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Eros and Psyche: The Sacred Union

The wedding of Psyche, Edward Burne-Jones, 1895

The wedding of Psyche, Edward Burne-Jones, 1895


 

 

 

 

 

Only few are invited to the modest wedding ceremony of Psyche.
This masterpiece represents part of the myth of the Greek goddess Psyche in the context of a woman’s search for authentic personal growth. The ancient legend is just a reminder that the integration of our experiences, however sad or frightening they may be, matures and transforms us, like the symbol of the butterfly emerging into the light from its dark cocoon.

Eros and Psyche
Living her ordinary life, Psyche became famous because of her beauty that the whole world rushed to see.
Being jealous due to men’s admiration for Psyche, Goddess Aphrodite asked her son, the powerful master of love, Eros, to poison men’s souls in order to kill off their desire for Psyche. But Eros also fell in love with Psyche, completely mesmerized by her beauty.
Despite all the men coming her way, Psyche stayed unmarried, for she wanted to marry the man she would love. Her parents became so desperate because of their daughter’s destiny and had no choice but to ask for an oracle, hoping that they would manage to solve the mystery and give a husband to their daughter.
Eros guided Apollo to give the oracle that Psyche would marry an ugly beast whose face she would never be able to see, and he would wait for her at the top of the mountain.
It was not what Psyche’s parents were hoping for; on the contrary, they were completely devastated, as their daughter was not supposed to have such as fate, but they decided to go on and arranged the wedding of their beloved daughter.
After the wedding, Psyche was able to be with her husband only at night. His tenderness and the enormous love he showed to her made Psyche happy and fulfilled beyond her expectations and dreams. She talked about her happiness with her sisters and confined in them how sad she was she couldn’t see his face.
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