Spiritual Meaning of Mermaids Explained
If you're an 80s baby like me, then you grew up watching “The Little Mermaid”. If you did, then the concept of mermaids has long taken residence in your psyche. Even if you haven’t, chances are rare that anybody wouldn’t have heard
of them in several of our mythological stories, even children’s fairy tales, which kids and
adults continue to read so fondly even to date.
This post hopes to enlighten young and adult minds on the spiritual implications of the
existence of these mythological characters, which continue to hold relevance even today.
We’d also, in the latter half of the article, talk about certain mermaid dreams and what
spiritual meaning do they hold for the dreamer.
Where Did Mermaids Originate?
Before we delve further into the spiritual meaning of mermaids explained in the
subsequent section, here’s a brief on the mermaid beauty itself. As most of you would already
know, mermaids are creatures that resemble partly fish and partly woman. In other words,
their upper body is that of a woman while the lower half looks like the bottom part of a
This unique but appealing character found quite a reference in several of our historic stories,
most of which were adapted into fairy tales and movies too. Naturally, with so many
interpretations in place, mermaids have been perceived differently by different people. Some
thought of these sea creatures as a negative entity, a bad omen even, which was bound to
bring bad luck to those at sea.
Truth be told, the mermaid, in her early forms, has often been described as a seductive
creature that found joy in enticing men and killing them. These early sea creatures were
therefore deemed responsible for most sea disasters like shipwrecks, storms, floods, or
In some other cultures though, mermaids came to be associated with positive traits, often
regarded as kind and protective. In fact, coming across one while at sea came to be
considered as a positive omen.
Spiritual Meaning of Mermaids Explained
This is how mermaids have come to be perceived in the spiritual sense over ages:
- A sign to let go and take the plunge – Just like the vast sea of which these unique
beauties are a part of, life is also a massive, infinite sea ridden by the waves of
emotion. They sometimes become turbulent and remain calm at other times.
Mermaids are looked at as reminders that we all just need to “let go and jump in” to
this sea of life. Also, the mermaid is believed to sing captivating songs hearing which
we should be motivated to take the plunge. Yes, just like the sea itself, life is also a
mysterious ocean but the mermaid points out that it’s OK but we must still let go,
jump right into this unknown world and sway with the flow, taking life as it comes.
However, the mermaid also let us know that it’ll be right there serving as our guide
through the journey of life.
- Mermaid represents dualism – Just like the mermaid is a dual creature – half-woman,
half-fish, it constantly reminds us of the inevitable dual nature of man. Like the
mermaid, man can sometimes be a kind protector of the good and at other times evil
and destructive. Through its dual body form, the mermaid reminds us of the dual
nature of everything in life just like the two sides of a coin.
- Symbols of love and beauty – This is self-explanatory. No matter where you look at
them – in storybooks or movies, mermaids are always depicted as extremely beautiful
with long flowing hair and body curves. In fact, in Greece, mermaids were believed to
be descendants of the ancient goddesses of love and beauty – Aphrodite and Venus.
- Mermaids mean danger too – As stated earlier here, mermaids somewhere came to be
associated with anything danger or negative over time. During the Victorian era, these
forms of beauty were often shown evil and a creature that people should be wary of.
From being a positive omen, the mermaid transformed into a seductress who couldn’t
be trusted, for she could lead men to their untimely end.
Also, according to mythical belief, this “evil” creature was responsible for tempting
sailors with enchanting songs so that the latter could be drowned along with the ship
and other passengers.
Mermaid Dream Interpretation
A lot of people tend to get these amazing beauties in their dreams too. Here’s a likely
interpretation of what such dreams could mean for them; however, it does need to be taken
into account one’s individual experience for an accurate translation.
Generally speaking, this is what mermaid dreams could imply
- Warning sign for trickery and delusion or against someone untrustworthy
- Indication of sexual attraction towards a woman with ill intent
- Woman dreaming of a mermaid could be a direct representation of her own ill
motives of seducing a man into acting against his interests
- Suppressed emotions that could turn into an addiction towards someone who may not
be good for you
Below are some common mermaid dreams based on people’s experiences and their spiritual
- If you see a mermaid in your dreams, it means that there’s a hidden secret in your
heart that you’ve long been curbing within but what you should now come to terms
with. It could also mean that you’re dealing with commitment or intimacy issues.
- If you are a mermaid in your dream, take it as a potential warning sign of your own
behavior, possibly one that’s manipulative or deceitful.
- If you turn into a mermaid in your dream, it could be an indicator of your own desire
to become more attractive.
- If a mermaid tempts you into the water, it may be a representation of your sexual
discovery. In some cases, it could also be interpreted as your struggle with feeling low
about yourself or unattractive.
If you too get such dreams, use the above mermaid dream interpretation guide to help you
unravel the truth behind them.