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The comments last post turned into a bit of a thicket. So I’ll summarize them here, and add my take.
The construction of orgonite: Apparently, there are several ways to construct orgonite. Resin + metal + quartz, layers of metal and wood, and possibly others.
In medicine, there is a saying: “If there’s one treatment, it works. If there’s more than one treatment, none of them work.” That may apply here.
What’s going on here is that you’re talking about different versions of the technology. The metal-wood layering is what Reich used back in the 1950′s. The metal-filled resin is what people like Welz are using today in their orgone generators. The idea is that orgone energy is accumulated by metal-organic layering. In the orgonite material, this is accomplished by suspending metal particles in the resin rather than building a layered design. The pulsed magnetic field is new, too – Reich’s original tech was all passive and based on the layering methodology.
To be thorough, I tested the layered orgonite, using silverware and a paper towel. (Photo, to the right).
I held it in my hand, and felt for magick energy. Nothing. I built magick energy in my hand and sent it into the spoon-plus-paper orgonite. Nothing special. I passed a magnet over it. Nothing. So we can conclude that the organic / inorganic part of orgonite is magickally inert, in terms of generating or influencing magickal energy.
Which is exactly what I expected. But when it’s that easy to do the experiment, you should set your expectations aside and just do it. So I did.
To the orgone supporters: I’m specifically talking about magickal energy. In as much as orgone generators produce magickal energy, I’m interested in them. If they don’t produce magickal energy, and don’t produce energies widely recognized by physicists, but instead produce some other hypothetical energy, that’s not what this site is about.
What initially got me interested was Ananael’s report that he could charge talismans with an orgone generator. I asked him, and his best guess is that the orgonite it uses is the resin + metal + quartz variety. So from here on, I’ll focus on the quartz (which has already given me some interesting results), and assume that the layered metal + organic material is inert as far as magickal energy.
Andrew’s orgonite wand: Andrew used a similar procedure to what I did. He took a metal pipe, and wrapped it with alternating layers of cotton from an old pair of pants and aluminum foil, then touched the end and slowly moved his hand away. He said he could see a milky-looking connection. We emailed a bit, and determined that he saw this in his mind’s eye, rather than seeing an object reflecting light:
- You can’t see it in a photo. (To the right). Light reflecting off the connection would interact with a camera in exactly the same way as his retina, so that pretty much rules it out.
- Andrew took his glasses off and tried at arms length: “It looks just as clear as if I did it next to my face, so it has to be in my mind’s eye.”
- If a device like this produced a type of energy unknown to physicists, such that you could photograph it and measure the light it reflects, it would be on CNN, not in a new age flyer.
Next post, I’ll show you neat things I’m finding with quartz.Other posts in this series:
- Exploring Quartz (February 14, 2012)
- Just What Is Orgonite? (February 13, 2012)
- Experiments with Orgone (February 13, 2012)
- Do Magnets Energize Quartz? (February 20, 2012)
- Energizing Quartz, Water and Ice (February 16, 2012)