The Harmonic Grid

Bruce Cathie's valiant quest to correlate every UFO sighting (and everything else, ever)

Disclaimer: From boardrooms to BBQs, I'm clocking a substantial uptick in UFO discussion. Textbook escapist reaction to global distress perhaps. The difference in 2021 though is that the conversation is hardly happening behind closed doors. The media is now in on every twist and turn. It feels a bit cavalier to dismiss the sheer volume of mainstream coverage as if nothing’s going on when clearly something is going on…

Gargantuan investments are being made in the surveillance arena. Unidentified Aerial Phenomena sightings are being corroborated by government intelligence agencies at sky-high clearance levels. Heck, Canadian pilots are nosediving out of the sky to avoid UAPs. And thanks to legislation buried inside the US COVID relief bill, we're due for an avalanche of formerly classified documents come mid-June. Something indeed.

Despite the recent fervor, ExoGenesis remains alien-agnostic. ExoGenesis neither supports nor denies the existence of life beyond our planet. ExoGenesis investigates the world(s) around us we cannot perceive. Might visiting entities exist inside these pan-human perceptual blind spots?

This post is merely an excursion into that out-of-sight possibility.

A Pattern of UFO Activity

In 1968, Bruce Cathie, a New Zealand airline pilot, novice mathematician and outspoken UFO proponent, made a curious observation. After pouring over UFO sighting reports across the world, Cathie became convinced he detected a geographic pattern. At first, the cases were "so scattered around the surface of our planet that it was quite impossible to fit them together into any semblance of order," he wrote. But Cathie was sure one existed nonetheless. So he began to kick the tires on his hypothesis. His hope was that inside a geometric formation sat an underlying reason for UFO activity.

Cathie developed a tidy strategy for processing the sightings without the aid of modern computational firepower. First, he’d establish a pattern in one specific region of the world. With this key in-hand, Cathie could then “solve the rest by using duplication and inference.” To really begin though, he needed even more data.

In April, 1965, Cathie struck a UFO reports goldmine. He saw an ad in the local paper seeking members for a UFO organization called New Zealand Scientific and Space Research. He contacted the organization and found that “a vast amount of information had been very efficiently compiled.” The information had been collected from “25 different countries over the course of a 12-year period,” and Cathie was invited to study it as his leisure.

Cathie swiftly honed in on a cluster of reports all describing a similar UFO flying over several different localities around New Zealand. He cropped the data even tighter by identifying a maximum 15-minute variation in sighting times, all occurring around 9:45 pm (NZST). With these data points at hand, Cathie spent weeks running exhaustive UFO track line calculations, cross-referencing his math with other research from around the world. Pages of many of his books are devoted to dizzying walls of formulae from this period. He barely slept. Then, a breakthrough.

Cathie superimposed a grid over a map of New Zealand. The grid was spaced in increments of 30 minutes arc latitude in north-south and east-west directions. That is, the distance covered if you were to travel for 30 minutes in a trajectory that parallels the curvature of the Earth’s surface. He was astounded to discover that the sixteen stationary and seventeen moving UFOs in his data set all snapped tightly to the grid’s intersections.

One might consider this a regional curiosity and move on. But Cathie’s aims were far more ambitious. His goal was to prove that this grid could be extended over the entire globe and track with every UFO sighting in history. A curious oceanic discovery would give Cathie a very important clue on how to proceed.

On August 29th, 1964, an American ship called The Eltanin was carrying out a routine sweep of the sea-bed off the coast of South America. During the tour, a series of underwater photographs were taken and developed. In one photograph stood a “perfectly symmetrical precisely engineered” antenna with an array of crossbars. The object’s position was latitude 59°08' south, longitude 105° west. According to Cathie, this “bit of ironmongery” sat at 13,500 feet below surface, ruling out the possibility that a human engineer had planted it there. The New Zealand Herald dubbed it ‘The Eltanin Antenna’ and the name stuck.

Of note here, the Eltanin Antenna bears a striking resemblance to Cladorhiza concrescens, a rare species of carnivorous sponge. Cathie himself acknowledged the likeness but remained vehement until his death in 2013 that the comparison was an attempt at a cover-up.

Energized by the discovery, Cathie set out to establish a linkage between The Eltanin Antenna’s coordinates, global UFO sightings and his ever-growing grid. Word spread of his efforts, and Cathie began to receive correspondence from around the world. A major portion of this outreach came from other pilots in New Zealand, Australia, France and the US. The pilots were reporting unfamiliar land-based radio transmitters with the same attributes as The Eltanin. The unknown transmitters shared a lattice structure and spheres at each arm’s extremity. Cathie then populated his sightings map of New Zealand with these unidentifiable antennae. Joining the UFO activity were now the man-made transmitting stations, unclassified stations, and American scientific bases.

While Cathie was able to match the growing network of antenna reports with each region’s Ham Radio Yearbook, he could not for the life of him get an answer from government officials on the transmitters’ purpose, nor their arrangement. “At this point,” he wrote “I was faced with the obvious conclusion that a group of electronics experts knew far more than I did about the grid system.” For Cathie the message was coming in crystal clear: a small clandestine group had already stumbled on the grid and was using it for unknown means. He wasn’t entirely wrong.

Earth as a Crystal Pentadodecahedron

Cathie left no stone unturned in his pursuit of parallel research into grid systems that might be contributing to unexplainable planetary phenomenon. Of particular interest was a 1973 report in Chemistry and Life issued by the USSR Academy of Sciences titled “Is The Earth a Large Crystal?” The report’s inquiry goes pretty deep. Here’s a run at it: Pythagoras was obsessed with a hybrid geometrical figure called a pentadodecahedron. The Greek philosopher referred to it as the “sphere of the universe.” Plato was similarly enamored with the shape, calling it the “true earth.” They both regarded the shape as the building block of the universe. Pythagoras, Plato, generations of their intellectual descendants and many strands of mysticism all insisted its true powers be kept secret. The Russian report claimed that Earth’s formation began as a large crystal with the angular dimensions of a pentadodecahedron. The planet eventually wore down into a spherical ball. It theorized that “the Earth projects from within itself a dual geometrically regularized grid.” The first grid is comprised of twelve pentagonal slabs, the second by twenty equilateral triangles.

The Russian study took great pains to pinpoint locations where this crystal grid coincided with active risings and depressions on the ocean floors, core faults and mid-oceanic ridges. Intriguingly, one of the triangles’ vertices falls at the center of the infamous Bermuda Triangle. The report noted other anomalous behavior at these intersections including seismic/volcanic activity, extreme atmospheric pressure, concentrations of mineral ore and iron deposits, and higher-than-usual magnetism.

For Cathie, the most pertinent detail in the Russian report was a point on their crystal grid coinciding with a “natural atomic reactor” discovered in the Oklo region, near the city of Francescville in Gabon. The 1973 discovery by French physicist Francis Perrin was carried out by measuring subterranean isotope ratios. Oklo is indeed home to 16 sites at which self-sustaining nuclear fission reactions took place 1.7 billion years ago, and continued for a few-hundred thousand years thereafter. It remains the only known naturally occurring nuclear reactor in the world.

The Oklo natural reactor discovery and the Russian report’s corroboration of the grid would push Cathie to venture to an even more out-there branch of his research.

Nuclear Detonations and The Grid

Cathie is adamant throughout his work that due to “the relative motions of the atomic particles” nuclear detonations can only be achieved “on, under, or over a specific geometric point related to the Earth’s surface at a specific time.” Cathie maintains that “the relative motions of the Earth and sun, at this instant of time, cause the disruption of the unstable particles of uranium, plutonium, cobalt or whatever unstable matter is used to trigger the explosion.”

Cathie utilized his methodology for identifying the optimal atomic detonation conditions to predict future test sites with early success. In August 1968, he was invited to present his UFO research at the Royal Aeronautical Society in Auckland. The night before his presentation, he had dinner with the president and secretary of the society. At some point in the evening, the conversation turned to Cathie’s nuclear bomb test theory. The two were skeptical of his calculations. As a challenge, they asked him when the next French atomic test would occur. Cathie ran the math and predicted the 24th of that month. Sure enough, on August 24th, 1968, the Pacific Carrier Battle Group carried out Opération Canopus, making France the fifth country to test a thermonuclear device.

Cathie delivers his predictions with a signature blend of alarmism and reassurance. The very “solar geometries” necessary to detonate a bomb “would not be possible at any unspecified time for any Soviet target,” Cathie maintained. “It could take hours, days or weeks for a major target in Russia to match the harmonic geometries of the sun position in order for a missile to be successfully launched towards that point with any certainty of detonation,” Cathie wrote.

For Cathie, the atomic bomb was a “spacetime geometric device,” the successful detonation of which is determined by a series of frankly bewildering calculations encompassing cartography, physics and trigonometry. Rather than drag you through the math, and there’s a lot of math, I’ll give the stage over to Cathie himself.

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve no doubt picked up on Cathie’s persistent reference to Harmonics. The deciding factor enabling these nuclear detonations, according to Cathie, is ultimately a location’s “harmonic value.” For Cathie, Harmonics held the key not only to understanding nuclear activity, but pretty much every other unexplained planetary occurrence.

The Harmonic Grid

According to Cathie, UFO propulsion and every successful nuclear detonation site are governed by a series of frequencies criss-crossing the planet called The Harmonic Grid. These frequencies are calculated by the variegation in light, gravity and mass at any specific point in space-time. So, every unique position on the planet at a specific time possesses a unique vibrational signature, aka a Harmonic.

Cathie spends hundreds of pages quantifying Harmonic Grid values. His mathematical outcomes are a bit of a hot topic on the forums, but the origin point of his thinking is fairly evident. Cathie is primarily interested in single number outputs from formula containing many disparate measurement formats - rates, ratios, distances et al. Pulling the speed of light, the power of gravity and mass ratios together into one unified calculation is no mean feat…or, erm, is! The most convenient, albeit least common, way to fit all these wildly disparate values into an average is by employing the Harmonic Mean. In its simplest form, the Harmonic Mean is the reciprocal of the average of the reciprocals. It looks like this:

Harmonic mean = n / (∑1/x_i)

So, let’s say you travel 10 km at 60 km/h, then another 10 km at 20 km/h, your Harmonic mean speed looks like this:

2 / (1 / 60 + 1 / 20) = 30 km/h

The 10 km at 60 km/h takes 10 minutes, the 10 km at 20 km/h takes 30 minutes, so the total 20 km takes 40 minutes, which is 30 km per hour. Simple enough.

Cathie was roping in swarms of inputs and spitting out Harmonic means (basically). According to Cathie, the Harmonic of light is 14,399; the Harmonic of the Earth’s magnetic field is 2,545.5; the Harmonic of Earth’s mass is 17,025.

The magic happens, according to Cathie, at key Harmonic intersections. At these meeting points:

1) Mass can move from one point to another in space-time;

2) Mass can change from more to a less tangible state;

3) With the right tech, the contraction and expansion of time can be controlled.

Not too shabby, Harmonic Grid! But wait, this is just the tip of the GTFOberg.

Negative Reality

Cathie claims that each one of these Harmonic convergence points are loading docks for negative reality. To get parallel with this one, we need to come to terms with Cathie's position on anti-matter. Matter and anti-matter are formed by the same electron wave motions in space. Waves travel through this space in a spiral motion, passing through positive and negative stages. In the positive stage, also known as a pulse, matter is formed. During the negative pulse, anti-matter is formed.

Cathie employs a movie analogy to make sense of the relationship between our consciousness and matter verses anti-matter. Each static picture on a film strip is comparable to a single pulse of physical existence, he contended. The division between two frames represents a pulse of anti-matter. When the film is fed through a projector, we obtain the illusion of motion and the passage of time. The divisions between the static pictures are not detected by our senses because of the frequency of each projection on the movie screen. But by speeding up or slowing down the projector, we can alter the apparent time rate of the actions shown by the film. In this analogy, our consciousness is the film projector. If the analogy is to be accepted then we have a “twin stream of consciousness,” Cathie posited.

According to Cathie, at Harmonic Grid intersections the frequency of electronic pulses change fractionally. This is enough though to have major impacts on our space-time experience. Put another way, our awareness of reality shifts from one point to another. “We would travel from one point in space to another without being aware that we had traversed distance in the physical sense,” Cathie writes.

Of utmost importance for Cathie is the harmonic reciprocal of the speed of light in free space. That harmonic value is calculated to be 6944. It’s at this frequency that “spherical bodies are in fact formed by a vortexual resonance which causes precipitation of matter.” And it’s once again, only at these junctures in the Harmonic Grid where this activity can occur.

Cathie has now unified UFO sightings, UFO propulsion, our very planet’s crystal undergirding, space-time aberrations, and true space-time travel inside his Harmonic Grid. The list of phenomena continues on, seemingly to infinity, but this post has to end somewhere.


Cathie is not without his detractors, who have grown in number and conviction as the years march on. The most consistent criticism comes from the mathematics community who write off Cathie’s work as less physics and more a collection of “mathematical quirks.” Another criticism laments that Cathie’s work is “more provable claim than scientific theory.” A particularly scathing indictment on reduces Cathie’s harmonics theory to “trivial little number games that signify nothing.”

Cathie’s space-time conditions for successful nuclear detonation have all but aged into inconsequentiality. At this point, it’s safe to say that geography plays absolutely no determining role in setting off any type of nuclear device.

While left of his claim, if Cathie was alive today, he might point to the curiously uneven global distribution of fissionable ingredients necessary for nuclear fuel around the world. 96% of uranium reserves are found in a mere 10 countries, 71% of which is concentrated in 3 countries. Break out the grid Brucee boy!

The Long-Term Value of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

So what is to be salvaged from Cathie’s vision? Well, he didn’t get it all wrong.

Cathie’s insistence that the Earth’s crystal constitution governs planetary energy patterns wasn’t entirely off. A 2010 study by Maurizio Mattesini in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that iron alloys in the solid inner core of the Earth appear to have crystallized in a manner that permits energy to pass on the north-south axis far more easily than on the east-west. Researchers believe this is why seismic waves traveling between Earth's poles move faster than those moving east-west. We’ve since verified that the very structure of atoms looks different in one direction than the other. In an interview with WIRED, CalTech geologist David Stephenson said “The center of the Earth is literally a crystal." Over time, it grew and now is no longer a single crystal but an aggregate of them. Chalk one up for Cathie here.

More holistically, Cathie was on to something with his whole grid approach. While his iteration has yellowed with time, scientists across disciplines have corroborated pieces of Cathie’s puzzle, albeit with some refreshed math. Cathie would have been thrilled to discover the work of Mohsen Paul Sarfarazi, a Continuum Mechanics Professor and Researcher at George Washington University and the Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory. Sarfarazi’s paper “On The Mechanics of Physical Dissemination of Consciousness” contends that consciousness is channeled through an Earth Grid via holographic reality software, encoded as a binary language of light, using a time-space continuum server. In a hopeful twist, “the speed of light has been increasing, causing time acceleration, in turn, leading to consciousness expansion,” writes Sarfarazi. There’s more, but for another day perhaps.

It seems Cathie’s true enduring value lies in the imaginative way in which he approached his research. While many of his individual claims have now fallen by the wayside, there is a great deal we can learn from how he approached problems. One might argue, Cathie’s unique combination of math, science, geology and biology displays more interdisciplinary dexterity than today’s scientific community demonstrates. While some of the threads Cathie was pulling at seem preposterous in 2021, many still lead to a tangle we know exists but have yet to address.

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