Sedna and the Devil-fish…..

The story of Sedna is the creation myth of the Inuit peoples. She is a mother goddess who is traditionally both revered and feared. Sedna is a beautiful young Inuit woman who drowns following betrayal and abuse by her husband and father. Her father eventually pushed her out of a boat and cut off her fingers when she tried to save herself thereupon she sank to the bottom of the sea to become the immortal ocean goddess who governs the fish, seals, walrus, and whales upon which the Inuit depend for food.  Psychologically Sedna represents our Soul and the deep ocean symbolises the world of dreams, the feminine …the unconscious. The myth starts as a tale of betrayal and trauma but evolves into a tale of entering an immersive state in the silent space of the non-rational unconscious, where the water can heal her trauma and depression.  The octopus is called the Devil-fish in many arctic cultures. Here this most  intelligent of creatures  holds Sedna in stillness allowing her to release  all her suffering and become unbound. When she is ready to let go she can move on and create the world and Self she is destined for.

Sedna and the Devil-fish

Sedna and the Devil-fish

This print symbolises the alchemical phase  of Solutio  – the  immersion in salty water , a process of healing, meditation and  stillness. This process may need courage to look into our  unconscious self , both dark and light.  Solutio opens the  flood gates allowing tears to be shed and much to pass through.

img_4860(poetry meditation that I use as a process of developing a print )



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Linda Hill
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4 Responses to Sedna and the Devil-fish…..

  1. suefjsuefj says:

    Oh sad but restorative and a very beautiful print. I love the hands with her poor fingers and the sea and the tentacles – love it all really! X

  2. Leya Ostell says:

    Hi Lynda,

    Thanks for your email – just looked at Sedna and the Devil-fish and wanted to say how beautiful I found it and how much it resonated with me.

    Leya x >

  3. Thank you Leya x that means a lot to me ……

  4. Amanda Summer says:

    What a beautiful blog you have – really enjoyed visiting!

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