CHARLIE CLAIRE BURGESS
Tarot doesn't tell the future.
It helps us create it.
"YOU WILL BE TRANSFORMED."
- CASSANDRA SNOW, AUTHOR OF QUEERING THE TAROT AND LESSONS FROM THE EMPRESS
QUEER THE CARDS, LIBERATE YOUR PRACTICE, & CREATE THE FUTURE.
"Tarot exists within and deals with the queer space of the liminal and the unknown. When we shuffle the deck, not knowing what cards we’ll turn over, when we asked the question that we don’t know the answer to, and when we tune in to our intuition through the paper windows of these archetypal cards, we are briefly stepping outside the world of the known and into the magic of mystery. As a tool of the margins, tarot helps us stand briefly outside our own lives, outside our conditioned beliefs and value systems, outside the false paradigms that we accept as truths, and examine them from new perspectives. It helps illuminate our assumptions and ask what else could be true. It is in this rich liminal space between the known and unknown, where the strange can become normal and the normal strange, that we can grow, discover, and transform in radically liberated ways."
"This book is a vital jumping-off point for conversation, contemplation, and change-making of your own design... Queer or not, you will begin to understand why this modern twist on tarot serves each of us and, more importantly, the world... You will be transformed."
- from the foreword by Cassandra Snow, author of Queering the Tarot, Queering Your Craft, and Lessons from the Empress
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radical tarot is more than a guide to tarot - it's a guide to your own personal revolution.
Tarot is a tool of possibility, questioning, exploration, and transformation. Yet too often it is reduced to rigid, binary definitions that reinforce restrictive norms. In Radical Tarot, Charlie Claire Burgess reclaims tarot as a tool that can free us from oppressive paradigms and empower us to direct our own futures through radical reflection, self-discovery, and change.
With deep, knowledgeable, and lyrical looks at the cards, Burgess deconstructs the cards' historical meanings, offers queered and updated interpretations, and invites the reader to imagine what else could be possible for the cards, for themselves, and for the world.
about charlie claire burgess
Charlie (they/them) is a queer and trans-nonbinary tarot practitioner, author, illustrator, and deck creator. They are the author of Radical Tarot, a guide to reading tarot radically for personal and collective liberation; and the creator of Fifth Spirit Tarot, a queer and inclusive deck for a world beyond binaries, and The Gay Marseille, a cheeky, queer update on the classic Tarot de Marseille. They are currently at work on their next book, Queer Devotion (Hay House 2025), an exploration of the queer divine in deities and figures of myth and legend. Originally from the Deep South, Charlie has made their home in Portland, OR, with their spouse Aaron and their one-eyed pug Apollo.
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Fifth Spirit Tarot is a queer and inclusive tarot deck for a world beyond binaries. The artwork lovingly features folks of different races, body shapes, abilities, ages, and gender expressions. In Tarot as in life, a nonbinary femme can be King, a cisgender man can be Queen, and everyone in between can defy or expand or ecstatically embody any or no gender that they wish.