- Category : 1939-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 4
American esoteric author, specialist in Mayan and New Age prophesies. Arguelles, aka Valum Votan, spent his lifetime studying the math and prophesies of the Mayan Calendar which he presents as a "correct and biologically accurate calendar for the whole planet of a Thirteen Moon 28-Day Calendar," correlating with the Mayan zodiac. Working with prophetic information received from Tony Shearer in 1970, he distilled his lifelong study of the Mayans to initiate the Harmonic Convergence, 8/16-17/ 1987 for global peace meditations.
A planetary whole systems anthropologist, Arguelles received his Ph.D. in Art History and Aesthetics from the University of Chicago in 1969. In a distinguished career as an educator, he taught for 23 years at a number of different educational facilities.
His pioneering books, translated into many languages, are the result of his own artistic activity and scientific investigations into whole systems including his important treatise, "Earth Ascending: An illustrated Treatise on the Law Governing Whole Systems," 1984 & 1988 as well as his international best seller, "The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology," 1987.
Arguelles was one of the founders of Earth Day, 1970 at the first Whole Earth Festival in Davis, CA. He has consistently been a career activist for peace and the planetary transformation of consciousness. With his wife and partner, Lloydine, they founded the Planet Art Network, 1983, promoting the revival of the Roerich Peace Pact and Banner of Peace first introduced by Nicholas Roerich in 1935. His studies culminated in "Telektonon: the Talking Stone of Prophesy," The Thirteen Moon Calendar, Mayan Prophesy and a Universal peace Plan, 1993-94.
Argüelles' parents came from Europe to Mexico then moved to Minnesota in the United States before his birth. His father was from Spain and his mother was from Germany. José (born Joseph) was the twin brother of the poet Ivan Argüelles and the uncle of the linguist Alexander Argüelles. José Argüelles married twice and was the father of two children, Josh and Tara, by his first wife, writer and artist Miriam Tarcov. His second wife was Lloydine Burri. After concluding his teaching career in California, Argüelles lived in Boulder, Colorado, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Ashland, Oregon. In the year 1999 he met Stephanie South who became his biographer.
He died of peritonitis on March 23, 2011 at 6:10 AM in Australia (time from the Law of Time website; place and cause of death from his obituary).