In Greek mythology, Psyche was the deification of the human soul. The Greek word psyche literally means “spirit, breath, life or animating force”.
“Nor yet content, he from his quiver drew, Sharpened with skill divine, a shining dart:
No need had he for bow, since thus too true
His hand might wound her all-exposed heart;
Yet her fair side he touched with gentlest art,
And half relenting on her beauties gazed;
Just then awaking with a sudden start
Her opening eye in humid lustre blazed,
Unseen he still remained,
enchanted and amazed.
The dart which in his hand now trembling stood, As o’er the couch he bent with ravished eye,
Drew with its daring point celestial blood
From his smooth neck’s unblemished ivory: Heedless of this, but with a pitying sigh
The evil done now anxious to repair,
He shed in haste the balmy drops of joy
O’er all the silky ringlets of her hair;
Then stretched his plumes divine,
and breathed celestial air.” ~Mary Tighe
Digital painting created in Photoshop inspired by “The Abduction of Psyche” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, compiled with four images adjusted, filters, and effects added.