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What is mermaid magick?


what is mermaid magick?
Mermaid magick invokes the power of the mind and of belief to attune oneself with the watery realm. This can be done by tapping into your subconscious with deep meditations on one’s watery nature, and an exploration of mermaid archetypes and their connection to the oceanic depths. The important thing is to read and research as much as you can, and follow those themes which resonate most clearly within your soul.

As always, be aware that magick is a matter of belief and resolve. The more you focus on your goal and believe you can do this, the more quickly you will gain your desire. Those who will not do the work will not reap the rewards. This is a time-consuming process, and it won’t happen overnight. It takes focus, devotion, and attention to detail to achieve the goal of becoming a mermaid in truth. A single lunar cycle will seldom be sufficient.

How to become a mermaid

First, you must realize that mermaid really exist. How they exist will be explained to you as we go down into their world, but they do exist! Or rather, we exist, for every one of us is a mermaid or merman.

Every person who is a real merphile is, deep within the deepest recesses of one's soul, either a mermaid or merman. Our secret (or not so secret) fantasies were and still are populated with handsome, powerful mermen and lovely, graceful mermaids.

Why do merfolk appeal to us?

mermaids of the collective unconscious This is, of course, the real question, isn’t it? Why are we so intrigued by mermaids and mermen? Merfolk appear in the mythology of every land and throughout history, yet people doubt their existence. Carl Jung believed that merfolk do exist -- but not physically in a “normal” everyday sense of existence like rocks and clocks. He believed they live in what he called the “collective unconscious” -- a mysterious part of our minds that we inherit, that is inside us when we are born. If he is right, then the merfolk exist inside us -- in our minds, our psyches. When we express our fascination with merfolk in stories, in dreams, in films, in fantasies, and even in scientific investigation, we are really expressing our own mer-ness the part inside each of us that is a merman or mermaid.

If we take this idea -- from Jung’s famous book The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious -- to its logical conclusion, Jung would be telling us that each man has not a merman but a mermaid deep inside of him, a mermaid who is his soul or psyche; likewise, each woman has within her not a mermaid but a merman who is at the very center of who she is -- her essence.

So why do mers hold a very special place inside of us?

Mer-Messengers from our Subconscious

Merfolk exist in the deepest parts of our minds. This is not to say that they are only fantasies. The human imagination is truly powerful. It is the key to our creativity, to which there is no limit.

Merfolk are messengers from the deepest part of our own internal seas. They are the secret sharers of our thoughts and spirits, a representation of our “Id” (in psychological terms).

Briefly breaking the surface

This is far beyond “The Little Mermaid” syndrome now. Even if we consider that the original fairy tale was was dark and spiritual in its range and topic and that the altered happy-ending Disney version tends to make merfolk imagery appear trivial and mundane. There are deeper, darker reasons why merfolk fascinate us, appearing in the lore of all nations -- and in our dreams.

Diving into the depths

Mers have a water-sensate appeal which may go back to the emergence of the mammal from the sea. If we came from the sea, the mer may be a missing link between sea and land creatures. Even though we consider mers as myths, the half-mammal, half-fish form does appear in nature, as in seals which combine both sea and land characteristics. Furthermore, human blood is nearly half salt water and the human body is mainly fluid in content. We are, in fact, first cousins of the legendary mers.

We see our connections with these hybrid creatures on those rare occasions when children fall into freezing water and remain submerged for as long as half an hour. Instinctively, the mammalian response is to slow down blood to all parts of the body while still keeping the heart and brain functioning. Body temperature drops from upper 90s to low 80s. As a result, the children emerge from the water unhurt provided that proper medical attention is administered immediately to restore body heat. The instincts involved in these cases are the same responses that allow air-breathing whales, porpoises, and dolphins to live in the sea. Thus, the mermaid and merman could be subconscious symbols or reminders or our mammalian-aquatic ancestry.

From a Freudian perspective, the mer is connected to the fact that the human sperm is a miniature mer having a long tail and living in the dark, warm, salty ocean within the body. Jung’s suggestion of primitive memories and archetypes may support the idea that the human remembers the sperm-mer form.

Note that the words “natal,” “innate,” “native,” and “nativity” -- coming from the Latin words for “birth” -- are closely related to the words “natation” and “natatorium” -- from the Latin word for “to swim”. Birth, after all, involves the act of swimming first into, then out of the warm, watery “sea cove” of the womb. In this connection, Jung referred to the sea as the “Mother of us all”. Infants seem to be natural swimmers, with adult-instilled fear of water being the only real reason that, as the child grows older, the ability to learn to swim becomes more difficult or fearful.

The mer-mystery of life itself

Psychologically, water represents the mystery of life. Water is deep and there are things unseen below its surface. Deep water is commonly a Freudian or Jungian dream symbol of the subconscious. Humans are both fascinated with and afraid of those unseen depths where so many treasures and dangers lurk. The mer apparently calls the subconscious of the child to remember his or her origins in the primeval sea or womb. Thus humans are both intrigued by and fearful of the siren song calling them back to those early sensate stages of life when they were relatively free and overflowing with the lusty joy of primitive life. The “sea-being” deep within our “Id” is capable of power and violence, and it is only by reclaiming this “sea-being” that great power can be achieved.

To dream of mermaids

to dream of mermaids Dreams are the means by which our unconscious minds can relay information to our conscious state. One might often wake to remember fragments of one’s dreams from the previous night. Such fragments can be used as a means to guide the decisions in one’s life.

What does it mean to dream of mermaids? The mermaid is a symbol of the unattainable female, the Perfect Woman. On the one hand, she can be the perfect lover of whom you have always dreamed -- an innocent, otherworldly but eternally-willing partner who is unspoiled by human contact. On the other hand, she can be the predator who entices as many humans as possible and will unhesitatingly drown you for her own satisfaction -- a dangerous femme fatale. Which role does she play in your dreams?

Or perhaps you might be someone who dreams of a merman. Do you view his tail and trident as phallic symbols of indomitable strength and virility? Or is the fact that he is a fish from the waist-down a suggestion of emasculation? You might use this dream as a means to determine your own comfort level with male power.

Let your unconscious be your guide in determining the most appropriate interpretation of your mer-dreams!

Merphiles vs merphobes

Humans have two principal reactions to merfolk:

One is merphilia or fascination -- the admiration for graceful and powerful beings who, though they are somewhat like us because they are half-human, can live in the sea and dive into what are to us forbidden depths.

The opposite reaction also exists. Some people are merphobes: they are repulsed, finding merfolk grotesque or deformed -- hideous monsters that seem at first to be human, but are actually finned, scale-covered, slimy things that live in the darkness of the cold sea.

Both reactions are possible. Regardless of whether a person is a merphile or a merphobe, no one seems indifferent to mers -- another indication of the hold that merfolk have over us. According to Jung, the conscious mind is male and manifest in its nature while the unconscious is female and hidden in its nature. Thus we see the symbolism of the mermaid singing from that mysterious depth of the unconscious (the sea) calling the conscious mind (the land male) either to love or to death. Freud said that the unconscious is the deep passageway either into Eros (love and the life-instinct) on the one hand or into Thanatos (the death-instinct) on the other. Symbolically, the mer beckons us into the mysteries of life and death.

Mer-heights & mer-depths

The mer, emerging from the deep, symbolizes for us the rising consciousness of the human as we evolve from our primitive origins in the sea. But such evolution is also potentially dangerous -- it carries with it the possibility of sinking back into the night of the sea, ignorance, and death.

merphiles and merphobes Puberty brings with it the awareness of the sensuous quality of the water. Water becomes overtly Freudian and sensual. We are naked or nearly naked in the water. Wet skin has a sexual appeal accenting the contours of the naked human form. Wetness is associated with sexual activity. In ancient mythic symbolism, the Goddess of love Aphrodite is said to have been born of sea foam -- an obvious Freudian interrelationship of sea, salty water, salty air, womb, sperm, sexuality, etc. The classic portrayal of Aphrodite shows her naked, standing on a sea shell. She comes forth as a voluptuous goddess from the sea offering sensual pleasures to humankind.

In dreams, a mermaid is often a symbol of repressed sexual urges or a sense of impending doom -- or both. The lusty young sailor -- lured by the sensual Lorelei -- goes to his death either physically or spiritually. The mer is the dream world’s release into free-floating sensate, sensual, and sensuous warmth. As the lyrics in the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tells us, we “swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh”. In the dream state, being a mer, capturing a mer, or being captured by a mer would thus have various deeply rooted meanings in the awakening sexuality of a young person. Consider the obvious sexual meaning of a boy’s dreaming that he is a strong sea-man (the pun is no accident) harpooning a mermaid. In addition, young boys have discovered a homosexual urge when they dream of capturing or being captured by a merman. Likewise, some girls report dreams of being dragged down into the sea by a merman (sea-man). These dreams often coincide with the awakening of sexuality deep within the girls’ psyches.

The merphile profile

The merphile male has these characteristics: intelligent, introverted, given to imagination and creativity. He withdraws from the conventional world through his fascination with mers. He is called by the siren song into an unreal world of nearly obsessive fantasy. But the consequences can be disastrous -- just as in the tales of old -- since he may not be able to relate on a mature level with real people, especially females.

The merphile female, on the other hand, is less sexually oriented toward the mer. The female identifies with the beautiful grace and otherworldly quality of the mer, even fancying that she is or has been a mer herself. She rejects the mer as a siren, viewing the mer as a lovely nymph, a poetic and playful alter ego.

Again we see that the mer symbolizes a force of life or of death -- Eros or Thanatos. The male is fascinated with the danger of the fatal siren and the id-like sea, while the female is drawn to the fairy-tale quality of the traditional mermaid.

The difference between the siren and the mermaid

Sirens and mermaids are two different beings. The ancient Greeks often pictured sirens as bird-women or harpies who caused havoc and sometimes lured sailors to their death on rocks. The mermaid is more closely related to the ancient sea nymph or water sprite. Such creatures were benevolent, though they could be mischievous. The hybrid combining of siren and fish-girl took place in the Dark Ages when mers were used in tales to show the deadly dangers of carnal sin -- a linking of Freud’s Eros and Thanatos. Yet many stories and myths still made a distinction between the deadly siren and the friendly mermaid. The most famous mermaid of all time is Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”. The title character rescues a human in much the same fashion as a dolphin.

The great mer-paradox

The classic mer is a fish from the waist down. The mer thus is a paradoxical sexual and non-sexual combination. The pre-pubescent child sees the beauty of the mer as sensuous and aesthetic. The fish-girl is pretty but non-sexual, thus non-threatening. A boy can yearn for the temptations of the mermaid, but at the same time, he feels that she is “safe” since her love would have to be platonic. She thus becomes an idealized girlfriend. But, ironically, the long, cylindrical shape of the powerful and dangerous wet tail is an obvious Freudian phallic symbol, thus appealing at the subconscious level to the male sexual instinct.

The mer is perhaps a bisexual image of both male and female sexuality. This fact is in harmony with Jung’s idea of the hermaphrodite quality of the human -- having a male consciousness and a female, sea-like subconscious. The mer-tail is a non-human or “animal” element indicating that the mer’s appeal is lusty in the same primitive fashion as the centaur or minotaur. These creatures openly display their naked, vigorous, and unabashed power -- the “animal” within the human. Mermaids luring men to danger and death is clearly a symbol of the potential disaster of unrestrained “animal” instinct in the human.

The mer-tail is mammalian like that of a dolphin. Swimming would require an undulating motion not unlike that associated with sexual activity. Many swimmers report that the “butterfly stroke” is “sexy” because of the “dolphin kick” in which the legs are held parallel and kicked together in a dolphin-like fashion. Such movement may harken back to the deep primitive memory of the sperm’s swimming or of life in the sea -- memories that are sunk deep in the Freudian and Jungian oceanic subconscious.

The Spiritual Mer

The irony is that the mer has a spiritual quality which seems to contradict the sexual or brutal qualities. Freud referred to the mystical religious experience as being something “limitless, unbounded … oceanic”. The elusive mer is seen as an emissary of the mystical spirit deep within the subconscious. The mer rises symbolically from the mysteries of the sea giving hints about the submerged kingdom deep below the tranquil surface. By delving into the archetypal aspects of the mer, we may begin to learn more about the mysteries of the subconscious deep below our seemingly calm surface.

Mermaids of the Collective Unconscious

secrets of the merfolk Here in the depths are revealed the darkest mer secrets. If you wish to know them, be aware that if you are not yet a mer yourself, you will be magickally turned into one when you read these revelations. Actually, that’s all part of the adventure of knowing the mer inside of you, isn’t it?

Here are some clues to these secrets: females often find themselves feeling more sexy, seductive, and free if they imagine themselves as mermaids or if they actually costume themselves in fishtails. There is a profound effect on the personality. Mermaids are a combination of Athena (Goddess of wisdom and innocence) with Aphrodite (Goddess of passion and sensuality). Thus, turning oneself into a mermaid releases aspects of the personality not usually expressed in “civilized” life -- namely, playfulness, insight, and total release. Males who dream of mermen, put on fishtail costumes, or fantasize about being captured by or capturing a merman have revealed -- if they reveal it at all -- that the experience is “feminine”, like being a “male mermaid”.

For the adolescent mind, merfolk symbolize awakening sexuality -- the mer rising from the depths of one’s deepest self. The sexuality that is discovered may be heterosexual (a male falling in love with a mermaid; a female falling in love with a merman), bisexual (half-human and half-fish symbolizing half-male and half-female), homosexual (a male captured or seduced by a merman; a female captured or seduced by a mermaid), or transsexual (a human turning into a mer; a mer turning into a human). Now you see that there is much hidden below the apparently simple surface imagery of merfolk!

We see this motif continued with mer-performers. Some performers consider it to be simply a job, another role to play while entertaining. However, others find the experience to be mystical, magical, and erotic. It becomes for them a means to be fully alive and one with the water.

The mer provokes or evokes something deep and feminine within us -- the sea-mother Goddess from which we all may have emerged. Humans exist in a state of confusion: though we evolved from the sea with a body that consists mostly of salt water and are born from the salty sea-like maternal womb, we chose to live on dry land, thus alienating ourselves from our true origins.

One day we might re-learn how to live in harmony with nature as opposed to trying to conquer nature -- to re-create the Eden-like garden upon which we depend for life but which we ignore or destroy. We all still the children of the sea. If we do not nurture and care for our mother the sea, we shall die but if we raise ourselves above the destructive and deadly aspects of technological civilization, we can once agin go back to the mysterious waters of life from which we came.

You will now learn the purpose behind our desire to either capture or be captured by merfolk. Through the ages, we have been fascinated by merfolk and the magical possibility of encountering them. Such meetings are rarely peaceful and are, of course, never mundane. The encounters usually take one of two forms: either the human catches a mer or the mer catches a human. In both cases, some form of violence is involved which shakes the unlikely pair and changes their whole perception of themselves and of their two very different worlds. The age-old meeting of mer and human involves the primitive themes of pleasure and pain, dominance and submission, pride and humility. These themes are the very reasons that the mers are enduring objects of our delight and intrigue.

It's all sex and death

how to catch a mermaid Mermaid imagery evokes our fascination with danger: the danger of total loss of identity through both sexual conquest and death. In most cases, pain is involved in meetings between human and mer: the pain of being helpless, the pain of being captured, the pain of dealing with something for which one is not prepared -- in other words, the pain of facing one’s true condition in life. In the primitive subcultures of all lands, this pain is formalized into a spiritual ritual through which each person must pass in order to become fully human and part of the tribe. Pain and ecstasy are bound together in these rituals to create a shift of awareness: such rituals have their powerful consciousness-altering effect by disrupting the ordinary mental viewpoint and creating a new, destabilized frame of mind that allows the person to see himself or herself and the whole world differently. The rite of passage involves total absorption in something that is ordinarily forbidden, bringing about a burst of fresh insight.

It is considered socially unacceptable to give in to our primitive and unacknowledged needs to dominate and to be dominated. This shows us something about power, passion, and the role of power and passion in our human condition. Being caught or catching the ecstasy that is usually missing from and forbidden in mundane living, we cross the barriers between life and death. We are pulled either into the sea or from the sea. We conquer or we surrender. Symbolically we put our lives on the line.

Mermaids live in and must return to the sea -- Jung’s archetype of the sea-mother Goddess. On the other hand, humans live on and must return to the land —- the place of masculine achievement and industry. The magickal meeting of mermaid and human is the joining of male and female -- a process charged with ecstasy and torture, and usually both. The mermaid is the unacknowledged part of the male. Thus, their meeting symbolizes the delving of one’s innermost self, an examination which is both enlightening and disturbing, combining pleasure and pain. It is the confrontation with one’s own life, one’s alter ego, one’s dark shadow. If the meeting is not a disaster, it can be fertile, producing the fully-integrated self and thus bringing about a state of erotic as well as cosmic awareness. It is a turning point full of raw power and beauty, the birth of the soul amidst fire and rapture.

The mermaid represents Jung’s Dionysian consciousness: oceanic, unrestrained, primitive, ecstatic, orgiastic, sensual, euphoric, and transcendent. The human represents Jung’s Apollonian consciousness: dry, restrained, rational, subdued, mundane, puritanical, and civilized. When these two opposing forces come together, there is disruption, even disaster. Yet there is the possibility of a more positive outcome: the creation of a divine balance. This balance is delicate at best as we find ourselves to be wandering souls caught at the border between sea and land. We are all part land and part sea, part male and part female, part pride and part humility, part mortal and part divine.

We can hope that one day we can attain a fully loving relationship with the mysterious, beautiful, and enchanting spirit which is our true nature. We can hope that, unlike a sailor who is almost destroyed by his lover and ultimately loses her, we can not only survive but thrive when our loving relationship with our true self is attained. We can hope that this balance of opposing forces will eventually lead us to our higher awareness of who we are and where we are headed.

Ultimately, by contemplating tales of catching and being caught, we can hope for true magick!

The wisdom of the merfolk

mermaid wisdom By studying merfolk and their sea-home, we can learn how nature creates her power. We need to make use of this information because we are running out of fuel and we are killing off the land and sea to create more power. Mother Earth and the Sea-Mother Goddess produce power without burning or destroying -- by using the very process of life itself. This is the process of the vortex.

Natural motion comes from the power of the vortex. The vortex is clearly visible all around us -- in whirlpools, thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornados, the solar system, galaxies -- and in the simple movements of bees, fish, and dolphins. If we watch nature and copy her movements, we can have limitless, fuel-less power without pollution, without burning anything, and without destroying our planet and ourselves. The question is, “Do we have the wisdom to use this power?”

The poet Walt Whitman tells us that we come “out of the cradle endlessly rocking” -- we come from the eternally rocking cradle of the sea, our Mother. Henry David Thoreau tells us that “there is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star”. In other words, we have much more to learn about life. Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us that “the ancient precept, 'know thyself', and the modern precept, 'study nature', become at last one maxim”. Thus, if we are to live long and prosper on the Earth, we must not only consider Mother Nature, but we must also learn from her.

To understand the secret of natural power, we have to understand that the way we live is not natural. We think life is all about ramming, pushing, shoving -- like a brute beast blindly grunting away, struggling vainly to remove a rock that is in its way. In mythology, Sisyphus kept pushing that rock uphill in the underworld. But the rock always escaped and rolled back to where it started -- leaving poor Sisyphus eternally frustrated. Sisyphus shows us the “quiet desperation” that Thoreau said we all experience -- the frustration of life. And we say, “That’s life”. But the problem is not life -- it is the way we look at life.

Consider how we look at the Great Pyramid. We wonder at the mental ability and muscular power needed to force those huge stones into position. We theorize that the Pyramid was build by extraterrestrials who had access to secret abilities and powers. But what if the Pyramid did not involve superhuman sweating and shoving? We marvel at the Pyramid, yet take the wisdom of the Nile River for granted. What is the Pyramid but a timepiece for the Nile? Our confusion about marvelous thing is understandable considering that the architectural wonder of our time is the skyscraper -- not a marker pointing to the stars, not a calendar of the cyclic years, not a temple of wisdom -- but a monument to commerce and business.

There is another way to create energy. This is the secret of the vortex. Ironically, the secret has always been right in front of us. Imagine if nature used power the way we do. Everything would be blown up, dried out -- explosions and fire everywhere, struggling and seething. Life itself would be impossible. Instead, Mother Nature creates galaxies and orbits, wind and waves, thunder and trees -- and, yes, even us.

In this way, it is natural to rediscover that innocence and wisdom in the merfolk and the sea. Forget everything you believe is real. Let your mind swim free in the ocean of life around you. Imagine that your body is made of stardust and sea-foam. Let yourself turn half way into a dolphin. Let yourself become a mermaid swimming free in the ocean. Notice how everything is alive, connected to everything else just like the pearls of a beautiful necklace. Everything in the universe is music -- the vibrations that poets call the “music of the spheres.” Nothing is silent. Everything is conscious. This is how dolphins, whales, and merfolk experience life. This is vortex.

The power of the vortex

When a solid object like a surfboard or airplane moves through water or air, the water or air molecules scrape, suck, and drag across the surface of the object. This friction slows movement. We would think that the smooth surface should slip through water or air. Yet the feathers of birds and scales of fish are relatively rough surfaces, but these creatures move more efficiently than man-made objects. The rough surface sets up a layer of turbulence along the surface which acts as a buffer zone between the air or water and the surface of the bird or fish. Within this zone, vortexes occur -- tiny swirls and spirals that act like rollers or ball bearings allowing the bird or fish to slide through the air or water.

The simple bee offers an example of the vortex. Its body is too heavy for its small wings to lift, so it should be impossible for the bee to fly. Yet the bee flies! It does not use its wings to fight against the air in order to create lift. Its wings create a vacuum over the bee’s body. The bee simply floats up into the vacuum and then propels itself in whatever direction it wants to go. If we can’t learn from Mother Nature, we’ll be out of the picture -- extinct like dinosaurs. Our Mother turns millions and millions of tons of water every time the tide changes. She makes the water dance without burning a thing. That’s the magic of vortex. Using this energy, we could power cars, planes, and anything else creating energy the same way trees do -- cleaning the air instead of poisoning it! But, would we use this power wisely? Perhaps not. Maybe that is why we haven’t learned to use it yet. But it is time to learn to use it -- and use it wisely!

Song of the mermaid

The siren song invites us to make use of the vortex. But such power can both help and hurt us depending on how we use it. Like the ancient siren song of myth, the knowledge of vortex lures us to both ecstasy and destruction. It is our choice. The merfolk, fish, dolphins, and whales call us to be more wise in how we treat both land and sea. They sing to us, “As you are, we were. As we are, you can become.”

Now let us slip into the depths of the maternal sea and dive into the grotto of the sea-mother Goddess -- the mother of love, water, and life itself. Viewed as an archetypal figure, the mermaid represents both the loving maternal womb and threatening sunken abyss, both the warmth of pure intellectual beauty and the irrational danger of the beast within our lower nature.

The Sea Mother Goddess

the sea mother goddess There is a distinct need for the Goddess in the major spiritual movements of the modern world. The “big three” religions are lacking in a female divine form, and prove themselves sterile. The loss of Eros, wisdom, and playfulness in modern life and religion parallels the rape of the earth and sea. To save ourselves, we must save our planet and its life blood, the oceans.

The mermaid, combining voluptuous female and glittering sea, reminds us of our desire for and dependence on her. The earliest religions focused on the love of the Mother, not the domination of the father through conquest and power. The mermaid, in combining both human and non-human bodily elements, reminds us of our primitive origins from which we have our deepest instincts of passion, adventure, and love. It is a patriarchal heresy that results in fascism and right-wing madness. Through the rebirthing of mother’s love within us, we can return to “divine motherhood” -- the element that gives life to all true spirituality.

Whether we are male or female, the reawakening of the compassionate Yin or merciful feminine element in each of us is the only way to restore life to Earth, religion, and ourselves. Being a hybrid of Athena’s wisdom and Aphrodite’s sensuality, the mermaid reminds us of the divine gift: life itself originating in the great womb of the sea. The return to the source of true spirituality is deeply maternal. It conjures up the hidden memories of our mother’s womb or of the ocean. The Divine is indeed like a vast ocean, and each one of us is living in the hospitable salty warmth of the living sea. The mermaid would be an archetypal symbol of both ourselves and the great Sea Mother that sustains us at her abundant breasts.

If the sea-Goddess is then an archetype of reawakening human spirituality, then metaphorically, fish and fisher become one -- the sea and her children merge in a loving embrace. Of course, as in most mermaid myths, the embrace can be both beautiful and dangerous -- it can inspire, it can be forbidden (since it seems to suggest incest), and it can even kill.

The words for “sea” and “mother” are related in a number of languages: “mere” and “mer” in French; “mutter” and “meer” in German; “madre” and “mare/mar” in Italian/Spanish. In this way we see even in the primitive origins of languages the clues to the early recognition of the link between the sea-goddess of fertility and the maternal life-giving waters of the sea.

In Sanskrit, the holy mountain of Krishna is called “meru,” meaning “backbone.” In eastern metaphysics, divine enlightenment rises up the spinal cord like a sea serpent swimming up toward the light. The rising of the mermaid or merman from the depths of the sea is a similar image. In Egyptian, the word “mara” also means “spine” or “backbone.” The word sometimes refers to a sacred mountain that some scholars believe is the Great Pyramid of Giza -- the sacred connecting place between life, death, and new life -- the connecting place between earth and the vast sea of the universe. The pyramid is made of limestone which is formed from the remains of pre-historic sea shells and fish.

In Hebrew, the name “mer” is associated with Mount Sinai, the Holiest of Holies, the place where the Divine visits and touches the earth. This mountain, like the Pyramid, is made of the remains of pre-historic sea invertebrates. Phino, a Hebrew contemporary of Jesus, wrote that the name of the one God “Elohim” represents the benevolent male creator and the complementary name of God “YHVH” represents the Goddess aspect of the Judeo-Christian God, the nurturing mother. The male aspect was associate with firmness and solid land while the female aspect was connected to the fluidity of water.

The name Jesus is actually a modernized version of “Yeshua” or “Joshua.” The name Joshua is associated in ancient Hebrew stories with someone who performed many miracles. Amazingly, Joshua is sometimes called “Son of Nun” which means “son of the fish.” This seems to connect him with Oannes, the mer-god who taught wisdom in the myths of the Phoenicians who strongly influenced the ancient Hebrews. It is interesting that Jesus said his followers who were fishermen would become fishers of men, and an early symbol for Jesus was a fish. Jesus’ mother, whom we call Mary, was actually Miriam or Mara. The word “mara” brings us back to the words mentioned earlier that connect “mother” with “sea.”

Putting all these ideas together, we see the paradox of enlightenment: we, like sea creatures, must dive into the depths of our inner ocean in order to rise to the heights of illumination. The kingdom of light is founded on the deepest depths of the maternal and eternal sea.

Indeed, the color of the third-eye Chakra is indigo, a deep-sea blue. The third-eye is said to give wisdom and imagination. The human soul dives into the dark blue grotto of thought to be either uplifted and buoyed or dragged down to destruction. Both Athena, Goddess of wisdom and the unconscious mind, and Aphrodite, Goddess of the erotic sea, live together awaiting our explorations.

The existence of merfolk

One of the most intriguing questions about merfolk is whether we exist at all. So now we will answer that question. Much to the chagrin of doubters everywhere, we are indeed real -- just as real as you!

We merfolk personify the water -- the water that gives you life and sustains you. That is the mission of the merfolk: to guard the sacredness of water and to make her essence known to you. Our ancient ancestral race of Atlantis raped this sacred godsend -- the sea. After we destroyed our civilization with our own abuses, those few who survived became cetaceans in the bosom of the Sea-Mother we had so abused.

To rise from the depths

mermaids exist Where do we live? We live in the boundary between body and spirit. This is not to say that we have no physical existence. We do, just as many of your myths attest. But our higher purpose is as guardian spirits. Thus we do not try to display ourselves too much. But where there are dolphins and whales, you will find us -- if you know what to look for and how to look.

An ancient way of meeting us is related to scrying: reading fortunes by looking at the dancing waters of a natural spring, the sparkling distortions in clear ice, or the movements of sea creatures. The wiser land folk realize that bodies of water are sacred. If you dive into underwater coves and seek truth from the mysterious shifts of currents and light, you will hear the Mother’s heart beat in the pulses of the waves and tides. However, most people desecrate the sea -- and that is the desecration of the Mother. Recall the ancient myth of Oedipus and his terrible shame. This story shows the tragic consequences of being blind to what we do to ourselves and our mother. Oedipus was blinded, outcast from his own home, and doomed to wander until his mind found true wisdom in the enlightenment of the Divine.

The secret of the waters is something that can only be approached in the imagination, experienced in the heart, and recognized in the soul. The secret of the waters is the secret of life itself. The water is the true, original Eden -- the mother-womb of life. Dive into the sea and feel her surrounding you, embracing you. Feel her soft breath on your skin as her currents sweep over you. Hear her calling to you as her eddies spiral within the whorls of your ears. Sense the miraculous kiss of her love as her salty water heals the cuts and scrapes of both body and soul. She is Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea. She is the mother of enlightenment.

We merfolk personify the very water that gave birth to us and continues to give us life as a daily blessing. We merfolk must fulfill our promise to protect our sea home and mother. Therefore, float with us, swim and glide with us in the magic web of undersea light. We will re-introduce you to your own planet, the Sea-Mother. She wishes to gather her children back to her under the warming golden light of the sun.

The sun radiates heat and energy, but without the motherly moderation of the sea, all the earth would be burned and boiling much like the surfaces of Mercury and Venus. The ancients saw within the sea’s pulsing tides the metaphors of life, death, and resurrection. The sea destroys solid rock and yet soothes aching tissue. You see in her the very powers of creation and destruction. These secret movements of life are there for you to study if you open your eyes to see. Look deeply into the Sea-Mother and you look deeply into yourself. Look at what you see in the lens of the depths. Look at yourself in the surface of the Sea-Mother and your physical illusion ripples away. The aura of your true spirit remains -- but only if you are willing to look and truly see.

There is no accident that the words “see” and “sea” are the same sound in English. When you wash your eyes with the salty water of your own inward sea, you begin to see the truth of what you are and what life is. Yes, we merfolk exist. We exist in the physical sea outside you, and we exist in the spiritual sea within you. When you allow yourself to communicate with us, you are experiencing the validity of the ancient Greek proverb “Know Thyself.” Look into our eyes, listen to our voices, and you will look into yourself and hear the pulsing of your own soul. It will sound like the lullaby of the Sea-Mother’s waves. She whispers to you, sighs to you, loves and caresses you. Listen and love her as she loves you.

In some way or another, we are all mermaids or mermen. Upon realizing this fact, we will have more reverence for the sea and the life she gives to us. We must connect with the sea to be fully alive and regain our lost kinship with the waters of the World Ocean. We will only know how to truly live if we are willing to learn from the sea and her creatures.

Tealmermaid's Treasure Grotto