Initiated: Memoir of a Witch

February 29, 2020 - Comment

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes meets Women Who Run With The Wolves in this “gorgeously written, fierce, political, personal, and deeply inspiring” (Michelle Tea) memoir about finding meaning, beauty, and power through a life in witchcraft. An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Traditional Wiccan initiates are usually brought into

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes meets Women Who Run With The Wolves in this “gorgeously written, fierce, political, personal, and deeply inspiring” (Michelle Tea) memoir about finding meaning, beauty, and power through a life in witchcraft.

An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Traditional Wiccan initiates are usually brought into the craft through a ceremony with a High Priestess. But even though Amanda Yates Garcia’s mother, a practicing witch herself, initiated her into the earth-centered practice of witchcraft when she was 13 years old, Amanda’s real life as a witch only began when she underwent a series of spontaneous initiations of her own.

Descending into the underworlds of poverty, sex work, and misogyny, Initiated describes Amanda’s journey to return to her body, harness her power, and create the magical world she longed for through witchcraft. Hailed by crows, seduced by magicians, and haunted by ancestors broken beneath the wheels of patriarchy, Amanda’s quest for self-discovery and empowerment is a deep exploration of a modern witch’s trials – healing ancient wounds, chafing against cultural expectations, creating intimacy – all while on a mission to re-enchant the world. Peppered with mythology, tales of the goddesses and magical women throughout history, Initiated stands squarely at the intersection of witchcraft and feminism. With generosity and heart, this book speaks to the question: is it possible to live a life of beauty and integrity in a world that feels like it’s dying?

Declaring oneself a witch and practicing magic has everything to do with claiming authority and power for oneself, of taking back our planet in the name of Love. Initiated is both memoir and manifesto calling the magical people of the world to take up their wands: stand up, be brave, describe the world they want, then create it like a witch.

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Anonymous says:

Spiritually Stuck in the Dollar Zone While the writer does share some of the details of her forays into stripping and other forms of sex work, I wished she’d be as generous and detailed in describing her relationship with nature, with whatever moved her to pursue this craft. She doesn’t seem to have any feelings for it, besides inheritance, and a lot of name dropping of famous people that she met due to her being “white and cisgender and very attractive.” Also, there seems to be a flood of false positive reviews here: one 5 star…

Anonymous says:

Amazing, life changing memoir Amanda Yates Garcia is an intellectual giant. This book is riveting and beautifully written and also acts as a guide for readers seeking to engage in magic as a route to personal empowerment. I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s no wonder it received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews!

Anonymous says:

Appealing to a wide range of audiences Whether you’re a literary nerd, into witchery, or spiritually curious, this book is a wonderful read. Even if it weren’t about witches, the book is beautifully written and intimately passionate. Though there are coming of age characteristics, this is a story of coming into oneself, reaching for dreams, overcoming hardship, and learning from mistakes. She travels the world across many nations, making her way through a mysterious underworld, celebrating the humanity shared by all.This…

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