“Cheap Shots” #3

New Age? What “New Age?”

I’ve been haunting the byways of the New Age phenomenon since shortly after its beginning – that’s me as an art student in Central Park in 1967, the day I marched down 5th Avenue with the Hare Krishna people in their saffron robes and shaved pates, chanting “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare . . .”) It was what I call the “post-dawn” era, since I understand the whole thing got underway at a commune in Findhorn, Scotland in the early ’60s. But we could always ask David Spangler, who is still around (https://lorian.org/).

Lately I’ve been thinking of it more as “the Piscean Pipe-dream” and “the False Spring.” Frankly, I think it died with the hippies and we just don’t know it yet. It was hijacked by the “money men” and the “self-help” crowd. But then, I connected with the work of Aleister Crowley and the British occultists in my early 20’s, so I was probably out-of-step with it all along anyway. I never even owned a Ouija Board or a Magic 8-Ball.

Central Park NYC Spring 1967.JPG

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