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.

  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

  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?

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