We meet Semra Haksever the author behind the book Everyday Magic. Where Semra introducers her readers to simple magic and rituals for the every day, which can be used as powerful tools to encourage self-love and a fulfilled life.
No longer the stuff of broomsticks, black cats and cauldrons, witchcraft is all about self-care in a modern and often confusing world. We find out how Semra began her personal journey into witchcraft and why she hopes to help more women channel their inner power, make positive changes in their lives, cleanse, heal and embrace a little more spirituality.
Hi Semra, for those who don't know could you please describe in your own words who you are and what you do?
Hello, I am an eclectic witch, creator of mama moon candles and author of two books - Everyday Magic (2018) and Love Spells (15th Jan 2019). I call myself an eclectic witch because I don’t follow any particular set of rules and I am not connected to a particular faith. I like to blend different spell casting styles and I choose to follow many belief systems.
You've just released your book Everyday Magic, congratulations! How would you like people to feel when reading it?
I want people to feel empowered, and for it to be accessible and give confidence to anyone who is interested in magic and spell work.
Can you tell us a little bit about how your journey into 'modern magic' began?
I have been interested in this stuff for literally as long as I can remember! I’ve always connected with the power of the moon and had a strong calling to all things metaphysical. My Turkish Grandmother used to read people’s fortunes out of a coffee cups, which was always totally “normal” to me. I had a chance encounter when I was 17 and made friends with a reiki healer, who taught me reiki, and looking back that seemed to have set me on a bit of a path as its guided me to all the amazing spiritual teachers, guides and friends I have met over the past 24 years.
You can really feel a sense of female empowerment within your book and your spells, do you think as women we need to trust our intuition more?
Thank you! This makes me so happy to hear, as that was my main intention when I was writing it… and yes, I do think we need to trust our intuition more. Those funny feelings in our tummy really mean something. How many times do you hear yourself and your friends say “ I knew it, I had a feeling” It’s because if you are tuned in your intuition it will never let you down. We are so trained to think about things from the neck up and only use our brains.. Its all about tuning in to your whole body, connecting to how something makes you feel and trusting that vibe.
On the back of that, do you believe we would all be a lot happier and more content within ourselves if we did?
Yes, I most certainly do. The trick is not confusing having a funny feeling in your tummy with fear, as that can sometimes be a tricky one!! I think the biggest thing to being happy and content is not worrying about getting things wrong or making mistakes. Remind yourself that this is your first time on this earth walk, your soul may have been here many times before, but this is the first time you are in this body in this lifetime and it’s cool to just go with things, as long as you are being a nice human, that’s all that matters.
"We are so trained to think about things from the neck up and only use our brains.. Its all about tuning in to your whole body, connecting to how something makes you feel and trusting that vibe."
There's been a huge increase in the number of under 35's who are abandoning organised religion in favour of finding a more all inclusive, flexible journey to self care. Often picking up roots from Paganism and Wicca etc . Would you like Everyday Magic to become a handbook for those people?
I would love for my book to be a handbook for these people. If it can inspire people and bring empowerment to their lives, I will be a very happy witch!
You describe your book as 'simple magic and rituals for everyday' do you have a spell that is one of your favourites our readers could easily try at home now?
My favourite spell that I use at lots of my rituals is one for self love, I made it some time ago with the intention of banishing the negative voice inside your head, to remind you that YOU ARE ENOUGH.
You will need the following:
2 pinches of dried rose petals
Pinch each of dried thyme,
Yarrow and rosemary
5 whole cloves
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch each of frankincense and myrrh resin
Pestle and Mortar
Hot charcoal disc
1. Blend all the herbs and resins, using a pestle and mortar, in a clockwise direction, thinking of love surrounding you.
Feel your spirit guides close your eyes, pat your back, then whisper in your ear how wonderful you are, and how you are here because the universe needs you.
2. Light a hot charcoal disc in a heatproof dish (see page 15 for full instructions) and add a pinch of the herbs, saying, ‘I am enough’.
3. For the following few days after performing this spell, look out for special signs from the universe.
Often 'witchcraft' or 'magic' can feel like very daunting words yet Everyday Magic seems to break that down and make it seem extremely accessible for all – did you feel like that was missing within the craft?
Yes, I did… I host monthly moon rituals and spell making workshops and my intention during these rituals is always to just make it easy, accessible and most importantly FUN for everyone. I think when it’s all broken down it makes so much sense… and I see amazing results, so I really wanted to have this vibe in the book.
The #witchesofinstagram is huge – how do you feel about the witchcraft movement that is happening on social media at the moment?
I love it, being a witch is the total pinnacle of girl power.
Could you tell us a little bit about your fascination with how scents are linked to magic?
Scents all have their own magical properties. Certain smells can raise awareness and awaken our consciousness, they can activate our intuition and inspire us. A scent can connect with specific energies, auras and spirits and energetic forces around us.
If you could give one piece of advice for someone who is interested in finding their inner witch what would it be?
I would say, embrace doing it in your own way, don’t worry about a right or wrong way, or having to fit in. If it feels good and it’s not hurting anyone go with it.
Lastly where is the best place for our readers keep up to date with you and where can they buy Everyday Magic?
Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever (Hardie Grant, £10) is out now.