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.

Are you ready?

I’m Ready

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Upcoming Classes


Tarot: The Art and Skill of Intuitive Reading

Thursdays, October 11th–November 1st  |  6:30pm-8:20pm  |  Portland Community College, Cascade  |  $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 through PCC open now! 

Non-credit community education classes are open to anyone. Find out how to register here. Use this CRN (course registration number) when signing up: 47469

Demystifying the Tarot

Saturday, October 20th  |  11am-3:50pm  |  Portland Community College, Cascade  |  $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 through PCC open now!  Class is full! 

Non-credit community education classes are open to anyone. Find out how to register here. Use this CRN (course registration number) when signing up: 47532


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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 Tarot is Claire Burgess (they/she), a queer Tarot practitioner, writer, creator, educator, and witch. 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. In addition to offering Tarot readings, Claire is passionate about putting their skills as a writer and teacher to use in order to share the tools of Tarot with anyone who wants to learn. In their writings, classes, and readings, Claire approaches Tarot through an intersectional, non-patriarchal, queer lens.

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’s in the process of expanding these guides and hopes to offer them in both print and ePub soon.

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