The New Age

This site is about New Age ideas and beliefs.  The New Age movement is diverse and this site does not necessarily represent all of them. theNewAgeSite is primarily about the ideas and beliefs that can help us arrive at the New Age predicted almost two thousand years ago.

In the New Testament we have a scene where the Apostles are asking Jesus about his return at the end of the age (the age of Pisces, symbolized by early Christians as a fish). Unfortunately most translations mistranslate this as the “end of the world.” (see KJV) The New International Version (NIV) however gives a more correct translation:

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3 NIV

We are now living at the end of that age and the beginning of a new one which New Agers most often call the Age of Aquarius. There is an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” These are interesting times indeed!

Sometimes we wonder how we can get from where we are now to that new age that humanity has waited for so long.  There are no guarantees that there won’t be some difficult times on that journey.

Author Joseph J. Dewey, author of The Gathering of Lights, writes about the New Age:

“We are moving from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. We will be securely into this coming new age in about 150 years and most expect this to be an enlightened age of brotherhood and peace as well as human advancement. Right now we are in the transition phase and the division between the old age and new age thinking is coming into greater contrast.”  …

“The Aquarian Age switches from water to air. Air is the symbol of mind. The beginnings of this age were manifest at the writing of the Constitution of the United States. We are now about half way into the full manifestation of the New Age.”  …

“Government of the people, by the people and for the people” is definitely one of the keynotes of the New Age.”  Joseph J. Dewey, The New Age (Nov. 11, 2001)

Author Nevill Drury also gave a good overall description of the New Age movement:

“The New Age is essentially about the search for spiritual and philosophical perspectives that will help transform humanity and the world. New Agers are willing to absorb wisdom teachings wherever they can find them, whether from an Indian guru, a renegade Christian priest, an itinerant Buddhist monk, an experiential psychotherapist or a Native American shaman. They are eager to explore their own inner potential with a view to becoming part of a broader process of social transformation. Their journey is towards totality of being.”  Drury, Nevill (2004). The New Age: The History of a Movement

This touches on a very important aspect of the New Age which is the willingness to seek truth wherever one can find it. For the New Ager “there is no religion higher than truth.” To quote Joseph J. Dewey again:

“Take that belief which is embraced by the world and look in the opposite direction. In this opposite direction much truth lies hidden.”

An important aspect of “look[ing] in the opposite direction” is the ability to question authority. There will much more to say about that in future blog posts here. I hope to explore many ideas and themes about this coming New Age. In addition to my own writings I will often use quotes and articles from my friend Joseph J. Dewey who has been an inspiration to me on my journey.

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