Things I Don’t Believe

Inspired by the wonderful Patrick Dunn over at Postmodern Magic, I’ve been interested in doing a similar post (though not quite a series of posts) on various subjects in spirituality, the occult, and magic that I don’t believe in or have no basis for believing.  I mean, there’s a lot of BS out there, and even though I deal with BS quite seriously on a daily basis, I have to set my BS tolerance threshold somewhere.  To be fair, part of this list might just be due to the fact that I’m still fairly young and may not have as much experience with some of the things below as others may, but those are reasonably few and fair between.  After all, young as I am, I’ve still seen and done a fair amount in my life that a good number of others haven’t.

And with that bit of mysterious nostalgia out of the way, let’s begin:

Some upcoming mass spiritual revolution, dawning of the Age of Aquarius, galactic realignment, whatever.  This ties in right well with any apocalyptic or end-of-the-world theory (hopefully you all haven’t forgotten that 2012 was just last year), none of which I believe in.  Rather, I’m a proponent of the idea that there’s nothing new under the sun.  Consider that humanity has only been around for about 200,000 years as a biologically distinct species, 50,000 years as a culturally self-aware race, and 10,000 years as a race that works with agriculture and cities.  Evolutionarily speaking, this is not a long time (we normally see evolution taking place over the span of millions of years).  To think that we’re due for some new mass spiritual awakening because the biases and structures of the past millennia or two haven’t been too friendly towards a specific generation or countergenerational revolution is folly.  Do I think humanity doesn’t evolve, ever?  No!  We’ve been changing and (I like to think) getting better, inch by inch, mile by mile, man by man, but it’s not going to happen all at once in a year or two.  Maybe over a handful of millennia, if we’re disciplined and adept about it, but I’m not holding my breath.  Much as John Michael Greer has been saying on his blog The Archdruid Report, people want such apocalyptic change not because they’re too lazy to have it done by themselves or to work for it over a span of time.  On the other hand, I’m not saying that there isn’t some kind of storm in the offing metaphysically, but it’s not some kind of 2012-esque mass enlightenment nonsense.

Orgonite.  I’m not talking about orgone energy or technology in general, but specifically orgonite.  Maybe a year or so ago before I started the MaGOS project, I’d’ve dissed and tossed orgone tech from here to Kathmandu, but the tech does generally seem to work, and shares similarities with Franz Bardon’s stuff.  However, that cannot be said for orgonite, which (for those blissfully ignorant) is a congealed mass of resin mixed with metal shavings and, optionally, bits of crystal and decorative material (glitter, dyes, etc.).  Their intended effect is to purify local areas of “deadly orgone” or bad energy into “positive orgone” or good energy, given the basic hypothesis of how orgone energy works (ambient vital essence attracted to organic materials and repelled by inorganic materials).  Still, if the original orgone tech was unable to differentiate between the two, orgonite (a more portable extension of the tech) won’t either.  Add to it the fact that some of the crazier of the hippies out there like to “gift” or throw the chunks (often poured into and hardened in muffin tins or martini glasses for the shape) at cell phone towers, in Indian burial grounds, or in African reservoirs, and you have a recipe for utter stupidity.  Plus, in my experience, it oftentimes comes out looking like jagged congealed robot vomit.

Karma (the popular conception of it, aka The Rule of Three).  I understand karma from a Hindu or Buddhist perspective, with a bias towards the Buddhist interpretation of the idea.  In short, karma is an action arising from an intention of an unenlightened or conditioned being that has an effect.  Once enlightened (or, perhaps in a more Western phrasing, acting in accordance with one’s True Will), one acts without karma.  This is how the thing works, people, not this “rule of three” or “what goes around comes around” nonsense.  The modern use and meaning of karma is just another example of both horrible cultural appropriation and a way to isolate a basic human need to see retribution done on others.  Try as we might to remain altruistic and detached, humanity has an instinctual taste for revenge and justice that likes seeing itself effected, especially on others for whom we may not know the whole story.  On the flip side of this, though?  No matter what religion, philosophy, or path you fall into, if you need the threat of punishment to keep you in line and keep you from harming others, you’re doing it wrong.  Besides, this stolen idea of karma completely throws out the (also Buddhist) notion of expedient means, or the ability to use normally unfruitful or harmful methods to arrive at a better state of the cosmos.  Examples are using white lies to lure distracted children out of a dangerous situation, or killing one person to save a million others.  In other words, the ends justify the means much more than the means do on their own.  For those with a more Hindu bent to their cultural appropriation, you’re also neglecting the fact that karma can often be “atoned” for and, through the proper offerings and rituals, washed away completely, similar to Christian confession and absolution of sins.

Claims of unbroken lineage from time immemorial for modern pagan or magical movements.  Yes, humanity has always had a spiritual bent to it.  Yes, spirits/gods/whatever have always existed.  Yes, magic has always been done in some form or another.  Yes, every generation of humanity has its fair share of witches and magicians.  No, you cannot make claims that your modern reconstructionist orthodox tradition of whatever has been passed down in secret family lines for thousands of years intact, especially if you don’t have the pedigree or diplomas to prove it.  I’ve seen this claim been made of several branches of occult work, and especially those of (Dianic) Wicca and other “families” of witchcraft.  Witchcraft, especially done nowadays, is not a “surviving pre-Christian tradition”.  While some ancient godnames and the like might still be in use in extraordinarily rural areas of the world, if only in utterly derived or devolved forms, a lot of the modern reconstructed stuff you see nowadays is just that: modern (i.e. not of the past) and reconstructed (i.e. built according to assumptions from extant historical sources).  Believe me, if you actually did practice a “pure pre-Christian pagan path”, you’d be using a lot more animal and blood-based sacrifice than you are.  Purity in spirituality is a fairly stupid concept to my eyes (there’s value in learning a complete system as-is, but whole systems often have multiple parents).  On a related note, the belief that the Burning Times was as bad as many people claim it was is also bogus to my eyes and ears. Nine million people killed?  Weren’t there, like, nine million people in Europe to begin with during those times?  C’mon.

There’s no need for animal sacrifices.  I’ve gone over this before after bringing up a ritual from the PGM that involves a donkey’s head and blood, but honestly, this is a simple matter for me.  Life energy is powerful, and when it’s appropriate (and it’s not always appropriate), it’s a good idea to use a sacrifice of life.  Modern traditions, especially those from the African Diaspora, still use them, and every ancient culture practiced them.  Ritualists collectively stopped doing them with the advent of Christianity, which wiped out most forms of animal sacrifice along with most other religious traditions to replace it with the transubstantiation of Communion (which, theologically speaking, is pretty freaky when you think about it and just as awesome).  Not all gods desire blood or life sacrifices, sure, but a lot of them sure do.  While cultural norms may evolve and change over time, the gods don’t have to (being immortal and whatnot); after all, if you’re serious about worshipping your gods, you listen to them and not some fluffy Llewellyn-addicted white-lighter.  If you want to worship the gods, you do what they ask or tell you to, not what others judge you by.

Now, there are a few things out there that I’m inclined against believing outside of dogma and mythology, but I’m open to the idea of it having some chance, and convincable with demonstrative proof of their existence.  So, wanna try fielding something with an example and seeing whether it passes my BS threshold?  Let me know in the comments!

Behold, the MaGOS

Alright, alright, alright!  After all this time, I finally gathered the last of my supplies, ran my experiments, and have compiled notes and pictures on my orgone system, a variant of the Babalon Matrix.  Gentlefolk and estimable peers of the magical blogosphere and internetical occulture, I present to you the Manifesting and Generating Orgone System, or the MaGOS for short.  (Please don’t kill me.)  Click on the link for the full write-up and analysis of this bit of tech I’ve been toying with over the past few months.

Long story short, I’ve basically made for myself a magical energy generator that can harness and accumulate force into objects I drop into the MaGOS.  The system combines energy manipulation and orgone technology, combined with liberal uses of crystals and sacred geometry, and is a pretty nifty tool to have around.  Despite the amount of time I’ve worked on it, it’s not exactly theurgic and doesn’t help me directly in that path of my spiritual and magical life.  As a tool, it’s not associated with any one force or sphere of reality, and in some regards is a fairly minor project in the long run.  However, I’ve already had the chance to use it in conjunction with ceremonial rituals, and boy howdy does it ever help out.

Now, I’ve written about orgone tech and the buildup to this big announcement in other posts on my blog, which you’re free to read up on, though the writeup of the MaGOS goes over the bulk of my experiments with the system:

  1. Wherein we first encounter orgone technology and first see a Babalon Matrix
  2. Wherein we experiment with orgone accumulator directionality
  3. Wherein we experiment different numbers and orientations of perimeter crystals, as well as multiple objects in the Babalon Matrix field
  4. Wherein I describe the creation of orgone accumulators and experiments using Bardonian fluid condensers
  5. Wherein I describe the creation of a field generation circle to be used in conjunction with a Babalon Matrix and our experiments with them

Hopefully, this summarizes my experiences I’ve had thus far with working orgone tech in my magical practice.  I don’t see many surprising uses for this at this point, though I do expect to be making use of the MaGOS in more rituals and in potentially different ways than simply amplifying a magical ritual or having a certain item become charged. Feel free to post in the comments any questions, suggestions, or thoughts you might have; otherwise, let’s all happily move on from this topic onto a new one.  How about another inimical circlejerk lively debate about the HGA?  Those are always fun.

Magic Circles and Orgone

In the course of working with this orgone stuff, I’m planning on constructing a permanent Babalon Matrix in my room: a table specifically dedicated to charging or maintaining a field of force or magical energy for various purposes (charging, manifestation, and the like).  However, this is a really modern form of occultism, using various modern theories of force, energy, and methods of harnessing them.  As you may have noticed, dear reader, this is not my normal time period; I’m much more Renaissance or classical when it comes to magic and the occult.  Plus, ceremonial magicians are renowned (in)famously for making things more complicated and embellished than they have to be, because why else would someone do something if it didn’t look completely badass at the end?  Thus, after some experiments with orgone, I decided to try out something new.

To that end, I experimented with making a kind of magic circle for my orgone setup.  The setup creates a field of magical force or dweomer or somesuch (terms abound for this, but you know what I’m talking about) that radiates from a central core and is reflected or manipulated by perimeter objects, generally crystal bars that are ridged on one side and flat on the other.  Philosophers and occultists have long resorted to using symbolic diagrams to represent the cosmos, magical activity, and other immaterial things, so why not create a circle or pattern that can describe such a field?  At worst, the pattern would only be decorative, serving to make my orgone system look really really cool and arcane.  At best, the pattern would help amplify, guide, and empower the orgone system even more; using patterns or symbols on their own as potent magical tools has a long history in most magical traditions, so this could be fantastic tool.  Alternatively, the symbol could create a field that would interact and potentially interfere with the field generated by the orgone system, so I decided to experiment.

After lots of interesting, elaborate, and obtuse designs, I eventually came up with the following pattern:

The benefits to this pattern, as I see it, would include:

  • The circular form reflects the spherical field projected onto a two-dimensional plane.  The circle helps keep unwanted influences out of the field without first going through the orgone generator to accumulate and distill the energy.
  • The radial symmetry allows the field to be oriented towards any cardinal direction, pulling energy in equally from the different quarters of the world and cosmos.
  • The center “starburst” radiates energy from the crystal ball, while the circles around the edges collect it.  The central starburst circle represents the field radiator, with the perimeter circles represent the field collectors.
  • The field collectors define the radius of the field, which is represented by the circle passing through the field collector circles.  As the collectors define one set of points for the field to collect at, the midpoints between the crystals illustrate that the entire field is bounded by this same process.
  • The lines between the central starburst and the field perimeter show the radiation of the field from the center outward, and the reflection from the perimeter inward.
  • Lines intersect the field collector circles, showing their purpose to gather and reflect energy passing through them, but not the central starburst circle, showing it to be purely radiating.

So, I painted this pattern out onto a piece of posterboard.  I used a mixture of consecrated black acrylic paint (leftover from my Circle of Art project), dragon’s blood ink, and a Bardonian simple fluid condenser (chamomile extract, gold tincture/solution, grain alcohol).  Painting it alone made me dizzy, and the pattern definitely had a buzz of its own, so I must’ve been doing something right.  I took it over to Jarandhel‘s house later that night, and we started running some experiments with it.

What was interesting about this pattern is that, when we started putting it to use, it did not describe a spherical field at all.  Setting a Babalon Matrix system atop the posterboard and activating it, it felt more like a torch flame or cone in the center with energy being concentrated at the focus instead of being cycled about the entire field.  In fact, we noticed that this was still the case even after we removed the Babalon Matrix entirely, and just used the pattern itself as a field.  It felt like the posterboard was generating a field of its own; whether this was a result of the paint used to make it, the pattern itself, or some combination of the two was unknown to us at the time.  We concluded that the design didn’t describe a sphere, and on some reflection we figured out that it was due to the center circle in the pattern, which isn’t crossed through with field lines (meridians? ley lines?).  Because that circle isn’t connected to the rest of the pattern, we reasoned, it doesn’t and can’t actually radiate energy outward; instead, it gathers energy, and acts as a termination point for the rest of the pattern.  Thus, energy would flow along the lines and terminate into a single point at the center, resulting in a kind of energetic “spire” or cone.

To test out whether or not the center circle actually had something to do with it, I made another piece of posterboard with the same ink and dimensions, but with the meridians crossing through the innermost circle, resulting in the following pattern:

If the first version of the design created a spire of energy due to the central circle being empty, we reasoned that crossing it through would result in a different field shape.  We were correct, too: by having the lines cross through this central circle, we attained a stable spherical field.  It’s as if the central circle, now being crossed through, was now acting as a “top” rather than a “point”, which allowed energy to both radiate from and collect into the center.  This design more accurately described a spherical field, which is what the Babalon Matrix does.

What was interesting was comparing the first and second patterns, or the spire and sphere models, with a Babalon Matrix.  It felt like the field circle and Babalon matrix were each creating their own field that worked with each other, but in different ways:

  • Sphere model with Babalon Matrix: A reinforced, stronger sphere of force than either the sphere model or Babalon Matrix alone provides.  It’s like using two clear, flat panes of glass against each other instead of just one: it’s stronger, firmer, more insulated, and still able to provide light and illumination.  Smoother with a simple, air-like flow.
  • Spire model with Babalon Matrix: The spire model circle acts as an energy collection or concentration field, while the Babalon Matrix acts as a sphere.  The resulting effect was akin to using a telescope: one lens magnifies, the other focuses.  Very potent for concentrating force into a single point, for manifesting force or sensations, or for “bringing things through”.  Sharp and active, like a fire.

Using both models, we also experimented with different orientations and positions of the perimeter crystals.  Remember that the Babalon Matrix makes use of a set of perimeter crystals that define and reflect the field to from the center, when the flat side of the crystals faces inward, and outward into a omnidirectional field when the flat side of the crystals face outward.  Some experiments we ran on this:

  • Flat side in, no circle: spherical field contained by the perimeter crystals.
  • Flat side out, no circle: radiating field in all directions from the perimeter crystals.
  • Flat side in, spire model, on perimeter circles: a spire of energy gathered at the center in a culminating point.
  • Flat side in, spire model, on perimeter angles: (did not test)
  • Flat side out, spire model, on perimeter circles: four distinct spheres of energy at each perimeter crystal, about the same size as the circle design itself.  Nothing between the crystals or inside the circle.
  • Flat side out, spire model, on perimeter angles: (did not test)
  • Flat side in, sphere model, on perimeter circles: spherical field contained by the perimeter crystals, stronger than the Babalon Matrix alone.
  • Flat side in, sphere mode, on perimeter angles: a spherical field contained by the perimeter crystals, but it felt “off”, like it was a square peg in a round hole.  Jarring.
  • Flat side out, sphere model, on perimeter circles:  Four beams of energy radiating from the crystals, one beam per crystal.  Not omnidirectional, but unidirectional for each crystal.  Nothing really between the crystals except very faint radiation.
  • Flat side out, sphere model, on perimeter angles: Somewhat more even than before, but still felt “off” or blocky.  Like trying to make a smooth level out of chunky gravel.

Based on this and the experiments above, it would seem that the crystals and focus take their effect from what’s directly beneath them on the pattern.  The small circles are specific loci of power, as if they’re waiting for input, but objects placed elsewhere appear to throw the fields off or make them feel jarring or misshapen.  Making alternative forms of this using other numbers of loci might be an interesting experiment, especially considering Jarandhel’s and my experiments with changing the number of crystals used with the Babalon Matrix.  For instance, comparative spire and sphere circles making use of six crystals would look like the following:

Also, a small benefit to these designs is that they’re based on a unit circle (the innermost focus and the perimeter loci circles), and can be constructed with only a compass and straightedge.  If the small circle is one unit in diameter, the outermost perimeter circle is eight units in diameter, the circle passing through the perimeter loci is seven units in diameter, and the inside boundary circle is four units in diameter.  Since the square can be devised using only a compass and straightedge, the whole pattern can, as well.  Hexagons, too, though any pattern or polygon that can’t be made with a compass and straightedge also cannot here.  Then again, why would you want to use a design like that?  You silly thing.

It would seem that the circle itself is an interesting add-on to the Babalon Matrix orgone system, and even though not essential, it does have some useful applications.  Moreover, the circle designs themselves work as field generators, either for a concentrating spire or radiating sphere, and given their generic geometric form, can be applied in various other ways I can think of.  They’re original patterns, as far as I can tell, and rely only on their geometric proportions and layout, so they’re tradition-independent and can be used by anyone interested in this.  If you make use of these designs or make new variants of them, feel free to let me know and share what your own experiences with it are like.  For convenience, I’m uploading the designs to the Designs page.  What I’m really interested in figuring out is what to call these things; so far I’ve been calling them “charging circles”, but that’s both inaccurate and tacky.  Magic circuits, force circles, and the like are possibilities, but we’ll see.

Orgone Accumulators

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.

More Quick Experiments with Orgone

Jarandhel and I are at it again!  While helping move some furniture at his place now that one of his and friend’s roommates moved out yesterday, we spent some down time playing with more orgone generator setups.  Since I’m building my own permanent orgone installation, I’m working with him to refine and learn more about the theory, applications, and methods of development of orgone.  We’ve played with it before, but this time we made use of different setups and an experimental circuitboard/magic circle to be used with orgone.  Because the circuitboard is still under heavy experimentation, I’ll refrain from talking about it here, but I’ll talk about it later once I have my full-blown writeup discussing my orgone system.  Here, I’ll just describe what we did last night involving different perimeter crystal setups.

(I swear I have the writeup forthcoming, once I have more experiments and a few more supplies gotten in the mail.  At this rate, it looks like early November for the complete write-up, but it’ll be a doozy.)

To recap (I really really need to do the writeup soon so I can stop recapping this): the orgone system, or Babalon Matrix, is a crystal grid (a series of crystals or force-channeling objects “energetically linked” to produce an effect) combined with an orgone accumulator or shooter.  The crystal grid is composed of a series of perimeter crystals (normally four) linked up to a central focus and to each other; this produces a kind of field around the focus, like an aura-expanding magical circle (I used this in my Mercury election ritual).  The orgone accumulator is like a trickle charge, constantly feeding energy or force into the field, while the field simply binds and reflects the energy out from the focus, which radiates force outwards.  The orgone accumulator itself doesn’t need much to it; it works naturally, like a kind of magnetic propulsion for ambient energy.  The crystal grid itself is what needs to be “activated” by energetically linking them up, kinda like programming them for a purpose.  The orgone accumulator feeds energy in, while the crystals are linked up to contain and recycle the energy.

Normally, the Babalon Matrix uses four perimeter crystals arranged in a square around the central focus.  This produces a kind of spherical field around the focus, which can be used to charge an object in the focus or felt by stepping into the field directly.  Jarandhel has aspirations of using such a field as a gate to better obtain access, astrally or otherwise, to other places or planes, something like a Vortex that Fr. Rufus Opus suggests in his Astral Warrior Handbook.  By stepping into this field based on a focus that was synched or energetically linked to a certain place, we were able to clearly view or experience that given place; a Martian talisman, for instance, would yield a Martian environment.  However, we experimented using different numbers of crystals and different ways in linking them up:

  • Three crystals in a triangle: A feeling of motion, erasure, being moved from one place to another, but no sensation of the place or images.  Not really dependent or affected by the object in the focus.
  • Six crystals in a hexagon: A feeling of presence, of feeling the energy or sensations of the place without being there.  Pure information, nothing material or visible.
  • Six crystals in two overlapping triangles: Being both pushed and pulled to the place, bidirectional movement, able to clearly see and “step through” as it were.  A combination of sensation between both worlds, suitable for being a gate.
  • Seven crystals: Not good; confusion, a mess, different mixes of random and varying sensations.  Inverted or messed up colors, nothing clear or discernible.  Highly uncomfortable.
  • Eight crystals in an octagon: A singularity of sensation and time; all things together at once, all space and history compressed into one spot.  Confusing, hard to make individual things out since everything is completely conjoined, like viewing the entire world as a whole unit.
  • Eight crystals in two overlapping, crossing squares:  Being “upside down” or criss-crossed, a sensation of vertigo, like seeing with crossed eyes, two images of the same thing overlaid slightly askew over each other.  Sensations dulled, like feeling through gauze.  Being a doubled form of the normal set up but rotated, this makes sense.
  • Eight crystals in two nested squares lined up at the corners: Sharp, clear, easily discernible forms and place.  Like putting on perfectly-fitted and prescription glasses.  Still like trying to see through something, but everything was brought into “focus” but still with using an intermediate but easily passable boundary.

In all cases, there was a kind of “boundary” beyond which we couldn’t pass, but which we could easily sense; this is partially because we were actively and consciously doing an energetic form of remote viewing not involving any trance or actual projection, but may also be due to the nature of the field itself and its own bounded nature.  Based on this and our experiments, four crystals seems sufficient for most needs, though six crystals set up as two overlapping triangular fields works as well.  We didn’t do five or ten crystal setups, but we plan to in the future.  It seems like the more crystals one adds to the matrix, the different properties one obtains in the “view” or sensation of the field when stepped inside.  For gate-making purposes, six-as-overlapping-triangles seems to be the way to go if possible, but four crystals as a simple materialization or basis for remote viewing suffices.

Another thing we tested was the orientation of the perimeter crystals themselves.  The crystals in question are long crystal bars, about 8″ long, that were lab-grown on a flat surface (one example can be found at this site); these are pure quartz crystals that terminate into points on either end but have a long flat side to them.  The crystal points are put parallel to the central orgone system so that the flat side of the crystals either face in towards the focus or out away from the focus.  When facing inwards, the field was contained to the area marked off by the crystals, roughly in the shape of a sphere.  When reversed so that the flat sides faced outward, the force within the area marked by the crystals seemed to vanish to mere threads, but was projected equally in all directions from the crystals.  However, this only really works when there are a balanced and stable number of crystals; using only one crystal to “reflect” the field back towards the orgone system, it seemed to overwhelm the other direction and reflected it back (so that if the crystal was placed south of the orgone system with the flat side facing north, the field would be reflected all towards the north).  Using only two crystals, one on each side, produced a field, but it seemed unstable and ill-defined; we presume that at least three crystals are necessary to form a “stable” field in this manner.

Also, we noticed a neat little thing: instead of putting one object into the field focus, we also tried two (an agate pendant I always wear as a reservoir for excess force/Light, and a phylactery I made for protection) items.  The field at first glance seemed to combine or merge both auras or objects into a single field, but after a while seemed to feel more like it was two fields overlaid on top of each other.  It’s like being able to taste several ingredients in a dish separately at once without anything actually combining them.  Using objects or crystals charged with a certain intent or force as perimeter crystals or placed randomly in the field had interesting effects themselves:

  • Placed in the center focus: Whole field took on the force/aura of the object.
  • Placed at the perimeter as a perimeter crystal: Field took on the force of the object, but only in the direction “radiated/reflected” by the object.  The field was otherwise unaffected by the object and kept the force of the object in the focus.
  • Placed inside the field not at the focus: Field took on the force of the object only locally around the object’s location, like a tumor in a mass of flesh.  It felt like the area from the object outwards to the perimeter was a mixture of that force and the force from the focus, but inside that “boundary”, it was just the focus’ force itself.

Next up (probably): seeing the difference between using a normal orgone accumulator versus one doused with a Bardonian simple fluid condenser, testing the material of the central force radiator (metal orb, crystal orb, nothing, etc.).,  thoughts and experiments with that circuitboard-like magic circle I mentioned, using different orientations of crystals, and so forth.  I may as well just make a series of these orgone posts and use that as my write-up for my whole system; since I’m combining several ill-understood technologies at this point, I’m really only finding this stuff out as I go along.  Half the time it seems like nonsense, but it works and looks cool to boot.

Mercury Election Experiment

It was passed around in my occult circles that there was a decent totally awesome Cazimi Mercury election, a powerful timing to do anything astrologically related to Mercury or its forces, this morning between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m. around my location; the Mercury hour made it valid.  Since Mercury is among my favorite forces, and Hermes my favorite gods, I decided to take this opportunity to recharge my angelic planetary talisman of Mercury as well as a few crystals (Mercury topazes, fittingly enough) under this influence.  Something kinda like my Saturn talisman consecration from about this time last year, but I changed things around a bit.  The time window was just barely enough, and I learned to do more setup ahead of time, but it was sufficient for my needs.

The big change is that I’m starting to put my orgone setup to good use, so I made that part of my altar setup.  Basically, I have a crystal ball in the middle with a small plate over it supporting some objects which act as a focus for the energy and force; above that, I have an orgone accelerator or “shooter” that pumps more energy into the focus and crystal ball.  The crystal ball radiates the force pumped through the objects above it from the orgone accelerator outward.  Around the crystal ball, four crystal bars “catch” the field and reflect it back inwards to the crystal ball, forming a constantly-strengthening sphere of force.  The crystals are “linked” up using a “thread” of force or energy that syncs them all together, then activated with a final “pulse” of energy into the crystal ball.  (Expect a full post and explanation of some experiments I’m doing with this orgone setup in the near future, once I gather a few more supplies and run the experiments.  Then I’ll stop giving explanations every time I talk about this stuff.)

I coupled this with my standard consecration setup by setting a consecrated candle to the east, my censer to the west, and eight candles inscribed with orange symbols of Mercury around the orgone setup.  The resulting setup looks pretty awesome, if I may say so myself, and definitely produced a kick throughout the ritual and will keep going for as long as I have it set up.  For practical reasons, I’ll consider the consecration complete once the inner candles burn out, and will dismantle it then.  For now, I’m enjoying the bright orange Mercurial light and orb of force in my room, as well as how smoky it is from all the incense.

The ritual was composed as following:

  1. Preliminary prayer, meditation, empowering.
  2. Setting up the consecration altar components.
  3. Asperging the area with holy water to cleanse and sanctify the area.
  4. Lighting the consecrated candle. Mercury candles, and charcoal for incense.
  5. Linking up the crystal ball to the four perimeter crystals and the perimeter crystals to each other.
  6. Linking up the crystal ball to the eight Mercury candleflames and the flames to each other.
  7. Pulse of Mercurial energy with the seed vowel Ε (Greek epsilon, vowel associated with Mercury).
  8. Opening prayers and invocations, consecration of ritual space and incense.
  9. Picatrix invocation to Mercury.
  10. Conjuration of Raphael, Tiriel, and Taphthartharath.
  11. Presentation and suffumigation of the talismans of Mercury to the spirits and forces of Mercury.
  12. Setting the talismans into the orgone setup focus.
  13. Conjuration of Raphael, Tiriel, and Taphthartharath to consecrate, dedicate, bless, empower, and sanctify the talismans of Mercury.
  14. Recitation of the Orphic Hymn to Hermes eight times.
  15. Directing the forces of Mercury into the talismans using the seed vowel Ε.
  16. Second conjuration of Raphael, Tiriel, and Taphthartharath to consecrate, dedicate, bless, empower, and sanctify the talismans of Mercury.
  17. Recitation of the Prayer to Saint Raphael eight times.
  18. Thanks to the spirits and forces of Mercury, license to depart.
  19. Closing of the ritual and closing prayers.

For those interested, the Mercury incense blend I used consisted of two parts nutmeg, two parts frankincense, one part benzoin, one part clove, and one part Power blend incense.

Quick Experiments with Orgone Generators

So, Jarandhel and I were over at his place geeking out over orgone generators again, and we did a few quick experiments with his orgone generator.  Specifically, it’s an orgone “shooter”, but I’m not familiar enough with the language to determine if there’s a difference; either way, it accumulates orgone or magical force and propels it in a certain direction.  The thing is, we didn’t know how it did this: his generator is simply a hollow copper tube shoved through layers of corkboard and steel wool or copper mesh.  There were no identifying marks, but it just seemed to work.  So, we experimented with the generator for a bit.

To force a direction on the generator, I had the idea of putting a crystal in front of one of the tube ends, thinking that the crystal would act as a kind of valve and focus the energy only in one direction, namely the direction in which the crystal point was facing.   So, we used one of his spare quartz points, some copper wire, and hooked them together onto the copper tube.  Oddly, the energy seemed to flow stronger out the other end, which didn’t change even when we flipped the direction of the crystal to point inside the generator, and still didn’t change when we removed the crystal entirely.  It turns out that it has something to do with the length of the copper tube protruding from the generator: the force seems to flow out of the short end.  It’s as if the long end acts as an antenna, or if both ends act as an antenna, the longer end “attracts” more, and as it accelerates through the layers of organic/inorganic material, it forces energy out the other end.

For some reason, the channel in the generator has to be hollow, but we didn’t really know why.  So, I decided to stick a bit of the leftover copper wire in through the tube; to me, it was as if the energy felt more dense or useless, and Jarin felt it more like static.  Clearly, not a helpful thing.  We experimented also with replacing the copper tube with a solid aluminum rod.  The result of this was interesting; instead of acting like a controlled ray or beam of force, it felt more like a cone radiating from the generator; although interesting, it was of less use than a beam.

As for the effects on other people, Jarin and I seemed to be alright, although our other friend who deals more with the dark sides of magic had a really hard time dealing with it.  Oddly, I’ve noticed that my lower back and kidneys (problem areas for me as a Libra?) have been much more tender while around orgone generators; I can’t yet discern whether this is pain or just tenderness yet.  It goes away considerably after the orgone generator’s put away or unhooked from a crystal grid, which is interesting.

Experimenting like this, though simple, gave me a few interesting pointers as I set up my own Babalon Matrix.  It’s coming together nicely, and soon I’ll have a full post on it, but for now, it’s still in the testing stages.