New Age

Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to New Age: New Age music

New Age

New Age, a term popularized in the 1980s to describe a wide-ranging set of beliefs and practices that are an outgrowth of the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s in the United States. Adherents of the New Age movement believe that a spiritual era is dawning in which individuals and society will be transformed. The movement encompasses a wide range of ideas, including personal spiritual growth and self-realization, holistic medicine (including the use of crystals for healing), reincarnation, astrology, and the mystical energies said to be induced by pyramids. Many critics of the movement regard it as anti-intellectual. In music, the term refers to meditative, relaxing, usually instrumental styles.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2022, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

New Age

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A modern term given to a spiritual movement originating in the 1960s that embraces meditation, belief in reincarnation, creation of one's own reality, nonconventional religion, channeling, astrology, tarot, holistic medicine, use of crystals, various healing techniques, and many of the arts and sciences previously listed under the heading of "occult." As a label, it serves a useful purpose in attracting seekers and querants who might otherwise be repulsed by the occult heading.


The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism © 2002 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

New Age


an Indian English-language weekly, the central organ of the Communist Party of India. Founded in 1953, the newspaper is published in New Delhi.


Kruglov, E. V. Kommunisticheskaia pechat’ Indii. Moscow, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

New Age


As a social movement held together by specific ideas, the New Age can be traced to the late 1950s. The following four essential ideas came to distinguish the movement. None are particularly new ideas, their distinctiveness lying in their being brought together in a new gestalt.

  • The self as Divine. Within the New Age one theological affirmation has found popular support: the identification of the individual as one in essence with the divine. Underlying this notion, which takes a wide variety of forms, is a monistic world in which the only reality is “God,” usually thought of in predominantly impersonal terms such as “mind” or “energy.”
  • The possibility of personal transformation. The New Age movement offers the possibility of personal transformation in the immediate future. The transformative process is most clearly seen in the healing process, and transformation often is first encountered as a healing of the individual, either of a chronic physical problem or a significant psychological problem. Healing has become a metaphor for transformation and adoption of a healthy lifestyle, a prominent concern of New Agers.
  • The hope of broad cultural transformation. The New Age movement offered hope that the world, which many people, especially those on the edges of the dominant culture, experience in negative terms, would be transformed and enter into a golden era. It is, of course, the millennial hope of the coming of a golden age of peace and light that gave the New Age movement its name.
  • The transformation of occult arts and processes. The New Age movement embraces the familiar occult practices, from astrology and tarot to mediumship and psychic healing. Yet in the New Age movement the significance of these practices has been considerably altered. Astrology and tarot are no longer fortunetelling devices, but tools used for self-transformation.

The New Age movement has tended to latch onto several aspects of the faddish interest in dreams in contemporary culture. For example, new dream dictionaries, containing interpretations of specific dream images, have been composed to express a New Age perspective. Betty Bethard’s The Dream Book: Symbols for Self-Understanding (1983), is a useful example. As do the occult arts, the New Age sees dreams as tools for transformation and healing, as discussed in Patricia Garfield’s popular book The Healing Power of Dreams.

Some New Agers have also shown interest in lucid dreaming, the practice of becoming conscious during one’s dreams and learning to control their direction. Of note in this field are the works of Stephen LaBerge and Carlos Castaneda. Various forms of dream yoga from Eastern religions have also influenced New Age thought. As with other kinds of dreamwork, lucid dreaming is viewed as a potential tool for healing and self-transformation.

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.

New Age

a. a philosophy, originating in the late 1980s, characterized by a belief in alternative medicine, astrology, spiritualism, etc.
b. (as modifier): New Age therapies
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
New Age Exploration executive director Joshua Wellisch said: "The settlement of NAE's 50% holding in Cornwall will provide NAE with a strong financial position to focus on the development of its existing suite of projects and assess new opportunities that establish shareholder value."
John Peters, Strategic Minerals' managing director, said the provision of a vendor loan by New Age has assisted the company in managing its cash flow.
New Age is one of eight state license-holders for processing and handling hemp, and one of 18 to hold a license for dealing in seeds.
According to Mariel Cody, Head of Human Resources, qualified applicants will receive an invaluable experience once becoming a part of the team at New Age Marketing.
For New Age, the stock surge gives a new lease of life after the struggle in 2018 where it missed numbers in most quarters including Q4.
The Awards will felicitate the key industry leaders, organizations and products/ solutions that are at the forefront of new age banking in the Sultanate.
The fourth edition of annual event, New Age Banking Summit, will have HE Tahir bin Salim bin Abdullah Al Amri, executive president, Central Bank of Oman as the chief guest and keynote speaker.
Following the acquisition, New Age Car will continue to service high quality medical cannabis to Illinois patients and Opioid Alternative Programme Participants, but will be undergoing several improvements including implementation of new, patient friendly technologies and extension of business hours to provide greater access.
New Age Care will continue to service high quality medical cannabis to Illinois patients and Opioid Alternative Program Participants, but will be undergoing several improvements including implementation of new, patient friendly technologies, and extension of business hours to provide greater access, the company said.
Northland analyst Mike Grondahl said in a note prior to the open that he believes the fact that new shelf space for larger retailers is generally not available until March/April/May of 2019 presents a challenge to Q$ revenues and earnings for New Age Beverages.
KARACHI -- Sajjad Mirza excelled with a fine all-round performance as Karwan Strikers CC crushed New Age Kings CC by nine wickets in an inconsequential fixture of the T20 Royal Premier League in Ajman, United Arab Emirates the other night.
In December, New Age Spa Institute collected toys, cleaning supplies and sanitation products for Wright-Way Rescue, a local animal shelter.