Today, July 17, and tomorrow, July 18, the universe takes another step closer to...something...the beginning of the end? The end of the beginning. The dead end or the awakening? I guess we’ll all just have wait until December 21, 2012 to find out.
However, if all goes well today and tomorrow at least some of us may have an inside track on what's going to happen on that fateful date.
It’s up to you how or even if you want to participate in the Conscious Convergence, which according to Carl Johann Calleman. the go-to guy on all things regarding the Mayan Calendar and 2012, is all about recreating the Mayan Tree of Life:
"On July the 18th at 7 am (pacific time, for other time zones see the world clock) people everywhere will thus have the possibility to connect with ... a globally synchronized ceremony...about recreating the global Tree of Life and strengthening the relationship of the participants with this creative source. ...The Conscious Convergence is like setting up a base camp for the climb to the ninth wave of the Mayan calendar [that] will be activated on March 9, 2011 [when] a new frequency of vibration and a new polarity of consciousness emanating from the Tree of Life will be introduced, which we need to be prepared for. The Conscious Convergence is meant for those wanting to be co-creators with the divine plan and so the days July 17-18 is nothing but a start point of a path directed towards unity consciousness and for this the recreation of our planetary Tree of Life plays a vital role."
The event that correlates with the much spoofed '80's phenomenon, The Harmonic Convergence, originated in 1987 by New Age guru Jose Arguelles, author of the The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology and creator of The Law of Time. Arguelles described the Harmonic Convergence 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.' Furthermore, 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."
If that leaves your consciousness feeling converged, here is why the Sacred Tree of Life is important to the creation of the Mayan Long Count Calendar and determining 2012 end date:
"The Long Count system...was probably to calculate future winter solstice dates. ...We must assume that even at this early point in Mesoamerican history, the crossing point of ecliptic and Milky Way was understood as the "Sacred Tree". Since the Sacred Tree concept is intrinsically tied into the oldest Mayan Creation Myths, this is not improbable. At the very least, the "dark rift" was already a recognized feature. Early skywatchers of this era (355 B.C.) would then observe the sun to conjunct the dark ridge in the Milky Way on or around November 18th.5 This would be easily observed in the pre-dawn sky as described above: the Milky Way points to the rising sun on this date.
Over a relatively short period of time, as an awareness of precession was emerging, this date was seen to slowly approach winter solstice, a critical date in its own right in early Mayan cosmo-conception. At this point, precession and the rate of precession was calculated, the Long Count was perfected and inaugurated, and the appropriate winter solstice date in 2012 A.D. was found via the Long Count...For early Mesoamerican skywatchers, the slow approach of the winter solstice sun to the Sacred Tree was seen as a critical process, the culmination of which was surely worthy of being called 126.96.36.199.0, the end of a World Age. The channel would then be open through the winter solstice doorway, up the Sacred Tree, the Xibalba be , to the center of the churning heavens, the Heart of Sky."
IMHO, if you really want to have your mind blown this weekend check out the late psychedelic experimenter Terence McKenna and his theory of Timewave Zero. Here's how Eric Davis described it in his interview with McKenna's ( his last before his death in 2000):
"The Timewave is a strange fractal object McKenna pried out of the I Ching, the Chinese book of divination, back in the La Chorera days. He believes that it charts the degree of novelty active at any point in human history. The wave spikes in times of change, coinciding with the Black Death, the Enlightenment, and the birth of Mohammed. A computer program McKenna helped develop predicts the future as well, at least up until December 21, 2012, when novelty spikes to infinity and the Timewave stops cold. For McKenna, all of human history, with its flotsam of books and temples and mechanized battlefields, is actually a backward ripple in time caused by this approaching apocalypse."