Fifth Spirit Tarot: A 78-Card Deck and Guidebook


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Expanding the traditional tarot archetypes beyond the gender binary, this deck re-imagines the cards from a queer and inclusive perspective.

The more we work with Tarot, the more we realize that binaries don't exist and everything is fluid-gender, meaning, even time. We come to realize that we're all creatures made of earth and air, fire and water, all four elements bound together by the fifth element: spirit. Fifth Spirit Tarot goes beyond the gender binary, queering the archetypes with 78 beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered cards by queer and non-binary tarot reader, teacher, and writer Charlie Claire Burgess.

The artwork lovingly features folks of different races, body shapes, abilities, ages, and gender expressions. Instead of renaming the cards for gender-neutrality, Fifth Spirit seeks to challenge the gender binary and expand notions of gender through the juxtaposition of traditional title and queered imagery. In Tarot as in life, a nonbinary femme can be King, a cisgender man can be Queen, and everyone in between can defy or expand or ecstatically embody any or no gender that they wish.

About the Author

Charlie Claire Burgess is a queer and non-binary tarot reader, tarot teacher, deck creator, writer, artist, and witch. They are the creator and illustrator of the self-published Fifth Spirit Tarot, which has swiftly become one of the most beloved queer and inclusive tarot decks available today. They also create and host The Word Witch Podcast, which guides the listener through tarot from a queer and inclusive perspective and features interviews with tarot readers, deck creators, witches, magicians, and healers who are creating magic from the margins. They are also a short story writer-their stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, have received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention (2014), and notable mentions in two Best American anthologies.
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hay House Inc. (December 20, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Cards ‏ : ‎ 192 pages