In most fairy tales and ancient stories those Mer-Creatures with Human relationships never seem to work out too well. Mermaids lose their magical powers and pine for the depths of the ocean, their own personal Neptune. Sailors drive their ships onto the rocks, seduced by the melodic beauty of the Sirens. The Hans Christian Anderson version (the original) is particularly grim. The Mer-People are most obviously linked to Pisces but think also of Capricorn, symbolised as a Mer-Goat in many of the older astrological texts. Does the silvery tail symbolise an aspect of your psyche that can’t relate/won’t relate, which needs to swim off to unfathomable depths? The Priest/Priestess/Shaman/Mystic path? Are Capricorns secretly the most cosmic-as-fuq sign of the Zodiac – their actual symbol is certainly the most overtly magical? Thoughts?
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