The NewAge movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s. The core of the NewAge movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky.

The term "New Age" itself refers to the coming Age of Aquarius, which will result in massive changes for Earth and humanity. Exactly what these changes entail, and when they did/will take place, depends on who you ask.

Likewise, their views on the divine vastly differ. Early New Age teachings focused on incorporating elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism. More recent new agers may be Christian, neopagan, deist, [[{{pandeism}} pandeist]], pantheist, or even agnostic. Most often, their spirituality is a hodgepodge of concepts from various faiths, philosophies, and superstitions, for better or [[SadlyMythtaken for worse]].

Many new agers use terms that have been misappropriated from the scientific community, and due to the difference in the way they use these terms have more or less created a language barrier that can make it difficult to understand their philosophies at first glance. For example, where a scientist uses the word "energy" to mean "the potential to do work," new agers tend to use it to mean an ethereal substance akin to vital force.

Something you'll hear a lot about is raising one's vibrational level. The concept is that everyone's "energy field" (IE, [[LifeEnergy spirit/chi/lifeforce]]) vibrates at a certain frequency. Higher vibrations are supposed to enable your PsychicPowers and such nifty things. Generally speaking, prayer, meditation, eating right, and being kind and positive is supposed to raise your vibration, whereas unhealthy eating, focus on the material, and being negative lower it.

Another concept you'll stumble upon sooner or later in the new age community is the concept of "indigo children" - that is, people who have incarnated on Earth specifically for the purpose of helping humanity to get its act together. Exactly how you tell who an indigo child is depends on who you ask, and the concept itself has been criticized heavily due to the "indigo traits" usually being overly generic or more likely being a sign of a developmental disorder, most commonly [=ADHD=]. The metaconcept of indigo children has branched out to include other types of souls with specific purposes, with equally shiny and colorful names such as "[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles diamond]] children" and "[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbow]] children." Similar is the more recent concept of "crystal children", ostensibly the offspring of self-described indigos, and most commonly linked with autistic spectrum disorder.

The dark side of the New Age movement is that it has attracted a glut of self-proclaimed gurus who appropriate and exploit aspects of other cultures' spiritualities, most glaringly [[http://www.newagefraud.org Native American]]; and has pushed sufferers of chronic illness and cancer away from scientifically-proven (and therefore anti-nature and evil) treatments, and into the arms of snake-oil salesmen and quacks peddling useless, and often harmful, "cures".

For uses of new age stuff in media, see the [[NewAge main entry]].

The following is a list of tropes associated with new agers, but bear in mind that because they are a diverse bunch, most of them don't believe in or fit ''all'' of them:
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!!Tropes associated with New Agers:
* AGodAmI: Every now and then, someone with a god or messiah complex will wander onto a new age forum and declare their awesomeness. They aren't taken very seriously by most. From time to time, some of the more charismatic have managed to garner small followings, occasionally spawning their own cults. Although mostly harmless, a rare few have managed to become quite significant for their fanaticism; including masterminding [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Rajneeshee_bioterror_attack terror]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin_gas_attack_on_the_Tokyo_subway attacks]] to forcibly usher in the new age. More often, the more extreme would-be messiahs simply isolate their followers in secure compounds or camps, which eventually fall apart from internal disillusionment and dissension.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Various alien species, including greys, reptilians, and Annunaki along with various secret societies allegedly controlled by the aliens like TheIlluminati and the Freemasons are this according to most in the movement who believe in them.
* AncientAstronauts: Let's just say that Erich Von Daniken and Zechariah Sitchen are rather popular in the movement.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Some think that humanity will eventually do this.
* {{Atlantis}}: New agers often believe in lost continents such as Atlantis, Lemuria, and Mu. If you look hard enough, you can find transcripts of people allegedly channeling the spirits of these islands' former inhabitants.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: And ''how.'' Was Jesus an alien? Or was he a human with all [[MagicGenetics 12 strands of his DNA activated?]] What this celebrity or that scientist an Indigo?
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Many of them come off as this, partially due to the fact that they [[YouKeepUsingThatWord use words and terminologies in ways that are utterly incomprehensible to the average person]].
* ConspiracyTheorist: Many new agers overlap with this. It's not uncommon to find New Agers believing in aliens or an impending New World Order caused by TheIlluminati conspiracy
** ADHD/ADD and schizophrenia were "invented" to cover up genuine psychic powers.
** The fact that aliens built the pyramids and other ancient wonders is being covered up.
** Actual Native Americans who oppose New Age use of native traditions are either racist or dupes for, you guessed it, [[ChristianityIsCatholic Rome]].
** The NESARA conspiracy is very, very popular with this crowd, it's a supposed law that was allegedly passed in secret in March of 2000 and would have gone into force in 2001 if not for 9/11, and the WarOnTerror. The law would call for new elections, cancel all personal debt, abolishing the IRS, ending the Federal eserve and declaring World Peace had.
** Other popular conspiracy theories include the 9/11 Truth movement, Autism and the anti-vaccination movement, and the medical-industrial complex suppressing cancer cures.
* EvolutionaryLevels: Some believe that the "next step" in humanity's evolution is some kind of spirit/energy being.
** Many of them outright believe Haeckel's Law. For those unfamiliar, Haeckel's Law is a discredited hypothesis that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny", or that organisms repeat ancestral forms. Popular in BodyHorror (Lovecraft was fond of it.), it's weird to see it here.
* [[FreudWasRight Jung Was Right]]
* HeinzHybrid: Alex Collier maintains that humans are a mix of 22+ different alien species, which makes us "[[CriticalResearchFailure genetic royalty]]" in the galaxy.
* HigherSelf: In NewAge lingo, your higher self is the "you" which is eternal and timeless. Think of it like your physical body being the character in a video game, and your higher self being the player that controls it, though to a more subtle degree.
* HumansAreSpecial: For far, far too many reasons to list.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For polluting the Earth, oppressing each other, and all that jazz.
** There is a particular hatred for the medical industry, for supposedly being "anti-nature", and therefore promoting illness and suppressing magical "natural cures".
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Some new age beliefs make a ''lot'' more sense if you understand the lingo.
* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]
* LifeEnergy
* MagicalNativeAmerican: So you wanna earn a living selling NewAge faith? Just offer the whities sweat lodges, [[VisionQuest vision quests]], and teach them how to find their "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord totem animal]]." Better yet, write books claiming to "pass on" the wisdom of "the ancestors." You might say that actual Native Americans are ''not'' amused.
* MagicGenetics: [[http://www.dnaperfection.com/ 12-strand DNA activation, anyone?]]
* NewAgeRetroHippie: The new age movement of the 60's was popular with hippies. It hasn't lost this association, and a good chunk of them are what you'd call hippies.
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: Notably averted -- as new age believers typically believe that Jesus, Buddha, and other important religious figures were supernaturally gifted in some way.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They aren't limited to helping those who strictly follow one of the Abrahamic religions.
* PowerCrystal: Crystals can apparently be used to induce healing, increase your luck, and all sorts of neat things.
* {{Precursors}}: Our ancient ancestors were far more spiritual and in-tune with nature than us. Most of the world's problems stem from our having all but forgotten the wisdom of our ancestors and whatnot.
* PsychicPowers
* {{Reincarnation}}
* SadlyMythtaken: A point of contention for many people, particularly Native Americans, who have had their spiritualities misappropriated by self-proclaimed new age gurus. Also, if they believe in karma, they likely as not [[http://books.google.com/books?id=TOwVHLKkuIAC&pg=PA78&dq=%22Popular+Misconceptions+of+Karma%22&hl=en&ei=GZzETNfwCIL58Ab0hK3ZBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Popular%20Misconceptions%20of%20Karma%22&f=false have it wrong]].
* ScienceIsBad / ScienceIsWrong: When it occurs, it may overlap with ConspiracyTheorist.
* SpiritAdvisor: Comes in various forms, such as angels, your "higher self," animal spirit guides, etc...
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Many believe that aliens are interacting for humanity, some for better and some for worse. The "good" aliens tend to be PerfectPacifistPeople.
* ThePowerOfLove
* UnfortunateImplications: Theosophy and its branch movement, Anthroposophy, can come off as this. Especially when Steiner said Jews, like the moon, can only reflect the light of the sun (i.e., Aryans).
* WesternZodiac: It's kind of where the whole "Age of Aquarius" concept comes from.
* WideEyedIdealist: The movement has often been accused of this by its critics, who claim that this movement does not focus on the wrongs going on in the world but rather focus on "unrealistic" love and positive messages.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: A large portion of criticism comes from the fact that they keep misusing words like "quantum" and "energy."
** In some cases ''energy'' is being used in a spiritual sense and not a scientific sense.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Reality ''itself,'' that is. Once you realize this... [[RealityWarper Whoa, nelly!]]
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