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'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 1960s and 1970s and became extremely stylish in the 1980s. 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 nature sounds, World Music instruments and occasional vocals, often singing in a language other than English. "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. It's kind of The Theme Park Version of space music (much more under Music, below).

See also New-Age Retro Hippie, Granola Girl, and the useful notes page.


Anime and Manga

  • 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.

Comic Books

  • 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 their 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. That didn't prevent him mining old Theosophical texts for ideas, though.


  • The term, "educational" film Unarius The Arrival. If you liked the film, you'll looooove the real-life (in a manner of speaking) Academy. (See also Jello Biafra's Unarius exposé interview film.
  • 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!?. Basically a two-hour commercial for J.Z. Knight's Ramtha cult, which lured many people in show business.note 
  • 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.
  • Full Body Massage: Fitch the professional masseuse is a big believer in New Age nonsense. He blathers on about how Western medicine is just a different form of religion, and that he has seen the Hopi cure with "crystals and a touch". He stages crystals around Alice, he also uses magnets, and he drapes her in colored towels because apparently the colors of the towels have some sort of specific influence.


  • The Illuminatus! trilogy explores Aleister Crowley's ideas and other esoteric philosophies which got garbled into today's New Age movement.
  • 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.
  • Likewise Edward Bulwer-Lytton, especially his novel The Coming Race, which he meant as satire something like Gulliver's Travels, but which way too many people have taken literally, especially the vril concept and the "Nine Unknown Men" who secretly run things.
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

  • 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.



  • 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.


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