Common Ground: The Kinship of Metaphysicians

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I've seen a ring of thirteen cats - twelve of them were black -

Communing in a circle in my garden out in back.

Sitting still as stones they were, implacable as sin.

But one of them was smoky grey; his brother got him in.


I've seen a bowl of flowers by my dying mother's bed

Reaching not to sunward, but toward her face instead

As though they loved her energy and would draw away her pain.

I turned the bowl around as proof; they bent towards her again.


I even healed a land-line phone, disrupted by some bug

In the wire somewhere, 'twixt the handset and the plug -

Held it firm and sent the strongest vowel I could recall

Till it leapt to life again and let me make a call.


Helped a long-hair cat of mine who jumped and sprained his spine;

Placed my fingers on his back in a ritual benign

Which I learned from Rosicrucians, a soothing strong technique.

In fifteen minutes he was fine, and ran off like a streak.    


There've been phones I couldn't fix, spines I could not give relief.

I've witnessed some prayers answered and some not, despite Belief.

The Powers that Be care more about our destined roles within the Game

Than what we choose to call ourselves, or which Avatar we claim.




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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.


  • Archer
    Archer Friday, 23 January 2015

    Ah, lovely. Personal and universal. AND it rhymes!

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Saturday, 24 January 2015

    Thank you!

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Friday, 06 February 2015

    I love it! Beautiful and fun. I am always happy to see something that is both fun and substantive. Blessed be!

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Friday, 06 February 2015

    Thank you, Francesca. I've been delighted by the messages between you and Janet Boyer. Pagan Square has been such a wonderful facilitator for meeting new friends.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Friday, 06 February 2015

    It truly is lovely to meet fellow seekers! Blessings on your day, my dear.

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