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  • Alice Bailey (1880 - 1949)
    Alice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880 – December 15, 1949) was a writer of more than twenty-four books on theosophical subjects, and was one of the first writers to use the term New Age. Bailey was ...
  • William Walker Atkinson (1862 - 1932)
    William Walker Atkinson (December 5, 1862 – November 22, 1932) was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and an American pioneer of the New Thought movement. He...
  • Raj Patel
    Raj Patel (born 1972) is a British-born American academic, journalist, activist and writer who has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States for extended periods. He is best kn...
  • Teal Swan
    Teal Swan ( "The Spiritual Catalyst"), born June 16, 1984 in Santa Fe in New Mexico , USA, is a leader in the New Age -rörelsen. During adolescence, she claims to be a victim of torture in sev...
  • Manly Palmer Hall (1901 - 1990)
    Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Biography Manly P. Hall was b...

The New Age movement is a Western spiritual movement that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Its central precepts have been described as "drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics." The term New Age refers to the coming astrological Age of Aquarius.

The movement aims to create "a spirituality without borders or confining dogmas" that is inclusive and pluralistic. It holds to "a holistic worldview," emphasising that the Mind, Body, and Spirit are interrelated and that there is a form of monism and unity throughout the universe. It attempts to create "a worldview that includes both science and spirituality" and embraces a number of forms of mainstream science as well as other forms of science that are considered fringe.

The origins of the movement can be found in Medieval astrology and alchemy, such as the writings of Paracelsus, in Renaissance interests in Hermeticism, in 18th-century mysticism, such as that of Emanuel Swedenborg, and in beliefs in animal magnetism espoused by Franz Mesmer. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, authors such as Godfrey Higgins and the esotericists Eliphas Levi, Helena Blavatsky, and George Gurdjieff articulated specific histories, cosmologies, and some of the basic philosophical principles that would influence the movement. It experienced a revival as a result of the work of individuals such as Alice Bailey and organizations such as the Theosophical Society. It gained further momentum in the 1960s, taking influence from metaphysics, perennial philosophy, self-help psychology, and the various Indian gurus who visited the West during that decade. In the 1970s, it developed a social and political component.

The New Age movement includes elements of older spiritual and religious traditions ranging from monotheism through pantheism, pandeism, panentheism, and polytheism combined with science and Gaia philosophy; particularly archaeoastronomy, astronomy, ecology, environmentalism, the Gaia hypothesis, UFO religions, psychology, and physics.

New Age practices and philosophies sometimes draw inspiration from major world religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese folk religion, Christianity, Hinduism, Sufism (Islam), Judaism (especially Kabbalah), Sikhism; with strong influences from East Asian religions, Esotericism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Idealism, Neopaganism, New Thought, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Universalism, and Wisdom tradition.

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  • Taisha Abelar
  • Ted Andrews
  • Arjuna Ardagh
  • José Argüelles

B

  • Alice Bailey
  • Puran Bair
  • Guy Ballard
  • Jeff Belanger
  • Daniel J. Benor
  • William Bloom
  • Gregg Braden
  • Barbara Brennan
  • James Herbert Brennan
  • Dannion Brinkley
  • Sylvia Browne 1936–2013
  • Robert Bruce
  • Paul Brunton
  • Tolly Burkan
  • Rhonda Byrne

C

  • Eileen Caddy
  • Carl Johan Calleman
  • Fritjof Capra
  • Lee Carroll
  • Edgar Cayce 1877–1945
  • Deepak Chopra
  • James Churchward
  • Jenny Cockell
  • Frank Collin
  • Ann Ree Colton
  • Benjamin Creme

D

  • Erich von Däniken
  • Prem Das
  • Kurt Derungs
  • Florinda Donner
  • Janez Drnovšek

E

  • Betty Eadie
  • Masaru Emoto

F

  • Moshé Feldenkrais
  • Marilyn Ferguson
  • Oliver Fox

G

  • Marc Gafni
  • Shakti Gawain
  • Uri Geller
  • Carol Giambalvo
  • Neville Goddard 1905–1972
  • Thaddeus Golas
  • Craig Taro Gold
  • E. J. Gold
  • Natalie Goldberg
  • Jonathan Goldman
  • Linda Goodman
  • Viktor Grebennikov
  • Glenda Green
  • Chris Griscom
  • Richard Grossinger

H

  • Robert Hand
  • Wouter Hanegraaff
  • Mary Esther Harding
  • Willis Harman
  • Andrew Harvey
  • Louise Hay
  • Paul Heelas
  • Corinne Heline
  • Esther Hicks
  • Christopher Hills
  • John Holland
  • Joan Holmes
  • Murry Hope
  • Geoffrey Hoppe

I

  • Sandra Ingerman

J

L

  • Robert Lawlor
  • Augustus Le Plongeon
  • Micheál Ledwith
  • Lobsang Rampa

M

  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Dorothy Maclean
  • Matthew Manning
  • Dan Massey
  • Mark Matousek
  • Jock McKeen
  • John Michell
  • Robert Monroe
  • Ruth Montgomery
  • Raymond Moody
  • Sylvan Muldoon
  • Robert Muller
  • Caroline Myss

N

  • Ruth Norman

O

  • Constantia Oomen

P

  • Kay Parker
  • Ioan Gyuri Pascu
  • Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Daniel Pinchbeck
  • Steven Pressman
  • Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Q

  • Johan Quanjer

R

  • James Arthur Ray
  • Jane Roberts
  • Nicholas Roerich 1874–1947
  • Miguel Ángel Ruiz
  • Walter Russell

S

  • Víctor Sánchez
  • Mark Satin
  • Helen Schucman
  • Jack Schwarz
  • Suzanne Segal
  • John Selby
  • Zachary Selig
  • Scott Shaw
  • Tony Shearer 1926–2002
  • Annalee Skarin 1899–1988
  • Amit Sood
  • David Spangler
  • Jess Stearn
  • Joshua David Stone
  • Sukhabodhananda

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U

  • Mellie Uyldert

V

  • Dora Van Gelder
  • Antonio Velasco Piña
  • Alberto Villoldo
  • Doreen Virtue
  • Joe Vitale
  • Marcel Vogel

W

  • Neale Donald Walsch
  • Frank Waters
  • Brian Weiss
  • Stewart Edward White 1873–1946
  • Ken Wilber
  • Stuart Wilde
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Colin Wilson
  • Bennet Wong
  • Roger Woolger
  • Wendy Wright

Z

  • Vadim Zeeland
  • Gary Zukav

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