I just acquired a bit of radionic history, a symbolic Magnetron from the 1970s. The Magnetron is a classic psionic pattern device, meant to be used with a dowsing pendulum. The pendulum is not only for scanning, but can also used to transmit aetheric information to bring about manifestation – or to be more precise, to facilitate the accurate targeting of the manifestation. Properly speaking, using a Magnetron is radiesthesia, not radionics per se. But introducing a calibrated symbolic device into the art of dowsing sort of straddles the line between the two arts. The device is arranged like a compass, with 360 degree marks (in increments of 5 degrees) around a central diagram, a circle surrounded by eight smaller circles, joined with lines to the center. The bottom reads, “Supersensonic Broadcast and Direction Finder”.
Radiesthesia posits, like radionics, that all forms of matter emit a subtle form of emanation which can be detected and analyzed by human beings under certain conditions. Dowsing is essentially the “tech” of radiesthesia, being the simplest way to allow the human nervous system to accurately respond to aetheric emanations. Using a stick pad on a radionics machine is essentially dowsing, although with a more complex device than a weight on a string.
Dowsing has a long and venerable history, especially in northern Europe and the American midwest. But the Magnetron symbol goes back to the 1950s and the work of two prominent radiesthesists, the brothers Servanx.
Jean-Louis ‘Felix’ and Guilaume-Jean ‘Willy’ Servanx of Brussels, Belgium, published a journal of radiesthesia, La Radiesthésie pour Tous, which was published from 1946 to 1967. While the traditional dowsers were wandering about the countryside finding wells for farmers, as they had been doing for a thousand years, the Servanx brothers were exploring medical astrology, energy healing, creating ‘artificial’ homeopathic medicines, commercial applications of dowsing and the energy patterns of the Great Pyramid. Their journal was apparently highly educational, with a lot of practical exercises in dowsing. But it was their personal lifetime work, and did not survive the passing of Felix Servanx in 1966 and Willy Servanx in 1967.
In the 1950s, they published a series of articles about the “Symbolic Magnetron”, based on a physical electronic device of the same name. According to Charles Cosimano in his “Elementary Psionics”:
“The Magnetron was, and is, a device used to propogate microwaves of a certain series of frequencies. It was invented during the second World War as part of an aircraft radar system and, in essence, is a large, cylindrical copper block with holes and vanes cut in it. This shape does something to the microwaves which is totally mysterious to everyone who does not make a living working with such stuff and for our purposes totally irrelevant except that it is good to know where some of these names come from.”
The Magnetron symbol was further enhanced by using disc magnets placed in the outer circles: