Bishops Sutton, Hants.

(nr Scrubbs Lane)

Detail: This crop circle was reported on the 29th of June and is in a field of golden barley. It measures approximately 120ft in diameter. 

Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested. At the time of writing we have no information about access to this circle. You will need the express permission of the farmer/landowner before visiting. Do not assume permission has been given – ask first!

Location: The circle is located just south of the A31 near the village of Bishops Sutton in Hampshire.

History & Connections: There have been circles at Bishops Sutton before, most notably in 1995 where there were at least two circles in that area. In fact 1995 saw a movement away from Wiltshire for the crop circle phenomenon, with many of the more elaborate formations appearing in the county of Hampshire that summer. 

The Helium Atom – with its two electrons around a central nucleus.

Design & Symbolism: This is a simple, but elegant ringed circle with two satellites on an outer ring. It is reminiscent of the atomic diagram for the helium molecule (He), with its two electrons orbiting around a central nucleus. This design is also similar to the many quintuplets we have seen as crop circle designs – which have four equally spaced satellites around a central circle instead of the two here. However, I am pretty sure that had the circle-makers wanted us to consider the quintuplet they would have shown us one. So this design requires some contemplation as to what might be being conveyed here. 

Contemplating Two-ness:  Although there are three circles and one ring in this design, it seems to me (at least) that this circle may be more to do with two-ness, rather than three or four – as we have two satellites orbiting a central unity – and kept in place by a ring which guides their orbiting.

Whereas two can indicate opposition and polarity, it can also symbolise the tension and balance between both. In Sacred Geometry, the Division of Unity, poses an interesting question; how does one divide the whole without diminishing it? For the geometer, simply cutting the circle (unity) in half means we create two separate entities – two semi-circles. Symbolically this rents reality apart and destroys the integrity of the whole. The only way to divide unity, therefore, without destroying it, is for unity to self-replicate. In other words, to create a self-similar reproduction of itself. Only in this way, can reality come into being, can one become many without destroying itself in the process. As this process continues (as in cell mitosis), not only is the integrity of the whole maintained, but a part of the whole remains in each and every subsequent iteration. 

Otherness:  This process symbolically reveals another important meaning inherent in two-ness and that is the concept of the ‘Other’, or ‘Otherness’. The crop circles also have a deep connection with this concept, particularly when considering their origins, they present us with the idea of the anonymous ‘Unknown Other’ that creates the formations. 

I really liked this little formation – for such a small and deceptively simple design, it packed quite a symbolic punch.

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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This crop circle has now been harvested.
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