Founder of New Age Movement Dies

Marilyn Ferguson, 70, dies; writer’s ‘The Aquarian Conspiracy’ was pivotal in New Age movement
By Elaine Woo
November 2, 2008
LATIMES

Marilyn Ferguson, the author of the 1980 bestseller “The Aquarian Conspiracy” and a galvanizing influence on participants in scores of alternative groups that coalesced as the New Age movement, died Oct. 19 at her home in Banning. She was 70.

The cause was believed to be a heart attack, said her son, Eric, of the adjacent Riverside County city of Beaumont.

latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-ferguson2-2008nov02,0,997088.story

At first I thought we had lost Shirley MacLaine.

How can she be the founder of the New Age movement based on a 1980 book called the Aquarian Conspiracy, when the 5th Dimension were already singing about the Age of Aquarius in the 60s?

To answer the question: the term “New Age” was coined in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s–or at least came into common parlance at that time. While much of the New Age Movement was simply the age-old occultic practices of yore, repackaged, Marilyn Ferguson is at least one of the luminaries who brought those prectices into the culture in the 1980’s. Throughout the 1980’s any number of things entered the culture through the New Age Movement, including mandated “visualization” or “affirmation” practices at many workplaces. Those who protested often sufferred censure or endanged their employment.

I will pray for the repose of her soul.

In "The Hidden Dangers Of The Rainbow"by Constance Cumbey, it tells the history of this movement which started in 1875 with Theosophical Society by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and the writings of Alice A. Bailey.

She lists people like H.G. Wells, Pierre Teihard de Chardin and groups like Humanistic Psychology and Third Wave. Marilyn Ferguson united many of the writings of these people and groups helping to push the movement forth starting in 1975.

originally posted by flameburns623
Throughout the 1980’s any number of things entered the culture through the New Age Movement, including mandated “visualization” or “affirmation” practices at many workplaces. Those who protested often sufferred censure or endanged their employment.

A major constant influence in the workplace and later in churches and on TV with shows like Oprah and Dr. Phil.

From book:

According to the New Age sources, the New Age Movement is a worldwide network. It consists of ten of thousands of cooperating organizations. Their primary goal or the secret behind the “unity in diversity” is the formation of a "New World Order"The movement usually operates on the basis of a well formulated body of underlying esoteric or occult teachings.

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