Long Wood, nr. Littleton & Harestock, Hants.
Detail: This circle was reported on the 2nd of June 2019, this area of Hampshire has been (historically) a regular site for crop circles in the early years (1970s/1980s). The crop type is young, green barley. This circle is fairly large and measures around 250ft in diameter.
For clarity, this crop circle is located next to Long Wood, near Littleton and Harestock in Hampshire. Long Wood refers to the woodland beside the field, not a village name.
Visiting: At the time of writing we have no information about access to this circle. You will need the express permission of the farmer/landowner before visiting. Do not assume permission has been given – ask first!
Old and New: People new to the crop circles (and some of those not so new) don’t realise, or sometimes forget, that this phenomenon was born in the quiet, enchanted, long-sanctified places in our landscape. They were born from (and woven into) the myth and legend of this green and pleasant land (as Blake once called it). Early circles could often be found near ancient springs, burial mounds and hushed places of power. They drew attention to these long forgotten places, amplified, intensified and re-consecrated many of them into the modern age. The history and origins of this phenomenon are sometimes overlooked (or forgotten) in favour of more modern ideas about an alien industrial complex, that’s not to say that UFOs are not part of the crop circle narrative, but they often manifest as the mercurial will-o’-the-wisp, or small ball-shaped and aptly-named ghost-lights. This formation seemed like the perfect invitation to revisit a part of the landscape where the circles were first born and began to haunt the modern world. An apt theme for the beginning of a season!
Location: For the eagle-eyed, the circle is visible from the A272 main Hampshire arterial A-road near Winchester. The location is also not too far from Headbourne Worthy, another famed and regular site for early circles.
Flight: The flight was a choppy, bumpy affair with a brisk wind and a lot of cloud to contend with. As it was our first flight of the 2019 season, it was certainly a challenging reintroduction to to recording the circles from the air!
Design & Symbolism: This formation was a nice three-fold design. Three equidistant circles intersect and are locked in place by a fourth circle. The intersecting rings of the three circles create a nice tri-fold flower at the centre of the formation.
Three is a sacred number, Godheads of many types are expressed as three-fold – Father, Son & Holy Ghost, Mother, Maiden & Crone. The human too, is often described as a sacred combination of Mind, Body & Spirit. Three is that which balances opposition and polarity, it is also a number which can simultaneously pierce duality – three can cut through and then reconcile. Three is therefore a sacred unity in its own right. Finally, three is a number of harmony; three notes combine harmoniously to create a musical chord. This formation spoke to me of origins (unity, circle), and the sacred healing of extremes with reconciliation and harmony (three). The fourth anchoring circle, brings this healing into the manifest world (four).
Design-wise, this circle reminded us of another circle from 2011 at Overton Down, Avebury. The Overton Down circle was four-fold, but the way the geometry fitted together is very reminiscent of this 2019 formation. See Geometry Gallery below for images and more commentary. Intuition tells me there might be something of Euclid’s second theorem in this formation, but that will only be confirmed for sure when I get it on the drawing table.
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: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
It’s on the Drawing Board – see progress so far below. I will be updating this section with commentary text shortly.