The mermaid, half-woman, half-fish, is a powerful archetypal figure common to the mythologies and folk legends of many parts of the world. While the various sacred inland springs and wells were believed to be ruled and inhabited by water deities, water sprites and nymphs, the Celtic sea-faring and fishing populations associated the mermaid with the sea.
The mermaid may be said to symbolise the ethereal feminine element, whose habitat is the unknown and dangerously powerful realm of the unconscious.
The more uninhibited double-tailed mermaid, which decorates innumerable churches and cathedrals throughout Western Europe, is an extremely ancient variation of the mermaid that is often associated with Sheela-Na-Gig, one of the most powerful Celtic symbols of the feminine or Goddess.
Handcrafted Celtic Mermaid Jewelry by Toulhoat