"The story of Psyche tells of a mortal woman taken to a mysterious castle to be married to a fierce dragon. Her husband comes to her in the middle of the night, & she falls in love with him. Told that she must never look upon his face, she disobeys this injunction & finds that her husband is really Eros, the god of love; when he awakes, he flies away, leaving her forever.
Psyche roams far & wide trying to find Eros. She goes to his mother, Aphrodite, who gives her 4 tasks to complete, each seemingly impossible. The final task requires her to descend into Hades & retrieve a box of beauty.
Through the process of meeting the challenges of her tasks & integrating her experiences Psyche grows from an innocent young girl into a mature goddess. Psyche is a rich reminder of our imperative to grow; she reminds us that the process of life takes us into dark places as well as light, just as the butterfly emerges from the dark chrysalis into the night."