Bydemill Copse, nr Hannington, Wilts

Hannington lies north of Swindon in the north of Wiltshire. We have had several circles around this location in years past most notably in 2011 and 2012 where we had some early circles in oilseed rape crop there (see our archives for pictures).

The circle measures between 180-200ft and is in a field of golden mature wheat. The pattern comprises several concentric rings and a twelve-fold pattern over four of them, made from a circular symmetry of circles! Four half-moons sit around the perimeter  at regular intervals – similar to the circle at Hackpen Hill this year which had six half-moons on its perimeter.

Twelve is the number of man according to geometer John Michell, it is the base of all imperial measure (space), and our measure of time – 12 hours of the day, 12 hours of night, 12 months in a year, 12 constellations of the Zodiac etc. This link made a vital connection between space and time, something that is now disjointed with our metric system of measure (base 10) sitting alongside our still imperial measure of time.

Twelve (like six) is an incredibly harmonious number, it is the number of edges in both the cube and the octahedron – both of which we have seen in crop circle design. These connections between number and form remind us that number in this aspect is a universal language which commands great poetry as well as great truth.

Finally, twelve around one (to give thirteen) is found in myths and legends throughout history including Christ and his twelve disciples. These myths link twelve with the Divine and in particular the the idea of Heaven and Earth, or Divine made manifest on Earth – with the Thirteenth being the transformative principle.

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Visiting: This circle is open to the public until at least the weekend of the 12th/13th August. You will be asked for a small donation at the  field side from the farmer collecting money. Please give generously, it’s wonderful to have a farmer welcoming people on to his land.

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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.


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