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An Objective View of Orgonics: Myth vs Science

Updated on December 13, 2012

Abstract: About Orgone

Orgone energy, a philosophy and study of "life-force" pioneered by the late Psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, is touted as an etheric energy present in all life as either OR (positive orgone energy), or DOR (deadly orgone energy). Reich's unfounded claims largely insisted that Orgone energy was used in the libido, present everywhere, and would either manifest as a disruption to health and life, or (with the help of his Orgone Accumulator) be an aid to it.

Reich built what he called the Orgone Accumulator, which consisted of organic and inorganic materials to "trap" and transmit orgone energy as a holistic method of improved health to those who sat inside it. He also built what he called a Cloudbuster, which was a large base of orgone materials with large copper pipes that were fused into the base. Reich claimed that pointing it toward the sky gave him results of dispersing clouds above. Today, his research has expanded with the effort of those who have continued to create and improve upon his device in a simplified reconstruction with what is now called Orgonite.

The orgonite matrix contains bits of various metals and crystals encased in an epoxy resin that can either be deposited in various places around one's home, or fashioned into jewelry and worn around a person's neck as a pendant or other means of personal wear. Independent makers and orgone business owners have even included other pieces of organic material such as butterfly wings, or have included orgonite into holistic health "zappers" that are used to treat specific frequency-responsive pathogens that have only been scientifically proven to be successful in vitro as opposed to in vivo. The analysis of Orgone has since taken a dramatic turn into the realm of religious and mystic attribution by those who either wish to regard it as evil or magic, which I would like to put into consideration as neither.

About Wilhelm Reich

Excerpts from Wikipedia:

"Wilhelm Reich was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on March 24th, 1897. His parents were farmers, and at a young age Reich developed a fascination with the life processes of plants and animals. In 1922 he received his medical degree. That same year, Freud organized the Psychoanalytic-Polyclinic and appointed Reich the first assistant physician.

With the rise of Hitler, Reich left Germany and traveled to Denmark, and then fled to Sweden to escape the Nazis. Sweden expelled him, and Reich moved on to Norway, where he began his bion experiments. It was during these experiments that he discovered what he would term "orgone energy," a form of life-energy which the bions emitted. He built and began experimenting with a device intended to attract and concentrate orgone energy, the orgone accumulator, or ORAC.

On 12 December 1941, five days after Pearl Harbor and the day after Germany declared it was at war with the United States, Reich was arrested in his home at 2 a.m. by the FBI and taken to Ellis Island, where he was held for over three weeks. After threatening to go on hunger strike, he was released, on January 5, but his name remained on the "key figures list" of the Enemy Alien Control Unit, which meant he was placed under surveillance.

On 23 August six tons of his books, journals, and papers were burned in the 25th Street public incinerator in New York, the Gansevoort incinerator. Reich appealed the lower court's decision in October 1956, but the Court of Appeals upheld it on 11 December.He wrote several times to J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, requesting a meeting. He appealed to the Supreme Court, which decided on 25 February 1957 not to review the case. On 12 March Reich was sent to Danbury Federal Prison.

Reich failed to appear for morning roll call on 3 November and was found at 7 a.m. dead in his bed, fully clothed but for his shoes. The prison doctor said he had died during the night of "myocardial insufficiency with sudden heart failure." He was buried in a vault at Orgonon that he had asked his caretaker to dig in 1955."

Evaluating the Components

Orgonite usually includes a layer of shaven metals, followed by a layer of quartz crystal inside a casing of clear epoxy resin. Metals have long been known as an effective thermal and electrical conductor. Metal almost always readily absorbs heat, and transmits electricity with ease.

Non-metallic crystals of many types have also been shown to absorb heat fairly well, although they are not an electrical conductor. They have been used in many machines throughout the ages from watches to computers, and are mostly used as a method of oscillation in which it changes the flow and rate of frequency transmission. This is known as Piezoelectrics. On their own and depending on how they are cut, quartz is also known to emit a subtle frequency that it returns from its environment, and can be measured using a frequency meter. Some crystals (like salt) produce negatively charged ions that can also be measured with an Ion Counter.

Epoxy Resins are usually plant or petroleum derived polymers that react to each other when mixed and cured to create a hard, glue-like substance. The resin is also often used in electronics as a metal coating, electric insulator and adhesive. It often degrades when unprotected from UV light, but is shown to withstand aquatic conditions. It does not conduct electricity, and is studied to have varying absorption rates when exposed to different frequencies depending on composition.

The tight and compact pressure within Orgonite could promote an ideal structure of resonance from the materials within. It is also possible to use a frequency meter on a fully constructed Orgonite device and get an oscillation reading in relation to how large and how much of the materials were included into the mix.

Effects on Biology

Users of Orgonite claim it to have varying degrees of "healing" properties. It is well recorded in biology that living cells have a varying response to different frequencies. All living cells are thought to operate under a specific frequency level.

According to the cell type and makeup, those with a naturally low frequency oscillation will respond better to low frequencies, while those with a higher oscillation will respond better to higher ones. There have been multiple experiments done to show examples of this reaction. Studies showing the brain's response to different frequency levels of music have also been well recorded as having varied emotional effects on its resonance of 10-15 Hz. Babies are known to fall asleep in the car because of the calming affect of certain vibrations, as well as recognize their mother from the frequency of a heartbeat.

Human cells, and many other living organisms, are known to benefit from negatively charged frequencies. Most of our beneficial bacterial flora is negatively charge, while parasitic ones are positively charged. The famed Hulda Clark and her supportive medical peers based most of the research for their "blood purification" devices on this premise. Though largely unaccepted or unknown by the mainstream science, her research and experiments have a wide base of followers in both the naturopathic and online communities.

A Google search of experiments with plants by Orgonite users have shown plant growth to accelerate while around the Orgonite device, even reaching in the direction of it if a distance away, and people have claimed improved mood and consistency of thought while around an orgone device. Studies on plant growth to frequency-specific sounds have been widely recorded to change growth rates. This gives homage to the old wives tale that suggests singing to plants will help them grow. Music has been documented to have similar results on different sprouts.

Effects on Water

Orgonite users have conducted experiments that show visible patterns to cups of freezing water if placed above the device. Depending on the shape of the Orgonite used, these patterns range from bursts of frozen lines radiating from the center outward, to funnel shaped patterns with the apex pointing down toward the center of the device.

Tap water will often have trace amounts of chemicals and minerals deposited during the process of municipal treatment and filtration. It's possible for such minerals to potentially react with the metals and oscillation inside the Orgonite, as would the water itself, showing its subtle reactions to frequency wavelengths as the liquid started to freeze. No studies at the moment can prove the effects of Cloud Busters, but if it were to work on clouds, the effects would be similar as clouds are condensed pockets of moisture suspended within the atmosphere.

Many experiments have shown the effects that varying frequency wavelengths have on water, and can just as easily be seen using a microscope in the design of a snow flake.


Many people who make and buy Orgone, have claimed to have seen orbs around their orgone devices which have either been captured in video or by photograph. To most, these orbs are regarded as angels, beings of lights, ghosts, or a concentration of Orgone energy. Most of science, however, indicates that these "orbs" are a simple refraction of light that usually bounces from the moisture in the surrounding air, and onto the camera lens as a flare.

Since Orgonite is filled with shards of metal and crystal, a refractory effect through the clear resin is most likely to produce this array of prism-like lights that have been captured on film. This phenomena has also been shown to occur in cemeteries with many headstones made of reflective granite, and from Christmas lights outside a house during snow-fall.

Potential of Use

Because of its effects on plant growth and water imprinting, Orgonite could very well be an answer to the increasing problem of crop decline due to lower soil yields. Orgonite has persistently shown to not only accelerate plant growth, but also yield larger and healthier plants as well. This is an unfortunate over-looked potential. With the increasing human population rates, and concerns over farming and food shortfalls, Orgonite could very well be a solution to this particular problem.

It has also been shown that Orgonite will transmit vibrations into water which carries it into whatever it hydrates. Experiments have shown that orgonised water will also accelerate plant growth even if the plant was nowhere in the vicinity of an orgonite device itself. This certainly needs further exploitative study to discover and explain why this is so. If the effects it has biologically on plants can be duplicated in other living organisms, this would prove as an overall groundbreaking benefit for economy and ecology.

Reich's studies and other peer experimentation have shown that mental stabilization, and even psychiatric beneift occurs in the presence of Orgonite. If this proves to be so, the use of Orgone as a means of mental health would be very cheap and easy to obtain. Subtle vibrations have already been proven to affect the mind in beneficial ways, and Orgonite could be used as a tool to fine-tune or improve on methods already in use.

Researchers from the University of Southhampton have already developed kinetic generators which derive electrical energy from the subtle vibrations and movement that occur within its environment. With further research on combining this sort of generator in conjunction with constant frequency vibrations emitted by Orgonite could result in an exciting new source of energy in the future. Possibilities could be highly progressive and endless.


Although Orgone Energy and Orgonite have been attributed to having mystic or otherworldly properties, most of its acclaimed benefits could objectively be explained by its reflection of light and the effects of its frequency transmission that have long been observed on living organisms and other inorganic elements.

As physics dictates; energy cannot be created or destroyed, yet merely converted into other forms. Orgone would seem to work as a mode of transference, though not as a generator. The composition and appearance of Orgonite may look mysterious, beautiful and inspiring-- I speak from personal experience as I own several pendants-- but its mode of action could arguably be explained away by simple science. In fact, I think it DESERVES further scientific exploration for information purposes alone.

Fear and gullibility have always been a hindering factor in human progression. I believe it's time to put the fringe aspects of Orgone to rest and give a second glance to Orgonite as just a simple, yet effective mechanical tool. And hey! It makes a great gardening aid!


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      3 years ago

      What got me hooked on orgonite was freezing a cup of water with a piece of orgonite on top of the glass. Very fascinating. Also, observing what it did to my office plants. The ones that were always on the brink of death became full, leafy and green - despite continuing not to water them! Food for thought.


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