A Lightning Path Hieroglyphic Journey

Over the last 29 years I have been intimately engaged with the hieroglyphs of the Mayan Sacred Calendar. Along the way, I've explored these timeless archetypes through a wide variety of means, the digital record of which now provides me with an abundant resource. It is from that resource that I created the images contained in this slideshow. Enjoy!

As Richard Rudd, author of the Gene Keys so eloquently puts it:

"To view life at a mythical level is to see the great archetypes playing out in our lives -- both our personal lives and the greater collective history of man. Through understanding your own past in this way, you can see that the story lines of all individuals play out variations of the same themes. At this level, we can recognize these same archetypal themes in every cultures rituals, fairy tales, legends and myths."


A Lightning Path Medicine Wheel Journey

On a recent trip to my home town of Calgary, I stopped in at some of my favourite old stomping grounds west of the city. These included Stoney Indian campground and Nakoda Lodge. At the former, in addition to a sizeable herd of buffalo, there exists a humble medicine wheel established years ago under the spiritual leadership of native elder Albert Lightning.



MUNDO DWAYNO, the central Internet access portal to my ever-changing cyberworld. The portal includes access to a whole new stand-alone website devoted to new developments on the Lightning Path:. This includes The Seasons of Uranus where you will find my recent discovery of a unique, astro-mythological synthesis that puts the tzolkin sacred calendar of Mesoamerica directly into the hands of those who feel the call to embark on an extended process of introspection regarding the whole of their life. Extending back to birth and informed by the mystical archetypes of the tzolkin, the Seasons of Uranus technique facilitates a practical overview of one's life history by placing one's life in a meaningful cosmic context. It also provides astrologically-timed spiritual guidance for life in a time of great transition.

Dwayne Edward Rourke,
Founder of the Lightning Path.

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As yet another Moon on the Lightning Path completes itself, I am pleased to share with you a simple journaling tool I've created that you may find useful. I call it a lunation journal and it is designed to help us participate consciously in the complete lunation cycle, not just with New Moon, as may currently be the case for many of you.

The Moon waxes and wanes through numerous phases and the complete series of phases has its own structural integrity. By choosing to interact consciously with that integrity over the course of a complete lunation, we find ourselves naturally drawn into a process that can assist us in manifesting any intention we may formulate at New Moon.

The journal can be downloaded here as a series of PDFs and can be easily printed for your use. It divides the complete lunation into 8 distinct sectors. However, even a casual orientation that brings you into awareness of the New, First Quarter, Full and Last Quarter phases, as shown on most calendars, will yield results that may surprise you.






Art degraded, imagination denied, war governs the nations.

William Blake

Not long ago, I caught sight, in my inner eye, of a newly emerging planetary culture operating in attunement to the ancient and very sacred calendar known among the Maya as the
Tzolkin. As a harmonic code bank of evocative, multidimensional symbolism, the Tzolkin is unsurpassed as a widely applicable symbolic system capable of expanding human awareness into the galactic realm. Mathematically fractal in nature, and thus infinitely scalable, the Tzolkin matrix can be applied in a multitude of practical ways to bring objectivity and inspiration to all manner of human enterprise. Examples of this are to be found interspersed throughout the visionary calendar work of Jose Arguelles, foremost revealer of the universal applicability of this ancient spiritual artifact. His own, visionary application of the Tzolkin is to be found throughout his Dreamspell publications, especially, Earth Ascending, The Mayan Factor and the Cosmic History Chronicles. Use of the Tzolkin is not, however, limited to the Arguelles conception, vast as that conception might be. Nor is it necessary to adhere to traditional use of the Tzolkin as practiced in the highlands of Guatemala, where Mayan daykeepers sustain a calendar tradition stretching back thousands of years.

My own use of the Tzolkin began in March of 1986 when, as a result of an unexpected, full-body initiation, I was drawn into a visionary encounter with the Tzolkin that revealed its resonant integration with the synodic cycle of the Moon. To this day, I have yet to encounter any such use of the Tzolkin by others, even though I have researched the phenomenon extensively. This research has included personal dialogues with Mayan elder
Hunbatz Men and Pedro Celestino Yac Noj, as well as Mayan calendar authorities John Major Jenkins, Jose Arguelles, and others.

Nowhere in my years of research have I found any thread of corroboration for the way I have been using the Tzolkin over the last 27 years. Clearly, I am breaking trail into a new realm of human consciousness. However, it is not surprising that this trail ends up being intimately aligned with the orbit of planet Uranus, long considered by astrologers to be the "Great Awakener", foremost significator of all that is unexpected in our lives.

For over a quarter century now, I have allowed the evocative symbolism of the Tzolkin to animate and inspire my creativity. Much of that creativity has been in the realm of visual art and with the advent of digital technology during this same era, I have documented much of that artistry. It is with great pleasure, therefore, that i have consolidated much of that documentation into an image gallery on my Lightning Path website. May these images be shared widely and may they further the cause of peace on our war-ravaged planet, where, to paraphrase William Blake, "Art exalted , imagination encouraged, peace empowers the people."

Visit the new gallery of images here.