Mermaid Magic

Author: Quill ofQuillsOccultSupply / Labels:

If you were feeling slightly cheated after reading my last post "Spells to Become a Mermaid" and finding no such spells, here is my remedy.

What follows is an abbreviated collection of popular mermaid spells.  I am not claiming that they are functional, only that they do follow the standard pattern of traditional spells.  I have left them as I found them with the exception of some minor organizational, grammatical, punctuation, and spelling changes.  In each case where these amendments were made they did not impair the original style.  If you'd like to see the sites I found them on, check the links at the end of this post. 

Most of them can be found posted across the internet on any site discussing mermaid magic.  Because of this, unfortunately, none of the spells had a listed author.  If you know who wrote any of these spells, please let me know so I may properly credit their creator!

As you read these spells, please try to see them with the same optimism with which they were written.  There's a lot of modern ideas in here about just what makes a mermaid, what they do, and how they look (and there's certainly a hefty dose of admiration for the Australian TV show "H2O: Just Add Water") but there's also that same thrill that brought us all to magic in the beginning.  They are each easily workable and worth a try, if you're so inclined.  When you make them work be sure to send me a postcard from the island of your choice!

Elemental Witches Mermaid Incantation

“Witches of the sea and air.
Please listen as I call upon thee.
There is a wish I most desire.
A mermaid when wet, a human when dry.
A tail color of blue and gold is what I choose.
The power of shaping and freezing water is what I feel to have.
A beautiful top to go along with it.
Rain shall not affect the.
But a drop of water should change me.
Beware of moon during its brightest night.
Witches of the sea and air, please listen to what I most

Mermaid Bath

At night, get in the bathtub and turn out the lights.  Sprinkle two pinches of salt on both sides of you, say:

“A mermaid when wet, human when dry,
this is thing that I most desire.”

Say this 4 times.   Then get out of the tub and go straight to bed.   Fall asleep with your legs crossed and you hands resting on a special symbol (it doesn’t matter if you don’t sleep through the whole night like that).  The next time you touch water in the morning, you should be a mermaid. 
You can put pajamas on, but for the most part, stay wet.  For example, let your hair stay wet and stuff, because you’re supposed to become a mermaid when wet, so for the spell to completely work you must be wet.

Mystic Spirits Mermaid Incantation

“Mystic spirits, spell.
Mystic spirits, grant me this wish that I most desire.
I want to be a mermaid.
Every time I get wet,
10 seconds later I grow an blue tail.
This spell can never fail!
Gills on my neck are essential—
My time underwater is eternal!
My eternal wish forever be!
And I want the powers to shape water.
Forty-three hours after saying this spell
I will get my mermaid tail!
When I’m dry, a human I
shall be me—just me.
Please mermaids and witches, hear my plea.
I want to be a mermaid with the sea
This is my will so mote it be!”

Mermaid Bath II

Fill a tub with water but don’t go in it.  (This works best on midnight)
Put salt in the tub and add your essence in the tub (use spit, hair, or blood).
Put something of the ocean in the tub(a fish scale or a sea shell.  I recommend using a fish scale from a restaurant).
Mix this together.

Mermaid Incantation

“When I’m wet, a tail I grow.
When I’m dry, my legs will grow.
A mermaid well wet, a human when dry.
The power to speak
with all the fishes of the sea.
Insert your magic into me!
When I’m done with the sea,
My feet and legs will return to me.

Mermaid Incantation II

“Insouciant Inclemency,       (In-soo-see-ent  In-klem-en-see)
Redoubtable Mediocracy,    ( Ree-dow-ta-bull Mee-dee-o-kr-see)
Refutable Humanity.           (Ree-few-ta-bull Hu-man-it-ee)
Make me what I wish to be—
Witches one and witches all,
Give this power to me!”

Repeat 10 times.

Whatever you do, DO NOT SAY THIS WHILE DRY!!!!! You do not have to be in the bath, shower, pool, or ocean while you say this. Some part of you just has to be touching water. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SAY THIS ON A FULL MOON.   Just don’t look at it or you will regret looking at it after saying the spell.

After saying this spell, you will probably have side effect(s):
-Legs changing color/getting itchy, tingly or achy
-Difficulty breathing
-Coughing fits when in water
-Being able to breathe in water/hold your breath longer
-Random anger
-Scales appearing on your skin
-Gills appearing on your neck or under your armpits
-Legs sticking together or wanting to stay together
-Legs crossing by themselves
-Constant thirst even after drinking lot of fluid
-Wanting to touch or be in water

REMEMBER:  side effects are not necessary, but most people get them.  Sometimes side effects don’t happen until 2 weeks after saying the spell.

Tail colors vary, and you do not decide what color your tail will be. You do not get to choose your power. The powers I’ve heard of are like the “H2O: Just Add Water” powers (i.e. heating, freezing, or shaping water), or psychic powers, and telekinesis. The power may take up to 2 months to develop.

For this spell to work, you need to have a symbol—something that is special to you and is on your upper body (so it will still be visible when you grow a tail).  It can be a necklace, a bracelet, a ring, your hair, your eyes, etc.  You cannot take it off for more than two hours at a time or you will lose your powers and tail, and the spell won’t work.  You also have to believe the spell will work or else it won’t.

Salt Water Mermaid Spell

Fill a glass bowl (I used a fish bowl) half way with water and add a lot of salt.  Stir well.  Spit into the bowl twice and stir.  Add a few objects you from the sea (I used shells) and stir.  Add more water and stir.  You can add food coloring now, if you choose to use it.  Add mermaid images (like figurines) or items associated with mermaids (like a comb) and stir.  Add two silk flowers and stir.

"A mermaid I want to be,
But not permanently!
With a tail of (preferred color)
and the power of (preferred magical power)!
When I'm neck-deep or deeper
in water, my tail will grow.
I will
As easily and painlessly as on land.
When I'm dry or out of the water,
From the knee down,
I will have legs and be human.
Oh, a mermaid I wish to be!
Witches one and witches all,
Give this power to me!
Witches one and witches all,
A mermaid I wish to be,
So give this power to ME!

As you say "ME", throw in your favorite piece of jewelry.  Scoop some water from the bowl and rub it on your legs and repeat the incantation from the beginning.  End the spell by drying off but leaving your feet wet.  Your legs should be very itchy right away.
Put on your piece of jewelry.  You may take off your jewelry but for no more than a week.

*Keeping legs crossed
*Very itchy legs
*Singing a lot
*Rash on legs
*Making non-normal sounds
*Being very active (Hitting your head on the ground, summer salts, weird things you dont usually do.This only lasts one day)
*Drinking lots of water.
*Queasiness /Dizziness

Removable Mermaid Spell

Fill a plastic child’s pool or the bath with water.
Make a circle around the pool/bath with 7 seashells of various sizes and shapes.  Put on a swimsuit and enter the water.
Sit down and hold a fish tail in both hands and chant:

“It’s a mermaid I want to be.
Turn me now while the shells can see.
The one to be a mermaid
now is ME!!!”

This spell requires a second one when you want to go back to normal:

Do the same thing as before but instead of holding a fish tail, hold piece of your own hair in your hands and chant:

It’s a human who I want to be.
Turn me now while the shells don’t see.
The one to be a normal human now is ME!!!”

Lunar Mermaid Incantation

While touching water on a full moon or during a solar eclipse say the following:

“Mermaid now let it be.
Mermaid when wet—So mote it be!
Human when dry— So shall it be!
On land, I walk.
In the sea, I swim with a long (preferred color) tail.
Blessed be.
And by the power of 3x3x3.
In sea I swim.
When dry I walk.
So mote it be.
So mote it be.”

Author Unknown

**Special note: the instructions to use a solar eclipse may be a typo where a lunar eclipse may have been intended.  Test for yourself**

Spells originally found:

Here are some videos of the Kona Mermaids.  Really something to see!
Kona Mermaids
Here's an annual magazine for all you mermaids and mermaid fans (from the publishers of the stunning Faerie Magazine):
Mermaid Magazine

For the little mermaids in your life (or you!  Come on--you know you love Twig the Fairy!):
Twig the Fairy and the Mermaid Adventure

Also see here for an exciting-looking non-fiction book on mermaid magic:
Mermaid Magic: Connecting With the Energy of the Ocean and the Healing Power of Water

Related reading includes Spells to Become a Mermaid

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Spells to Become a Mermaid

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...or a vampire or a werewolf.  Or to fly on a broomstick.  Or to live forever.  "You do have them, don't you?  Witches do that sort of thing, right?  'Cause I really, really need it." 

I think I've been asked for all these things and more.  Some experienced folks roll their eyes at these questions and change the subject, some launch into lectures on the use of true magic, and others sharpen their cynicism with snarky comments to shut down newbies who "still believe in that Hollywood stuff."

But it's not really the notion that it's "Hollywood stuff" that irks (especially since these are human dreams that predate and extend far beyond movies and media).  It's the idea that the person standing in front of you is so new and fresh that everything is possible to those who know how.  And they desperately hope you're one who knows how.  Is that so bad?  Is that something to squash?

I say no.  But, then again, I may have come to this a little differently than most.  Let me tell you about my first experience with the plausible impossible...

It was when Gigi was a baby and we lived in what could arguably be called the most social community we've ever been a part of.  We were a young family with lots of neighbors in a small area.  I always hung laundry with the lady who's backyard connected to ours.  My husband worked on cars with the guy across the road.  And there were kids everywhere.  A new mom with a newly toddling daughter was just too much fun to keep the kids away.  Going swimming in the creek, riding bike, climbing trees, and playing toys with Gigi was all the rage.  I had many summertime pre-teen visitors before I knew it, especially after they found out I was a witch.

That was the most exciting news ever, evidently, and word spread like wildfire.  Soon, I was barraged with questions and new faces popped in my door regularly.  With parents permission, they flipped through my books and even borrowed one or two.  They wanted to see my wand, know what everything on the altar did, and if witches have Christmas.  I didn't mind.  It was kind of cute.  So long as no parents got angry that their kids were asking me questions that I truthfully answered, all was well. 

On my wall was a fascinating object to these girls: my broom.  It hung over our large front window, it's unvarnished handle cradled in two black padded hooks.  I thought it looked rather pretty up there, but to the girls, it was a sure sign that I kept it up out of harm's way when I wasn't flying it through the air.

One day one of the girls asked the question directly.  I joked and said that it's much too cold at night for flying.  They persisted: did I, could I, actually fly it?  I asked simply "If I could fly on a broomstick, why would I own a car?"  They went silent and then the topic changed.  I left it at that.  I didn't want to kill the fun of the topic.  After all, who hasn't dreamed of flying away?  Isn't flying the ultimate freedom?  I didn't want to take that away so harshly.

Later we decided to go for a swim and after changing into suits we all met on the grassy hill before the creek side.  With Gigi wobbling along, I fell behind the giggling crowd of girls.  One girl fell behind with me.  She bit her lip and kept glancing at me like she wanted to say something but lacked the nerve.  Finally she leaned in and asked quietly, so the others couldn't hear, "Can't it a little?" My heart almost broke.  She was 12 and so willing to believe.  If I'd said I could manage about 5 feet off the ground, she'd have been there the next day to learn how.  How could I explain the truly impressive work of magic if I now flattened her hopes by telling her that the kind of magic she understood wasn't real? 

I saw in her the girl Gigi would one day become.  Do I tell her the version of life that was handed down to me by my mother, that life is full of pain and tough breaks?  Or should I tell her what I desperately wanted to believe myself, that life is endless possibility and you can accomplish anything your heart desires?  While she looked at me with big almost pleading eyes, I weighed my options.  In the end, I decided to tell her the truth, my way:

"I don't know how to fly it.  Maybe it can be done, but there are lots of things I haven't learned yet and that's one of them."

She listened quietly and stayed quiet for a long while after, clearly thinking.  I may have taken my previous stature down a bit in her eyes, but I tried my best to split the difference between pessimism and optimism.  One cannot be cured by the other, only killed.  In between, I believe, is real possibility.

So if you come to me for spells that give you night vision or the ability to talk to animals, I won't laugh or scoff.  I will do my best to help, because you are full of promise and light just in asking.  I could use twenty more students like that!  And, in fairness, there's actual traditional magic for a lot of this "Hollywood stuff."  Whether or not it works is for you to decide.  You may become a beautiful mermaid or you may have to say "There are lots of things I haven't learned yet and that's one of them."

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My name is Quill and I've been practicing witchcraft for the past 17 years. 10 of those years I've been reading tarot and teaching.  I own a shop on Etsy called Quill's Occult Supply (check it out at full of handmade ritual and decorative items, spell components, and wild picked herbs.

I love to work with my hands.  Magic is a tool to shape our lives, and I'm using magic to shape tools to shape magic.  Cosmic! 

I use a lot of my favorite things in my shop: herbs, candles, wood, fabric, paint, clay.  And I get to carve, burn, grind, mold, think, dream ... I'm in the perfect business!

I've written 3 manuscripts for publication (2 non-fiction and 1 fiction) and am an avid NaNo-er!  I and my husband run a local coven called Orbis Prosapia, and our children are growing up surrounded by magic, mythology, fairy tales, Earth worship, art, open discussion, music, and humor. 

In addition to working on Ex Penna about my experiences as a professional witch, I also write for Scenes from the Circle about being a coven leader. 

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