The myth of Eros and Psyche tells us about one of the three daughters of a king of Anatolia. She was not only the most beautiful of all, but also the most beautiful in the world. It is said that those who saw her were impressed by her beauty. This is why the goddess Venus began to be jealous. She did not accept the fact that a mortal was more beautiful than her.
Men, instead of worshiping Venus in their temples, went to where Psyche was to contemplate her beauty. The goddess, no longer supporting this affront, asked her son, Eros, to seek her and throw one of her arrows at her so that she fell in love with the most horrifying being there was.
Eros, obedient as always, did what his mother asked him to do. However, he accidentally pricked himself with the arrow he was going to shoot at Psyche. As a result, he fell madly in love with her. The god of love had never fallen in love, and he didn’t know how to act. So he had no choice but to ask for help from Apollo, god of light and truth.
A strange fate
The myth of Eros and Psyche says that the god Apollo himself did not know how to act. It seemed to him that in principle the best thing to do was to dismiss all the girl’s suitors; with his power he made men admire Psyche, but never fall in love with her. So everyone was flattering her beauty, but no one wanted to marry her.
Psyche’s two sisters, on the other hand, had already married. His father, grieved by this bad luck, asked the gods for help. Apollo knew that Eros’ love had to be kept a secret or Venus would get angry. So he simply advised Psyche’s father to take him to a distant mountain and leave him there.
The father was very sad, but he obeyed Apollo’s instructions. He was a wise god and his daughter would surely be happy. The myth of Eros and Psyche says that when she reached the hill, the girl cried, heartbroken, and fell asleep. Then she woke up in a beautiful garden, next to a beautiful castle. A voice invited him to come in, put on nice dresses and eat fabulous food.
The myth of Eros and Psyche
The same voice that had guided her told her that her husband would visit her at night. However, he would do it in the dark and she would never be able to see his face. If that happened, the two lovers would have to go their separate ways forever. She had to trust him, because without trust, no love was possible.
The myth of Eros and Psyche says that the girl was very flattered by so many attentions. After spending the night with her new husband, she began to fall more and more in love with him. However, there was something still grieving him. It had been a long time since she saw her sisters and she missed them. Her husband tried to persuade her not to, but she was determined. So he agreed, but warned her not to tell them about him.
The sisters were finally able to make it to the palace and were very jealous of everything her sister had and the love shining in her eyes. They used ploys to bring mistrust into his heart. They told her that maybe her husband was a horrible monster.
The price of love
The myth of Eros and Psyche says that the young girl followed the advice of her sisters: to put light on her husband’s face. When she turned on the light, she saw that it was the beautiful Eros that was next to her. As she watched him, the oil from the lamp hurt him. He, hurt and annoyed, turned away from her and went in search of his mother. He said he would never come back with Psyche.
Regretting her mistrust, Psyche herself went to find Venus to arrange her marriage. Venus subjected her to very harsh trials, which were not suitable for humans. However, ants, a rose bush and an eagle helped her overcome them. Finally, Venus asked him to go to the underworld and bring him some of the beauty of Persephone, owner of these places.
Persephone was moved by the girl and gave her part of her beauty in a chest. After many vicissitudes, Psyche managed to return, but before arriving, she wanted a piece of this beauty for herself. This is why she opened the trunk from which a narcotic vapor quickly escaped and then she fell asleep. For his part, Eros had forgiven her and followed her everywhere without being seen. It was then that he woke her from the magical dream.
E ros begged the gods to consent to her marriage with Psyche. They accepted and gave Psyche an ambrosia, so that she too would be immortal. Faced with this situation, Venus relented and accepted the marriage. The myth of Eros and Psyche says that they have since loved each other forever.