Interpreting the Card of Thought.

Origin of the Thought Card.

Thought in Sanskrit is called cintana, from the base word cit, (psyche in Greek), translating to insight, consciousness, thinking soul, intelligence. The Sanskrit Word Cintana (psyche) was adopted in many languages, as Zigeuner, Cigany, Cigani, Cigan, Tzigane, yet it lost its original meaning with time.

The Sanskrit word (cintana) gives a more clear understanding what thought means, as thought, the same way as the soul cannot be seen. Yet we know it exists, we constantly experience it even when we sleep. It is the soul which gives the feeling of the constant self, even though you are in a constant change. What thoughts you have, will define your present situation. It gives out vibration into the universe, which in turn sends it back, effecting the state of your DNA. Hence, with the right thought you are able to achieve a balance between spirit, mind and body.

Thought also defined by the Goddess Tyche, (from Sanskrit Tark and Tarkayati). meaning to think, to deliberate, ponder, try to discover one's mind, a portrayal of thinking, which is regarded as a fabulous gem, thought-gem. It can be accessed with the will to overcome desires, to find solid ground, to take control over anger, jealousy, greed, thus Tyche is relating to Themis from Sanskrit Tattva, justice and balance, and Themis' advise “Know Thyself” and “Nothing in Excess”. Tark, the right thought is known as a fabulous gem, which will bring bhagya, luck, destiny, fate, fortune, happiness, enlightenment.

Cintana also defines that none of us possesses a fixed, unchanging, eternal self. Instead, every being consists of an ever-changing current of forces, an ever-changing flux of material and mental phenomena, like the ocean which is always moving and is never still for a single second. In another word each thought, action, chance, changes who we are. Yet the self, the psyche seems to be unchanging from our point of view. Even when we are aware of this change (or not), we believe this is our true self, or we think events leading up to this moment were important to get where we are in this present moment, which defines who we are. Even if these events were unpleasant we often wouldn't change the past, because we know it would lead us to be someone else and perhaps less aware and more ignorant, but it is also true the other way around.

The word Cintana also defining what is life; anything that nourishes itself, that grows, decays or rather transforming

from one state into another

, also called yoga, is a more appropriate word, is alive. And the capacities of a thing in virtue of which it does these things constitute the soul. The cit or soul is what causally responsible for the behaviour of a living thing. Everything is alive, animate or inanimate, If it was dead, it would not exist and that was the reason for the personification of things as gods and goddesses, whilst we consider them as dead objects today, such as earth, the universe, matter etc. Yet these objects, the earth, the sun, and the entire universe function of existing cells and complex biospheres, which is synonymous with life. Understanding this oneness with everything, which enables us to have a more clear perception what defines life and the universe, and how it created us all, hence we are one. When we think it is only us who possess life is ignorance, as we were all created in the Sun, we were matter, carbon, one could say we were rocks containing the base element for life.

Cintana has another meaning as well, it 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 is called detachment, concentration,  which is the true meaning of cintana or as you know it today cigany, the thinking soul..

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 truth is that the word Philosophy derived from 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'. They come to this science by Prometheus, from Sanskrit pramatha meaning thief, who stole the 'fire'. In Sanskrit Fire is referring to knowledge, also known as Agni, (the fire of the Sun), and this knowledge which was developed into philosophy (see card Thief). The thieves were driven by their ego, to possess what they didn't have, to be the only ones who have access to knowledge, which give them wealth, pride, superiority over other races, called the First Realm the First Reich in German. The Second Realm was the Roman empire, whilst Hitler created the Third Realm which started the end of humanity.

Accessing the knowledge which they were not ready to receive yet created Pandora, (phanindra in Sanskrit) meaning the weapon of mass destruction. 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. 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, superiority over others. 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 him trapped in the depths of ignorance, and he is not even aware of his own limited perspective, which leads him into the nine circle of hells, also called a time-loop, because he cannot find the way out.

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.

Reverse Meaning

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. Buy Interpreting Gypsy Tarot >>

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