According to Latin mythology, Cupid is the god of desire. His name was originally transcribed as ‘Cupido’, which literally means ‘desire.’ He is the son of Venus, who is the goddess of love. As a god, Cupid reigns over ‘desire, erotic love, attraction and affection.’
Cupid is often depicted as a chubby winged boy carrying a bow and arrow. The bow and arrow are his weapons and his source of power. As the story goes, anyone hit by Cupid’s arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire.
In contemporary popular culture, Cupid presides over Valentine’s Day, which is the holiday of lovers. One of the most iconic images of Valentine’s Day is Cupid drawing his bow to indicate and inspire romantic love.