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Two DVD Recommendations

One of the best movies ever made: 1980's "Resurrectionwith Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth and Eva Le Gallienne.  I saw it when it was first released, and it is just as beautiful and inspiring, and the ensemble acting performances are just as extraordinary, today.  After many years not being able to find it at all, you can now finally purchase it on DVD and download it on the Internet.  (But for best picture and sound quality, I recommend the DVD released in 2010 by Universal Pictures' Vault Series.)


The pivotal woman who first gave us the story of ancient Goddess worship in a peaceful world that predated the masculine war societies of the Indo-Europeans by thousands of years: "Signs Out of Time - the story of archeologist Marija Gimbutas."  A documentary by Donna Read and Starhawk, with narration by Olympia Dukakis.  Colleagues of Dr. Gimbutas have attacked her vision as being too personal - wishful thinking that is lacking in scientific proof; and, in fairness, some time is given to a couple of those detractors - one of whom gently chides her for thinking "that she had a direct line" to the ancient knowledge.  But when you hear the full account of this amazing woman's credentials and impeccably exhaustive research, you will very likely suspect with me that her detractors are wrong - and her direct line was real.



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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.


  • Jön Upsal's Gardener
    Jön Upsal's Gardener Monday, 07 April 2014

    It is precisely stuff like the fetishizing of dubious scholars like Gimbutas that Wicca still maintains its reputation as being a home for fluffy-bunnies.

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Monday, 07 April 2014

    Good, Jon's Gardener, your opinion has been noted. If you see the DVD and do not feel the same way I did, that is both your business and your right. I'm not a Wiccan, by the way, just someone who found the subject of this woman's life work fascinating. Nor am I in the habit of turning human beings into fetishes, so I'm rather taken aback at the virulence of your response. Can you direct me to an opposing video or book which presents the other side (maybe you've written one yourself), so I may have a balanced debate to consider? I'm new to this subject - you seem to know a lot more about it than I do - and I hope you can offer more than scurrilous epithets to correct my perception. Have you seen Resurrection? It's a fantasy drama, so it should not offend your insistence on absolute provable facts.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Hi, hon, thank you for the recommendations. I appreciate the heart honesty with which you recommend them. It is lovely and loving.

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