The term New Age may first have been introduced by C.G. Jung, with reference to the world entering the Age of Aquarius. The Age of Aquarius simply means a period of about 2000 years during which the Sun is in Aquarius at the time of the spring equinox.
Depending on who one asks, the Age of Aquarius may already have started or will start in the early 21st century.
In popular usage, New Age refers to a whole suite of spiritual or religious beliefs, in large part revived from prior tradition or in some cases based on new channeled information from a multiplicity of sources.
The New Age is somewhat linked with the sexual revolution of the 1960's and the human potential movement of the 1970's. Its ideological roots go deeper, into the 19th century, with its revival of occultism, its theosophy, practices of spiritism and the like.
The New Age features much syncretism between Western and Eastern thought, sometimes combined with ideas of 'space brothers,' often featuring the belief of the world variously ascending, being saved or otherwise transforming for the better in the near future.
The New Age is like a supermarket of spirituality and much of it is geared towards producing subjective experience, channeling one's own "spirit guides", experiencing bliss or "cosmic union", reconnecting with one's multidimensional self, activating one's "ascension matrix", etc. Critical thinking is not common in New Age, nor is discipline particularly appreciated. The New Age has developed its own lingo, often borrowing from science and technology terms with little regard for coherence nor precision of meaning.
The New Age industry is a major business, selling anything from alternative health services to psychic readings to self-help literature, seminars and workshops, travel and tourism and so forth.
At the present time, the New Age label has acquired a connotation of hype. The New Age has been accused of being the devil's plan for bringing about a one world religion, as implied in Revelations.
The Fellowship of the Cosmic Mind (FotCM) sees the New Age as largely a social engineering project carried out for a given purpose by the power structure, primarily in the U.S. but reaching worldwide. One factor which created demand for this was the growing alienation of people from traditional religion. People grew less and less satisfied with the old mythology which had kept them in line for nearly 2000 years, so a new, more complex mythos became necessary. This was brought about by progress in science and increase in wealth. This was somewhat of an elite preoccupation the late 1800's but hit the mass market in the 1960's.
From an esoteric angle, there is reason to believe the world is indeed heading for some sort of discontinuity. This has been spoken of by many and we are seeing an escalation of signs. The New Age movement can be seen as a maneuver designed to preempt mass awakening to this state of matters.
Thus a sort of spiritual awakening was turned into a sleeping pill by the promotion of memes such as 'you create your own reality,' 'automatic planetary ascension,' 'being rescued by aliens,' etc. Many concepts which probably have some basis in fact were twisted out of context and propagated to the masses to satisfy a searching spirit. So it has come to pass that much of the New Age is an exercise in wishful thinking, or as George Gurdjieff would say, 'dreaming about waking up.'
- The Stargate Conspiracy
- You create your own reality
- The Wave
- UFO phenomenon
- Matrix control system.
All ‘New Age’ topics
- 2012 (The year 2012 was popularly cited as the time of a planet wide change to some sort of new level or mode of existence. Connected with one particular interpretation of the Mayan calendar, the idea spread throughout New Age circles and into pop culture.)
- Akashic records (A sort of cosmic memory of all which has been.)
- All is one (The Cassiopaeans and many other channeled sources state that 'all is one and one is all.' This idea is also found in various religious writing. The idea is however sometimes naively applied to matters at the human level of experience. The New Age approach of trying to 'see all as one' in order to influence reality is a case in point.)
- Angel (The term angel is used in a wide variety of meanings in different contexts. Generally the term means a spiritual, non-physical being that belongs to some spiritual hierarchy or performs some specific function for a higher spiritual authority such as God. An angel is generally understood as being benevolent.)
- Chakra (The human body has seven main energy centers or chakras. Descriptions vary.)
- DNA changes (DNA changes leading to some sort of physical transfiguration or ascension is one of the most popular topics of contemporary channeled sources and New Age literature.)
- Energy (In physics, energy means capacity to do work.)
- Merkaba (Merkaba refers to some sort of space or time or interdimensional transportation device created by thought.)
- Monoatomic gold (Monoatomic gold refers to a gold powder so fine that it consists of single atoms not joined by metal bonds to neighboring gold atoms.)
- Pole shift (A common theme in various predictions of Earth changes, the pole shift refers to more than the switching of the magnetic poles.)
- Presence or being present (Various notions exist of the meaning of 'being present'.)
- Reiki (A modern Japanese energy healing technique)
- Tarot (As a popular form of cartomancy, the Tarot deck consists of 78 cards, divided into the major and minor "arcana".)
- Walk-in (A spirit that takes over the life of a human in the middle of his/her life.)
- You create your own reality (A common New Age belief that states that the things on which one concentrates one's attention increase. By thinking about the positive, one is expected to experience same. In reality, the practice of deliberate subjectivity brings about anything but positive outcomes.)