It's Sunday, and maybe you just woke up next to your Valentine, or you are heading to Brunch Date with your new love? I've chosen a well known story for our post on this 6th February - Cupid & Psyche.
What is love? This question has been asked by people throughout the ages, and there is no one answer that fits everyone. However, one of the oldest and most famous love stories in history might provide some insight. Cupid and Psyche is a classic romance that tells the story of two lovers who are separated by fate but find their way back to each other in the end. If you are looking for a little bit of romance this Valentine's Day, then be sure to check out this timeless story!
Cupid and Psyche is a story that has been told for centuries, and there are many different versions of it. However, the basic premise is always the same - Cupid and Psyche fall in love against all odds, but are eventually separated by fate. Psyche must go on a quest to find her husband, and in the end they are reunited in the heavens.
The Myth of Cupid and Psyche is one of the most widely known Greek myths, although it was written by Apuleius in 130 AD. The story centers around two people who fall deeply in love with each other, but their relationship ends because they cannot be together due to obstacles created by an evil jealous god.
The story begins when Psyche is born and her parents are told that their daughter will grow up to be the most beautiful woman in all of Greece, but she will never marry because any man who sees her will fall desperately in love with her at first sight. Eventually this comes true as men come from far away to see her beauty and are so entranced that they forget to eat or drink, or even pay attention when their wives call them home at night.
Cupid is a god who has been sent by his mother Venus to get revenge on Psyche for being more beautiful than her own daughter (Venus). Cupid shoots arrows of love at Psyche, but instead of making her fall in love with the first man she sees, she falls in love with Cupid himself. The two are married in secret and live happily together for a time, but eventually their happiness is cut short when Psyche's jealous sisters find out about them.
Psyche's sisters convince her that Cupid is actually a serpent who will eat her if she sees him, so one night while Cupid sleeps Psyche takes a light and looks at his face. As soon as she does this he disappears from the bed in shock and anger because now that she has seen him without being blinded by love like everyone else was before, he can no longer be with her.
Psyche is devastated and goes to search for Cupid, which leads us into the second part of this myth where she has many trials and tribulations before finally finding him again in Heaven.
The story ends on a happy note when they are reunited after their questing journey through life together-as-one (in death).
What makes me think at most, is the moment that "Psyche takes a light and looks at his face. As soon as she does this he disappears from the bed in shock and anger because now that she has seen him without being blinded by love like everyone else was before ..." Is there something we can take from our modern times, when we - like Psyche - see the world blinded by love, when we actually fall in love? Maybe there are some things that we do not want to see? Or is the story of Cupid and Psyche a warning: better don't fall in love ... Who knows.
For me falling in Love was always the nicest moment in life, if it was about myself or about a friend - to hear that Amor or Cupid arrows were target successful, it made my heart goes boom. Love is something nice, sometimes not rational but its the best proof that we all are humans from flesh and blood and emotions are the key for experiences far away from being rational. And this is what counts - at the end we are humans with a beating heart who always have the option to decide being stronger and powerful in a relationship, or we decide to go a part of our way of life alone and trust ourselves.
Please allow me a last thought about our couple Cupid and Psyche.
What makes Cupid and Psyche such a timeless love story is the fact that their love is tested in so many different ways. They are forced apart by fate, jealousy, and misunderstanding, but they never give up on each other. Their love is strong enough to survive anything. If you are looking for a romantic story to read this Valentine's Day, I highly recommend the Myth of Cupid and Psyche. It is a classic for a reason!
Your Christian Felix