Ask a Witch: How To Bring Witchcraft Into Your Regular Life

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Witchify your everything

In “Ask a Witch,” Gabriela Herstik answers your questions about channeling ancient wisdom in the modern age. From spellcraft to finding your path, explore what it means to be a millennial witch.

Question: As a person who has a hard time creating routines, I feel like it's impossible to consistently dedicate myself to witch things. So I tend to think of myself as a "lazy witch." How do I get past that?

Answer: I like to think of witchcraft as a filter through which you see your life; one that’s cosmic and beautiful and shows you the connection between yourself and everything else in the universe. The whole point of being a witch is to live in that filtered world and to manifest that power in everything you do. 

The first step to doing this? Stop being so hard on yourself! You don’t have to cast a spell every day to be a witch, that’s not what it’s about. Give yourself permission to ebb and flow with your practice; sometimes you’ll be making lots of magick, sometimes you won’t.  

One way to make each day a little bit more magickal is to set it up that way. For me, that means pulling a tarot card every morning, before I do my makeup. Sometimes I’ll take a photo of my card and set it as my phone background if I want to be reminded of its energy. I ask my guides what I need to know for the day and really take the time to shuffle and pick my card. I’ll burn incense as I get ready, sage-ing my room if I have time and feel like I need it. 

I also make sure I know where the sun and the moon are each day. You can do this using apps like TimePassages or Luna Solaria. You can also incorporate specific fashion choices into your magick by pairing your intention (how you want to feel) with what you wear, even centering it around the moon phase and what sign the moon is in. So, say, the moon is in Aquarius and you’re going out on the town, you can wear that one chrome dress you have that makes you feel like an intergalactic mermaid.  

I meditate most mornings as well, BUT it’s a new habit and a big deal for me. I’m always going at 100 miles a minute, and I was very intimated to start meditating. I use Insight Timer, which is an app for guided and timed meditation, and I started slowly. First six minutes, then eight minutes, then 10. The key, once again, is being patient. As well as knowing what works for you. Maybe you like to meditate at night? That’s totally chill. It's just the mere act of having a set time to decompress that's super helpful. 

When I’m in the bathroom at work, I take time to breathe and ground my feet into the earth. I’ll talk to my guides, or Venus, or Ganesh, and ask them for help or just, you know, vent and see what I feel. I also do this at my desk, closing my eyes and taking some time to really focus on my core, grounding into the earth. Don’t be embarrassed to use these times to really focus on your center, feeling that energetic cord extending from the base of your spine into the root of the earth. Talk to your guides or your ancestors or the universe. It’s fun, I promise. You can also utilize breathing techniques, as well, during your day without anyone noticing. 

When you’re outside, take time to be outside. Notice how warm the sun is when it kisses your skin. Maybe there’s a breeze, or it finally smells like summer. I love talking to the trees near my apartment, putting my hand on their trunks and asking them how they are, or just giving them love. Physically connecting to the earth is also an emotional practice. Make yourself available to the signs, and give yourself time to be present in nature. Taking a five-minute walk outside without your phone and listening to the messages that come through is a super powerful way to connect with your inner magick.  

The whole point of witchcraft is being a witch, and that means living with your magick and integrating it into your life. Water is sacred, and connecting to the element when you’re doing something as mundane as washing your hands or taking a shower can make your day a lot more meaningful. Buy houseplants to connect with the earth, buy a birdfeeder and talk to the birds, and cook with different herbs and spices because of their correspondences. Carrying around different crystals, or wearing them, is another easy way to bring your magick with you.

You can also create an altar in your bedroom, so you see it every day. Clean and clear it once a week, rearranging depending on what you’re manifesting or the season. Make this an energetic home for yourself, so each morning you wake and see how beautiful YOUR magick is. Being grateful for your life and thanking the universe whenever you’re reminded of her magick is also an easy way to create even more magick! 

Creating a routine that feels good is the key. Even if that means writing a prayer to your ancestors and saying it every morning and lighting a candle with it, and nothing else. Don’t be afraid to get crafty with your craft. You can also incorporate a routine into your night, saying a prayer before you sleep and leaving an offering on your altar. If you think you’re going to forget your daily practice, set a reoccurring alarm on your phone. Or have a friend join in and text each other reminders. No matter what you do, enjoy it! All that matters is that you’re the best witch you can be.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.