A primary school teacher says she is learning how to be a witch or Wiccan.
Sadie Bentley-Smokers has spent the last two years researching it and practices spells.
She has built an altar in her bedroom which she considers a sacred space, KentLive reports.
Sadie, of Dartford, Kent, said: “It’s really my own personal form of spirituality.
“It has nothing to do with black magic, it’s all very focused on me, my health, my wellbeing and what I would like to happen.”
She started learning about and modern pagan practices in 2018.
Sadie started reading and learning from other Wiccans – who follow the modern pagan religion Wicca – she found online before beginning to practice spells last year.
She said: “The biggest thing I have learnt since I started practising Wicca is that I cannot control others, but I can control how I react to things.
“Knowing that has given me a lot more confidence in myself.”
She says treating people properly is a pinnacle of Wiccan practice and she believes in the ‘Three-Fold Law,’ which states whatever you give out you will get back three-fold.
A typical day will start by drawing a Tarot card and thinking about its hidden meaning.
On one occasion, she cast a ‘luck and prosperity’ spell to try and help her partner Charlie Frake, 27, in his career.
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She said: “He then got an unexpected pay rise and a bonus.
“Of course, he worked hard, so he deserved it, but I do think the spell helped.”
Although he does not practice Wicca, he supports her beliefs.
In her bedroom, she has built an altar, which she regards as a sacred space.
There is a white candle that represents the Goddess and a black one that represents the old earth God.
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She says she also has an incense burner to cleanse the room before casting a spell and a cauldron, where she can burn the herbs she uses in her spell work.
Sadie added: “I am still learning. I’m not in a coven or working with other witches at the moment, although I am open to that in the future.
“There are courses you can take, but I learn a lot by reading and by just practising spells.
“There are also lots of us on Instagram, so I learn plenty from other witches that way.”
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Some spells “involve burning herbs or written messages while repeating your intent either out loud or silently in your head” she said.
Others are cast by “mixing particular herbs and crystals in a spell jar and keeping the jar close – under your pillow or in your handbag”.
No witch is complete without a cat, and Sadie says her pet Chess “loves spellcasting and will hang around my feet when I am making a spell”.
She insists she only casts spells to improve life.
She said: “You can’t and you shouldn’t try to influence anyone else as a Wiccan.
“There may be other witches who practice the negative Dark Arts and cast hexes and curses, but that’s not my way.
“I work on myself or work positively for others, so they can attract what they want to happen to them.
“And after the year we’ve all had, with the pandemic, we could all do with a bit of magic in 2021.”
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