A magical water spirit who has much in common with the spirits of the forest, but who lures young men into the depths, where they drown.
The dreamer will recognize in the mermaid his desire for and fear of the feminine. Also addressed is a man s desire to identify with femininity and his fear of doing so.
The water spirit mermaid is enticing men to follow her into her kingdom, where, “under a glittering surface, are hidden inexplorable depths,” according to C. G. Jung, who saw the realm of the water spirits as a symbol of the unconscious. So the mermaid is a symbol of life and inner maturity, a spirit who “walks” along boundaries. Young men dream about mermaids when they reach manhood; young girls, when they become women. In another sense, the mermaid is without a soul and therefore is after the soul of humans. According to Jung, the water spirit is at the instinctual stage, the pre-stage of the feminine being, or anima.
Also, the mermaid is a being in need of liberation: since she lives in water, she is drowning in her emotions—and she has no sexual organs.
Male water spirits seldom appear in dreams. (They are usually cruel, ugly, old, and comparable to goblins.)... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Vision: Men who dream about mermaids need to be carefuJ: they are being seduced by a woman they know and things could get dangerous.
Depth Psychology: The mermaid is a symbol of female sensuality that has yet to be lived, particularly in women’s dreams. It might, however, also indicate a strong but unconscious love you feel for someone, particularly in men’s dreams.... Dreamers Dictionary
Dreams of a mermaid symbolize your divine feminine essence; the aspect of you that is an aficionado of the deep end of your emotions and unconscious. This dream may be telling you to embrace your emotions and/or to dive into the uncertain waters of a romantic relationship .... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see a mermaid in your dream represents doubts about your femininity.
If you were a mermaid in your dream, this represents the current state of your love relationship(s).
If the dream was happy and turned out well, it is a good forecast for your love life. But if the dream was strange or unhappy, it means your current love relationship or crush is not doing well.... My Dream Interpretation
1- Traditionally, the mermaid or merman belongs to the sea as well as being able lo exist on land. This symbolically represents an ability to be deeply emotional and also entirely practical. Until these two separate parts are properly integrated, the human being cannot fully exist in either realm.
2- Mermaids and mermen arc feminine and masculine representations of the link between the darker forccs which we do not necessarily understand and the conscious self. Many stories exist of the human’s attempt to mate or link with these creatures of the sea. Most end in hurt and distress for one party or the other. This is an example of how difficult it is to integrate the two sides of our nature.
3- Each individual must bring about integration between the spiritual self and the emotional self before there can be wholeness.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The mermaid and merman symbolize the ability to integrate the spiritual aspects of the personality with the emotional. In being part fish and part human, they also symbolize the evolutionary journey from pure instinct to wisdom.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: Mermaids and mermen are feminine and masculine representations of the link between the darker forces – which we do not necessarily understand – and the conscious self. In dreams the mermaid epitomizes how difficult it is to integrate the two sides of our nature. This lack of integration can result in capriciousness.
The merman, however, is said to be less ‘intrigued’ by humans so, therefore, represents unification, but in a way that is more isolated.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: Traditionally, the mermaid or merman belongs to the sea as well as being able to exist on land. This symbolically represents an ability to be deeply emotional and also entirely practical. Until these two separate parts are properly integrated, the human being cannot fully exist in either the emotional or practical realms.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Gives gender - specific: Many stories exist of the human’s attempt to mate or link with these creatures of the sea, though the merman is less fascinated than his counterpart by humans. Most attempts end in hurt and distress for one party or the other and men’s dreams of such a creature of fantasy in particular can reflect this. Women’s dreams may contain an element of coming to terms with her own capriciousness.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The link between the deep forces of the unconscious and the waking self.
The unconscious image or idealised sense of womanhood (mermaid) or manhood (merman); love of one’s image of someone rather than the reality of them as a human being. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
As an adolescent mermaid who gives up her voice to the sea witch, the appearance of the Little Mermaid in a waking or night dream may suggest the need to conquer subconscious patterns that prevent the expression of feminine wisdom. She may indicate to the female dreamer that it is time to grow legs and go out into the world equipped with her vision.... Ariadne's Book of Dream