ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Psyche and Eros - Her Beauty Brings Misfortune

Updated on January 30, 2019
Phyllis Doyle profile image

Mythology is a wonderful world that Phyllis can escape to when her mind needs a break from daily life.


Psyche by William Bouguereau, 1892
Psyche by William Bouguereau, 1892 | Source

A Story to Remember

The story of Psyche and Eros is one of the most endearing legends of Greek Mythology. The curse of Aphrodite sends both her son, Eros, and the beautiful Psyche into a long journey of testing faith and trust and how it affects their love.

Faith and trust is the most important thing to have in a marriage. When trust is broken, the marriage will begin to crumble -- faith in self and spouse can restore the union and rebuild trust.

Beautiful and Charming

In Greek mythology, when the Olympian gods ruled the world, there was a mortal king and queen who had three daughters. Psyche was the youngest daughter, the most beautiful. Her beauty brings misfortune to her, from her sisters and most of all from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Her sisters, Megalometis and Baskania, were very jealous of Psyche, for she was exceedingly beautiful and charming.

All the beauty and loveliness, grace and sweetness, that could be given to a maiden had been bestowed upon Psyche. The qualities Psyche had been given far surpassed the gifts of any other mortal woman.

It seems the only fault within her was to not trust her own heart or have faith in herself. Her sisters were so jealous that they had no love for Psyche and cared not what happened to her -- yet, if given the chance, they would cause hurt and sorrow for their young sister. To see her joyless and destitute would give them great satisfaction.

This is a common situation that often shows up in mythology and fairy tales. The one who is good and pure of heart gives always to others and rarely to the self. The ones who are not happy with their own self put most of their energies into hurting others rather than focusing on healing and finding good within themselves.

Demure and Modest

Psyche was not a vain or self-centered maiden. She did not flaunt her beauty, nor did she flirt with men. She was a very demure and modest girl. She preferred the quiet and pleasant festivals for Artemis, the goddess of virgins, to the flamboyant and spectacular gaiety of the festivals for Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

However, Psyche was obedient and honored the wishes of her parents in regards to the traditions and festivals of Aphrodite and that she take her place in the processions as she was expected to do.

There came the time when Psyche and her sisters were to be part of a public appearance as priestesses of Aphrodite. As princesses, this was their duty and an honor to the family. At first, Psyche refused to attend, but upon reproach from her parents, she agreed to not neglect her duty to serve the goddess of love and beauty in the temple of Aphrodite.

The People Adore Psyche

When it was Psyche's turn to approach the altar and give her offerings, the people were stunned by her beauty -- they thought the goddess herself had graced them with her appearance.

They were overwhelmed by the grace and loveliness of Psyche and turned from the altar to gaze upon her as she walked back to her place. They showered her with love and flowers and began to worship Psyche, for there among them was the true goddess.

Psyche Honoured by the People

The people adore Psyche
The people adore Psyche | Source

Aphrodite's Fury

From her home high on Mount Olympus, Aphrodite saw what was happening and became enraged with jealousy and indignation.

She went in search of her son, Eros, and found him in her garden. After telling Eros about Psyche, she said he must avenge his mother and banish Psyche -- curse her with severe punishment for daring to be a rival of his divine mother. He was to make her fall in love with the most hideous, ugliest monster that ever walked the earth.

This delighted Eros, for he did have a mischievous way about him at times.

From two fountains in the garden of Aphrodite, flowed magical water. One was bitter, the other sweet water. Eros filled two vases, one from each fountain and hung them over his shoulder near his quiver of arrows. Straight away he flew to the home and chamber of Psyche, where she lay asleep.

Eros Finds the Sleeping Psyche

Cupid and Psyche (1867) by Alphonse Legros.
Cupid and Psyche (1867) by Alphonse Legros. | Source

Eros Falls in Love

Eros barely glanced at her as he sprinkled the bitter water upon her lips then pricked her breast with his sharpest arrow. Psyche softly moaned and opened her eyes.

In her dream state she saw beauty as she looked up at Eros. He trembled as he gazed into her eyes that were more blue than the spring violets in his mother's garden. He knew he was invisible, yet still he trembled as her eyelids slowly closed again, the long lashes softly touching her face.

He was amazed and admitted to himself that she was even more lovely than what he was told, even more beautiful than his mother. His heart beat rapidly, like never before, as he gazed upon her beauty. She was perfection in her loveliness. Sorrow touched his heart for having wounded her with the curse.

Gently he reached down to wipe away the drop of blood where he had wounded her, then quietly bent and kissed her lips ever so softly. Psyche smiled in her sleep and Eros quickly moved back from her.

As he did so, he pricked himself on one of his arrows. Suddenly, all the mischievous glee and carelessness he knew as a boy left him and for the first time knew what love was. His heart swelled with the new and growing emotions he had never before known. He loved Psyche with every part of his being. He was a god, immortal, yet he loved a mortal maiden.

Filled with sorrow, regret, and shame for what he had done, Eros knew he had to find a way to save his beloved. No longer was he a boy, he was now a man who gazed upon his wife whom he loved beyond all things on earth or the realm of gods and goddesses.

One of the Best Love Songs Ever

Note From Author

I have published this story before on HubPages, but it was so long and took too long to read in one sitting. I have broken it down into parts - this article is part one. I will be publishing more parts to continue the story of Psyche and Eros - if you enjoyed this first part, you will like the next one: Psyche and Eros - Eros is in Love.

Phyllis Doyle Burns - Lantern Carrier, Spiritual Mentor

© 2014 Phyllis Doyle Burns


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • travel_man1971 profile image

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Now, I understand the story about Psyche and Eros and why the latter fell in love. I will still follow the part 2.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Writer Fox. So glad you liked reading my hub. I appreciate the votes and your visit, thanks. I just finished the fifth and final part to Psyche and Eros, but I will check out the pics on you Cupid Hub. Thanks again.

    • Writer Fox profile image

      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This classic tale has captured the imagination for thousands of years. I loved reading your analysis. Voted up, interesting and beautiful. If you write on this subject again, I have some great pictures you can use on my Cupid Hub.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      My gosh! Thank you, Alicia. Psyche and Eros is my favorite mythological story. That must be obvious, huh?

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting hub about mythology. Thanks for creating the series about Psyche and Eros.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Ah - Manatita, you are so kind and giving, I appreciate you. Thank you so much.

    • manatita44 profile image


      5 years ago from london

      Yes, Phyllis,

      An immortal love song and yes, I told you that your own prose is better. This is the proof. An awesome and beautiful story .... so far.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Genna. My gosh, I am thrilled that others like mythology also. It really is one of my greatest passions to read, research and write about mythology. Thank you so much, Genna, for your lovely comment.

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Phyllis. I love your articles on mythology, and I look forward to the continuing series on Psyche and Eros. Your passion has become ours. Blessings to you as well. :-)

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, Eddy. I love getting comments from you. Hope your weekend is wonderful. Thanks again.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thanks, Arachnea. Ads are disabled when nudity is in a hub. It is a shame really, for the beauty of art by Old Masters should be seen as it was intended to. I appreciate your visit and comment.

    • Arachnea profile image

      Tanya Jones 

      5 years ago from Texas USA

      I love your treatment of the image. Clothing the subject is a great way to get around the topic of nudity.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Like Nell I didn't know this story either and am so looking forward to the next part. So well told and loved it.

      Have a great weekend Phyllis.


    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, Jodah, for such a nice comment. The original was the whole story and over 6000 words. I unpublished it some time ago to break it down. So I will have more of the story to come. Thank you dear friend for your support.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Frank. Hope all is well with you. Thank you for always being here for me. Your support means a lot to me. Back in my school years I always got Psyche and Pandora mixed up. Glad you like my hubs, thanks.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ah Phyllis I was certain I had read this story before from you, but then thought I must have been mistaken and it may have been written by someone else. This is a wonderful story of Eros and Psyche and I'm glad you reworked it so I could have the pleasure of reading it once more.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      I really enjoy reading your hubs Phyllis... they entertain and they bring back academic memories.. bless you

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you very much, Devika, for that kind comment. I am happy you enjoyed reading about Psyche and Eros.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub! A very interesting and well approached on this topic. I like the photos and I really enjoyed reading.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Oh! that is great, Suzette, I am so happy you enjoyed it. Psyche and Eros is one of my favorite mythological stories. Like all mythology, there is a deeper meaning in the stories and I love to ponder and figure it out. I am working on the second one now and will get it out early tomorrow. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderfully done. I did not know the story of Psyche so I enjoyed this immensely. I am looking forward to the next installments.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Sorry, Nell. LOL I will publish the next part very soon. The original one I published was over 6000 words, so I will break it down into manageable reading parts. So glad you like it so far. Thanks, Nell.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Phyllis, I was just getting into the story and you stopped! lol! I don't know this story, even though I love Greek myths, so I look forward to reading the rest of Eros and Psyche's story! nell


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)