During its first decades of existence, several specialized subcultures within the New Age movement began to separate, while other approaches spread throughout the movement.
Schisms and Sects
The New Age is too amorphous to possess any central structures, but several subcultures within the movement have emerged as independent sects.
Missions and Expansion
The New Age has spread throughout the world. Though American-produced materials remain the primary sources in global New Age movements, New Agers in many countries have also founded New Age religions.
Exploration and Conquest
Ideas and practices popularized by the New Age have spread throughout western culture, though not without raising criticism from members of the traditions from which the New Age draws.
During the early 21st century, many New Age ideas spread successfully into broader culture, though fewer people self-identified as New Agers.