George Lizos uncovers the sirens of the sea to help you harness them in your relationships
The question most people ask when they think about mermaids is whether they’ve at some point populated the vast oceans and seas of our planet. Although scientific theories such as the Aquatic Ape theory and channelled metaphysical texts about the lost continent of Lemuria suggest that mermaids may have once existed in flesh and bones, there currently is no conclusive evidence of it. What is undeniable though are the diverse mermaid myths and stories that date back thousands of years, and are present in almost every single culture around the world. While researching mermaid history, symbolism and spirituality as part of my Masters in Metaphysics thesis, I discovered that a lot can be learned about mermaids by studying their mythology, why it was created, and how we relate to it.
Mermaids through time
The word ‘mermaid’ comes from the Old English word ‘mere’, meaning ‘sea or lake’, and ‘maid’, which means ‘woman’ or ‘girl’. A mermaid is a hybrid creature – half-human and half-fish. The first recorded mermaid was the Assyrian goddess Atargatis, in ca. 1,000 BC. According to the myth, the Assyrian goddess killed the mortal shepherd she had fallen in love with after giving birth to his child. Ashamed, she threw herself in a lake and transformed into a mermaid. Following this initial story, cultures around the world went on to portray mermaids in diverse forms and figures. Examples of mermaids closer to our current portrayal to having a fishtail include the Babylonian god Ea and the Greek merman Triton, whereas other cultures around the world have portrayed mermaids in a variety of other forms. The selkies in the legends of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales for example are adept shapeshifters transforming themselves into seals, while the Australian yawkyawks turn into dragonflies, and the Teutonic nixes have the ability to transform themselves into humans, animals, fish or reptiles. Over time, as trade routes expanded and seamen journeyed far and wide, sharing their “fish tales” with people of various lands, the physical diversity through which mermaids were portrayed was gradually simplified to the stereotypical image of the half-human, half-fish beings we know them as today.
The spiritual meaning of the sea
The various myths and depictions of mermaids I’ve described so far all have one thing in common − the subject of romantic love and relationships. From the Assyrian goddess Atargatis murdering her lover, to the Disney princess Ariel changing herself to a human to marry her prince − almost all mermaid myths and stories relate to romantic relationships. The reason behind this is intimately tied to the spiritual significance of the element of water and the sea. Water is fluid and unstable, mirroring the tumultuous nature of our emotions through the course of a romantic relationship. The sea is deep and vast, mirroring the depth and complexity our unconscious emotions can take on while we’re in a relationship.
Consequently, in the course of human history, we’ve associated the sea and the element of water with romantic relationships, and used the diverse portrayal of mermaids to express the depth of emotions and diverse experiences we’ve had in our relationships. Consider how beautiful scenes of sea sunsets are tied to romance in movies and books, as well as the kind of thoughts, emotions and experiences that you share with the sea… as a result of sharing our innermost feelings with the sea, we’ve turned it’s spirits into relationship experts. We’ve encouraged this source to impart guidance, support and healing specific to romantic relationships, because that’s where we feel more comfortable dealing with them.
What mermaids really are
In this respect, mermaids can be defined as the spirits and consciousness of the world’s seas, oceans, rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. Their purpose is to help us reclaim our vulnerability, access and heal unexpressed, unconscious emotions, and ultimately to create a fulfilling romanatic relationship. understand what mermaids are on a practical level, consider how you feel when you’re in or near the sea. The emotions of relief, love, nostalgia, and open-heartedness you feel, as well as the thoughts and memories that come to your mind, are not entirely yours. They’re co-creations between you and the spirits of the sea. They are the mermaids’ messages to you, helping you get in touch with emotions you may have previously suppressed
Connecting with mermaids
Working with mermaids will help you access these unconscious emotions so that you can heal them fully, forgive past lovers and partners, and create fulfilling romantic relationships that go beyond the stereotypes and match your specific needs and desires. To connect with the mermaids, meditate using George’s online course, Mermaid Bootcamp: Heal Past Relationships, Reclaim Your Vulnerability, and Open Yourself Up to Love.
To download the meditation, visit georgelizos.com/mermaid-meditation
NOW TRY THIS!
Chant this mermaid seashell spell to find your inner sea goddess
1 Run a bath and be sure to have your seashell with you. This can be any shell, as long as it’s real and from the beach.
2 Soak in the bath and rub the shell over yourself for 10 minutes.
3 Close your eyes and say the following:
I call upon the goddesses of the sea
Give the power of a tail to me
Swimming magic in the water
Tails of scales to be Make me a mermaid so mote it be.
George Lizos is a spiritual life coach and the author of Be The Guru: A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming Your Own Spiritual Teacher. For more information, visit georgelizos.com