Seven of Batons

7 of Batons from Anecdotes Tarot: seven canaries flocking

The sight of bridges and balloons
makes calm canaries irritable;
and they caw and claw all afternoon

Joanna Newsom, “Bridges and Balloons” (The Milk-Eyed Mender, 2004)

Image Description

Seven yellow canaries fly in a flock in a pale blue sky. One canary in the middle spreads his wings wide, the others fly to converge toward the center.


A new day dawns on a strange place. The Seven of Batons shows the urge for exploration, the stirrings felt in previous cards manifested in tumultuous activity. There is the excitement of travel, but also the gnawing disquiet that prods one onward. Changing places and changing ways of thinking both create friction. Like canaries of “Bridges and Balloons” which are brought along in their cages, this card can also mean being along for the ride, for better or for worse.