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There was some discussion of orgone in my comments recently. I’ve heard of it before, but never taken it seriously. Most of the orgone websites look like they’re from the 90s, and the underlying claims are just ridiculous. From Wikipedia:
Orgone was seen as a massless, omnipresent substance […] [It can] create organization on all scales, from the smallest microscopic units—called bions in orgone theory—to macroscopic structures like organisms, clouds, or even galaxies.
Reich’s theories held that deficits or constrictions in bodily orgone were at the root of many diseases
It goes on to claim that orgone can cure essentially any disease. These are the kinds inflated claims that keep people from taking magick seriously, and I didn’t want any part of it.
First: What is an orgone generator? It’s an electromagnet + orgonite. And what’s orgonite? From the one site that doesn’t look like a throwback to the nineties:
Basic orgonite is simply fiberglass resin, metal shavings and a quartz crystal
So, resin + metal (any kind, apparently) + quartz = orgonite. Then, you wrap an electromagnet around it, set to cycle at around 8hz, and that’s supposed to produce magickal energy. This still sounds dubious, but I’ll delay judgement until after some experiments.
I don’t have orgonite on hand. But I do have quartz, which is generally believed to do something with magickal energy. And I can confirm it does, from work in the late 90s with a psychic who loved crystals. If I had to guess, I’d guess that quartz is the active ingredient, and the metal and resin are inert. So I’ll start there.
Spoiler: I’ve already done some testing, and the results surprised me. (I’ve tried to capture my pre-test dubiousness in this post). I’ll start posting the results tomorrow.
Other posts in this series:
Note: The comments turned into a bit of a thicket. Click here for the summary, along with my take.
- Energizing Quartz, Water and Ice (February 16, 2012)
- Do Magnets Energize Quartz? (February 20, 2012)
- Experiments with Orgone (February 13, 2012)
- Just What Is Orgonite? (February 13, 2012)
- Exploring Quartz (February 14, 2012)