Online live streamed class

Sunday Feb 9th, 8:00pm-10:00pm EST


The crafting of humanoid figures is an act which has its origins long before recorded history. It aligns us with the art of the gods conjured by humanities earliest imagining, and creates both a conduit and anchor for power which can be worked and harnessed by those who are willing.

In this 90 min online workshop we will discuss the use of dolls in various magical traditions throughout history, as well as practical ways that we may meaningfully incorporate them in our personal practice today.


Beyond the vulgar “voodoo dolls” of common horror films, we will discuss the use of poppets, doll babies, and effigies for all manner of spellwork from healing and love drawing to reversal magic and hexing. We will also explore the deeper realms of this art by discussing techniques and approaches towards utilizing dolls as spirit houses and devotional objects.


Lastly, we will conclude by exploring the various materials and methods for the constructing of dolls, as well methods for the consecration and enlivening of them for magical purposes.


*A video of the class will be available for up to two weeks after the live class to registered students who are unable to attend the live stream*


This class will be taught by Matthew Venus. Matthew is the owner and lead apothecary of He is an artist and folk magician who has been practicing magic for over twenty five years. Matthew has been doing magic with dolls from an early age and is known for his unique magical dolls, beeswax poppets, and inspirited fetish objects.


Some reviews of this class:


“I recently took an online class called “Ensouling the Effigy” and although I know quite a bit, a person can always learn more from fellow practitioners. I regard Matthew Venus as a very knowledgeable practitioner when I read his posts and blogs, and I enjoy his style. I really, really enjoyed his class and he is just full of information and knowledge. I plan on taking more of his classes.”

-Loren M


“I was lucky enough to attend Matthew Venus’s workshop, Ensouling the Effigy, and let me just say – it was amazing! Venus is a gifted and approachable teacher, conveying the mystical arts in a refreshingly practical manner. The class discussed history, application, and magical technique. If you ever have a chance to attend one of Venus’s workshops, you’d better do so! You won’t want to miss out.”

-Kelden Mercury



Spiritus Arcanum