I have been reading this book, Initiated, A memoir of a Witch by Amanda Yates Garcia
I've had this one on my wish list for while and last week I finally purchased it and I am so glad I did as I am absolutely loving it so far and I am only about a quarter of the way through.
The mixture of reality and fantasy, interwoven together to form the story of her life.
Some parts devastating and sad, it's an honest look into her life, and some parts I am really connecting with.
Within the opening pages of the book a part had already rang true to me and I knew that I would connect with this book and recognise many truths.
The part of the book that I have connected with so far is when Amanda was explaining when we are in school we are trying to figure out what path we will follow in our life towards choosing a profession. Amanda writes:
It never occurred to me that I could be a witch. That witchcraft could be my profession. And in our world, unless you had a trust fund, you have to have a profession. You have to work. It’s a moral imperative. And by the accounts of virtually every adult in my life, that meant you had to be miserable. Eight hours a day, sometimes more, five days a week, sometimes more, until you retire, sick and exhausted. That was what my elementary school education was training me to do and what the world expected of me. And by the time I’d skidded into my thirties, I’d tried almost every job a young woman could think of, and each one was miserable in its own special way. Yet, through it all, I resisted the imperatives of capitalist patriarchy. My goal was to avoid playing by the rules of a status quo that had actively sought to disempower me, keep me small, and utilize my labour to amass ungoddessly resources for itself. You might say that I wanted to witch the system. But every time I thought I’d found a way to escape, I always seemed to find myself back in the same place: the underworld.
It hit a chord close to my heart.
I was comforted that I am not the only one who had thought this way.
Who believed that their craft can be their career, their profession.
I have for many years had my 'side gig' of holding workshops, selling incense etc online while working full time at jobs that make me miserable but now, it is time that I push past my fears and make this my profession.
I have big dreams and within the last few months talking to friends I have now recognised how I can move forward with them.
Building my profession from my craft, from my knowledge of the Witch's craft.
And putting all my fears aside this is what I am doing.
I will be creating a membership program packed full of magick that will include access to a Private Facebook group to create a community where you feel comfortable to share your magick and your dreams.
I will also be doing live videos weekly within that group to answer your questions to assist with working your magick and to aid you with working through the phases of the moons and sabbats.
You will have access to a members only page on my website where you may download new worksheets, booklets, whatever digital products I create for members that will help you to work through and achieve your goals.
You could think of it as an online coven.
Working your magick within a group to manifest your future.
This all will be available as soon as I can figure out the technology of it and set it up. Lol
I will also be giving everyone a free trial period so you can dip your feet into the membership and see how it feels.
I am beyond excited about this.
Also, when the restrictions ease with covid I will be commencing workshops again which I am really looking forward to doing as I do miss them
I will be offering consults to help you create your magickal life and after finishing my degree I will also be offering counselling sessions aswell.
So these are my plans, and I will be working my magick to manifest, to transform my passion, my side gig into my profession.
Witch, Artist and Creator.
Lots of Love