The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to a world-wide esoteric-religious event which took place on August 16 and August 17, 1987. The event was centered on a number of "sacred" places throughout the world from Stonehenge to the Golden Gate Bridge where individuals calling themselves "light beings" gathered in an attempt to usher in a new era.
The date of the Harmonic Convegence was based to some extent on the Mayan Calendar with some consideration also given to European and Asian astrological traditions. The chosen dates have the distinction of marking an alignment of the planets of the solar system.
The Harmonic Convergence was a global awakening to love and unity through divine transformation and divine channeling of sacred information. One of the principal organizers of the Harmonic Convergence event was the academic and author Jose Arguelles however the event was not predicted by Arguelles. Another author named Tony Shearer predicted the event in his 1971 book Lord of the Dawn whom his work was used by Arguelles. According to Arguelles' interpretation of Maya cosmology, the selected date marked the end of twenty-two cycles of 52 years each, or 1144 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 AD 1987.
According to Arguelles, 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", allowing access to higher realms of awareness.
According to Arguelles and others, the Harmonic Convergence also began the final 26-year countdown to the end of the Mayan Long Count in 2012, which would be the "end of history" and the beginning of a new 5,125-year cycle. All the evils of the modern world—war, materialism, violence, abuses, unjustice, governmental abusive of power, etc.—would end with the birth of the 6th Sun and the 5th Earth on December 21, 2012.
For example 2000 members of San Francisco's Radiant Light Ministry, led by Rev. Will Green, occupied the center span of the Golden Gate Bridge for two hours.
Many individuals taking part in the Convergence claimed to have received divine guidance from the astral realms about the current state of Earth and the necessity of transformation. Many others made claims of personal transfiguration and revelation.
The highly publicized event brought the New Age movement into the public eye and contributed to making many esoteric practices and ideas like quartz crystals, channelling, and theories about reincarnation and extraterrestrial life a permanent, if still limited, part of mainstream American culture.
According to some in the New Age community, the Harmonic Convergence also sparked the birth of sacred travel, or metaphysical tourism, as well as opening the gate to the reception of sacred information.