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Second Ring of Power (The Teachings of Don Juan #5)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,985 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Back from the abyss, Castaneda encounter his greatest test on the journey towards impeccability and freedom: to outwit and overpower the sorcery of Doña Soledad, herself transformed from a defeated and meaningless life to a warrior, a hunter and a "stalker of power."
Now the combat will begin. Now the journey will continue. Till the last dan...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Washington Square Press (first published 1977)
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I continue to wonder if Castaneda's books are fact or fiction.
Drawing the threads closer from all the previous books and stepping up into his role as the Nagual, Carlos's outdone himself. I couldn't read this book awhile back, and then the other day I was able to pick it up and start blasting through. Amazing. The rhythm of questioning is more obvious to me now and the pace of questioning skeptic/apprentice/intuitive sorcerer is even clearer. Great read.
June 2011

Another box of books has been reopened for cleaning, sorting, and reevaluation and lo and behold, many of the collected works of Carlos Castaneda are part of the contents.

Many years have gone but I remember this author and his works vividly. [Now don't get any ideas as to an allusion I may or may not be making] At some point I stopped purchasing more in the series and put them away. There's a 'blur' factor as I recall that happens with these stories of the metaphysical and magical journ...more
The fifth book in the series and so far the least satifying. here's why.
A well balanced Castaneda book has the following elements/styles
1) Dialog and teachings about the Sorcerer's belief system (questioning also to refine understadning)
2) Journeys / vision quests Travel to places for the purposes of exercising some of the teachings, preparation for the same
3) Magic - Surreal expierences from other realities that are percieved through discipline or use of Power plants (although that seems to end...more
اگر با آثار کاستاندا آشنایی ندارید، لازم میدانم توضیح دهم که: این کتاب (دومین حلقه ی قدرت) پنجمین کتاب از مجموعه ی ده کتاب است که کارلوس کاستاندا در طول عمر خود به نوشتن آنها اقدام نمود۰ برای آشنایی با جهان بینی ای که او تلاش در بیان آن در این مجموعه ی آثار را داشته و در زمان خود (دهه های هفتاد تا نود قرن گذشته) بسیار مورد بحث و جنجال در میان روشنفکران معاصر بویژه در دنیای غرب قرار گرفت، بایستی از خوانش نخستین کتاب آغاز و به ترتیب انتشار آن به زبان اصلی پیش رفت تا در جریان سیر تکوینی این نوع جها...more
Dawn Buffham-Bates
Enter Dona Soledad, La Gorda, Josefina, Lidia and Rosa. This is the first time that the 'sisters' and Pablito's mother have featured heavily in the series. Having been mentored by Don Juan and Genaro, they, along with Pablito, Nestor and Benigno (The Genaros) are all now ready to take things to an all new level with Carlos.

Having had time to think about his teachings from Don Juan and read his copious amount of notes taken during his time with Don Juan, Carlos is now ready to take a leap of fai...more
Sep 15, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pagans
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I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding. I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path. My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books. Back then (1994) they were classifed as nonfiction. Lately, they say they are fiction. All I know is much of what is in these books works....more
I read this book within two days because i couldn't put it down! In order to understand it, it's a must to read the last previous books or else you will be lost! It gets somewhat complicated, but if you've read the previous books you can comprehend it pretty well, this book also deserves at least two reads because you'll be able to find different answers all the time. Once you begin comprehending you will finally be addicted to the writings of Carlos, his descriptions are so thorough. It paints...more
Douglas Mackenzie
probably my favourite castanada book.
as a kid, this series of books fell into my hands and i avidly devoured them all, each one taking me more into the magical world of Don Juan and Sorcery..
The first of the series that deals with the female sorcerors of the lineage, and details explicitly some of their rituals and powers, all tied up in a series of inner and outer world adventures that transports my imagination to the frightening and magical rural world of mexico.
reading it now, it still has...more
Maksims Trivaškevičs
A work of psychodelic genius.
Castaneda was a graduate student studying Anthropology and was doing his thesis on Mexican Shaman and their use of regional plants and herbs to induce psychotropic effects in an attempt to cure people of various illnesses. Castaneda starts off with a scientist view, as a skeptic and later is blown away by what happens to him, which then becomes his life long pursuits. If you plan on reading these books, start with the Yaqui Way of Life, which is the first book and be prepared to be engrossed in...more
David Gordon
I will reread this
Txai Folly
Very fast paced book, unlike most castaneda books, it clears up many things but also does a vvery good job at making questions and not answering them, needless to say, it leaves you wanting more and for the third time in this series (at least for me) it leaves me asking myself a lot of questions i feel i can't answer wihouth reading the next book, so instead of making a long talk about how this book has many confrotations but it also promises a lot of future ones i'll just go ahead and continue...more
Jul 29, 2011 Simar added it
It's just been getting better and better and better! This is by far Castaneda's most fast-paced book. Less of note-taking, a whole of of female energy, one week of madness, no time for confusion, the warrior's most vivid entry into the nagual, tricks and risks that would make don Juan and don Genaro proud of their apprentices. Read it sitting in a remote village in the Himalayas with the wind howling from morning to night, and eagles circling around the ridges. It's time for the Eagle's Nest.
May Santiago
I started reading the Carlos Casteneda books when I was a young teenager. I read them all except for this last one and finally 30 years later finished it and it almost seems appropriate to have waited and to fully comprehend Casteneda's journey through other worlds that exist simultaneously as we exist. As a youngster this book opened all doors to possibility above and beyond our everyday lives.

Not my favorite of his. Carlos goes back to Mexico a while after his apprenticeship ends and finds that Don Juan left behind other apprentices that he apparently knows nothing about.

His interactions with his cohorts always annoy me. Still entertaining and worth the read, although it shakes up the whole 'world vision' he'd created in his previous books.
Ivinela Samuilova
All books of Carlos Castaneda are very important to me. He (and his Don Juan), Vadim Zeland - writer from Russia, quantum physicist and Alexey Bachev - an unusual psychologist from Bulgaria, protagonist of my book Life Can Be a Miracle have shaped my way of thinking, perceiving, experiencing the reality. Very grateful for showing me the miraculous way of living!!!!
Jun 19, 2011 Cheryl added it
Personally I have no concern with whether these books are fiction or non-fiction, I found them to be good friends. Some very enjoyable tricks learned in the choices I makes when interacting with my environment.
"Second Ring of Power" is another example of Castaneda's superb storytelling talent and one of his best. Action and total comittment are paramount to full self-realization, not arm-chair theorizing.
Such a great book to read in these times. We do forget that spirituality does not mean there is a god.
Víctor Tejeda
No es el mejor de la serie pero es un libro necesario en el universo de Carlos Castaneda.
Shokufeh شکوفه  Kavani کاوانی
کارلوس کاستاندا در زمانیکه سخت محتاج راهنما بودیم ؛ دستمان را گرفت....
A great Casteneda book. Another great perspective to ponder.
Steve Nojek
This is a series that compelled me to change my life energetically.
This one is pretty stupid but clarifies some earlier things.
Jun 24, 2012 Ash marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Second Ring of Power by Carlos Castaneda (1977)
Clive Warner
Nowhere near as good as "Journey to Ixtlan". Unconvincing.
The worst so far in the series. Not very good at all.
May 07, 2013 David is currently reading it
started reading again, soledads a bitch yo
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Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-born American author. Immigration records for Carlos Cesar Arana Castaneda indicate that he was born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Perú. Records show that his surname was given by his mother Susana Castañeda Navoa. His father was Cesar Arana Burungaray. His surname appears with the ñ in many Hispanic dictionaries, even thoug...more
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