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Meditations on the Crop Circles by Karen Alexander

A Bird’s Eye View

Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire 2015 One of the most iconic formations of the 2015 season occurred on the 8th of the 8th. In fact there were two formations reported on that date, but the other is a story for another time. Birds have often been portrayed by the crop circle phenomenon, some have been identified as swallows, others as a phoenix, one a Thunderbird.  In fact 2015 had seen the appearance of another bird, identified as a native American ‘Eagle Dancer’, at Uffcott Down on the 25th of July. Symbolically in this context, birds are seen as otherworldly, ethereal, even numinous. They carry a spiritual connotation (like the spirit not bound too earth). More specifically, like the crop circles, they seem to haunt the space between worlds, messengers of the Gods, a conduit between Heaven and Earth. Like so many crop circle symbols, such as the squaring of the circle, or the marriage of the same, they address the connection between the Man and the Divine, or between this world and some other unseen realm. Unlike the stupendously gigantic flock of swallows in East Field, Alton Barnes 2008, this little bird was far more humble, it measured approximately 180ft in diameter and was in a field of mature golden wheat at its perfected peak, ready for harvesting. When we flew over the circle, it was in one of the last remaining fields still standing in the area. DREAMING  Bird To many this bird was a Dove, it’s design very close to the classical Christian icon of the descending grace of God at the baptism of Christ. Leonardo Da Vinci was...

It’s Written in the Stars

As I write – October 2015 – I’m working on the forthcoming annual Crop Circle Year Book for 2015. As part of putting the book together I’m now revisiting many of the formations from this season and starting to look at them in detail. Of course the size and scope of the year books give room for only the most concise analysis and discussion – but in the coming months I hope to share some of the things I have looked at for inclusion in the book in a series of blogs. The Haselor Star 19th July 2015 Haselor, is located very near to the town of Alcester in Warwickshire (not too far from Stratford-Upon-Avon) and in recent years particularly, the county of Warwickshire has seen a collection of very fine crop circles within its borders. Alcester is identified as an old Roman settlement. At first glance the crop circle at Haselor was undoubtedly a design based around the number eight, with its eight-pointed star being the main feature. The formation is made from a series of concentric circles and offset circles which create a crescent in the middle part of the design – 5 circles in all. In the offset centre circle sits the very fine eight-pointed star, the points are standing and as they approach the centre circle the arms cross over and under one another in Celtic Knot-like fashion. From five of the points of the star, emanate straight lines that reach out through the crescent, to the outer band of standing crop. Where the offset circle touches the outer band at the bottom of the design there is...

Welcome to our New Website

Welcome to our new website It’s been a long time coming, but our lovely new website is finally finished and published. It’s been a very, very steep learning curve to get it here. Until now Steve and I have always handed the running of our website over to others. For the first time we have decided it was time to learn how to do it for ourselves, and as complete novices that’s not been easy! Neither one of us has ever edited a website before. It’s something we have avoided, and while I’m quite a quick learner of most new things, much of this process has been counter intuitive to me and I’ve had to press myself very hard to get a grip on it! Both of us would like to thank all who helped in the building of this website, especially Sam and Chris who have patiently talked us through all the things we have needed to learn to get to where we are today – thanks so much! Improved Image Galleries As with all challenges, this one has been an opportunity too. One of the most satisfying things about putting this website together has been filling out our Image Library. Steve has spent hours, days and weeks going through his old negatives and transparencies from the early years and picking out images that we wanted to share. It’s been a massive undertaking, scanning, cleaning up scratches and age related imperfections, but it was amazing to realise what a legacy that collection of images is and to reminisce about our years in the fields, finding lost formations and...

Unlucky for some…

The circle at Manton Drove in Wiltshire, is the first major formation of the 2015 season. A lovely thirteen-point star, orbited by four asymmetrical small satellite circles. The formation was set in a field of young barley and measured approximately 90-100ft in diameter. The first major formation of the season is almost always universally greeted with joy and excitement. Joy that the circles have returned and excitement as they often set the tone for the up coming season. The formation was reported on the 24th of May late in the evening on the internet and the farmer was alerted to its presence earlier that day. Unfortunately, the circle was an unwelcome visitor and the farmer said he would disfigure the circle (in a vain effort to dissuade any more circles on his land). By the time we got in the air – very early the next morning, sadly the damage was done. The farmer didn’t mow out the complete formation, but he did drive his tractor through its most elaborate parts. The saddest part of this situation is that the farmer was probably completely unaware of just how much many people want to cooperate positively with him and his fellow farmers in a peaceful and mutually beneficial way and that the vast majority of the crop circle community have great positive regard for the farming world. However, it would be wrong to make the cutting of this circle the entire story of this formation, it is in fact only a lesser part of the story. As always, what is paramount is what was in the field. From pictures by...

Crop Circles of 2015 so far… Barbury Castle and Tarlton.

The first crop circle of the 2015 season (in the UK), was reported on the 9th of April, and was at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire. Barbury Castle has long been a regular host to the crop circle phenomenon, with many iconic formations appearing in the fields below this great Earth Work. For those unfamiliar with the Wiltshire landscape, Barbury Castle is a hill fort dating back to around 2500BCE. Hill forts were usually hill top enclosures which would be occupied and the land below them farmed. The elevation in the landscape provided security in perilous times. Barbury was also occupied once again during the Roman era, only going to show what a safe location for settlement it was. The UK countryside is graced with many hill forts of this kind. Close by is Liddington Castle, another hill fort also synonymous with the crop circles. The famous Barbury Castle crop circle of 1991, the Menorah of 1999 & the Pi formation of 2008 are just a few of the many wonders that have appeared in the fields there. The formation was a 60-70ft ring in a field of immature oilseed rape (canola), close to where the 2008 pi formation appeared. The ring had a satellite circle on it and one appendage coming from it ending on another small circle. As researcher Michael Glickman has already written an interesting blog about this circle, I’m going to refer you to that blog to find out more about the Barbury Castle crop circle. The second circle of the season was reported at Macmillan Way, near Tarlton in Gloucestershire on the 19th of April. This time...

The Woodborough Hill Inseminators

Woodborough Hill, Alton Barnes 9th June 2012 – Wheat Click on any of the images to enlarge them. Woodborough Hill is a curious place. It seems to lie at the heart of an area of agricultural fields synonymous with the crop circles. It also is one of the highest points in Wiltshire along with its neighbours Picked Hill and Milk Hill and has been the scene of some quite amazing paranormal encounters. In 1992 it played host to a spectacular UFO sighting that is as much part of crop circle lore as bent nodes. On July 25th/26th of that year a group of UFO researchers lead by a US medical doctor, Steven Greer, were conducting a night-watch by the hill. Dr. Geer was the head of an organisation calling themselves CSETI (The Centre for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence). This group travelled all over the world to local UFO hotspots with the novel idea of trying to make contact with any UFOs they encountered. Rather than being passive observers, it was CSETI’s protocol to be pro-active; to actively seek out UFO ‘waves’ and to try to interact with the phenomenon as and when it occurred. It had developed a set of intriguing field protocols which it employed to draw attention to its teams and to signal that they were interested in contact. As usual, the English weather was being distinctly inclement and uncooperative for the time of year, which had forced Dr. Greer’s group from the top of the hill with all their cameras and equipment. The group had earlier seen what was described as a “cartwheel of light”...