Summers Lane, Broad Hinton, Wiltshire.
The pretty village of Broad Hinton lies close to Hackpen Hill in Wiltshire, just north of Avebury, and close to Winterbourne Bassett. All these locations have been regular spots for crop circles over the years.
This formation was one of two to appear on the same night in adjoining barley fields (see here for information about adjoining circle). They lie close to St Peter ad Vincula church in the village. You can read more about the 12/13th century church here.
This formation was comprised of two circles, one large and one small – the smaller simple circle at approximately 10ft in diameter, rather large to be called a real ‘grapeshot’ or ‘satellite’ circle. The larger circle measured approximately 100-120ft in diameter and contained a large standing circle at its centre with a wide ring around it. The ring had been divided into five thin concentric lines, with a series of seven thin circles creating a flower-like pattern. At first glance it seemed that six of these circles should have produced a even and harmonious pattern, but this isn’t the case. The six rings do not meet up as one would expect and the seventh circle seems to draw attention to that fact. One could put this down to shoddy geometry, or one might consider it symbolic.
Six is one of the so-called perfect numbers, it is harmonious and beautiful, but it also is the basis of the framework of many substances like water and is therefore associated with good economy, structure, function and order. Six creates strong carbon bonds in diamonds – one of the strongest substances known to man. Seven on the other hand, is linked with the ephemeral; notes in the musical scale and colours in the light spectrum. It is also considered the virginal number (as it does not mix well or easily with other numbers) hence its connection with the eternal feminine, or the Sacred Virgin.
No doubt geometers will be contemplating on this image, but will its true meaning (if it should have one) remain a mystery like the sacred goddess herself?
Visiting the Circles? If you are thinking of visiting any crop circles this summer, please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section. It’s full of useful information and etiquette for visiting the countryside and the crop circles. Please remember that you should not enter any fields without the express permission of the farmer.
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.