Wilhelm Reich

Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychiatrist and cultural marxist working for the secret service. He was educated at the University of Vienna and worked for the Vienna Ambulatorium of Sigmund Freud. Like the cultural marxists of the Frankfurt School, he combined psychoanalysis with the theories of Marx (the Left Wing Church). His concept of Orgone energy, a bioelectric view of the libido, represented a universal life force  similar to Aether, Mesmerism, the élan vital of Henri Bergson and Odic force of Carl Reichenbach. He married Anna Pink, who also worked with Anna Freud. She did research on extreme sexual submission of women.

He was influenced by Otto Heinrich Warburg. Freud and Jung visited Ordo Templi Orientis center Monte Verità.

He worked at Berlin Psychoanalytical Institute with Karen Horney (relationship with Erich Fromm), Melanie Klein, Hanns Sachs,..

From 1939 he moved to NY, where he taught at The New School of John Dewey. In 1942 he founded the Orgone Institute (Orgonon) in Maine. Freud already compared the Libido to an electric charge. Reich discovered sexual pleasure could cure neurosis and inhibition of sexual energy could lead to neurosis. He tried to measure the effect of emotions on the skin.

He considered Orgone a universal life force with no mass, primordial to matter and energy. He believed concentrations of orgone in the atmosphere attract moisture that results in clouds and rain or snow and that such concentrations can be controlled by an apparatus which Reich invented and called a cloudbuster. He believed in the existence of bions, which could kill cancers.

His orgone accumulators with alternating layers of metal and organic material, were prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration.

The CIA controlled hippie counterculture was based on uninhibited sexual energy (Eros in the work of Herbert Marcuse, fake Sexual Revolution with Margaret Mead).

He is usually described as a charlatan or misunderstood revolutionary. Martin Gardner dedicated a chapter to him in Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science.

Astrological chart

born 3/24/1897, date Clyde Barrow, Ronald Lee Ermey, Steve McQueen, Curtis Hanson, Jim Parsons, Harry Houdini, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jessica Chastain.

Asc: Aquarius, mc: Sagittarius. Dom: Sagittarius (Art), Aquarius, Scorpio - Uranus, Saturn, Moon.

Houses 9, 1, 10. 9: Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus in Scorpio, 1: Mercury in Pisces, Sun in Aries, 10: Moon in Sagittarius.

died 11/3/1957, date Dolph Lundgren, Roseanne Barr, Davis Guggenheim.


1942 The Discovery of Orgone Vol 1
1945 Character Analysis
1945 The Sexual Revolution
1946 The Mass Psychology of Fascism
1946 The Discovery of Orgone Vol 2
1948 Listen, Little Man!

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