Why Is Cupid A Symbol Of St Valentines Day?

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In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, affection and erotic love. Cupid is thought to be the child of Mars, the god of war, and Venus, the goddess of love. Cupid is also known in Latin as Amor (Love).

Cupid frequently appeared as a winged corpulent child carrying a bow and arrows, he inspired love or eagerness in his every victim with his magical arrows. He was often portrayed wearing armour like that of Mars, the god of war which is believed to symbolize the invincibility of love or perhaps the fine line between love and hatred.

In Latin mythology, Cupid’s ability to create love and wish plays an instigating role in several myths or literary eventualities. In Vergil’s Aeneid, Cupids arrow makes Dido fall madly in love with Aeneas, with tragic results. They also make Cupid the patron of love poets. Cupid is a central character nevertheless , in only the traditional tale of Cupid and Psyche, as told by Apuleius.
Cupid was a continuously preferred figure in the Middle Ages, when under Christian influence he usually had a twin nature as Heavenly and Material love, and in the Renaissance, when a replenished interest in classical philosophy endowed him with complicated meanings. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown shooting his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an ever popular icon of Valentine’s Day.

Cupid was a popular figure thanks to the contentment he gave to couples both mortal and immortal by bringing them together. At the worst he was considered naughty in his matchmaking, this foolishness often directed by his mummy, Venus.

Everyone knows that Cupid was assumed to cause people to fall head over heels in love by shooting them with his magical arrows. But Cupid didn't just cause others to fall in love – he himself slid extremely in love.
As legend has it, Cupid fell completely in love with a mortal maiden named Psyche.

Cupid’s mother Venus became envious of the princess Psyche, who was so beloved by her subjects that they forgot to worship Venus, she told Cupid to make Psyche fall completely in love with the vilest thing in the world as to put her off faithful subjects bringing back the attention to herself, Venus. However her plan backfired on her as while Cupid was creeping into her room to shoot Psyche with a golden arrow, he incidentally scratched himself with his very own arrow and making himself terribly in love with her.

Afterwards Cupid visited Psyche each night while she slept. Speaking to her so that she couldn't see him, he told her never to see him. Psyche, though, lead by her two older sisters who told her Cupid was a monster, tried to have a look at him and angered Cupid. When he left, she looked all over the known world for him till at last the leader of the gods, Jupiter, gave Psyche the gift of immortality so that she might be with him as his everlasting better half. Together they'd a daughter, Voluptas, (meaning pleasure) and Psyche became a goddess.

Rachel Wood has a great interest in Valentines Day history and mythology. She also runs ValentinesDayIdeasFor.net