About The Word Witch
Charlie Claire Burgess

Hi! I'm Charlie (they/them), and I'm a queer and non-binary tarot reader, teacher, artist, writer, and witch. I'm the creator of Fifth Spirit Tarot, a queer and inclusive deck for a world beyond binaries, author of the Fifth Spirit Tarot Guide, and host of The Word Witch podcast. I teach tarot classes at Portland Community College and at other places in Portland, Oregon, and I offer tarot consultations with sliding-scale options for BIPOC and transgender folks (readings are currently closed). I'm also the author of an ongoing zine series The Word Witch Tarot Guides, which you can find in my shop, and I'm known for my tarot spreads for the moon cycles, which I offer on Instagram @the.word.witch and here on my blog.


My passion is evolving the tarot for a world beyond binaries, work that germinated in my zines and on my podcast, took form in Fifth Spirit Tarot, and is continuing in new projects currently in creation. I believe in making the transformative tool of tarot accessible to as many people as possible, and my work specifically centers queer, trans, non-binary, and other LGBTQIA+ folks. In all of my offerings, I seek to provide trauma-informed spiritual tools and resources for the modern age that foster personal empowerment and healing for the individual and the collective.​

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, I've made my home on Cowlitz and Clackamas traditional lands in Portland, Oregon, with my Pisces partner and a jungle of houseplants. I'm an Aquarius sun, Gemini moon, and Scorpio rising, which should tell you everything else you need to know.


"Fifth Spirit Tarot," deck review on the Wildly Tarot Podcast

"Kickstarter's Season of the Witch," by Rebecca Hiscott, Kickstarter.com

"Why Queer People Love Witchcraft," by Amanda Kohr, Refinery29

Podcast Appearances

In Search of Tarot

Episode: Live from the 2021 Searcher's Solstice Tarot Conference,

A Panel Discussion on Expanding Sex, Sexuality, and Gender in the Tarot with Cassandra Snow, Charlie Claire Burgess, and Nick Kepley

June 29, 2021

Wellness Community Magic Podcast

Episode: The Messy In-Between with Charlie Claire Burgess

April 12, 2021

Cosmic Cousins

Episode: Aquarius New Moon: Conversation with Fifth Spirit Tarot Deck Creator Charlie Claire Burgess

February 10, 2021

In Search of Tarot

Ep. 16 - Gender in Tarot with Charlie Claire Burgess

December 21, 2020

We Are Our Own Lovers

Episode 3: Where Kelsey and Claire Emphatically Agree about the Power of Self-Acceptance 

May 17, 2020 

The Arnemancy Podcast

Episode: Tarot Beyond Binaries with The Word Witch

April 15, 2020

Rise Up! Good Witch

Episode: Tarot Storytelling with Claire Burgess, Diana Rose, and Sarah Gottessdiener

September 16, 2019

Blind Love Radio

Episode: Creating from the Void with Claire Burgess

July 16, 2019