The Summer of 1987 marked a mild renewal of fascination with New Age type topics for me. My attention was focussed particularly on mid-August for a couple of reasons. My birthday signaled curiosity about my astrological forecast. Of more interest, was the hoopla concerning something called the Harmonic Convergence.
Some of my cohorts forecasted predictions of a utopian new world and the actual dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The end of one major cycle was to end on Sunday the 16th. The beginning of the new, harmonious, idyllic age was to dawn the next day, my birthday. It wasn’t only my friends and acquaintances talking about the Harmonic Convergence, the event had become a media circus, too.
Even if you couldn’t actually be in places like Sedona, Arizona, or the San Francisco Bay Area, a person could participate in the Harmonic Convergence by guided meditations in which you would “center” yourself and focus on global spiritual awakening to prevent planetary destruction by negative vibrations. It was to be a time of looking inward and outward in a worldwide effort of healing and purification.
The Harmonic Convergence was couched in terms used in the practice of astrology. Of particular note were the planetary alignments called conjunctions and trines. An astrological conjunction is defined as planets aligned, as in a row, with each other. A trine is the configuration, on a horoscope, of planets three signs apart, or about 120-degrees away from each other. Both conjunctions and trines are considered to be auspicious aspects.
The Harmonic Convergence of August 16th and 17th in 1987 was described as a “grand conjunction” consisting of the perfect alignment or conjunction of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars in the sign of Leo. In turn the conjunction was trined by Jupiter in Aries along with Saturn and Uranus in Sagittarius.
When I looked at the charts for that day, my skepticism kicked in. There were some major omissions that were being ignored or neglected by the promoters of the Harmonic Convergence.
The fact that Neptune was in Capricorn and Pluto was in Scorpio was dismissed because the two planets were in an unfavorable configuration with Leo. More disappointing, was that the Moon, which is very important to Earthlings, was located in Gemini. The Moon location would tend to greatly mellow any effect of the Sun in Leo.
The mish-mash that was defined by a non-perfect alignment of all the planets and the Moon seemed very contrived. I thought it was pieced together because August 16th correlated with the supposed end of the Aztec and Mayan Calendars. Instead of destroying my growing disillusionment and skepticism of the New Age, the combination of factors fueled even more discernment.
More and more, publicity about other events, that were supposed to happen during the Harmonic Convergence, came to the public’s attention. There was a faction who believed that the biblical “rapture” was to happen on August 16th. There were predictions of a final global war to be triggered on that day. Others were convinced that a great alien “mothership” would arrive to carry away “enlightened” humans to another dimension in the Galaxy. This was probably inspired by the popular movie “Cocoon”. The movie’s characters were taken aboard a spaceship to save them from a doomed Earth.
There was another set of Harmonic Convergence enthusiasts who believed that the effects would “manifest” on a more subtle level. They thought that the Earth was like a “chosen” place, an extremely special, powerful planet. Earth was being observed by inter-terrestrial “entities”, some race of “higher consciousness beings”, and the “God-Force” itself. The beings were to guide Earth-inhabitants through a paradigm shift of metamorphosis, “re-birth”, and total spiritual transformation.
The exact nature of this shift was up for speculation, but most Harmonic believers were convinced that it would be mostly “positive”. The entire mindset of people would be changed to enable the coming cuddly utopia of wonderfulness.
Despite my growing skepticism, I still remembered that my own astrological chart matched up with the Harmonic Convergence’s planetary alignments. A big part of me wished that it could all be true. My birth horoscope shows three planets in Leo plus other important aspects in that sign. My “Leonine” nature (and ego) was primed for something big. I was “destined” to become a guide or messenger for the “truth”, especially since it all was to happen on my 35th natal anniversary, a personally significant number according to numerology. (3+5=8)
I figured there could be no harm in letting go and allowing myself to converge with the convergence. I checked out the various writings and teachings about the dawning of the “new age” and reviewed some of what I already owned. I visualized the shift of the alleged “resonant frequency of 8 Hz that was the “tone” of the past 1,000 years. The “vibration” was to speed up to 13 Hz. This change was to enable the destruction of “artificial barriers” between our individual spirit beings and the collective “universal” consciousness.
August 16th was to be the date of the World entering the “Zero Point” when the Earth’s maximum energy and magnetic fields would prepare our “manifest physical bodies” for “The Shift Of The Ages”. The total, complete repatterning of the expression of human consciousness. Sunday was to be the beginning of the end of the 26,000 year cycle of evolution. August 17th was to begin the 25-year culmination of the 5,125-year “Great Historical Cycle”. Both of these cycles were scheduled to end in the year 2012.
Sunday the 16th of August rolled around, and I sat in guided meditation during the proscribed and the recommended spans of time that had been publicized. Keeping an open mind, I followed through and performed the same activities, meditated, and contemplated on the 17th, as well. I gladly contributed my time and energy to the Convergence. I’m still wondering when utopia will arrive.
I do regret not being able to join in the party-like atmosphere at Sedona, Arizona.