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earth. air. fire. water. spirit.



The Deck

Fifth Spirit Tarot is a hand-drawn tarot deck that reimagines traditional tarot cards in a queer-inclusive and trauma-informed light. Each image is a weaving of channeled symbolism, the natural elements, the metaphorical language of objects, archetypal memory, and personal experience. The deck is conceived, created, and illustrated by Claire Burgess (they/them) of The Word Witch Tarot. Made by a queer, non-binary creator, Fifth Spirit Tarot aims to be inclusive of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability.

Fifth Spirit Tarot is whimsical and raw, supportive and blunt, liminal and universal. It knows that light never comes without its shadows and that duality is an illusion. It knows that the hard times are just as important as the good, that we are creatures of contradiction, and that our spirits are manifold. Fifth Spirit is the new life born of a long string of tiny deaths. It's forged of doubt and questioning, elation and reckless trust, panic attacks and PTSD. It's made of grief and love, hope and stubbornness, healing and fierce survival. It is testament to not just surviving, but surviving and thriving.

Its purpose in this world is to help you do the same.


Fifth Spirit is currently in creation, and new cards will be updated here as they are born. When the art is complete, we plan to launch a Kickstarter to fund the printing of the deck and guidebook.

To support the deck right now, consider joining our Patreon, where you'll find process videos, card meanings and backgrounds, and first looks at many of the cards in creation.

For updates on the deck's progress, subscribe to our email list or follow along on Instagram at the.word.witch.


Tarot doesn't tell the future. It allows us to create it.