About The Word Witch
Charlie Claire Burgess

Hi! I'm Charlie Claire (they/them pronouns), and I'm a queer and non-binary tarot reader, teacher, illustrator, writer, and witch. I offer local and distance tarot readings and teach affordable tarot classes for anyone who wants to read for themselves. I'm the creator of Fifth Spirit Tarot and the host of The Word Witch podcast, a spiritual and queer (and often political) broadcast about tarot, astrology, and magic from the margins. 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.

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 a 4th house Aquarius sun, 8th house Gemini moon, and Scorpio rising, which should tell you everything else you need to know.


What I'm most passionate about is making the transformative tool of tarot accessible to as many people as possible. As a non-binary AFAB person, I seek to center queer, trans, non-binary, and other LGBTQIA+ folks, as well as femmes and women, and to be inclusive of race, gender, sexuality, economic class, and ability. 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.​


"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 podcast

Ep. 16 - Gender in Tarot with Charlie Claire Burgess

December 21, 2020

We Are Our Own Lovers podcast

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

May 17, 2020 

The Arnemancy Podcast

Episode title: Tarot Beyond Binaries with The Word Witch

April 15, 2020

Rise Up! Good Witch podcast

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

September 16, 2019

Blind Love Radio podcast

Episode title: Creating from the Void with Claire Burgess

July 16, 2019

The Word Witch Patreon

Exclusive collective readings, podcast episodes, free downloads, and more—all while helping a working witch pay their rent.