Cupid, the Striker of Love.

Cupid is the Roman equivalent of the Greek, Eros

Cupid, the Striker of Love.

Mia Yaniero, Contributor

     Valentine’s day is celebrated all over the world. It’s not just about candy and flowers.  There’s actually a flying goddess striking people with love.  

 

     In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. And he is known as the god of affection. Legend has it that Cupid shoots magical gold-tipped arrows at gods and humans alike. By piercing their heart with an arrow, he causes individuals to fall deeply in love. Some legends also say that Cupid is known to change his mind a lot. Not only does he carry golden arrows to make someone fall in love, but he also carries another kind of arrow. This other arrow has a blunt lead tip that makes people fall out of love. 

     From the 14th to 17th centuries, painters created many works of art that showed Cupid as a baby angel. This same version began to appear on Valentine’s Day cards during the late 1800s.  Ever since, the image of Cupid as a flying infant who inspires love has stuck in people’s minds. And it’s the version of Cupid that we are most familiar with to this day.    

 

 

    Cupid is known for love and beauty, but it’s also about being in love and having someone by your side 24/7 with chocolates and going on a fancy date. Be mindful that Cupid is flying in the air watching, waiting and striking people with love on Valentine’s day