The mermaid archetype is awakening in the world today, swimming up from the clouded depths to live among us. The wild, seductive, freedom-craving mermaid represents the feminine power of water – strong, nurturing, loving, pleasure-seeking and beautiful: yet at the same time untameable, fierce and shockingly independent. She is a shapeshifter, both tempestuous and seductive, representing both the loving abundant aspects of the ocean and the raw titanic power of the seas and currents.
As our world culture begins to finally allow women to be and govern themselves, as we are allowed to explore and express ourselves and our truth for the first time in millennia, some of us are uncovering a wild mermaid spirit in the depths of our soul.
More and more Mermaid Women are coming out of hiding – women who identify with the mermaid archetype so strongly they almost feel that they could be a mermaid in disguise.
Women who feel deeply, who value freedom and independance, who follow their own north star and move against the current of our popular culture.
Women who crave connection to the ocean, who live for love and joy, and who have been irresistibly pulled towards images of Mermaids for years, perhaps decades.
These strong, magnificent women are different to the humans around them – they run a different kind of energy, a wild, seductive, shakti force drenched in the energy of the ocean.
Do you think your soul might run on mermaid energy? Check out the 7 traits of mermaid women below and see if you find yourself in the truth of the Mermaid.
1. Mermaid Women run on PASSION.
The Mermaid Woman is an emotional being – she instinctively interacts with the world through her feelings and her intuition. She feels emotions with her whole being. She does everything with her whole heart – she doesn’t know another way!
A Mermaid Woman doesn’t do things in half measures – she can only commit with her whole self. Passion is her way of life.
The challenge of Mermaid Women is to know that their emotionality and passion is a strength and power rather than a weakness, to fully love and accept their full range of feelings and emotions.
The patriarchy tried to demonise female passion and emotionality as weakness – not true! With the strength of her powerful emotions, a Mermaid Women is drawn into the deepest, most sacred experience of the world around her. She loves with all she has: she reacts in bliss to the beauty of a sunset: she cherishes the touch of soft cashmere on their skin: she remembers the exact moment she fell in love for the first time.
Other humans may read her powerful feelings as overwhelming or too intense, and may not be able to handle the strength of her feelings – be that love, or fear, or anger. Mermaids are the very spirit of the powerful ocean: they are overwhelming and intense at times.
2 Mermaid Women have a Rebellious Spirit
Mermaids despise limitation and crave freedom, and feel oppressed and confused in a world that is constantly telling them what they can and cannot be, what they should and should not become. Mermaid Women often cradle a base rebellious nature – they do not want to do what everyone else does!
(Mermaid Women sometimes find themselves getting into trouble because they hate being told what to do!)
Mermaid Women often pick offbeat careers and choose unusual lifestyles. Their career is often lead by their passion and feeling, rather than what would be financially sensible. Their visionary and fiercely independent nature lends well to entrepreneurial careers, spiritual paths and ways of life that their family circle often think of as quirky, strange, or not respectable.
Mermaid Women are not interested in the grind, and are disgusted with the way that the other humans work themselves to death, failing to look inward and discover their true desires and passions. They need to spend their life’s work doing something they care about. Mermaid Women tend to pursue meaning rather than money, and often mermaids trapped in the system of passionless work feel as if they are suffocating.
3 Mermaid Women Value Sacred Introversion
If you are a Mermaid Woman, it is likely that a large part of you is turned inwards. You want to discover and understand the secrets your soul hides deep within. You are obsessed with distilling your own truth and creating from clear waters.
Mermaid Women have an intense relationship with their inner landscape. They are facinated with the play of their feelings, love to study their deepest thoughts and secretive desires. Often mermaid women keep journals, as a way to express, study and understand their inner worlds, or feel physically required to express themselves in some way or another – perhaps through art, or movement, or though frequent intimate conversations with their friends.
A sacred tool of the mermaid archetype is the Mirror, enabling the mermaid to see what is reflected and what is really true. Many Mermaid Women work with the Sacred Mirror unconsciously in their inner practice and journalling habits – peeling back the layers to learn what is beneath, what is true, what is really desired.
4 Mermaid Women are Creatures of Gorgeous Paradox
If you are a Mermaid Woman, you might be… a little confusing! You can be one thing, yet at the same time, be it’s complete opposite. You could be sweet and childlike but wise and Queenly at the same time. Ravishingly sexual, yet pure and innocent. Extroverted and introverted.
None of these aspects is more true than another. As shapeshifters, mermaids can hold two or more contradicting emotions, archetypes or beliefs at once, with ease.
The challenge Mermaid Women face is embracing their multi-faceted beauty and their many, equally true versions of themselves, in a culture that demands that there is only ever ONE correct answer, one right way, one version of being authentic.
5 Mermaid Women are Beauty Devotees.
Mermaids crave beauty. They see beauty as the highest path to the divine, and wish to devour it, to drink it in fully, to drown themselves in beauty and elegance. They are captivated by the beauty and subtle fragrance of a flower, by the delicate arch in a ballet dancer’s pointe, but the last light of the day as it falls upon the sea.
Beauty speaks to their deep feelings and emotions, connecting them with all that is wonderful about being incarnated in the world.
Rather than being disciples of transcendence, Mermaid Women are so connected with the beauty in this world, have such a need to fill their soul with it, to experience the gorgeousness of the world they live in that their path to spiritual bliss is often through earth-loving religions and spirituality.
6 Mermaid Women are Pleasure Seekers
Mermaid Women are incredibly sensual beings, rooted in their bodies and their experience in the physical world. They crave pleasure and luxuriance – sometimes at the cost of all other things, if their wild mermaid nature is allowed to run unchecked. This exquisite sensuality often alarms and fascinates the humans around them in equal measure.
You can’t force a Mermaid Woman to do what she doesn’t want to do, or motivate her by fear and scarcity – you can only tempt and seduce her by offering something she desires.
Often, Mermaid Women have a secret, forbidden belief that luxuriance is their birthright, and that they should be able to lounge on the beach on a bed of sweet jasmine, sipping exotic cocktails and enjoying the delicious feeling of the sun on their skin while everything they need is drawn effortlessly towards them.
There is often a huge disconnect when the mermaid realises that the human world doesn’t support this world view, and the mermaid woman feels further pain and frustration as she isn’t shown how to integrate her sensual mermaid nature with the world around her. We are not trained to value pleasure and happiness – we are trained to work hard and suffer with the promise of things being better in the future.
Luckily for the Mermaid Women, if they can give themselves permission and open up to it, they have the potential to be unbelievable manifestors.
7. Mermaid Women are Highly Sensitive.
If you are a Mermaid Woman, there is a strong chance that you feel alienated in the human world. Something about human culture feels off, and your sensitive, emotional nature is often overwhelmed by current events and human drama.
Things that other humans can take in their stride may shake a Mermaid Woman to her core. Images of cruelty and acts of barbarism can throw a mermaid woman – be it an act of unforgivable animal cruelty, the horrors of war in the middle east, fear in the USA or simply a violent sexual scene on Game of Thrones.
It’s hard to see this sensitivity as a positive, especially when the human world regards it as weak. Mermaid Women have to remember that their sensitive nature is the gift that the human world needs, but doesn’t want – it requires people to wake up and see the horrific cruel things that they have grown accustomed to.
Sadly many Mermaid Women are so taken back by their sensitivity, feel so strongly that their sensitive nature is weak and unacceptable, that they feel they have to close down and shut off from the cruelty of the world and cannot process their compassion into action.
These traits are familiar to all Mermaid Women: however, not all Mermaid Women display these qualities loudly and openly! Some Mermaid Women keep their mermaid nature locked deep inside, feeling that they don’t have permission to express their true nature. Some traits may be locked in the shadow realm as these mermaids struggle to align their wild mermaid natures with the world around them – to align their need to be passionate with their dead end job, hiding their sensitivity to keep other people happy, and trying to survive in a world that often does not seem ready for the powerful female qualities that the Mermaid Woman holds inside.
Historically, the Mermaid Archetype is everything that has been denied and demonised about women: their sexuality, their sensuality, their independance, their feelings, their power. Mermaid Women today are healing those ancient wounds so that they can stand strong as powerful, feminine forces in the world.
By standing up in their true nature, Mermaid Women give other women permission to indulge in beauty, to aspire to sensuality and pleasure, to approve of their emotions, to truly know themselves.
Mermaid Women are arising again: these powerful, sensual women who wield the power of desire, the taste of beauty, and the gift of emotion.
Are you a Mermaid Woman?
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