Longwood Warren, Hants | 17th June 2017

Longwood Warren, Hants | 17th June 2017

Longwood Warren, nr Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire (Reported elsewhere as Cheesefoot Head) This part of Hampshire has a long crop circle history with some of the earliest recorded crop circles appearing there in the 1970s and 1980s. The central feature of the landscape here is the Cheesefoot Head (or Matterly Bowl) which is a stunning natural amphitheatre that affords spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. In years gone by the Bowl was the location for several spectacular crop circles, but it is no longer planted with crops and now plays host to the Boomtown Fair music and culture festival each summer in August. This crop circle is located to the south of the amphitheatre on a tract of land called Longwood Warren, that would have been part of the estate once belonging to the now demolished Longwood House (read more here). This circle appears to be a motif based on the conjoining of the sun and moon – some immediately associated it with the coming eclipse on August 21st 2017 – which will be a total eclipse visible from some parts of the United States. More broadly speaking, this marriage is a union of Divine Opposites – Sun and Moon – and then all other seeming opposites. At it’s heart it is the integration of opposites leading to a new third state. This aspect of the design is in keeping with many others that hint at the transcending of duality into some new perception or way of thinking. Photographic Enlargements: are now available of many of the 2017 crop circles click here to see our fantastic range. Visiting the Circles? If...
Badbury Rings, Dorset | 16th June 2017

Badbury Rings, Dorset | 16th June 2017

Target Wood, nr Badbury Rings, Dorset This crop circle lies close to Badbury Rings in Dorset. Badbury Rings is an Iron-Age hill fort which lies close to Blandford Forum in Dorset. It is one of the more attractive hill forts of its type with several ringed embankments and is topped by a copse of trees. We have had circles at Badbury Rings before most notably in 2014 (see here). You can read more about the site here. Badbury Rings is open to the pubic and offers some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside – the crop circle lies to the north west of the hill fort – and may be slightly too distant and too small to see from the summit of the hill. Photographic Enlargements: are now available of many of the 2017 crop circles click here to see our fantastic range. Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested.  The design of this formation is instantly recognisable as a variation on the Kabbalah, or Tree of Life. It might be more accurately termed the Sephiroth a sacred design or mandala which represents a philosophy of the cosmos. The Kabbalah is part of an aspect of Jewish Mysticism, each of the 10 circles represent stages, or aspects of a cosmic, or spiritual path. You can read more about it here. We have seen the Tree of Life before as a crop circle in a field of Oilseed Rape (canola) at Barbury Castle in 1997 – so this new formation has appeared 20 years later in 2017. This time, the mandala is en-framed by a cross between a Star of...
Maiden Bradley, Wilts | 9th June 2017

Maiden Bradley, Wilts | 9th June 2017

Little Knoll, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire Please note: we regret to report that this circle has now been cut out by the farmer. This crop circle was regretfully cut out by the farmer within 24 hours of it being reported so we were unable to photograph it before it was gone. However Karen has been able to draw a series of images for you to illustrate the design – see below. Maiden Bradley is close to Warminster and this circle was not that far away from the formation reported at Chicklade ten days earlier. The circle was in a field of barley and measured approximately 150-180ft in diameter. The centre circle was by all accounts rather beautiful with the crop woven into a warp and weft – like a basket. This is a five-fold design, a five armed wheel placed over a segmented pentagon, all enclosed within a containing circle. The circle is divided by ten to lay-out the design, five smaller circles make the spoked-wheel pattern. Five is the number of life, regeneration and Man. 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. Karen currently has a section of her original paintings (from 2017) for sale. Click here to see the paintings available. Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep...
Woolstone Hill, Oxon | 4th June 2017

Woolstone Hill, Oxon | 4th June 2017

Woolstone Hill, nr Ashbury, Oxfordshire. Please Note: We hear this circle has now been partially defaced by the farmer. Please do not enter this field.  Uffington Castle is a Bronze-Age hill fort which sits atop an escarpment on the ancient Ridgeway pathway, where it crosses over from Wiltshire into Oxfordshire. It’s World-famous White Horse chalk hill-figure sits on the embankment of the hill and is the oldest chalk figure in the UK dating back approximately 3000 years. This whole area, encompassing the hill fort, white horse, Woolstone hill and Wayland’s Smithy barrow has set the scene for many crop circles over the past twenty years. It’s a beautiful part of our ancient landscape and if you’ve never been before we can highly recommend it! You can read more about Uffington White Horse and Castle here and here – with historical overview and visiting information. Drone enthusiasts please note that the flying of drones at Uffington is prohibited by the National Trust without their express permission – please see the links above for more information. This crop circle lies to the east of the hill fort near Woolstone Hill (see Google Maps link on the right of the page for precise location). It is in a field of Barley and measures approximately 150ft in diameter. It is a very pretty six-fold design made entirely from circles of various sizes. What makes this formation particularly curious is that all the circles inside the formation (18 in total) are standing with no flattened centres (or indeed any marks at all at their centres), the crop is instead swirled in pathways around the...
The Sanctuary, Wilts | 3rd June 2017

The Sanctuary, Wilts | 3rd June 2017

The Sanctuary, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. The Sanctuary is located close to the Ridgeway at West Overton. It lies beside the A4 which snakes its way between Marlborough and Devizes. The small stone circle dates back to 3000BC and is contemporary with, and an intrinsic part of the Avebury Complex of ancient monuments – which includes West Kennet Longbarrow and Silbury Hill. The site was first recorded by the antiquarian John Stukeley in the 1600s when it still had some of the small stones placed in several rings. These stones were not of the gargantuan variety found down the road at Avebury, but were very much smaller. Sometime before the 1900’s the stones were removed by a local farmer, so that the land could be used for agriculture, there are small concrete plinths there today which show where the stones would have been placed. Despite the fact no original stones remain the Sanctuary is still a rather charming and peaceful place (when the traffic on the main road is not too busy). It’s open to the public and is a great place for quiet contemplation and meditation. On the opposite side of the road are several bell barrows, known as the Overton Barrows. Some round barrows contained burials, while others are often points of alignments on the landscape. You can read more about the Sanctuary here (including visiting details) and more about the Overton Barrows here. The circle here is a simple ringed circle, very similar to some of the very earliest crop circle designs. It will be interesting to investigate whether there is any significant ratio between the diameter...
Chicklade, Wilts | 30th May 2017

Chicklade, Wilts | 30th May 2017

Fonthill Down, nr Chicklade, Wiltshire Please note: we regret to report that this circle has now been cut out by the farmer. This very pretty design appeared close to Chicklade, not far from Salisbury. In fact, as we flew over this circle we could see the great spire of Salisbury cathedral from the aircraft. It another very attractive six-fold design placed rather beautifully between a strip of trees in an adjacent field and what appeared to be a circle of trees in the field where the circle was located – it was nestled beautifully in a small dip in the field. Despite only been reported a day earlier there were several visitors in the field enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. Be aware however, as we do not have any tacit evidence the farmer is allowing anyone into his field. The design once again was six-fold in geometry, a nice play on overlapping circles to create a rather exotic central flower with curved arms extending from each petal and a terminating in a circle. See the Geometry Gallery below for images and further details. Photographic Enlargements: are now available of many of the 2017 crop circles click here to see our fantastic range. 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. Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our...
Broad Hinton, Wilts (2) | 28th May 2017

Broad Hinton, Wilts (2) | 28th May 2017

Summers Lane, Broad Hinton, Wiltshire (2) 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 the 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 very different in style and feel to its neighbour. This is such a pretty design, a pentagram accompanied by a confetti (if one might use this word as a noun) of tiny circles. Unlike many crop circles, here the pentagram is not drawn inside a circle, but is rather free standing – an interesting accomplishment in terms of geometry. The tiny circles are of two diameters, one slightly larger than the other. There is more than a passing resemblance to many of the fractal formations that have appeared over the years where tiny circles like this are used to indicate further interactions of the fractal pattern that are too small or intricate to be rendered equitably in the crop. These small circles echo and draw attention to the five-ness of the overall design. Five is the number of life and the ratios of the pentagon generate the golden section proportion and the Fibonacci numbers. Five is also the number of Man as the number and the Golden ratio generate his form. Five itself is known as the number of...
Broad Hinton, Wilts (1) | 28th May 2017

Broad Hinton, Wilts (1) | 28th May 2017

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...
Cerne Abbas, Dorset | 22nd May 2017

Cerne Abbas, Dorset | 22nd May 2017

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,...