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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 10 Mar '03 22:33
    Cupid is the most famous of Valentine symbols and everybody knows that boy armed with bow and arrows, and piercing hearts . He is known as a mischievous, winged child armed with bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, 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. To the Roman's he was Cupid, and his mother was Venus.

    There is a very interesting story about Cupid and His mortal Bride Psyche in Roman mythology. Venus was jealous of the beauty of Psyche, and ordered Cupid to punish the mortal. 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 Cupid, Cupid punished her by leaving her. Their lovely castle and gardens vanished too. Psyche found herself alone in an open field with no signs of other beings or Cupid. As she wandered trying to find her love, she came upon the temple of Venus. Wishing to destroy her, the goddess of love gave Psyche a series of tasks, each harder and more dangerous then the last.

    For her last task Psyche was given a little box and told to take it to the underworld. She was told to get some of the beauty of Proserpine, the wife of Pluto, and put it in the box. During her trip she was given tips on
    avoiding the dangers of the realm of the dead. She was also warned not to open the box. But Temptation overcame Psyche and she opened the box. But instead of finding beauty, she found deadly slumber.

    Cupid found her lifeless on the ground. He gathered the deadly sleep from her body and put it back in the box. Cupid forgave her, as did Venus. The gods, moved by Psyche's love for Cupid made her a goddess.

    Today, Cupid and his arrows have become the most popular of love signs, and love is most frequently depicted by two hearts pierced by an arrow, Cupid's arrow.


    If Cupid was such a great Lover who was his girlfriend?
  2. 11 Mar '03 09:33
    The Cupid's-dart (Catananche caerulea Linnaeus) [kat a nan' ke say ru' lee a] is native to the Mediterranean; a plant of the waste lands and mountains in southern Europe and northern Africa.

    Gerard's Herbal (1633) has a wood-cut print of Cupid's-dart, but calls the plant Bucks-horne Gum-Succorie. He did not list this plant among the other gum-succories (Chicory tribe), but placed it among the bastard-woads or false dye-plants (Mustard family).

    This is odd on his part for The Herbal is generally well-ordered with plants of similar physical characteristics listed together. Gerard gave no use for this gum-succorie, but he may have been offended by the historical use of this herb. He did mention that in older works the plant was called Catanance.

    When Linnaeus named this plant under his rules of binomial nomenclature, he gave it the species epithet of caerulea meaning sky-blue for the color of the flowers. For the genus, he kept the ancient Greek designation--katananke. Kata meant down, against, or very and ananke meant force or necessity.

    The ancient Greeks and Romans used Cupid's-dart in a philter (philtron)--a magic potion, love charm, or aphrodisiac. Cupid's-dart was said to make one fall completely in love. If Cupid was not willing to aid the affairs of the heart, katananke was
  3. 11 Mar '03 11:10
    Originally posted by misslead
    The Cupid's-dart (Catananche caerulea Linnaeus) [kat a nan' ke say ru' lee a] is native to the Mediterranean; a plant of the waste lands and mountains in southern Europe and northern Africa.

    Gerard's Herbal (1633) has a wood-cut print of Cupid's-dart, but calls the plant Bucks-horne Gum-Succorie. He did not list this plant among the other gum-succor ...[text shortened]... ll completely in love. If Cupid was not willing to aid the affairs of the heart, katananke was
    I felt you quiver, I felt your quiver. Hold onto my arrow it is yours too