Knight of Batons

Knight of Batons from Anecdotes Tarot holds up a bone for a white dog

Sadie, white coat,
you carry me home.
And bury this bone,
and take this pine-cone.

Joanna Newsom, “Sadie” (The Milk-Eyed Mender, 2004)

Image Description

A person stands on a golden grassy plain, playing with a medium-sized white dog. Her right hand is behind her back and in her left hand she holds a big white bone up over the happy dog’s nose. The dog wears a yellow and red ribbon tied in a bow around her neck. The Knight wears a wide brimmed red hat with teal trim, a green scarf decorated with four-leaved red flowers, a yellow jacket with wide sleeves in red, teal, and orange stripes, a pink undershirt, wide-legged pants in yellow, red, and blue, and tall green boots. Her jacket has green embroidery of a cone flower, a fern leaf, and a pine-cone. Wavy red lines are embroidered on the sides of her boots, ending in fern leaves.


The Knight of Batons is playful, enjoying a moment with her dog. Her baton is the bone which appears on the Ace, turned into a toy. This is not a Knight on a big mission, instead she and her dog go wherever the wind takes them. In a constant game of fetch, they never rest in one place long.

The admirable qualities of this Knight are spiritedness, affection, and energy. Her unfavorable qualities are hastiness, restlessness, and haphazardness.