The history of orgone and orgonite: the meaning of orgonite, who invented orgonite, what is orgonite’s origin?

the history of orgonite

Orgone is an invisible subtle etheric energy, similar to concepts that have existed for thousands of years, such as prana, chi or life force energy. Orgonite is orgone processing material, a passive device that attracts negative or bad orgone, and converts it into positive or good orgone.

Orgone energy, and orgonite’s effect on it can’t yet be reliably scientifically measured, resulting in mainstream science and academia largely ignoring or not acknowledging it.

In any case, a great deal of anecdotal evidence has been amassed, with hundreds if not thousands of people dedicating their lives to furthering the development of the field.

We have summarised the main developments in orgone and orgonite in chronological order in the below timeline. This includes the coining of the term “orgone”, the invention of the orgone accumulator, the origin of the term “orgonite”, the creation of towerbusters and cones, and the start of the gifting movement.

1930s orgone wilhem reich

1930s: Orgone term created

Wilhem Reich created the term orgone to describe an invisible subtle energy that he was observing in lab experiments that did not obey the laws of electricity or magnetism.

It is not known exactly why he named it orgone, but “org” derives from the Greek “erg-“ or “org-” (meaning “work” – as used in energy, energetic, ergonomics, organ, organic, organism), and the suffix “one” generally indicates a group, or something large or important.

Concepts of similar invisible life force energy have been present for thousands of years, known as qi, ch’i/chi, khi, gi and ki in traditional Chinese/Qigong, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese cultures respectively.

Similar concepts are known as prana, chi, pneuma, mana, lüng, manitou, ruah and vital energy in Hinduism/Indian culture, Igbo religion, ancient Greece, Hawaiian culture, Tibetan Buddhism, indigenous peoples of the Americas, Jewish culture and Western philosophy respectively.

Reich himself sometimes referred to orgone energy as “life energy”, and various other names for subtle energy include aether, odic force, reiki energy, bioenergy, bioetheric energy, biomagnetic energy, huna energy, animal magnetism, astral energy, 4th dimensional energy, and emotional body energy.

In terms of properties, through observation it is thought that orgone is polarised, mass free, affected by living things, able to penetrate and travel along all known materials at different speeds, and in constant motion. Orgone flows in the direction of magnetic fields, moves at right angles to electrical fields, travels relatively slowly (50 meters in 20 seconds), tends to flow upwards, radiates a great distance, follows optical laws, is present everywhere in variable concentrations, is affected by weather, and travels more efficiently and with less resistance through water and earth than it does through air.

It is thought that orgone fields can transmit information without transmitting energy, and that every physical object has a characteristic orgone field.

To summarise, the energy that Wilhem Reich named “orgone” in the 1930s is thought to be an omnipresent invisible sea of subtle etheric energy that is usually found in higher concentrations within living tissue. It interacts with the physical environment, having an effect on magnetic, optical, thermal, electrical, metabolic and chemical properties to varying degrees.

1940 orgone accumulator wilhem reich

1940: Orgone accumulator invented

Wilhem Reich invented what he called an orgone accumulator, which consisted of a box, constructed of alternate layers of organic (fibreglass) and inorganic (steel wool) material. It drew in, concentrated, and condensed ambient orgone energy to the inside of the box.

As orgone energy is invisible, it was difficult to provide proof that this device was accumulating orgone energy as claimed.
However, one important anomaly remains to this day; Reich noticed that the temperature inside the orgone accumulator was regularly higher than that inside dummy boxes or the surrounding environment.
In 1941, Albert Einstein confirmed in writing to Reich that he was also observing this thermal anomaly, with the orgone accumulator showing “a temperature of about 0.30-0.40 degrees Celsius higher”.

In more recent times (1986-1987 and 1995), two double-blind controlled experiments have confirmed this thermal anomaly. Researcher James DeMeo also confirmed this in 2009, and stated “This confirmation is beyond all known thermodynamic expectations, and is now documented in a most carefully-conducted experimental protocol. There is no other known cause for the anomaly, other than a true and real effect of the orgone energy, or something very similar to it.”

In addition to the thermal anomaly, it has been noted that plant growth is positively affected inside orgone accumulators. A multi-year controlled laboratory study of sprouting mung beans showed significant growth-enhancement inside the accumulator over controls, with an average 34% increase in sprout length.

1981 radiation absorbent material Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

1981: Military use of orgonite-like material

About a decade before orgonite was invented, the US military (and others shortly after) applied a very similar material to the exterior of stealth aircraft such as the F-117A Nighthawk.
The material is known as radiation-absorbent material (RAM), and consists of epoxy, iron and quartz. This scavenges and dissipates EMR to reduce or block radar signals, increasing stealthiness.

Orgonite (resin, metal, quartz crystal) is also thought to scavenge and dissipate EMR.

1992 orgonite invened karl hans welz

1992: Orgonite invented

Karl Welz created the term orgonite to describe a material he invented for use in his radionics devices, using resin, metal powder and quartz crystal powder.

The term orgonite comes from the combination of “orgone” (a term created by Wilhem Reich meaning life force energy) and “ite” (a suffix normally used to name a rock that is composed of a specific mineral).
“ite” is derived from the Greek word lithos (from the adjective “ites”), meaning rock or stone. So orgon-ite loosely means life force stone.

Welz discovered that using a matrix or mixture of organic material (resin) and inorganic material (metal powder) instead of much thicker individual layers such as the fibreglass and steel wool used in Reich’s orgone accumulator box, was much more efficient and powerful.
This was a breakthrough discovery that enabled orgone generating devices to be constructed quicker, cheaper and in much smaller sizes.

1999 2000 orgonite tower busters and cones invened by don croft

1999-2000: Orgonite tower busters and cones invented

Don Croft, inspired by Welz’s orgonite, and with the help of his daughter Nora and wife Carol, used resin, metal shavings and quartz crystals to create what he called towerbusters (TBs) and holy hand grenade cones (HHGs).

At around 7cm (2.5"), these pieces were much larger than Welz’s original 1-2cm (0.5") sized orgonite pieces.

There was also a difference in materials, with Croft using metal shavings instead of powdered metal, and quartz crystal pieces instead of powdered quartz.

Despite the differences in size and materials, Welz’s original term orgonite was adopted to describe the altered material.

Early 2000s orgonite gifting movement born

Early 2000s: Orgonite gifting movement born

Don Croft and his wife Carol noticed that orgonite was useful for keeping around the home, as well as for travelling.

However, they also found that when orgonite is placed near to large electrical equipment outside (especially transmitters such as mobile phone masts or cellphone towers), it managed to reverse the negative effects the towers have on orgone energy – turning the bad orgone that mobile phone towers output into good, restoring and enhancing the environment and atmosphere nearby.

Croft estimates that he has distributed 100,000 orgonite pieces in this manner, and kept detailed accounts of his expeditions. His reports and observations of the resulting benefits inspired others, and gave rise to a gifting movement, where “gifters” distribute orgonite around their local area and wider environment.

One of the most prolific gifters is Georg Ritschl, who has distributed over 30,000 TBs in and around South Africa.

It has been suggested by Croft and others that amongst many other benefits, extensively gifting cities in a grid-like pattern has contributed to lower crime rates.

2017 orgones orgonite launched

2017: Orgones orgonite launched

Although relatively insignificant in relation to the main developments above, we thought it worthwhile to mention where we fit into the current orgone and orgonite landscape.

Adam has extensive knowledge and experience with crystals and gemstones, and finally launched Orgones in 2017, after more than 8 years of experimentation with orgonite and different types of resins, metals, crystals and gemstones.

Turning professional has enabled him to quickly develop, improve and refine his pieces, with particular attention to effectiveness, efficiency and value for money.

Orgones pieces are of a size consistent with Croft’s original TBs and HHGs, but with a mix of metal densities or sizes included, from powder (like in Welz’s original orgonite) up to shavings (like in Croft’s version). The crystal portion is quartz crystal pieces (like in Croft’s version).

We’ve quickly become established as a high quality UK orgonite vendor, with glowing reviews and testimonials from clients around the world.

Emphasis is always on achieving the highest quality possible without affecting value for money. For example, in early 2018 we managed to increase the size of most pieces by about 20-30%, and increase the density and density distribution of the metal, and increase efficiency, while holding prices the same.

Smaller quantities are slightly more expensive, but the price for 48 very well made field grade towerbusters delivered to UK is £1.52 per piece, delivered to mainland Europe is around €2.15 per piece, and delivered to USA is around $2.80 per piece.
We have already supplied thousands of field grade TBs in quantities of just a few up to regular orders of several hundred for prolific gifters.

We also offer high quality personal grade pieces, all of which contain upgraded materials such as gold in the metal matrix, double-terminated lemurian crystals, and selenite.

Some pieces such as the gold tipped cone include a variety of gemstones – Lapis lazuli, Blue kyanite crystal, Chrysocolla, Malachite, Black tourmaline, Pyrite, and Russian shungite. Orgonite enhances the metaphysical properties of gemstones, and we have managed to create pieces with certain gemstones for specific issues, such as nightmares, insomnia, depression, luck and confidence.


This timeline is a condensed summary of a very complex subject matter, and is not meant to be an exhaustive history. We have tried to keep to the facts of the main developments in orgone and passive orgonite pieces without bias or opinion.

Some of the people and businesses within this field do not agree with each other, with sometimes polar opposite opinions on certain subjects.

The links contained within this timeline contain sources or relevant information to the specific subject in hand. Other opinions, products, research material and stories also contained on such websites or publications may bear little or no relevance to the context of our specific subject matter.

The very basic proofs of concept for orgone, orgonite and gemstones/crystals can be seen here.

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Published on: Jul 22, 2018


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