Crab Wood, Sparsholt, Hants.
(Enmill Road, near Enmill Barn)
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 24th of April. It is in a field of Oilseed Rape (Canola) and measures approximately 100ft in diameter. See the Google Maps link for precise location.
Visiting: As far as we are aware the farmer has not given permission for visitors. Please do not visit this circle without express permission from the farmer.
History: This particular area of Hampshire is famed for the appearance of the huge ‘Alien Face and Disc’ crop circle, in the summer of 2002. This years crop circle (2022) is to the south and east of the location of the Alien and Disc.
About this crop circle: This is a small, but neat crop circle to open the 2022 crop circle season. Very often, the opening circles of the season tend to be small and less complex than the circles that appear at the height of the season. There have of course, been years where this has not been so, but as a general pattern, the circle season often begins small and quite slowly.
Oilseed Rape (or Canola), is usually the first crop that the phenomenon appears in each year. It’s the first crop grown in the UK tall enough to hold a crop circle. We may get a few circles in this crop early each year however, some years there has been none. The crop is immediately identifiable by its characteristic bright yellow, sweet-smelling flowers. It is a member of the cabbage family, which you will notice straightaway when in close proximity to it as accompanying the sweet smell of its flowers is a very distinct cabbage-like smell. It is a coarse, rubbery, kind of plant, and is not easily flattened without damaging the stems of the plants, scrape marks and broken stems is not a great sign. However, as with all crop circles, unless you can be sure you were the first inside, it is difficult to make a judgement about damage on the ground.
This particular crop circle is a classic quintuplet design. This kind of design, four equidistant circles around a central fifth, is a design that harks back to the early modern-era of the crop circle phenomenon (late 1980s – early 1990s). The crop circle phenomenon rather enigmatically, often offers us riffs on early design types – quintuplets, dumbbells, concentric rings and other motifs; it keeps its origins ever present. The reason for this is a fascinating subject for speculation and conjecture.
The geometer Allan Brown, once showed that most of the quintuplet-type crop circles share an interesting geometric property and that is that the vast majority of them Square the Circle. The designs contain implicit squares and circles that are equal – whether in area or perimeter. The fact that these designs are such a favourite of the circle-makers, again makes for interesting speculation.
The Squaring of the Circle is an old geometer’s conundrum about how to draw a circle and a square with either equal areas or perimeters – the catch was you could only use a compass and straight-edge to accomplish the task. This is equally a conundrum about the philosophy of shape, space and proportion, as it is about the practical geometry itself. The issue at the heart of the conundrum is in the symbolism of the circle and the square. The circle, the first geometric shape, is symbolic of the Divine, the whole, or the Absolute whereas, the square represents the earthly realm of matter and the manifest. To square the circle is to bring these two realms into harmony – to bring Heaven to Earth. This latent spiritual message in the designs of these crop circles might be said to tell us something about the nature and intent of the phenomenon as a whole. It’s another area for some fascinating debate.
Please see the Geometry Gallery below for information about the geometry of this circle 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 and you will need to be aware of and abide by any restrictions in place in the UK in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – which at the time of writing is none.
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An Analysis by Peter van den Burg
The first formation of this year communicates stability with a solid design in a theme that has been with us for (at least) four decades of crop circle history.
Although I believe the quintuplet is a cross in its essence, this one seems to be designed from a 3x3 square. This becomes clear as the satellites and ring are both determined by this template.
The blue circle is a Golden Mean from the outer perimeter of the ring and equals the area of standing crop inside the formation. It just spills over the edge of the four satellites but remains a rather beautiful harmonic.
The central circle has equal circumference of the central square in the template. If you want to reconstruct this you can make a squared circle any old way you prefer, but the satellite circles may be of help by extending the perimeter circle with a Golden Mean and draw a tangent circle from there. (This is not 100 % accurate, but remains in tune with the "feel" of the formation).
If we look for squared circles based on the ring we can find examples using either the central circle, or the satellites. I haven't yet found a way to synthesise the two (central circle and satellites) in one squared circle.
This lead to an interesting observation; Outward the squared circle is ambivalent, but inward synthesis is achieved.
Peter van den Burg 2022
You can see more of Peter's fascinating work on his Facebook page Geometry of the Crop Circles.