The Book of Light and Shadows explores the origin of tarot cards, but not only that, you will also discover the true history of the ancients, which so far was unknown and hidden. That is, the cards contain this ancient history, which can only be accessed with Sanskrit language, as the language itself contains the entire human history. That is why Sanskrit is called 'the Language of the Gods'. At the surface the Gypsy cards seems to contain straight forward images but that is not so. It's origin can be traced back to the ancient times, and each card holds a coded secret, which you could only guess until now. We have created for you these beautifully illustrated e-books which will make you feel like Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and anthropologist, discovering hidden, often forbidden treasures, the incredible advanced knowledge the ancients encoded into the pictures.
With any Tarot book purchased, you will receive the Book of Light and Shadows free of charge. The book discussing in detail the origin of these Ancient Avatars,give you a glimpse into the ancient belief system of creation, history, philosophy, the Veda etc..
The Sweetheart, or Queen of Heart is a representation of Earth, Gaia which word is widely known from Greek origin. Gaia however, is much older then Greek mythology. This word derived from Sanskrit gAtrA, meaning the same, Earth. Sanskrit language gives a wider understanding, for instance Earth also known by another names, such as Eva, but she may also be called tAra, (Terra) meaning protector, radiant, shining, star, clear pearl, clearness or transparency of a pearl, pupil of eye, saviour, carrying across, shrill a high tone so forth...
The other name of Earth is Edhini the base word of Eden, hence Eden was not a particular country or continent, but earth itself, Eva. She is also known as 'Janani', meaning mother. Her name as Janani representing perfection, a woman of extraordinary beauty and charm, who inspires great affinity. The word 'Janani' also means eternal knowledge. Jjana may also mean awareness, understanding, higher knowledge, consciousness, and liberal education. 'Jainism' is similar in that it is derived from the same word; meaning a thirst for knowledge, and respect for all living things at the same time.
The Sweetheart is a representation of fruitfulness, feelings, emotions, development, creativity, fertility, intelligence, knowledge and most of all brings to attention to respect our home, Earth, and all lifeforms. When you are able to respect her you will be rewarded with her free gift, love and protection. You should not be disillusioned by delays but trust your instincts (knowledge of the aether) and there will be success in the future.
Thought in Sanskrit, Romany (Gypsy) language is called Cintana, meaning thinking, mental reflection. The word 'Gitana', 'Cigany' 'Zigeuner' originated from this word, referring to Gypsies as thinkers, people who reflect, the first ancient philosophers. The word Cintana refers to two type of thoughts. One is logical or directed thought (anvaya) and wandering thoughts (vicara). Our mind is filled with scattered, random, wandering thoughts and we have little say in what they are or what they will be next. Thoughts are either words or pictures that form in the mind and give rise to feelings, and feelings can lead to actions. When we often have thoughts of hate for example and allow them to persist they will tend to occupy our mind and we may begin to act in a hateful, angry manner, which might lead to harming the person we have this hateful thought of. Hence, it is important to bring the mind back to the right thought, not to let negative thoughts to persist. When you learn to create positive thoughts in your mind it is called detachment, concentration, Cintana, and that is the true meaning of the Thought Card.
A white dove with an olive branch in its beak, representing peace and at the same time bringing good news, which is in a way true. The dove is rather a reminder of the story of Noah, and the bird is bringing the news of dry land, meaning you are close to your destination, letting you know you have arrived to a fertile, rich land. A sign given that your search is over, and it will be something positive, a settled and prosperous lifestyle. On the image we don't see land yet, we don't have any reason to hope, as we can only see the vast ocean. But the bird letting us know that we are on the right path, we are going in the right direction. Therefore the card is a sign that you should continue on your way even if it seems hopeless right now without seeing the destination, and it will take you to the path of a better life, to enlightenment. The bird and the sky also a reminder of life itself, as from birth we start out on a journey, it is a representation of our way of life. It is also a representation of wisdom, love, courage and justice. In this sense the news doesn't necessary have to come from an outside source, but it can come from yourself, from your spirit, which is guiding you to the right direction. It also means that you are able listen, you have an open mind and soul and that you are connected to the spirit, but it is still only a faint voice. This connection will take you to the ultimate goal of soma, the strong voice of the spirit, which will create trinity, the unification of body, mind and spirit. Knowledge can also come from an outside source, from a public reader of the sacred works, from the sharing of knowledge. Knowledge means seeing the light for what it is, the elimination of darkness, weakening the power of the serpent whose ultimate aim is to keep you in the dark, to keep you in ignorance.
In Gypsy language the house has many names and many meaning which gives a thorough insite into the understanding of the House card. One of the Sanskrit name is called Kota, meaning a stronghonld, fort, where you feel safe as nothing can harm you. It is also named Alaya, a place where you will find asylum, refugee, protection. The main name of the house however, is Vasati meaning a monastery or a temple of understanding, knowledge, therefore it refers to you who occupies this house, your body where your psyche and your soul resides and it is up to you to make your house into a place of knowledge or ignorance. If you do not respect your Vasati, (body) it will effect your emotions, your psyche and consequently your soul. When you live in ignorance, the psyche is effected and consequently the soul of the person is disconnected, which might result in psychological imbalance, for example depression in minor instances.
The original name of Fortuna is Cintamani, which is referring to a fabulous gem, which suppose to yield its possessor all its wishes. This gem is thought-gem, which will bring bhagya, luck, destiny, fate, fortune happiness. To understand better the meaning of Fortuna and how it relates to thought-gem, we have to look at the story of Zeus. The name Zeus is derived from the Gypsy, Sanskrit word of Zrut, meaning 'that which is heard' and from Zusna, meaning sun, fire and strength. Zeus was born in a cave in Crete. Caves (meditation) were an important part into the initiation of adulthood in the ancient culture of the Roma. The young person upon entering the cave (self) come to a environment where all the senses were deprived, silence, lack of air, loss of time, the cave's temperature and confinement triggered changes of perception and consciousness. As a result the mind was open to receive knowledge of a higher level, overcoming fears and opening the inner wisdom, making way for communication with other dimensions beyond human perception, and this experience is called the 'voice of god', also known as Yah-Zus. Consequently the third eye opened, and they experienced Soma, the unification of body, mind (soul) and spirit. This is what is called thought-gem or Cintamani and the cave is the hollow instrument which gives that gem, the cornucopia, the horn of plenty. But for this the young person was trained from childhood, the wisdom of knowledge, to be in control of emotions instead of desires driving life. Without this early training the experience of the horn of plenty, the thought-gem will create madness instead of enlightenment.
In Gypsy language the sun is Agni, which is referring to fire, vibration, sound and lightening. Agni was born from the Cosmic Man, also known as Yah-Zus, which translates as the sound of god, or vibration. Agni has three characteristics, which are electric fire, fire by friction and solar fire. These three types of fires which created earth and humans. The three fires are also represented as body, spirit and soul. Agni is the true messenger, (not Hermes) between man and god as it is the voice of YahZus for its high frequency of vibration, allowing it to communicate between this world and other dimensions, called pramana in Sanskrit. For this reasons the card of constancy is called fortitude, courage, bravery, calmness and forethought (dhairya), which translating to mindfulness or awareness is a spiritual or psychological faculty that forms an essential part of life. It is one of the seven factors of wisdom as the seven rays of light. The first wisdom is mindfulness, (smRti) the second is keen investigation of the self-command, self-control, (dhammavicaya), the third is energy (virya), the fourth is happiness or kindness (priti), the fifth is calmness (passaddhi). The sixth is union, completion, harmony and concentration (samadhi) and the seventh is equality (samata). Agnis's other name is Sapta, i.e. seven, and jihva i.e. speech, referring to the seven rays of the sun and the true messenger.
The King of Hearts in ancient Gypsy tarot reading is called Adam, which in Sanskrit (Romany Gypsy language) means universe. He is also called Zeus in Greek, derived from the Sanskrit word Zusna, meaning sun, fire and strength. His name is also Pitar (Ancestor, father), who initiate events. He is a leader rather than follower, with powerful personality. Pitar tend to be focused on specific goals, experience, with a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. He is courageous, unique, a creative individual, who tend to resent authority, stubborn, proud, and sometimes impatient. His name is also Aether in Romany language meaning sky, air, space or as today scientist call it the dark matter. It is characterised as a life force, recording both the past and the future of human thought, identifying these as Akashic records, which he passes down to his children, and so this ancient knowledge contained within our genes. We just have to recall this given knowledge we inherited from our Pitar (father), and Janani ( mother, knowledge), our parents, our ancestors our ancient past of creation.