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Earth's Magnetic Field: Is it a Global Brain?


Buryl Payne

Earth’s magnetic field is one of the most complex variables known. It varies with the Sun’s activity, the Sun’s rotation, the Moon’s rotation, the Earth’s rotation, and the positions of the planets.

The Sun is constantly emitting particles, and waves of all frequencies.  When the particles hit Earth (mostly those particles called electrons and protons) they are deflected by the magnetic field of Earth. The positively charged protons go one way, and the negatively charged electrons go another. They swirl around the Earth, many of them temporarily staying in orbits, called the Van Allan belt. The solar wind particles disturb the Earth’s magnetic field and produce tiny irregularities in it.

The Earth is affected by the planets around the Sun and their positioning, which is also associated with the sunspot formation and changes in the solar wind. Sometimes when a planet is relatively near Earth, and the Moon lines up with it, there is also a magnetic disturbance (Payne, 2008). Even the thoughts and feelings of humans, when synchronized, also affect the solar activity and therefore the GM field, (Payne, 1986).


A typical GM pattern is shown in Figure 1.  The rapid fluxuations on the afternoon 7/25 correspond to a rare alignment of Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter.


Figure 1. – Earth’s Geomagnetic Field.  Time of day along x axis.


Figure 2. A Typical Brain Wave for One Second.

Although the GM field and brain waves do not appear to be similar, except that they are complex electromagnetic waves, there must be some connection that has not been noticed yet. For centuries humans have noticed connections between human behavior and planetary positions. For thirty years, I have consistently noticed connections between geomagnetic activity and planetary positions, especially when the Earth was near these planets in its yearly orbit and the Moon was either conjunct or trine to them. Figure 3. shows the influence of planetary patterns on the geomagnetic field. When Saturn and Pluto were close to one another in 1982, the effect was greater, clearly showing in the data. The only exception was observed when two other planets briefly moved into exact opposition. It is clear that the Sun’s activity and the positions of the planets both affect the geomagnetic field. Laboratory studies have found that magnetic fields can affect brain waves as well as glandular activity, although precise correlation’s between brain wave patterns and the geomagnetic field have not yet been discovered, it seems a strong working hypothesis.

Figure 3. Combined influence of Saturn and Pluto on the Geomagnetic field.  1983.



This is not the sole influence on human behavior, perhaps only about 15% on the average.  Yet, there are a few exceptions, when the influence of the geomagnetic fields increases to as much as 90% and sometimes decreases to practically 0. Not only human behavior, but all life is influenced by the solar-planetary-geomagnetic field network.

In a way this could be called the default program. That is, the most likely condition or influence on behavior UNLESS HUMANS ACTIVELY CHOOSE TO THINK AND DO OTHERWISE, ESPECIALLY COLLECTIVELY. That is going “against the flow” as it is said. Not easy, and sometimes a waste of effort, for “the flow” is too strong. The question could be: “Are we self conscious, choosing humans or are we biomechanical, biochemical robots?”  What percent of ‘free will’ do humans have? I often say it is less than 5%, which is insignificant in statistics. Look around at the world, or your own life; what do you think?


Tuning in.

The brain is always generating a pattern of internal neural frequencies, so called alpha, theta, delta, and beta; names for different ranges of frequencies, plus others, some of which are altered by the patterns of electromagnetism in our environment. Radio waves, cell phone microwaves, TV, and general noise from electric circuits also generate electromagnetic frequencies. The minute electromagnetic patterns of the Earth are also a part of the environment. Brain waves are a mixture of these frequencies, which vary depending on human activity, that is, sleeping, meditating, visualizing, concentrated alertness, etc. During meditation, the higher frequencies diminish and the lower ones become dominant. Although, external radio frequency noises are always present. Quieting the internally generated neural patterns can make us more receptive to the geomagnetic patterns. Perhaps this is what people call tuning in to the super conscious, Higher Self, or the over soul. The activity of the Sun and any nearby planets that the Moon amplifies by lining up with them, will dominate. This could be called “The Global Brain”. That doesn’t mean it’s always good. During solar flares, it could be agitating and the patterns from some planets may also be annoying or may amplify difficulties in our personal horoscope (so called ‘squares’.)

Knowledge and awareness of external electromagnetic influences is helpful so people can make the best personal choices.


The GM field also affects brain rhythms and hormone balance. As human’s hormones vary, so do the person’s feelings.

A very noticeable and powerful influence of the GM field is the cyclic nature of mass human behavior. The late Professor Raymond Wheeler at the University of Kansas found that wars increase and decrease in approximately 11 year cycles. This cycle was found to be in phase with solar cycles, and geomagnetic activity. Since few people are aware of this there is scarcely any way to know when to strengthen resolves for peace.


Figure 4. 11 1/5 Year Cycle of International Battles


Figure 5: 11 Year Sunspot Cycle



A typical Solar cycle.  The Shaded area shows when the GM field is most active, and therefore times of planetary unrest. I found that the start of battles occurred mostly during the ascent, or decent, of sunspot activity every 11 years.

Text Box: The shaded area shows when GM field is the most active




Figure 6. – Stressful Times


Figure 4. Illustrates the 11 year cycle of International battles.  Figure 5. illustrates the sun spot cycles, also of 11 yrs. Figure 6. shows a typical solar cycle. 

Warring behavior is not the sole effect of solar and geomagnetic activity; business activity and creativity are also stimulated by geomagnetic activity. Every geomagnetic pattern is different and has different influences on people.

When the planet Jupiter is nearby and the Moon is aligned with it, good feelings prevail. When Earth passes Pluto, there are storms, or cold snaps for a couple of days, and so forth, in diverse yet somewhat predictable patterns. The study and practice of astrology is mostly about geomagnetic patterns and behavior, though few astrologers are aware of this and fail to be complete in their predictions.

Humans are almost like puppets dangling on magnetic field lines. Almost, but not quite. We have a little freedom. People are alive and have their own little magnetic or spin force. Minute, compared to the Earth’s and Sun’s, but it does exist. By combining thought forces, many accomplishments can be made.



Dewey, E. R., Evidence of Cyclic Patterns, Index of International War Battles. 600   B.C.-A.D. 1957, Cycles, 21(6), pp 121-158, 1970.

Payne, B., Spin – A Collection of Experiments and Observations.  EBook   available from the author’s website: www.buryl.com.

Payne, B. How To Predict Sunspots and Geomagnetic Changes.

Payne, B. The Power of Thought to Influence the Sun. buryl.com

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