The Thought card is associated with philosophy as “the love of wisdom,” and the ancient philosophers rather focused their attention on the role of the human being than on the explanation of the material world. The work of these philosophers was succeeded by the Stoics (see card of Child).
The knowledge stolen by Prometheus (see card Thief) developed into philosophy, which word consisting of two Sanskrit words; pil, meaning piled up, heaped up and Sophia, from sopadhi, meaning fraudulent, stolen. Thus, the meaning is very different to the “Love of Wisdom“ it claims to mean. Combining the words the exact translation is 'to pile up stolen knowledge'. Thought in Sanskrit, Romany language is called Cintana, meaning thinking, mental reflection. The word 'Gitana', 'Cigany' 'Zigeuner' originated from this word, referring to the Phoenicians (Gypsies) as thinkers, people who reflect, the guardians of the thought-gem (see card Fortune). 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 you 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).
Attachment to ideas and ideals, views, opinions, theories, concepts and beliefs is harmful, when the driving force is the ego. That is why the card of Thought can be a source of Captivity. But how can thought be a source of captivity? It is the ego, when we identifying ourselves with our intellect, the things we do, with our job, our objects, the house we live in, and objects which is defining our social status. Yet these are only shadows, the ego, which is causing captivity and you become a prisoner. The chains which binds the prisoners are the senses which keeps you trapped in the depths of ignorance, and you are not even aware of your own limited perspective, thus you will enter into a time-loop.
The rare individual escapes this limitations of his prison-cell, through a long intellectual journey, discovers a higher realm, a true reality, with a final, almost mystical awareness of goodness as the origin of everything that exists.
"Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows (ego, shadow identity) projected on the wall from things passing in front of a fire behind them, and they begin to give names to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoner get to view reality. "
On the thesis of Socrates and Plato, Jung also recognised the underlying psychological lesson of war, which is that to project the shadow, our darker half, outside of ourselves, is an “inner” act which always results in incredible destruction in the “outer” world.
“The psychological concomitants of the present war- above all the incredible brutalisation of public opinion, the mutual slandering, the unprecedented fury of destruction, the monstrous flood of lies, and man’s incapacity to call a halt to the bloody demon- are uniquely fitted to force upon the attention of every thinking person the problem of the chaotic unconscious which slumbers uneasily beneath the ordered world of consciousness. The war has pitilessly revealed to civilised man that he is still a barbarian, and has at the same time shown what an iron scourge lies in store for him if ever again he should be tempted to make his neighbour responsible for his own evil qualities.”
Jung here not just echoing the ancient philosophers, but added a new dimension to it, describing the mental blindness of narcissistic personality who will dump his shame on someone else.
It is ego which manifesting itself, called the fire of Isira, deceit (maya) which is causing (upagraha) confinement. Our self-awareness is identified with our intellect, mind, and body. Yet this is a mistaken identity, because in essence, the collection of intellect, mind, and body is NOT what we are, it is only what we appear to be. Appearances can be deceiving. The chains which binds the prisoners are the illusion of our own images, self-delusion. We have everything backwards: we think the unreal is real, the painful is pleasurable, the untruthful is truthful, and the non-self is the self. We need to completely turn around our way of seeing things. When we stop listening to our ego, then we will hear the Sound of AUM, the sound of the universe, our creation, our true self, YahZus, the sound of God.
Senses which keeps us trapped in the depths of ignorance and not even aware of this limited perspective, thus we enter into a causal loop and without breaking the loop the system will be caught in a vicious cycles of circular chain reactions. The rare individual escapes this limitations of his prison-cell, through a long intellectual journey, discovers a higher realm, a true reality, with a final, almost mystical awareness of goodness as the origin of everything that exists. We are here, in these human bodies, and we must disentangle ourselves from our attachments....
In character an outstanding person, figuratively it implies to deep thinking, independence, the free deliberation of possibilities. Prosperous thinking that will come to fruition. The Thought picture also symbolises the experience of the past, the deep thought that comes from within, and the right thought will be fruitful and productive. The Thought card representing wisdom, faith and careful deliberation. The card is telling us that we have reached self-awareness and this knowledge of self will prove useful in achieving greater wisdom and understanding. We should endeavour to ensure we do not become extreme in our thinking.
In reverse it is the card of MAYA, the card of captivity, implies to limitation causing confinement, hopelessness, but it also means deception by your own beliefs, by your ego. The Captivity card indicates there is a focus on imprisonment of the mind, ignorance and its dissolution. We may be feeling trapped by emotions such as greed, hate, anxiety, captivating thoughts, ideals, objects and senses which keeps us trapped in the depths of ignorance and not even aware of this limitation. The card in a reading represents crisis, conflict, censure, ignorance, entrapment.
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