The Nagual

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Don Juan Matus, Terminology, The Nagual 3 comments

The Nagual is the teacher who becomes the gateway, the doorway, the intermediate between the world of the “seeker” or apprentice, and the world of the spirit. The Nagual has been described as being “empty” – devoid of ego and the personal self that modern mans attention and devotion is trapped by. The Nagual reflects only the infinite, and is a pure conduit for the commands of the spirit.

The Nagual has been described as a peculiar energetic configuration, of a different structure than the “egg-shaped” luminous bodies of your average man. He is described as a compounded set of 4 luminous quadrants. In this respect, Castaneda was an anomaly: a configuration of 3 compressed luminous spheres, rather than the traditional four.

Carlos’ training as a Nagual, and his resulting role as Nagual was transformational: both to the traditions of Don Juan’s lineage, and to the knowledge of the Sorcerer’s creed. First of all, he ushered in an ending to the ages-old lineage of naguals and apprentices in Don Juan’s lineage. Secondly, he facilitated an exposé of the covert, secretly-held teachings of generations of sorcerers, and a rendition of these teachings out into the public realm.

Carlos has filled both roles as “terminator” of the lineage, due to his unique energetic configuration, and as a translator or interpreter of these arcane teachings, into a form that could be easily understood and assimilated by those who are open to the “voice of the second attention”. His teachings, in the form of his series of books, reached millions upon millions of readers, and were translated into dozens of languages.


  1. I have a little question… If it’s not being offensive, as it’s not of my interest to say at least… Can a non-human being (like Liòsàlfar) become a Nagual? I would be grateful for answer, and YES this is a serious question. Thank You 💝

    • Carlos’ books were written for humans, not non-humans. The Nagual’s teachings – in all his books – were directed to humans. It is we who are trapped, slaves of the 1st attention, who long for a deeper understanding of our innate being. If you are a human, and Castaneda’s work resonated with you, congratulations! We of the human type, can only speak for our own kind…

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