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Timeline


Year Publication Other
1925 BLANK December 25, Castaneda born in Cajamarca, Peru.
1960 BLANK Castaneda enrolled in a spring semester class at UCLA called "Methods in Field Archaeology" taught by Professor Clement Meighan, one of Castaneda's first introductions into Shamanism. At the end of the semester turns in the infamous Castaneda's 1960s Paper on Datura.
1960 BLANK Castaneda met the informant in the desert southwest during the same spring, BEFORE he turns in the paper on datura.
1960 BLANK Castaneda met Don Juan Matus in a bus depot in Nogales, Arizona, during the summer. See The Road Trip. See also William Lawrence Campbell thought by some to possibly be the mysterious colleague known only as "Bill" that first introduced Castandea to Don Juan. See CARLOS CASTANEDA, DON JUAN: Introduction Scenes. See also CARLOS CASTANEDA: Before Don Juan and CARLOS CASTANEDA: Don Juan and the Nogales Bus Station Meeting.
1960 BLANK Saturday, December 17, CC visits the home of Don Juan for the first time [cc3]. Sometime thereafter Don Juan reveals he is a Shaman-sorcerer who learned his art from a Diablero.
1961 BLANK First field note dated June 23, CC 'formally' begins his training.
1961 BLANK Between August 23 and September 10, Castaneda receives training in the preparation and use of Sacred Datura by Don Juan. See also CASTANEDA: Datura or Peyote. See as well Footnote [2].
1961 BLANK November 23- December 12, The 'la Catalina' incident [cc1][cc2, ch14][cc3]
1961 BLANK December 12, Last note in first part of Journey to Ixtlan  [cc3].
1962 BLANK May 14, CC visits Sacateca [cc2, intro]
1965 BLANK September, CC ends his training for the first time.
1968 BLANK April 2, CC pays a visit to Don Juan to show him a copy of his first book. This reopens CC's aprenticeship, what he calls 'the second cycle' [in the intro of cc2].

1968

The Teachings of Don Juan, A Yaqui way of knowledge

[cc1] People introduced: Don Juan. Castaneda describes how, under Don Juan's guidance, he makes a Flying Ointment out of the cooked paste of Datura. He then learns to change his human form into a crow through the use of the ointment, which inturn, as a crow, gives him the ability to Fly. Castaneda outlines the seven basic rules for becoming a man of knowledge as layed out by Don Juan, called by Castaneda as the Seven Component Themes in Shamanism.
1970 BLANK October 18, last record in [cc2]. Castaneda says that at this point a new phase begun in his training [cc2, ch 17].

1971
A Separate Reality [cc2] People introduced: Don Genaro, Sacateca. The previously unnamed colleague in the bus depot that introduced Castaneda to Don Juan is identified by the name Bill for the first time. General notes: First mention of the 'eight points'. See also The Pothunter
1971 BLANK May 22, CC pays what he in [intro and ch18 in cc3] calls 'his last visit' to Don Juan and Don Genaro. He says that it was his intention to end his training.
1971 BLANK Autumn, CC visits Don Juan again [ch1 cc4].

1972
Journey to Ixtlan [cc3] Published version of Castaneda's PhD dissertation. Virtually indistinguishable from the manuscript he turned in to his UCLA graduate committee. Don Juan tells Castaneda that his colleague Bill in instigating their first meeting was a "perfect omen." (see)
1973 BLANK The events in 'Art of Dreaming' [cc9], Chapter 11 and onwards, takes place this year. Time Magazine interview discusses sorcerer's assist from occult spritual entities or helpers such as an Ally.
1973 BLANK Don Juan's party 'leaves', burns with 'fire from within' and crosses over to the 'third awareness'. See Sarira

1974
Tales of Power [cc4] Concept introduced: Don Juan, describes a "life force."

1977
The Second Ring of Power [cc5]

1981
The Eagle's Gift [cc6] People introduced: Carol Tiggs, Florinda, Silvio Manuel, 
1982 Shabono [fdg1] Not a Castanedian work.

1984
The Fire from Within [cc7] Concept introduced: Uses metaphor of eagle to explain that which is beyond discription.
1985 The Witch's Dream [fdg2]

1988
The Power of Silence [cc8] Concept introduced: Alternative way of dying. The title and the implication and tone of this eighth book by Castaneda harkens back to the famous line by the Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi: "Silence is also conversation." Don Juan discusses the power of the Omen in shamanism.
1991 Being-in-
Dreaming
[fdg3]
1992 Traveling with Power [kef1] First book by Ken Eagle Feather. Claims to have studied under Don Juan Matus.
1992 The Sorcerers' Crossing [ta1] Taisha Abelars first (and so far only) book. Describes 'magical passes' for the first time.

1993
The Art of Dreaming [cc9] Whole chapter (Chapter 7) on the Blue Scout. The Blue Scout and one Nury Alexander eventually become synonymous. People introduced: Taisha Abelar, Florinda Donner-Grau. Carol Tiggs again. Extensive dialog and information regarding the Death Defier.
1993 BLANK July 23, the first Tensegrity workshop
1995 BLANK In front of 400 people attending a 1995 seminar conducted in Anaheim, California, Castaneda insists events in his books are not only real but meticulously documented. Using a quote that parallels British author W. Somerset Maugham regarding his story that follows a young American in search of spiritual Enlightenment titled The Razor's Edge, Castaneda tells his audience "I invented nothing." (see)
1996 A Magical Journey [mr1] Margaret Runyan, Castaneda's ex-wife writes a tell all, a memoir that Castaneda tried to keep from being published.

1998
Magical Passes [cc10] Strong emphasis on the search for Don Juan Matus. Where he was born. When. Who his teacher was (Julian Osorio). Who his teacher's teacher was (Elias Ulloa), etc.
1998 BLANK Carlos Castaneda dies the 27'th of April. His death is kept a secret until June. The Los Angeles Times prints an Obituary June 19th

1998
The Active Side of Infinity [cc11], Although there are some inconsistancies related to the actual publishing date (some say 1999), HarperCollins claims November 1998 as the publishing date for The Active Side of Infinity.  Concept introduced: Cloud Shamans.

2003
Sorcerer's Apprentice [aw1] Amy Wallace writes of her journey with Castaneda and his inner circle from an unique vantage point as his lover and special wife. Further discussion regarding the Death Defier, citing his name as Xoxonapo.


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