A Magical, Mystical, Monday Moment with Gala Darling

I’m a firm believer that people come to you when they’re meant to. As we utilize everything this new age has to offer, we are finding connection to people we were always meant to connect with- just in a modern way. I’ve talked about how full circle working for The Numinous is for me. I’ve found a whole web of powerful, mystical, witchy mama’s because of the site. Gala Darling is no exception.11102962356_e4a743e3c1_z

I can’t remember the first time I found Gala through the Numinous, but I remember always being start struck at her presence. Here she was- a living manifestation of everything I believe in- a powerful, fashionable, witchy woman who preaches self-love to the nth degree and LIVES IT. With her slick black hair, perfect cat eye, bright clothing and lipstick and damn powerful aura, this woman is using the internet and social media to make a positive difference in women’s lives around the world.

Gala is the wonderful sort of woman who inspires truth in whoever has the pleasure of following any of her channels online. Through her blog, Instagram and Twitter, Gala has tapped into what it means to be a modern day wise women, and she’s sharing her Radical Self Love Revolution with the masses (something I hold dearly in my heart). Everything Gala believes in resonates with me 100%- she is an incredible soul who I cannot wait to meet and get lost in conversation with. I am so thankful wonderful women like her exist- here’s to finding your tribe. 7241399916_1e35a1a163_z

I had the immense pleasure of interviewing my witchy sister from another mister for Breathing Fashion. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. XO.

Breathing Fashion: You created the Radical Self-Love movement by literally going through it and then sending out your message to women across the globe. Was there a single moment when you were like “fuck feeling anything less than love”? Was your experience finding Radical Self-Love an epiphany or more of an awakening?

Gala Darling: It was a slow awakening. I was killing myself with my eating disorder, crying when I looked in the mirror, never went outside with bare legs, was existing on coffee alone. But when I discovered tapping (also known as EFT), it completely changed my perception of everything. It was like being reborn. Once I was able to drop my eating disorder and abandon the depression that had followed me around since I was 13 years old, the world looked totally new. I couldn’t believe it. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of life and I think I’ve been making up for lost time ever since!

That’s not to say that everything is wonderful all the time, because of course, it’s not. But that shift in how I perceived the world has made it so much easier to look on the bright side, and see the blessing in most things.21608759269_7fe0f0bfcc_z

BF: Is there a secret to a radical level of loving yourself? What’s the one thing you feel like women everywhere need to know?

GD: The most important thing to know is that you have choices, and you can do absolutely anything you want. If you never want to get married or have a baby and you’d prefer to spend your time travelling or having sexy rendez-vous or making money, that’s great! Go do that! And there’s no real secret to loving yourself: it’s an everyday practice. Choose again, choose to be compassionate with yourself, choose to be brave, choose to be your best self.21783905922_4095d88d3c_k

BF: How does your practice with witchcraft influence your journey with self- love, if at all? How did you find spirituality/the occult, and has this been a crucial part of your journey?

GD: Since diving back into the world of witchcraft, I’ve discovered so many more tools I can use to infuse and inform my radical self love journey. It’s a beautiful marriage. As a kid, I was always reading about the supernatural, and when I was 13 years old I saw The Craft — ha! — and shortly thereafter, bought my first book on witchcraft. I practiced for a couple of years before depression really started to crush me and being goth and miserable became more important. I rediscovered magic a few years ago and it has been totally transformative.14924836467_9ce9c09de3_o

BF: What’s your definition of a “witch”? Is this something that has changed over time?

GD: A witch is someone who knows what they want and goes after it. A witch is someone who works with the universe rather than against it. A witch is someone who recognises that magic can be as simple as a shift in perception.

BF: What’s your “soul style”? What do you wear that makes you feel beautiful and cosmic- like you’re painting a physical representation of your soul?

GD: My style is so eclectic and changing all the time: Sunday best on acid, witchy eleganza… I love colourful dresses and psychedelic accessories, skulls and hearts, neon with black, high heels and big boots. My favourite outfit right now is a pinafore-style skater dress worn with dark lipstick, a push-up bra, high-heeled Dr Marten boots, a black beanie and my leather jacket.12736298363_2d69902e6b_o

BF: What’s your zodiac sign??

GD: My Sun and Mercury are Virgo, my Moon and Rising are Sagittarius, and my Venus and Mars are in Leo. Really, that sums me up perfectly!

BF: You have a jewelry collection coming up (so freaking cool, I can’t wait to buy every piece!) Any teasers on what we should expect?

GD: This is my second collection with New Zealand Mint, and this release contains lots of little magical symbols to bring more of what you want into your life… And I’m happy to report that they work! (I’ve been testing them out…)6963537209_891a0edbf9_o

BF: What do you do when you’re sad and need a pick me up?

GD: One-person dance parties in my living room ALWAYS make me feel good (which goes hand-in-hand with constantly seeking out new music). Working out shifts my mood every single time. And if I can’t be bothered working out, going for a walk around my neighbourhood with my camera is a great soul-salve.

BF:   What’s your favorite music to dance to?

GD: Hip-hop, all day, every day. I’m always making new playlists. My Fall/Winter one is here: https://open.spotify.com/user/galadarling/playlist/20cwTggkq0teNTVyILPwmO12816421864_0bf6f480f9_o

BF: What’s the one secret of the universe you NEED to know?!

GD: The most important thing is to feel good, because how you feel is a preview of your coming attractions. If you don’t feel good, do something to make yourself feel good.21174587833_defc45d118_z

So many thanks to this beautiful woman for letting me pick her brain. You can find Gala on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and don’t forget to check out her blog. 

 XOXO,
Gabriela

 

Why I Chose Witchcraft

Preface- Witchcraft and Wicca are not evil and their practitioners don’t worship Satan. Wicca is a nature based religion that honors the male and female aspects of divinity through the changing of the seasons, known as the Wheel of the Year. The Wiccan Rede, aka as close as Wiccans have to any book or bible or whatnot states the intention of the religion very simply; do what ye will, an ye harm none. Aka – do what you will as long as you harm none in the process. Witchcraft is a little bit harder to define since there’s such a variety of practices. For me, Witchcraft means that I use magick and energy work to solidify a specific intention, again, not in a Satanic or evil way.

This is about my experience with my relationship to witchcraft. I am both Wiccan and a Witch, so naturally, this story on why I chose The Craft is tangled up in both aspects.

I am the daughter of a Rabbi, and the granddaughter of holocaust survivors and I am Jewish by blood. Culturally, I am Jewish; my dad was born in Israel, my mother grew up in the Jewish community in Mexico City. I will always be proud of my heritage, of the people I come from because they are some of the strongest in the world. But I am Wiccan and I am a Witch. 1

I chose Witchcraft.

I chose witchcraft, intentionally, at the age of 12, right before I was sent of to a month long sleep away Jewish summer camp. I chose Witchcraft when I read “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” when I was 11 and had flashbacks to standing in front of a wax statue talking to me about Wicca in Salem, five years before. I’ve talked about my history with The Craft here, and I want to talk about where I am now; over 10 years later, and still calling myself a Witch.

I choose Witchcraft because it feels like home. I don’t know how else to describe it. For me, Witchcraft is a relationship I have with myself, with the universe, with the God and Goddess, with nature, with seasons and with energy. Witchcraft, for me, is when I read tarot, when I listen to phases of the moon and perform spells and magick and rituals that follow her and her ebb and flow. Witchcraft for me is honoring my spirit guides, it’s when I feel how things are changing, it’s when I honor the solstices and the equinoxes. Witchcraft for me is using the never ending energy of the universe to help me create, manifest and understand this life.

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I think there’s something about balance that really makes me love this path, specifically with Wicca. There’s a feminine as much as a masculine, and with my own eclectic path there is a darkness as much as their is a light. I am in no way saying ~white or black magick~ because that’s a pet peeve of mine. Energy is energy; it is neither good nor bad, and it is our judgment that colors it. I believe in positive and negative, but again, that’s how we shape our energy, how we chose to cultivate it.

I am inspired by my darkness. I am inspired by the darkness of others. I am inspired by the fact that there is so, so, so much more than we understand in this life. Witchcraft for me is learning about my Aquarius Sun, Scorpio Moon, Libra Rising soul and understanding about others astrological charts. Wicca for me is my relationship to the God and Goddess inside myself, to the Earth, to the seasons. Witchcraft for me is about the wheel of the  year, it’s about how I navigate this life.

I am inspired by the ancient Celts, by European Hedge Witches who have had witchcraft in their families for years. I am inspired by herb folklore and by spirits. I am inspired by death, by ghosts and phantoms and the unknown. This exploration, for me, this attempt to understand, is why I continue to choose witchcraft. 4Magick for me, is setting an intention and creating a way for it to manifest. It’s manipulated energy. Witchcraft, for me, follows this same path and idea. Witchcraft is using the tools you’re given to create, to change, to heal, to grow. Medicine Woman, Shamans, Witches.. they all have this innate understanding. There’s this recognition that this Earth is filled with secrets, and if we listen we can understand them

I chose, and I continue to choose, Witchcraft because for me it means being a good person, understanding karma, using what I have to make a change and knowing this life isn’t it. Witchcraft for me, is the way I love others and myself. It is how I live this life. Witchcraft  is the fact I feel powerful in all black, the fact that I can wear my darkness while innately being a light soul. Witchcraft is my love of divination, of ghosts, of spell work, of the occult.

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Witchcraft, for me, is home.

 

W I T C H

The archetypal witch conjures up an image of an old crone mixing herbs in a cauldron, most certainly for a spell or ritual. The word “witch” makes us think of an old hag, riding around a chilly October evening on her broom, casting curses at whoever is unlucky enough to be in her way. Witchcraft and witches exist in modern day, but definitely not in the way that most of the populations thinks.  Every energetic worker, occultist, or witch will have a different definition of the word “witch”.  Although some people tie working magick to witchcraft, not all witches work with magick, just like not all magick workers are witches. What does that mean? Not everyone who manipulates energy for a certain outcome is a witch, and not every witch works with energy. The history of witchcraft is long and winding, and cultures ranging from the Celts to the Ancient Mesopotamian’s had their own form of energy work or magick which could be considered Witchcraft. Witchcraft, and the use of healing through herbs and natural remedies, divination, magick and spells can be passed down from generation to generation in a practice called Hereditary Witchcraft. Witchcraft ranges widely from practitioner to practitioner and you don’t have to have a family that practices witchcraft to practice it yourself. Since Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, you can follow almost any religious path and still be a witch.

Witchcraft can include anything from divination and crystal work to spells and herb and faerie lore and magick. It’s a personal practice, with an underlying idea that you have tools at your disposal to create and see parts of this life that you may have missed without the awareness or consciousness that comes with Witchcraft. It’s kind of difficult to understand in an objective light, so I’ll share a bit about my personal practice.

My practice of Witchcraft involves working with the tarot, faeries, crystals and and energy work. like spells. I work with the moon and I incorporate my yoga practice as a form of energy work as well. I practice magick, although I don’t believe in using that sort of energy to cause any negativity or harm to anyone. A lot of my practice is being positive, being aware of the power of my thoughts and actions and how I impact other people. In my opinion this is the basis of all energy work, how can you expect to manipulate energy if you’re not aware of the power of your own at all? Thoughts and intentions go a long way, after all.

I became involved with Witchcraft when I was 11 or 12. It started with a deck of Faerie oracle cards, called The Faerie’s Oracle, by Brian Froud. This led me to finding the book “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” which began me on my journey. 8 or 9 years later and my path is still evolving. I saw this bag on Dolls Kill and had to have it. I love to incorporate fashion and spirituality so this was a match made in heaven. I paired it with some drop waist pants, a halter tank with a low back, some black boots and lots of gold details to finish off the outfit.Shirt: Forever 21/ Necklace: Topshop/ Pants: Zara/ Boots: H&M/ Bag: Dolls Kill

For me, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that means being aware of my energy and my place in the world. It means using my intuition and the tools I have to create the life I want to live, in a peaceful and loving way. I don’t condone hurting anyone or attempting to hurt anyone to get a desired outcome and I especially don’t condone any form of magick that hurts more than it helps. More than anything, this is my practice and my story and my own form of witchcraft.

Talk to me about what you think about witchcraft on twitter @gabyherstik.

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. @alexyael on Instagram