Tides Above and Below

When I was four my family moved to Florida and, as they told me later in life, I was very disappointed when we got there because it wasn’t pink as it was on the map. I don’t really remember that but it sounds like me. What I do remember is my first genuine ambition in life, which developed within a year or so of that first let-down, and that was to be an actual mermaid.

mermaid graphic set crop6

I was as confident about that being possible as any other kid was about being a singer, teacher, or a pilot. However, it didn’t take long at all for that confidence to vanish. As dismayed as I had been that the state of Florida wasn’t drenched in rosy hues, finding out I simply could not and would not turn into a real, shimmering, sea grotto-dwelling mermaid was the first real disappointment of my life. Oh, to be six!

That was also the first of many such inclinations that made me begin to realize, even at a very young age, what it was that would set me apart and has ever since; I simply wasn’t nearly as interested in or aware of as many common, mundane things as most of the “surface-dwellers”. I also realized that many of my interests wouldn’t often be understood or respected.

But my love of mermaids, dolphins, fairy tales, water, the ocean and swimming (the list goes ever on) would never be quenched. Particularly just being in or near water; if we were at the pool and it was time to get out and get ready to go home, I’d fight it every step of the way.

Baths were an hour-long affair filled with bubbles, elaborate daydreams, and well-rehearsed, echoing choruses of “Part of Your World”. I still have trouble keeping showers to a sensible length, and consider them one of the best parts of the day!

Some of the influences and reasons for this affinity for all things watery – and otherworldly – became clear when I started studying astrology and analyzing my own birth chart.


Probably the most interesting feature of my birth chart is an especially pronounced Grand Water Trine. For those unfamiliar with astrology, a grand trine is when three planets are 120° away from each other, forming a triangle.

A true grand trine would be those planets occupying all three signs of one element – Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) or Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius).

For instance, mine consists of the Moon, Pluto and Jupiter positioned in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, respectively. This also means that each planet in my grand trine is in the sign that it rules (Pisces is ruled by Neptune as well as Jupiter, which was the traditional ruler before Neptune was discovered in 1846), which is what makes it especially pronounced; while my sun sign is Aries, my chart is inarguably water-dominant.

It’s absolutely no surprise then that I love and feel very connected to water, the ocean and all such things, nor that I am very sensitive, emotional and intuitive.

Your birth chart is an invaluable tool for your sojourn through this plane and incarnation. As any good mage knows, “As above, so below”. How could we not be affected by these massive, powerful bodies moving in a perfect cosmic dance all around us? They have done so since unfathomable ages before we arrived here, and they will continue ages after we have gone.

Many astrologers have compared the birth chart to a blueprint, which is a very fitting analogy. Think of it as the universe’s guide for us to know ourselves and to plot and navigate our lives. It can tell us where we are strong, where we are weak, what type of people to avoid or seek out, what kind of careers we could thrive in, and it can even give us information about past lives and patterns being repeated in the current one.

I have discovered, some twenty-five years after I first decided I could and would become a mermaid, that I was not completely wrong. While I didn’t actually grow a shining, scaly tail, learn how to breathe underwater and move to a suburb of the Sargasso Sea, my birth chart showed me that I was already born with the spirit of a mermaid, if you will.

AN water graphic rainbow

We are all born with incredible potential and energies that represent us as so much more than we seem to be, more than we often become. As Yoda says in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”

We also have a good deal of choice here. What you choose and what you believe in go a long way to creating your reality and your truest self. Trusting the universe to help guide you to these realizations is the beginning of a beautiful, meaningful life as the luminous being that you are.

artist: Walter Crane

Featured image: Divina by Jeroen van Valkenburg, 2000

© 2017 M. Everwhite – All Rights Reserved

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