23 episodes

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 conversation with folx making magick from the margins.

The Word Witch Charlie Claire Burgess

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 57 Ratings

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 conversation with folx making magick from the margins.

    Strength, the Star, and the 8‘s: Hope Through Radical Change

    Strength, the Star, and the 8‘s: Hope Through Radical Change

    It's the triumphant (ish?) return of tarot lesson episodes! In this one, Charlie picks up where they left off long ago with the 8's of the Tarot. We explore the Minor Arcana 8's through movement and change, Strength through tapping into our wild and hidden selves, and The Star through radical acceptance and hope in the midst of upheaval. This group of cards has some potent and necessary messages for the times we're living in.

    A transcript of this episode is available here.

    Support this podcast on Patreon for as little as $2 a month and get early access to new episodes and other cool patron-only stuff!

    Connect with Charlie on Instagram @the.word.witch to get the latest on their new decks and creative projects, and snag your own copy of Fifth Spirit Tarot at thewordwitchtarot.com.

    • 40 min
    PART 2: Oracle and Tarot Deck Creation with Coleman Stevenson

    PART 2: Oracle and Tarot Deck Creation with Coleman Stevenson

    In Part 2 of my conversation with tarot and oracle deck creator and all-around artistic powerhouse Coleman Stevenson of The Dark Exact, we dig into the practical, business side of being an independent creator that not many people talk about! From small-batch printing, to creative inventory storage struggles, to deciding whether or not to put gilded edges on your deck, Coleman peels back the curtain on running a one-person business and also offers excellent, real-talk advice for prospective deck makers.

    If you haven't listened to Part 1, I definitely recommend doing that to get Coleman's insights on the creative process of making tarot and oracle decks! It's right before this one in your feed.

    We have transcripts now! Find the transcript of this episode at thewordwitchtarot.com/transcripts and support the cost and labor of transcription by supporting this podcast on Patreon.

    ABOUT COLEMAN: Coleman Stevenson is the author of three collections of poems (Light Sleeper, Breakfast, and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609), several books about divination and creativity including The Dark Exact Tarot Guide and two collections of card spreads, and a book of essays on creativity accompanying the card game Metaphysik. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and on the website tarot.com. In addition to her work as a designer of tarot and oracle decks through her company The Dark Exact, her fine art work, exhibited in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the intersections between image and text. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon, area, and has taught tarot, poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there, most currently for the Literary Arts Delve series, which includes seminars at the Portland Art Museum. She is the co-creator of the divination series Third Eye Sundays. Find her work at colemanstevenson.com and @darkexact on Instagram.

    CONNECT WITH CHARLIE:

    TheWordWitchTarot.com

    Instagram @the.word.witch

    Support this podcast on Patreon!

    Buy Fifth Spirit Tarot

    • 34 min
    Oracle and Tarot Deck Creation PART 1 with Coleman Stevenson

    Oracle and Tarot Deck Creation PART 1 with Coleman Stevenson

    Tarot and oracle deck creator and all-around artistic powerhouse Coleman Stevenson of The Dark Exact joins me to talk all about the process of deck creation from concept to art to publication. In this first part of our two-episode interview, we dig into the different processes behind tarot and oracle creation, what makes a good oracle deck (and what makes a bad one), evolving traditional deck systems, and what makes a deck of cards magical.

    Tune in next week for Part 2, where we get into the joys and challenges of independent deck publication and running your own business!

    Coleman Stevenson is the author of three collections of poems (Light Sleeper, Breakfast, and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609), several books about divination and creativity including The Dark Exact Tarot Guide and two collections of card spreads, and a book of essays on creativity accompanying the card game Metaphysik. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and on the website tarot.com. In addition to her work as a designer of tarot and oracle decks through her company The Dark Exact, her fine art work, exhibited in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the intersections between image and text. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon, area, and has taught tarot, poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there, most currently for the Literary Arts Delve series, which includes seminars at the Portland Art Museum. She is the co-creator of the divination series Third Eye Sundays. Find her work at colemanstevenson.com and @darkexact on Instagram.

    CONNECT WITH CHARLIE:

    TheWordWitchTarot.com

    Instagram @the.word.witch

    Patreon

    Buy Fifth Spirit Tarot

    • 56 min
    Moving Tarot Queerly Forward with Nick Kepley

    Moving Tarot Queerly Forward with Nick Kepley

    Nick Kepley (he/they), a.k.a. Man of the Cards, joins me to talk about one of my very favorite subjects: gender in tarot. Together, we dig into the court cards, the masculine/feminine duality, the idea of “traditional” card meanings (who’s tradition are we talking about?), tarot as a tool for deconstructing social programming, tarot as an essentially nonbinary journey, and why we’re both so in love with this deck of cards that we’re trying to evolve and expand them beyond these sticky and ingrained limits.

    As Nick points out in the episode, this topic of gender in tarot ISN’T just for trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer folks. It’s for cis people, too. In Nick’s words, “Gender affects all of us in huge ways… It’s not about eradicating gender. It’s about trying to open it up to make it less limiting for everyone.” So tune it, cis friends!

     

    SEARCHER’S SOLSTICE TAROT SYMPOSIUM

    THE LITERARY TAROT KICKSTARTER

     

    CONNECT WITH NICK:

    ManOfTheCards.com

    Instagram @manofthecards

    Patreon

     

    CONNECT WITH CHARLIE:

    TheWordWitchTarot.com

    Instagram @the.word.witch

    Patreon

    Buy Fifth Spirit Tarot

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Messy In-Between with Ashley and Elizabeth of the Wellness Community Magic Podcast

    The Messy In-Between with Ashley and Elizabeth of the Wellness Community Magic Podcast

    In this special co-interview episode, I sat down with Ashley Brooke James and Elizabeth Moore to talk tarot, spirituality, donuts, and the messy in-between spaces of becoming. Ashley and Elizabeth are the co-founders of TRILUNA Wellness, a non-diet, pro-donut, anti-racist community wellness company in Nashville, TN, as well as the hosts of the Wellness Community Magic Podcast, where they host real talk about the wellness world and seek to make self-care realistic, sustainable, and inclusive.

    Our conversation is all about the magic and pain and possibility of transitional spaces, so if you're feeling those vibes right now like I am, this episode is for you!

    The Wellness Community Magic Podcast

    TRILUNA Wellness

    TRILUNA's Instagram

    Follow me on Instagram @the.word.witch

    My website: The Word Witch Tarot

    Get the tarot deck: Fifth Spirit Tarot

    If you want to try the cornbread donut recipe I found (no promises it's good--I haven't tried it!):

    Cheddar Sriracha Cornbread Donuts

    Cheddar Jalapeno Green Onion Donuts

     

    • 56 min
    We're Making a Comeback!

    We're Making a Comeback!

    After an unexpected year-long hiatus that started in March 2020 (gee I wonder why...), The Word Witch Podcast is returning to your earbuds soon!

     

    SHOWNOTES

    Find us on Instagram @the.word.witch

    Our website is www.thewordwitchtarot.com

    Pick up Fifth Spirit Tarot at www.fifthspirittarot.com

    Our theme music is by Bitches in the Beehive

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

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Great Pod

Hello!
I’m a gay trans genderfluid kid who is just kind of finding themself. And this podcast is great for me, not just because I read tarot and am into astrology but because of my queerness. This podcast is so open and strong and has helped me learn about myself.

Ladyjenevive ,

Amazing insights and information

I came the this podcast after finding out about the Fifth Spirit Tarot deck, and I’m so glad I did! (Side note - if you have the means to purchase this deck, I HIGHLY recommend it) Charlie has a deep understanding, in a very personal way, of how the cards weave together and how they can speak to both larger concepts, and intimate ins and outs of daily life.

The way that they arrange teaching the majors and minors is so accessible and I’ve learned so much from the tarot by the numbers episodes, I send everyone i know who’s starting out in their tarot journey. I can’t wait until the new episodes drop! Thank you for your work, Charlie! You are a bright soul in this world. ❤️

OHspirit ,

Best Tarot Learning Podcast

I can't quit listening to all your episodes. This is the best Tarot Podcast I have come across. I am learning so much about the cards and fast. I already have a basis in reading cards from 20 years ago and I am jumping back in. Come back with more episodes please!

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