Sedna of the North



Realm of Ice and Snow
Home of the Goddess Sedna.



Far to the North, the world is still a place where Nature rules all things. The Seasons and their rhythmic dance fill the Sea, the Land and the Skies. The ever shifting landscape of Snow and Ice groans and sings the song of the North. The barks of Seal and Walrus pierce the air. The bellow of Polar Bears is carried on the sharp, brittle, piercing wind. The humans of the North, the Inuit, squint against the white brilliance.



Surrounding the Ice is the Sea, wonderous and terrible. The Sea is alive with Seal, Whale, Walrus, Fishes and Orca all swim the frigid waters. They are the creatures of Sedna, Goddess of the Deep. It is Sedna who rewards the people of the land with food from the sea. Without Her blessing, hunts fail and the people starve.

Sedna is known as Food Dish, Niviaqsiaq, Talilajuq, Nuliajuk and by many other names. She is the Sea Goddess who drives the walrus and seal to the Inuit and insures a bountiful hunt. Sedna's story is one of the most popular Inuit Legends.


 

Sedna's Tale

The Sedna Tales tell of a willfull, strong young woman and a great storm. Long, long ago, when Sedna was a young girl she refused suitors from her own clan, instead Sedna chose a mysterious lover who turned out to be a sea bird in disguise. On hearing what had really happened, her father set out to rescue his rebellious daughter.

Finding Sedna in the nest of the Sea Bird, he spirited her away. Father and daughter began the long journey home in a skin boat. The angry and abandoned seabird made a great storm to stop them. Fearing the great power of the Sea Bird, the father decided to rid himself of his daughter. Sedna was thrown into the sea by her fearful father.

Trying to save herself, She grasped the sides of the boat, pleading with her father to pull her back into the boat. The selfish father, fearing for his own life, swung his knife chopping off her fingers. Sedna soon sank below the waves and was gone. When Sedna's fingers fell into the water, the fingers became whales, seals and polar bears, her nails became whalebone.

As the young woman sank into the sea she was transformed into the mystical being known as Sedna, Mother of Oceans and ruler over all life in the Sea. The blessings of Sedna are still sought by the people of the North who know it is She who sustains them.




Hail Great Sedna
Old Food Basket of the Deep, bountiful and fierce
She Who is the powerful bringer of food and storms
She Who commands Seal, Walrus, Whales and Polar Bear
Sedna of the Norhtern Deep, Mother of the Sea's creaturtes

Creatrix Who sustains the Inuit
She Who swims in the Icy Ocean
She Who is Guardian of All who honor Her
Sedna, strong abundant Hag of the Sea

 

The Northern Light fill the skies with magic.

Vast fields of Ice and Snow reflect the brilliant play of light that fills the northern skies. The Aurora Borealis is a part of the natural and mystical world of the North.
Sedna below, the Aurora above.



The Northern Lights occur when the Earth's magnetic field interacts with the solar winds. These powerful Solar Winds are a mix of electrically charged particles that have blown away from the sun. This wind from the sun sweeps by Earth and creates Auroras in both the north and south polar regions.

Traditional Inuit Shaman take Spirit Journeys into the wilderness under the Aurora to retrieve cures for disease and guard their patient's soul against death. The dancing lights fill the winter skies with vibrant colors and are an important part of the people's lives.



Some native Legends tell of the Goddesses and Gods whose bodies are the magnificent Aurora. There are also many Legends of the southern Aurora told by Maori and other southern people. The two great Auroras have inspired similar beliefs at opposite ends of the Earth. The human spirit seems to have a deep inner knowing that transcends place and time. We share a knowing that connects us all in our most deeply held sense of Awe.



Sedna & Aurora Links

The Legend of Sedna
Sedna, the Witch under the Sea
Sedna/Nereid ~ A Fascinating Tale
Masks of the Goddess ~ Sedna
The Aurora Borealis Page
Folklore of the Aurora


   

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     Sedna and other Goddesses have rich legends, rituals and beliefs attached to them. Sedna is one of the hundreds of Ocean Goddesses that have been worshipped  over the course of human history.  The Inuit people and their rich cultural heritage have blessed us with their saga of Sedna, and we are grateful for that.  The more one explores our human cultural heritage, the more intrigueing the jouirney becomes., and the more we come to understand that the Divine has an unlimited number of faces, each one, just as complex and interesting than the last.   There appears to be no end to the creativity of humans when we seek to make contact with the Divine. 

 



 

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