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Ted Czukor

Ted Czukor

A student of esoteric traditions since the age of 16, Ted Czukor (Theo the Green) taught Yoga for 37 years until retiring in 2013. For 26 years he was adjunct faculty for the Maricopa, AZ Community Colleges, teaching Gentle Yoga and Meditation & Wellness. Raised in the Methodist Church but drawn to Rosicrucianism, Hinduism and Buddhist philosophy, he is a devotee of the Goddess in all Her forms. Ted has been a Shakespearean actor, a Masonic ritualist and an Interfaith wedding officiant. He is the author of several books, none of which made any money and two of which are available as .pdf files. He lives with his wife Ravyn-Morgayne in Sun City, Arizona. Their shared dream is to someday relocate to Glastonbury, England. theoczukor@cox.net.

You find your inner light through silence.

Get still.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Ted, Thank you so much for this. It resonates on a deeply personal level, as your writing often does.

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Ides of March, 2016

That's what a fellow said to me in a dream last night. I had found myself in an alternate reality where I was still in my twenties, and employed in an automotive shop. I'd been given the job of coming in early the next morning and cleaning all the grease and oil off the concrete floor of a huge garage, which had been completely emptied to make my task easier. But when I got there, I found that huge slabs of the floor had been cracked and shifted and were lying on top of each other. Obviously, there had been a massive earthquake during the night. The devastation threatened to bring the whole building down on itself, with cinder blocks crushing anyone caught inside.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Archer. I, too, was impressed with the phrase when whatever subconscious Guide gave it to me.
  • Archer
    Archer says #
    That's got to be the best title ever! And a beautifully written piece that lived up to it. Thanks for this Ted. Very helpful perso
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yes, yes, yes. Timely. I will go share the link to your blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google plus. Rock on! Considering that
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, m'dear; as always it is comforting to be understood and to preach to your particular section of the choir! I'm glad th
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    So mote it be.

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I am responding to two excellent pieces in the recent Witches & Pagans #31 – Anne Newkirk Nivens' Evocation and Jessica Marie Baumgartner's Give & Take. They make great bookends for a very important subject.

Not all readers will agree with my conclusions – and this is why most of us will always be solitaries. After all, the hallmarks of Neopaganism are creativity and individuality – not to mention a terrible allergy to being told what to believe!

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Great stuff! I must share a link to it. I love your line "I respect those who disagree with me, but are polite enough not to insu
  • tehomet
    tehomet says #
    Sweet wisdom. Thank you for posting.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you for liking, tehomet.
  • Cindi Dean Wafstet
    Cindi Dean Wafstet says #
    Other than being a teacher of yoga, I feel like I could have written these same words. I close to your age (65) and have also stud
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Bless you, Cindi. It feels nice to be understood.

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I just came across a 1979 video posted on YouTube under the heading, “VERY RARE Witchcraft Documentary with Doreen Valiente.” It's a BBC offering titled The Power of the Witch – Real or Imaginary? And there's something really wrong with it, as many of the comments try to show.

For those of us who never met her, it is very cool to see what Doreen Valiente looked like, and to hear what she sounded like – but her relatively short and reasonable appearance in this film was twisted and misrepresented by the other participants who were edited-in after her. She states that Wiccans believe in the Horned God and the Moon Goddess. She probably ALSO explained that the Horned God has nothing to do with Satan; but the editors somehow forgot to include that bit of footage. From that point on, the entire so-called “documentary” makes the unequivocal case that Wiccans are Satan worshipers. What should have been an opportunity to disambiguate and clarify the modern Pagan movement, is instead turned into a defamatory attack based on stereotype, fear and superstition.

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I just read the greatest commentary by Nimue Brown, on her Druid Life blog.  Since I don't know whether it will also show up here on Pagan Square, I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.  

Of course, these are things I've been preaching myself for many years; but she expresses them in a wonderfully clear and pertinent way.  Thank you, Nimue!  Let those who have eyes to see, see this!   

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Most of us are familiar with the lovely quote by Graham Greene's wife, Vivien: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain."  That's a wonderful aphorism, but as I'm sure she herself would have admitted, there are times in life when a person has to do both.  Sometimes you have to stay in your cellar until the tornado has passed overhead; then you can come out and dance in gratitude for still being alive, in the gentle drizzle that follows.  Life encompasses every situation; the two statements are not mutually exclusive.  Over an entire human lifetime, they are equally true. 

Here's another similar saying, attributed to choreographer Vicki Corona: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."  Again, a great pithy aphorism.  But of course she was referencing a particular situation under certain specific conditions.  In reality - ask any Yogi - our life is measured, quite literally, by the number of breaths we take!  And yet, at the same time, how boring would life be without those miraculous moments that take our breath away?  Again, the two statements are not mutually exclusive.  

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, lovely, deep, sincere, as always. Thank you. As someone who's always talking about bringing together polar opposites and livi
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    I always appreciate your wise words.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Lizann. And I appreciated learning what Poison Oak teaches.

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When I was young, I used to chafe when an older person would say (smugly, I assumed, though that was probably not the case), "You'll understand better when you're older."  I was well-educated.  I had a sharp, agile mind (certainly faster than it is today); so why should this person think that I couldn't understand something? 

Of course, one grows and inevitably gains experience.  And he finds that "understanding better when you're older" is more a matter of tingling nerve endings recognizing something they have felt before, than of intellect.  

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