The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to one of the world’s first globally synchronized meditation events, 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 organizer of the Harmonic Convergence event was José Argüelles.

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.

Tony Shearer 1926-2002
José Argüelles 1939-2011

Astrological alignment. 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. 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. 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.

Astrological interpretations: The convergence corresponded with a great shift in the earth’s energy from warlike to peaceful. 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. An important part of the Harmonic Convergence observances was the idea of congregating at power centers. Power centers are places, such as Mount Shasta, California, Mount Fuji and Mount Yamnuska. where the spiritual energy was held to be particularly strong. When 144,000 people assemble at these power centers and meditate for peace, the arrival of the new era will be facilitated.

With the Harmonic Convergence also began the final 26 year countdown to the end of the Mayan Long Count in 2013, which would be the end of history and the beginning of a new 5,200 year cycle. As it turned out, the late 1980s did indeed see a tremendous geopolitical shift, especially the fall of communism, but global peace and cooperation were, if anything, even more elusive in the new era.

Harmonic Convergence 1987, August 17
Grand Trine 1987, August 24

What was it? The period in history known as Harmonic Convergence was defined by Jose Arguelles as: “the point at which the counter-spin of history finally comes to a momentary halt, and the still imperceptible spin of post-history commences.” It was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Quetzalcoatl, known as the Thirteen Heavens and Nine Hells. The prophecy stated that following the ninth hell, humanity would know and experience an unprecedented New Age of Peace. The Hell cycle ended on August 16, 1987; the Harmonic Convergence began on August 17. Thus began the projected twenty-five year culmination of the 5,125 year Great Cycle of History, as well as the 26,000-year cycle of evolution, both slated to end in 2012.

Time: The Harmonic Convergence was an announcement of the forthcoming end of time as we know it and a preparation to move from third-dimensional reality of space into fourth-dimensional reality of time. Contrary to popular belief, it is time rather than gravity that keeps everything in the universe in order. Time is the mathematics of the universal laws of nature, the unifying force that holds everything together. The Mayans knew this, basing the Mayan calendar on the universal mathematics of the fourth dimension. The frequency of time is the 13:20 ratio on which the Mayan calendar is based. Humanity is now in the process of changing the old 12:60 (twelve months in a year, 60 minutes in an hour) timing frequency to the timing of natural law, thus taking us out of time as we know it and into fourth dimensional awareness. When we have accomplished this transformation, we will enter a new path of spiritual and mental evolution in tune with the cycles of the universe. Some call this “Heaven on Earth.”

Energy And The Magnetic Field: Since the initiation of the Harmonic Convergence, there have been measurable increases in the energy of our planet Earth. After resonating at a base resonant frequency of 8 Hz per second for thousands of years, during which Earth has essentially been asleep, her frequency is now rising. She appears to be rising to a fundamental vibration of 13 cycles per second, as predicted by the Fibonacci series (mathematical proportions based on the Golden Mean, also called the harmonics of the universe). Accompanying this energy boost is a rapid decrease in the magnetic field that surrounds the planet. Our magnetic field has served us in the past by creating an illusion of separation and protection from energies outside ourselves. It will eventually reach zero when there will be no artificial barriers, so it is essential that we take our power individually and collectively, honoring others and ourselves in the process.

Zero Point is the point of maximum energy and no magnetic field. To an observer, the world at Zero Point appears to be very still, while the participant experiences a quantum restructuring of the very boundaries that define the experience. Earth and our bodies are preparing for the Zero Point experience of change, collectively known by the ancients as The Shift of the Ages.  The Shift represents a rare opportunity for collectively repatterning the expression of human consciousness.” (Gregg Braden, Awakening to Zero Point, p. 195)

Ascension: This is the shift that will take us to higher dimensional realities; this is the Ascension that has been prophesied by cultures all over the world for thousands of years. We are receiving wake-up calls telling us to speed up our personal processes of spiritual awakening. We are being asked to look inward and heal ourselves during this time of purification.

Harmonic Concordance 2003, November 8/9

Lunar Eclipse and Harmonic Concordance 2003

On November 8 two major astrological events took place. The first was a total lunar eclipse occurring in the eastern hemisphere with the Sun in Scorpio and the Moon in Taurus.

Lunar and Solar eclipses happen twice a year; a lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth is exactly positioned to cut off the Sun’s light from the Moon depriving it of illumination. Lunar eclipses always occur when the Sun and Moon are in opposite sides of the zodiac at the Full Moon. Solar eclipses take place at New Moons when the Sun and Moon are in the same zodiacal sign. They take place when the Moon stands between the Sun and Earth cutting from our vision the Sun and its light.


At the same time as the lunar eclipse, a special astrological configuration took place referred to as the Harmonic Concordance whereby the planets in the sky interact with each other to form a Star of David. Before 1977, this alignment would not have been viewed as a Star of David. In 1977, Chiron was discovered and depending upon which astronomer you speak to is a planetoid, asteroid or comet. Over the years, Chiron’s influence has proven to be particularly potent in human life, almost as forceful as one of the planets. Located between Saturn (the last planet discovered that rules worldly life) and Uranus (the first planet that goes beyond mundane consciousness), Chiron acts as a bridge between the two.

Referred to as the wounded healer, Chiron has domain over the natural and alternative healing options that have flourished since its discovery. Chiropractic and Chiron share the first five letters of its name. By acting as the teacher as well as the healer, the discovery of Chiron has correlated with individuals’ increased awareness of their body and health. With traditional western medicine unable to resolve many health problems, people have turned to such alternative treatments as homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, psychic healing as well as chiropractic and found them to be extremely effective. Along with alternative treatment of their physical body or wounds, they have released blocks and cleared their energy fields finding additional benefits of greater mental well-being and awareness. Many individuals now combine both the traditional and alternative in treating their medical conditions.

The planets involved in the Harmonic Concordance — Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron — are all in water and earth signs. These signs are receptive and feminine in nature dealing with issues of basic security. The outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not included in the concordance signifying a focus on personal issues. Additionally the lunar eclipse occurs in Taurus and Scorpio signs that rule finances and financial security, what one values and stability. Major shifts in financial markets are likely…in relationship to economic news, interest rates, banks and financial institutions, taxes and government policies. There can be breakthroughs in how finances are handled along with increased emphasis and changes in home, family, employment, and health — primary issues of existence. Individuals will alter their lives to achieve these goals, many soon after the actual event.

By pushing for one’s goals, some opposition might be encountered but if one is centered (Sun), emotionally balanced and secure (Moon), takes right action and is courageous (Mars), seizes the opportunity around them (Jupiter), is responsible (Saturn) and deals with their inherent wounds (Chiron), one will succeed in the endeavors and have a major life altering experience. Chiron is also a teacher as well as a healer. Insight and awareness come along with the release of those patterns that cause pain and suffering.

© Cormael 2018 20/09


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