Perhaps best known for his role in initiating the world famous Harmonic Convergence global peace meditation of August 16-17, 1987, José Argüelles was also one of the originators of the Earth Day concept and is recognized as the “father of the Whole Earth Festival,” now in its 33rd year at Davis, California.
Holding a Ph.D. in art history and aesthetics from the University of Chicago (1969) José’s career as an educator has included professorships at Princeton University, University of California Davis, the Evergreen State College, Olympia Washington, the Naropa Institute, San Francisco State University, the University of Colorado and the Union Graduate School.
An artist as well as an author, his numerous books include the international best seller, The Mayan Factor, Earth Ascending, Surfers of the Zuvuya, The Arcturus Probe and the recently published Time and the Technosphere: The Law of Time in Human Affairs.
A spiritual seeker, José studied Tibetan Buddhism for many years with noted meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, yet feels it is important to break out of the shell of all organized religion and establish what he calls a “return to UR – the Universal Religion.”
But it is his pioneering research of the Mayan calendar system that has absorbed his energies most passionately. Ever since he had a visionary experience at the age of fourteen atop the Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico in 1953, he has pursued a lifelong investigation of the mathematics and prophecies associated with the Mayan calendar.
His explorations and deciphering of the Mayan calendar has resulted in an interactive game called Dreamspell – the Journey of Timeship Earth 2013, (a universalized expression of the mathematics of the Mayan Calendar for modern humanity), and the discovery of the Law of Time. According to the Law of Time, modern humanity is in trouble because it is immersed in an erroneous and artificial perception of time which causes it to deviate at an accelerated rate from the natural order of the universe. To remedy this situation, Arguelles has been promoting the return to a natural timing cycle through the regular measure of the Thirteen Moon 28-day calendar.
Since the end-date of the current Great Cycle of the Mayan calendar is in the year 2012, in order to survive the worst, humanity must make a shift to natural time – and soon. According to Argüelles, the time for this shift is from July 26, 2004 through July 26, 2012, the Great Calendar Change, when he is calling upon humanity to reject the current calendar and adopt the natural time Thirteen Moon 28-day calendar.
Currently serving as the President of the Foundation for the Law of Time – the organization that promotes his cause – Argüelles was honored on March 3, 2002 as “Valum Votan, Closer of the Cycle” by Nine Indigenous Elders atop the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan who awarded him a ceremonial staff for his efforts in helping to wake humanity up to the meaning of 2012…