#1: I Was a Fourth Grade Atheist

October 18, 2018
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Welcome to The Word Witch, the podcast for folx making magick from the margins! In this first episode, host Claire Burgess (they/she) shares why they're making this podcast, what you can expect, and how it got its name. This is more than just an intro episode, though! Claire also delves into their perspectives on tarot and witchcraft, the magic of words, the power of otherness, and the link between spirituality and queerness. 

Tune back in next week for Claire's conversation with another queer tarot practitioner and magick worker! After that, the podcast will follow a biweekly format of one interview and one solo episode every month. 

If you like the podcast, please subscribe, rate, and review! It would do our hearts (and our stats) such good! 

Show Notes

Connect with Claire: 

Instagram: @the.word.witch

Twitter: @WordWitchTarot

Facebook: @thewordwitchtarot

Website: thewordwitchtarot.com

 

If you want to support this podcast, please join us on Patreon! For as little as $1/month, you can get access to collective readings by Claire, tarot and astro content, and podcast outtakes and extras. Plus, you'll help support a working witch! 

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 iTunes, Spotify, and elsewhere!

The Word Witch is a production of The Word Witch Tarot.

#2: Kicked Out of the God Club with Jordan Rayne of Sincerely the Tarot

October 30, 2018
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In this second episode of The Word Witch, Claire talks to Jordan Rayne of Sincerely the Tarot! In this amazing conversation, they discuss finding spirituality as a queer and trans person, reclaiming the language of religion, navigating gender and queerness in the Tarot, and searching for representation in tarot decks. Before the interview kicks off, Claire shares the significance of Samhain, a.k.a. All Hallow’s Eve, a.k.a. Halloween. It's the witches’ new year and a powerful time to peer through the veil to connect with your ancestors, whether they be blood relatives, chosen family, or forebears on your path.

 

(time stamps are approximate)

1:30 A look at Samhain/Halloween with Claire.

10:00 Interview with Jordan of Sincerely the Tarot begins!

14:00 Jordan shares the origin of Sincerely and his entrance to tarot.

23:00 Jordan satisfies Claire’s logistical curiosity about his beautiful offerings.

28:00 Doubting the channel: we all do it.

39:00 Hand altars, natural artifacts, and finding/creating queer spirituality.

42:00 Reclaiming God.

50:00 Finding spiritual community as an outsider.

56:00 Alternate names for God: Goddex! Let’s make it happen.

58:00 Gender in the Tarot: Court Cards and Archetypes.

71:00 Inclusivity and representation in tarot.

 

Connect with Jordan:

Instagram: @sincerely_the_tarot

 

If you like the podcast, please subscribe, rate, and review! It would do our hearts (and our stats) such good!

 

Show Notes

Connect with Claire:

Instagram: @the.word.witch

Twitter: @WordWitchTarot

Facebook: @thewordwitchtarot

Website: thewordwitchtarot.com

 

If you want to support this podcast, please join us on Patreon! For as little as $1/month, you can get access to collective readings by Claire, tarot and astro content, and podcast outtakes and extras. Plus, you'll help support a working witch!

 

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 iTunes, Spotify, and elsewhere!

The Word Witch is a production of The Word Witch Tarot.

#3: Tarot Number Families & Everything Sagittarius

November 14, 2018
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In this episode, Claire looks at the astrology of the next two weeks (so much Sagittarius!), reads the cards for a listener’s question, and introduces a new tarot segment! Once a month for the next nine months, we’ll be looking at the Tarot through the lens of Number Families. By understanding the foundational energies of element and number, we’re able to bridge the Major and Minor Arcanum and uncover the logic that gives rise to the meaning of each card. This week, we cover the basics: the elements and The Fool. Next month, we tackle the 1’s!

 

Also in this episode, Harvey James of Harvey James Tarot stops by to tell us about a very important day coming up next week: Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Harvey tells us about TDOR and about what we can do to mourn and venerate those souls lost to transphobic violence. Find info about TDOR: http://tdor.info

 

TIME STAMPS (approx.)

05:20 TDOR with Harvey James.

10:00 Crow Mail! Claire answers a question about day jobs for all of us magickal folk toiling in a capitalist society.

17:50 Career advice from the cards.

33:00 Astro Update, including Jupiter in Sag, Mars in Pisces, Venus Direct, Mercury Retrograde (53:00), Sun in Sag, and the Full Moon in Gemini (58:30). Plus, a look at Temperance as connected to Sagittarius (40:50).

1:03:50 Tarot Lesson: Number Families. Claire lays the foundations for understanding the number families with a look at the elements (1:09:00) and The Fool (1:23:00).

 

If you liked this podcast, please subscribe, rate, and review! It would do our hearts (and our stats) such good!

 

Connect with Harvey James:

Instagram: @hjtarot

Website: harveyjamestarot.com

 

Connect with Claire:

Instagram: @the.word.witch

Twitter: @WordWitchTarot

Facebook: @thewordwitchtarot

Website: thewordwitchtarot.com

 

The poem at the end of the episode is "The World I Live In" by Mary Oliver, from her collection Felicity.

 

If you want to support this podcast, please join us on Patreon for as little as $1/month! https://www.patreon.com/thewordwitchtarot

 

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 iTunes, Spotify, and elsewhere!

 

The Word Witch is a production of The Word Witch Tarot.

 

#4: Special Episode! Transgender Awareness with Aaron Caffee and Harvey James

November 19, 2018
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In this special bonus episode for Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 12-19), Claire (they/she) has a conversation with their partner Aaron Caffee (he/him) about his experience as a transgender man, and talks to Harvey James (they/them) of Harvey James Tarot about their magickal work with transgender ancestors (or “transcestors,” if you will). Claire also shares their own experience as a nonbinary person in a binary world, and we hear messages from trans and gender-nonconforming (GNC) listeners on what they want their trans/GNC siblings and cis allies to know this week.

 

Thank you to everyone who was part of making this episode, which includes all the transgender and genderqueer folx who inspire us every day. You are each proof of the expansiveness and endurance of spirit. 

 

If you liked this podcast, please subscribe, rate, and review! It would do our hearts (and our stats) such good!

 

Resources

Vocabulary: https://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender

Transgender Awareness Week info: https://www.glaad.org/transweek

Transgender Day of Remembrance: http://tdor.info

 

Connect with Aaron Caffee:

Instagram: @tarot.ranger

 

Connect with Harvey James:

Instagram: @hjtarot

Website: harveyjamestarot.com

 

Connect with Claire:

Instagram: @the.word.witch

Twitter: @WordWitchTarot

Facebook: @thewordwitchtarot

Website: thewordwitchtarot.com

 

If you want to support this podcast, please join us on Patreon for as little as $1/month! https://www.patreon.com/thewordwitchtarot

 

The Word Witch is produced, written, and recorded by Claire Burgess. Editing help 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 iTunes, Spotify, and elsewhere!

 

The Word Witch is a production of The Word Witch Tarot.