Merman Jack: “Nothing is more rewarding than being happy and comfortable in your own skin.”

Hey there, Bubblers.

Merman Jack, with killer blue eyes.

Merman Jack, with killer blue eyes.

 

As you all know, for some of us, the calling is deeply spiritual. (Stay tuned for Fun Fin Fact Friday this week.) Whether it’s Posiedon, Triton, Mami Wata, or Yemanja, there is something greater than ourselves that we connect to when we tap into our spiritual side. For Merman Jack, the calling is just that.

"Hello, Sailor."

“Hello, Sailor.”

“Mers have always been incredibly important to me not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually. The Mer represent so many things, bridges between human and animal, conscious and unconscious, magick and science. The Goddess Yemaya/La Sirene/Mami Wata, is also a central part of my inspiration & spirituality.”

Born and raised in California, the land of perpetual golden sunshine, Jack of Dark Tide Productions has always been swimming. A young athlete as a human, if he was not at swim practice, he was swimming in his family’s pool. His connection with the water goes beyond your basic spiritual inklings, however, and becomes a metaphor for the dual natures and how to live one’s life.

 

Jovial sunning Merman Jack

Jovial sunning Merman Jack

“I love the duality the ocean represents. I love that it can be loving or cruel, warm or cold, clear or dark. I think many people don’t live truly balanced lives, doing themselves a disservice by not embracing all sides of themselves, “good” and “bad”. The ocean has no ego about those things and is always authentic.”

However, life was not always the bubbles for this  man-fish. As a reflection of his own experiences, his message to others is very touching.

“I know it’s been said so many times by so many different people, but you really do have to be yourself and live your most authentic life. As someone who has dealt with bullying for being gay during my pre-college schooling, I know how challenging and even heart-wrenching this can be. Living your life honestly and proudly in all aspects isn’t easy, but nothing worth it ever is. Nothing is more rewarding than being happy and comfortable in your own skin.”

Truer words have never been said. It is very important to be happy in your skin, be it human, fish, or a hybrid of the two. Keep an eye out for this one. I’m certain he’ll be swimming for a long while to come.

Swim on, Swim on.

Swim on, Swim on.

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Fun Fin Fact Friday: Around The World

Hey there, Bubblers.

Hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

Did you know…?

My first Mermaid Book when I was a little guppy.

Almost every culture around the world has mermaid myths. The oldest myth comes from Mesopotamia. No one quite has an answer for why everyone has apparently seen and heard of women or men who live beneath the waves (and may or may not have tails). One theory is that humans created the concept of the mermaid in order to cope with their own existence as an animal and as something else entirely.

My personal opinion? I think they all have seen a mermaid. Maybe not the same one, but they all have definitely spotted merfolk from back in the day. It’s a much more magical and mysterious thought than, “they just made it all up.” Don’t you agree?

XOXO,
JV

 

Fun Fin Fact Friday (FFFF): Merrows

Hey Bubblers!

Welcome to another facet of the blog: Fun Fin Facts! I will bring you interesting facts about mermaids and mermen! It’s gonna be great.

The Merrow by Genzoman (taken from Deviantart.com)

In Ireland and Scotland, there are legends of a special kind of mermaid: the Merrow. The merrow is often depicted as a young female, with a long green tail and red/blond hair, wearing some kind of cap or cape. They are demure, sweet and very affectionate. They have a remarkable singing voice that can be heard from beneath the waves. They are fascinated with humans, and are prone to falling in love with them. Legend has it, if you steal a Merrow’s cap and hide it, she will happily live with you forever.
Of course, there were MALE Merrows as well, but they were said to be hideous. When the female Merrow sings, and attracts a sailor, the male Merrow will grab him, dive down and eat his soul. Kinda nasty, right?

But wait a minute, I just had a thought… So these mermaids have read hair, a green tail, a fascination with human men, and a desire to live in the human world… Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking?

Was Ariel a Merrow?

 

Just some food for thought.

XOXO,
JV