Hackpen Hill (2), nr Broad Hinton, Wilts.
Details: This second circle to appear below Hackpen Hill was reported on the morning of the 23rd of June. I have read that people had been sat on the the hilltop all night and saw nothing until daybreak. The circle measures approximately 250ft in diameter and is in a field of young wheat.
Location: Hackpen Hill is a regular site for crop circles and many have been seen there over the years. They do not always occur in the same field every year, sometimes they appear at the top of the hill by the ancient Ridgeway path that routes from Avebury and onto Barbury Castle, sometimes below. The two in 2018 are below the White Horse.
Hackpen White Horse was cut to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838. Although little is known about the origins of the horse it is believed to have been cut by Henry Eatwell, parish clerk of Broad Hinton and also the local publican. The horse measures 90ft by 90ft and is best viewed from the A361 at Broad Hinton. You can read more about the horse here.
This circle is open to the public: Like the earlier circle at Hackpen Hill, this circle is also open to public visitors and a small charge of £3.00 (at the field side) will be made which will go to a Swindon cancer charity. Many thanks to the farmer for his kind and patient generosity and all those who made this possible.
Design and Symbolism: This design looked crisp and sharp in the field. A small pentagram in a circle is then further contained within two rings, all arranged to create a crescent moon pattern – a Star and a Moon. Both these design motifs have been used with incredible regularity in crop circle design, always different, always beautiful. There is also a lovely Phi proportion which holds the whole design together. Five is the number of life, its the number of man in the sense that it looks like a person – head, two arms and two legs. Five-fold geometry is found in all living things and governs growth patterns and proportions using Phi (the Golden Ratio) which is generated by the pentagram star. The planet Venus transcribes a pentagram star around the Earth, one every eight years – the coincidence between 5 and 8 is interesting as they are also two concurrent Fibonacci numbers. The proportions found in the crop circles also govern the heavens – the movement of the plants and the swirl of the Milk Way (Galaxy). This is another classic way of creating sacred space, by marrying the Heavens and Earth together.
This is a very nice crop circle and will be well worth a visit if you can get there.
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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NOTE: There are 24 images in the gallery below, some of the images are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
As mentioned above, a pentagram star sits within a flattened circle, which is then contained by two large wide rings. The inner ring and the inner circle are off-centre to the containing ring to create a crescent moon pattern. My Golden Section callipers revealed a Phi proportioning which holds the whole design together with great elegance.
I did wonder which way up this pattern should be and if it really mattered – but upon reflection I thought that perhaps the circle with the star should be at the bottom centre. Have a look at image three in the gallery below and see what you think?
This crop circle was a pleasure to draw and it maybe that there are further relationships between the rings and the circle, but that is for a later date! Enjoy the images below…