An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Some traditions dictate that a witch be initiated through a formal ceremony complete with rose wands, red candles, and sacred chants. But even though Amanda Yates Garcia’s mother initiated her into the goddess-worshipping practice of witchcraft when she was thirteen years old, Amanda’s true 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 natural power, and finally reclaim her witchcraft to create the magical world she envisioned. Hailed by crows, seduced by malicious spirits and haunted by ancestors broken beneath the wheels of patriarchy, Amanda adventured across the globe. On the way, she survived abuse, resisted societal expectations and struggled to create intimacy – all while grappling with the question: is it possible to live a life of beauty and integrity in a world that feels like it’s dying?
Peppered with mythology, tales of the goddesses and magical women throughout history, Initiated stands squarely at the intersection of witchcraft and feminism. Amanda shows that practising magic is about more than spells and potions; magic is nothing less than claiming power for oneself and 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, be brave, and create the enchanted world they long to live in.