| by Beth Daviess

Two images side by side depicting protesters, with a zodiac illustration in the foreground.


Starseeds, sometimes called Star People, Indigo Children, or Lightworkers, are a collection of New Age spiritualists who believe that their souls originated on another planet. Sometimes characterized as a new religious movement (NRM), Starseeds have a “highly syncretic worldview,” amalgamating multiple traditions including esotericism and shamanic practices. Identification as a Starseed transcends culture, country, religion, and race, though the exact distribution of Starseeds is unknown as the population is not well-researched.  

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To cite this paper: 

Daviess, Beth. “A Wolf in New Age Clothing: Starseed beliefs, conspirituality, and a soft pathway to radicalization.” Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Occasional paper. June, 2024.

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Beth Daviess is a graduate research assistant at the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism where she researches conspiracy theories, soft radicalization pathways, and the intersection of law, policy, and extremism. She has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and previously worked as a legal aid attorney. Currently, Beth is pursuing a Masters in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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