I’ve been talking a lot about orgone accumulators and Babalon matrices and such, but I haven’t actually described the bit about the orgone accumulator or “shooter” itself, which is what’s probably drawing a lot of people to this series of posts. An orgone accumulator or shooter (the terms are generally interchangeable, though I suppose “shooter” is a better term instead of the box or cabinet that most people think of) is composed of a central hollow channel that pierces through alternating layers of organic and inorganic material, with the channel extending out of either side of the materials. The shooter collects ambient energy, accelerates it through the material, and propels it through the channel. Theories abound about how this works, but it generally operates like how magnetic propulsion or railguns work: orgone is attracted to organic materials and repulsed by inorganic materials, and as it gets pulled by one, reflected by the next, pulled by the one after that, and so on, the accumulator gathers and propels energy on down the channel. The more layers of alternating materials there are, the more powerful the accumulator will be. Based on some experiments Jarandhel and I had performed off the cuff to figure out a few tricks of the orgone shooter:
- The orgone shooter is essentially directionless, but appears to “work how it should”. After some experimentation with different lengths of the central channel and using crystals to force a direction, we realized that it’s the length of the channel that extends out of one side of the material that determines the direction of the shooter. The shooter appears to collect ambient energy through the long end of the channel and fires it through the short end. Attaching a crystal in front of the channel, but not blocking the channel itself, appeared to have no effect.
- The channel must be hollow and unobstructed for the shooter to focus a beam of energy. Using a hollow channel with material inside caused a staticy feeling, while using a solid channel appeared to cause a radiating cone. Having a crystal point sticking out of one end of a tube or directly covering it didn’t work either, resulting in a similar effect, but a crystal positioned just above the channel seems to work fine even though nothing special is accomplished by doing so. People who want to experiment with hypothetical orgone wands, take note.
- Although the official writings of Reich and orgone technology abhor the use of copper in orgone, claiming it creates toxic effects on the body and “dead orgone”, we haven’t found this to be the case at all. In fact, one of our friends who works with death and the dead, which would normally be filled with “dead orgone”, finds the use of orgone accumulators involving copper repulsive and draining on her.
Constructing an orgone shooter in the way Jarandhel and I made them required the following:
- 000 grade steel wool
- a roll of thin corkboard
- an electronic craft box
- copper refrigerator tubing
I measured the size of the craft box, cut out many layers of corkboard and steel wool, shoved them onto the copper tubing, shoved that into the craft box, and sealed it up. I used a dremel to drill holes large enough for the copper tubing on either end of the project box. Approximately 24 layers each of steel wool and corkboard fit into the project box, though it’s always nicer to have more.
Jarandhel had brought up before that other occult technology exists to gather and circulate energy, among them Franz Bardon’s fluid condensers. These are mixtures that significantly empower the nature of an object, a kind of anointing mixture that gathers and focuses an object. I’ve seen it used in other magical tools, so why not augment this project with it, too? Franz Bardon, in his Initiation Into Hermetics, gives the following instructions to prepare a simple fluid condenser:
Take one handful of fresh or dried chamomile flowers, place them into a pot, and pour enough cold water over them to completely cover them. Boil the chamomile flowers forapproximately 20 minutes, covered with a lid. Let this concoction cool, but do notremove the lid. Once it has cooled, filter it and pour the filtered chamomile concoction into a clean pot and reduce it by boiling it slowly to approximately 50 grams; a few drops more or less are of no consequence. During the whole process, the pot has to becovered with a lid. Once the chamomile extract has cooled, mix it with the same amount of alcohol. Should you have 50 grams of chamomile extract, mix it with 50 grams of alcohol. The alcohol will preserve the chamomile extract. Should you have nothing else available, you can use denatured alcohol. Add approximately 10 drops of the gold tincture to this mixture of chamomile extract and alcohol.
To make this, I gathered the following supplies:
- Gold leaf
- Organic chamomile teabags
- Distilled water
- Grain alcohol
I first made the gold tincture by melting the gold leaf in a heavy steel ladle over a hot flame. My intent was to melt the gold, toss it into distilled water, collect the cooled and hardened remains, and repeat the process until there was a negligible amount of gold left to salvage from the water; every time the melted gold is quenched in the water, atoms of gold dissipate into the water, eventually forming a tincture. However, this didn’t work as well as I had hoped, so I boiled the gold in the water in a pressure cooker for a while before making do with what I had. (Bardon himself claims that even microscopic or atomic levels of gold increases the potency of a fluid condenser dramatically, so I’m hoping this suffices.) While the resulting mixture looked bad and smelled even worse, it felt potent to me. Using the resulting fluid condenser, I made another orgone shooter of the same size and number of layers, but this time dousing the layers of steel wool and corkboard with the fluid condenser, as well as drizzling some down the central metal channel and brushing some on the inside of the project box.
The orgone accumulator with the fluid condenser definitely had a sharper “jolt” to it, like it was much more active or alive, than the plain orgone accumulator. Operationally, they’re the same (since there’s no operation to them), but the orgone shooter with the extra energy gathering substance inside definitely packs more of a punch, and it feels like there’s a constant stream of…I dunno, wind or something coming from the channel. For my current Babalon Matrix setup, I’ll probably just keep the plain orgone accumulator off to the side as a backup or as another energy accumulator pointing towards the field, for the added kick. It’s definitely a nifty combination of magical tech, that’s for sure, though it does smell a little funky.
Also, to clarify a few terms that I’ve been throwing around, because I probably should have done this before:
- Orgone accumulator: a device to harness, direct, and accumulate an ambient magical life force called orgone.
- Crystal grid: a set of crystals energetically linked up to form a magical field. Although “crystal” is used in the name, these may be rocks, talismans, or other objects that can hold a magical charge. For more information, see this post over at Dreamhart.
- Babalon Matrix: a crystal grid making use of an orgone accumulator to harness, focus, and attune using magical energy. Alternate names include orgone crystal matrix or reiki crystal matrix (apparently, “ambient magic/life force” has lots of interachangable names). Jarandhel’s post at Dreamhart may be helpful to discover more about the original creation of the device. The name “Babalon Matrix” originated with Thelemite magicians, likely enough, but as far as I can tell, there’s nothing specifically Babalonian or Binah-related about the tool. I’ve got my own name in the works, but I’m keeping it a secret for now.
UPDATE (9/29/2012): After some more experimentation, it would seem that the orgone accelerator that uses the fluid condenser isn’t actually that great. The fluid condenser helps attract energy into the accelerator, yes, but at the expense of it shooting anything out; it has a weaker output than the normal orgone accelerator, even though it’s definitely more “alive” and can take in far more input. Despite the energy accumulated within the accelerator, it’s not that useful; it’s possible to pull energy out from it to use in other things, like a battery, but with no more success than pulling it from the ambient surroundings. Oh well.
This is awesome stuff. I’m really enjoying following this project, and I’m looking forward to building one of these devices into my Chaos Altar once I have the money to get the materials together. Thank you for sharing.
What’s neat to me about it is that it’s largely independent of path and tradition, so long as there’s some notion of “life energy” (prana, qi/ki/chi, quintessence, energy, etc.). You, a magician with pagan inclinations, can use it as well as I can, a ceremonial magician with largely Abrahamic influences and some pagan ones, when I got it myself from a pagan and reiki practitioner in his own path. Different uses, but it all seems to work. This makes altar #5 in my room now, too!
have you looked at any of the orgonite devices?
You mean the bits of metal or crystal set in resin? I haven’t and, given the crafting involved, I doubt I will, though Jarandhel’s mentioned that it operates on the same basis (organic + inorganic materials mixed together to manipulate the flow of ambient force). However, based on what I can find, it seems to mention a transformation of “dead orgone” into “positive orgone”, even though I haven’t actually witnessed or perceived a “negative” or “deadly” variant of this stuff yet. To me, force is force.
Most of what I know about Wilhelm Reich and Reichian therapy comes from Robert Anton Wilson, and a little bit from Regardie… William Steig the children’s author was also into this; he had a full-sized, sit-in orgone accumulator.
What does one do with these? Should I build one into the kavad? Should I build one?
The difference between the traditional orgone accumulators and my setup is that the sit-in boxes are like cabinets that channel orgone into the box, given its construction (the walls, ceiling, and floor acted as the organic/inorganic layers). Mine uses a crystal grid to contain the energy, with an orgone shooter directing a flow of orgone into it. I’m using it to act as a general empowerment or charging machine to put some extra oomph into things I use frequently, like pendants, talismans, or the like. I also plan to incorporate it into future consecration rituals, much like my Mercury Cazimi election, to add some extra oomph to the ritual.
From what I understand of the kavad (a representation of the cosmos and the forces within it), orgone things don’t really fit in except as an idea of quintessence or permeating spiritual/life force. It’s like asking whether you should stick a battery or motherboard into the kavad; there’s a difference between an idea of something and a tool that makes use of its implementation in the physical. However, I’m not entirely clear on the use of the kavad, except to show relationships and stories.
I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t build or make use of an orgone generator; it’s one approach to making use of ambient magical energy that goes by many names: qi/chi, prana, odic force, lung, vital energy, etc. This is just an approach I’m experimenting with and seeing what can be done with it. To bastardize a foreign concept, instead of circulating qi around the body or around a home, I’m concentrating it into an object for magical purposes.
Hmmm. The Use of the Kavad. Boy… there’s a box of angels, pixie dust and poo-flinging monkeys for you. Yes, it’s about relationships and stories… but it’s also unexpectedly turning into a … a… battery? No, that’s confusing. A firing platform for heavy artillery. And the person or people viewing it is the target.
I like the IDEA of an orgone generator. I should probably learn how to build one sooner or later.
Read what I’ve already posted on orgone stuff and stay tuned for more. I’ve got a few more supplies coming in the mail and a few more things to test out before I make my full write-up (which will rely on all the other posts I’ve written so far), but you should be able to piece together what to do from what I’ve already written.
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