THE CRAFT meets SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES in this haunting mystical memoir of how Amanda Yates-Garcia found beauty, independence and power through her life and work as a witch and how other women can harness this power as well.
An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through.
Starting with her initiation into her mother's coven, through years in the underworld of poverty, sex work and endless misogyny, Amanda Yates-Garcia describes her journey to come back to her body, harness her power, and create the world she deserved through witchcraft.
Full of incredible stories of being hailed by crows, seduced by magicians and haunted by ancestors broken under the wheels of patriarchy, INITIATED is also a call to action: it's time for powerful women to come out of the broom closet. Declaring oneself a witch and practicing magic has everything to do with claiming authority and power for oneself. It's time to be brave, stand up, describe the world you want and create it like a witch.
This book will follow Amanda's quest for self-discovery and empowerment but the story is so much bigger. Squarely at the intersection of witchiness and feminism, the lessons in this book will resonate with any woman who feels enraged by a culture built to disempower and subjugate them. To better arm the reader, each chapter is accompanied by a deeper exploration of a witch's trials - healing ancestral wounds, setting psychic boundaries, building an altar to change your life - along with fables and tales of the goddesses and empowered witches throughout history.
Thoughtful, engaging, and fresh: a welcome addition to the annals of women's spirituality - Kirkus (starred review)
This memoir by Amanda Yates Garcia... argues that witchcraft is actually the ancient feminism we need to escape our capitalist, misogynistic world... surprisingly relatable and very much up [our] street - Stylist