As The Arrow Turns…

We’re all familiar with Cupid, the winged cherub, armed with a bow and arrow, on a mission to make hapless morals fall in love. But the full legend of this Roman god is quite a soap opera, full of jealousy, mistrust and eternal love.

Cupid was the son of Venus (the goddess of love) and Mercury (the messenger god). And so it came to pass that his mother became jealous of the princess Psyche, who was so beloved by her subjects that they forgot to worship Venus (not good, when you’re a goddess). So, she ordered Cupid to take one of his little magic arrows and make Psyche fall in love with the vilest thing in the world. But when Cupid saw Psyche, he was so overcome by her beauty that he pricked himself with his own arrow and fell in love with her himself! What’s a guy to do now? Make his mother happy, or follow his heart?

Well, he decided to secretly visit Psyche every night, speaking of his love for her. But he never revealed himself and told his love that she must never lay eyes on him. Psyche tried to be good but, egged on by her two envious sisters who told her Cupid must be a monster, tried to sneak a peek at him one night. Angered by her mistrust, Cupid leaves her. Bereft and remorseful, she looks all over the known world for him until at last the king of the gods, Jupiter, takes pity on her, brings Cupid and Psyche together and makes her a goddess, enabling them to truly be together forever.

So, as you can see, the story of Cupid is not all chubby flying babies and rose petals. And true love is not always a smooth road. But it pays to be persistant, follow your heart and know folks in high places!


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