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.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.