Door Number 5: King of Cups aka Chiron

Door Number 5 features an interpretation of the King of Cups card from the Tarot, along with Chiron, the very first centaur and teacher of healing to most of the Ancient Greeks. The Greek writing in the center of the door spells out “Chiron.” Among the man-horse creatures known as centaurs, Chiron held highest honors as a compassionate healer and guide. Paired with the emotionally balanced, “all heart” King of Cups, he represents the balanced masculine side of healing and transmutation.

King of Cups (aka Chiron) Door by Laura Bruno

Detail King of Cups by Laura Bruno

Closer Detail King of Cups by Laura Bruno

Dolphin Detail from King of Cups by Laura Bruno

Bottom Panel (Chiron) of King of Cups Door by Laura Bruno

Chiron Detail by Laura Bruno

Bottom Quote of King of Cups/Chiron Door by Laura Bruno

Back of King of Cups Door by Laura Bruno

The poem on top is by Hafiz:

Dropping Keys

The small man
Builds cages
For everyone
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the


I had already chosen to use this poem on this door, so it was quite a fun synchronicity that this door actually contained a key! Many blessings and much love … Laura

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mindy on April 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Beautiful, Laura! These doors are more and more intriguing all the time. I would love to see these all together on display at a gallery. It seems you could do some really interesting things in terms of set-up. I’d encourage you to keep at this, but I don’t believe you need it. I think this door series has caught hold of you for the duration. Thanks for sharing them with us.



  2. Posted by Anonymous on April 10, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I always like seeing your work, but I absolutely LOVE this door. I really like the detail and the way you can see and feel movement within the paintings. The poem fits perfectly. Awesome!!



  3. Posted by laurabruno on April 10, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Thanks so much for the feedback! XO



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