Thalassa

Thalassa

Also known as:

Thalatta

Origin:

Greece

Thalassa, a primeval sea spirit, is the essence of the sea itself. Thalassa literally means “sea.” She is the presiding goddess of the Mediterranean, but the oceans know no boundaries. Thalassa is the mother of fish and all sea creatures. She may be the mother of the Telchines.

• Thalassa is the presiding spirit of Thalassotherapy, the therapeutic use of sea water prescribed for a wide variety of medical and cosmetic uses. She may be invoked to enhance its powers.

• The Romans called her Mare (as in marine or mariner).

Manifestation:

Thalassa is the sea, but she also manifests as a beautiful naked woman swathed in seaweed. She has wild hair and crabclaw horns.

Attribute:

Oar

Consort: Pontus

Element:

Water

Sacred site:

The Mediterranean Sea

Offerings:

Seashells; found crab shells and claws; chalices of salt water; crystals

See Also:

Amphitrite; Mari (2); Telchines; Tethys

Source:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.