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Finding our Shadow in Legends

Sedna, legend tells, was a beautiful girl who lived by the sea. Although many courted her, she would not leave her widowed father, and refused them all. But one day, a raven disguised as a handsome man came to her. He promised her a better life – and best of all, he promised he would also provide for her father. And so, full of hope, Sedna left with him.

But he took her instead to a desolate island, where she was cold and hungry. When her father came at last to visit, he grew very angry. Taking Sedna into his kayak, he paddled into the open sea, but Raven caused a terrible storm to arise. And Sedna’s terrified father, in desperation, hoping to save his own life, cast his daughter from the boat.

Sedna clung to the side of the kayak, and would not let go, until her father cut off her hands with his knife. Then Sedna’s hands and fingers fell into the sea, becoming the fishes, the seals, and the whales. And handless Sedna sank to the bottom of the ocean, where she lives still in a house of bones. She become a powerful goddess of the sea and controls all sea animals.

She is worshiped by hunters who depend on her goodwill to supply food. She is generally considered a vengeful goddess, and hunters must placate and pray to her to release the sea animals from the ocean depths for their hunt.

Sometimes the easiest way to find our own shadows is by relating to legends, to the emotions lived through those stories, the ‘play’ of the characters and the energies that are involved in such mythologies. This allows us to connect to painful aspects of ourselves that need a space to be, so that we may integrate them into who we have become.

Take an opportunity to find yourself in stories, legends and even the memories of others…to find the beauty and heartbreak of being human.

If you’d like to work with stories and legends as a way to discover those aspects of yourself that are hidden, do contact me through email or the contact form to start this amazing process. Blessings!

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