“The Greek essence of love and romance. One of two goddesses in this group that began life as human. The Greek language has seven words to describe different kinds of love. Psyche’s story is that of true love proven by virtue of persistence. Perhaps none of the Greek myths is more captivity than that of Psyche and her husband, Eros, the god of Love. This may be because the protagonist is human. The story is complicated by a mother-in-law, Aphrodite, jealous of Psyche’s beauty and a husband who tends toward intractability. Her heroic struggles to be reunited with Eros (Roman Cupid) earned her both success and immortality and illustrates that some people will do anything for love.”
“Purview: The Subsconscious and dreams. Healing and Health.
Symbol: crescent moon, three stars, waterfalls, pottery jars
Animals: butterfly, she is sometimes depicted with butterfly wings
Herbs/Oils: blackthorn, sweet alyssum, mulberry
Gemstones: crystals, amethyst, rose quartz”
Excerpt taken from Seasons of the Witch Weekly Calendar 2010.
“She was once a mortal princess whose astounding beauty earned the ire of Aphrodite when men turned their worship from goddess to girl. Aphrodite commanded Eros make Psykhe fall in love with the most hideous of men, but the god himself fell in love with her and carried her away to his secret palace. However Eros hid his true identity, and commanded her never to look upon his face. Psykhe was eventually tricked by her jealous sisters into gazing upon the face of god, and he abandoned her. In her despair, she searched throughout the world for her lost love, and eventually came into the service of Aphrodite. The goddess commanded her perform a series of difficult labours which culminated in a journey to the Underworld. In the end Psykhe was reunited with Eros and the couple wed in a ceremony attended by the gods. Psykhe was depicted in ancient mosaics as a butterfly winged goddess in the company of her husband Eros. Sometimes a pair of Pyskhai are portrayed, the second perhaps being their daughter Hedone (Pleasure).”
Excerpt taken from http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Psykhe.html
PSYCHE (Psuchê), that is, “breath” or “the soul,” occurs in the later times of antiquity, as a personification of the human soul, and Apuleius (Met. iv. 28, &c.) relates about her the following beautiful allegoric story. Psyche was the youngest of the three daughters of some king, and excited by her beauty the jealousy and envy of Venus. In order to avenge herself, the goddess ordered Amor to inspire Psyche with a love for the most contemptible of all men : but Amor was so stricken with her beauty that he himself fell in love with her.”
“He accordingly conveyed her to some charming place, where he, unseen and unknown, visited her every night, and left her as soon as the day began to dawn. Psyche might have continued to have enjoyed without interruption this state of happiness, if she had attended to the advice of her beloved, never to give way to her curiosity, or to inquire who he was. But her jealous sisters made her believe that in the darkness of night she was embracing some hideous monster, and accordingly once, while Amor was asleep, she approached him with a lamp, and, to her amazement, she beheld the most handsome and lovely of the gods. In her excitement of joy and fear, a drop of hot oil fell from her lamp upon his shoulder.”
“This awoke Amor, who censured her for her mistrust, and escaped. Psyche’s peace was now gone all at once, and after having attempted in vain to throw herself into a river, she wandered about from temple to temple, inquiring after her beloved, and at length came to the palace of Venus. There her real sufferings began, for Venus retained her, treated her as a slave, and imposed upon her the hardest and most humiliating labours. Psyche would have perished under the weight of her sufferings, had not Amor, who still loved her in secret, invisibly comforted and assisted her in her labours. With his aid she at last succeeded in overcoming the jealousy and hatred of Venus; she became immortal, and was united with him for ever.”
“It is not difficult to recognise in this lovely story the idea of which it is merely the mythical embodiment, for Psyche is evidently the human soul, which is purified by passions and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness. In works of art Psyche is represented as a maiden with the wings of a butterfly, along with Amor in the different situations described in the allegoric story.”
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.