New Age

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The refrain, "It is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius" from the 1968 Broadway musical Hair, popularized the link between astrology and the New Age movement

The term New Age means many different things to different people. Today, broadly speaking, it encompasses a renewed interest in metaphysics, world religions, divination techniques, environmentalism, holistic health, the human potential movement in psychology, and mysticism. While most of these themes have existed throughout human history, the current New Age community got its impetus in the late 1960s, as many youth in the urban industrialized West sought to overturn the materialist and conventional religious values and habits of their parents' generation, in an effort to create a better, more idealistic society. The New Age movement is highly eclectic and unafraid to fuse traditional belief systems with one another and with modern social mores.

Insofar as belief in a "New Age" relates to astrology, some New Agers believe it will begin when the vernal equinox, which moves backwards along the ecliptic through the zodiac, leaves Pisces and enters the sign of Aquarius. There is great disagreement, however, on when the so-called "Age of Aquarius" actually begins. Many New Age believers think that we are already experiencing the transitional phase from Pisces to Aquarius. However, if it is accepted that the vernal equinox is presently located at 6 degrees Pisces in the sidereal zodiac (Ayanamsha), the Aquarian Age will begin in around 430 years.

Astrology experienced a resurgence of popular interest ca. 1970 with the growth of the New Age movement. Modern astrologers emerging in the 1970s incorporated the insights of clinical psychology and esoteric beliefs of different faiths into natal horoscope interpretations.

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  • Nicholas Campion: Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West: Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement. 264 pages. Ashgate publications 2012. ISBN 9781409435143 Review (Kirk Little, 2013)