Seven of Swords

7 of Swords from Anecdotes Tarot: 7 geese flying in a V shape

Now, overhead, you’re gunning in those Vs,
where you had better find your peace,
whether north, or south, or west, or east.

Joanna Newsom, “Goose Eggs” (Divers, 2015)

Image Description

Seven Canada geese fly through the air in a V shape pointing towards the top of the card. They are seen from below, with their dark brown wings and heads and golden brown bodies. The sky is divided into four quadrants with clouds of different colors: light gray on the top, gold on the right, light blue on the bottom, and pink on the left.


The Seven of Swords, like the subject of “Goose Eggs,” travels to the four corners of the Earth. This card is about responding to a call, like the geese who find their place by instinct. It can also represent traveling with a set purpose and/or with a close group. In contrast to the Seven of Batons, which also shows seven birds, these geese are the ones in charge of their own expedition.

The Seven links to the Four of Swords, which encompasses four-dimensional rather than four-directional travel.