Hello my lovely readers! For today’s post I would like to focus on watery faerie women. This is a favorite subject of mine, as regular readers here will remember. For today I want to focus on how Morgana, mermaids, and Melusine are connected. In particular I want to focus on the connection to Avalon!
I want to begin with the watery origins in ancient times. Lemuria and Atlantis are both ancient lost civilizations that are likely to have existed. Many magical practitioners today feel that their souls began on one, or both, of these island nations! Lemuria and Atlantis both would have had magical water faery energy given the fact that they were islands. This means that part of their populations would have been water faeries of some sort!
Some of these mermaid souls could have moved from Lemuria to Atlantis when Lemuria fell. Atlantis would also fall, and that is when watery faeries would go on to populate the earth, or became human! Some would find themselves in Avalon, and that is likely a case that can be made for figures like Morgana and Melusine, who were both faerie woman associated with Avalon! There is a chance that Morgana Le Fay began as a mermaid in Lemuria and Atlantis.
Both Morgana and Melusine fit into a mold of darker mermaids. It is very likely that they are Celtic takes on more classical Greek sirens. I also have largely connected Melusine to banshees that are so important in Irish culture. Morgana can even be considered connected to banshees through her connection to the Morrigan! These watery faerie women are very commonly connected to magic and being queens (of certain sorts).
The appeal of these aquatic feminine archetypes is bound up in the sexuality of the water element. Water is the element of emotions, and it is a symbol of sexuality. In particular it is connected to female sexuality, and this may be why most watery faeries are females. Mermaids at their darkest are wicked sirens bound on killing sailors. This theme continued in other cultures with Rusalki (the Russian water faeries who lure in unfaithful husbands to drown them), and Loreleis (the German water faeries who kill sailors on the Rhine). Mermaids can also be more benign figures, who even save people from drowning! It is congruent with the view of water as both a positive cleansing element, and a destructive and deadly element. We must never forget the varied nature of water and water faeries, and I know this first hand as someone very connected to both water and faeries!
I hope you have liked my short analysis of watery faery women. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is a book cover about Melusine. I found the image on https://www.amazon.com/Romance-Faery-Melusine-Gareth-Knight/dp/1908011327.
- The Mermaid Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon
- Faires by Skye Alexander
- The Fairy Handbook by Teresa Moorey