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Ψυχη

Psyche won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for January 2014.
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Psyche


Gender Female
Status Immortal and Married
Parents Unnamed king and queen
Siblings Unnamed female siblings
Consort Eros
Offspring Hedone
Home Mt. Olympus


Eros and Psyche
Psyche was the goddess and personification of the "breath", or human soul. She was the wife of the god of love, Eros; through him, she bore a daughter, Hedone, the personification of pleasure. She was once a mortal princess whose astounding beauty earned the ire of Aphrodite when men turned their worship from goddess to girl. Aphrodite commanded Eros make Psykhe fall in love with the most hideous of men, but the god himself fell in love with her and carried her away to his secret palace. However Eros hid his true identity, and commanded her never to look upon his face. Psykhe was eventually tricked by her jealous sisters into gazing upon the face of god, and he abandoned her.

In her despair, she searched throughout the world for her lost love, and eventually came into the service of Aphrodite. The goddess commanded her perform a series of difficult labours which culminated in a journey to the Underworld. In the end Psykhe was reunited with Eros and the couple wed in a ceremony attended by the gods. Psykhe was depicted in ancient mosaics as a butterfly winged goddess in the company of her husband Eros. Her common attribute was the butterfly, an animal that commonly represented the human soul.

Her name was the namesake of the term "psyche", which Plato considered the soul the essence of a person, being that which decides how we behave. In psychology, the psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious, and unconscious.
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Powers
  • Possesses the standard powers of a goddess.
  • May have ability over the human mind and soul; it's emotions, desires, thoughts, way of thinking, and the persona of human being.
  • May have the ability to use butterfly wings to fly, as well as control butterflies.


"It is not difficult to recognise in this lovely story the idea of which it is merely the mythical embodiment, for Psyche is evidently the human soul, which is purified by passions and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness."

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