus also accidentally kills his grandfather King Acrisius, fulfilling Acrisius's fate. Perseus also returns to protect his mother Danae from the forced marriage with Polydectes, the Seriphos king, to whom he also shows the head of Medusa. Polydectes turns to stone, and Perseus makes Dictys, now consort of his mother Danae, the new king of Seriphos.
Perseus and Andromeda marry and go on to create the city and rule a kingdom that bores the Persian world. He and Andromeda bore a family as well, two daughters and seven sons. Hercules was descendent of Perseus and Andromeda through one of their sons. (Robert Graves, et. al.)
Sedna, at the verge of crossing the Taurus cusp, now enters the den of the Gorgons, where awaits Medusa, protected by the Gorgoneas, Gorgonea Secunda, Tertia and Quarta. Gorgonea Secunda exactly conjoins Zurak of Eridanus and lies just at the end of sidereal Aries, Sedna's current location. After passing Gorgonea Secunda, she must then pass Gorgonea Tertia to get to Medusa (Algol), which lies just past the Taurus cusp, also conjoining Gorgonea Quarta. Once crossing the cusp she also has the support of northern Seginus of Queen Cassiopiea, and also gains strength from Theta Perseus.
Algol, Beta Persei, marking the cusp of sidereal Taurus, is the head of slain Medusa held by Perseus, also called the Arabic Demon Star. Of the Gorgons, Medusa, who is crowned with seven snakes for hair, represents the chaotic self-defeating forces within self, driven by fear. It is fear that freezes us in our tracks, the force that turns us to stone. Perseus cannot look at Medusa directly lest he will turn to stone. He instead uses his shield to see her reflection. This mythically articulates our need to look at the monsters apparently outside of self as a reflection of and that are created by our own inner fear. It is the inner fear we need to slay.
Algol brings us a physical challenge and indicates an initiatory and experiential process is required or is at hand. This process begins by slaying our deepest fears to claim our inner creative personal power, or be forever frozen in our tracks unable to claim our fulfillment and complete our greater purpose on Earth.
Alignments with Algol can draw a relentless assault of experience that can block or divert us from our purpose until we realize the monster is within—the fear based reflection of self. Algol forces us to look at self rather than at the apparent monsters in the outer world—to recognize they are of our own projection, to own and embrace the fear within. Slaying our fear establishes an inner neurological order that in turn allows us to take empowered action in the physical world. Perseus, the hero, embodies the essence of establishing this order.
Just prior to the Taurian cusp, in late sidereal Aries, is Zaurak of Eridanus, a point of pause along the initiatory river of life where we must hold and trust our own inner light because the path immediately ahead is not entirely visible. Here we are motivated to trust the inner light we have cultivated through our past initiatory trials (through Aries) and step forth into the Earthy world of Taurus (in demonstrable physical action). Zaurak conjoins northern Segin, the last of the principal stars of Cassiopeia, which adds an opinionated, penetrating and expressive nature to late Aries / cuspal Taurus. Segin also imparts an embracing watchful perception, especially in dangerous or threatening situations.
Late sidereal Aries and cuspal Taurus can be penetrating, sharp and cutting, forthright and criticizing in its expression. There is a wide-spectrum sensitivity to pending or potential danger, which also creates an active and responsive nature to threats of any sort.
Cuspal and early Taurus is of will power, strength, and stamina, of trusting our inner knowing, our inner heart's light to build our lives and all that supports us in the physical world. It is this that our Juno-Sedna synodic cycle invites, for partnerships balanced in the equality of the masculine and feminine principles to build a new kingdom on Earth.
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