Barton Stacey, nr Bullington. Hants.

(The Street – between the A30 & the A303)

Detail: This circle was reported on the 28th of July and is in a field of golden wheat. It measures approximately 250ft in diameter. 

Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested. The farmer has asked that no one enters this field – please respect his wishes. 

Update: It seems the farmer has now cut the circle from the field – just a day after it was first spotted. Reports suggest he had to call the police after visitors refused the leave the circle when asked and were also rude to the farmer in the process. If true, this is totally unacceptable. Courtesy and simple respect cost nothing. 

Location: The formation is located in a field close to the village of Barton Stacey, just off ‘The Street’ the main road going through the village. See Google Map link. Note: the link is for information and research purposes only.

About Barton Stacey from the Barton Stacey Website

There is clear evidence that Barton Stacey has been inhabited since the Neolithic period dating from 3500 to 2000 BC with the burial mounds (barrows) on Moody’s Down. There are interesting exhibits on the early inhabitants of the area at the Iron Age Museum in Andover, just 7 miles away.

 

There was an Iron Age hill fort at The Andyke, Bransbury which formed its defences with the rivers Test and Dever and the marshes between them. Celtic field systems were in the area too, but have since been ploughed out and no visible traces remain.

 

There are a number of scheduled ancient monuments in the parish dating from this period:

Description Grid ref
3 barrows SW of Newton Down Farm SU 418 389
Long barrow 400m W of Moody’s Down Farm SU 4528 3877
Long barrow 400m SE of Moody’s Down Farm SU 4335 3867
The Andykes, Bransbury SU 426 426
 

History & Connections: There was a crop circle reported at Barton Stacey in 1995, a wide ring, on the 8th of August. But I have not been able to source a photo. 

Design & Symbolism: This circle is another six-fold, and one of the largest and most complex of the 2019 crop circle season so far. There is both a hexagram (made from two triangles overlaid)  and hexagon in the design and an interesting set of small standing elements inside the central triangle. There are three sets of fifteen standing elements, one set in each apex of the inner triangle. These are created by the intersection of rings and straight lines. Five rings and five lines – another interference-like patterning.

It is reminiscent of the Merkaba Star, a shape used in some spiritual practices connected with the idea of ascension.

  • Mer means Light
  • Ka means  Spirit 
  • Ba means Body 

The Merkaba star is in fact a 3D Hexagram – or a star tetrahedron. It is known as a self-dual polyhedron. It is also a central part of the geometrical symbol Metatron’s Cube. For many, this is a sacred symbol. It’s also one filled with light and spirit. 

In Miranda Lundy’s Book ‘Sacred Number’, she titles the chapter about six ‘All things Sixy’. Personally, I think there is something a little sexy about six; its wonderful capacity for harmony and integration is so pleasing to both the eye and the heart. As I was born on the 6th –  I’m a little biased!

See our Geometry Gallery below for more analysis as we have it.

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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Internal Displacement 

This was an interesting circle to draw. The basis of the design is a huge hexagram (six-pointed star) made by two clearly defined overlapping equilateral triangles. This hexagram sits within a styled-hexagon (shape with six equal sides and angles). This is yet another six-fold formation in 2019, it is one of the most used numbers in the crop circle canon. 

Two Points of Interest

There are two points of particular interest. Firstly is the detail in one of the triangles. This is another fine example of an interference pattern. The small standing irregular polyhedra are sculpted by the interaction of three sets of rings and three sets of 4 straight-lines. The width of the rings and the lines are regular and the lines connect the paths of the rings together. You can see in the drawings below just how nicely they all fit together. There are three sets of 15 standing shapes in the uppermost triangle – that’s a total of 45. With a further six standing stretched-triangles around the outside, this brings us up to the prime number 51. 

Secondly, both of the two large equilateral triangles have a wide line around them which is only partially visible in the finished circle, not only go these lines allow for egress around the various standing portions of the crop circle, but are also responsible for the large gaps at three of the apexes of the hexagon. These gaps are a deliberate part of the design.

The numbers at play in this circle are:

  1. The circle (1)

  2. The 2 equilateral triangles

  3. The triangles themselves – 3 sides each

  4. Three sets of 4 lines

  5. Three sets of 5 rings

  6. The hexagon and Hexagram (6 points/sides)

Interference patterns: A piercing Integration

Another way of looking at interference patterns is to see them as illustrating, symbolically, the process of integration. Integration is not a balancing of duality, but a piercing and blending – two things coming together to make more than the sum of their parts. From straight lines and rings comes something new and more complex; complexity arising from simplicity. Such patterns might also be seen as a fragmentation – in this case the process of the fragmentation of three-ness into something more complex.

Internal Displacement of the three-fold Self.

To me, this patterning seemed to illustrate process of internal displacement  –  an interior process taking place at the heart of the self (reflected in the the heart of the formation) perhaps connected to the three-fold self (triangle) – Mind Body and Spirit. I found this to be a particularly penetrating pattern to contemplate. This internal process, whatever it is, seems to have some teeth! This is a circle I will come back to for another look. It is a powerful image and I sense it has much more to reveal.

Finally, Peter van den Burg found a pentagonal proportioning in this design – see his images in the gallery below. 


Thanks/Credits:
Text | Hand-drawn Images by Karen Alexander.
With special thanks to Peter van den Burg for his additional diagrams and analyses below. You can see more of his great work on his Facebook page Geometry of the crop circles.

 

 

Date

28.07.2019

Date

Crop

Wheat

Date

Visiting

This crop circle has now been harvested.
Google Maps Link

Further Reading

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