Once, there was a young woman by the name of Psyche and she was extraordinarily beautiful. tler popularity and fame grew after a while; people came to say her beauty was too great for that of a mere mortal. She must in fact be a goddess, and they began to desert the temple of Aphrodite. Goddess of Beauty and Love. They actually began to worship Psyche.
Now, Aphrodite was a cry jealous goddess and she grew very angry about Psyche.So she went to find her son, the god, Cupid.When this story took place, Cupid has grown into a very handsome young man. but still with the wings.Aphrodite asked Cupid to punish Psyche.Cupid flew down to the Earth. He found Psyche sleeping in her room. He drew an arrow at hrr but he was startled by her great beauty, and he found himself hopelessly in love with Psyche. He just couldn't bring himself to punish her in any way. So away he flew. This made Aphrodite even angrier with Psyche.
Time went by and Psyche's father realized that his daughter was not like other mortals. So he went to sec the oracle. an ole woman through whom the god. Apollo. spoke words of wisdom and truth, and the old woman said:"Psyche is not like other mortal woman and she will not marry a mortal husband. Hm husband would be a mon,tcr feared by both god and man. And he awaits her on the mountain top” So the family brought Psyche to the top of a nearby mountain, and with tear, in their eyes. they left' her there. But shortly after her family left, a gentle breeze suddenly came up and lift her right off the mountain top and took her across the、alleys and to another mountain where it set her gently down. Up ahead. she saw a grove of straight, tall, beautiful trees, and she went in that direction. At the end. there was a beautiful palace full of gold and ivory and jewels, so wethine too beautiful for a mere mortal. "'My lady Psyche”suddenly a voice was heard. "I am one the invisible servants of this place. And this place is for your joy. Your husband-to-be has set it here for you.And we will fulfill your every wish and desire’."So from then on Psvche began her new life During thr day, she would live in the palace of dreams and wishes.At night, a mysterious husband appeared to spend the night with het until the dawn. She never did sec his face. But he was gentle and loving and fultilled her every wish for a husband.
However, once she asked him、why can I not see you? Why can I not see your feature,and he replied"I am a god, I am afraid you will fear me rather than love me if you actually could see me.And therefore would prefer darkness only."She accepted this. But as time went by, she grew lonely, and one night, she aid to her husband, "I wish to see my sisters My family must... must pink that I'm dead by now." He tried to argue her out of it. But at least, as always. he paid he would do as she wished.
The next day ,as Psyche's two sisters were walking, picking up some flowers, the gentle wind rose again and lilted the two of them and flew them off to Psyche's palace, where their sister was awaiting them. How joyous was that reunion!At the end of day, the sisters parted.But they had planted the seed of suspicion in Psyche's mind. That night, as her husband lay sleeping in the pitch black darkness of their room, she held the oil lamp high and approached their bed. It wasn"t a fearsome monster. In fact, it was a remarkably handsome young man with wings growing from his back. I"m sure you've sucssed by now" it was Cupid himsclt". So startled was Psyche at his appearance that she stumbled a bit atd several drops of oil from the lamp spattered out on Cupid"s chest and burned him and he awoke suddenly.When he saw her standing there,he knew at once what had happened. And he sprang for the window and stared her as he stood then.’Yon'vc lost me forever, Psyche. I must leave you forever now. Love can not live with mistrust."
Before she could speak. he spread his wings and flew off.And the palace disappeared.She began to travel around the countryside trying to find a way back to her husband.She went through many adventures and at last she found the temple of the Gods.she went inside and lit a candle and got down upon her knees, and she prayed and said: "my husband, you are a god and I know therefore you can hear me. I love you with all my soul. There's one thing I must say to you." Cupid appeared,"what is it" he asked. And she replied. "you said you have to leave because I did not crust you. But did you trust me?"how could I fully love you without letting me know you?" and Cupid saw the justice in this. "Come with me," he said, and he lifted her in his strong arms and off they flew up the very top of Mount Olympus, home of gods. And they went to see Zeus, king of all the gods.
Cupid told the whole story to Father Zeus,and asked hitn to talk to his mother.Zeus finally persuaded Aphrodite to accept the girl.Later Aphrodite herself brought ambrosia, the food and drink of gods and gave them to Psyche and once she had done that, Psyche, too, became immortal and went to live on Mount Olympus with Cupid happily ever after.
Now,"psyche" is the old Greek word for soul and also for butterfly. Perhaps the Greeks knew that the soul could fly as joyfully and beautifully as a butterfly, but only when soul has combined with love.