Tarot doesn’t predict your future. Instead, Tarot allows you to create your future. It’s a tool for autonomy and empowerment, for tapping into our soul knowledge, for self-directing our own destinies. All Tarot asks is that we approach it with an open mind and a willingness to be active participants in forming our fates.

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The Word Witch Podcast

The Word Witch is a podcast for the modern magical soul. In each episode, queer witch Claire Burgess (they/she) explores tarot, astrology, spirituality, and more through conversations with folks making magick from the margins.

The Word Witch is produced, written, and recorded by Claire Burgess. Editing and tech support come from Danu Vino. Our logo is designed by Claire Burgess.

Our theme music is “Counting Rice” by Bitches in the Beehive. Their album, Itty Bitty Spaces is available now on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

The Word Witch Podcast is a production of The Word Witch Tarot. It’s supported by members on Patreon. If you’d like to to lend support, join the community today!

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Tarot: The Art and Skill of Intuitive Reading

Thursdays, January 17th—February 7th  |  6:30pm-8:20pm  |  Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, TEB 217  |  $55

In this four-week class, we’ll learn to read Tarot as a narrative through archetypes, the elements, and numerology. We’ll explore the Major Arcana through the Fool’s Journey, the Minor Arcana through elemental and numerological correspondences, and the Court Cards through elemental dignities and personality archetypes. Designed to deepen and evolve your relationship to Tarot and to yourself, this course will focus on reading the cards intuitively and analytically as a personal practice for self-awareness and development. For beginner to intermediate students, some knowledge of Tarot is helpful but not required. Please bring a deck, Smith-Waite or Rider-Waite recommended. 

Registration open now! 

Non-credit community education classes are open to anyone. Use this CRN (course registration number) when signing up: 16837

Demystifying the Tarot

Saturday, February 2nd  |  11am-3:50pm  |  Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, TH 101  |  $39

Learn the history and practical use of the Tarot, a divination system of 78 cards steeped in mysterious imagery, ancient symbolism, and centuries of misinformation. In this one-day workshop, we’ll debunk the fictions and fears and discover how to use Tarot as a tool for self-knowledge and personal development. We’ll address the history of Tarot and gain a practical acquaintance with the Major and Minor Arcanum, including an introduction to reading Tarot spreads for yourself. For beginner to intermediate Tarot students. 

Registration open now! 

Non-credit community education classes are open to anyone. Use this CRN (course registration number) when signing up: 16810

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Tarot isn’t fortune-telling. It doesn’t predict the future. Instead, Tarot is a doorway into self-discovery.

Every reading is a narrative that tells us the story of our selves, uncovering how our pasts have shaped us, illuminating the path we are currently walking, and hinting at our likely trajectory. Tarot is the fulcrum where the past and future meet, providing us with a deeply valuable portal into investigating the Now. It gives us the tools to investigate our wants and fears, our choices and behaviors, our healing and our potential.

So Tarot isn’t about fate. It’s entirely about autonomy. It’s about harnessing our incredible power to direct our own destinies through healing, introspection, growth, and change.

All the Tarot asks is that we approach it with an open mind and a willingness to be active participants in forming our own fates.

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About the Word Witch


The Word Witch is Claire Burgess (they/she), a queer tarot practitioner, writer, teacher creator, and witch. The Word Witch Tarot (TWWT) was created in a leap of trust, after cataclysmic life events reunited Claire with the Tarot, and the Tarot, in turn, guided Claire back to their intuition, magick, and personal power. Recently, Claire expanded TWWT to include The Word Witch Podcast, a biweekly podcast on tarot, astrology, belief, and more with a focus on folx making magick from the margins. In all their offerings, Claire approaches tarot through an intersectional, non-patriarchal, queer lens, and they are passionate about sharing the tool of tarot with whoever wants to learn.

Born and raised in the deep south, Claire now lives in Portland, OR, where they read by appointment and teach tarot workshops at various shops and at Portland Community College. They’ve written two mini-guides to tarot: a 36-page workbook on the Major Arcana and a 12-page zine on the Minor Arcana, both of which are available as free downloads to their Patreon community. Claire is in the process of expanding these guides and hopes to offer them in both print and ePub soon.

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