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The Practical Witch – Toil and Trouble Part 2

June 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Practical Witch

Toil and Trouble Part 2

Be practical

Learn how to build your personal altar and use your new witchcraft skills and knowledge to craft spells, sigils, practice your anagogic interpreting and walk away with your very own spell pouch

Part Two: Practical Applications

June 19th, 2021



Take some time to settle in to your workshop space and meet your tutors. You’ll also be able order our tea, coffee and lunch package for the day

Altar Building 101

Altar 101 

What goes on an altar and why?

Altars and Tarot

Tarot for altars, and anagogic looking

Anagogic looking

Discover hidden, spiritual meanings interpretations of tarot with the help of your tutors

Creative Writing

Creative Journal writing with the help of Tarot

☕ Lunch 🥪

Spellwriting and Sigils


How are spells constructed, how has this changed (and not changed) over the years?


Write your own personal spells



Learn what a sigil is and how you can use them, then create your own!

Spell Pouches

Spell Pouch Crafting


Drawing on your new knowledge, select herbs to include, write a spell to go along with the pouch, draw a sigil to go inside 

Spell Pouch Charging


Charge a pouch for luck, protection, insight, whatever you choose!


Meet Your Tutors

Dr. Alice Tarbuck
Dr. Alice Tarbuck

Dr Alice Tarbuck is the author of Grid (Sad Press, 2018), and an academic working at the University of Dundee and the Centre for Poetic Innovation. Her work on witchcraft has been featured in 404 Inks Nasty Women, The Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh Universitys Uncanny Bodies project, and the Fiction and Feeling project. She has been invited to speak on witchcraft as feminist practice by Scottish PEN and is currently planning a longer work on witchcraft and contemporary practice. Additionally, she has taught workshops for the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library and further afield. When she was born, a white wizard came to her house to bless her, and this, she suspects, is where the trouble started.

Dr. Claire Askew
Dr. Claire Askew

Claire Askew is an award-winning author based in Edinburgh.  Her poetry and other writings regularly foreground the true stories of real, historical women accused of witchcraft.  She also writes regularly about the life of her likely ancestor Anne Askew, who was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1546.  Her poems about the lives of witches have appeared in the anthologies That Which We Do Not Understand: 20 Years of Amelia’s Magazine; Lanterne Rouge: The Last and The Dangerous Women Project, among others, and will be collected in the book How to burn a woman, forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books in 2021.  Claire is also the author of the poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016), and the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), What You Pay For (2019) and Cover Your Tracks (2020), all from Hodder & Stoughton.

The Practical Witch is Part 2 of a Two Part Witchcraft workshop. Check out what Part 1 has to offer below.

While both days of the Toil and Trouble Series have been designed to complement each other covering different topics and practices of witchcraft, they can also be attended as unique stand-alone workshops.



June 19, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700


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Toil and Trouble Part 2
£ 50.00

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