Semra Haksever’s life changed forever when she was introduced to witchcraft at the age of 17. Now, she’s a professional witch on a mission to make magic accessible to all. This is her story
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My name is Semra and I am a full-time witch.
I would struggle to define the exact moment that I realised I was a witch; there were no mad initiation ceremonies, or callings to go wondering deep into an enchanted forest. Instead, I believe my initiations came in the form of chance encounters, mad synchronicities, life lessons and signs from the universe.
One such chance encounter was a part-time babysitting job I had when I was 17. The mother of the little boy I looked after was a Reiki healer, and she told me that she had given me the job because she “liked my energy”. That really resonated with me, because I had always read other people’s energy but not known how to put it into words.
The boy’s mother taught me Reiki level one and two, and it was these lessons that first put me on my spiritual path.
Since then, rituals, meditations, moon worshipping, crystal collecting and learning about the magical properties of herbs have been a big part of my life. I’ve always been able to weave them into whatever I’m doing.
For example, I worked as a fashion stylist for 10 years and I would always carry crystals to photoshoots. I would give them to people to bring them courage and luck, and I would anoint my clients with essential oils to calm them and relieve their nerves.
I knew I didn’t want to be a stylist forever. Then, on holiday in Bali a couple of years later, I decided to climb Mount Batur, which is a 1,717 metre high volcano. I set an intention that when I got to the top I would have a vision and receive a message of which path I should take next. At the top of the volcano, I closed my eyes, and it came to me that I should be spreading magic around the world, in the form of scent magic from candles.
Excited about this new challenge, I returned back to London on a mission. I taught myself to make candles and combined this with the knowledge that I had about making potions and creating rituals.
I wasn’t sure how this new business venture would pan out; my friends are into magic, so of course they loved it, but I was worried about everyone else. All I had to go on was this very strong, intuitive feeling that this was what I was supposed to be doing.
Luckily, I was right, and my mission to make magic accessible has been successful beyond my wildest dreams. I now work as a professional witch full-time, making candles and spreading magic by hosting monthly moon rituals and spell-making workshops. I create bespoke spells for my clients and I’ve even written a book sharing some of my knowledge about magic.
It fills me with absolute joy that I now get to witness people bringing magical manifestations into their lives, creating an abundance of happiness. To me, witchcraft is about self-empowerment and creating rituals that make you feel good.
You don’t have to be a full-time witch to make the most out of this type of energy work. My recommendation is that if it feels good, do it. Keep an open mind, and look for signs and synchronicities in the world. You can tune into these by creating a ritual and burning some magical herbs, or simply by carrying a crystal in your pocket.
Recognise that if you do tune into a message from the universe, it might be exactly what you need right now. And maybe that’s why you’re reading this article, too – after all, who doesn’t want to bring a bit of magic in their life?
Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever (Hardie Grant, £10) is out now