A detailed close up of the lower right corner of the massive painting displaying everything but the kitchen sink (including live elephants and camels) on Mt. Olympus by Giulio Romano in 1526 entitled “The Banquet of Amor and Psyche”. Our title characters are depicted along with the fruit of their loving labors in the upper left corner […]Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche, Part XIV: Becoming Divine"
None of us truly know our own strength until it’s tested. And the two greatest tests a person’s strength can face are “Weariness” and “Loneliness”. Each unto itself is hard enough to persevere through but the presence of both working in tandem is one of the most daunting trials a mortal’s sense of strength can undergo. From the very […]Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche – Part XIII: Dining with the Queen of the Dead"
“Psyche & Charon” by JS Stanhope, 1873 In ancient times the souls of the non-living all went to the same place – the Underworld. There was no going “upwards” to the cloud filled sanctity of Heaven or “downwards” to the gaping fire pits of Hell, at the instance of death, every mortal soul went to the […]Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche – Part XII: A Most Mystic of Journeys"
There are those rare times throughout history when mere mortals achieve the impossible and end up victorious for reasons that could only be described as “otherworldly”. Human capability is limited at best. We are not immortal. We do not possess eternal youth. We cannot fly at will. We do not have the ability to transfigure […]Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche – Part XI: The Ferryman Cometh"
The external circumstances may differ from real life but our approach, actions, and reactions in essence remain the same. Each of us must find from within our own sense of bravery befitting the strongest hero or heroine yet not be so foolhardy as to think every battle can be fought entirely on our own. Being born mortal, Life is best faced with the solidarity and assistance from members of the animal and plant worlds as well as with others that are of like mind and heart. And there must always be an awareness both in good times and bad, that divine intercession is a very real and possible thing.
Surely as the most glorious god or goddess dwells within each of our hearts.Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche – Part X: Death, Dragons, and Dark Draughts"
Part III of this epic tale introduced the concept of “dualism” or the joining of polar opposites. Within that episode it was stated that happiness can be found at the balancing midpoint between opposing forces. But in many circumstances throughout life that balancing midpoint is attainable only after sufficient experience occurs on either side of […]Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche, Part IX: The Protective Practicality of Plants"
In the previous episode of our epic tale, the concept of “divine interception” was introduced which discusses how there are influences beyond the material plane that often are at work in our mortal lives. This section of our story deals with strictly the material plane but focuses on certain aspects of it which we mortals […]Read more "The Tale of Cupid & Psyche – Part VIII: Barley, Chickpeas, and Millet Seeds, O My!"