nr White’s Way, Baunton, Gloucestershire.
Detail: This circle was reported on June 2nd close to White’s Way near Baunton in Gloucestershire. The circle lies close to the A417 near Cirencester. We have had crop circles in this part of the country before. A triple ringed circle, it measures about 100ft in diameter and is in very young wheat. Of particular note is the central circle which contains a very attractive ‘basket-weave’ floor-lay. We have not heard that the farmer is allowing visitors to this circle. Please do not enter the field without permission.
Location: There are number of earthworks and and barrows in this area. Bagenden hill fort lies a mile or so to the north and is a collection of mounds and ditches. Little is really known about this site, it was at first thought to be perhaps Roman, but is now being considered as a stronghold of Roman resistance. You can read more here. Tar Barrow near Cirencester (to the south) is more likely to be considerably older (Bronze Age) – more here. The circle also lies close to Perrott’s Brook and Spring, another possible link with water in 2018.
Design & Symbolism: Ringed circles have been a staple of crop circle design for over thirty years and are quite common early in a season. Last year an attractive single-ringed circle appeared at The Sanctuary in Wiltshire – see here. That circle contained a seven-fold ratio between it’s inner circle and outer ring, something similar is going on with this circle at Baunton, along with Euclid’s second theorem – see the geometry gallery below for more on the hidden geometry of this formation. The circle traditionally represents the Divine, all that is, the Monad, heaven, and totality. Voltaire said that “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere”, and this succinctly sums up the connection. The circle is the symbol supreme for the Divine and it’s heavenly realm. The Basket-weave patterning in the centre is something we have also seen before, first in the summer of 1999 at Bishops Cannings in Wiltshire, and more recently in a circle near West Kennett last year – to me, it speaks of the ‘warp and the weft’ of the fabric of reality. This circle marries the circle of the Divine with the warp and weft of reality – another manifestation of Sacred Space. According to the late, great John Michell, seven is “the number of spirit, revelation, the divine feminine and what lies beyond the veil”. Seven is known as the virginal number as it does not mix at all well with other numbers, hence it’s connection with the Divine, virginal feminine – the High-Priestess of the Tarot (if you will), that stands before a great Veil, drawn between worlds. This veil (or Threshold) is drawn to separate the Divine from the profane, to have it drawn back is to witness revelation. These are deep waters indeed, but this seemingly simple little circle is full of metaphor and mystery.
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.
Come and meet us at our annual conference August 3rd – 5th in Devizes Wiltshire. We have three days of workshops and lectures – it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the subject and meet like-minded people! See here for more details.
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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.
In addition to the information on 1 and 7 in the above text, Euclid’s second theorem can also be seen in the ratio between the outer perimeter of the formation and central circle (shown as a triangle). If the circle is 1, the triangle is 3 and the heptagram (seven-pointed star) is seven – then we have stumbled upon the mysterious and highly significant number 137. 137 is what is known as the Fine-Structure constant, which describes the strength of connection between a charged particle and the electromagnetic field. It is the number that holds everything together – literally! It was a number that fascinated both Jung and Pauli as a possible bridge between mind and matter and has been considered the number we might look for as an indication of intelligent life from elsewhere. From small acorns great oaks grow – this little formation offers much to contemplate!