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And, where were you during the Harmonic Convergence, August 16, 17, 1987
The timing of the Harmonic Convergence allegedly correlated with the Maya calendar, with some consideration also given to European and Asian astrological traditions. The chosen dates have the distinction of allegedly marking a planetary alignment with the Sun, Moon and six out of eight planets being “part of the grand trine.”
The event had been predicted by author Tony Shearer in his book Lord of the Dawn (1971). One of the principal organizers of the Harmonic Convergence event was José Argüelles. According to Argüelles’ interpretation of Mayan cosmology, the selected date marked the end of twenty-two cycles of 52 years each, or 1,144 years in all. The twenty-two cycles were divided into thirteen “heaven” cycles, which began in AD 843 and ended in 1519, when the nine “hell” cycles began, ending 468 years later in 1987.
JacQuaeline’s Harmonic Convergence – I was teaching a year course called “Transformation: From Theory to Action. We took most of the month of August off from classes; some of my students joined me in Mt. Shasta for a Vision Quest Retreat with Daniel Giomarri and a few other teachers. We spent the week leading up to Aug. 16 in upper Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta. The morning of 1/15 or 16 it was time for me to go meet my other friends in Joshua Tree. It was snowing that morning where we were camped, freezing. By the time we hiked down the mountain it was 85+ degrees at the bottom of the mountain where the cars were parked. We drove. When I got home to W. Los Angeles, I had just enough time strip, throw my clothes in the washer and me in the shower. Clean up, pack up again and jump back in the car and head out to the desert. There in Joshua Tree were hundreds gathered in party mode mixed with a sense of sacred ceremony. A gathering of groups of light workers; whether they were spectators or leaders – each person did their part – they showed up. If you are reading this – you’re one of us. Show up. Do the work. Be conscious and do the right thing. – Namaste, JacQuaeline
I heard someone say he chose to move on and continue his work from the other side. He asks people to continue his work on this plane.
José Argüelles (January 24, 1939 – March 23, 2011) was a Mexican-American author, artist, and educator. He is the founder of Planet Art Network and the Foundation for the Law of Time. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Aesthetics from the University of Chicago, and has taught at numerous colleges, including Princeton University and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the twin brother of poet Ivan Argüelles. As one of the originators of the Earth Day concept, Argüelles founded the first Whole Earth Festival in 1970, at Davis, California.
José Argüelles is known for his role in organizing the Harmonic Convergence event of 1987, and his book The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology, published the same year. In The Mayan Factor Argüelles devises a complicated numerological system by combining elements taken from the pre-Columbian Maya calendar with the I Ching and other esoteric influences, interspersed with concepts drawn from modern sciences such as “genetic codes” and “galactic convergences”. The book first popularized the Hunab Ku design as a symbol within New Age discourse, after altering its appearance from that originally presented by Mexican anthropologist Domingo Martínez Parédez ( 1904–1984 ) in his 1953 publication Hunab Kú: Síntesis del pensamiento filosófico maya.
Argüelles produced “Dreamspell: The Journey of Timeship Earth 2012″ and a game/tool “Telektonon: The Talking Stone of Prophesy”. The former is the source of Arguelles’ 13 Moon/28 Day Calendar. This calendar begins on July 26 (helical rising of the star Sirius) and runs for 364 days. The remaining date, July 25, is celebrated in some quarters as the “Day out of Time”.
In his 2002 book Time and the Technosphere, Argüelles devises and promotes a notion that he calls the “Law of Time”, in part framed by his interpretations of how Maya calendrical mathematics functioned. In this notional framework Argüelles claims to have identified a “fundamental law” involving two timing frequencies: one he calls “mechanised time” with a “12:60 frequency”, and the other “natural [time] codified by the Maya [that is] understood to be the frequency 13:20”. To Argüelles, “the irregular 12-month [Gregorian] calendar and artificial, mechanised 60-minute hour” is a construct that artificially regulates human affairs, and is out-of-step with the natural “synchronic order”. He proposes the universal abandonment of the Gregorian calendar and its replacement with Argüelles’ thirteen-moon calendar, in order to “get the human race back on course” by the adoption of “[his] calendar of perfect harmony so the human race could straighten its mind out again.”
Argüelles states that his tools and calendar are not a MayOn the Beam: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge – the Harmonic Convergence of 2012a calendar but criticism focuses on the fact that his works remain completely unsupported by any professional Mayanist scholar. It is pointed out that the interpretation merely co-opts an ancient tradition by recasting it in New Age terms, although his approach could be defined as a Synthesis. Many of Dreamspell’s influences come from non-Maya sources, such as the I Ching, numerology, and assorted mystical and pseudohistorical works like Erich von Däniken‘s earlier Chariots of the Gods?. Argüelles’ calendar is based on a different day-count than the traditional Maya calendar. For example, in the traditional count January 1, 2005 is 5 Muluk, while in the Dreamspell it is 2 Etznab. As mathematician Michael Finley notes:
“Since the 365 day Maya haab makes no provision for leap years, its starting date in the Gregorian Calendar advances by one day every four years. The beginning of Argüelles’ year is fixed to July 26. Thus his count of days departs from the haab as it was known to Maya scribes before the Spanish conquest. Argüelles claims that the Thirteen Moon Calendar is synchronized with the calendar round. Clearly, it is not.”
In defence Argüelles has stated that his calendar is “correct and biologically accurate…for the whole planet”, and that he is the “heir of the legacy of Pacal Votan and the instrument of his prophecy, Telektonon”. Argüelles is one of several individuals who have contributed to the spread of Mayanism, a collection of beliefs based on speculation about the ancient Maya.
As a painter and visual artist, he has provided illustrations for numerous books, as well as mural paintings at different universities. After experimenting with LSD in the mid-1960s, Argüelles produced a series of psychedelic art paintings that Humphrey Osmond—who originally coined the work “psychedelic”—named “The Doors of Perception” (after Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book of the same name, itself a title drawn from William Blake’s 18th-century poem). In a 2002 interview Argüelles says of his artwork, “as fantastic as painting was, it was a limited medium in terms of audience.”
Argüelles co-founded the Planet Art Network (PAN) with Lloydine in 1983 as an autonomous, meta-political, worldwide peace organization engaging in art and spirituality. Active in over 90 countries, PAN upholds the Nicholas Roerich Peace Pact and Banner of Peace, symbolizing “Peace Through Culture”.
The Planet Art Network operates as a network of self-organized collectives, centralized by a shared focus of promoting the worldwide adoption of Argüelles’ Dreamspell 13-Moon/28 day Calendar. The network upholds the slogan “Time is Art”, suggesting that time is a vehicle for our creative experience, instead of the familiar saying “Time is Money“.
He is currently director of the Noosphere II project of the Foundation’s Galactic Research Institute, inclusive of the First Noosphere World Forum, a project that involves creating a dialogue that unifies a network of organizations working to promote a positive shift of consciousness by 2012 with the vision of the whole earth as a work of art.