You probably know the story of Cupid and his strange arrow. The arrow that can strike at any moment causing you to fall instantly and helplessly in love. Have you ever been struck by Cupid’s arrow?
If so, do tell. We love to hear stories about romantic love and how it came into being.
Ah, but that’s putting the cart before the horse. First, the myth of Cupid.
Our Beloved Cupid
Cupid has always been the star player in the mythology of love and lovers. Cupid is portrayed as a mischievous, winged child. His arrows pierced the hearts of his victims causing them to fall instantly and deeply in love.
In ancient Greece Cupid’s name was Eros and he was the son of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. In Roman mythology he was Cupid, and his mother was Venus.
Cupid was often depicted with wings, a bow, and a quiver of arrows. The following story is almost identical in both cultures; the most familiar version is found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. When Cupid’s mother Venus became jealous of the princess Psyche, who was so beloved by her subjects that they forgot to worship Venus, she ordered Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with the evilest thing in the world. While Cupid was sneaking into her room to shoot Psyche with a golden arrow, he accidentally scratched himself with his own arrow and fell deeply in love with her.
Following that, Cupid visited Psyche every night while she slept. Speaking to her so that she could not see him, he told her never to try to see him. Psyche, though, incited by her two older sisters who told her Cupid was a monster, tried to look at him and angered Cupid. When he left, she looked all over the known world for him until at last the leader of the gods, Jupiter, gave Psyche the gift of immortality so that she could be with him. Together they had a daughter, Voluptas, or Hedone, (meaning pleasure) and Psyche became a goddess. Her name “Psyche” means “soul.”
Cupid Strikes Hard and Fast
I remember the first time Cupid struck me with his arrow. I was in 8th grade. His name was Dennis Noll. I’d just started a new school and one day in the middle of class there was an announcement there would be an assembly. The solemn occasion was that someone had put a condom in the display case by the principal’s office.
The next day I saw a lovely boy walking out of the principal’s office with his dad. His beautiful almond brown eyes were downcast and his cheeks were blushed a lovely rose color. He looked so innocent. I was in love. Of course, he was suspended for 3 days so my love would have to wait 3 agonizingly long days before I could gaze upon his beloved countenance.
Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day this week with your stories of romantic love and how you were struck by Cupid. If you’ve never commented before, I invite you to join in too. It’s really fun to hear about how we human critters meet and fall in love.
- Have you ever been struck by Cupid’s arrow?
- How did it happen? Give us the scoop.
- Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?
- Do you believe in love at first sight?