The Alchemy of Capacitance

January 4, 2022
By Dennis Klocek
Editors Note: This is republished from a past article.

Dowsers have long been aware of the unsettling effects of fields and moving currents upon the forces of life. Dowsing research has uncovered a great deal of documented proof that sleeping in a weak field or a current can be a major cause of debility which leads to illness. All currents are considered by dowsers to generate fields.

Running water, gas, electricity, even geological fault lines and the crystalline lattice of minerals in the earth radiate weak currents. The theory is that an organism resting in these currents cannot maintain equilibrium in its life forces because its own life field is constantly being disturbed. Even if the disturbance is miniscule compared to modern amperages in electric grids, the constant flow of energies is thought to “wick” away life forces and put the organism under stress when it is supposed to be concentrating its life forces. In effect, this image found in the dowsing literature, is an image of conduction (wicking away of current) versus condensing (the alternate induction and capacitance of weak forces which condenses the weak forces into stronger field forces). An organism being influenced by such currents becomes brittle and loses its elasticity. Once it has lost its charge of life, it becomes prey to pathogens from the environment. Plants growing above watercourses, lenses of volcanic materials or fault lines often show such signs of stress.

Trees growing over an underground stream will die on the side which receives the ether current from the moving water, or the underground pipe and thrive on the side which does not. Tree roots will form burls when the tree is growing over an active water main or underground stream. Watercourses or changes in the composition of the ground underneath orchards can often be traced by looking at weak or infested trees. Dowsing the area will reveal the presence of a subterranean current. The list of phenomena surrounding conduction currents is extensive and available to anyone caring to do a little research. The result from many dowsing experiments is that conduction weakens life forces.

Electricity and Conduction

Ernst Lehrs’, in his book “Man or Matter”, expresses a view which could give support to this idea with his assertion that Robert Faraday himself, was an opponent of the theory of electrical currents as a true picture of the nature of electricity. Lehrs’ states in his work that when humans apply electricity to do work, that they are really not using electricity proper but only the thermal and magnetic fields which are generated when electricity is consumed by passing it through a conductor. According to this essentially alchemical view, the force that runs an appliance or moves the needle on a meter, is not electricity itself, but is produced when electricity vanishes. By extension, Lehrs says further, “With the recognition that we have to do with electricity proper, only in the case of an electric field exerting its power directly, as in an electroscope, whereas, all other so called electrical processes consist in a consumption of electrical force, it becomes possible to form an adequate picture of the oscillating circuit…the coupling of a condenser and a coil; to put it differently ç capacitance with inductance.” What Lehrs is describing here is the power of an insulator (dielectric) to accumulate a static charge from a weak field and condense it into a strong charge that gives rise to an electrostatic field.

Capacitance Antennae

In a device known as a capacitance antenna, the conductor or coil serves to give rise to a magnetic field by briefly conducting or consuming an electric charge. As the electric charge is consumed it flows through the coil and creates a magnetic field with magnetic forces moving through the field lines. A dielectric or condenser is placed in the magnetic field. The dielectric is composed of many inner layers of an insulating substance like silica. As the magnetic current moves through the dielectric it creates weak electric fields in the many layers of the dielectric where the layers cut across the magnetic field lines. As a result an electric field is created around the dielectric when a capacitor is placed into a magnetic field. The electric field in turn is once again taken into the coil for a brief conduction which once again creates a magnetic field around the coil.

In this arrangement, the capacitor or condenser builds a weak, but constant charge with no current into a strong field capable of holding a lot of power (voltage) but little flow (amperage). The charged field is then drawn through a coil which draws off the charge in a movement which is just the very beginning of conduction. A magnetic field grows quickly as the brief conduction converts the flow of electricity into magnetism. The dielectric is placed so that the magnetic field surrounds the dielectric and causes the dielectric to pick up a strong electrical charge. This is then reciprocally discharged back into the coil to keep the cycle going. The elastic oscillation of magnetic into electric back into magnetic forces causes induction to take place in the condenser and coil and greatly increases the power without an increase in input. This brings two polar forces into a mutual rhythm tic oscillation. However, in this type of circuit the electrical and magnetic forces are not really consumed and no lines of magnetic energy are cut or disturbed, as is the case with power generation apparatus in use today. This model is the basis for wireless transmission. It is also the basis for the electrostatic capacitance antennas in use for the reception of radio transmissions in automobiles. The effect of the capacitor/coil antenna is to make the transmitter appear closer to the antennae than it actually is. The capacitor amplifies the weak signal from the source and the closed induction circuit makes the signal more resonant as the energies are rhythmically oscillated from condenser to coil. The power to drive a speaker grows from the oscillation.

Cosmic Pipe Experiments

The concept of the electrostatic capacitance antenna allows us to consider experimental findings about devices like the cosmic pipe from another angle. The cosmic pipe is an attempt to build an electrostatic capacitance antenna in order to bring the signal source (the stars and the sun and the planets) closer to the earth. The proponents of the cosmic pipe claim that it did just this. There have been accounts brought forward that the cosmic pipe did increase yields for some farmers. In principle, this is quite possible. The basalt powder in the pipe is slightly magnetic. The PVC pipe is dielectric. An oscillating condenser needs a conductor and a dielectric in order to begin the magnetic /electric oscillations needed to condense weak signals into stronger fields. The conductor, however, needs to be wound into a coil and connected to the capacitor in such a way that no current is produced except that which stays within the coil. This is why an antenna that works on these principles of amplification is called an “electrostatic” capacitance antenna. There is in essence no real conduction. In an electrostatic oscillating circuit, any flow of current through the coil which conducts energy greater than the ability of the coil to contain it immediately discharges the whole circuit.

Static electricity is a form of electricity that is much closer to the form of electricity found in plant and animal cells than the type of electricity found in the circuits of a house. Static electricity is biological electricity and supports life rather than draining it away. The problem is to design an apparatus to accumulate and store weak electrostatic charges (like a Leyden jar) and distribute them without a flow or rapid discharge of current. The spark from the Leyden jar or car battery is such a discharge. Devices for holding on to a strong electrostatic charge were developed by earlier civilizations in the construction of earthworks, pyramids, obelisks and temple complexes. The cosmic pipe is an attempt to form a contemporary solution to such sacred architecture. The cosmic pipe, however, includes the fatal prejudice of modern technology with its conduction wire running down its center. Conduction equals destruction of the vital essence of electricity. The essence of the electric power vanishes into our toasters and light bulbs. Instead of saving and nurturing and amplifying the primary electrostatic energies given from cosmic sources, modern technology drains away the power through consuming the source. At this point, the question could be asked, “Can the cosmic forces from the stars and planets be attracted and condensed to be stored in the earth in a concentrated form?” If they could, it stands to reason that the plant and animal life might benefit from such activities.

Phillip Callahan

According to researchers like Phillip Callahan this was the explicit purpose of those adepts who designed the pyramids and the monks who constructed the round stone towers in Ireland during the flowering of the Celtic Civilizations. Mr. Callahan is a well known researcher and author who has done extensive studies of the formation of insect antennas and their abilities to induct weak field signals. He has also studied the dielectric /paramagnetic properties of stones and stone towers and pyramids from the point of view that they are based on exactly the same principles of construction as the forms found in insect antennae. Mr. Callahan’s approachable works have been a strong impetus to pursue research into stone structures for this author.

The purpose of this essay and the following essay is to bring forward the parameters of this research and to give reference to the materials and construction details of several stone towers built to serve as electrostatic capacitance antennas for weak field signals from the sun, moon and planets. These towers were constructed in a garden to condense into the soil the archetypal forces of the cosmos that give rise to plant growth. We wished to induct the urpflanze, the primal plant into our garden. In order to explain the logic behind these towers, however, it would be advantageous to discuss the capacitor/inductance function of the oscillating circuit from the point of view of alchemy.

The Alchemy of Minerals

To begin with, we can look at the mineral constituents of stones used in building the towers to try to get a picture of the dynamics present in them. The great majority of rocks in the earth are igneous. Most igneous rocks come from granite sources. Most granites have as their basis the mineral, silica. The process by which silica manifests in the world is by crystallizing out of a fluid matrix. The formation of a crystal out of a fluid matrix is known as the salt process. Alchemically, the salt process is considered to begin in the cosmos as light streams into the fluid parts of the earth. The character of the crystal formation is pictured as a gradual centripetal movement of infinity of light planes moving through space from an infinitely distant sphere. Where the planes meet and penetrate into each other, lines emerge which form the axes of crystals. Where three or more planes meet, a space is created into which substance can enter. Alchemically, the crystal exists first as a field of tension from the cosmos, only later does the substance of the crystal migrate into the field of planar forces. This image of the crystal originating in a field of forces can explain the presence of the curious “ghost” crystals sometimes seen within large quartz or amethyst crystals.

The “ghost” layers inside the crystal are the planes of the crystal lattice that is created by the geometric archetype moving rhythmically in the field of planes. The planes in the crystal are like sensitive membranes capable of absorbing energies. This function is at the root of the strong electrical effects possessed by quartz crystals. A crystal that is heated gives off electricity as a pyroelectric effect. A crystal expands under heat and its membranes shift position outward. This shift puts the “finished” crystal into a more youthful condition alchemically, that is it exists in a state where its salt process resembles its original state of expansion in the cosmos. The heating creates a new space in the energetic planes of the crystal and energy pours into the crystal in the form of electricity.

The reverse process is also possible. If a crystal is subjected to pressure, its inner surfaces are contracted, the energetic planes are pushed towards its center, a new space is once again created and electricity arises, this is known as a piezoelectric effect. Both pyroelectricity and piezoelectricity are pictures of the forces contained in the salt process in alchemy. The basic characteristic of the alchemy of salt is the formation of energetic boundaries. Energetic boundaries lead to the formation of membranes or when the membrane dies the formation of a skin. The dead skin then separates the inside from the outside and prevents the free transmission of energy across the boundary. The salt process of membrane formation makes it possible for an organism to absorb and store energy for the maintenance of life functions. Alchemically, the “skin” of the salt process insulates the organism from its environment and allows it to build an energy center that allows it to condense its energy into a life gradient that is higher than its environment and also to regulate the balance by electrically altering the constitution of the skin or membrane in osmosis. This last insulative and condensing property is the primary characteristic of the skin formation in the salt process of the silicates. The formation of inner surfaces in the silicates has application in the activity of an electrostatic condensing antenna.

Most condensers, such as a Leyden jar, use outer and inner conduction/inducting plates made of a metal, like two pieces of bread with a glass dielectric (insulator) sandwiched between them. To form a Leyden jar put aluminum foil inside and outside of a mayonnaise jar. The Leyden jar functions like a small oscillating capacitance circuit. Through experiment, it has been found that the charge in the Leyden jar does not occur on the conductor/inductor plates because conduction equals discharge. The weak charge builds in voltage by gathering on the infinite inner silica surfaces of the glass dielectric and is held there by the capacitance or capacity of the glass to absorb a large amount of charge without conduction. The glass dielectric allows the charge to build that is conducted to it by the metal plates. A metal plate or the aluminum foil serves as the coil in the circuit.

Salt and Sulfur

Alchemically, the flowing or digesting of the current through the plates is sulfur, the polarity of the insulative dielectric capacity or salt, of the glass. The glass membrane (salt) holds the charges and allows weak static electricity charges to build up tremendous voltages or pressures. Alchemically, the dielectric is the salt component or “dry” side of the capacitance antenna. The coil or the “moist” side of the antenna is “moist” because there is a watery flowing of energies taking place there. It is significant that the dry/salt /glass side of the capacitor generates an electric field, while the moist/metal/sulfur side of the coil generates a magnetic field. The “moist” sulfur quality is alchemically generated from a central point in space in contrast to the peripherally centered energies of the salt process. From this central point, the energies flow out in radiating lines into the space around the central point. The important movements in a sulfur or combustion process are radial, as opposed to planar peripheral movement found in the salt process. The physiological equivalent to the sulfur process is digestion. In digestion, substance is consumed. In the electrostatic capacitance antenna, the coil is the sulfur aspect of the circuit. Through the linear coil of wire, electricity flows and is consumed in the equivalent of a digestive process. In a normal circuit, the consumed electricity produces power, heat and magnetism. In the capacitance antenna, the flow is never so great so as to produce power or heat. The electricity is only partially digested into magnetism. The magnetic field from the coil then is spread over the salt side of the circuit where the silica forms an insulator that reacts to the magnetic field by producing electricity. This is the equivalent of the physiological process of thinking where flowing growth energies are controlled and directed into the inner life of thinking. In the soul life rampant sulfurous digestive growth is checked by the dry thinking of the salt process so that the digestive power can be built into images made of inner light.

For a brilliant, detailed analysis of these ideas, the reader is referred to the chapter on Radiant Matter in Ernst Lehrs book “Man or Matter”. For the purpose of this essay, these alchemical ideas can serve as a ground point to discuss the role of the minerals in stone structures made for the purpose of acting as stone electrostatic capacitance antennas the subject of the next installment.


Dennis Klocek

Dennis Klocek, MFA, is co-founder of the Coros Institute and a faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College. He is the author of nine books, including the newly released Colors of the Soul; Esoteric Physiology and also Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics. Dennis is also an international lecturer.

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