What does the Two of Wands mean?
Here is a pithy meaning for the Two of Wands:
Don’t mistake the map for the territory.
This pithy meaning for the Two of Wands, which, in the RWS version of the card, shows a man holding a globe (map) as he surveys the terrain (territory) before him, was inspired by the following quote:
“The map is not the territory” — Alfred Korzybski
The problem implied here is that many people confuse models of reality with reality itself. As expressed in a Wikipedia entry on this topic states:
The fundamental trade-off between accuracy and usability of a map, particularly in the context of modeling, is known as Bonini’s paradox, and has been stated in various forms, poetically by Paul Valéry: “Everything simple is false. Everything which is complex is unusable.”
PS: Here’s my version of that quote:
If it’s simple enough to be usable, it’s false. If it’s complex enough to be true, it’s unusable.