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Further Oranur Experiments Examining Consciousness and Other Aspects


The reason for the interest in oranur, for this author, has from the start, been the relationship between orgone and consciousness. Oranur is Reich’s description for orgone which has been activated by small amounts of radioactivity (the term derives from the acronym, ORgone Against NUcleaR). From an orgonomic point of view, consciousness is associated with raised orgone charges in organisms and oranur represents the strongest activity of orgone. The author therefore wished to conduct experiments examining the effect of charged orgone, or oranur on consciousness. As the oranur charge Southgate previously acquired in 2017 appeared to have dissipated, the experimental equipment was subject to a renewed oranur process, which is herein described. Although the author has conducted some previous experiments looking into various effects of oranur, the effects upon consciousness had not been examined directly. This set of experiments therefore sought to replicate some of the earlier oranur work but principally it aimed to examine whether oranur had any direct effects upon consciousness. This paper suggests some effects upon consciousness by oranur as experienced by a group of meditators (and vice versa by consciousness upon oranur). However these results are obviously very preliminary and will need to be re-examined. The experiments also indicated some physical characteristics previously only hinted at by Southgate’s prior oranur work, for example, that radioactivity levels might be modified in oranur treated substances, which was known as an ORUR effect by Reich (ORgonised URanium). Some other possible effects of oranur upon the environment are also reported.


It had been planned for some time to revisit aspects of the oranur experiments that Southgate conducted beginning in 2017 and was then published by the Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy (1). This was a scaled down examination of Reich’s original oranur experiment that begun in the winter of 1950 as detailed in The First Oranur Report and Contact with Space (Oranur Second Report) (2). It was some years after Southgate’s original repetition of the oranur experiment before it was possible to examine any effects again. It had been difficult finding suitable places to store the oranur devices and to conduct further research. Possibly due to storage of the equipment outside, in an area where there was a lot of fresh air, it was found that when reassembled the charge was now low enough for the device to be kept within the author’s premises. Also, it was getting difficult to ensure the equipment stayed dry during stormy winter weather and so the decision was taken to reassemble all the components indoors.

Previously the device had felt overpowering if it was inside a building. It could be felt even when stored next to the house in a caravan in a state of partial dismantlement. But now the charge seemed manageable. This was after many months of fresh air exposure and admittedly getting a little damp a couple of times when there was particularly bad weather and the waterproof coverings had failed a little. It also helped that the house was mostly occupied just by myself. The back room of the house where the device was kept was in a corner plot away from the neighbours on both sides. Incense was burned every morning by the reassembled device with the aim of lowering the charge and this seemed sufficient for some months. It has been noted by the author that smoke may lower oranur charge in previous experiments. Maglione has noted that the use of incense in the care of ancient devices such as the Ark of the Covenant was perhaps intended to lower an associated oranur charge (3). The house is near the top of a hill and is built on limestone. The Geiger count readings were within normal limits for the area. Using electrical equipment with strong fields, within close proximity of the device can have an uncomfortable feeling on one’s organism so this is avoided.

It has been put forward previously by the author that a relationship may exist between people who have expanded consciousness states, such as shamans or psychics and oranur energy. In addition religious sites such as cathedrals and possibly pyramids, and certain religious objects may have an association with increased oranur. Some phenomena that borderline consciousness and the paranormal such as Trevor Constable’s bio-forms also appear to have an association with oranur. A direct relationship between conscious states and oranur has been considered probable. An oranur-consciousness experiment was therefore scheduled for the 16th of November 2022. The author had decided to revisit the oranur experimental protocols prior to this experiment to hopefully increase the charge of the device, which subjectively had felt lower than usual for some time.

To that end, a glass uranium plate, a decorative fruit bowl probably pre-World War 2, was used to excite the orgone cabinet (see Figure 1). This plate had been purchased from a car boot sale in North Wales about 18 months previously. Prior to the 1940s uranium glass was an occasional decorative item as it glows an unearthly fluorescence in dark light. It is usually a green or yellow colour and has very low quantities of uranium within the glass. After World War 2 it was no longer worthwhile using uranium glass as governments commandeered all uranium and it was too bothersome in terms of regulations and paperwork. Cheaper fluorescents and dyes also became available at the same time (4). It should be noted that Reich used radium paint and other low grade radioactive materials that were commonly available in the 1940s and 50s from as early as 1939 so it is possible that his laboratory, Orgonon, always had some level of oranur effect.

Figure 1
I) Uranium Glass Plate 1930s/40s Used in Experiments (Top)
II) A Collectors Plate Seen Under Special Light (Bottom)

The plate is not particularly radioactive, dropping off to undetectable from background within approximately 6 foot. At 1cm distance the radioactivity was measured with a Radex One Geiger Counter at 2.33 microSieverts per hour (uSv/hr). This reading was taken well away from the oranur device in a garden area. Normal background in this area is 0.09 to 0.12 uSv/hr. The plate has approximately twenty times the natural radiation of the area.

The general background radioactivity of the area (0.09 to 0.12 uSv/hr) was rechecked at the current location where the box is being stored. This current area, on a limestone hill, is more rock based than the previous area where the box was stored a few miles away (it is noted that rock can emit radiation). The author thought the localised general radioactivity might be higher due to this. However, it remains the same as the rest of the general locality at 0.09 to 0.12 uSv/hr. This is higher than some areas of the UK however.

A Second Set of Oranur Experiments

Following the experience gathered in the first set of oranur experiments carried out by Southgate beginning in 2017 (5), a second oranur experiment was planned to be carried out in November 2022. In the oranur papers published in 2018 and 2019 by the Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, Southgate for the first time conducted a full repeat of Reich’s original oranur experiments. There was some investigations of anomalous effects in modified Faraday cages done in the 1990s in Spain (6). However, these were not full ORACs with a high orgone charge and therefore the original conditions of Reich’s oranur experiment did not appear to be met. Southgate’s work did meet these conditions, having a set up of very high orgone charge (over 12 strong orgone devices within a large orgone cabinet). A smaller amount of radioactive stimulus was used than Reich had. The radioactivity was also gradually introduced to the orgone field. Both of these measures were in order to avoid an oranur crisis. The work confirmed various physical parameters from electrical to magnetic and lumination effects but the actual intent of Southgate’s research – to examine the relationship between consciousness and orgone had not yet even been broached. Further published work detailed some early medical effects of oranur, confirming a possible beneficial effect, but still direct examination of consciousness processes went untouched. The philosophical background and connections between orgonomy and a view of the mind had also been explored in detail as a preparatory stage but the experimental side remained lacking. Alongside that there was practical considerations. The prolonged outdoor storage of the device had lessened the oranur charge to a degree that it was felt that the oranur process needed to be redone. After that, any effects upon consciousness could be directly explored. This would of course be an initial exploration as it is not known how one might measure oranur effects upon consciousness.

On the experimental day, there was relatively fine weather although it had been raining or overcast for some days prior. It had been planned to repeat the oranur experiment on a small scale with the uranium glass plate to recharge the device.

The plate was first measured outside where it was being stored at the maximum distance from the oranur device (40 feet approximately). All readings were taken at 1cm distance. The reading was normal for the plate and was stable. The oranur device was measuring the same as background radiation. It usually measures at background or slightly higher, if for example it is excited by the presence of people. The plate was put into the device for 12 minutes with the lid open.

The readings continued to be within the usual limits. It was wondered therefore if the lid being open was mitigating against any oranur effects, so the box was shut, with the plate inside. This seemed to increase an effect and at around 20 minutes, the readings had surprisingly dropped below background. At 30 minutes the lid was opened and the plate removed. The readings in the immediate vicinity had now increased momentarily. The plate after being removed from the box was re-measured inside the building in the nearby room and it now measured very low, almost completely non-radioactive. There seemed to be some kind of inverse relationship between the Geiger counts and the oranur charge. The room itself had dropped to a very low reading too. The oranur device Geiger readings were also suppressed. Some incense was lit near the box and within half an hour all the readings were just above background again. It is not clear if the incense was just coincidental to the normalisation of the readings or had some direct effect. Table 1 shows all the radioactivity data measured at different locations during the preparation of the Oranur experiment II.

Table 1 – Oranur Experiment II

It is noted that once in the first set of Southgate’s oranur experiments carried out in 2017, radioactivity had appeared to have been suddenly suppressed for some distance. This was when 3 or 4 radioactive smoke alarms were abruptly introduced to the device field for a short period – a gradual acclimatisation process had normally been used wherein the slightly radioactive materials were gradually brought within the orgone box’s field.

It seems the radioactivity of the plate has become motile and may no longer have as stable a rate for a period. This is an unexpected phenomenon and is perhaps a sign that some pre-ORUR characteristics are taking place. ORUR is Reich’s term for orgone treated radioactive materials. The acronym being derived from the words, ORgone URanium (Reich mainly used radium needles but this is derived from uranium). Reich sometimes also referred to the ORUR as oranur radium. After the original oranur experiment which took place from the Winter of 1950 to Spring 1951, Reich had buried the three orgone charged 1mg radium needles. They had remained in a lead container within a steel and concrete safe buried for over 3 years. When the radium needles were retrieved in 1954 some strange characteristics of the radium were noted (7). The material when used alongside the cloudbuster had a powerfully positive effect on its operation – an immediate brightening of rocks and mountains, sky and even vegetation. There was a feeling of well-being felt by all nearby. It appeared to have a very positive effect on human beings and animals, including Reich’s dog, Troll (Figure 2). Reich called the charged cloudbuster a spacegun. However, the orgone charged radium was strangely either hyper-radioactive when enclosed in a metal box or quite quiescent and much lower in radiation than normal when stored in an open container or measured ‘naked’. Geiger counts, or ‘impulse’ counts as Reich sometimes called it, could be much higher than those expected by solely radioactive processes. The ORUR material had also produced a colourless, water-like liquid in one of the containers during the three years of storage – it was very unlikely for this to be from the environment due to the completely sealed, watertight container.

Figure 2
Wilhelm Reich and Troll

Certainly, it can suffice to say that long term orgone charging of radioactive materials may change their nature in some way. It is not thought by mainstream science that radioactivity can be quickly changed, but rather is something that is stable over time, degrading only slowly at a set rate and not suddenly increasing or decreasing for no discernible chemical reason. On a related note, UFOs have often been reported near nuclear facilities. There are hundreds, if not thousands of reports of UFO encounters connected to nuclear sites. There are numerous testimonials from military officers regarding shutdowns (and even temporary powering up) of nuclear tipped missiles. Most of the reports concern UFOs hovering near nuclear facilities, shutting down the electronic control systems of nuclear missiles and monitoring nuclear powered Navy vessels. These are well known in UFO literature. However, some believe that actual nuclear weapons may not perform exactly as claimed for them and certainly it has been known that UFOs have directed light beams into nuclear weapon storage facilities on at least two reported occasions, one in the UK and one in Soviet Russia (8). The author reasons that if any denaturing of nuclear materials by UFOs has occurred it could be an orgone process that has happened. However it is not clear if any materials have been denatured, all the reports are from military personnel or from other witnesses, none this author has found are from scientists so it is not known if UFOs can change nuclear materials remotely. Also, if this did happen, it would likely be kept secret. But this author believes, based on Reich’s findings of changes in radioactivity substances exposed to oranur (ORUR), that it is at least possible in theory. Possibly the UFOs merely had some type of energy field which disarmed the electronic control systems and did not affect the actual radioactivity within the missiles. UFOs seem to take an interest in nuclear sites and are associated with non-intentional electronic effects, such as car engines and computers shutting down near them.

To return to the experiment, the uranium plate had been stored 25 feet, then 40 feet away from the oranur device that had previously been used in the first of the author’s oranur experiments in 2017. It is possible that the orgone field extended out to the uranium plate which had been stored in contact with the earth but not buried. When it was stored at 40 foot it was not in contact with the earth but in a plastic container. The plate had been outside within 25 feet of the device for approximately 12 months and then within 40 feet of the device for a further 6 months.

The plate was checked on further occasions after the end of the second set of oranur experiments. At this point its radioactivity appeared to continue to be somewhat unstable. At the end of February 2023, it was again rechecked. Background counts were normal. The plate itself was measured outside away from the oranur device. It cycled up and down both above and below normal readings. A couple of weeks later in March 2023 it was measured inside the house but away from the oranur device and it gave a steadier though slightly raised reading. The other background counts inside the house and in the garden were normal (0.09 to 0.12 uSv/hr) though the reading by the oranur device was slightly raised perhaps due to the plate being in the building. The next month the readings were rechecked. All background readings including by the oranur device were as usual. The uranium plate was measured outside 40 feet away from the device and it gave changing readings as though my presence had excited the plate and then it had gradually subsided. The Radex One Geiger counter itself was checked and it gave stable readings in nearby environments, such as in a local wooded area. It is also noted that when the plate was purchased it was checked with the same Geiger counter and gave the expected readings. The readings were similar to what was found later and were stable. The measured data is reported in Table 2. New high quality batteries had been used in the device.

Table 2 – Unstable Readings of Plate


Consciousness Experiment

To return to Southgate’s oranur experiment, the oranur device, having been recharged via the uranium plate, was ready for the consciousness experiment that was performed on November 16th, 2022.

Figure 3
Oranur Device Set Up for Consciousness Experiment

As can be seen in the above Figure 3 there are two steel tubes set up either side of the oranur device which is composed of a human-sized orgone cabinet placed on its side with additional accumulating devices inside: orgone acupuncture boxes, orgone tubes, a glass condensing cabinet (glass is one of the strongest dielectric orgone materials) and various crystals. The box was open and placed like this for approximately 3 hours including the hour of meditation. It is the same box from previous experiments only it has been painted now.

When the tubes were put up and the meditation was taking place, the radiation readings in the room were cycling up and down and did not appear to be stable, both suppressed and slightly raised. After the consciousness experiment the readings became stable again and remained slightly raised. The orgone life energy meter (Heliognosis Mark II) readings of the device were 40% before the placement of the plate. This meter is based upon Reich’s original orgone field meter and is thought to work by the changes induced within an electrical circuit by the presence of orgone (9). The oranur cabinet was measured at a later date and was within its normal range of 40% but with areas of stronger charge, up to 60% on the life meter. This may indicate that the orgone charge of the box has increased since the oranur recharge process and the consciousness experiment.

Seven people and one dog attended the consciousness experiment (the latter joined in by sleeping in the middle of the meditation circle which is not an area it normally chooses to sleep). The group varied in age and sex with three being experienced in meditation. The device was set up as shown in Figure 3 and the participants were between 6 to 18 feet away from the device in an adjoining room, the door was left open and the energy field of the device would have been strong where the meditation took place. The group meditated for about 45 minutes. There was a positive picture to focus on beforehand, some introductory positive words and quiet music.

One person reported an Out Of Body Experience (OOBE) though a relatively mild one. She had felt an energy standing behind her, then briefly went out of body and felt herself travelling around the country. Her and another participant independently reported feeling a great sense of sadness at one point but which they were able to move through and go beyond. Everyone else just felt calm. The author did not have time to go as deep as he would have liked in the meditation as he was focusing on conducting the process and generally is slow to enter deep states. Following the experiment, the weather seemed to have reacted as though conventional cloudbusting had been done (spacegun-like devices tend to dry the atmosphere it has been found by the author) (10). It is speculated that the consciousness field perhaps acted like a water reservoir next to the oranur device and this may have been projected by the tubes into the atmosphere (cloudbuster pipes may ‘draw’ and space-gun pipes ‘project’ possibly). In any case, it may have been coincidental but there was heavy rains and localised flooding on the 17th, the day following the experiment. Only light rains and scattered showers were forecast for the area according to the www.timeanddate.com archive. The day following that, a brightness and clearing was felt and formed, gently moving clouds were seen on the 18th as though a general stagnation had been moved.

Table 3 shows all the measured radioactivity (by the Geiger counter) and orgone charge (by life meter) data during and after the consciousness experiment.

Table 3 – Consciousness Experiment


A Third Set of Oranur Experiments

The theory is testable on at least three levels.

The aim of these experiments was to standardise measurements from the second set of experiments and to ascertain the effect of shutting the cabinet lid whilst the activating plate was inside the box. The experiment took place on the 1st of April 2023.

The weather was overcast early in the morning (preparations commenced at 7am) but with increasingly sunny spells and brightening occurring during the experiment. The weather forecast was partly cloudy with some scattered sunshine. The weather was broadly in line with what was expected, perhaps a little brighter.

Before starting the oranur process the plate and rooms were to be measured. The author felt as though the device was somehow anticipating a change. Table 4 reports all the measured radioactivity and orgone charge data.

Table 4 – Prior Readings

The oranur device and the room had slightly raised Geiger counts. The plate was measured outside, 40 feet from the oranur device. It was almost as though the oranur device had reached out to affect the plate. The plate was then measured in the building but away from the oranur device and as can be seen in the above Table 4, the readings were not stable. The orgone charge of the plate was minimal on the orgone life meter. The orgone charge of the oranur device was surprisingly quite varied from 20 to 80% at this point, after the experiment the charge was higher and more evenly spread. The ‘hot spot’ – a stronger charged zone within the box, was detected with the orgone life meter. It had increased and was noted to have moved to the bottom middle of the box.

The plate was placed in the oranur device in the upper half on top of one of the orgone acupuncture boxes. The lid was left open to test the effects of this weaker set up first. Measured radioactivity and orgone charge data are reported in Table 5.

Table 5 -15 Minutes with Lid Open


The lid was now shut for 20 minutes with the plate inside the box at the top of the device, which is a weaker orgone charge spot (Table 6).

Table 6 – 20 Minutes with Lid Shut


The existence of an orgone ‘hot spot’ had not been planned for though it was known previously that dependent on how the box was arranged, a strong spot occurred. Therefore, it was decided to do a further 15 minutes oranur protocol placing the plate in the new strongest position at the bottom middle of the device (Table 7).

Table 7 -Further 15 Minutes with Lid Shut



It appears that the radioactivity of the plate, having been exposed for long periods to a weak oranur charge has become somewhat fluid. The radioactivity and the orgone or oranur charge seem to have a relationship that is a little like two antagonistic organisms. There appears to be a sizeable field, perhaps 40 foot in diameter wherein these two energies can interact and affect one another. One gets excited and the other depressed or vice versa. Or one excites the other and so on. The mild radioactivity seems to increase the orgone charge as registered by the orgone life meter, as one would expect. Whether the changes in the plates’ radioactivity is merely a reaction to the oranur field or has itself become labile is not clear presently, although the author would lean towards the plate being somewhat changed, perhaps in a mild pre-ORUR direction.

The plate seems to react to the author’s presence away from the oranur field which indicates it is very sensitive to orgone charge and perhaps more fluid energetically, independent of the oranur device.

The feel of the plate subjectively is quite pleasant, a tingly, warming, activating feel. There can be a feeling of mild overcharge in the limb and nearest axilla after carrying the plate, although gloves were worn. Some mild energetically cooling treatment was twice given in this regard afterwards.

The oranur device seemed to react before the experiment had even started which is very curious. It does seem that an oranur device can be safely recharged by careful use of slightly radioactive materials. It also seems that the space-gun effect was stronger once the device had been recharged after the November 2022 oranur experiment. It seems that a long standing and detrimental oranur overcharge can be avoided using careful dosing of both orgone charge levels and radioactive stimulus. It is noted that the oranur effect depends both on the level of orgone charge stimulated and the amount of radioactive catalyst employed. There is also a time factor: an orgone field and a radioactive stimulus can be accustomed to each other it would appear. In the phase when the orgone box lid was open the device hardly reacted to the plate. In future work the internal orgone layers of the large cabinet may be renewed in order to increase the orgone charge.

Lastly, there may be ways to quickly reduce radioactivity via orgone processes (though sometimes the orgone appears to increase the readings too of course). It is also noted that it appears that oranur charge does gradually tail off over time, especially if the equipment is outdoors. Oranur charge is long lasting but not without gradual decline it would appear.

The Geiger readings during the large meditation were erratic and this needs to be re-examined. It appears that the Geiger count readings were both suppressed and very changeable during the meditation. That there may be an effect however is a promising avenue to explore in future consciousness and oranur experiments.

Protocol Issues

It is not known how to measure any effects of the consciousness experiment on the conducting group’s consciousness or any wider effects. Thought will be put toward this end though this is a difficult thing to ascertain. The author hopes this will become clearer over time due to practical efforts in the experimental process. One avenue, suggested in the recent Orgone Theory of Time articles (11), might be closer Geiger counter and orgone life meter monitoring before, during and after the meditation experiments. It has been found that paranormal occurrences might have an association with raised oranur (indicated by raised Geiger counts). As consciousness effects may be considered by some to border the paranormal these measurements might be a starting point.

There were problems with the second set of oranur experiments. It was not foreseen how big a difference closing the cabinet lid would make (whilst the plate was within the device). In hindsight it makes sense as Reich noted great differences in the behaviour of the ORUR materials depending on whether it was enclosed or not by metal casing (see Contact with Space or Selected Writings). Also it is logical that the oranur energy would increase if it is in an enclosed system due to strengthened feedback loops. Therefore, this aspect needed to be completely separated from merely putting the plate inside the device with the lid open. The measurements before, during and after needed standardisation so the third oranur experiments therefore took place on the 1st of April 2023 to try and meet these indications.


Two Oranur Medical Treatments

Broken leg

A person of 71 years age had a badly broken leg sustained whilst winter hillwalking. There was a clean break through the larger of the lower leg bones, the tibia, just above the ankle, alongside two other more minor fractures.

At first an inflatable boot was used instead of a plastercast to hold the break but there was such acute pain that a week later a plastercast was applied instead. A large oranur charged orgone blanket that had been inside the oranur cabinet for a long period was used to treat the leg for up to 2 to 3 hours a day from immediately after the injury for about a month and then every few days for a further month. It helped to ease the pain and the frequent foot swelling due to immobility and changes in circulation.

The person also had strong analgesia (opiates and paracetamol) and anticoagulants, injected at first then orally to treat a small haemotoma on the back of the leg and to prevent further clotting. Despite all this, it was such an acute injury that it took approximately 3 weeks until the pain had reduced to an in any way tolerable level. The person was active and fairly fit previously but also quite overweight and a large frame. Mobility for basic functions was a big issue. There was discussion of the need for a residential admission due to the severely reduced mobility and the acute, nearly unmanageable pain. Through a combination of the oranur blanket, which did seem to ease the at times terrible pain, strong analgesia and help from friends and family he managed to stay at home until he was more able to cope (he needed about 6 weeks of twice daily support as he lived alone). He was very reluctant to be in an institution.

It was noticed that he was becoming slightly tanned despite being indoors almost continually which the author thought was due to the oranur blanket (oranur can have a tanning effect).

It took 3 months for the bones to heal and the person to regain most of his mobility. He has recovered well though there were some issues due to stress from a personal situation which is now resolving. There was occasional foot swelling still though this is getting less over time. The heamotoma went and there was no further clotting problems to date although the leg could become sore and inflamed if overworked. At 3 months healing was still ongoing though the inflammation was gone. Occasionally moderate oedema is still apparent on over-exertion. At 4 to 5 months post-crisis the healing appears mostly complete. The bones healed in alignment. After 3 months he was driving again and walking short distances without a stick. He had occasional foot swelling and some skin discolouration at times if he did too much activity up to 4 months post-crisis.

This was the first time oranur had been used therapeutically for an extended period and the first time it was used to help treat an acute injury as far as the author is aware.

Wellbeing treatment

The same person had a well-being treatment aimed at helping with emotional and muscle stagnation issues. He has a tendency towards energy overcharge and stuckness especially in the head and neck area. A mattress was placed alongside the oranur cabinet. The person lay there with a few acupuncture points inserted alongside crystals placed around him. The box was opened and two of the tubes were placed nearby. He felt very relaxed and fell asleep for a while. It was noted that unusually for the area, which is urban, a flock of buzzards hovered above the house at one point during the treatment. Buzzards have been seen nearby but only in the more countryside locales 10 or so miles to the south and then only one or two and rarely. A whole group of 6 to 8 birds was overhead, this would not normally be seen outside of nearby North Wales. Perhaps they could sense an energy charge. The person did not report any major changes to his emotional state although his life has been changing circumstance quite significantly since the treatment.


With many thanks to Roberto Maglione for his extensive editing advice and detailed assistance with this article.



1. Southgate, Leon (2018) Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy,


2. Reich, W. (1951) The Oranur Experiment – First Report, Orgone Institute Press & Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space – Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press. Both now reprinted by the Wilhelm Reich Museum and available from their website www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org. See also physics chapter in Wilhelm Reich, Selected Writings, edited by Higgins.

3. Southgate, Leon (2019) Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy,

See ‘Effect of Smoke on Oranur’ in Section 1. Also see Maglione, R. (2017) The Legendary Shamir, robert_jumper@yahoo.it for details on smoke effects with the Ark device.

4. Accessed March 2023,https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/uranium-glass-radioactive-plates-cups

5. Southgate, L. (2018) Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device

6. Milian V. et al, (2002) Confirmation of an Oranur Anomaly, Heretics Handbook, Pulse of the Planet 5 pp182 taken from a presentation to the European Society for Scientific Exploration conference 9-12th October 1998, Valencia, Spain.

7. Reich, W. (Editor Higgins) (1960) Wilhelm Reich – Selected Writings, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux see pp 416 onwards. Also see Reich, W. (1957) Contact With Space, CORE Pilot Press, pp 26 (now republished by the Wilhelm Reich Museum – www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org). See also Maglione, R. (2021) The Orur, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/the-orur

8. Hastings, L, Robert. (2017) UFOs & Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites, CreateSpace Publishers. See also the author’s webpage which details two encounters where UFO’s direct light beams into nuclear weapon storage facilities (one British, Bentwaters AFB and one Soviet).

https://www.ufohastings.com/articles/ufos-directed-laser-like-beams-onto-nuclear-weapons-storage-sites Hastings is the foremost researcher in this area and has collated most of the key evidence in his book and at his website.

9. A Heliognosis Mark II Life Energy Meter with a vacuum tube sensor was used in this experiment. A newer model is available from https://www.heliognosis.com/. The Heliognosis meter is a miniaturised version of Reich’s original device which he called the orgone energy field meter. It is described in Reich, W. (1973) The Cancer Biopathy, Vision Press, UK pp147-150. Heliognosis is based in Canada and has produced some interesting and well conducted research available at the website.

The researcher Snyder reproduced a large version of the meter and did some early research in the 1970s into it. Although basic and somewhat unwieldy it confirmed some effects claimed by Reich. He also produced Kirlian photography using the same Tesla coil used in the meter, see Snyder, C. (1973) Energy Field Investigations, Journal of Orgonomy, 1973, Vol 7, Num 1, pp92-98.

10. Previously the oranur device had been used as a kind of space-gun by putting up metal tubes near to the oranur cabinet. This seemed to have some clearing and clarifying effect on the weather and on particulates in the atmosphere, as detailed in this article: Southgate, L. (2020) Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, psychorgone.com

An additional space-gun operation was carried out on the 30th of March 2023. Using the recharged device, the four tubes were put up for an hour at 9am. The weather was overcast and looked like it would rain most of the day. After the operation the weather steadily cleared and dried and became somewhat fine with formed clouds for the rest of the day. A lot of people were outside walking dogs and attending business. The weather returned to overcast with light rains the following day of the 31st of March. These two days were broadly in line with forecasts on the www.timeanddate.com archive for the locality though possibly a little sunnier and drier than expected.

11. Southgate, Leon. (2023) Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, psychorgone.com
https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/an-orgonomic-theory-of-time-part-one-previous-time-theories and https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/an-orgonomic-theory-of-time-part-two-a-new-theory-of-time

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Possible Environmental and Shamanic Effects of Oranur

Background & Synposis

Southgate’s previous work explored the relationship of orgone to consciousness. This was firstly from a theoretical perspective (1). Later, given that conscious beings generally have higher orgone charges, Southgate felt that repeating Reich’s Oranur* Experiment was required. A practical examination of the Oranur Experiment, using a scaled down version of Reich’s work, was commenced (2). It was then found that a low-charge oranur device could move a lightweight instrument and thus produce complex numerical data from an orgone stream. A paper examined if there could be conscious patterns within that data (3). A related avenue found that the oranur device might also have effects upon the environment similar to that recounted for Reich’s space-gun (4) – an oranur charged cloud-buster. In this paper new details of further work with a space-gun like apparatus are outlined which may show possible beneficial effects upon the environment. The use of such an apparatus therapeutically is also explored.

*Oranur is excited orgone and has many new properties beyond that of orgone. The term is an acronym of ORgone Against NUclear Radiation. Oranur is not the same as DOR, Reich’s acronym for Deadly ORgone. Oranur may be beneficial when used appropriately.

In 1951, Reich, concerned by developments in the Korean war began an experiment to see if orgone could neutralise radioactivity. A very small amount of radioactive substance was put inside powerful orgone accumulators. Instead of an immediate neutralisation the energy became frenzied and many difficult effects were experienced by Reich, his family and colleagues. However, over time, the concentrated, excited orgone did overcome the effects of radioactivity resulting in a highly beneficial compound called ORUR or, ORgonised URanium and many other discoveries. The ORUR substance was used with a clouduster (now called the Space Gun) giving some apparently miraculous environmental effects. The effects of oranur itself seemed to become more life positive over time, and in the right doses, once the initial peak had calmed sufficiently.

There are two books detailing Reich’s work with oranur. Oranur First Report and the Second Report which is more widely known by its title of ‘Contact with Space’. Both are reprinted by the Wilhelm Reich Museum. There is also a good chapter in ‘Wilhelm Reich: Selected Writings’ on Oranur. Oranur might have uses as part of the posited orgone motor, with the space gun and in healing and in consciousness studies. The author believes that oranur can be created in smaller amounts without neccesarily entailing the crisis of energy that so affected Reich at Orgonon.

Books available at https://wilhelmreichmuseum.org

Southgate’s work may have parallels with the traditional practices of Shamanism. Shamans as traditional healers/energy practitioners and spiritual counsellors had many roles within a tribe. They were thought to be able to mediate between other realms of consciousness and this reality, to be able to assist in treating ailments and to have powers to affect the environment including the weather. This paper explores the commonality between shamanism and oranur. It found that oranur is propitious toward psychic phenomena and is likely involved in practical shamanism. It argues that heightened consciousness may be synonymous with increased oranur and that certain individuals, such as the psychic Uri Geller or particular shamans may actually generate their own oranur. The paper notes various consciousness heightening effects of oranur and compares these to similar effects found within shamanic practice.

The paper contends that both the oranur device and shamanic rituals may have specific effects upon the weather and the environment. New experimental details are recounted, and comparisons between oranur and shamanic energetics are made. It is argued that oranur, as a possible consciousness energy, may be required for some of the effects of the shamanic experience. Effects of oranur upon time, within religious sites and on electricity are also briefly discussed.

In conclusion the paper recounts evidence suggesting that oranur might have psychic, consciousness and environmental properties that have been used traditionally by shamans and others involved in heightened consciousness. This paper argues that oranur may be a necessary substrate of raised consciousness.

The Device

In November 2020, the oranur device, an energised orgone cabinet, as described in this paper, (5) was moved to a city centre location in Liverpool. On Christmas Eve, the weather was expansive and clear, a bright winter’s day. This kind of weather has been seen to correlate with the device being activated into its ‘space-gun like,’ state or during its movement in a vehicle. An array of metal tubes are placed pointing upwards within a few feet, and later, inside the oranur device. Changes in local weather have been associated with this arrangement, as detailed in a previous paper (6). It was thought that the presence of the device in a city building was having effects upon the local weather. It was located on the second floor of a large 19th century building used for holistic therapies in Liverpool. The cabinet had previously been placed horizontally in order to accommodate various extra accumulating and other items within it when it was at the prior locations. It was now placed upright with the extra items first placed to one side and then later solely within it.

Figure 1

New Cabinet Set Up

On the 2nd of January 2021 it was observed that the weather was brighter in Liverpool than in the surrounding areas from which we travelled that morning. It was a frosty and clear morning. A metal globe fountain, 1.5 foot in diameter, had been bought to manage the energy levels in the device room. The fountain was a large type which could take 1.5 gallons of water. The flow rate is slow being moved by a fish tank pump. The fountain had accidentally been left switched off (it usually ran continually) and the atmosphere in the room felt dense. For this reason Geiger counts were taken using a Radex One Geiger Counter. The levels were slightly raised, being around 0.18 to 0.20 μSv/hr (microSievert per hour). The usual background count for Merseyside is around 0.09 to 0.12 μSv/hr in the author’s experience. Southgate believes the Biblical Ark of the Covenant was also an oranur device, being (in terms of dose rate at approximately 1 cm distance) many million times stronger than the author’s experimental work. In turn, Reich’s oranur set-up was many thousand times stronger than Southgate’s according to Maglione’s calculations (7).

Also based on knowledge gained from Maglione’s work, about the use of incense to control oranur with the Ark, similar types of smoke have been used with the current oranur device. Increased Geiger or raised charged particle counts might be indicative of the relationship between oranur and excited matter. This was perhaps demonstrated as when sage smoke was applied to the room (known in spiritual circles as ‘smudging’) the Geiger count lowered to 0.13 μSv/hr. At the end of the day the count was 0.15 μSv/hr. Smudging was usually done before and after using the large room in which the box was kept. Smudging with sage smoke has been noted to associate with decreased Geiger counts on other occasions. This is a key phenomenon as it is an easily applicable way of containing oranur charges.

Shamanic Effects

Shamanic psychotherapy was being conducted in this room by a shamanic practitioner. In common with another shaman she appears to have an increased sensitivity to oranur. This is perhaps due to her psychic gifts and consciousness expanding practices. Some of these effects have previously been recounted (8) but it is helpful to include all the previously known psychic effects of oranur here, and some related ones. Firstly, it appears that psychics and shamans are particularly sensitive to oranur. In a previous paper it was noted that one shaman could increase the Geiger count associated with an oranur charged piece of equipment when it was within her field.

This effect is reminiscent of Uri Geller’s abilities, who is reported to have greatly increased Geiger counts repeatedly in an experimental study (9). Geller did not however affect an electroscope and therefore it was thought that whatever field Geller was creating it could not have real particle properties. The effect was therefore viewed as anomalous. However, they were not to know that oranur has been shown by orgone researchers, such as Fuckert, Konia, Gebaur and Muchenich to affect electroscopes but in a different manner to how it might affect Geiger counters (10). Oranur may raise charged particle counts, and therefore appears to affect Geiger counts, but orgone devices such as DOR-busters, cloud-busters and orgone accumulators also affect electroscopes. They appear to increase the discharge times of electroscopes. The author believes that this is perhaps because the orgone energy becomes condensed within the glass components of the electroscope (glass may strongly contain orgone) and thus releases more slowly. If Geller is creating oranur then it would be understandable that he would affect a Geiger counter differently to an electroscope.

If oranur is itself ‘consciousness energy’ one who is gifted in psychic aspects, like Geller, may produce an increased oranur field, which in turn may produce an increased Geiger count. It is the hypothesis of this author that psychic effects are partly dependent upon oranur charge and that shamans, psychics and those with spiritual or paranormal gifts accumulate oranur charge within themselves to a greater degree than others. This could be why the electromagnetic field (EMF) association with paranormal activity in various research is sometimes present, sometimes absent and sometimes just correlated. The EMF component may be secondary to oranur which is perhaps why EMF relationships with paranormal activity appear so complex.

Another shaman in Scotland could also sense oranur from a distance and was sensitive too. She could clearly feel a small amount of oranur charged items outside her home at distances of more than 40-foot. The charge was from three handheld pieces of orgone compound (orgonite) which had previously been charged for months in the large oranur cabinet. They were in a plastic bag in a corner of a field on the boundary of her property. The shamans this author has encountered however do not seem particularly sensitive to EMF. Perhaps their increased oranur charge shields them from EMF. The author theorises that oranur and electrical energies occur on the same continuum but at different and somewhat incompatible ends of the scale. Orgone appears to spontaneously convert into secondary energies. Water and electricity have opposite natures. Orgone, though, as a single primary continuum may condense both into water and into charged electrical particles. There is a dual tendency of orgone to ‘condense’ into water (as shown by the actions of cloudbusters on moisture in the sky) but also to ‘excite’ into charged particles (as shown by the action of the possible orgone motor or by orgone-charged Geiger counters). This might have some bearing on why some people are sensitive to oranur but not to EMF and vice versa.

Other psychic effects include increases in empathy, intuition or a melding of consciousness from one person to that of the psychic or shaman – particularly if they have been within the same oranur field. Early in the experimentation, before such effects became known, a psychic spent some time with the oranur set-up and then had some unusual peak cathartic experiences for a period of about a week. Oranur seems to intensify emotional and psychic reactions.

People who have not developed their psychic powers can feel heightened in an oranur field or feel stronger emotions. People who have developed these areas can feel this heightening aspect of oranur keenly. However, over time a shaman or psychic can adjust to the higher charges of being in an oranur field. It can then take some adjustment to move to a lower oranur charge.

In shamans, oranur may enhance gifts and increase the ability for energy to be brought back from what is called ‘spirit flight’ – when the shaman travels to other realms of experience. This may be because it elevates the energy within the material realm and of the consciousness within that environment. It can then recreate the feeling of being in nature for a shaman almost as though the oranur acts as an extra energy push into other realms. Perhaps it also counters the now ubiquitous artificial EMF. Russian research indicates EMF counters psychic phenomena (11). The Russian researchers created what could be viewed as an orgone cabinet but as a tube in which persons were placed and their psychic effects measured. The Russian subtle energy research, on something they termed the Torsion Field, supports the views here. The shaman, in an oranur field, appears to be able to tune into apparently higher dimensions more effectively.

A phenomena noted since moving the device to Liverpool, is that of a, ‘Feel Good’ factor associated with oranur. It appears that the box enhances the feelings felt nearby and then both stores and amplifies them. With various positive consciousness from group-work courses, and with shamanic psychotherapy being conducted nearby the device may have acquired a ‘Feel Good’ factor. The author noted feeling elevated emotionally, even quietly elated, after being near the device. This did not happen in the previous location of an outhouse which did not have the same human interaction. Shamanic psychotherapy also appeared to be heightened when conducted near it.

It is hypothesised that oranur fields can help project the consciousness of the person within that field into the surrounding environment. The shaman involved with the device could feel when other people made a connection with it. Physically, an increase in thirst, appetite and a slight tanning sensation is also noted in mild oranur fields. Plants needs extra water and should not be too close to oranur devices. Plant growth on the edge of the field may be stronger, trees appear vibrant and vigorous in growth nearby to previous locations of the device.

Environmental Effects

In January 2021, the author was travelling to where the set up was based in Liverpool from Cheshire. During the journey the misty fog which was noticeable in Cheshire cleared as we approached the city and the environment became ‘oranur bright’ as Reich described in Contact with Space (12), seemingly centred on Liverpool. The author’s chest felt slightly tight so he lay by the device on a treatment couch. This had the effect of clearing the sensation. He then felt fine.

On the 14th of January the first space-gun like set up was conducted in Liverpool. For days the weather in Cheshire and Merseyside had been overcast and drizzly. In the fields in north Cheshire everywhere there were small ponds appearing. Liverpool area was not as sodden as Cheshire. The room the device was in felt quite dense on arrival at 1pm but unfortunately the Geiger counter was not available. However, it was expected to be within limits previously noted when a dense atmosphere was felt, of between 0.18 and 0.22 μSv/hr. A window was usually left slightly open, to air the room, but due to the intense cold recently it had been left shut. The metal tubes were placed in an upright position next to the oranur device, which itself was in an upright position, not the horizontal position as seen in the first set of space-gun like experiments (13). In each set up there is a spot where the energy charge is highest. The high charge spot had moved from the left of the inside of the cabinet when it was placed horizontally (equipment inside) to above the top panel of the cabinet when placed upright (equipment alongside). Finally, with the equipment inside the device and the cabinet placed upright, the spot moved to a central position within the cabinet. This spot was on top of the glass box inside the cabinet (see Figure 1). This spot is ascertained by that which most easily moves the light weight Egely Wheel. This is a manufactured device which can be moved by subtle energy from the hands or from the oranur device. The wheel’s movement creates the information output of the previous orgone-information experiments (14).

The tubes were put in place near the oranur box at 1pm on Thursday January the 14th. They were pointed at just below zenith. There were 6 tubes, three of which were heavy scaffolding, steel pipes, 5-foot long and 3 of which were thinner steel alloy tubes 6 to 8 foot long. A faint blue glow could be seen around the tubes. The weather was noticeably drier and clearer within 3 hours and continued to head in a similar direction after that. Sage smoke smudging was done before and after the tubes were put in position. This was done in order to energetically cleanse the equipment from subtle negative influences rather than to reduce oranur levels. If the latter is the purpose larger quantities of smoke are needed rather than a ceremonial amount when the burning of white sage is associated with various rituals. A candle was also lit near the box’s energy field for ‘cleansing’. The following day on Friday January the 15th contrary to forecasts, the weather was clear and dry for the first time in a long period of flooding and rain. No rain was noted in Liverpool or Wirral/Cheshire.

On Wednesday, January the 20th there was torrential rain and flooding plus snow in Cheshire gradually easing severity towards Liverpool area. The author wondered if residual oranur effects in the Liverpool area were making the weather milder there (oranurisation as Reich called it) (15). The device tubes were placed upright towards zenith for a day and a half. Drying of the weather occurred overnight followed by bright sunshine and clearer visualisation on the following day (Thursday the 21st). Only 2 of the heavy scaffold tubes were used on this occasion.

On Thursday 28th January, the tubes (all 6) were put up for one hour. A slight change toward drier conditions was noted. It appears that the space-gun is reducing the amount of rain, possibly by creating an energetically expanded state reaching into the atmosphere. It could be a useful tool in cases of continuous rain and flooding. So far it appears that, unlike a cloudbuster, it has little effect in producing rain though more complete effects are as yet unclear.

There was a break in operations until March 22nd when 2 tubes were put up for 1 and 1/4 hours. The weather had been rainy. It became drier. It was noted that many people chose to walk their dogs that afternoon. It was still cloudy but felt pleasant.

Particulate Levels

Investigating wider population effects was not an aim of the current study. However, based upon the striking increase in clarity of the atmosphere after operations, it was hypothesised that the space-gun operations may be helping in some way to clean the atmosphere. This in turn might help local populations. This was then investigated and based on UK government data, Maglione conducted a statistical analysis (16). It was found that the Liverpool, and nearby regions may have had lower than average data for case rates and deaths reported to covid during the recent period of 2020/21 winter to early spring (when compared to England as a whole). The results of the analysis are presented below graphically. The behaviour of case rates and deaths related to Sheffield is also reported in the figures as a comparison. The black squares in the figures represent the days of intervention, while the blue arrow the departure of Liverpool data from those of reference. Sheffield and England trends went against those observed for Liverpool and nearby regions and this might be ascribable to differences in oranurisation between the atmospheres. It appears possible that a slight oranurisation of the atmosphere may have helped the health outcomes of the Liverpool population, perhaps as drier, warmer conditions assist respiratory function.

Figure 2

A: Daily Case Rates

B: Cumulative Case Rates

C: Daily Death Rates Per 1000 People

D: Cumulative Death Rates

Perhaps any possible improvement in general outcomes could also be linked to drops in particulate levels as these are well known to impact respiratory health (17). Maglione analysed data from the World Air Quality Index and it was found that each of the four space-gun like operations correlated with a drop in PM10 particulate quantity for that immediate period in the Liverpool region (18). The third operation was only for one hour and on this occasion an immediate drop was not seen but was seen the following day. The longer operations saw drops in particulates for up to four days. January 2021, around which most of the operations occurred, saw the second lowest average particulate quantity of PM10 in the last 6 years in Liverpool. Maglione analysed the PM10 values for January from the Liverpool Speke (near Liverpool Airport) and Wirral Tranmere stations as provided by the AQICN website. The average of these two data sets were as follows: 11.81 AQI Air Quality Index (2021), 11.19 AQI (2020), 13.50 AQI (2019), 11.83 AQI (2018), 19.42 AQI (2017) and 14.58 AQI (2016). These results are of course early and preliminary findings and no claims are herein made. However, it seems possible that the space-gun apparatus may be affecting the local concentration of pollution particulates and health outcomes. This possibility and any mechanism of action of oranur upon general environmental and health factors warrants further investigation.

Further Shamanic Effects

On February 5th a previously effect was confirmed. The atmosphere in the device room felt heavy. The Geiger count was raised at 0.20 μSv/hr. A shamanic clearing was done using smoke and the count dropped to 0.15 μSv/hr. The shaman was then asked to try to change the Geiger count. She went into a mini-trance and focused on this intention. Shortly afterwards the counts raised to 0.22 μSv/hr. This effect has been seen on other occasions.

On the initial times this shaman encountered oranur, some of the following effects were noted. Firstly, she encountered the device for short periods, observing it or seeing if her energy affected the Egely wheel’s movement inside the set up. Soon her healing practises and meditations started, in her own words, ‘to move up to another level’ with her, ‘gifts changing and increasing’. The quality of the spiritual encounters she commonly reported changed around this time. For example, spiritual contact experiences increased and became more vivid. The shaman indicated that after contact with oranur there was an increase in unusual communication sometimes via electronic interference. This is when electronic devices such as mobile phones or computers behave oddly including changes in message displays not normally seen.

The shaman was noted to have effects on Geiger counts. Her Geiger count was normal usually but if she held an oranur energy tube – a Bernd Senf type orgone tube which has been exposed to oranur for an extended period (19) – certain effects would become apparent. Any oranur type device in her vicinity becomes excited. A raise in Geiger counts is then noted. It is also observed that the Egely wheel used in the oranur information experiments turns faster (but not necessarily increasing in complex movement) when she is nearby. Not long after this she took an oranur tube home with her. Over the next few days strange occurrences happened with electronic devices in her presence. The electronic doors at a library stopped functioning and would not let her out the area. Her car’s electronics seemed altered. The charge in her flat felt high with unusual psychic experiences reported. The tube was immediately returned to the author and it was put back into the outhouse which is about 40-foot from habitation. The strange occurrences at her flat ceased. It is also noted that in the years following this and during which her oranur charge remained lifted, electronic devices, including shop’s computers, will occasionally change their behaviour in her presence.

The oranur device was moved to a large room in the Liverpool city centre area in November 2020. The practitioner began using this room for therapeutic shamanism. The room was shared between research activity and therapeutic use. The clients she had assessed as appropriate, that it was felt a higher energy charge might be helpful, were seen in this room for shamanic psychotherapy. The sessions were successful, perhaps more cathartic than previously but along the same lines as before. For the practitioner the first two weeks were a little challenging, adjusting to working in a high charge environment. She often felt a feeling of exhilaration. Her trance abilities were increased and remained so. After this two-week period she no longer felt this enhancement, generally feeling more grounded, but the trance and other psychic abilities remain heightened.

The room is also used by the author for occasional Chinese acupuncture. A person the author was treating went into a deep trance during the acupuncture and afterward reported that an object was communicating with him. There was a similar accumulating object within the oranur device, which the person did not see.

The above effects might have been coincidental but the idea that oranur is a consciousness energy has validity for exploration. In previous papers the author has put forward the view that orgone is itself conscious and is so of its own volition, not needing material boundaries – as Reich hypothesised, or any other condition, to manifest awareness (20). If orgone is conscious then oranur would be ‘concentrated consciousness’ – in energetic form.

There seems to be some sharing of consciousness between people who have been near the oranur device. It would seem wise therefore to practise spiritual or energetic cleansing of oranur areas and the people who go into them. This seems reminiscent of the lengths the Israelites would go to in observing specific practices before being in the vicinity of the Ark (an oranur device, as Maglione and Southgate believe). Only certain priests were allowed immediately near the Ark, even kings could not gain entrance. When the Ark was taken by other tribes it was soon returned as without the Israelite knowledge its effects were not easily managed, the Hebrew researcher, Isaacs notes (21). It is also thought by Southgate and Maglione to be likely that oranur has a spiritual heightening and communication enhancing effect in line with that ascribed to the Biblical Ark by Isaacs (22). This subtle effect might only become obvious over time. The author would now perform spiritual or energetic cleansing prior to using oranur devices. This was reinforced after one session of ‘space-gun therapy’ to be recounted shortly.

One effect was shamanic and environmental. The author and the shaman visited a stone circle in Cumbria. A piece of oranur-treated orgone-compound (charged orgonite) was placed on one of the stones. A subtle beam of blue energy could be seen going upwards from the stone (the author can see subtle energy so this beam may not have been apparent to other people). Then the author noticed a humming sound, similar to that which he experiences with his electro-sensitisation symptoms but more pleasant. To the author, the electro-symptom humming is like mechanical bees or the noise an electrical substation makes. Possible ‘oranur humming’ sounds are similar but gentler and more changeable. The author shortly thereafter experienced mild palpitations, again similar to typical electro-sensitisation symptoms. These took some days to dissipate. It was theorised that stone circles emit microwave radiation when energised by oranur and it was this microwave radiation that affected him. On other occasions a similar type of oranur hum was possibly heard by the author from the oranur device.

The shaman has also found that her own possible effects on the environment, through her shamanic practice, have been altered and increased since being in contact with oranur. There are certain practices, termed, ‘hollow bone’ practices which are traditionally associated with changes in local weather patterns. She has noted that at times it seems as though the oranur device is energetically in contact with her and upon this change she goes into an exceedingly deep trance state. Her connection with what she calls her spirit guides she feels to be greatly enhanced on these occasions. These periods appear to be associated with changes in the local weather to finer more oranurised conditions. This has been noted a number of times. The author believes the practices of shamanic tribes in weather rituals have real effects and that an oranur mechanism may be at work. The researcher Bulimo recounts how rainmaker shamans in Kenya called Omukimba use shamanic rites to control the weather and also to produce rain when needed (23). Group shamanic practices may increase oranur charge and Geiger counts it is hypothesised.

Electrical Effects

A previous paper reported on electrical recharging effects of a mild oranur field upon small electrical chemical batteries and other devices (24). At times recharging effects were seen. However, these effects were not easily repeatable. Batteries recharged, particularly if they had residual charge beforehand, but at other times they did not, or the effect was small. Accumulation of charge within simple electrical condensers, as used in electronic circuits, was easier to measure. Two further pieces of information have come to light since that paper. Firstly, the subtle energy researcher, King, published in 1992 a report detailing a successful set of experiments with recharging batteries with an orgone accumulator (25). The experiment was modest but the effects of a gain of a few tenths of a volt was broadly in line with this author’s results. Also of note is that since using oranur extensively the shaman is now able to recharge batteries to a similar extent to the oranur device using just her hands and intention. She can recharge recently part-discharged AA batteries in a group of four by a few tenths of a volt, enough to run a radio for half an hour approximately (using the same batteries that previously would not run the radio). This recharging process requires strong energy. This is understandable as it likely takes concentrated oranur to create charged particles. The author has seen this done on a number of occasions with electrical devices (a small radio and a small Geiger Counter). King wondered if the significant but small results he gained were partly due to conducive cosmological conditions. Possibly also the local orgone envelope was strong when the experiments were conducted. This might have been a factor in the success of the author’s initial oranur battery experiments too some years back. The batteries from this original experiment were left within the oranur device and do not currently have any charge.

Space-Gun Therapy

The author began experimenting with using a space-gun-like set up therapeutically. The first few times the author used it on himself. The tubes were placed at zenith near the device and a treatment couch was placed next to the cabinet. The author lay on the couch for an hour and relaxed. Acupuncture needles were self-applied. No unusual oranur effects occurred beyond feelings of a fairly high charge, sensation of mild sunburn and a few slight palpitations which eased quickly. It was noted that the author then appeared to carry the high oranur charge with him and could transfer it to the shaman if she was near. As noted, the author has had in the past experienced occasional palpitations apparently due to electro-sensitisation. This was possibly caused by a previous neighbour’s installation of smart meters close to his living area. Sometimes the oranur exacerbates these electro symptoms for a short period but on most occasions the oranur can make the symptoms better – after adjusting to a higher orgone charge presumably. Oranur charged orgone compound pieces (charged orgonite) can also be placed on acupuncture points or areas of the body needing treatment.

After experimenting on himself, a friend and patient had a session of ‘space-gun therapy’. The device set up was as before. The patient had some body work massage aimed at releasing tension in the upper body segments. Acupuncture was done on back points according to the Chinese diagnosis. The patient reported doing well and that the treatment seemed somewhat enhanced but otherwise nothing beyond what would normally be expected. However, at the same time persons connected to the author felt different and connected to the device set-up. The shaman felt that there was somehow a ‘broadcast’ of consciousness from the author and his patient to others connected to them. The patient treated knows the author’s circle. The mixture of emotions near the device may have connected with others not immediately present. It is key therefore to observe some cleansing energetic practise before using an oranur field and most particularly if tubes are used. The tubes may create a feedback loop increasing the energy charge and creating a strong flow of energy and consciousness outwards. Effects of the tubes upon shamans and psychics in proximity may be very strong and caution should be applied.

It is also reported by shamans that oranur might behave as a portal between the material and other levels of reality. Consciousness on other planes may be able to speak through the oranur into our own existence. This might be how the Biblical Ark worked – literally as an ‘oranur-TV’ tuned to a higher consciousness. This is what is reported in the Bible and Judaic literature.

Effects Upon Time and at Spiritual Centres

The author theorises that as time may be the consciousness of events, and oranur may be concentrated consciousness, a high concentration of oranur might itself precipitate a change in the awareness or passage of time. A book, by a British researcher into UFOs, reported on strange, localised energy fields affecting time. Numerous descriptions recounted seemed reminiscent of oranur effects to Southgate. These energy fields affected time perception and in some cases time travel was reported (26). Napoleon Bonaparte experienced strange time and perception phenomena when he spent a night within the Cheops pyramid in Giza. It is known that the King and Queen chambers are made of granite (which is rich in ferrous elements and silica oxide), while the covering is made of calcareous rocks. As this granite has a slight radioactivity and piezoelectric charge it is possible that the pyramids, acting as huge orgone accumulators, also possess a mild oranur charge. Both Maglione and Southgate believe that the ancient pyramids are huge orgone accumulators. It is possible too, Maglione believes, that as in the Ark, radioactive substances were used as catalysts in the pyramids. Indeed the Hebrews may have taken this knowledge with them for use in the Ark. Oranur properties might account for some of the strange effects of the Egyptian pyramids (27). Perhaps effects upon time may also account for some of the possible oranur healing abilities, such as reversing aging effects, as reported by Reich (28).

Southgate has noted a feeling of oranurisation within large stone churches. Maglione and Mazzocchi did systematic studies on the radioactivity inside and outside pagan and Christian sanctuaries. Studies noted that not only do ancient prehistorical and religious sites have underground watercourses (which might act as Reich DOR-Busters) but that religious buildings and healing centres likely also have slightly higher oranur charges (29).

The outstanding medical psychic, Edgar Cayce, was instructed to use what may have been a natural oranur effect. His spiritual guide told him to locate his healing hospital near to Virginia Beach (30). This beach, due to its black sands, has a slightly heightened radioactivity (31). German and other spas still use slightly radioactive sources for healing (32). This author contends that it is oranur that is being used both for heightening spiritual phenomena and for assisting healing.


These are the possible effects associated with mild oranur:


  • Increase in psychic and spiritual abilities.
  • Increase in cathartic reactions therapeutically.
  • Pooling of consciousness.
  • Increase in paranormal spiritual activity.
  • Heightening of emotional states.
  • Increase in healing (oranur medicine).
  • Changes associated with time.
  • Certain people increase oranur charge independent of devices.
  • Projection of consciousness particularly if the space-gun tubes are raised.


  • Space Gun operations may dry and increase the clarity of the environment, tending toward finer, clearer weather.
  • Operations may correlate with lower pollution particulates in the environment.
  • Possible improvements in health outcomes in local areas.

Editorial, Scientific Advice and Statistical Analysis – Many Thanks to Roberto Maglione.

This Paper is Dedicated to my father, John Peter Southgate – who started me on the journey.

26th April 1934 to 24th April 2021.

‘Love, Work and Knowledge.’


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  2. Southgate, L. (2018) Preliminary Experiments – Oranur Device, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device
  3. Southgate, L. (2020) Oranur and its Possible Applications in Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/oranur-and-its-possible-applications-in-artificial-intelligence
  4. Southgate, L. (2020) A Preliminary Investigation into a Prototype Device Based Upon Reich’s Spacegun, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/a-preliminary-investigation-into-a-prototype-device-based-upon-reichs-spacegun
  5. Southgate, L. (2018) Preliminary Experiments – Oranur Device, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device
  6. Southgate, L. (2020) Preliminary Investigation into Device Based on Reich’s Space-Gun, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/a-preliminary-investigation-into-a-prototype-device-based-upon-reichs-spacegun
  7. Maglione, R. (2017) The Legendary Shamir, robert_jumper at yahoo.it (Sum worked out in personal correspondence with Maglione); see also Maglione, R. (2018) The Origin of an Oranur reaction, https://www.psychorgone.com/.
  8. Southgate, L. (2018) Preliminary Experiments – Oranur Device, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device – See ‘Anomalous Radioactive Observations’ Section.
  9. Geller, U. (Accessed) (2021) https://www.urigeller.com/scientific-paranormal/the-geller-papers/analyzing-the-geller-effect/ See Also Taylor, J. (1975) Superminds. A Scientist Looks at the Paranormal, Viking Press, USA.
  10. Southgate, L. (2012) Annotated Bibliography of the Orgonomic Journals, links from www.orgonecontinuum.com or PDF download from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/213413 keyword search ‘Electroscope’.
  11. Aetherforce (Accessed 2021) https://www.aetherforce.energy/kozyrevs-mirrors-bending-time-altering-consciousness/. See Also https://kozyrevmirrors.com/kozyrev-mirrors/ and https://www.anthropoecology.com/table.html. See the work of Prof. Kozyrev, Prof. Alexander Trofimov and Kaznacheev, also David Wilcock’s Cosmic Disclosure video series episodes on Kozyrev (Gaia.com) or see the Russian research sections of his published books or online books – https://divinecosmos.com/books-free-online/the-divine-cosmos/95-the-divine-cosmos-chapter-01-the-breakthroughs-of-dr-na-kozyrev/.
  12. Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press.
  13. Southgate, L. (2020) A Preliminary Investigation into a Prototype Device Based Upon Reich’s Spacegun, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/a-preliminary-investigation-into-a-prototype-device-based-upon-reichs-spacegun
  14. Southgate, L. (2020) Oranur and its Possible Applications in Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/oranur-and-its-possible-applications-in-artificial-intelligence
  15. Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press
  16. Maglione, R. (2021) Analysis of daily infection and daily deaths cases related to the period from Jan 01 to May 21, 2021. Copy held by author. All the data was taken from https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
  17. See British Lung Foundation research synopsis linked from home page and their data tracker tool for local UK areas – https://www.blf.org.uk/taskforce/data-tracker/air-quality/pm25
  18. Maglione, R. (2021) Data Analysis Excel File (copy held by author) based on data for Spring 2021 in Liverpool for PM10 found at www.aqicn.org/data-platform/covid19/
  19. Senf, B. (1989). Wilhelm Reich: Discoverer of Acupuncture Energy? Pulse of the Planet Journal, Orgone Biophysical Research Lab, Vol. 1, No. 2: pp25-30
  20. Southgate, L. (2018) The Orgone Continuum, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Theory, https://www.psychorgone.com/philosophy/the-orgone-continuum
  21. Isaac, R. (2010) Talking With God: The Radioactive Ark of the Testimony, Sacred Closet Books, USA.
  22. Maglione, R. (2021) Personal Communication, May 05.
  23. Bulimo, S. (2013) Luya of Kenya, Trafford Publishing, USA/Canada: 37-59.
  24. Southgate, L. (2018) Preliminary Experiments – Oranur Device, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device
  25. King, SK. (1992) Earth Energies, Quest Books, USA: 83.
  26. Randles, J. (2001) Time Storms: The Amazing Evidence of Time Warps, Space Rifts and Time Travel, Piatkus, UK.
  27. Thompson, C. (2019) https://medium.com/understanding-reality/were-the-pyramids-power-plants-95fd2ebaf7af
  28. Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press.
  29. Mazzocchi, A. (2020) Rilevazioni Elettromagnetiche di un Luogo Alto e Considerazioni Cliniche: Il Tempio Di Preah Vihear, Advanced Therapies Journal, Anno IX, Num 20. See Also Maglione, R., and Mazzocchi, A. (2017) Energie Eteriche e Luoghi di Culto. Il Sito Religioso come Luogo Terapeutico? Studio Pilota su 62 Siti Antichi, Advanced Therapies Journal, Anno VI, Num 11; and Mazzocchi, A., Maglione, R. (2019) Evidenze Energetiche nei Luoghi Alti, Advanced Therapies Journal, Anno VIII, Num 17
  30. https://www.edgarcayce.org/about-us/virginia-beach-hq/historic-cayce-hospital/
  31. https://www.hmbreview.com/news/radioactive-sands-known-for-50-years/article_1c513cde-7ed7-11e3-8c62-001a4bcf887a.html
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After the conclusion of the Oranur Experiment(2) Reich stored the three needles of radium (one milligram/mg each)(3) , used in the testing, within heavy lead shielding, in a place about three-quarters of a mile from the Observatory at Orgonon. However, about a year afterwards, on March 31st, 1952, due to a recurrence of the Oranur reaction in the Orgonon area, he decided to remove the radioactive sources and to bury them in a gravel pit. This was located in a field a hundred feet away from the road from Oquossoc to Rumford, Maine, eleven miles from Orgonon(4). On April 22nd and 23rd, 1952, Reich carried out measurements of the radioactivity over a large area in order to determine the borderlines of the Oranur field and of the high atmospheric activity which occurred after the removal of the radioactive sources from Orgonon. Figure 1 depicts graphically the results of a 230-mile round trip which Reich made on this occasion. In the figure the point where the 3 mg of radium were buried, RA, is also shown.

Figure 1 – Radioactivity measurements around Orgonon, April 22-23, 1952

From the above figure an area of about 50 miles in diameter, which was characterized by high values of radioactivity, can be seen. The radioactivity in this area varied from 400 up to 800 CPM (Counts Per Minute on a Geiger radiation counter). It was observed that the counts decreased down to normal with the distance from Orgonon towards the South. However, Orgonon did not register the highest values even though it was the site where the Oranur Experiment was carried out.

This was a clear sign that the Oranur reaction was proceeding again at Orgonon with an even higher strength than that observed at the beginning in 1951, when the Oranur Experiment was first being carried out. The value of radioactivity measured at the time of the experiment, in January, 1951, was around 100 CPM, on average, while now Reich found values as high as 6-8 times above that. Possibly, this recurring event was due to the instability of the nuclear source after it was subjected to the Oranur reaction in 1951, even though the nuclear material was shielded and buried in a safe place far from Orgonon. Maybe, concurrent events could have triggered such a high reaction, such as the Oranurization of all the materials used to build the orgone devices available at Orgonon, which kept the Oranur charge dormant for all that time. Or maybe DOR-clouds, coming from West(5), could have stimulated or increased this dormant activity which required only a push in order to start again.

The 3 mg of radium needles remained buried in the ground for more than two years, and no one, for all that time, went to recover them.

On September 1954 Reich was about to leave Orgonon for Tucson, Arizona, with the aim of studying the causes that led to the formation and development of deserts. In that period he worked out a theory of desert formation based on the persisting and very prolonged, chronic infestation of DOR(6) in the environment, and in the atmosphere. He decided, before leaving, to test the nuclear material that was buried in the field close to Route 17 to Rumford. On September 21st, 1954, the box containing the 3 mg of radium was unearthed and brought back to the observatory at Orgonon. An immediate background count of the general area was made with the SU-5 survey Geiger meter. A value of 150 CPM was obtained. Reich then tested the nuclear material with the unshielded counter tube of the survey meter, held one meter away from the box containing the radium: the count was 800-900 CPM. With the tube laid on the top of the box, it was 8,000-9,000 CPM. One 1 mg radium needle was then tested with the larger and more sensitive Geiger-Muller 2.3 mg/cm2 counter tube and the 4096 Tracerlab Auto-scaler(7). With the needle naked at a distance of 1 cm the count was 2,457.6 CPM (against its original rate of 16,000 CPM in 1951)(8). With the radium needle reinserted into the lead case that it had been enclosed in, and the counter tube held at a distance of 1 cm from the case, the count was 163,840 CPM (against its original rate of 7,000 CPM in 1951).

Reich realized the radium 1 and 2 needles (those directly used in the Oranur experiment) had lost much of their former activity of 1951. Even the counts of the third needle, which had not been treated with concentrated orgone energy, was much lower than its own original rate of 16,000 CPM (naked at 1 cm distance from the counter tube). Reich also observed that the activities of the radium needles, without shielding, varied greatly all through, ever since 1954, according to place, climate, and transportation.

Reich ascribed the fact that the counts at the Geiger-Muller counter were higher, when the needle of radium was located inside its lead tube, to the reaction of the orgone energy in the atmosphere to the radioactivity emitted by the nuclear material(9):

“FIRST: the naked NR material gave a much lower count (one tenth) than the same material enclosed in heavy lead shielding.

SECOND: The ten times higher count in the atmosphere around the shielded NR material is a function of the OR energy fighting against NR.

THIRD: As soon as the interaction between OR and NR is stopped, the high OR activity vanishes and sinks down to the normal atmospheric level.

FOURTH: OR energy alone does not react severely unless irritated by NR.”

The overall results, obtained from the measurements in 1954, were then compared with those recorded after the conclusion of the Oranur experiment, made on April 28th, 1951. He found substantial differences in the radioactivity emitted by the three needles of radium. Indeed, from the two series of measurements Reich found basically new phenomena, mainly characterized by a very strong activity of the nuclear material when it was located within its heavy lead shielding; while the radioactivity when naked was much less than that in 1951.

The following table 1 shows the data recorded after the measurements which were carried out on radium needles 1 and 2 in April 1951, a few months after the conclusion of the Oranur experiment(10).

Table 1

The following Table 2 shows the results of the second set of measurements made on September 26th, 1954, on the three mg of radium, after bringing them back to Orgonon from the location where they were left buried for around two and a half years(11).

Table 2

As can be seen from Tables 1 and 2 above, a substantial difference does exist between the radioactivity emitted by the needles of radium when measured naked in April 1951 (a few months after the conclusion of the Oranur experiment), and in September 1954 (after many months of burial in the ground). If we make an average of the values measured in 1951 by the GM 4096 Auto-scaler on the naked samples (at 1 cm distance) we obtain a value of 64,239 CPM; while by the same GM counter in 1954 we have 702 CPM. A very drastic reduction of the radioactivity can be observed from the two sets of measures. If we take the measures made by considering the same GM counter, but using a different scale of 256, we can again observe a drastic decrease of the values, even though less marked; and particularly we have in 1951 a value of 38,400 CPM, and in 1954 an average value of 1,212 CPM. The same phenomenon, seen with the naked samples, was observed also for the shielded samples (measured at 1 cm distance) that were characterized by an average value of 291,840 CPM in 1951, and of 97,143 CPM in 1954(12).

The following Table 3 shows the above calculated values, as well as the ratio between the radioactivity measured with the GM 4096 Auto-scaler on the radium needles inside the lead container and the naked one. The original values of the untreated samples, before starting the Oranur experiment, are also shown.

Table 3

As can be observed from the values reported in Table 3, apart from the significant decrease of the radioactivity of the radium needles (both naked and shielded) from 1951 to 1954, the value of the ratio provides a further indication of the change in the behaviour of the radioactive material after around three years of burial in the ground subsequent to the Oranur Experiment. A substantial increase of this value can be noted against the time, which highlights the much higher reaction of the radium needle in 1954, when inserted in its leaden container and when compared to the naked value. The increase of the radioactivity of the shielded radium compared to that of the unshielded (naked) needle was about 4.5 times in 1951, while it was around 138 times in 1954. The above ratios can then be compared to the ratio of the original and untreated samples, before they were used in the Oranur experiment, where a much lower value of 0.44 was obtained. It seems from the above data and trend that the exposure of the radium needles to high concentrations of orgone energy might have reversed their natural behavior, making them very sensitive and reactive when in contact or proximity with metallic materials. Besides, a decrease of the natural radioactivity can also be observed.

In addition to the variation of the radioactive behaviour as above reported, the three mg of radium, after being removed from the ground, revealed further extremely powerful qualities. Reich observed that, if one of the radium needles, which he called Oranur radium or Orur, was used for only a few seconds, from two to five, in combination with a cloudbuster, it might clear the sky of DOR (Deadly Orgone). The DOR that was hovering low and dark over the landscape, especially in the valleys at Rangeley, seemed to be eliminated and the atmosphere turned blue-gray from horizon to horizon. If used from 20 to 60 seconds, depending on the weather, clouds began to form almost instantly, and rain fell a few hours later. The reaction of the atmosphere seemed to be more effective when the radium needle was moved in and out of the lead container. At first, the Orur was used apart from the cloudbuster, but later its use was combined with the device making it an integral part. The combination of the Orur and the cloudbuster gave rise to a new apparatus that was called a spacegun (figure 2)(13).

Figure 2

This new type of arrangement dramatically improved the performances of the cloudbuster, which was conceived and developed by Reich a few years earlier to eliminate the DOR clouds from the atmosphere, and restore the atmospheric pulsation at Orgonon(14). By using the newly-developed spacegun an immediate change in the atmosphere could be observed, even in very difficult situations such as the presence of dirty-steel gray DOR clouds which seemed to fill up and become white and bluish-gray in a brilliant, sparkling, formerly dull, stale, black, and nauseating atmosphere. This was a change that normally might take hours or even days to occur when using the cloudbuster alone.
Reich soon realized, from the many tests he did with the spacegun (which were above all aimed at breaking the DOR clouds and restoring the atmospheric pulsation), that the DOR could be much more easily removed when the Orur, brought close to the pipes of the apparatus, was kept inside its lead container. By doing this, an increase of the potential from 40,000 to 60,000 CPM could be artificially created in the cloudbuster, and this might substantially increase the performances and shorten the duration of the interventions by the apparatus. With the cloudbuster alone very low values of radioactivity could instead be obtained, thus requiring much more prolonged operations(15).

In one episode Sobey, along with Baker, visited Reich at Little Orgonon, Tucson, during his Orop Desert expedition. Reich showed them the Orur. According to Sobey, the Orur was kept in a pail or a can, on a long rope. Reich made it to swing around his head using the rope near the cloudbuster’s pipes. Sobey reported that it looked like magic, but it worked in that the effect on the atmosphere was enhanced. There was nothing about putting the Orur in the base of the cloudbuster.

Reich commented on the dramatic improvement in the performances of the interventions by using the spacegun, equipped with the shielded Orur, as follows(16):

Principle: irritated OR causes Expansion. Sky clears, blue within minutes.
This was a tremendous step forward. Heretofore, the clearing of the atmosphere had been done by drawing off the DOR clouds into a lake. Now, within a few seconds, the sky cleared and became blue in zenith and far around the horizon upon
Orurization. The name ORUR was later coined to distinguish this operation from Oranur. In the latter, original nuclear material (NU) irritated concentrated atmospheric OR energy, making it run amok or change to DOR. Now, on the other hand, NU, rendered harmless by Oranur and weakened in radioactivity, was changed to OR behavior in the opposite direction from Oranur, as ORUR. It was low energetically when not within lead or metal of other kind. However, as soon as it was put into lead the counts climbed instantly outside the lead container up to dozens of feet to 40,000 or even 100,0000 CPM measured with the SU-5 Survey meter. This was news, indeed: The atmosphere could be charged, “Orurized,” directly by ORUR.
I repeat: The Oranur material gave naked no, or only a negligible, GM reaction. The lead container, too, gave no reaction. But the moment the two were brought together as far away as from two to three feet, the GM counter (SU-5) soared to 40,000-100,000 CPM.”

Recently, Southgate replicated Reich’s experiment with the spacegun by using an apparatus similar to the one Reich used(17). It consisted of a rack of short, hollow steel alloy pipes that were at first placed next to a closed, oranurised, orgone accumulator at an inclination of 45° or 90°, and later on placed next to the open cabinet, and then finally within the open cabinet itself. Four to eight pipes were used. The pipes were heavy types such as used in scaffolding. A small amount of radioactive source, within an ionising smoke alarm, had previously been placed near the device in a prior experiment, the device then remained oranurised. In terms of radioactivity, the alarm used in the prior experiment contained 0.9 microCurie of americium which corresponds to an amount of 0.26 microgram of americium material. This amount was at approximately 1000th of Reich’s set up in the Oranur experiment. The experimental radioactive source had been used by Southgate in a controlled Oranur experiment some months beforehand. However the mild, controlled Oranur reaction of the cabinet appeared to be steady and ongoing. Perhaps because the large accumulator had been subjected to a mild Oranur field for some months it might have developed some small Orur qualities.

Southgate observed that the prototype device he developed seemed to create an energetic interaction between itself and the sky which appeared to result in an increase in the liveliness and sparkle, the apparent health, of the local environment. Monotonous ceilings of oppressive formless cloud-cover tended to dissipate and to be replaced by livelier, formed, more natural looking clouds. Vision in the environment seemed to improve as though a clarity dial had been turned up. In other occasions, clouds cleared and a bright, crystal clear, azure sky became apparent. Southgate also noted the device seemed to work much more slowly than that of Reich’s. A period from an hour to few hours of operating appeared to approximate to operating Reich’s spacegun for about 1-3 seconds. Occasionally, the device was run for a number of days. According to Southgate, the Oranur cabinet, although not containing a fully-developed Orur material, approximated a much weaker, ‘energy field’ version of the effects of the Orur material used by Reich. The use of the device seemed to have coincided with the changing of weather. On a number of occasions continual rain was forecast by the weather services which changed to brighter, sunnier weather. Sometimes rain occurred during the operation but generally it was of short duration and followed by finer weather. The increased clarity and liveliness seemed to continue for some time afterwards. The effect was sometimes slow to appear (a number of hours) but the number of occasions it has been noted seemed beyond coincidence to Southgate. On occasion the pipes had been unwittingly touched by hand (usually thick gloves were worn). When this happened a tingling sensation occurred for some time afterwards in the whole arm(18). No other untoward effects had been noted. On one time a ‘burn’ was noticed on a hand when a glove tore but it was not painful and went after some days(19). Around two dozen operations had been conducted in the North West of England near Liverpool, so far over the last two years approximately, with the large Oranur set up. All appeared to have had an effect on the locale. Most operations were in Summer and Autumn. It appeared the set up might work slower again in winter but not enough operations had been done at this time to yet tell(20).

Parallel to the aforementioned behaviour, Reich and his collaborators also observed other extremely important effects of the use of the Orur. They felt a striking improvement in their biological sensations, characterized by a general feeling of a deep well-being. Besides, they witnessed also a reverse of the color of the leaves of the trees in the surrounding area of the interventions by the spacegun, from brown and yellow, to green; or the greening of the desert land near Tucson, after some time of using the spacegun:

“WR [Wilhelm Reich] had the box of NR [Orur] placed touching the cables of the Cloudbuster. Immediately following this, a general feeling of well-being was marked in two persons. There was a sudden brightening of the rocks and vegetation; distant mountains which had been black, suddenly became blue; the sky cleared and the west wind started. WR remarked that his organism seemed to be filling up. RMC [Robert McCullogh] noticed that his hands were filling out to their former fullness. Deep full breathing could again be enjoyed. WR’s dog Troll showed no aversion to the box of NR.”(21)


“The morning of September 31st was striking. We had cleared the sky. An extreme, fast-forming humidity deposited heavy moisture on the window panes, on cars, on rocks and on meadows. The temperature and climate felt subtropic. Brown and yellow leaves were turning green as we looked at them, observed by McCullough, Tom Ross, an old woodsman, and myself, raised on a farm. All weather reports were upset that day.”(22)


“We would then draw from that spot and orurize the atmosphere toward that region of the sky; the atmospheric situation improved within a few minutes for human, animal and vegetation alike … To put forth another example: When the DOR removal operations in the Tucson region were finally successful, prairie grass began growing again; …”(23)(Italics are mine, RM)

Reich soon realized the power of the Orur was tremendous. He was puzzled by the way the Orur behaved when it was put into a heavy lead shielding, with the characteristic high increase of counts. He argued that when the Orur was naked, without metal shielding, it was peaceful, inactive, with a behavior corresponding to a foggy type of existence. When put into a lead container, its field was apparently restricted, confined, and so it changed from a fog-like to a pointed form of existence. Reich thought that this variation was responsible for the high Geiger-Muller action characterized by counts as high as 100,000 CPM. According to Reich, it was the restriction of its peaceful activity which caused its warlike behavior. Reich compared the behavior of the Orur to that of a wild animal. A peacefully-living wild animal, if forcefully restricted, would suddenly act in exactly the same way; or rather the orgone energy within the animal would act the same way as the Orur within a lead tube.
According to Reich all biological motions, inner as well as locomotion, appeared to be the reaction of the orgone energy to the restriction of its free motility, making its behavior change from the fog-like to the pointed state of existence. Reich observed that this latter state was characterized by some typical phenomena. One of these was fever. In general, to Reich, fever or high temperature indicated a severe reaction expressed in a rise of body temperature to certain kinds of irritation of a non-material, non-bacterial disturbance in energy equilibrium. Since for Reich the basic energy functions in the organism were the same as in the atmosphere, he transferred and applied the same concepts and conclusions from one realm to the other. In this way, a change from the foggy to the pointed form of existence, obtained by exciting the orgone energy in the atmosphere, might give rise to an increase of temperature as well. However, Reich observed that under certain circumstances even a motor force of a mechanical nature might alternatively develop. Nevertheless, the circumstances under which such a change might produce either a higher temperature or a motor force were unknown. Overall, the heat variant might be considered an alternative to the motor variant, each one produced by a specific set of circumstances(24):

If the OR energy in its pointed, excited form finds no objects to move mechanically it will cause high temperature of gases or solid substances by inner friction. …. The clicks at the Geiger counter are doubtless expression of single OR energy points charging a vacuum, a grid of an electronic tube or moving the membrane of a mechanical sound amplifier.”

The pointed state of existence of the atmospheric orgone energy was the consequence of its excitation to some factors in the nearby environment. And such excitation might be also detected at the GM counter with higher counts. Reich thought that factors such as the spreading of atomic radiations during an atomic explosion; or also DOR rising from the atmospheric energy when its envelope was dying, might be considered factors that could lead to an excitation of the orgone energy in the atmosphere(25).

When an atomic bomb explodes, a huge amount of nuclear material (NU) suddenly irritates in concentrated form an unprepared, unconcentrated atmospheric Life Energy. On the other hand, when Oranur is operating a very small amount is irritating a highly concentrated Life Energy.
In the first case the OR energy falls victim to prostration and decay. In the second case, the OR energy reacts after a brief period of consternation or paralysis with a fierce motor force.”

Based on the above considerations, the high background counts beyond a narrow area around the point of an atomic explosion were thus quite understandable. However, in the case of an Oranur reaction, produced by a small amount of a nuclear material with low counts in an orgone-rich atmosphere, many hundred thousand counts per minute could be instead detected in the surrounding atmosphere. Orurization of the atmosphere by using the spacegun presented only a variant of the latter case. When the atmosphere was orurized, by putting a small amount of Oranur nuclear material into one of the spacegun tubes, or by swinging such material to and fro near the spacegun’s metal base or pipes, the atmosphere reacted fiercely as in Oranur conditions. Orurization of the atmosphere could clean out any DOR clouds that might be present, and DOR might disappear completely independently of whether the DOR energy was reconverted into orgone energy, or changed into water vapour, absorbed into the ground, or into a well.

A phenomenon related to the reconversion of DOR to orgone energy was observed by Reich around the end of his work in the Arizona desert. On March 15th, 1955, in the free atmosphere, the GM counter gave values higher than 100,000 CPM. He wondered what could cause the 100,000 +++ counts. He thought that it was quite logical to assume that the surface of the globe developed, in agreement with the identical process in living beings, a shell or an armour between the ground and the ceiling DOR. This armour, after weeks of work with the cloudbuster first, and then with the spacegun, was cracking up, and the high counts at the GM counter represented the energy discharge and sudden release of this highly pent up energy. According to Reich, orgone energy in discharge was always motoric and in the state of pointed existence, thus creating high counts at the Geiger-Muller counter. As soon as the rain started, the counts came down from 100,000 to 15,000 CPM. When the rain stopped again, the counts went up again to more than 100,000 CPM.

According to the above considerations and analysis, Reich laid down a very basic rule concerning the orgone motor functioning by relating the pointed state of existence of the orgone energy to its radioactivity reaction to the excitation(26):

“The luminating points (see “Oranur Experiment, First Report,” p. 195 and Fig. 8, p. 42 above) are mechanical discharges and thus constitute the source of a motor force. The action of the OR motor belongs here: An even sequence of impulses, registered on the GM counter, at a rate of at least 3,000 per minute, sets a motor into motion (see “Orgone Energy Bulletin,” 1948).”

In addition to the above considerations, regarding a possible use of orgone energy as a motor force, Reich also realized that the same change in the state of existence of the orgone energy, from a foggy-like to a pointed state, would have had practical applications also in weather engineering, as he had already experienced by using the spacegun in the Tucson region(27):

“1. Increasing the energy potential in the atmosphere by way of ORUR was now available in addition to the old technique of lowering the potential at will by way of drawing off energy with the Cloudbuster.
2. “Decrease” and “Increase” of potential could be interpreted in terms of functional physics simply as a change in the form of the atmospheric energy from the foglike (unexcited, low) to the pointed (excited, high) state of existence and vice versa, Only the “pointed” state of OR [orgone energy] registers on the GM counter.
3. There was little doubt left: One could now reach far into space with ORUR: the range was limitless theoretically, since the orgone energy ocean is endless and most sensitive to stimuli as demonstrated by the processes of dawn, dusk, and our actual operations over vast stretches of space.

4. The change from the “cloudy” to the “pointed” state of existence, or activation of OR was now possible by simply impeding its freedom of “lazy” motion or by direct irritation such as friction, sparking secondary coil systems, nuclear material, heat, etc.”

One of the problems Reich had to face with the discovery of the Orur was how to transport it. He realized that the usual commercial means of transportation could not be safely used, since there was no protection whatsoever against the Orur. It was safer when naked, as it reacted fiercely when shielded or brought near metals. The problems arose when Reich decided to use two of the three Orur needles to study the genesis of desertification during the expedition to Tucson. This meant that he had to transport the Orur material from Orgonon to Tucson, and the only way to transport it was by towing it 50 or 100 feet behind a plane. A special container of wood, looking somewhat like a football or an egg, was constructed; it was hollow inside, with a suitable opening to insert the Orur material. The two units of Orur were put inside individual plastic containers, packed in cotton, and then placed inside the wooden container. In turn, this latter was placed into a canvas bag and laced up securely. The canvas bag was towed at the end of a 100 feet long strong nylon rope (with a resistance to traction of 1,000 lb). The other end of the rope was arranged in such a manner that the container could be kept trailing in flight at a distance of 100 feet.

Reich did not know how the atmosphere would react to the transportation of the Orur. And what worried Reich most was whether the Orur material would directly or indirectly affect the navigating instruments. He wrote out a set of instructions to be followed during the handling and transportation by plane(28):

Instruction for Towing of Material (ORUR) from Maine to Tucson, Arizona, Given 12-8-1954
1. Never take the material being towed into the airplane.
2. Keep the material being towed away from metal; distance of at least 5 feet, further whenever possible.

3. Keep persons away from material.

4. Be observant of personnel in plane during flight, pilot, etc., for biological reactions, possible excessive redness, etc.
5. In case anything goes wrong, land and telephone Orgone Institute, Tucson, Arizona, Tel. No. 3-8263.

6. Place material in safe place away from metal with warning danger signs.

7. In case towing container is lost: Drop smoke flare, locate the area. Land nearest place, inform State Police. Telephone Orgone Institute, Tucson, Arizona, or Hudgin Air Service, Tucson, Arizona, 3-1121.
8. Keep watch on tow container during flight.

9. Keep observation on instruments during flight for possible reaction.

10. Observe atmosphere during flight when material is being towed from Maine to Arizona. It is unknown what effect the material, being towed rapidly through the air may have on atmospheric conditions.
11. Landing and Taking Off: Have plastic towing tube extend 4 or 5 ft. back of plane. Pull towing container back away from plane as soon as possible after landing. Let out away from plane as soon as possible after taking off.
12. Guard material: When plane on ground, have material, away from plane, away from metal, guarded with Danger-Keep-Off signs posted. (If signs are metal have them 10 ft. away from material.)
13. Landing in Tucson: Pilot should inform Hudgin of arrival time: with as much advance notice as possible. Hudgin inform Orgone Institute of landing time. Landing will be at Gilpin Airport, Tucson.”

Indeed, Reich found that the Orur material might affect the instruments of the plane, such as the compass, but also the weather conditions in the flight area, the temperature above the ground, and in the vicinity of the plane, and even the conditions of the people inside the plane. An increase of the CPM rate were also observed when the two Orur units were reeled in, both for landing and take-off, reaching around 60 CPM with the Orur at the end of the mycarda (plastic) tubing, about 5 feet from the tail tip of the plane. After unreeling, the counts fell again to a normal rate of about 20 CPM. This recurred regularly; except that later, after many hours of flight, the counts did not fall so rapidly or so completely.

Reich summarized the effects of the Orur observed during the transportation from Lewiston airport, Maine, to Tucson airport, Arizona, as follows(29):

1. ERROR: Silvert [Reich’s collaborator] took the lead container along in plane, risking loss of OR [Orur], personnel and plane by intense Oranur interaction between OR and lead, with effects on people, instruments and ignition system. For short periods, LC [lead container] and OR were within 25 ft., but mostly were 100 ft. apart.

2. Effects on instruments: 20° compass deviation after leaving Pittsburgh after delay in take-off. Deviation gradually subsided in an hour.

3. Effects on people: Some confusion while approaching Pittsburgh. At various other times, drowsiness, irritability, impatience, burning of eyes, aches and pains, euphoria.

4. Effects on atmosphere: Weather cleared at Pittsburgh unexpectedly, permitting an earlier departure than anticipated by perhaps 24 hours. Thick blue haze around plane, especially marked out of Pittsburgh. … Higher temperature around plane in flight than on the ground, lasting longer than expected.

5. CPM: in plane with OR reeled out, on ground or in the air, about 20, rising to 40 near end of trip. As OR reeled in, on ground or in the air, CPM would rise to 60, beginning to rise when OR 2/3 reeled in. Approaching OR on the ground, CPM would begin to rise within 25 ft. to over 60,000 within 3 or 4 ft. Toward end of trip, CPM would fall more slowly than before, when OR unreeled.”

The radioactivity of the Orur material was measured on December 14th, 1954 soon after the arrival at Little Orgonon, the 50-acre headquarter Reich set-up eight miles from Tucson for the period of his stay in Arizona. The activity with the Orur within the container was:

at 100 feet     100,000 CPM

at 60 feet     100,000 CPM

while with the Orur outside the container was:

on ground     100,000 CPM

in 1″ lead      100,000 CPM

The Orur material calmed down the day after, on December 15th to an activity of:

200 CPM at 5 feet     (100,000 CPM on December 14th)

1200 CPM at 3 feett     (100,000 CPM on December 14th)

2400 CPM at 1 foot     (100,000 CPM on December 14th)

80,000 CPM on contact     (100,000 CPM on December 14th)

Reich deduced that the very high and unusual values were an indication that the Orur material was highly excited. At Orgonon, Maine, it yielded only low counts when not kept inside its lead container, while the radioactivity in Tucson, in the same experimental conditions, was extremely high. The Orur lost its zero reaction, and its field stretched upon arrival at Tucson to several hundred feet. However, Orur calmed down slowly during the following 24 hours after the arrival in Tucson, and its radioactive field diminished gradually from 100,000 CPM at 100 feet to 200 CPM at 5 feet. But close by it still gave without metal 100,000 CPM. It appeared that the transport from Maine to Tucson, through the orgone energy ocean, and the atmosphere at about 250 miles per hour over 3,000 miles, had an exciting effect upon it. Reich came to the conclusion that it behaved, as he had already hypothesized, like an excited animal that calmed down after a while.

On the whole, as the reader may have realized, Orur had many wonderful and, and above all, unexpected qualities inexplicable to traditional physics. The following is a good summary of all the most important characteristics of Orur, which was included by Reich in the material submitted to the US Court, as a defense material after the legal complaint by FDA(30):

“ORUR is denaturized nuclear material. I should like briefly to explain what Oranur and Orur mean. They designate nuclear material which has been treated with concentrated massfree cosmic (atmospheric) Orgone Energy. I shall not describe here the exact process: it has been described in some detail in the first report of the Oranur experiment. I shall only give an idea of the result.
By treating nuclear material (NU) with concentrated Orgone Energy (OR) NU changes into a very powerful but peaceful energy. NU is replaced within the nuclear material by OR. A radium needle which gave 16,000 counts per minute on a certain Geiger Counter naked at 1 cm. distance affected the same GM counter up to 300,000 counts per minute at a far greater distance within heavy lead shielding.
NU can be shielded by lead. ORUR cannot. On the contrary, any shielding by way of metal or even more vicinity of metal will excite ORUR into high-pitched activity, foreign to NU material. Therefore ORUR had to be transported from Maine to Arizona outside the plane, towed along in a special container 100 feet away from the metallic walls. There are many other such differences.

ORUR, that is, orgonized, denaturized nuclear material adapted to peaceful uses, had been used by the Orgone Institute for several years now in atmospheric research, specifically in destroying DOR clouds, the black, deadly, dehydrating blankets of so-called “Smog”; it has been used furthermore in creating rain and stopping rain, and lately also in an attempt to withdraw energy from hurricanes. These experiments are very promising. They are all connected with OR energy accumulation, since it is accumulated, concentrated OR energy which denaturizes nuclear material and makes it usable for peaceful purposes. The desert work in Arizona was of such kind. Green pastures and prairie grass appeared in formerly completely barren sand stretches after systematic removal of the deadly DOR blankets.”

However, the most important information about Orur might be found in these few lines(31):

“This fact is important: an alleged U.S. FDA inspector, Holliday, turned up in Arizona on December 30th, 1954. Two weeks earlier some critical pre-atomic material, called ORUR, had been flown down by Dr. Silvert from Maine to Arizona on December 12th, 1954. … The ORUR material had been flown down by Dr. Silvert: it actually effectuated the great success of the expedition in combating Desert. … They were at the same time probably out to destroy the discoverer of the Life Energy and to steal his process of denaturization of nuclear energy. … It was towed outside, 100 feet behind the plane and had been reported on the Tucson radio and on television as somewhat of a sensation, on the 20th of December.”

Reich referred to Orur as pre-atomic material. This might be understood as matter with a high concentration of orgone energy units, and the Oranur process might have been able to transform the nuclear material in an orgone-rich material with extremely benign qualities.

After the arrival of the Orur in Tucson, Reich started experimenting with the spacegun in order to investigate the reasons that might lead to the formation of desertification. He elaborated, after some months of field work in the region around Tucson, a theory that could explain the formation of deserts in the planet. He found out that the mass-free, pre-atomic, primordial cosmic energy played a fundamental role, and was at the very roots of the formation and existence of deserts. Depending on the circumstances, the life-giving energy could be transformed into dead life energy or DOR. And according to Reich, DOR was the main cause for the formation and the development of desertification. Actually, the same primordial cosmic energy which might create, sustain and reproduce life, under a definite set of circumstances, behaved as a killer of life when these conditions were absent, and became even a destroyer of lifeless matter, as happened in the disintegration of solid rock, granite, etc., to desert sand during and after the Oranur experiment in the period 1951-1954.
According to Reich, life energy creates in the biological realm its own material carriers, such as the organic building stones H, O, C, and N and their various compounds, H2O, O2, CO2, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. However, the carriers of life energy may form membranous structures of life only in a narrow range of pH, and specifically between approximately 7 and 7.4. This range does exist between two other killing realms, defined by acid (H+) on the one side (pH 1-6), and by base (OH) on the other side (pH 8-12). As a matter of fact, life was, under the given circumstances, existing on the razor’s edge between two kinds of death, and characterized by a very narrow range or domain in the infinite vastness of the cosmic energy ocean. Considering a human organism, organismic life energy metabolized from and into the cosmic energy ocean. Respiration, feeding and direct radiation (“heat”) were the basic vehicles of the metabolism of life energy between the organism and the environment. Within, the organism metabolized freshly absorbed orgone energy into DOR energy which was being expelled in the form of CO2, urine (NH3 products), feces, sweat and gaseous exudations. Energy equilibrium between charge and discharge could easily be maintained in the healthy organism. However, during sickness Reich observed that more orgone energy than usual seemed to be converted into DOR, and also more DOR seemed to be retained in the tissues. Thus, Reich argued that a prevalence of DOR energy in an organism would be a basic feature of all diseases, and many consequences would be derived from this situation. For instance, a greater inclination to exudate and to retain fluid in cavities, within the interstitia of tissue, in the abdomen, extremities in the form of edema, ascites, parenchymatous swelling, etc. Reich argued that a close relation between DOR and water, or rather to a change of H2O into DOR, and viceversa, might exist. DOR prevalence meant the need for more fluid, foremost being water. The water was being absorbed wherever it could be obtained by the thirsty DOR energy. Dehydration of tissues went parallel to a reduced ability to move and metabolize fluids. Reich inferred that dehydration of tissues, stagnation of metabolism; to which later was added lack of oxygen intake, and the resultant CO2 surplus, as in cancer, in edema of the lungs, lividity, and cyanosis, recession of vitality, on the whole were the basic disturbances of the orgone energy metabolism in an organism. In a vicious circle, inhibition of orgone energy functions led to a prevalence of DOR functions, and the latter led to a steady increase in the decay in orgone energy functions, and thus to death.

According to Reich, DOR functions were also characterized by a silent, invisible and inaudible gnawing away and insidious consumption, of the life force of a host or organism. DOR worked like a tapeworm, within the intestines of the host, be it emotionally or materially, by way of sapping and then swelling up its strength and energy. DOR was hungry above all for nourishment, for water, and for oxygen. However, in doing this DOR was destroying its own host, and its own source of nourishment(32):

“At the very basis of these life functions we find the dying of the Life Energy itself; the change from OR [orgone] energy into so-called DOR, i.e., the dead Life Energy. …. The process of dying of an organism seems, ultimately, to be no more than the dying of the Life Energy itself, the change from OR to DOR. With this basic change all secondary functions of life, energy metabolism, economy, integration of functions, cohesion of tissue, continuous reproduction of living matter and sap, also cease. In other words, the common functioning principle of all “Death” is immobilized Life Energy (cosmic primal energy) ….”

Reich came to the conclusion that the common functioning principle of all death processes was immobilized life energy, which for the lifetime of the specific organism had directed its material carriers, the membranous structure and the life fluids, constantly in exchange and metabolizing with the orgone energy ocean outside.

Reich then applied these observations and conclusions to the environment and the atmosphere. This explained the genesis of desertification as he assumed that DOR energy could be found in man, animal and plant; in the atmosphere; and in outer cosmic space. All of these were identical and the products of metabolizing primordial cosmic OR energy.

Accordingly, the process of disintegration of trees and whole forests was due to the progressive prevalence of DOR clouds in the atmosphere. He saw a slight DOR prevalence might cause lack of moisture and dryness, which in turn might increase DOR. Thus, in a vicious circle, the water-hunger grew together with diminishing precipitation. The process was slow, and not easily perceptible. When the atmosphere became droughty, causing clouds increasingly to lose their cohesion, and to weaken more easily, the level of atmospheric moisture sank, and the land began to parch. Water levels, too, sank. The life energy in the atmosphere had fewer and fewer resources of moisture. In addition, DOR caused the sun’s heat to turn into a burning or parching heat. Thus, the life energy turned, thirsty in the extreme, toward the moisture present within the vegetation because of a lack of moisture in the atmosphere. DOR penetrated the trees slowly from the top downward, and from the bark inward. The moisture, at first, was now being obtained from the bark, then upon further penetration of the tree structure, also from the deeper rings or layers. At first the bark got blackish; then the bark disintegrated, and disappeared. The process never set in from the roots upward, but the disappearance of the bark regularly began at the tree tops, working its way downward towards the roots. Also, the blackening and ensuing disintegration of the bark began on the upper sides of the branches. After some time, when the bark was almost completely off the attacked tree, and the disintegration had progressively advanced towards the roots, the inside of the tree substance disappeared, too. Then the tree would become hollow. Subsequently, due to loss of energy and substance, the tree bent, or curled up like a corkscrew. The branches sank down and fell off, until the whole tree collapsed. Therefore, DOR, under the form of Melanor(33), robbed the tree of all its moisture, its live OR energy, and its substance. At this stage the surface of the barkless stem and branches turned white. Melanor changed into white Orene, exactly the opposite of the alive. White Orene was nothing else than the formerly black Melanor. Later on, white Orene turned black and hardened upon loss of moisture.

Parallel to this, the blackness of the Melanor (DOR) would be eating its way into the rock, as well, causing it to form holes, first small holes, then larger ones. In other places the besieged rock reached a state where it crumbled into pebbles and rough sand. A whitish hue of Orite might be seen to settle gradually over such stretches of initial sand dunes. Rounded, smooth sand hills were the ultimate results of the gnawing away of rocks and dry loam by DOR and Melanor. Where traces of life remained, they were converted into secondary growth, which was vegetation of a harsh, spiny, tough, and juiceless character. As a whole all the above phenomena might be briefly summarized as follows:

1. DOR is the basic drought-causing and desert-supporting factor. There is some obscure relationship of DOR to water. DOR “eats mountains and levels them off to sand dunes.
2. Sahara sand is caked, crystallized soil mixed with Orite.”(34)


“The static landscape turned into a functional succession of events as it were, revealing its history: Green vegetation, → drought due to DOR attack, → dying of vegetation, → more DOR turning into Melanor on rocks, → eating out rocks, → Melanor turning white, → rocks changing into clay and finally sand.”(35)

Reich underlined that these processes were characterized by silence, and by slow attrition and wearing down of the victim. The life force, having been sapped from the victim, slowly became paralyzed and finally gave up. Reich drew a parallel with an emotionally-plagued character that showed the same type of behavior. A pestilent character often feels dark inside and often is actually at the skin. He saps juicy, emotionally-rich people, depriving them of their strength, akin to the behavior of a tapeworm within the host victim. The pestilential character flourishes on the energy loss in the victim, but in the end he perishes with the host.

According to Reich, a great significance for the mastery of our future might lie in the management of DOR accumulations and conditions, in that DOR surplus is causing deserts in the landscape as well as in the organism. In turn, this points to the fact that desert souls will enhance desert development; and desert development will increase DOR or staleness in the human emotions.

The management of the presence of DOR, wherever it can be located, hinges clearly on to what extent, and at what step, the decay process has arrived, so that DOR energy may be converted again into orgone energy or life energy.

Reich did find that the process of disintegration was clearly and indubitably reversible. Indeed, he experimentally achieved this in his desert work in the period 1954-1955 in Arizona, when completely barren desert land was turned into green pastures again, after thousands of years, through removal of DOR accumulations from the atmosphere(36):

“Deserts were shown to be able to green without rain. Secondary cholla vegetation like secondary drives on the armor was dying upon return of primordial life. Killer Atom had been converted to peaceful use.(37)


“It seemed incredible that systematic removal of DOR over a few days was sufficient to change the tide of death, to make green life appear again in such desolation. It was still more incredible that this had been unknown to man for ages.”(38)

A situation that continued even after many months was the conclusion of the desert greening experiment(39):

“Reich concluded his desert operations on March 1955. Six months later (September 1955) Dr. Michael Silvert surveyed the Tucson area by plane and by car. His findings were published in CORE (Vol. VII, December 1955). In general, Dr. Silvert found that green grass was apparent to a distance of 50 miles from Tucson itself. Grassy areas also showed a diminution in the growth of cactus. Grass around Mount Oracle was reported as “hip deep”, an unprecedented height. Tucson residents remarked also on the “unusual” amount of moisture and rainfall.”

The above conditions were confirmed also by local newspapers such as the Arizona Star that in September 1995 reported as follows(40):

“Despite the flooding that occurred, it was reported that the increased rainfall generally had a positive effect on the economy since there was such a tremendous increase in grazing. The Arizona Star reported on September 2, 1955: “Crops appeared to be approaching last year’s record yield – damage not as bad as expected,” and on September 18, 1955: “Arizona’s economy generally derived tremendous benefit from near record July and August rainfalls this year, according to Louis R. Jurwitz, meteorologist in charge of the state’s weather center here. The average rainfall in the state during the two months was 6.70 inches. This figure has been exceeded only twice in 60 years. Once in 1919, when state average was 8.04 in., and once in 1921, when average was 8.40 inches”.”

As a whole, the self-regulatory metabolic cycle process of OR → DOR energy → Rain → OR energy was restored and took charge of the desert. And in this process reconversion of DOR to orgone energy went in parallel to the return of water from DOR(41):

“Water was not being absorbed by DOR. Water changed into DOR. This became quite obvious. It explained the well-known desert phenomenon of rain coming down from clouds, but stopping in the atmosphere, never reaching the ground. Water changes into DOR. And, the next thought logically followed: DOR changes into water, too. In form of an orgonometric equation:

Finally, we may wonder what happened to the Orur, after it had been used in the experimental study of desert genesis by Reich. Presently, no official information is available about where the two units of Orur, used by Reich during the expedition to Arizona, and the one left at Orgonon, Maine, after being recovered from internment, might be located. Brief information is available from a letter, Moise, an associate and at the time son-in-law of Reich, wrote to Hoover, Director of the FBI, when they left Tucson after the conclusion of the desert greening experiment in Arizona, in April 1955(42):

“We wish to inform you that two milligram of Oranur treated and changed radium, used by the Orgone Institute in experimental weather control operations, have been deposited by the OIRL, Inc. at Jacumba, California in the custody of Mr. William Ketchum(43). This Oranur treated radium has been deposited in California for future experimental Oranur weather control operations.”

However, from that period on we can only speculate about where the three units of Orur might be. According to Reich’s granddaughter, Renata Moise, some units came to Hancock, Maine, and were buried in a field by her parents (Eva Reich, Reich’s daughter, and William Moise). However, the spot was lost, and gone forever(44).


  1. The article is an abridged version, with the addition of some new material, of the chapter Reich and the Orur included in the book The Legendary Shamir published by the writer in 2017.
  2. Oranur is orgone energy stimulated by radioactivity or other sources.
  3. Of the three milligrams of radium one was physically used in the Oranur experiment, the second one was considered as a control, and the third milligram was the last control needle that Reich had ordered after the conclusion of the Oranur experiment (Reich W, The Oranur Experiment: First Report (1947-1951), The Wilhelm Reich Foundation, Rangeley, Maine, 1951, pages 324-325).
  4. Reich W, The Blackening Rocks, Orgone Energy Bulletin, Vol. 5, N° 1-2, Orgone Institute Press, March 1953, pages 52-53. In Contact with Space Reich reported that the distance from Orgonon to the uninhabited area on route 17 toward Rumford, where the radioactive material was buried after the conclusion of the Oranur Experiment, was about 15 miles to southwest (Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 23).
  5. Reich was thinking that the DOR-clouds coming from the West and hovering over Orgonon, in the period of the Oranur recurrence, originated from atomic blasts carried out in the western United States. However, it was later ascertained that there were no atomic denotations in the Usa in March, 1952. Thus, the origin of those DOR-clouds remained a mystery to Reich. He later speculated that they were possibly of cosmic origin.
  6. DOR is deadly orgone energy that is orgone energy lacking oxygen and water. DOR is black, lusterless, toxic, and carries a high charge. It appears as black specks in the atmosphere, as though someone had sprinkled the air with black pepper. One can clearly see the sun through it, but photographs appear as though they were taken in shadow. DOR attacks anything, animal, vegetable, or mineral, in order to obtain the needed oxygen and water. Leaves droop and lose their luster, birds and insects become quiet, and even the air is still. Humans become uncomfortable, the skin blue, mouth parched, and the scalp tight, causing headache and nausea. Reich called this DOR sickness, that is Oranur sickness under high power. Reich’s work demonstrated that DOR and orgone energy are deadly antagonists, being antithetical, mutually exclusive, energies. Reich indicated nuclear energy as the most potent man-made irritant in exciting the atmospheric orgone energy into Oranur and DOR. Other irritating sources of the orgone energy continuum that might lead to the formation of DOR, are high-voltage electrical and electronic equipment (radar, sonar, microwaves of all types, X-rays, TV-sets, VHF and VLF radio frequencies, etc.), and electrical, chemical and thermic energy. According to Reich, the build-up of planetary smog might be instigated and aggravated by worldwide DOR. Industrial particulates and noxious gases do not disperse when DOR is in the atmosphere.
  7. The Geiger-Muller 4096 Tracerlab Auto-scaler was equipped with a counter tube with a mica window thickness of 2.3 mg/cm2, while the counter tube of the SU-5 survey meter was characterized by a mica window with a wall thickness of 30 mg/cm2. This means that the 4096 Auto-scaler was approximately ten times more sensitive than the SU-5 survey meter (Kent K, The Oranur Experiment, Journal of Borderland Research, Vol XLII, N° 6, November-December 1986).
  8. Measurements of the original radioactivity of a one milligram unit of naked radium (16,000 CPM or 8.3 Roentgens per hour) was done in New York City, away from the highly-charged atmosphere of Reich’s laboratory, at Orgonon, Maine. Reich also observed that at the opening, one of the three water-tight lead radium containers was found almost full of what appeared to be water. The screw cap was greased before burying it and Reich had no plausible reason to explain the presence of the water inside that container.
  9. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 25.
  10. Reich W, Ibid, page 24. The value of 43,000 CPM (last column in table 1) had been corrected by Reich (as reported in the Errata of the Oranur Experiment book, October 1951) to be 38,400 CPM. Besides, Reich reported also the CPM should be read as Approximate CPM.
  11. Reich W, Ibid, page 27.
  12. In the calculation here I neglected the value of 4,096 CPM in table 2, as it seems extremely low, and out of range when compared to the order of the other measured values.
  13. The drawing in the figure was attached to a letter (dated February 13, 1956) Moise sent to Kelly, superintender of the National Capital Parks (United States Department of Interior), Washington DC, in order to get permission to permanently mount a Reich spacegun in the city on a location in the East Potomac Park, close to the Washington channel, along Ohio Drive to Hains Point, with the aim to carry out atmospheric research experiments. The experiments were related to the atmospheric conditions causing smog, a major problem on those part of the nation, including Washington DC. The experiments with the spacegun had a duration each of about 1 ½ hours to be carried out for several times weekly. For the record, permission to operate in the area was issued by the competent authorities on January 24th, 1956. However, Moise around a week later asked the National Capital Parks for a permanent placing in the East Potomac Park of part of the apparatus (the spacegun). A request that was formalized in written on February 13, 1956, where a drawing of the apparatus to be placed on the Park was attached (figure 2 in this paper). Few days after, on February 17th, 1956, the National Capital Parks requested Moise to suspend all the experiments and revoked the permit until further notice. All of this occurred before the FBI was informed, so the suspension of the first permission to drive through the park and the refusal to grant the second request to place the cloudbuster on the park property had nothing to do with the FBI. It was only on March 2nd that the whole incident was sent to Hoover of the FBI (Bennett P, Personal Communication, December 7th, 2020). Besides, it is important to note from the drawing and the information provided from the letter exchange between Moise and the National Capital Parks, that Moise still needed a source of running water to ground the flexible cables the spacegun was equipped, even though the atmosphere might be mostly affected only by the action of the Orur. See Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dr Wilhelm Reich, Part 5 of 6, Section 2.
  14. Maglione R, Wilhelm Reich and the Healing of Atmospheres. Modern Techniques for the Abatement of Desertification, Natural Energy Works, Ashland, Oregon, 2007.
  15. According to the experience of the writer, from moderate to good variations of the radioactivity in the closeness of an operating cloudbuster and at some distance from it can be observed. Measurements were performed in a period between March 11, and December 03, 2010, on a standard apparatus consisted of a rack of 10 pipes of galvanized iron (6-m long) connected via a collector to two flexible aluminium cables (9-m long). The apparatus was located on the bank of the Betsiboka River, Mahajanga, Madagascar. The measures were taken by a Radalert 100 GM counter (International Medcom, Usa) during the on/off interventions both at the cloudbuster’s site, and at distances of 100 and 250 m. The three measurement sites belonged to the same straight line. In most of the cases, each measurement lasted for the duration of the specific planned activity (grounded or ungrounded flexible cables). Duration of the measurements ranged between about 9 and 24 hours. It was determined that close to the cloudbuster an average value of 16.1 CPM (average of 37 readings) was recorded during the drawing times with the flexible cables grounded into the river’s waters; while during periods where interventions were suspended an average value of 15.8 CPM (average of 46 readings) was obtained. At a distance from the apparatus (and from the river’s bank) of 100 m a value of 16.5 CPM (average of 8 readings) was recorded when the cloudbuster was not operating. No reading was taken during the drawing operations at this distance. At a distance of 250 m from the apparatus a value of 20.0 CPM (only one measurement was done) was obtained when the cloudbuster was operating. While a value of 17.7 CPM (average of 7 readings) was recorded when the flexible cables were ungrounded. The natural background before starting all the operations was about 14.0 CPM.
    Table 1 below shows all the averaged data, and the number of measures taken (reported in parenthesis).

    Table 1

    From the above data a good increase of the radioactivity during the operations compared to the natural background can be seen. A percentage increase of 15.0 % and of 42.8 % were recorded at the cloudbuster’s site, and at 250 m distance, respectively. Yet, it seems that the radioactive field developed around the apparatus during the drawing operations did not reduce to the natural background values when it was not operating. Indeed, a percentage increase when compared to the natural background of 12.9 % at the apparatus’ site, of 17.9 % at 100 m distance, and of 26.4 % at 250 m distance was respectively observed during inactive periods. Besides, the radioactive field around the cloudbuster seemed increase against the distance. Unfortunately, measurements were not taken at distances higher than 250 m from the site of the apparatus, and hence it was not possible to determine how far the radioactive field extended from the cloudbuster’s site. Recalling the results of the Oranur experiment carried out at Orgonon in 1951 by Reich, it can be argued that around the cloudbuster a mild Oranur field (increase of radioactivity) might have formed during the interventions because of the orgone energy flow from the atmosphere through the pipes, and then through the flexible cables into the river. And this Oranur field extended for at least 250 m from the drawing site, and its strength was noted to increase against the distance from the apparatus’ site.

    Another interesting phenomenon that was observed in the same period of the operations was the increase of the potential difference between the electrodes of a voltmeter (Mastech R multimeter, Hong Kong) when immersed in the running water of the river (close to the bank) at different distances from the grounded flexible cables of the apparatus. During an intervention, at around 50 m upstream the grounded cables a potential difference of about 10 mV was measured; while at about the same distance by, this time downstream of the cloudbuster’s site, the potential difference was about 30 mV. In another intervention (and hence with the flexible cables grounded into the water of the river) a potential difference between the electrodes immersed in the river’s water of about 10 mV 50 m upstream, 70-180 mV in the proximity of the grounded flexible cables, and 25-40 mV 50 m downstream was found. Again, in another intervention, a tension of 100-200 mV was measured in the water around the grounded flexible cables. The following table 2 reports the averaged values of the potential difference measured at the different points. In parenthesis the number of measures taken is also shown.

    Table 2

    It is evident from the above data that a change in the electric current transmitted by the river’s water took place during the interventions, and this might be attributable to the orgone energy absorbed and discharged into the water by way of the etheric circuit determined by the rigid metal pipes and the flexible cables. A dramatic change of the potential difference, when compared to the value measured upstream, was observed in the river’s water around the grounded flexible cables (+1275%); while downstream a substantial increase (+212%) was seen.

    In a specific episode the potential difference of the soil close to the cloudbuster was also measured. Before the intervention it was 20 mV, while during the intervention the potential difference increased to about 40 mV.

    The variation of the potential difference in the running fluid in which the orgone energy, drawn from the atmosphere by the rigid pipes, had been discharged, and the formation of a radioactive field around the drawing structure may involve that during the interventions the amount of orgone energy around the cloudbuster and discharged into the running water of the river, had given rise to the fluctuation of physical parameters secondary to the pre-atomic orgone energy such as radioactivity, and electricity conducted by the fluid. This explanation can also be considered valid for the potential difference variation of the soil close to the drawing structure. Also in this latter case the variation might be ascribable to the flow of orgone energy around it. If the above phenomena are confirmed by further measurements in other experiments, the variations of the above parameters can be an indication of and useful to check the quality of the drawing during the operations. And in case no change in the above parameters is found, this can be considered a clear sign that the absorbing structure is not working properly due to operational reasons.

    For more details on the Mahajanga operations see Glielmi N, Fontana M, Maglione R, Valleri T, Argomenti Reichiani, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale, Italy, 2012; Maglione R, Restoring Natural Atmospheric Pulsation in Northwestern Madagascar with the Reich Cloudbuster, Syntropy, N° 2, 2013, pages 179-185; and Maglione R, Recovering Natural Atmospheric Pulsation from Reich to the Present Day, presented at the International Conference on Orgonomy, October 04, 2013, Rome, Italy.

  16. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 29.
  17. Southgate L, A Preliminary Investigation into a Prototype Device Based Upon Reich’s Spacegun, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, May 10, 2020.
  18. Southgate L, Personal Communication, December 11th, 2020.
  19. Southgate L, Ibid, December 11th, 2020.
  20. Southgate L, Ibid, December 11th, 2020.
  21. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 26.
  22. Reich W, Ibid, pages 33-34.
  23. Reich W, Ibid, page 91.
  24. Reich W, Ibid, page 218
  25. Reich W, Ibid, page 219.
  26. Reich W, Ibid, page 44.
  27. Reich W, Ibid, pages 45-46.
  28. Reich W, Ibid, pages 186-187.
  29. Reich W, Ibid, pages 194.
  30. Reich W, History of the Discovery of the Life Energy. Atoms for Peace vs the HIG Documentary, Supplement N° 3, A-XII-EP, Orgone Institute Press, Orgonon, Maine, 1956, page 14.
  31. Reich W, Ibid, page 12.
  32. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, pages 148-149.
  33. Melanor, Orite, and Brownite were substances related to the disintegration of matter when subjected to elevated Oranur conditions, and DOR clouds. They were belonging to a new field of the Orgonomic science Reich had opened with the study of Oranur, or pre-atomic chemistry. Reich found Melanor was a black, acidic (pH 3-5), corrosive, and soluble in acid substances, which settled over living beings and rocks; Orite, was a white, basic (pH 8-11), and soluble in water and bases powder, in which the rocks disintegrated; and Brownite, a brown and neutral (pH around 7) powder which could be seen to emerge from a mixing of, and contact between Melanor and Orite. It was also discovered that Melanor was a reducing and dehydrating agent (it had a powerful hunger for oxygen); while Orite and Brownite were not. Melanor had predominately acidic cations and anions; Orite had basic cations and anions; while Brownite had a mixture of both. Orene is the designation Reich gave to the pre-atomic substance, discovered in 1953 during the continuing course of the Oranur experiment, which appeared to be a transitional stage in the development of mass from energy. It showed many functional qualities of both living and non-living material. See Reich W, Melanor, Orite, Brownite and Orene. Introduction, CORE, Vol. VII, N° 1-2, Orgone Institute Press, Orgonon, Maine, March, 1955; and McCullough RA, Melanor, Orite, Brownite and Orene. Preliminary Chemical Analysis, CORE, Vol. VII, N° 1-2, Orgone Institute Press, Orgonon, Maine, March, 1955.
  34. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 165.
  35. Reich W, Ibid, page 239.
  36. For a detailed critical review of the Reich’s Arizona expedition see Huthsteiner C, Weather Engineering in Contact with Space: Global Warming and the Planetary Emergency, Annals of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, Vol. 10, N° 1, December 2005, pages 1-42.
  37. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 202.
  38. Reich W, Ibid, page 239.
  39. Eden J, Planet in Trouble. The UFO Assault on Earth, Exposition Press, New York, 1973, page 152.
  40. Quoted in Huthsteiner C, Weather Engineering in Contact with Space: Global Warming and the Planetary Emergency, Annals of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, Vol. 10, N° 1, December 2005, pages 9-10.
  41. Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 258.
  42. Moise W, Letter to Hoover JE, Orgone Institute Research Laboratory, Orgonon, Maine, April 7, 1955.
  43. I could not find information in the Orgonomy literature about Ketchum. He is never mentioned by Reich nor by his biographers. The only information I could find that might have some sense is that related to William Ketchum, US Representative from California. He was born in Los Angeles in 1921, and died in Bakersfield in 1978. In the period in which Reich was in Tucson, Arizona, Ketchum was a salesman, and was also engaged in cattle ranching and farming. However, the hypothesis that he was the owner of the ranch, 10 miles north of Tucson, Magee road, Route 6, where Reich established his headquarter during the desert greening period, renaming it Little Orgonon, should be discarded, in that the owner was an oil man whose name was Thompson, living in Florida (Reich W, Where’s the Truth? Letters and Journals 1948-1957, edited by Mary B Higgins, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY 2012, pages 175 and 176; see also Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 143). However, given the fact that the house was found with the help of the head of the South Arizona Bank and Trust Company, Mr Douglas, who was also one of the members of the advisory board to President Eisenhower (Reich W, Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report (1951-1956), Core Pilot Press, New York, 1957, page 132), it is reasonable to presume that, both Douglas, and Ketchum being involved in politics, the latter was introduced to Reich by Douglas, and became interested in his desert greening work.
  44. Renata Reich Moise, personal communication, October, 2016.

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A Preliminary Investigation into a Prototype Device Based Upon Reich’s Spacegun

Introduction and Background

In the autumn of 2017 the author repeated Reich’s oranur experiment but with 1000th of the radioactivity, although using a similarly high orgone charge (1). The results in terms of various physical parameters, from possible small electrical, magnetic and visual effects have been detailed in a number of papers (2). This work was undertaken as a preliminary to experiments looking into the relationship between orgone and consciousness – the author’s main area of interest. The author assumed the relationship between these two variables would entail high orgone charges, hence the interest in the oranur experiment. However, during this work a possible partial replication of some of Reich’s experiments with the radioactive cloudbuster, the Spacegun (SG), was unintentionally repeated and then systematically researched for about a year. The SG was a development of the cloudbuster. The SG was so named because Reich found that the device could potentially, “reach far into space” (3). Also the term may refer to a different mode of action than that of the cloudbuster. This will be explored further at the end of this section.

As early as 1940, Reich was experimenting with processes that would eventually lead to the invention of the cloudbuster – an array of long metal pipes, 9 to 12 foot long, grounded into water and pointed at the sky. Cloudbusters have scientifically evidenced effects upon weather conditions (4), (5), (6). If there is a continuum of aether-like energy in the sky, orgone, which is attracted to water and can be entrained in tubes, then it would be logical that such a device might work.

It all started with Reich observing that metal pipes, when aimed at the orgone waves he could see hovering above Lake Mooselookmeguntic in Maine, had some kind of effect upon those subtle energy waves (7). It appears that Reich always had a high degree of ‘energetic’ type ‘soft’ vision. However, he forgot all about this occurrence until 12 years later during the energetic DOR (or Deadly Orgone) emergency following the oranur experiment of 1951. Oranur is a name for orgone energy which has been stimulated, for example, by a small amount of radioactivity. Reich had kept small amounts of radioactive material in weak accumulators at his labs in Orgonon, Maine, for years without problem, such as luminescent zinc sulphide in a small accumulator. He also had a radium dial watch which gave high Geiger counts in the lab setting but without having negative biological effects (8). However, this was the first time he had used a significant source of radioactivity – 1 milligram (mg) of radium, within a strong accumulator. This cabinet was in turn placed within an orgone room (a room sized orgone accumulator). Reich had bought two mg’s of radium for the experiments at Orgonon and a small amount of radioactive cobalt-6, a few micrograms (mcg), also procured in December 1950, for calibration of Geiger counters. Reich wanted his own baseline readings rather than to rely on varying accounts of standard radioactivity for the samples. Reich took baseline Geiger counts both at Orgonon and in New York.

It was the oranur emergency that directly led to the invention of the cloudbuster. Reich and his colleagues had been suffering from the black, gloomy clouds of DOR that hung over Orgonon for at least a month. The clouds were accompanied by nausea, listlessness and fatigue and other acute medical symptoms. Then in April of 1951 Reich realised that the tubes he had pointed over that lake a dozen years earlier, might have some application to the problem in hand. Reich got a set of steel pipes, grounded them in water (because orgone is attracted to water) and pointed them at the DOR clouds stuck over Orgonon. Immediately there was tangible relief for the suffering workers. The emergency at Orgonon went on for much of the rest of the year but at least there was a device which could help. Over the next few years Reich investigated the effects of the cloudbuster and found how to use it both to remove DOR and to increase and decrease cloud cover.

After the oranur experiment of 1951, the two mg’s of radium and the few mcg’s of cobalt-60 were buried in a steel and concrete safe, within their individual lead shielding in an uninhabited area by Route 17 toward Rumford about 15 miles from Orgonon in Maine, USA (9). It was left there for two and a half years and retrieved in September 1954. Curiously, the container of one of the radium pieces had filled up with a water-like liquid, despite there being no way for water to get into the sealed lead vial. Southgate has noticed that oranur can melt Himalayan crystal producing what looks like a clear watery liquid. However, the liquid process that Reich found might not be related (10).

Reich noted that this radioactive substance behaved oddly when measured with the Geiger counter. It had low counts naked but very high counts, in the tens of thousands, when within its lead shielding. Then In September 1954, during the tail end of the DOR emergency at Orgonon, Reich struck upon a novel use of this new material which he later called ORUR (Orgonised Uranium), to distinguish it from oranur.


‘..had the box of NR (Nuclear Radioactive Material) placed touching the cables of the Cloudbuster. Immediately following this, a general feeling of well-being was marked in two persons. There was a sudden brightening of the rocks and vegetation; distant mountains, which had been black, suddenly became blue; the sky cleared and the west wind started. WR (Wilhelm Reich) remarked that his organism seemed to be filling up. RMC (Robert McCullough) noticed that his hands were filling out to their former fullness. Deep full breathing could again be enjoyed. WR’s dog Troll showed no aversion to the box of NR.’

McCollough in Contact With Space (11).

Reich went on to use the SG, the Spacegun, so called because it energised the atmosphere, possibly into the reaches of space, at Orgonon, noting near miraculous changes in seconds. Although the environment could be energised and cleared from horizon to horizon, these effects did not last long. My experience, and Reich’s words in Contact with Space, leads the author to believe that the mechanism of action for an SG type device is different to the cloudbuster – the cloudbuster ‘pulls’ energy from the orgone continuum of the sky into the grounded water. This creates uneven eddies of energy in the previously smooth continuum of the sky which in turn affects cloud dispersal or gathering. An SG type device on the other hand, appears to enter into some kind of energisation exchange between the device and the sky, literally ‘shooting’ energy into the sky.

‘This was news, indeed: The atmosphere could be charged, “Orurized,” directly by ORUR.’ – Wilhelm Reich (12).

An SG is not a more powerful cloudbuster therefore, this author believes, but a different device altogether. A cloudbuster extracts energy from where it is pointed to the grounded water. An SG however may enter into an ‘energetic conversation’ with the sky. The author believes that energy goes from the SG to the sky and back again in a feedback loop. This is my intuitive feeling of the process from my understanding of Reich’s account and also in my own experience.

‘If used only a few seconds, two to five, it cleared the sky of DOR…Later I learnt to respect the great sensitivity of the atmospheric energy and the power of ORUR…The orurization effect of September 29th had reached as far as 170 miles..’ (13).

Reich notes that the SG has the effect of,

‘Increasing the energy potential in the atmosphere….in addition to the old technique of lowering the potential….with the Cloudbuster.’ (14).

‘The power of Orur was tremendous. It could not be overestimated….Orur seemed to cause an extension of the gaseous atmosphere of the globe.’ (15).

Here the SG is pushing the atmosphere rather than pulling as a cloudbuster might do.

At great difficulty, Reich had the orur material flown to Little Orgonon in Arizona where he was doing the very first orgonomic desert work. Again, here the SG had amazing effects, such as desert greening without rain. The arid DORish Arizona atmosphere, which had been affected by recent atomic testing, had become moist after a ridge of energetic blockage was finally removed by Reich and his team using the SG (16).

This is the background to a possible partial repetition of the SG type process beginning in January 2019.

Experimental Procedure

In January 2019 the author started experimenting with mini-SG devices. A group of 2 foot long steel alloy pipes were wrapped at one end in accumulating materials. A small amount of radioactive matter within an ionising smoke alarm was placed near the pipes. In terms of radioactivity, the alarm contained 0.9 microCurie of americium which corresponds to an amount of 0.26 microgram (mcg) of americium material. The background Geiger count of the local environment measured on a Radex One radiation counter is 0.09 to 0.12 SV/h (microSievert per hour). This corresponds to approximately 16-18 CPM (Counts Per Minute). The americium, measured at 1cm distance whilst still within its compartment inside the smoke alarm, measured 0.14 SV/h or 22 CPM.

The mini SG-like device certainly had a strong energy charge, and once when left on overnight seemed to cause an Out Of Body experience in the author during sleep. However the device appeared to have minimal or no effect on the environment. After a couple of weeks of experimenting for short periods the device was carefully dismantled and cleaned.

One must be careful not to touch the metal pipes of a cloudbuster or an SG-like device. Thick gloves are useful. Accidental touches of the pipes of the larger device can result in an ‘oranur burn’ in the author’s experience. Also there is the theoretical risk of picking up unwanted energy signatures from the environment perhaps latent in the pipes.

A few days after this, at another location (where the large oranur cabinet is kept in a separate outhouse building) the author observed something curious. There is a private car parking area close to the outhouse building. A scaffolding truck had parked there close to the oranur device (but separated by the walls of the outbuilding). The truck had one long steel pipe on it which was pointed at a cloud at 45° approximately.

Figure 1
Truck and Pipe
Outhouse building, Oranur Cabinet, Parked Scaffolding Truck.

Where the pipe was pointing was a cloud. The author noticed that there was a gap forming in the cloud where the pipe was pointed. This prompted the author to obtain some scaffolding type thick steel pipes of various sizes around 6 foot in length. As the truck pipe seemed to work at a distance from the oranur device, the pipes were at first placed next to the closed cabinet at 45° or 90° usually. Later on the pipes were placed next to the open cabinet then finally within the open cabinet itself.

Figure 2
Operational Set Up
Oranur Cabinet with Steel Scaffolding Type Pipes.

As the oranur charge of the prototype SG-like device is at approximately 1000th of Reich’s set up it was thought that it would work much more slowly than Reich’s SG. This appeared to be the case. Whereas the Reich SG would work in seconds, it was noted that the prototype device would take up to a few hours to start affecting the environment.

The general effects are as follows: dark oppressive formless cloud cover tends to dissipate to be replaced by livelier, formed, lighter clouds. Grey murkiness in the atmosphere tends to clear to be replaced by a sparkling, clear sight and feeling. Vision in the environment seems to get better as though a clarity dial has been turned up. Other times, clouds clear and an azure sky became apparent. The sky afterwards becomes more ‘dramatic’. The environment feels more refreshed and alive. Reports of geometric shapes in the night sky have been made though not witnessed by the author. There is a 10° magnetic deflection within 6 foot of the pipes and a cyclic increase, though still relatively moderate, of the Geiger count measured at a distance of 1 foot from the oranur device with a Radex One monitor (see Operations Chart).

Figure 3 – Operations Chart

Date & Time


Weather Before

Weather After

10th Feb 2019

6 pipes at 45° next to cabinet, pointing West for 2 hours. Cabinet Shut.


Storm clouds concentrated in direction of pipes then cleared.

12th Feb 2019

6 pipes at 45° next to cabinet, pointing East for 2 hours. Cabinet Shut.

Oppressive cloud cover, dark, rain forecast.

Clouds started to clear after 30 minutes.

14th Feb 2019

As above, 2 hours.

Grey clouds, oppressive.

Clouds cleared where pipes pointed then gradually azure sky, clear entirely.

15th Feb 2019 9am

As Above.

Oppressive grey haze.

Sky brighter though cloud cover remains.

19th Feb 2019 10am

6 pipes pointed East, 45°, 21 hours, Cabinet shut.

Very oppressive grey clouds, environment feels hazy.

Cloud clearing after 2 hours to reveal cross pattern of jet trails. Environment feels brighter. Eventually sky clears. Everything feels ‘bright’ and clear. Raised Geiger count for some distance from the device (up to 24 foot). At 1 foot from the device – 0.16 – 0.19 mSV/h (microSievert
per hour) were noted cycling up and down. After operation skies lightest in direction of pipes. Otherwise natural looking formed clouds. Feels very ‘bright’ locally. A feeling of ‘lightness’. Storm clouds coming in from the West.

23rd Feb 2019 4pm

6 pipes were pointed West, 45°, Cabinet open. 48 hours.

Very murky oppressive grey cloud, depressed feeling.

Clouds clearing in direction of pipes. Bright feeling. Storm clouds forming. Shaped clouds. Clear sky over area of operation.
Geiger count cycling between 0.09 and 0.16 mSV/h measured at 1 foot from device. Following days, bright azure skies. Warm.

6th March 2019 1pm

Pipes pointed in Triangle formation towards East. Cabinet open.

Overcast, Dark Grey.

Clearing on and off and new storm clouds gathering, feels very bright and clear, visibility increasing, At 2.30pm: short heavy downpour then rainbows.

April 2019



Three further 2 hour operations, observations as above, sky often has a ‘dramatic’ quality to it afterwards.

13th June 2019 2pm,

8 pipes were pointed at zenith. Cabinet open.

Overcast, heavy atmosphere, raining, grey, recent flooding. Rain forecast for following 48 hours.

Zone above clearing of clouds within hour then clouds gathering and darker where pointed but clearing elsewhere. Environment feels bright. Sky looks healthier, formed clouds rather than ‘grey ceiling’. Next day, sunny at times contrary to forecast, dramatic looking sky.

The next two operations came 9 months later and were timed to coincide with rainy weather with forecasts for further rain.




28th Feb 2020 12pm

8 pipes were pointed East, 45°, 50 hours, cabinet open.

Raining. Rain forecast for next 48 hours.

Rainclouds clearing after 2 hours, sunny. 2 hours after removal of pipes – raining again.

17th March 2020

As above.

Raining. Rain forecast 48 hours.

Sunny spells.


The preliminary data appears to indicate that orur material may not be needed to operate a prototype SG-like device based on the Reich SG. The cabinet itself may have orur-like qualities this author believes. It certainly has low grade oranur attributes and this appears enough to activate a pipe device into having certain SG-like qualities (such as brightening the atmosphere) but on a less dramatic scale than that which Reich experienced. The large prototype device seems to work much more slowly. An hour of operating it appears to approximate to operating Reich’s SG for about 1-3 seconds. The author feels that the oranur cabinet, although not containing orur material, approximates a much weaker, ‘energy field’ version of the effects of orur material.

Slight radioactive materials used with the earlier SG-like mini-device did not seem to have direct effects on the environment although the author cannot be sure. Perhaps a larger oranur reaction, such as obtained with the full-sized prototype device, is needed for SG-like environmental effects.

The large prototype SG-like device described in this paper seems to create an energetic interaction between itself and the sky which appears to result in an increase in the liveliness and sparkle, the apparent health, of the local environment. The author suspects that the thickness of the metal pipes used with the oranur cabinet (being actual steel scaffolding pipes) increases the effects of the device. Occasionally a thinner but 12 foot long steel pipe was used in conjunction with the shorter scaffolding pipes which also seemed to boost the effects.

Possible Medical Applications

It is possible that SG-like devices might increase health and vitality in populations over wide geographical areas by increasing the energy charge of the environment and perhaps cleansing it energetically. There could be direct medical applications for the health of groups and individuals which might be explored.

Important Cautionary Notice

It is strongly advised that no-one other than experienced orgonomic researchers operate an SG or a prototype SG-like device. The author advises against anyone other than experienced orgonomic academics and qualified scientists from considering further research. It is also noted that SG type devices may have strong effects, alongside oranur, on emotions amongst people nearby. It is recommended to be particularly cautious using oranur or an SG type device near psychics. Oranur appears to be an energy with consciousness characteristics and those who are already sensitive to extra-cognitive aspects of functioning can be strongly affected by oranur. The metal pipes should not be touched by hand as oranur ‘burns’ can result. Also energetic frequencies could theoretically be picked up via contact with the pipes.


  1. Maglione, R. (2017) The Legendary Shamir, robert_jumper@yahoo.it (Sum worked out also in personal correspondence with Maglione); see also Maglione, R. (2018) The Origin of an Oranur reaction, https://www.psychorgone.com/.
  2. Southgate, L. (2018) Preliminary Experiments with Electrical Capacitance, Temperature, Radioactivity, Luminescence, and other Observations Associated with Controlled Oranur in a Strong Orgone Device, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device (See also further experimental report at same Journal).
  3. Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press, pp 46.
  4. Reich, W. (1960) Higgins – Editor, Selected Writings of Wilhelm Reich, Cosmic Orgone Engineering Chapter, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux pp433 onwards or Orgone Energy Bulletin, V4, N4, 1952.
  5. Demeo, J. (2002) OROP Eritrea, A 5 Year Desert Greening Experiment in the East African Sahara, Pulse of the Planet, N5 pp183.
  6. Maglione, R. (2011) Wilhelm Reich and the Healing of Atmospheres: Modern Techniques for the Abatement of Desertification, Natural Energy Works, USA.
  7. Reich, W. (1960) Higgins – Editor, Selected Writings of Wilhelm Reich, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, USA, Also see Kindle Edition (2013) pp 438.
  8. Reich, W. (1960) Higgins – Editor, Selected Writings of Wilhelm Reich, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, USA, Also see Kindle Edition (2013) pp363 – 364.
  9. Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press, pp 23 and pp25.
  10. Southgate, L. (2018) Preliminary Experiments with Electrical Capacitance, Temperature, Radioactivity, Luminescence, and other Observations Associated with Controlled Oranur in a Strong Orgone Device, Journal of Psychiatric Orgone Therapy, https://www.psychorgone.com/orgone-biophysics/preliminary-experiments-with-electrical-capacitance-temperature-radioactivity-luminesence-and-other-observations-associated-with-controlled-oranur-in-a-strong-orgone-device
  11. Reich, W. (1957) Contact with Space, Oranur Second Report, Core Pilot Press, pp 26, my Italics.
  12. Ibid, pp29. My highlighting.
  13. Ibid, pp30.
  14. Ibid, pp45. My highlighting.
  15. Ibid, pp231.
  16. Ibid, pp247.

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