Psyche Gains Love—And Immortality
This is part of a series of articles, beginning here:
Venus Goes Retrograde: The Tale of Eros and Psyche
Venus is finally going direct today. In celebration, one final post about Eros and Psyche, because we’ve arrived at the end of the story.
The tale of Eros and Psyche might also be called, “How The Soul Got Her Wings” because the ultimate end to this story is not only the restoration of love to the psyche, but also the immortality of the soul.
Upon being restored to Eros, Psyche is fed on ambrosia by his father, Jupiter, lord of all the gods. This makes her a goddess and she is welcomed to the table at Mount Olympus with the other deities. This is an unlooked-for benefit of seeking love. Psyche’s journey, which was only ever intended to bring her back into communion with love, has done so much more. She has deepened as a soul and finally is rendered immortal.
The message here is clear: to find true love, you must not seek it outside yourself, but only love truly, and not only love, but immortality is your reward. This is a true, “happy-ever-after” because it is more than just a fantasy. This happy-ever-after was earned and is therefore sustainable. The beauty of a goddess is eternal, but the beauty of a mortal fades, unless she does her soul-work. Then she takes her place among the stars.
There’s one thing I didn’t tell you as the story was going along. All that glorious lovemaking couldn’t fail to have an effect—when Eros flew away, he left Psyche pregnant. In anger, he told her that her child would be mortal, not divine. Psyche pursued him and did all her tasks while carrying that child, never knowing if she would see him again. When Psyche drinks the ambrosia, her child is also rendered immortal. That child is named Pleasure. And how perfect is that?
Does This Apply To You?
Are you ready to love without bargaining for what you will receive for the gift of your love? Are you ready to go into your soul’s darkness for love? Are you ready to sort yourself out? Are you ready to do the tasks that will restore love to you? If you are, then even Aphrodite cannot stand in the way of your eternal love.
This thread is dedicated to my husband, who does the work of love as well as inspiring it.