Keysley Down, nr West Knoyle, Wiltshire

Details: This circle was reported on Sunday the 10th of June and is in a small field of barley where the A350 intersects the A303 near West Knoyle in Wiltshire. The circle measures approximately 150ft in diameter. We have not heard that the farmer is allowing visitors to this field, so please do not enter unless you have permission – thank you.

Location: We have flown a circle at Keysley Down previously, back in 1997 (you can find it in our 1997 image library), it was a small dumbbell design. This formation is not far from the location of the first crop circle of 2018 at Willoughby Hedge. This new formation has been placed beside two earthworks, the first the remnants of a small long barrow, and the second a small round barrow. It’s an incredibly pretty placement. With the addition of this third artefact in the field, the field now contains three landscape markers – which reflects the threefold nature of the crop circle design. This area of Wiltshire is covered with ancient earthworks and we have had many circles in this general location over the past few years. You can read a little more abut some of the barrows here.

Design & Symbolism: This pattern is a variation on a traditional Triskelion – a three armed pattern exhibiting spiral and/or rotational symmetry. It is ubiquitous in human culture, it can be found at ancient sites dating back thousands of years on everything from standing stones, to temples and even household goods and jewellery. Triskelion means three legs or three-legged and represents the tri-fold nature of deity – Father, Son & Holy Ghost, or Maiden, Mother & Crone – one often finds it in church window tracing designs. It also represents the three-fold nature of self – Mind, Body and Spirit. Geometrically speaking, after One (unity), three is a new Whole in its own right.

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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This design is very pretty and has great flow and movement – a classic spinner. Two centres of curvature are needed for the arms – first one from the centre of the three circles between the arms and the second at the point where the bars meet those circles.








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