The term New Age has come to be applied to a wide variety of disparate belief systems. Many New Agers accept only a portion of New Age beliefs, and the totality of New Age beliefs certainly does not represent a single, coherent belief system.
In addition, there are plenty of people who embrace practices often labeled as New Age but do not consider themselves New Agers.
New Age beliefs tend to stress personal practices and an avoidance of dogma, as well as discovering our full potential, understanding of the wider spiritual cosmos, and recognition of the interconnectivity of things.
History of the Term Today's New Age movement has risen to prominence over approximately the last 40 years. However, the term itself has 19th century antecedents, most notably its use within Theosophy, which teaches many beliefs held in common with today's New Agers. The New Age is commonly understood to be the astrological Age of Aquarius.
Beliefs Commonly Included under New Age Headings Practices and beliefs commonly identified as being part of the New Age include (but are not limited to:
- Astral projection
- Aura Reading and Kirelian Photography
- Divination, including tarot cards and scrying
- Gaia theory
- Holistic medicine
- Indigo children
- Ley lines
- Magnetic therapy
- Past life regression
- Power crystals
- Psychic practices (ESP, Clairvoyance, etc)
- Star Children