Cupid is a symbol of love and can be seen on most Valentine cards. He is the most famous of the Valentine symbols and everybody knew him as a mischievous, winged child armed with a bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at human beings, causing them to fall deeply in love.
Cupid has always played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. In ancient Greece, he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
In Roman mythology, Venus was jealous of the beauty of Psyche, Cupid’s mortal bride, and ordered Cupid to punish her. But instead, Cupid fell deeply in love with her. He took her as his wife, but as a mortal, she was forbidden to look at him. Psyche was happy until her sisters persuaded her to look at Cupid.
As soon as Psyche looked at him, Cupid punished her by leaving. Their lovely castle and gardens vanished too. Today, Cupid and his arrows have become the most popular of love signs, and love is most frequently depicted by two hearts pierced by Cupid’s arrow.