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The Aquarian Conspiracy

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This revised and updated edition offers an indepth analysis of the true nature of the controversial New Age movement and of social and personal transformation in the 1980s.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Tarcher (first published 1980)
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Nov 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was published in the early 1980s. It claimed that there was a grass roots movement that was going to change society in what I would call a very new agey liberal type way but on the other hand a few times in this book it hails "captains of industry and finance, foundation officials and university programmers, tv producers and scions of old American wealth" as being a driving force behind this "grass roots" movement. Sounds like social engineering from the highest levels of society to me ...more
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
An interesting and fascinating read. I think it was quite controversial in its time. Marilyn Ferguson, the author who died in 2008 was an American and is best known for this book and its affiliation with the New Age Movement in popular culture. However, she had a scientific and enquiring mind and the evidence that she cites can be convincing even if it is only to make you hopeful for a kinder better world.

Bearing in mind it was concerned with the 1980s, it is quite astonishing that relevance can
Read this in the 80s, when I thought New Age might be a path to truth. Like much of the 70s, all utopia is not what it seems. It is a well written book about that culture however, and at this point sort of a historical perspective, although new age continues to exist.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
New Age drivel.. Dont waste your money.
Serena Jade
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Aquarian Conspiracy is a great book for a social and spiritual paradigm shift. Author Marilyn Ferguson says, "According to very old wisdom, self-discovery inevitably involves the awakening of the traits usually associated with the opposite sex."

There it is: The journey of the self leads us to understand the other sex. We live in a Patriarchal society meaning the masculine side of our mind dominates our environment. That means both men and women are identified with their masculine rational lo
Barb Lipford
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This became my personal and social Bible in a sense in my early 20's. I loved the Aquarian Conspiracy because it helped me understand why in almost every relationship in my life, I always felt torn, (except in being a mother and with close friends). Like I had to split off from myself to please everyone else.
It help me free myself from living that waay. The book had been given to me by a dear friend, who was much older than me. He was also a big part of my personal awakening.

It has been too lo
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't at all consider myself a new age person. I read this back in the day and loved it. I'm still influenced by some of the ideas planted back then. One of the first hardbacks I ever bought. Perhaps I'll read it again.
Don Gubler
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: improvement
There are books that provide wholly new outlooks on the patterns of life. This is one of those books.
Julia Drew-
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Explains the transformation that is taking place...
Evan Anderson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a completely formative book for me. I was actively on the periphery of this social / consciousness movement on the west coast at precisely the time that Fergsuon wrote about it. Indeed they were heady times, and she captures it well. Interesting to see it regarded by some as "New Age drivel" today; perhaps because that benevolent conspiracy she charted didn't manifest in any widespread or cohesive way, or perhaps because cynicism has become much more the norm in the generations since th ...more
Kim Cloutman
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this a few years after college shortly after it came out. Even went to a group shared review. Was taken with its optimism and its interdisciplinary use of science and worldview knowledge. Pick it out to re read wondering. What happened! I do feel as I near retirement having made a modest success of “multi tasking in corporate world. Perhaps we do suffer from Future Shock another concept of that time that has validity. I miss the energy coming from knowledge drawn from various masters. The ...more
It would be real interesting to have another look at this book now, a couple of decades into the Age of Aquarius, to see what, if anything, it predicted correctly.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
another prophet who knows the gospels well and, best of all, speaks directly with the creator. hence the "true" intentions of the american founding fathers are channeled through this pages.
Stephen Coates
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Following the 60s and 70s with the, anti-war demonstrations, sexual revolution, drug culture, drop out culture and rock music explosion, many of the various strands of what had been the counterculture evolved to become the various strands of what was broadly termed the age of Aquarius. The book finds common ground in the many threads of these sub-movements including the environment, health awareness, scientific research and, above, all, an alternative spiritual awareness to conventional religiou ...more
Claire S
Has been among those things which formed the basis of my political self all along. The idea that direct action is often too risky and often ineffective; and that more simply 'breathing with' one's kindred spirits can be as/more effective - while being by definition less risky - has enormous appeal to me. Actually only read the first chapter all the way through, and then skimmed the others; but the amazing content is laid out pretty completely in that one chapter. I also use to read her brain jou ...more
Bruno Silva
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Comecei este livro cheio de vontade de perceber esta conspiração, mas o livro é desgastante pois vai a um nível tão metafísico que se torna difícil perceber onde podemos nós conseguir fazer a diferença num modo tão manipulado e marcado pela ganância, corrupção, consumismo e interesses.
Garry Alexander
Defining the counterculture as the conscious embracing of irrationality -- from rock and drugs to biofeedback, meditation, "consciousness-raising," yoga, mountain climbing, group therapy, and psychodrama.
Joanne Rolston
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: psychology
Boring New Age nonsense.
c 1980
trade paper average condition
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Andrew by: Randolf
I'm not finished reading this book. There are so many things I disagree with, it's hard to glean the gems. But there are a few.
Glynda-lee Hoffmann
Sep 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
I like her Mind/Brain Bulletin more.
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