In classical Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, sensual love, attraction and romantic love. He is commonly represented as the child of the goddess of love, Venus, but there is not typically a mention of a father. Cupid is known in Latin as Amor (“Love”). His Greek counterpart is Eros.
Early in the mythology of Cupid, he was depicted as a slender, winged, youthful god. Later on he began to be depicted in art as a chubby baby with a bow and arrow. The mythology of the bow and arrow has Cupid shooting people with either a golden tipped or lead tipped arrow. If it is a golden tipped arrow, it makes the person mad with desire. A lead tipped arrow turns the person cold towards the potential mate.*
As with most mythical gods, Cupid could be lovable or dangerous. He could punish or reward the humans who encountered him. However, over time, he has been shown to be the sweet and innocent matchmaking god who benevolently helps two people come together and fall in love. He is used as the symbol for Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of romantic love.
The truth of Cupid, as with all guides from the other side of the veil, is that he is only there to help and support the humans who call upon him for help. He guides anyone who asks to be led to their perfect mate. He helps us along the path to finding our divine soul partner. However, more importantly, Cupid reminds us that we must first love ourselves and become the partner we desire, so that we are ready to truly love when we find our perfect romantic and sensual love.
Cupid, as with other gods and goddesses of love, radiates pink and red light. He heals our hearts with this light, if we ask for him to do so. Cupid usually does show up with wings, and sometimes leaves messages for us in the form of found feathers along our path.
From Cupid’s perspective, a lot of what humans call love is actually only manipulation and a desire to overpower or control another person. Cupid will never help you manipulate another human, for he is the god of true, divine love. He will help you to find healing for your heart, and teach you how to truly love another, be happy for others, and never feel jealous of anyone.
*Source of historical information: Wikipedia.org