posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 05:23 PM
There has been a lot of talk about the so-called New Age, so let's make some things a bit more clear:
(Alice) Bailey made extensive use of the term "New Age" in her books and some writers have described her as the founder of the New Age
movement. However The New Age was used as the title of a Journal of Christian liberalism and Socialism, published as early as 1894, predating
Bailey's use of the term.
James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton, in Perspectives on the New Age wrote:
"The most important—though certainly not the only—source of this transformative metaphor, as well as the term "New Age," was Theosophy,
particularly as the Theosophical perspective was mediated to the movement by the works of Alice Bailey."
Sir John Sinclair, in his book The Alice Bailey Inheritance, commented on the seminal influence of Alice Bailey, which, he said, underlies the
consciousness growth movement in the 20th century.
So, the modern New Age-movement is (in a way) an offshoot of Theosophical ideas:
Though Bailey's writings differ from the orthodox Theosophy of Madame Blavatsky, they also have much in common with it. She wrote about religious
themes, including Christianity, though her writings are fundamentally different from many aspects of Christianity and of other orthodox religions. Her
vision of a unified society includes a global "spirit of religion" different from traditional religious forms and including the concept of the Age
So, the whole idea of "Age Of Aquarius" was invented by this same lady. This is core of all the upcoming hippie-eco-movements, even if these people
don't actually realize it.
A lot of the modern stuff focusing on this area is just commercial crystal-weaving, self-help, "light" spiritualism. And that fits some people.
Although, her writings (and the movement as a whole) holds a lot of deeper knowledge, which can be hard to attain for most common folks. This
knowledge just "floats there", for anyone interested to grab. As most esoteric info does.
Also, about the 13 Moon calendar, which is straight linked to these subjects (believe it or not):
"It should be noted that the 13-Moon/28-Day calendar is a perfect solar-lunar measure; that is, it uses the even, regular lunar cycle of 28 days as
the standard of measuring the 365-day solar cycle of the Earth. The balance of solar and lunar may also be taken as symbolic of human psychological
characteristics and their balance or imbalance. A solar-lunar calendar will represent and reflect a balance of the solar-lunar, masculine and feminine
qualities within the human being. It is important to bear in mind these considerations of calendars and their effect on shaping the human historical
consciousness and its psychological makeup. From this perspective, history is, in fact, a process of falling away from the perfection of harmonic
Check it out.
EDIT: Link fixed. Also, PLEASE don't throw me any of that close-minded, demonizing "christian" BS, because it's a joke. Thank you.
[edit on 23/7/2009 by Tryptych]