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The New Age Movement As An Astrological Minority Religion With Mainstream Appeal

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The contemporary New Age movement is largely—though not completely— a modern manifestation of theosophy and astrology. Through its gnostic heritage, New Age should by rights be a minority religion in a traditionally Christian host society. In the context of social transformations, New Age has become emblematic of the affirmation and celebration of spiritual choice. More significant for New Age spirituality, however, has been the development of psychological astrology—originally inspired by Carl Jung and, later and more completely, by Dane Rudhyar (1895–1985). The astrological bias of New Age is, of course, only a constituent part of its growing mainstream appeal. It is perhaps only in the sense of secularisation as representing the process by which the world is “gradually deprived of its sacral character”,that astrology and New Age do not fit the expected scenario of western humanity’s rejection of magical image.

Keywords: astrology; Christian; Dane Rudhyar; New Age movement



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