Fox Ground Down, nr Blandford Forum, Dorset.
We had a small window of opportunity to photograph this circle because of impending stormy weather in the south of the UK, but we got into the air for a late evening shoot before the weather closed in. Barley formations usually have to be photographed quickly because the crop can recover rapidly and sometimes circles can lose their sharp definition within just 24-48 hours! This circle was not too far away from some of last years circles in Dorset, and we flew over the barrow cemetery at Ackling Dyke (site of the last major formation of 2014) on our way to visit this new circle. The spiral pathways at the centre of this circles are also reminiscent of the design at Badbury Rings in 2014. This is a lovely design which uses four-fold geometry to express a fifth element. See Geometry Gallery below for more. We hear the farmer has asked that no one enter his field, so please respect his wishes – thank you.
You can buy photo enlargements of this crop circle on our online shop, it is also included in our 2015 box set of 7 x 5 prints and will be included in our Crop Circle Year Book 2015 published later this year. Visit our shop to find out more!
NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
Four is the number of the material world, 3D reality, or mother substance. Five implies life, or the ‘quintessence’. This formation seems to combine four and five beautifully.
The pencil line drawing also shows the formation squares the circle. It’s accurate to 99.72%. The squaring of the circle, is where a circle and square share the same perimeter or area and has been found underpinning crop circle designs for many years. Symbolically, it represents the marriage of Heaven (circle) and Earth (square). It creates implicit Sacred Space. We often see the marriage of the circle and the square (the dome on the top of the intersection of the cruciform blueprint of a church, or a simple dome on a square (the Pantheon). The reason for this design is to create a space where Heaven and Earth meet.
The four labyrinthine pathways in the centre of the formation remind me of Jung’s ‘Quaternity of the Self’ (sensation, thinking, feeling, and intuition) – suggesting the journey to the four parts of the self. Perhaps the squaring of the circle implies a fifth – spirit, or the sacred? Really, really lovely design.
For more see Karen’s blog.
This crop circle has now been harvested