Modern-day witches don't have cauldrons or fly around on brooms. Black cats aren't compulsory (although you can have one if you want) and there's no need to put on a pointy hat.


Casting a spell is a great way to focus on what you want in life and set your intentions towards your goals.

"Witchcraft is about embracing life and trying to make the world a better place for everyone, no matter what their faith, religion, colour, creed or sex," says Midia.

"It's a nature-based belief and we use the seasons, herbs, colours, candles, the moon and the sun to help with spells to attain our dreams and desires, and those of others."

According to Midia, magick can help you find the job you want and maintain a happy relationship.

But remember to use your powers for good – witches believe that if you do something morally wrong then it will come back to haunt you. "If you use it frivolously to do harm or only for selfish means, you can bet it will come back to bite you," she says.

Read on to try three spells to boost your wellbeing…

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Making friends spell

Some people can make friends just like that, but for others it's not so easy. You might be shy or worried about making the first move. You might have had to move away from your home town, or you've just started a new job. This spell will help you to make and keep new friends.

You will need:

  • A blank postcard
  • A gold pen
  • A bay leaf
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • 30cm of thin gold ribbon

What you do:

Do this spell on a Sunday or a Wednesday, or on a new or full moon. The postcard is to write your request for new friends to enter your life. Take the gold pen and at the top write the word WANTED, then underline it. Now write what kind of friends you would like in your life.

You could write something like:

Fun and caring friends at work/school/home Who like me for who I am. New friends who I can confide in, Go out with and enjoy myself with.

When you've done this, stick the bay leaf to the postcard. Carefully roll up the postcard into a tube shape and tie the gold ribbon around it.

Leave the scroll on your bedroom windowsill for 24 hours so that your message will be carried to the universe, then place the scroll somewhere in your bedroom. You should soon see new friends entering your life.

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Loving yourself charm

How can we expect to have a happy relationship when we don't love ourselves? Everybody has hang-ups, but you shouldn't let them damage your sense of self-worth.

This is a confidence- booster spell for those times when we feel unhappy with something about ourselves.

You will need:

  • A bunch of brightly coloured flowers
  • Five white tealight candles
  • A tall mirror

What you do:

Find a time when you can do this spell undisturbed. Arrange the flowers in a circle on the floor – big enough for you to sit in. Arrange the tealight candles in a smaller circle within the flower circle.

Place the mirror outside of the circle in such a way that you can see yourself when you are inside the circle. Sit cross-legged within the circle and carefully light all five candles.

Look at yourself in the mirror and see how beautiful you really are. See your inner beauty.

Repeat the following chant five times: I am beautiful, no matter what anyone says. I am filled with love for myself in every single way.

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Get that job spell

Do you spend your wage before it even arrives in your bank? Are you sick of working to death on a job that pays peanuts? Or are you just fed up with being broke all the time and in need of a regular injection of cash?

This spell will help you to land a job to suit your needs – whether it's to pay for your everyday living expenses or go on that holiday you've been dreaming of.

You will need:

  • A piece of green paper
  • A gold pen
  • Three mint leaves
  • A teaspoon of dried sage
  • One gold or silver candle
  • A candle holder
  • Matches or a lighter

What you do:

You should cast this spell on a full moon, waxing moon or on a Thursday. Draw a large pentagram in the centre of your piece of paper with your gold pen – a pentagram is a circle with a five-pointed star inside it.

In the centre of the pentagram write the word JOB, making sure the star is pointing upwards not downwards.

Around this word write what kind of job you want – part-time, full-time, in an office or outdoors, how many hours, how much you'd like to be paid, and so on.

Tear up the mint leaves and put these and the dried sage into the pentagram. Place the candle in a holder on top of the herbs and light it.

Say the following words:

Goddess Morrigan, hear my plea
Send me a job to help my needs
Give me a job that I will love I send this message to you above.

Allow the candle to burn down. Carefully take the paper with the herbs on it to the nearest window, open the window and blow the contents from the paper into the air. You will soon hear about or see an advertisement for the ideal job for you.

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Extract and illustrations from The Witchcraft Handbook: Unleash Your Magickal Powers to Create the Life You Want by Midia Star, published by Ilex Press priced £12.99.