Star people (New Age belief)

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Star people (also known as starseeds and sometimes indigo children) is a New Age belief and fringe theory. Introduced by Brad Steiger in his 1976 book Gods of Aquarius,[1] it argues that certain people originated as extraterrestrials and arrived on Earth through birth or as a walk-in to an existing human body. It is a variant of the belief in alien-human hybrids.[2] There are many different beliefs as to the origins of star people or starseeds.[3] The term "star people" was taken from an existing Native American spiritual concept.[4]


Steiger described "Star People" in his 1976 book on contactees as "humans who come from a special gene pool linked to visits by extraterrestrials".[5]

They claim to come into human lifeforms and suffer helplessness and total amnesia concerning their identity, origins and life-purpose.[6][7] The awakening process claimed to be experienced[8] is described as either a gradual series of realizations over time, or an abrupt and dramatic awakening of consciousness. Through the awakening process, they regain memories about their past, origins and missions[9] An increase in intuition, psychic ability, and the sense of a more universal "self" that transcends mortal identity are also commonly reported.[citation needed] Some claim communication via telepathy with unearthly beings, either physical or non-physical.[citation needed] Some believe that life exists on other planets. Most believe they have lived on other planets, and many recount experiences they claim are memories of life on other worlds. The concepts of spaceships, intergalactic travel, psychic phenomena and sentient life forms in other galaxies are common.[10][11][unreliable source?]

Washington Post journalist Joel Achenbach interviewed people who said they were starseeds from the Pleiades for his book "Captured by Aliens: The Search for Life and Truth in a Very Large Universe", and noted the contrast with ufologists: "the starseed are precisely the kind of New Age figures the traditional ufologists can’t stand. Ufologists look outward, toward the universe, for answers to the alien enigma. New Agers look inward."[12]


Advocates of the concept of star people / starseeds include Sheldan Nidle, who founded the Planetary Activation Organization.[8] There is an online following.[8]

Steiger recounted that Philip K. Dick had written to him in the late 1970s to say he thought he might be one of the star people, and that his novel VALIS contained related themes.[13][14]

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  1. ^ York, Michael (June 17, 2009). The A to Z of New Age Movements. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810863323.
  2. ^ Flaherty, Robert Pearson (November 2010). ""These Are They": ET-Human Hybridization and the New Daemonology". Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. 14 (2): 84–105. doi:10.1525/nr.2010.14.2.84. JSTOR 10.1525/nr.2010.14.2.84.
  3. ^ "Are You a Starseed? 27 Starseed Characteristics That Might Give You an Answer". Gaia. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  4. ^ Stone, Joshua David (December 12, 1996). "32. Star People". Hidden Mysteries. Light Technology Publishing. ISBN 9781622335510.
  5. ^ Beverley, James (May 19, 2009). Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World. Thomas Nelson Inc. ISBN 9781418577469.
  6. ^ "Traits of Star People and Starseeds". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  7. ^ Stone, Joshua David (December 12, 1996). "32. Star People". Hidden Mysteries. Light Technology Publishing. ISBN 9781622335510.
  8. ^ a b c Kretowicz, Steph (August 2, 2013). "Feel like an alien? Starseeds say you are". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Stone, Joshua David (December 12, 1996). "32. Star People". Hidden Mysteries. Light Technology Publishing. ISBN 9781622335510.
  10. ^ What and Who Is a Starseed? Starseed Alliance International
  11. ^ "PAO - All About Starseeds - What are Starseeds?". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  12. ^ Achenbach, Joel (November 3, 1999). "Captured and hypnotized by aliens!". Salon. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Raynes, Brent (December 2013). "An Interview with Brad Steiger". Alternate Perceptions Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Peake, Anthony (October 9, 2013). A Life of Philip K. Dick: The Man Who Remembered the Future. Arcturus Publishing. ISBN 9781782129141.