Have you ever heard of OdÂ energy or the Odyle force?
There are those whoÂ say that George Lucas heard of it and basedÂ The Force in his Stars Wars films on it to some degree.
Back in the mid-1800s there lived Baron von Reichenbach (1788-1869.) Perhaps you've heard of him because of his discovery of creosote, phenol, and parafin. He was a busy science guy of the chemist persuasion.
But not everyone knows of his work--or his beliefs--concerningÂ Od energy, which was then thought to be involvedÂ with mesmerism. Mesmer and von Reichenbach were associates and contemporaries of Freud...they hung out together.
Reichenbach's experiments with the Od force used magnets, prisms, and moonlight, as well as metals in rod form, sleepwalkers, electricity, heat...and colored auras in darkenedÂ rooms--completely darkened rooms.
He found that moonlight produced an allergic irritation in certain sensitive persons. (Wikipedia.)Â
Made them go walkin' after midnight, I should imagine.
Odos:Â Greek for roadway; Voda:Â Old Norse forÂ I go quickly!Â or: stream forth.
The word OdÂ also relates to the Norse god,Â WodenÂ Â aka the all-transcending one.
And then there's this poetic mention:
"That Od force...which still, from female fingertips burnt blue." --Mrs. Browning
I'm assuming it was thatÂ Mrs. Browning, wouldn't you? It's the "burnt blue" partÂ I find so attractive!
So was the Odyle force "an allergic reactivity to luna spectra" or an explanation for hypnosis? Both theories were popular in the 19th century--promulgated by Reichenbach and by others.Â Â
He also referred to the energy as "a mysterious force in moonlight" which may give new meaning to the moon's effect on tides, and to the increaseÂ inÂ criminalÂ actsÂ and reports of oddÂ behavior during the Full Moon. Odd behavior!
The phenomenon--or whatever it is--has recently been seenÂ with the New Age-y practice of puttingÂ magnets in shoes, and in the wearing of copper bracelets for arthritis.
Â And you may know of the use of crystals which are thought to store energy--an energy which in 2006 might be again called, the Od force.
It may be said to resemble prana or ch'i, Â but not with breath as is ch'i, but more with electromagnetic properties.
AsÂ an accompaniment, I've included a fanciful drawing of a lady who may just possess this energy whichÂ wasÂ once considered far more than just an inertial force, but a personal energy which linked sensation with the world--it was a Victorian revelation which was thought to be an opening ofÂ ancient knowledge connecting the individual directly to the very core of the world.
In other words, they they thought they were really on to something. And perhaps they were. This fanciful lady is more modern, as you see.
Speaking of Cores
You may have noticed lately the subject of magnetic poles and their shifting and morphing one into the other being in the news, so don't put on your scoffingÂ cap just yet!
Now the reason I glommed onto this recently is because one of my astrology books, The Combination of Stellar Influences, by Reinhold Ebertin, gives biological correspondences for each combination of planets and points, and in the case of Jupiter and the North Node (of the Moon, an associative point--moonlight--ah hah!) gives:
"The flow of force in the living organism; The Odyle force of Baron von Reichenbach."
Well, remembering that my father was secretively on the "psychic" side (he didn't like spreading it around much--people might think he was as goofy as you're thinking I am for mentioning this subject!), it occurred to me thatÂ the Odyle force might be worthy of an hour's research...for my father'sÂ middle name was, after all, Odell.
Synchronistic?Â An alphabetic quirk?
Or perhaps just a touch of moonlight madness after all...
note: Ebertin's book available atÂ www.amazon.comÂ and I recommend it unreservedly. And you may view the two versions of this drawing--posts of Oct 12 and Oct 29--at http://secretmoonart.blogspot.comÂ but you may want to close the curtains before you view.