Eros and Psyche is a rich romantic myth that offers the revelation – as so many myths do – that wounding is a necessary part of the plot towards consciousness itself. In this free audio lecture, get a taste for how myths can act as inspirational guides, and how they point us to . Envious and jealous of the beauty of a mortal girl named Psyche, Venus asks her son Cupid (known to the Greeks as Eros) to use his golden arrows while Psyche sleeps, so that when she awakens, Venus (Aphrodite in the Greek tradition) would have already placed a vile creature for her to fall in love with.
Eros and Psyche has become a classic story regarding love and romance. It addresses patterns of development in human and divine relationships—both one’s internal relationship to Soul and Self, and outer relationships to loved ones. As a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst, I believe the myth of Eros and Psyche can be used as a roadmap for the inner quest for wholeness and individuation. In this paper I will also look at the myth in terms the development and integration .
Psyche Crossing the River Styx There are many versions and many interpretations of the Eros and Psyche myth. This one, from a talk by Jean Shinoda Bolen in , is one of the better ones. (She starts talking about the myth about 1/3 of the way through the article): Transitions as Liminal and Archetypal Situations [ ].