MYTHS AS A LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL

Cupid and Psyche in myth and in astrology

the original hero journey

Bianca Zagan
Astrology for Self Discovery
6 min readSep 2, 2023

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modern allegory of Cupid and Psyche; image by the author using Playgound AI

Alas! there is one mythical couple — with correspondents in astrology — that illustrate the happily ever after.

Even more, the word “psyche” means “soul” in Greek language, and you’ll see that her story is one of the most romantic in mythology, a source of inspiration for what we call today ‘hero’s journey’.

Psyche was a beautiful girl renowned for her beauty, so much so that people started revering her. Of course, Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of beauty, didn’t approve of the competition and she sent her son, Cupid (Eros in Greek mythology) to have Psyche stroked by Cupid’s arrow, so that the girl would fall in love with a monster.

Cupid became madly in love with Psyche. With the help of other gods’ intervention, he took the girl to a palace and they lived happily, yet there was a caveat: Psyche could not see her lover in the light, they only met at night, and he told her that if she ever saw him, he would leave. After a while, she sensed that she had become pregnant.

Psyche asked her husband to allow for her sisters to visit, because she missed her family. Envious of her life, Psyche’s sisters convinced the young woman that her lover must be a…

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Bianca Zagan
Astrology for Self Discovery

Passionate about understanding how the irrational human mind creates our reality in 8 billion versions