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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 22
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

rowseadrona ,

Amanda’s words are always a gift


Elizabeth Emer ,

Memoir for everyone 💗

Initiated is all at once an incredibly personal, and familiarly relatable, tome- one of discovery, exploration, and finally coming back home to oneself. This book had me crying and laughing, for in Amanda Yates Garcia’s colorful sharing of her own life, I found myself looking to my own memories and experiences, finding the multitude of moments where there were hidden depths of magic and doorways to understanding that I never noticed before. This book is for everyone! It is steeped in the language of witchcraft, which is a voice that has been seriously misunderstood and under-heard. This book is for people of all faiths and beliefs who are looking for a seriously fun and soberingly authentic tale of one coming into her full power - and thus for anyone ready to come into their own full power.

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