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Planets Won't Attend Astronomical Celebration
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Hilts, Philip J||||||Battiata, Mary
Date: Aug 16, 1987
Start Page: a.01
Section: A SECTION

[Jose Arguelles] is an art historian whose book, "The Mayan Factor," said the Mayans-people of Mexico and Central America whose civilization peaked about 1,000 years ago-were aliens from outer space. He also wrote that the Mayan calendar had a great cycle, starting in 3113 B.C. and ending in 2012, when earthlings will again be in contact with aliens.

Arguelles' theory is that the presence of "galactic beams" of psychic energy coincides with dates on the Mayan calendar and that other astronomical events should attend the last shift of the "galactic beam" through which Earth is passing.

The event has proven an irresistable target for lampoonists. Harmonic convergence has appeared in the cartoon strip "Doonesbury" as "moronic" convergence. A comedian on the David Letterman show recently predicted that at the peak of planetary confluence, singer Marilyn McCoo would begin to orbit Earth seven times. McCoo, a member of the singing group "The Fifth Dimension," put the song "The Age of Aquarius" on the pop charts.

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