Cerne Abbas, nr Dorchester, Dorset.
The chalk hill figure at Cerne Abbas is known the world over – as the Cerne Abbas Giant. It is regarded as an ancient fertility symbol dating back to the Iron-Age. The giant stands 180ft tall and is in fact the largest chalk hill figure the UK – he stands on the side of the hill fort at Cerne Abbas. There is an earthwork at the summit of the hill known as the Trendle. You can read more about the Cerne Abbas Giant here.
This circle appeared at the bottom of the hill close to the chalk figure, but not in the field directly below. It is immediately recognisable as a Vesica Pisces design, this is where the perimeter of one circle intersects the centre of another and creates an almond shape where they overlap. In scared geometry this is called the division of unity, where unity (the circle) replicates itself rather than being cut in anyway – in this way unity remains a whole. Self replication is considered a fundamental sign of life. Cell mitosis works in exactly this way. The phrase Vesica Pisces literally means fish-bladder, but it also a vaginal symbol, as this almond shape is from whence all other shapes are born, beginning with the triangle, then the square, the pentagon etc, etc. The exercise of drawing this progression has a long history amongst artists and geometers. The placing of such an image in close proximity to a symbol of male fertility is not without irony.
This crop circle has been interpreted either as an anatomical representation of female genitalia, or as an image of the Virgin Mary – the two are not that unrelated – so either one – or both – could be appropriate.
In the gallery below are a series of images showing the drawing of this design by Karen Alexander. We hope you enjoy seeing the progression of the drawing from beginning to end.
If you’d like to learn more about crop circle geometry we are running a hands-on Crop Circle Geometry Workshop at our annual conference this summer – July 28th-31st July, Devizes, Wiltshire. You can read more about our conference and workshop here.
We have been unable to fly over this circle thus far, weather, timing and funds have all contributed the this. Cerne Abbas would take a long flight to reach. If you enjoy this website and our images please see below about how you can help us keep flying this summer.
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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