The Practical Witch II
16 October.10:00 am-5:00 pm
The Practical Witch: Practical Applications
16/10/2021 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. £50. At The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.
Double the Toil and Trouble
This two-part workshop offers a full practical education in witchery. Immerse yourself in the history of witchcraft. Learn the stories of those who came before you. Embark on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment and magic. Share your experience with an intrepid group of explorers. Your new soul sisters and brothers. Unlock the secrets of Mother Earth and the magic she holds within.
What to Expect on this Workshop
There’s much to be done over the course of this workshop. We follow on from the ‘History and the Domestic’ workshop earlier this year. You don’t need to have taken part in the original workshop to get the full benefit of this one.
In ‘Practical Applications’ we focus on just that in the context of contemporary witchcraft. Learn how to integrate practices, rituals and spells into your everyday life.
16th October | Part 1 | Altar Building 101
+ Presentation: what goes on an altar and why?
+ Presentation: Tarot for altars, and anagogic looking
+ Activity: anagogic interpretation of the Tarot
+ Activity: journal writing with help from the Tarot
16th October 2021 | Part 2 | Spell Writing & Sigils
+ Presentation: how are spells constructed, how has this changed (and not changed) over the years?
+ Activity: spell writing
+ Presentation (quite short): what are sigils and what are their uses?
+ Activity: sigil making
16th October 2021 | Part 3 | Spell Pouches
+ Activity: make a spell pouch
+ Select herbs to include, write a spell to go along with the pouch, draw a sigil to go inside. This gives you an opportunity to consolidate all you’ve learned, and take something away with you. The pouch could be for luck, protection, insight, whatever you choose.
+ Activity: charging your spell pouch
Closing remarks and time for discussion and Q&A
About Dr Alice Tarbuck
Dr Alice Tarbuck is the author of Grid (Sad Press, 2018), and A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and six centuries) of Magic (Two Roads, 2020), and an academic working at the University of Dundee and the Centre for Poetic Innovation. Her work on witchcraft has been featured in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women, The Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh University’s Uncanny Bodies project and the Fiction and Feeling project. She has been invited to speak on witchcraft as a 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.
About Dr Claire Askew
Dr 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.
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Please note that this is not an online workshop and will take place at the Centre. We ask that you adhere to any health and safety regulations that we have in place upon entering the Centre.
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