Harmonic Convergence

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The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to the world’s first synchronized global peace meditation, which occurred on August 16–17, 1987. This event also closely coincided with an exceptional alignment of planets in the Solar System.

Although the event had been predicted by author Tony Shearer in his book Lord of the Dawn (1971), the principal organizers[1] of the Harmonic Convergence event were spouses José Argüelles and Lloydine Burris Argüelles via the Planet Art Network (PAN), a peace movement they founded in 1983.[2]

According to Shearer’s interpretation of Aztec 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. The very beginning of the nine “hell” cycles was precisely the day that Hernán Cortés landed in Mexico, April 22, 1519 (coinciding with “1 Reed” on the Aztec/Mayan calendar, the day sacred to Mesoamerican cultural hero Quetzalcoatl). The 9 hell cycles of 52 years each ended precisely on August 16–17, 1987. Shearer introduced the dates and the prophecy to Arguelles in 1970, and he eventually co-opted them and created the name Harmonic Convergence as the public title of the event.

The timing of the Harmonic Convergence was allegedly significant in 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.” Though Arguelles eventually connected the timing of the Harmonic Convergence with his understanding of the significance of Maya calendrics, the dates themselves were derived not from Maya cosmology but from Tony Shearer‘s reconstructed Aztec prophecies. The next predicted Harmonic convergence (aligning of planets) was to occur on March 3, 2019.


Astrological alignment

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According to the astrologer Neil Michelsen’s “The American Ephemeris,” on 24 August 1987 there was an exceptional alignment of planets in the Solar System. Eight planets were aligned in an unusual configuration called a grand trine.[citation needed]

The Sun, Moon and six out of eight planets formed part of the grand trine, that is, they were aligned at the apexes of an equilateral triangle when viewed from the Earth.

The Sun, Moon, Mars and Venus were in exact alignment, astrologically called a conjunction at the first degree of Virgo in Tropical Astrology. Mercury was in the fourth degree of Virgo which most astrologers count as part of the same conjunction being within the “orb” of influence.[3] Jupiter was in Aries, and Saturn and Uranus in Sagittarius completing the grand trine. However some believe that this is an Earth grand trine with Sun/Moon/Mars/Venus/Mercury in the initial degrees of Virgo, Neptune at 5 degrees of Capricorn, and Jupiter in the last degree of Aries (anaretic degree), on the cusp of Taurus. Uranus, and especially Saturn are on the edge of this trine.

Controversy is associated to the claim that this occurrence was a unique event. Grand trines, where planets are at 120 degree positions forming an equilateral triangle are not uncommon or particularly noteworthy. Traditional astrology does not consider trines to be action points, so the notion of a special shift in world history would not be in the offing under a grand trine. Hence, many traditional astrologers do not regard this occurrence to be of significant importance. There is no evidence that astronomers have ever considered it significant.

Astrological interpretations

The convergence is purported to have “corresponded with a great shift in the earth’s energy from warlike to peaceful.”[4] Believers of this esoteric prophecy maintain that the Harmonic Convergence ushered in a five-year period of Earth’s “cleansing”, where many of the planet’s “false structures of separation” would collapse.[citation needed]

According to Argüelles, the event came at the end of these “hell” cycles and the beginning of a new age of universal peace. Adherents believed that signs indicated a “major energy shift” was about to occur, a turning point in Earth‘s collective karma and dharma, and that this energy was powerful enough to change the global perspective of man from one of conflict to one of co-operation. Actress and author Shirley MacLaine called it a “window of light,”[5] allowing access to higher realms of awareness.

According to Argüelles, the Harmonic Convergence also began the final 25-year countdown to the end of the Mayan Long Count in 2012, which would be the so-called end of history and the beginning of a new 5,125-year cycle. Evils of the modern world (war, materialism, violence, abuses, injustice, oppression, etc.) would have ended with the birth of the 6th Sun and the 5th Earth on December 21, 2012.[citation needed]

Power centers

An important part of the Harmonic Convergence observances was the idea of congregating at “power centers.”[6] Power centers were places, such as Mount Shasta, California,[7] Mount Fuji,[8] and Mount Yamnuska[9] where the spiritual energy was held to be particularly strong. The belief was that if 144,000 people assembled at these power centers and meditated for peace, that the arrival of the new era would be facilitated.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Smoley, Richard (Fall 1998). “The Crisis of the Calendar. The Gnosis Interview with José and Lloydine Argüelles” (PDF). Gnosis Magazine (Fall 1998): 28. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. ^ Argüelles, José. “From Art as Everyday Life to Planet Art Spore” Planet Art Network. Archived from the original on 21 April 2001. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ “Harmonic Convergence: Why Report It With Such Disrespect?”The Washington Post. Aug 22, 1987. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  4. ^ Todras-Whitehill, Ethan (April 29, 2007). “Touring the Spirit World”New York Times. p. 3. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  5. ^ Anderson, Lisa (August 19, 1987). “Getting Cosmic With Shirley”Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  6. Jump up to:a b “144,000 Needed to Establish Field of Trust”. Times Daily. Aug 15, 1987. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  7. ^ “Harmonic Convergence”College of the Siskiyous. 1989. Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  8. ^ “Convergers Seek harmony”. Reading Eagle (from Associated Press and United Press Intl.). Aug 15, 1987. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  9. ^ “THE LIGHTNING PATH Harmonic Convergence”.

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Harmonic Convergence: Planets Aligning In Real-Life Started Today In 1987

By Jacob Shelton | August 16, 2020 ~


Everyone sit down, close your eyes, and say “Ommmmmmmmm.” In 1987, the call for the world’s first synchronized global peace meditation went out, bringing people from every culture together to focus their energy as the planets aligned to facilitate a new era of peace and love. If that sounds a little woo-woo to you, then maybe it’ll help to learn that the belief in aligning human frequencies with the solar system is ancient.

Harmonic Convergence And You

On August 16 and 17, 1987, the planets in our solar system aligned in a way that hadn’t occurred for quite some time. Author Tony Shearer predicted that a massive universal convergence would occur in the late ’80s by interpreting Aztec cosmology and finding that a date in 1987 matched up with the end of the Aztecs’ 22 cycles, each one running 52 years. He wrote that the 22 cycles were split into sections of 13, one “heaven” and one “hell” cycle. Shearer calculated that the end of the final hell cycle would arrive on August 16, 1987.

An acquaintance of Shearer’s, new age author José Argüelles, introduced the concept to the world at large, believing that if enough people met at “power centers” like Mount Shasta or Mount Fuji and focused on their connection to the universe, humans could usher in a new era. He dubbed the event the Harmonic Convergence, explaining to the LA Times that if even 144,000 people meditated for a better tomorrow, people who were totally removed from the event would feel its effects:

This is a trigger event. We have a five-year clean-up time ahead of us. In nitty-gritty terms, we are talking about dismantling governments, the military, polluting industries. It’ll take a few days, but by August 20, everyone—not just the gung-ho harmonic convergers—will have begun to have experiences that are ever more probing and piercing. They won’t know what’s going on, but it will be going on.

(Time And Date)

Ancient Writings Of Harmonic Convergence

Argüelles claimed that the vision of hundreds of thousands of people focusing their energy for the good of the universe came to him in 1983 while he was returning a rental car, but both the Mayans and the Aztecs believed in galactic synchronization. The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl prophesied the events, as did the Mayans, the Hopis, Lakota Sioux, Mohawks, and indigenous peoples across North America.

On the other side of the globe, Buddhists were writing about similar connections between planetary alignment and spirituality. They believe that planets and constellations have their own relationships with humanity, so it makes sense that if something big is happening—like, say, a Harmonic Convergence—it would be important to people of every culture.


What Is Harmonic Convergence?

If you’re super confused about all of this, that doesn’t mean that you’re aligning your chakras incorrectly or anything. It’s just that it’s really complicated and based on a calendar from thousands of years ago and the location of various planets, which isn’t something that everyone knows off the top of their heads.

When the solar system came into alignment on August 16 and 17, 1987, that means that the Sun, Moon, and six of the planets of our solar system formed a grand trine. That’s what happens when three planets on a chart are the same distance from each other, forming an equilateral triangle. This configuration is said to create a more harmonic flow of positive energy, and if that kind of energy can be harnessed, it can be put towards something truly majestic, hence the day of meditation that occurred on August 16.

(Jean Macfarland)

Skepticism And Mysticism

Reports on the Harmonic Convergence mostly poked fun at the concept of changing the universe through meditation, but a lot of people took it seriously. Believers in esoteric mysticism traveled to power centers around the world and organized a day of prayer, meditation, and chanting on the date of the Harmonic Convergence. Celebrities like Shirley MacLaine, Timothy Leary, and even Johnny Carson joined in from his Tonight Show studio in Burbank (the most powerful of power centers in the late ’80s). People took part in the convergence everywhere you can imagine, from Stonehenge to the pyramids of Egypt, all of them chanting, praying, and putting positive energy out into the universe. The LA Times reported that Argüelles decamped to Boulder, Colorado for the convergence, where he blew a conch shell 144 times.


Did It Work?

It’s hard to quantify whether or not the Harmonic Convergence actually brought humanity into a new age of spiritual enlightenment, but true believers think something big was accomplished in 1987. Author Lynn Woodland argues that beginning in ’87, the internet began picking up users, and by 1995, the web was brought to the masses as a way for anyone to learn anything they want. She thinks that by creating a global interconnectedness, the internet has brought the world together the same way the Harmonic Convergence did.

The only thing that we can really be sure of is that the Harmonic Convergence inspired a generation of people to seek out universal truths through the new age movement and examine their relationship with spirituality, regardless of whether or not the universe was affected by a beam of consciousness. Even if the world feels particularly out of alignment, it’s hard to argue that humanity is worse off than it was in 1987.

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