Posts Tagged ‘Orgone’

Just What Is Orgonite?

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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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.

Ananael explains:

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.

Spoon-layering organite

Spoons + paper = Poor man’s orgonite

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:

Andrew's wand

The black part is the wand tip. His thumb is above it.

  • 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.

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Experiments with Orgone

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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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.

But, Ananael reports using his orgone generator to generate magical energy and charge talismans. I know Ananael, and I know his work, so I dug a little further.


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.

Note: The comments turned into a bit of a thicket. Click here for the summary, along with my take.

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