Sedna’s Daughters: Healing from Family Estrangement

Families in patriarchal cultures often mete out similar types of domination and oppression on their daughters that women experience in the larger world. For many daughters (and sons/trans/genderqueer folks), this includes scapegoating and rejection. Sedna’s Daughters provides a safe space for discussion on earth-based, spiritual approaches to healing from the confusing experience of family estrangement and recognizes all people's inherent belonging to Mother Earth, the human family, and the cosmos.

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Sedna

Sedna

  I have a Ph.D., am a college-level educator, and was shunned by my maternal biological kin and their family friends over a decade ago. I have built an international community of daughters committed to supporting one another and thriving despite the aggression of our relatives. “Sedna” is the EuroAmerican name of a revered Inuit Creatrix who was violently rejected by her parents and cast into the sea to die, but instead survived to create otters, seals, and whales. “Sedna” is also the name of a star, which has aspects in every human’s astrological chart. She is one of the original Mothers of the Sea and is a vital cultural component of some Indigenous nations of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.      

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  • Sedna
    Sedna says #
    Thank you for the acknowledgement, Carol!
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Thanks for opening a space for women.

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"You are Mine. You have always belonged to Me. Take my hand, Beloved Daughter."

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  • Sedna
    Sedna says #
    Thank you for commenting, Anne. We daughters so often try very hard to connect with our mothers who are unable, for complex reason
  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Thank you so much for your wise words. My relationship with my mother was always fraught due to her brokenness and mental illness

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With the Vernal Equinox just behind us ushering in the time of blossoming and warm breezes in the northern hemisphere, daughters who have been shunned by their biologicals, or who are estranged from them for their own survival and peace of mind, can let out a sweet sigh of relief. The deep work of winter's inner reflection and grieving can be released as our heads look up at brightening skies and our hearts open like the first golden crocus piercing the last bitter-cold snows. This is the reward for honoring the deepest places within ourselves where the trauma of shunning resides: our burdens are lessened, our sense of being a shunned daughter diminishes. In their place, a renewed sense of our selves takes root and begins showing us other parts of who we are: women who are resilient, capable, and true to ourselves. We recognize we are human beings on this beautiful planet who were born with the right to live with love and respect from the people in our lives--no exceptions!

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How could my family do this to me?

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