Cooks Plantation, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire
This very beautiful crop circle was always bound to court controversy. But this design has a history which stretches back for thousands of years – from the Indus Valley civilisation to the Buddhists. Sometimes used as a fertility symbol, sometimes as a symbol of the world, the entirety of creation, eternity and then as a warder from evil and a simple good-luck symbol. Although known as the swastika the word comes from the sanskrit svastika, meaning a lucky object. Both the symbol, its meaning has been greatly tarnished by its association with Nazism, but as pure symbol rather than political rhetoric, it seems to me to be rather a beautiful and a positive image.
The formation measured approximately 120ft in diameter and was in placed in one of only a few wheat fields left standing by the end of August. Incidentally, this was the same field that played host to the 1995 Beckhampton Spiral – one of our all-time favourite crop circles. It looks like the pattern was designed on an underpinning 5 x 5 square grid, only adding to the major role the number five has played in the formations of the 2016 season.
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As mentioned above the design appears to have been created on a framework of a 5 x 5 grid. Check back for more images as I have them.