Name for a movement covering a wide variety of practices that were alternative to traditional Western practices, although many have become normative. Included concepts are holistic thinking, mysticism, environmental issues, non-traditional spiritual systems. The term “new age” has also be used by faddists and commercial interests. As a result, some people involved in practices that could be labled “new age” reject the expression.
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A phrase adapted by certain occult writers to describe:
A belief in a new level of consciousness coincident with the Aquarian Age.
A social movement of diverse spiritual and political elements directed toward the transformation of individuals and society through heightened spiritual awareness ...