A richly robed man stands on a roof of a fort. He stands facing away from the viewer, towards the card’s left. His left hand holds a short staff firmly against the parapet. On that same block is a cross made from blooms of lilies and roses. His raised right hand holds a globe with the continents of Africa, Europe, and part of Asia visible. A second staff is bolted to the parapet behind him. The sky is cloudless above him, in the distance is a village and the shore of a bay. The entire scene gives a sense of patient waiting.
The globe infers the man in the image already has everything. What then could he be waiting for? The moment to use what he has effectively. This is a card of deliberate movement and careful planning. To react to each hint of news will quickly deplete one’s resources. The strength here is in being patient. This card tells the Querent that they have more than they thought they have, and that what they have is to be used carefully.
Ill-dignified, it becomes the “sorrow” of Alexander the Great. All the places have been visited, all the nations have been conquered, there is nothing left to do. Not content with just having wealth, the ill-dignified 2 of Wands wants more. And by more, it is understood the character wants what other people have, regardless if the character has it already. And when that greed is denied or unfulfilled, the character self-destructs from having no other purpose in life. It becomes a warning to the Querent not to allow themselves to be hollowed out by greed.