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Make Your Own Double-Inverted Diametric-Apex Cheops Pyramid Psychotronic Twirler

Bob Hurt


Pyramid whizbang Patrick Flanagan published the twirler design. You fold a single sheet of card stock paper into the double-inverted diametric-apex King Cheops psychotronic pyramid shape, then hang it from a string, blow on it, and it twirls.


Why psychotronic?  Well, Flanagan had a flair for marketing, and the term invokes images of a geometric shape with an extra dose of psychic, spiritual, spacey, mind-expanding (if not mind-blowing) PYRAMID POWER.  You see, the template design allows you to fold the paper into pyramids of the same proportions as the great King Cheops Pyramid, the shape known as a cosmic energy lens or focalizer that preserves organic matter, sharpens razor blades, and does God-only-knows-what to your psyche and meditative and healing and sexual powers, just sitting within a few feet of it or having it hang above your head.  It might even make plants grow better.


But, honestly, psychotronic "is concerned with the energy exchange capacities of a mind-body-environment relationship; in other words explaining by technology something that, until recently, was the preserve of Eastern philosophers - how the mind relates to the body in sickness and health" (Woods, David {1976}. "Psychotronics: the new science once the preserve of ancient Eastern philosophy." Canada Medical Association J. 114 {9}: 844–847. PMC 1957128PMID 773526).

I liked the design, so I adapted it in Corel Draw, colored it, printed it out, cut and folded it, attached a string to it, and hung it from a lamp beside my desk.  Maybe its energy will have a good effect in my digs.  I attached two fridge magnets to one of the hanging twirlers, and it automatically swiveled around to align the edge to true north, even though the air conditioning breeze makes it swivel back and forth from that alignment, creating a sinusoidal energy blast in my direction, I imagine.  Just look at this baby TWIRL!  You can almost SEE the power curves of the energy radiating from it!

You must make the creases in your folds nice and tight, and perfectly aligned.  I use my scissors’ handle to press hard up and down the creases.  That helps the shape come together perfectly.


It looks like the image below before you cut and fold it.  I designed this to take a full sheet of paper, so that the end panels and right end tab extend all the way to the edges of the paper.  You can elect to leave the end panels square so that you can fold them to overlap, or to cut them as shown so that you can fold them to interlock.

I put the X on the end panels in case I wanted to poke a hole there with a needle so as to string the panels and ends together with thread. I have not tried that yet.  I have thought that a proper "twirler" should have a swivel that insulates it from the force of the twists in the thread.  I still ponder the design parameters.

This will make a fun gift box for a small necklace or earrings.  I have designed two layers in the art file for the end panels:  square and interlocking. If they interlock, you won't have to glue or tape them, and that makes them perfect for turning the twirler into a packaging box for small things. Interlocked, the ends look like this:

When you have folded it into the basic shape above, and then look into it through the open bottom and top, you see perfectly dimensioned opposing pyramids sharing a common apex point. I absolutely love the symmetry of it, and could not resist coloring it.

Speaking of colors, I chose those because my Urantia Book 's papers on racial groups indicates the original people resembled Eskimos.  Then one family half a million years ago procreated children whose skin colors became vivid in the sunlight - red, yellow, blue, orange, green, indigo.  Then it says Adam and Eve became progenitors of the violet race whose bodies glowed with a violet hue.  All of that inspired the eight colors for the triangular panels.

You can use Krita or another paint program to change the colors or adorn the panels with dazzling psychedelic eye-candy fractals or cattails.

If you find it challenging to fold, start with the tabbed panel, fold the colored triangles facing one another, and then proceed from triangle to triangle, facing colors away, then toward.  You'll end with a star shape.

Take the four adjacent end panels (the ones with no X) and bring them together as you fold them inward.  That will form the proper shape.  Then glue the tab inside the opposing end, and close up the end panels.

Have fun.