Hackpen Hill (3), nr Broad Hinton,Wilts
Details: This is the third circle to appear at Hackpen Hill this year and was reported on the 30th of July. The circle measures approximately 200ft in diameter and is in a field of very mature wheat. This time however, the circle lies on the top of the hill, above the White Horse, rather than beneath it.
Location: Hackpen Hill is located along the ancient Ridgeway Path that crosses the Wiltshire landscape. It isn’t an an ancient earthwork, like so many hilltops in the region, but the views from the top are breathtaking.
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.
It’s interesting to note that although there have been three circles at Hackpen Hill this summer, each one has occurred on a different farm!
Visiting: This crop circle has now been harvested.
Design & Symbolism: This is a very nice 8-fold flower design with a stunning woven floor-lay at its centre. Eight is the number of periodical renewal, as in the musical scale, where when we sound the octave (oct-8) we find ourselves back at the beginning of the scale, but on a different level – reaching beyond our current level. Eight is also the first cubed number – 2 x 2 x 2 = 8, and octagons are often seen in religious design as they marry both the square and the circle to create sacred space. Weaving in the lay of the crop circles always reminds me of the warp and weft of reality, the way all things are woven into the fabric of reality. So here we see pushing new, but resonant boundaries, which then affect the warp and weft of the fabric of reality.
Come and meet us at our annual conference August 3rd – 5th in Devizes Wiltshire. We have three days of workshops and lectures – it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the subject and meet like-minded people! See here for more details.
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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We drew this circle as part of the Geometry Workshop at our annual conference in Devizes this summer. I thought I would share the workshop images with you all, to encourage you to have a go at drawing a circle for yourselves – enjoy! I have created a PDF file with the instructions which you can download here.
When I finished drawing this (because of using the Vesica to divide the circle), it looked like an eye. I never feel I have throughly understood a circle on any level until I’ve drawn it – then it feels like a friend. It’s kind of like a tussle, the struggle to get the drawing right – then the pleasure of colouring it when it’s complete. They say you never truly know someone until you have fought them, or danced with them – there is a little of that in drawing the crop circles. The process uses both the logical and the creative aspects of the mind – which is what I love about drawing and painting geometry of any kind.