The Second Ring of Power Setting & Symbolism

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Allies

Allies are entities controlled by a sorcerer. The concept is fully developed in The Teachings of Don Juan, but in this book, author Carlos Castaneda and la Gorda, Don Juan Matus' designated interim successor, face four forces who are on the loose after Don Juan and Don Genaro go to the other world. Carlos has met Don Juan's dark, rectangular mass, and Genaro's long-faced, bald, tall, glowing man with droopy eyes, but only once glimpsed Don Juan's coyote and Don Genaro's jaguar. Carlos leaps with euphoria, realizing that allies are real entities and not hallucinations as he had earlier believed and is ready to revamp all of his assumptions and stop being a "quasisorcerer."

La Gorda informs Carlos that allies lack form, but have a presence and colors. Carlos sees them as monsters because he has not yet lost his human form. One can only protect oneself...

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