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.
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.