The Word Witch is Claire Burgess (they/them), a queer tarot practitioner, writer, teacher, podcaster, 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 folks making magick from the margins. In all of 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’s in the process of expanding these guides and hopes to offer them in both print and ePub soon.
In addition to their tarot work, Claire’s also a fiction writer. Their short stories have appeared in publications such as Joyland, Third Coast, and Hunger Mountain, been anthologized in New Stories from the Midwest 2016, earned notable mentions from the Best American anthologies, and received a 2014 Pushcart Prize Special Mention. You can find their author website here.