Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire.
Details: This circle was reported on Saturday the 14th of July and is located close to the village of Winterbourne Bassett, near to both Hackpen Hill and Avebury. The circle measures approximately 200ft in diameter and is in a field of maturing wheat.
Visiting: The farmer has said that he wants no one in the crop circle and has indicated that he may very well cut it out if he sees anyone in the field. Please, please respect his wishes, then people can at least continue to enjoy it from the air while it lasts.
Location: The small village of Winterbourne Bassett lies just north of Avebury and close to Hackpen Hill. There have been any number of crop circles there in the past, no doubt due to it’s proximity to Avebury. You can read more about the history of Winterbourne Bassett here.
Design & Symbolism: This circle is very interesting as it isn’t a circle! It is based on the triquetra, a triangular design made from circles or curves, its design transcends cultures and times, but is most often seen in Celtic art – you can read more here. Often the circles intersect to create the Vesica Pisces – but the exact composition of the design will only be truly revealed when Karen has drawn it. Please keep checking back on this page for updates of the Geometry Gallery below.
Three is a magic number, or so the song goes, but the depth to which the idea of ‘trinity’ is embedded in our culture and psyche cannot be overstated. Three (next to seven), is a number closely associated with spirit, there after all three steps to heaven (so another song goes). Many world deities are three-fold in nature – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Maiden, Mother, Crone – and time itself is split into Past, Present and Future. Three therefore, is also a tripartate ‘whole’ in its own right. Three is also about harmony, triads of harmonic notes form chords in music, but it can also be about piercing, or transcending duality itself.
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It took me several attempts to get this drawing the way I wanted it. In the end I took the proportions from working carefully from the aerial photo as I could not find a protocol which would give the all the circle diameters. Having said all that, this is a very lovely crop circle design and as you can see from the images in the gallery below is made entirely from sets of three intersecting circles. The central triquetra design is paramount, as it is from this central shape that the three points from which the entirety of the design is constructed. I have mentioned in the text above some of the qualities of three, but there are some other numbers here too. There are 18 circles in the formation altogether, it’s a number we have seen quite a lot in crop circles over the years as it is of course, a multiple of both 3 and 6. Traditionally 18 symbolises the ‘fullness of life’ and is the age which marks the passage of childhood into adulthood in many countries – it might be said that it is the number that signifies a key awakening into maturity. As such, it seems appropriate that the crop circle might in someway reflect or prophesy a new awakening into a deeper consciousness.