I came across the following post in an occult group on Facebook: “Only God could have created a 9 number system that can encompass infinity with a zero as the emanation [Chaos].” Just the kind of quirky and weird statement I just can’t pass up. “I’ll bite,” I commented.

I was led by the poster to a number of videos featuring Marko Rodin, who discovered what he termed, “Vortex Mathematics.”** **While attempting to decode the greatest name of God in the Bahá’í faith, using Abjad numerical notation, he created a symbol consisting of the nine arabic numerals inscribed upon a circle. He called this the “symbol of enlightenment” (shown at right) which he has also referred to as “the mathematical thumbprint of God.”

For me, understanding math is like trying to walk up a grassy hill in the rain with flip flops that are two sizes too large. That being said, I’ll pass on what I do understand.

The “symbol of enlightenment” can be used to model every mathematical function, including multiplication, division, reciprocals, powers of ten, etc. I don’t have the space here (or the inclination) to go through all of them, but I can quickly give an example: Starting at the number one, follow the line on the symbol to two. Here, we have doubling, an instance of multiplication. Now, follow the line to the four, which is two doubled. Now follow the line to eight, or four doubled. Doubling eight, we get sixteen. Taking the two digits of sixteen and adding them (1+6) we get seven, the next number in line. Double sixteen, we get (32=3+2) five. Double thirty-two, we get (64=6+4) one. Dig?

In the same way, we experience halving by following the circuit in the other direction. Half of one is 0.5 (0+5) equaling 5. Half of 5 is 2.5 (2+5) equaling 7, and so on. The following illustration shows how to apply the symbol to some of the other functions if the reader wants to spend some time playing with it.

(Note that in the powers of ten, the numbers to the left of the comma mirror each other horizontally. This mirroring occurs even during the multiplication function, with the multiples of one being mirrored by the multiples of eight. Though at a glance this doesn’t sound right, Randy Powell walks us through it in the video at the end of this article. The mirroring found in the “symbol of enlightenment” is one of the most compelling aspects of this system.)

You may have noticed that the numbers three, six, and nine have not been included, yet. Rodin believes these numbers represent a vector from the third to fourth dimension which he calls a “flux field.” This field is supposed to be a higher dimensional energy that influences the energy circuit of the other six points.

Yeah. Like I said. I don’t really get it, either.

But other than spending the evening screwing around with numbers, what are the real world applications of this symbol? Well, for one thing, the pattern of 1, 2, 4, 8, 7, and 5 is a doubling circuit that has been used to develop an efficient electrical coil. According to markorodin.com and numerous internet forum posts, Rodin has also supposedly designed an incredibly sensitive antenna that is being utilized by the U.S. government, though I haven’t seen any proof of this claim. But the most impressive result of vortex mathematics, by far, is Randy Powell’s (a student of Rodin) construction of a 3-D model of a torus (a doughnut shape) using the numerical patterns of the “symbol of enlightenment.” Powell says that the universe itself is shaped like his torus, and has used it as the guide to create the Rodin Coil, a contraption that he claims can produce free energy.

This is where I stop being able to follow the math. Picture the metaphor I described earlier in this article, only the hill is a sheer cliff, the flip flops are ballerina slippers, and the rain is mostly vegetable oil.

Several amateur enthusiasts have built their own Rodin Coils in the past few years. Their experiments can be found all over YouTube and seem to have promising results, but the voices of detractors have appeared as well. The number one complaint is the complete lack of peer review, which is interesting considering Powell’s statement during his TEDx Charlotte presentation: “It has been peer reviewed by some of the best names in science.”

To date, I have been unable to find any published peer review, positive or negative. The above-mentioned TEDx talk was removed from TED’s YouTube channel, and editor Emily McManus made a statement that TED members “sought further advice from experts, and ultimately agreed that the criticisms had merit and were serious enough to warrant removal of the talk from the TEDx official YouTube channel, in compliance with our policy.” However, without actually naming any sources, and after the recent removal of Graham Hancock’s TED talk with a similar statement, I don’t exactly consider this as particularly damning evidence against Powell. I have attempted to contact Powell and have requested access to any peer review, but have yet to hear back from him.

Perhaps we’ll get more straight-forward answers on his planned documentary, Randy’s Doughnuts.

What’s most awful about all this is that I really want it to be true. I want someone to test this in sight of the public and let us know if free energy is really possible. In the meantime, I’ll just keep paying the damn light bill.

An example of the home-grown experiments one finds when typing, “Rodin coil free energy” into YouTube