A myth was born that a wound from one
of Cupid's arrows caused all and any to fall in love. So when
a beautiful mortal princess named Psyche raised the beast of
jealousy in Venus, she decided to punish her for her extraordinary
beauty and ordered Cupid to make her fall in love with an ugly
Startled by her loveliness, Cupid
pricked himself with his own arrow and fell completely in love with
Psyche. Even though they became husband and wife, Cupid told
her that she could never
at him or he would have to leave her.
In desperation, the young bride crept
into Cupid's room one night with a lighted lamp. Stunned by
the beauty of the handsome god, she spilled a drop of hot oil onto
his shoulder. Cupid awoke and vanished.
Grief stricken, Psyche went to Venus
and begged to see her husband again. Venus commanded that she
perform three very difficult tasks. She attempted to complete
all of them, but the last one took her life.
Cupid revived his wife and then went
to Zeus (god of all gods) and begged him to make Venus forgive both
of them. He did. He also granted immortality to Psyche
so that the lovers could spend eternity together.
It is thought that Cupid represents
the heart and Psyche the human soul. Her tasks, failures,
sorrows and struggles show the challenges the soul encounters
throughout a lifetime.
The Greek word "Psyche" means soul.
Usually portrayed as a chubby cherub
with golden wings carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows, Cupid
represents the ageless concept of love and its unpredictability.