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Spiritual Meaning of the Mermaid

Spiritual Symbolism of the Mermaid

Along with unrivaled beauty, myth depicts mermaids with heart-stoppingly luscious voices…

They are matrons of enchantment, entreating sailors with beguiling beauty, grace and mesmerizing melodies.

Seductive and charming, all those in contact with mermaids are subject to their persuasion.

I like to think this is symbolic of letting our hearts and our passion overrule the analytical mind. Sometimes the stuff we are attracted to doesn’t have to make sense – and it’s ok to be captured by odd, otherworldly music. Especially these days when conformity, conservatism and over-thinking can be utterly soul-numbing. Perk your ears. Let the mermaids woo you into churning seas of dreams, you just might like it.

Naturally, mermaid meaning and symbolism also deals with love as they are frequently associated with love goddesses like Aphrodite/Venus. They are also affiliated with sea goddesses like Amphitrites, Tethys, Calypso and the Norse sea goddess, Rán. Mermaids are also aligned with Undines, those pervasive spirits of all waters in the world.

Sexually tantalizing and devastatingly lovely, mermaids are perfect pinups for feminine (yin) power. This is quite nice, as mermaids also represent wild freedom, rebellious spirits and ferocious independence (they can never be contained and frequently avoid settling).

Mermaids are often depicted holding combs (made of fish bones) – this is an ancient nautical symbol of power over nature as sailors believed fish bones could divine or control storms at sea. They are also shown holding mirrors in art – a symbol of the moon which speaks of a reflective nature (maybe symbolic of self-admiration too).

Far from vain, mermaids are elusive and rarely seen – this could be taken for modesty – but I like to think their scarcity is due to shrewd discernment. They know the hearts of man, and are legendary for only appearing to the true of heart.

When they are seen, it is in the light of the moon (which they hold sacred) or between the hours of dawn and dusk. These are magical times – when sight and perception becomes fuzzied in mellow whirlpools dawn/dusk glows. This is symbolic of perfect timing to create magic in our lives – by relaxing our vision and letting go of our grip a bit – we come up to show ourselves drenched in the glow of truly magical color.

Symbolic Mermaid Meanings

  • Love
  • Beauty
  • Elusive
  • Mystery
  • Allure
  • Private
  • Sensual
  • Emotion
  • Untamed
  • Femininity
  • Persuasion
  • Perception

Source:  What’s Your Sign: Mermaid Meaning and Symbolism

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful take on the meaning of my name… this read brought my heart to peace. It was a reminder of the deep connection between what we are named and what that means for our destiny. I am every bit what you have described in this message.

    1. Thank you! I wish I could take credit for the write up, I was inspired to do some research because I kept seeing Mermaids. I felt like there was a greater message and when I read the blog, I had to share. It moved me and it definitely had meaning for me in that moment of my life. What’s your sign (link at the bottom of the blog) is one of a few great resources for finding the significance of spirit totems.

    1. What can mermaid do for me. I’m still wanting for my crush to call me but he is busy. I’m born in 8th of December

      1. You are your own best guide. I would say that the mermaid overall implies self empowerment to the feminine. What could that mean for you, how would you build on that, but most important, what do you want for your life? God bless you.

  2. Hi –
    Thank you for this, such a clear and concise explanation.
    Your reply above mentions:
    {What’s your sign (link at the bottom of the blog) is one of a few great resources for finding the significance of spirit totems.}

    But not sure where that link is – can you send it to me?

    Thank you in advance


  3. I’m a Leo born aug 12th and this resonates so deeply to my core, my very essence feels the truth being spoken to me in reading this! XO

  4. I have been seen mermaid ads popups and seeing and hear crows
    October 12 and this help me to understand better what my ancestors are
    trying to tell me about things

    1. I have feeling sad to work hard without prosperity and im willing to have a pact or worshipping a marmeid can you contact me or helping me with anny advice.

      1. Love the self, worship the self. All you need lies within you. No one can show you or lead you, you must find it within yourself. If you follow another, you run the risk of being lead down a path that is not for your greatest good. Clear, center and balance your energy, look within, ask the Divine, what is your greatest good, what are you meant to achieve, who are you to become and how are you to get there? Then stop and listen with an open heart and allow the unconditional love of the Divine Source of All Creation to guide you. This energy is here for all of us, we only need to reach out, ask for help then listen. Thank you.
        Love and light,

        1. I agree with all that you have spoken on maidens of the mer of which I believe I am a descent of! In essence, the water goddess herself is me!🙏🫧🌀🧜🌀🫧✨

  5. 2020 has been strange but also magical for me. I keep seeing Mermaids everywhere in everything…while also seeing and loving the color theme aquamarine.
    I am a Cancer…and my moon is a Gemini. ????????✨

    1. I am happy to hear such words during this time of transition. It’s also very appropriate. I have been wearing aqua marine lately. Did you look up the spiritual significance of the color?

  6. I have been researching a lot about those mermaids spirit to find arguments for my art project. As a Christian and being told to be possessed by mermaid spirit or spirit of water is very heavy to hold. I stopped singing, taking care of my hair and body, hiding myself inside thinking that I have no control over myself anymore. I really struggled with men for a long period of time. Here I am trying to face this belief by understanding it. Thank you for this positive definition.

    I am Virgo 1994.

    1. Always come from a place of goodness and kindness, do no harm. Respect yourself and do not engage those who do not respect you, let them go with love and gratitude for the lessons provided. When you honor the goodness and kindness you carry within and share with the world, then the opinions of others, are just that opinions. Everyone has opinions and they are not a reflection of you, though many would have you believe that their is truth in their opinions. Always come from goodness, you are loved unconditionally.

    2. Sweetheart answer your calling, when you stop resisting you will see how beautiful it is to have water spirits. the mermaids are calling, dont be afraid…mermaids chase men away because they haven’t found the right one for you. You will attract many but it doesnt mean that they are good so your troubles are a blessing in disguise. And yes, there is no control over your body, embrace it! thats how they want you to be, beautiful. xx much love

      1. Thank you for your comments. I am empowered through my acknowledgement of my own inner Divinity. I do not feel fear as fear is a construct and does not truly exist. The legend or symbolism of mermaids and truth are different. One must discern the differences, utilize the information and respond accordingly. Blessings to you.

  7. Have you seen mermaids before in your dream? Any who, your information, for the most part is correct, I live in an area where mermaid sightings are common, in person and in dreams, they are shrewd, stern and do not take nonsense. They are kind and yes they do grant wishes, even wishes you don’t need just to see what you do with them but they want you to have a grateful heart and give thanks, I’m sure they visit you so every now and again , in your home somewhere make an area where you place cold beverages and tasty snacks like sweets, chips etc…they will speak to you more often.

  8. I am a “mermaid”, born under the sign of Pisces. I get great freedom from surfing, swimming, and sailing–all water sports. I love the ocean, and its reflection as God’s beautiful and mysterious creation– sometimes peaceful and calm, and sometimes raging and dangerous. I strive for peace and patience, love art and music, and strive to keep calm in my life through them.

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