Door Number 7: The Lovers

I finished The Lovers Door last night but needed to wait for daylight to get reasonable photo quality. Inspired by the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, this Lovers door also features a strong sense of Alchemical Union with the Divine. Thus, Archangel Raphael has healing coming out of his palms, and the Runes I used to code this painting evoke not just earthly soul-mate or twin soul union, but also the union of divine masculine and divine feminine energies into a trinity of one. I show two trees in this painting, but without implication of a “Fall from Grace.” This is meant to be a redemptive door, a return to the Garden after many years of exile.

** Please see the note and images below this original post. As of January 2015, the symbolic redemption has occurred even in/on/through the portal door itself, which got a major facelift. On a personal note, I had felt led for years to replace the center writing between the panels with “Gaia,” the name of the Mother Earth Goddess, originator of all fecundity and physical abundance. Humans are natural bridges between heaven and earth, and the star-shaped HAGAL Rune that runs through the lovers as light is itself a union of a deeply rooted feminine YR Rune and the masculine spiritual MAN Rune. (It also combines other Runes, as well, but I painted the portal with the intention of integration to create something new.)

You can see the original version immediately below, followed by close-ups and then the most current iteration as of January 2015.

The Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

Having written my honors thesis on Paradise Lost and having Plato’s Symposium as one of my very favorite books, I’ve long had a fascination with sacred union as a rejoining with the Divine.

Detail of The Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

For the bottom panel, I chose to include a red lotus, which symbolizes hridaya, the heart chakra. Those of you who read Schizandra and the Gates of Mu may recall that the word hridaya is also the same as the Sanskrit word for the “gateway to the highest reality.” The bottom quote emphasizes that the gateway happens without barriers: “Between God and the soul, there is no between.” –Julian of Norwich

Lotus Panel of the Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

The back of the Lovers Door features two quotes. The top panel is a chant called, “Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha,” which, again, honors the union of divine masculine and divine feminine. Deva Premal features this chant 108 times on her new CD, “Mantras for Precarious Times.” I awoke to it playing nonstop in my head last week during my final day of painting the Freya and Frigga door, which I had originally planned as the Lovers.

The bottom back panel has written in Runes a sentence from the Song of Solomon: “I am my Beloved’s [and] my Beloved is mine.” The middle of the door says “Reunion” and the other Runic inscriptions also emphasize this sacred union of divine feminine and divine masculine.

Back of the Lovers Door by Laura Bruno

I hope you enjoy this door. It’s huge! After moving it into my bedroom, I discovered that I may only have room left for one additional door in this apartment. I’ve been “told” that I’m painting 78 doors, so that tells me something’s in process of shifting. I don’t know exactly what, but I’m sure curious to see. πŸ™‚

Close-up of the Lovers by Laura Bruno


As part of the redemption and reclaiming of humanity’s deep connection to both God and Goddess , to heaven and Earth, I finally received the intuitive instructions that now was the time to replace the original “Elohim” with “Gaia” (written in Greek), thereby grounding the lovers back to Mother Earth instead of leaving them as separate creations. On the left, you’ll see a Wheel of Being and on the right a Destiny Knot. Both Celtic designs come from necklaces David bought me on his 2012 trip to Ireland. The message of the Destiny Knot felt especially appropriate to this portal reclamation:

“Carried as a symbol of Hope and Faith, it is believed that once a person comes to a certain time in their lives, it is said that the knot will then unwind, showing you the true path your life must take.”

Close-up of "Gaia" revision of Laura Bruno's The Lovers Door

Close-up of “Gaia” revision of Laura Bruno’s The Lovers Door

Please click images if you’d like to enlarge them. Below, you can see the full door as it now stands, although I feel I will at some point add a lightning bolt into the center of the red lotus — symbolizing a shamanic union of male and female. As of January 28, 2015, the time is not yet ripe for that one. πŸ™‚

The Lovers Door with "Gaia reclamation" by Laura Bruno

The Lovers Door with “Gaia reclamation” by Laura Bruno

Many Blessings!

22 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Giacinta on April 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    It’s exquisite! Blessings, love and peace. XO<3


  2. Posted by laurabruno on April 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you! xxx and love


  3. Posted by Mindy on April 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Her hair reminds me of yours. Could that be you in the painting? πŸ™‚


  4. Posted by laurabruno on April 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Maybe. πŸ™‚ I just paint what comes to me … the hair especially does its own thing on all the doors. You have no idea how many people have told me there’s a raven in Daphne’s hair!


  5. Posted by jess Sine on April 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I DO love how the angel’s arms come “out of bounds” – nice. πŸ˜‰ And the lotus “angle” is loverly!


  6. Posted by laurabruno on April 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks, Jess. Yeah, Raphael just didn’t want to stay within the lines. πŸ™‚ I was a little worried about the lotus, but it came out on the first try. xxx


  7. Ooh la la πŸ˜‰


  8. Posted by laurabruno on April 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    LOL! πŸ™‚


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  10. […] All of the Ace cards in the tarot usually feature a hand coming out of the clouds, which symbolizes “something from nothing,” “as above, so below,” and Divine intervention. I coded these clouds with Runes representing “The Unknowable,” in order to emphasize the mystical component of Twin Flame energy. The Hebrew on the threshold spells out Elohim, which is the term used in the Genesis Creation story. “Man and woman created he them.” This actually a mistranslation as Elohim is plural and includes both masculine and feminine overtones. This name for the hermaphroditic god as a model for Twin Soul reunion also appears on the Lovers (Door Number 7). […]


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  12. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    I have updated this portal door, and the people viewing it privately have felt such healing and powerful integration from it that I thought I’d reblog the original post from April 2010 with the updates I made in January 2015. It remains an ongoing portal in the sense that I know the next step but have been told to wait before painting it. Meanwhile, I had waited for at least 3.5 years to update this, knowing what to paint, but again being told to wait, as it wasn’t yet time. Revising the portal right before Mercury went Retrograde triggered a huge cleanse in me, as well. More on that another time, perhaps. πŸ™‚

    Love and transmutation ….


  13. Posted by SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG on January 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

  14. Union of All is Divine and divinely inspired is your painting. Love it. There is such a feeling of peace of heart.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. So lovely, Laura. Last night on my drive home, I was stopped behind a truck with license plate 2222. Please explain your 222. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Here’s some more information, Diana. Also, I’ve seen it referring to seeds — the idea that even though we don’t see them yet, they are germinating in the dark soil beneath the visible realm. πŸ™‚ Thank you!


  17. Thank you, Ella!


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  20. Posted by letitia1234 on March 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Dear Laura
    i like your articles but my question is who determines these angel numbers…from where has it originated?
    Kindly reply.thank u so much


  21. Hi Letitia, please check out Doreen Virtue’s angel numbers articles and books. If you read my blog and know what’s going on in my family right now, you’ll understand why I don’t have time for a more lengthy explanation or response.
    Thank you,


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