13 MANIK, DECEMBER 30, 2005


I fulfill the Great Work.

DWAYNE: A major threshold of completion arrives as we come to this, the 13th and final Moon cycle of the current lunar year on The Lightning Path.


 Core numerical structure of the
pyramid temples of time
of The Lightning Path

When this Moon ends on January 30, 2006, we will enter the final lunar year of the first of four "Uranian seasons" being revealed in this way.

One Uranian Season

It takes twenty lunar years (approximately twenty-one Solar years) for all twenty temples of The Lightning Path to be revealed, one Moon cycle at a time. This is exactly one quarter of the eighty-four Solar years it takes for planet Uranus to orbit the Sun, hence the term "Uranian season".

A natural resonance exists between the orbit of Uranus, and The Lightning Path and it is this resonance factor that augments the creativity of anyone open to receiving it.

Astrological glyph for planet Uranus


TERESA: I remembered that last moon Dwayne had said 13 would be the "big one". One sets the stage, seven is the essence, and thirteen is the engine that pulls us through. 13 MANIK indicates fulfillment of the Great Work: the transformation of consciousness.

This lunar year has seen us enter into co-creation every New Moon as a road to transformation and awakening to our most authentic selves. Once again, I refused to indulge in any preconceptions before the day of the New Moon. But in our preliminary meditation a very clear image presented itself. I got very excited. I actually felt tears well up in my eyes, and a pleasurable rush of energy inside my gut. A sure sign that I was onto something. But I was unsure about whether I should share it with Dwayne. I didn't want him to feel I was attempting to steer his own vision-seeking process. So I decided to put it into our ritual. I took a small, lit votive candle, placed it in my cupped palms and held it out to him, urging him to hold his hands over it, as if to warm them. Instantly, We both saw a beautiful mudra in this gesture, and realized it was so very right for the basis of our 13 MANIK painting.




MANIK is about all about mudras, physical postures and gestures we can assume in order to invite the sacred into our lives. We both feel the position of the two pairs of hands to be the Mudra of Co-creation, a symbolic representation of the fundamental polarity: that is, the relationship between The Creative and The Receptive on a personal level. The natural result of this interaction is beauty and love. The alchemical joining of the two beings results in a brilliant point of light radiating pure color in every direction, decorating the world with spontaneous joy and exuberant movement.


.Both "gifts" and "mudras" are keywords for MANIK. We are grateful to have received the gift of both for this Moon cycle. We intend, with this New Moon, to invite mudras into our ongoing rituals as spiritual tools for the Great Work.

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The Lightning Path : 13 MANIK

Acrylic on masonite 18 x 24 in.

Dwayne Rourke & Teresa Wild 2005


DWAYNE: The Lightning Path is a path of co-creation of new myth and you might ask: "What are some of the basic requirements of anyone taking this path? ..In response, I share with you a passage from Dane Rudhyar that has meant a lot to me in this regard:

How does one become co-creator of the new myth? Always at first by the individual manner in which one straightforwardly meets one's own crises within the context of the collective crisis of Western man. The myth-maker does not meet his crises in terms of strictly personal circumstances and idiosyncrasies; he sees in them symbols; he expands their meaning until they begin not merely to reflect, but bring to a personal focus, the crisis of his culture and, perhaps in the larger sense, of humanity. He lives a symbolic life. But it is the kind of symbolic life that fits in and gives meaning to a crisis situation; it is therefore a life of transformation, an alchemical life, a hierophanic life, revealing of the sacred nature of the world crisis.

Dane Rudhyar Culture, Crisis and Creativity p.184