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What does the Two of Wands mean?

January 7, 2016

RWS2.0 Two of WandsHere 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.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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