The Sorcerer's Crossing: A Woman's Journey

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Some twenty years ago, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda electrified millions of readers by describing his initiation--under the Yaqui Indian brujo Don Juan--into an alternate reality. Now Taisha Abelar, who was taught by the female members of Don Juan's group, recounts her own "crossing" in this arresting book.

While traveling in Mexico, Abelar became involved with a group of sorcerers and began a rigorous physical and mental training process designed to enable her to breach the ...

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Overview

Some twenty years ago, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda electrified millions of readers by describing his initiation--under the Yaqui Indian brujo Don Juan--into an alternate reality. Now Taisha Abelar, who was taught by the female members of Don Juan's group, recounts her own "crossing" in this arresting book.

While traveling in Mexico, Abelar became involved with a group of sorcerers and began a rigorous physical and mental training process designed to enable her to breach the limits of ordinary perception. The Sorcerers Crossing details that process, giving us a highly practical sense of the responsibilities and perils that face a woman sorcerer. Abelar's enthralling story is invaluable as a virtual "sorcerers manual", as anthropology, and as a provocative work of women's spirituality.

While traveling in Mexico, Abelar became involved with a group of sorcerers and began a rigorous physical and mental training process designed to enable her to breach the limits of ordinary perception. This book details that process and reveals the responsibilities and perils that face a woman sorcerer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Arizona in the late 1960s, the author, a jobless 20-year-old, estranged from her family and generally disillusioned with life, met Clara Grau, an enigmatic woman who invited her to her home in Sonora, Mexico. Abelar accepted, unaware that her visit would be permanent and would change her life completely. She learned she had been chosen by a group of sorcerers trained by Yaqui Indian Don Juan Matus--mentor of Carlos Castaneda--to join their search for ways to alter normal perceptions and enter other realities. The culmination of this training is the ``crossing'' of the title: the ``abstract flight'' from the concrete, physical world to its ethereal, abstract counterpart. To accomplish this requires spiritual energy built up through rigorous mental and spiritual training, including, for the author, acquiring a doctorate in anthropology. Abelar's account of her training is mesmerizing; the overall mood of events taking place in the Grau home is dreamlike. The book is a good choice for readers interested in mysticism and spiritual matters. (June)
Library Journal
Abelar presents a fascinating personal account of her initiation into the world of sorcery. Although sorcery has negative connotations, her activities involve spiritual growth and personal empowerment rather than black magic. The author receives training in Mexico by a group of teachers connected with Don Juan Matus, the mentor of Carlos Castaneda. Under their guidance she learns various breathing, movement, and contemplative techniques. Her goal is enhanced perception and ultimately a shift in awareness from the concrete to the abstract. The author's struggle to overcome inner resistance and her efforts to understand abstract concepts are miraculously detailed. The book holds one's interest throughout and should be a useful addition to library collections on personal growth and women's spirituality . Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/92.-- Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140193664
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 310,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    A must read

    I studied Castañeda for years and all his work is great, but this Taisha's book gave me the opportunity to understand my role better. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    The Crossing

    I thought that book was quite good. I read it after reading the Castaneda books. What I found was special about this book was that it gave an interesting support to Castaneda and Florinda Donner's work. It is especially interesting for women who want to understand their own female energy. This book is a MUST for anyone interested in Castaneda's work!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    A book about women and energy

    Understanding the depth of the information that Taisha Abelar releases in this book means a change of life. She tells us about her instruction as a sorcercer as a way to reach the spiritual energy that is inside (and outside) every person. And she writes about the implications of being a woman in society and about her ancient task: give energy to men and children. If you'd like to learn more about women´s spirituality, this book is a must.

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