Olivers Castle, nr Devizes, Wiltshire
Oliver’s Castle (or Roundway Down) is located just outside of Devizes in Wiltshire (UK). It is named after the Battle of Roundway fought by Oliver Cromwell in 1643. The landscape here is spectacular; rolling, undulating escarpments crowned with an ancient hill fort (earthwork). Oliver’s Castle has been a regular site for crop circle for many years. You can read more about Roundway Down here.
This circle was placed spectacularly in a field of oilseed rape right at the summit of the hill, it looked simply fantastic in the landscape. It’s a huge circle too measuring approximately 350ft in diameter. Twenty-seven small circles sit just inside the large outer ring, it reminded me very much of a string of prayer beads on a bracelet. Typically Buddhist prayer malas have 108 beads, but smaller strings of 54 (half) and 27 (quarter) are often used too. Crop circles as a prayer – now there’s a thought!
As you can see from the photographs, the rapeseed has started to loose it’s characteristic yellow flowers. This was the case when the circle was first reported. Nevertheless, it is still a powerful and beautiful statement on the landscape
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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The 360° ring is divided by 27, which gives us slices of 13.333 recurring. This is a so called irrational number. Thirteen is the number of transformation and has been seen many times in crop circle design. Many see it as indicating a link between the crop circle phenomenon and an impending change in consciousness – a paradigm shift – a transformation of consciousness.
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.