'New Age' defines a constellation of beliefs derived from Eastern Mysticism (particularly Hinduism and Buddhism), Victorian Spiritualism and psychic research. It experienced a revival beginning in the late '60s and '70s and became extremely stylish in The '80s. Expect lots of crystal power, psychic dolphins, Atlantis, pyramids, good vibes, reincarnation, quantum consciousness and, above all, the Age of Aquarius, the funkiest, highest-vibration-in-the-spectrum Age of them all!
Enemy of all that is bogus, mechanoid or square, friend to the chilled-out and open minded.
Rarely depicted without tongue firmly in cheek in actual Aquarian Age media.
Also the name for a kind of music. Very calm, peaceful, and deep, man. It often features a mix of electronic Ambient with World Music instruments and occasional vocals, singing something illegible in Dog Latin, Polynesian or Lakotah. "New Age Music" is more of a marketing term than any real connection to beliefs, however. Most "new age" artists just play what music they like, and some are even angry about the term.
- Genesis of Aquarion.
- Also most of the more fantastic mechs from the Super Robot Wars mythos, most notably Cybuster & family, though in this case the New Age ethos of the plot is much more restrained.
- Just about everything ever written by Alan Moore, who is big into New Age occultism and Freemasonry, and got his start at the height of its popularity. Promethea is probably his biggest example. The same can be said of Grant Morrison, who tackles many similar themes in his work.
- The original Doctor Strange comics were highly popular and influential amongst early New Agers for their heavy spiritualism and funky visuals. There is a great deal of Irony to this, as Steve Ditko was about as far away from New Age as you can get.
- The... erm, "educational" film Unarius The Arrival. If you liked the film, you'll looooove the real-life (in a manner of speaking) Academy.
- The 1988 film adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Nightfall. Asimov distanced himself from this movie as much as possible.
- The horrible mangling of quantum physics that is What the #$*! Do We Know!?.
- Altered States takes sensory deprivation & hallucinogens and runs with it, kind of like what Jurassic Park did with dinosaurs & DNA.
- Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Deconstruction/Take That!, mapping New Age beliefs and aesthetics onto a Cosmic Horror Story in which trying to reach enlightenment through hallucinogens and pseudoscience ends in failure and crippling drug addiction at best, Body Horror and Mind Rape at worst as you steadily Go Mad from the Revelation.
- The Illuminatus! trilogy
- The novel Good Omens had quite a bit of fun with it.
- Marie Corelli lived and wrote before Theosophy was founded, and some of her ideas seem to have been incorporated into it, especially in A Romance of Two Worlds, which has long been mistaken for an autobiographical work. Today's New Agers still believe she was, at the very least, inspired.
- Appears in The Innsmouth Legacy. Aeonism is a real and venerable in-universe religion and not New Age at all, but the "Aeonist" cult the main character has to deal with in San Francisco is very much in this vein. Two of the members end up dead because they thought walking into the ocean and not coming up for air would make them immortal.
- Enlightened features quite a lot of New Age thinking, as the lead character has used New Age philosophies as a way of rebuilding her life after a breakdown.
- Ambient as a whole is often used for New Age music purposes. Its relaxing sounds are often used during New Age classes, relaxation, yoga, massage or meditation.
- Minimalistic composers such as Terry Riley, Steve Reich, La Monte Young and Philip Glass have also created music that is very popular in the New Age movement.
- The album Songs of the Humpback Whale, which contains nothing but the sounds of singing whales has been very popular soundtrack music to New Age fans and spawned a whole series of albums mixing sounds of nature with relaxing music.
- By far the most famous New Age musicians are Kate Bush, Kitaro and Enya. Dead Can Dance and Lisa Gerrard are probably first runners-up. Artists like Brian Eno (Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks), Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and QE 2), Wendy Carlos, C.H. Deuter, Jean-Michel Jarre (Oxygène), Cluster, Michael Nyman, Klaus Schulze, Popol Vuh, David Sylvian, Tangerine Dream, Isao Tomita, Vangelis, Andreas Vollenweider, and Gheorghe Zamfir have also made music that has been adapted for this purpose. It must be said, though, that not all of these musicians wish to be pigeonholed as solely making music for New Age believers. (Some who do regard themselves as New Age artists include Aeoliah, harpist Georgia Kelly, who channels most of her music, and Michael Stearns).
- New Age is also regarded as a subgenre of Space Music, which encompasses all of the above but had additional origins in jazz and progressive rock. Space Music is specifically recommended by LSD psychotherapists and others who use psychedelics for insight. If you listen carefully to Stephen Hill's explanations at the beginning of Hearts of Space programs, particularly the episodes featuring experimental electronics and progressive music, you'll hear subtle references to this.
- The group ''Era'' likes to indulge almost exclusively in this genre with their faux-Latin lyrics and epic-styled orchestra. This leads right into the Symphonic Rock
- Authors have given descriptions of Atlantis going well beyond Plato's descriptions, such as Edgar Cayce. Some authors describe Atlantis as a collective consciousness, collective memory, or energy pattern being played out in the dramas of humanity.
- Deities from myth including Mesopotamian Mythology, Classical Mythology, and Egyptian Mythology are treated as Ancient Astronauts or Cosmic Entity consciousness, such as Ra in The Law of One books by Carla Rueckert.
- According to authors like Barbara Marciniak and Barbara Hand Clow, the stories from The Bible, based on Mesopotamian Mythology, are the work of reptilians, who have taken on the guise of deities from different pantheons throughout history to teach and trick humanity.
- Merlin is depicted as an Ascended Master or a collective group of beings known as Merlin.
- The Atlantis video games.
- Serenia in Myst IV.
- Ecco the Dolphin.
- Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders is an unusual case. Although the game in its final form does poke a great deal of fun at New Age culture in general, designer David Fox originally intended the game to be much more serious in tone - in a brainstorming session, Ron Gilbert convinced him to go for the wackier atmosphere.
- Destroy All Humans! 2 featured a motivational speech by a hippie touting the coming "Age of Aquariums." Really.
- Child of Eden.
- Bioshock Infinite starts drifting into this a bit in the later parts of the game, with Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything as a major theme and increasingly trippy visuals, despite actually taking place in The Gilded Age. This mixing of time periods and realities thanks to quantum physics is foreshadowed early in the game, when you hear anachronistic 60s/70s era songs from artists like The Beach Boys being performed by an old-timey barbershop quartet.
- Psychonauts blends New Age concepts like Psychic Powers with Spy Fiction in a very humorous and self-aware way.