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The Ultimate Truth about Coils!
In response to overwhelming popular demand
Commander Loohan
speaks about coils:

Coils amplify and move energy. They are somewhat similar to crystals in their function, and if you have trouble getting crystals, you can probably get by pretty well on coils alone, or coils and other stones.
[Update: This was written many years ago. I no longer put coils, crystals or even shavings into most "tossing" items, as the stuff I have developed since is easier, simpler, and just as effective without such things.]
I have made pretty nice TBs with no rocks other than 2 Apache tears (roundish obsidian) in each horn of a Big Secret coil (explained below). They beat the ones that have the same coil with a crystal inside, plus pieces of malachite and garnets. Well, OK, I admit the Apache tears are bigger than those other rocks; but I think that's only part of the reason.

In the beginning, there was the SBB coil introduced by Don Croft. One end is turned up 1/8" and the other down.
Now Don's a funny guy; no telling where he got that coil. Space aliens, maybe. (update)
Anyway, that's the first I saw of it.

Don introduced it for a specific device, the Saint Busters Button (a therapeutic HHG), but human nature being what it is, soon people started adding them to HHGs, CBs, and various offshoot devices. The coils seemed to considerably increase the power and range of orgonite devices. The more the better.

Trouble is, the standard SBB coils strongly direct energy one way. This is not always desirable. Sometimes it is. Someone (Jim Wright?) discovered that if you bend both ends the same direction, the energy really shoots that way even more. Especially if the direction of rotation agrees. I have done this in wands and other devices when I really want a forward push.

Then one day, I noticed that if you neglect to bend the wire tips at all, the energy is much more dispersed; a lot more radiates laterally. There is still some predominance in the rotation-defined direction, but not so much. This was a big breakthrough for many applications.

Along about this time, more crucial breakthroughs were made by Catmagnet. She pulled an SBB coil out of its flat plane into a cone shape. This markedly increased its power. This became known as the catmagnet coil, or cat coil for short.

So we started making TBs with coils like this, with ends unbent. They didn't need to be pulled into much of a cone; even a slight dome shape gave a good effect.

Then she started putting 2 coils on each end of her TBs, slightly overlapping. When these coils overlap somewhat, the synergy is much greater than when placed side-by-side or concentrically. There doesn't appear to be a point of diminishing returns as to how many of these you can you can overlap to great benefit. She has made some with 4 on each end, and reports that they are very effective at a good distance. (Note: I made one with 3 at each end, and it still wasn't as good as my Big Secret + Apache tears TBs. I suspect the BS/Apache may be roughly equivalent to a TB with 7 or 8 cats used this way.)
(Note 4/2003: I haven't used overlapping, offset coils in months. For fancy TBs, I now prefer to spend my time making a single 17" double-stranded Jerrified cat coil, as described below. Or maybe a double-stranded Big Secret coil. For most TBs I now use a 17" cat coil of single strand 10 gauge insulated house wire.)

Also, I tried wrapping a crystal with this coil. I think it is better than a caduceus coil, energized or passive. The pic shows the wire ends splayed outward so I can touch them to the Terminator (frequency zapper) terminals. (Caution: I do not know if it is safe to run this on a Terminator for any length of time without a resistor added to the circuit.) However, for passive use I would spiral the ends back inward under the base of the crystal or TB, or leave them wrapped around the crystal or other object (like my big central CB pipe, or a cylindrical HHG).
Or even turn the tips upward to direct more energy in that direction.

One can also wrap a crystal with two of these coils. I make them on a round shaft. (Neoprene tubing from an auto parts store works real well if you put a metal rod or tube inside. A tube holds any bead you may use in the center; or you can just have the hose stick out a bit further than the rod. Also, a pen or pencil with some duct tape wrapped around it works pretty well. Incidentally, this is also the best implement I know of for making Big Secret coils.)
And then I sort of screw them onto the crystal.

But wait, I forgot to mention something important.
See Bruce Stenulson's
improved version of a strongly unidirectional flat coil of this type. He posted about this on a thread on the Tech Talk forum, and someone else posted about this pic of a crop circle (which I stole from this site which has a larger version of the pic).

I don't know whether Bruce did this coil prior to seeing Don's. I don't know where Bruce gets his ideas; space aliens, maybe.

Copper beads are a real hassle to bend coils around, unless your wire is very thin and malleable, or you jerrify the coil (see below). Also the ones I bought were not cheap, despite being hollow. Nonetheless, these coils are worth making for higher-end units.

I have significantly improved the energy of a cat coil merely by including one bead in the center. (And incidentally, inside the center of even a regular cat coil is a great place to place stones, notably topaz. In fact, about anything in the very center can improve the energy, like a piece of thin metal tape used for stained glass, or a tiny piece of silver wire wrapped around the center. See especially the "cookie coil" described below.)

One odd thing about Bruce's coil, is that when you bend the ends inward, as shown on his site, it reverses the flow direction. A coil that is clockwise from the outside in facing you is now pushing energy very much away from you. One can do this to a coil with 0, 1, or 3 beads.

If, instead of bending the ends of the coil inward as Bruce does, you instead bend them outwards as Ryan McGinty does, then they also have the same reversed direction. I.e., Ryan's labeling of his coils is correct.

A coil made like the crop circle (I used a little dab of silicone glue to hold the beads in place on the one pictured, which happens also to have smaller beads on the tips) radiates pretty evenly in all directions, "catted" or not. Well, actually, if you cat them severely (as in a crystal wrap) there will be more energy driven in the rotation-defined direction.

~ here's how to make the center of an SBB-type coil

One can stack these various different types of coils concentrically going in opposite rotations but the same energy direction (or no particular direction in the last case) for an interesting synergy. One can also stack cat coils of the same type but opposite rotation atop one another, but a better way to do that is probably in the form of a (blush) loohan coil.
Note: I don't simply stack cat coils any more for two reasons: closely-stacked coils interferes with evenly loading metal shavings, resulting in large pockets of resin without metal in them. And, it is better to connect the coils at the centers with a wire, leaving some space between them, as is described under Cookie Coil below.

The Stenulized Loohan Cat Coil: I made a loohan coil in the "double-terminated" shape with 4 copper beads; 2 in the centers, one precariously holding the ends together, and one opposite that one. Put it horizontally nestled in a Big Secret coil that fits around the top of an HHG, on the outside. There seems to be a remarkable synergy. Plus it looks like a cool, esoteric transmitter of some sort. I suspect that an HHG with this "emitter array" on it becomes a much more capable device, although very vulnerable to physical damage.
What's also interesting is putting beads near the ends of Big Secret coils.

Someday I need to try this stuff with beads of hematite or other stones. Too bad topaz beads are so expensive.

The Loohan Coil: Anyway, back when I found out about the cat coil, I went and made a continuous-loop double one. Or loohan coil for short.
I have made them with both centers pulled in the same direction, but one can also pull them apart, as depicted below. The ends need to be held connected somehow. I suppose one could solder them. I take a piece of aluminum tape from the hardware store and tape the ends together, then put a strip of silvered copper tape over the junction point for better energy, and cover it all with copper tape.  
How to make one of these babies.

Note that this coil appears vulnerable to some "shorting out" if bare wire is used. This might also be true of overlapping cat coils. I normally use magnet wire, which has a very thin enamel coat, if I'm planning to use them in orgonite with shavings. The ones depicted above are stand-alone coils of heavy bare wire.

What is the Big Secret?
This is one of my favorite coils. Just from an energy standpoint; I don't know about some of those wild experiences some people have.   How to make one.
For one thing, a mini-BS complete with a crystal acts as a Reiki amplifier: if you hold it a few inches above a chakra, and hold a radiant palm a few inches above the coil, if you can feel energy, you will notice something. Even just pointing the end that corresponds with the dominant energy direction of the crystal at yourself gives a shot of good energy.
Interestingly, this device is also described at this site thusly: "Van Doren claims that another equally effective device is a simple coil of copper wire wound in a clockwise direction with a funnel configuration at both ends and a selenite crystal placed at the inner narrow section at the middle." Since I happen to have some selenite crystals, I tried one in a small BS coil. It feels pretty good.

One idea that occurred to me is making "acupuncture needles" with a BS coil for map or globe acupuncture: use a thick needle or long, thin nail and put a tiny BS coil (preferably of double-strand wire, as described further down) on it. Use this to stick in trouble spots on the map. Use feel to get the precise location. Radiate good energy at the needles with some kind of orgone/frequency device. Haven't tried it yet, but...

Some time back, Jon Logan recommended making one of these coils with 3 wire strands, and unraveling the ends a bit. I finally tried this later with 3 different metals. When I then unraveled the ends a bit, it did feel like the power increased noticeably.

Lakhovsky coils: (search educate-yourself.org for more info) as I understand them, come in 2 basic types.

One is a simple metal ring, the ends of which don't quite meet.
(Note 4/2003: it has been many months since I have made one of these, as I now prefer Spurling-type rings.)
I've put many Lakhovsky rings in HHGs, TBs, and even a couple in my CB.
They seem particularly strong when surrounding a crystal or stone. For 3oz Dixie cup TBs, I cut them to 5" length, and use a completed TB as a form to bend them around. I discovered that they are like the SBB coils insofar as, if you bend one end up and one down 90 degrees, the energy is in more of a column. If you bend both ends the same direction, the energy goes that way. I generally leave them unbent unless I want to shoot energy linearly.

The other type is a set of concentric rings in a certain pattern. You can order decals of this type from this guy pretty cheap. I have used these on the bottom of HHGs to really boost them. I even once gave someone a pyramid HHG that had these on each face. I made a powerful little energy plate by sticking one to each side of a trash CD.
The energy from these things is mainly out the face.
It is also workable to stick them on an HHG and then recast over it with clear resin.
There is also a nice, large, printable one here. It is rather large, and may need to be reduced in a graphics program.

Lengths of wires: there are certain lengths that give power in themselves. I find that a 13.325" coil is more powerful than one a bit longer, for example. Five inches and 25" (but not 10, 15, 20) as well as multiples of 25", are measurements I used to use. Also thirteen inches, and multiples thereof. Bruce turned me on to 26.65" and multiples thereof (and half thereof) which I like better than 25". My little coils now are 6.66", whatever the dark significance of that is. Actually, 6.6625", give or take a hair. I found another length around 17" which seems OK for an intermediate length. Slim Spurling uses a length of 523mm, at least according to a post I read, and that is very good.

12/19/02:Today (inspired by the work of Slim Spurling) I tried making some coils out of doubled-over 18 gauge magnet wire that I twisted clockwise fairly tightly in a drill. First I had to tape the ends together with a piece of duct tape so they will stay in the chuck. The midpoint of the wire I drape around a stationary object like a cupboard knob. Twisting clockwise means as if you were tightening a screw; drill in Forward mode. I cut to length after twisting. Made a loohan coil, Big Secret coils, etc.
I had no great trouble bending them to shape, and the result feels so much stronger to me that I will probably use mainly this type in the future on "keeper" units. It is a bit more time-consuming, as the wire resists smooth bending a bit; hence you will see elsewhere on my site various coils of single-strand, white, insulated house wire, which is very manageable to bend, and works well enough for less fancy units.

12/31/02: Jerrification: Today I decided to do a little research, belatedly. I had seen how Jerry Morton does his SBB coils (his site) and been wanting to try it out.
As you can see from his pendant pics, he makes the central S shape very large, then wraps the wire rather snugly around it.
Well, blow me down! Coils made this way feel a lot stronger. Also (and this is difficult for me to be specific about) I get the impression that there's a different energy quality about them.
Henceforth, I will be applying these principles to all my SBB-type coils in all their variations. (Except the Stenulson version; making too big a central S, followed by close-in windings, makes it impossible to make a balanced coil.)
Incidentally, when you make coils out of twisted cable as mentioned above, it makes it real tough to cattize, or draw out the center(s). Normally. But jerrification dramatically counteracts this tendency.

This is the way I've been making finer cat coils since early 2003. This is a big one in fat 8 gauge wire. Note that the direction of the energy on this particular specimen is toward the wide part, not the tip it's resting on. If the S on top were backwards, the coil would drive more energy tipwards. flat coil

Here's a flat one. 26.65" of cable made from 14g magnet wire. Actual coil diameter almost 2&3/4". This side of the coil drives more energy toward the viewer.

April 2003 update: The hottest thing to come down the pike for a while, coilitologically-speaking, is the cookie coil invented by Aetherbunny of the CB forum. This is a pic of one of my versions. In its original, Oreo cookie-like aspect, this type of coil consists of two bare, flat SBB coils with unbent ends, parallel one above the other, tied together in the centers with a length of wire, leaving room between them for sandwiching in 3 crystals. Very strong, good energy.
Keep in mind that you can control the energy direction of the component coils with the direction you wind them, as well as turning the ends. One can buck the energy at itself from both ends (nice); in this pic, I have both cats wound to direct energy toward the center, but one can also make both coils going in the same direction (i.e. the cat coils themselves are opposite in construction, but since their positions are also opposite, that points the overall energy one way, if you follow that; see below)

which are great inside directional devices like wands. I like also turning the tips forward on these latter. Of course, one also has several choices in which direction the coils are catted.
Actually, the core concept here is the tying together of the centers of two or more SBB-type coils (which can even be the halves of a loohan coil). I've usually been using clockwise-twisted wire for the center wire, as I accumulate short, leftover scraps of the stuff. Make sure the connecting wire is more malleable (smaller gauge) than the coils! Alternatively, you can use fatter cable of doubled-twisted connecting wire, and separate the strands at each end, and then re-crimp them around the central S of each coil. Be sure to attach the connecting wire at only the very centers! This is important for proper energy.
I've used this with somewhat large cat coils in different configurations, and it is very powerful. You can hardly go wrong with this. I recommend it highly.

I connected together the centers of some double-terminated loohan coils, to remarkable benefit. If the wire extends out on one end, one can form a loop and hook it to a ceiling hook as a "room decoration". If the center wire also extends out the bottom end, one can form another loop for hanging another energy device. There are also other possibilities for enhancement: one could put a bead or a stone with a hole drilled through it, mini Big Secret coil, or other device on the wire inside the coil.

I had stopped using caduceus coils for some time, as I prefer the cat wrap or Big Secret coil for crystals.
But with the advent of water wands, I have re-discovered them. I like to put a caduceus inside a pipe sometimes. If a unit has several pipes (see OTBs 7 & 8) I will usually put a caduceus inside at least one, and spiral coils inside others.
Here are instructions from Catmagnet on making these:

Get a wooden spoon, magic marker, piece of half inch pipe, pencil. Different cylinder sizes for different needs. Grab a length of copper wire, put the ends together, and figure out where the center is, and bend in a loop. Put the center loop around the wooden spoon handle. Start wrapping, crossing right over left, lining up the cross points on either side. I cross the wires over, turn the spoon around, do the same on the other side, over and over, keeping criss-crosses lined up, and always putting right over left. Squish it together on the spoon handle when done, and remove. A little caduceus spring that stays together, and can be stretched or squished.

I use magnet wire (which has a thin insulation coating) and connect the ends together. I use only 1 long one, expanded, per pipe. It is important with caduceus coils to make sure the criss-crosses line up in a fairly straight line on each side. And, as Cat says, that one wire is always inside the other one where they meet.
Caduceus coils can be used with or without an electric current, and amazing properties are attributed to the electrified version. Plenty of info on the web. I haven't studied or experimented enough to make an impressive-feeling electrified coil from it. I'm more inclined to use a Croft-style mobius. Incidentally, there is a pictorial guide to making mobius coils on Jon Logan's site. Be advised that both the twist and the wind depicted are the opposite of what Don does inside his Terminators. I doubt it matters. I also now have a page (work in progress) on Mobius coils here.

Single Spiral Coil: The original coil recommended by Don for HHGs was a single coil, ascending in a conical shape clockwise from base to tip, fitting snugly inside the funnel mold. I tried the same coil on a flat plane, and thought it was at least as good.
Mark Hooten is very fond of a single clockwise spiral wrap for stones, and uses them a lot. Well, he is a master orgonite crafter who makes very effective stuff and apparently knows what he is doing. It baffles me that, to me, the single spiral feels like the least powerful coil. I find a hasty and sloppy caduceus to be superior to a single spiral, and I never use caduceus coils anymore, let alone single spirals.
(Update: there are 2 instances where I use single spirals now, both in a cylindrical configuration: They seem to be good doubled-twisted inside water-containing wands; and also, if I have a bunch of little scraps of wire, I hastily wrap each piece in a spiral around a 1/4" rod or the like, and add these coils to orgonite metal. If I were to make these wires into cat coils or tiny Big Secret coils, they would be more powerful, but it's not practical to spend time on.)
So experiment and find your own truth. [Update: the impression I now have gotten is that sensitivity must be used in wrapping each individual crystal, not only in terms of space between turns, but even direction of turn! when doing single spiral wraps.]

Hooten's Chaos Coil and Super Seven wrap: Very cool link. Don't miss this. I haven't tried these yet.
One day I took some thin magnet wire, twisted it clockwise, Spurling-style, then wrapped it around a 1/4" rod. However, what I ended up with was too short for an SBB-type coil, so I just made a ring and taped the ends together with aluminum tape. It's not too bad. Jerry's making pendants with this type of ring now.
In some of my early units, I would place 6 similar (un-coiled) single-terminated crystals facing inward so the tips formed as perfect a hexagram as possible. The geometry of it created a quite decent force-field.
Hit the back arrow on his page there, and it will take you to another great page on how to do his award-winning chembuster coilwork.

The Polish Coil: A Polish guy named Chris on the yahoo forum came up with this beauty in May, '03: two flat coils interlaced at right angles. This is actually very easy to make, if, as Orgonote suggested, you lay one flat on top of the other and let it fall into place. Chris says he dowses this as having an amazingly high frequency. Myself, I was disappointed: I can feel no particular power from this arrangement. Might be just my own limitations, though. Jimshoe wrote me that he finds it excellent, but one must pay attention to where on the centers they fit together, and where the ends end up.

Powering passive (non-electrified) coils with other passive coils: (5/30/3) Dmellow's post on "brother and sister united" started me on using one passive coil to power another. Or several.
Took a mobius, and merely by touching the 2 leads together, energy level jumped up. Hooked up two mobiuses to each other, and it was much stronger yet. No electricity.
Dragon Al puts passive mobius coils on his water wands (see OTB 7) and then wraps aluminum tape around these coils for much greater power. I tried this with heavier-gauge wire (Jon Logan told me that heavier is better for passive mobius coils) and it is powerful, once the tape is on. It really seems to magnify my personal chi when I touch it, which suggests a usefulness for directional wands, too.
It is not necessary to wrap the mobius into a big doughnut shape; one can also take the quadrupled wire and simply wrap it around the pipe(s) in a spiral wrap, which seems just as good, and much flatter.

June 26, '03: Jon Logan came up with a new coil; a modified hourglass coil, which he dubs the wizcoil. If you look at OTB 7, you will see another coil I'd developed that is similar, but meant for accommodating a pipe or similar object going through it.

~ summary of how to make more powerful passive coils

Oscillating Circuit coils: Here's a coil that is probably unsuitable to cast in orgonite, but is powerful by itself, and easy to make.

Little Secret coil: At the end of '03, Cesco came out with this one. It is a "double-terminated" loohan coil, only instead of fretting over how to connect the ends, extra lengths are are used to shape into 2 Big Secret horns. Picture a loohan coil inside a Big Secret, all in one piece. The coil must have a clockwise wind initially, for it to work. I haven't worked with this much yet, but it is a great coil.
Try making a good-sized one and, with alligator clips, attach a frequency generator or the like (see the bottom of OTB 5 for ideas). Also see my page on Little Secret Coils.
Cesco's versions are depicted here. This is a very difficult coil to make.

[Update 5/26/6: I have recently determined that this individual, a 153rd degree Mason, has been programming his beautiful coils with blood ritual and Seraphim demons. I just transferred the bad energies out, and imprisoned the Seraphim.]

In February, 2004, Kininigin came out with the Scarab Coil. There used to be a tutorial at cloud-busters.com, but alas, I know of none at this time, except one with pics missing at the Yahoo forum. I will post it if I find one. This is a fairly intense little passive coil. Some people make smaller ones and wear them as rings, and credit them with amazing powers. Some put them on the ends of CB pipes for an extra boost.
There is considerable controversy over this coil, with credible people squaring off on both sides of the issue. Some feel it is evil, others feel it is the greatest tool for psychic defense, healing, etc.
Personally, I find that if made according to the directions, it does not feel positive or friendly. But I'm not sure it's negative, either, as I have difficulty discerning that sometimes. It feels strong, but not sweet, which I do find a bit spooky. Besides, I'm not psychic enough to use it the way its proponents do.
I much prefer the quality of the energy if I twist the wires CW instead of CCW, and it feels stronger to me, too. Not being particularly psychic, I don't know whether they lose their reputed power against evil critters this way, though. I'm hoping someone will try it and offer feedback someday.
Kininigan suggests applying these construction techniques to mobius coils, too. I have done this with some small mobius coils so far, and find it much easier to make them this way (a caduceus wind instead of the toroidal mobius wrap I was using) plus they are stronger. Even with the circuits broken as in the ones depicted here. Especially when I add the little passive outer spiral wraps you see here. I used 2 pieces of copper wire, 6.66" long, one going CW and one going CCW for these latter. Selenite is in the middle.
The coils, like the scarab coils proper, have a direction. If wound left over right, as Kin suggests results in a coil in which the energy goes mainly out the end away from where the wire ends end up. Also this striated selenite has a definite direction, which I put agreeing with the coils here.

In August/2004 I remembered the "Forgotten" coil. The "Forgotten" Coil and its Variations is the title of separate page on these wonderful coils. The variations include the "potbelly coil," the "double trouble coil," and the "T-coil". These also have application wired into circuits.

On a roll with these frequency-circuit coils, in late August, 2004 I made a flat loohan coil variant. I call it the Hot-Plate Coil. More on this page

Update January '09: I have gotten away from relying so much on coils in recent times. Often a simple piece of hardware cloth serves my purposes just as well or better. I do often use mobius coils, especially the "infinity coil" given down near the bottom of the lotus coil page.
Often my creations are already so intense due to other factors that any coils, or more than 1 coil, would not make them any better.

Someone emailed me today about the Marko Rodin's Dandelion Puff Coil, which I had never heard of. Here is a link which will download a PDF file on that. It looks interesting. I have not played with this, and with all the intense stuff I've been inventing lately, it is not likely I will find time to experiment with it.

(footnote:) Don posted the following:
"The coil, by the way, was designed by Linda (Kingsbury) to spin the orgone into a pattern that would match the energy pattern of the body's chakras so that the orgone would be more easily assimilated. I have yet to be convinced that this coil form is appropriate for tower busting. We use 3d coils for doing environmental healing and we leave them right out of tower busters because they're extraneous for this and take time and effort to make, wasted time and effort in my opinion."

Hmmf! I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he joins the enlightened ranks of my millions of worshipful devotees.