In the fourth and final part of our series on crop circles, New Age author Judy Hall discusses some more possible explanations for the crop circle phenomenon, including the theory that they are the creation of aliens.
She also talks about crop circle hoaxes and instructions for creating your own crop circle.
What is most memorable about this piece is that Hall also offers a unique way to think about crop circles.
What if instead of worrying if they are real or fake, or if they were left by aliens or some design force, we just consider them as works of art and enjoy them for the brief temporal disassociation that they offer? It’s an interesting point to ponder.
For more on Crop Circles:
- The Crop Circle Enigma, Part I
- The Crop Circle Engima, Part II
- The Crop Circle Enigma, Part III
Alien doodles on the landscape?
The preferred explanation by many early croppies, especially before the crop circle fakers (more about them later) came out, was ‘alien intervention’. The explanations as to how they did this were many and varied, but all relied on alien intelligence and most regarded it as an attempt to communicate with us.
The one I really enjoy (written I’m sure with tongue firmly in cheek but such fun nonetheless) is that the Earth really is flat and is the other side of a huge blackboard. Young aliens doodle patterns that bleed through into our world. A modern fairytale that deserves a wider reading (www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/cutting/cropcirc.htm).
Other people, such as myself, felt that the Earth’s consciousness itself was communicating rather than outer space (although at some level both are the same, see Celestial Correspondence on my website www.judyhall.co.uk, one of the essays for my Masters degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology). But there was a consensus that, as I called it, ‘something profoundly other’ was creating them.
I remember the intense disappointment then when, after the first few enthusiastic Crop Circle Conferences, the fakers, or landscape artists as they prefer to call themselves (see below), materialized out of the darkness and confessed to creating them.
This had followed on from the previous year when a BBC documentary maker, who was videoing the circles and the mysterious lights in the sky that accompanied them, told us about one that had appeared—and been photographed but harvested within hours—inside the security fence at Chequers, the British Prime Minister’s country home (the equivalent of one appearing inside Camp David). ‘Watch this space folks’ he said, ‘the disinformation starts now.’
When I got home two good old country boys, Dug and Dave (as I call them because I tend to forget their names) were on local television with a pair of bikes, a stomper plank and a piece of string. ‘We’re responsible’ they said, ‘we made them.’ Oh really? 24 circles in a night many miles from where they lived? On their bikes? I don’t think so. One or two of the more clumsy, stomped out circles perhaps. But surely not the intricate and highly intelligent patterns that were by then appearing. One of these guys, Doug Bower now aged 90 is still, apparently, active in the fields (see http://www.circlemakers.org/new_documents.html.)
But, by the next year’s Conference, the fakers were ready to fess up and put on presentations. Have you ever seen grown men cry? Several of the original researchers had bet their, in some cases, quite considerable scientific reputation and whole livelihood on these being pukka phenomenon.
They looked utterly destroyed, although most seem to have bounced back and people now talk about ‘genuine’ and ‘manmade’ circles. The jury is still out, and it could be both of course. But what I found fascinating was one of the first ‘makers’ saying ‘even when I’ve an idea in my head, it’s as though something takes over and makes the design for me.’ Was he cooperating with the crop circle energy? Many think so.
Peter Sorensen, a circle maker who has a high presence on the circuit as he makes documentary films and corporate logos from the designs, actually appeared on the cover of Time magazine (http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/Sorensen/PeterSorensen99.html).
An American, Peter had made a pilgrimage to Alton Barnes in 1992 to explore the circles. He saw mysterious balls of light in the sky and had other high strangeness experiences that convinced him to quit his computer animation job and become a full-time circle investigator. Initially believing them to be the product of angelic energies, he eventually figured out how they could ‘be created by teams of dedicated artists with simple tools’ and became a circle maker. However, he says:
“Surprisingly there is still a LOT of mystery — strange lights in the fields at night, telepathy in the creation of the designs, circle visitors affected profoundly, and much more. Just because humans are flattening the crop, doesn’t mean that there’s no magic involved. In fact, in a way this just as wonderful—I mean, WE are the ETs! But deeper than that, I’m convinced that an esoteric Muse is working through many of the artists, guiding their work at night… I think She is an intelligence that looks out for humanity, giving us gentle nudges to keep us on the path towards our destiny. That’s why the designs are so powerful that millions of people have had their lives uplifted by these ‘spiritual machines.’ They function like Tibetan mandalas.
The other, more mundane reason I still love the circles is because I’m sure that they will be regarded in the history books as one of the most original and unusual art movements of all time. Someday I expect to read, ‘At the close of the 20th century and the dawn of the 21st, beautiful, authorless patterns spontaneously appeared in the landscape which attracted a worldwide following. The sacred geometry of these “Temporary Temples” conducted energy which profoundly affected visitors emotionally and spiritually, even causing unexplained physical effects. The stunning patterns made headlines every summer, and people came to England from around the world to see them. That’s how the future will regard this phenomenon.’
A great thought.
The interface of one dimension with another
I’ve always felt that crop circles were a kind of portal. A gateway between the worlds. An opening to multidimensions, which is what sacred geometry is all about. They give us glimpses of somewhere other. A liminal space with endless possibilities. Colin Andrews has been researching the crop circle phenomenon almost longer than anyone else. On his website he says:
“On occasions they seem to locate themselves by request. . . This is deeply profound but if we are dealing with something that is reacting with the psyche of mankind, then we are looking at an intelligence that we simply do not understand… I believe we are looking at the interface between this dimension and another. There is very deep spiritual content here and the answer rests in nature.”
(Colin Andrews in the 1989 video Undeniable Evidence, the first video ever produced on the subject of crop circles, a term he coined. See more at: thtp://www.colinandrews.net/#sthash.6qKiBVqF.dpuf).
It is Colin who uses the term ‘high strangeness event’ to cover unexplained phenomenon such as crop circles. It sits very well alongside ‘Exceptional Human Experiences’, my preferred term for near death experiences, out of body journeying, telepathy and such like. So much better than ‘paranormal’ because, for many of us, such things are utterly normal. On Colin’s website, in an extract taken from one of his books, he explains:
“High strangeness events defy the laws that govern our physics and the expectation of our experience. The hallmark of such events is that the encounters push the limits of our mind and engage our emotions leaving us permanently altered. High strangeness events are no longer happening only to individuals; mass sightings validate the shift in reality… Included are:
*Orbs of light appearing on photographs with no physical reason.
*Mass sightings of interactive, unidentified lights in the sky.
*Entire communities hearing unusual hums that seem to come from underground and/or the sky.
*Unusual, aerial light displays
*Intelligent interaction between the phenomena and the witnesses.’
In Colin’s opinion ‘More than a paradigm shift, human consciousness is engaged in a process of integration with a higher mind. The process is occurring through encounters with non-ordinary reality that are known as high strangeness events.’ And he explains, ‘high strangeness events are becoming more prevalent because we are changing and our ability to perceive is also shifting. Precognition, telepathy, healing abilities and other such experiences are not only becoming common, they are accepted as interactions with a higher mind.’
I thoroughly concur with his conclusion: ‘Such events represent an interface with the unknown, an interaction with parts of reality we do not yet understand. They are not paranormal or supernatural, although both words are used to describe them. Rather, they are normal and natural to a worldview that we are presently being introduced to and will one day inhabit. These interactions are creating a shift in paradigm resulting in a new view of reality.’
(See more at: http://www.colinandrews.net/#sthash.1rgiTd0m.dpuf)
Boggling the scientific mind
This report by Richard Savill dated 17 June 2008 appeared on the Telegraph-on-line website. The Telegraph is a serious newspaper in England, not one of the broadsheets who’ll print anything as long as it sells newspapers. As far as I can tell, the image is taken from Google Earth: Top 10 British crop circles.
The piece concerns a crop circle that appeared at Barbury Castle, an iron-age fort above Wroughton, Wilts. The circle, measuring 150ft in diameter, is said to be ‘a coded image representing the first 10 digits, 3.141592654, of pi.’ ‘Starting at the centre and counting the number of one-tenth segments in each section contained by the change in radius clearly shows the values of the first 10 digits in the value of pi.’ It has apparently been described by astrophysicists as “mind-boggling”. ‘Michael Reed, an astrophysicist, told the Telegraph: “The tenth digit has even been correctly rounded up. The little dot near the centre is the decimal point. “The code is based on 10 angular segments with the radial jumps being the indicator of each segment.’ Quite a feat.
Temporary temples in the landscape
I have always felt that crop circles create sacred space. Even when they’ve been ‘manmade’ rather than simply ‘created’, the geometry has, for the most part when done with sensitivity to the landscape, created something extraordinary. Crop circle chronicler Steve Alexander has this to say:
‘I have been involved with the crop circles since 1980 when I saw my first circle in the Punch Bowl, a natural amphitheater at Cheesefoot Head, in Hampshire in the UK. I started photographing the circles in 1993. I took my first photographic flight in 1994. After all these years, I have come to the conclusion that we will never know for sure where the crop circles come from. I feel their origins are almost a distraction, and people spend too much energy trying to find out who or what makes them.
What is clear is that the crop circles effect people on a deep level, and are inspirational. The circles are temporary temples on the landscape, where people gather, talk, swap theories, ideas, and friendships are formed. The circles are a light in a very dark world. At this moment in time, it seems that what humanity needs is some positivity, and I have witnessed the positivity that this phenomenon brings to people. Long may it continue.’
I just love his description of the circles as ‘temporary temples’ as that is exactly how they feel. Ephemeral they may be, but they leave their imprint, and while they exist, they are sacred space that passes deep into the earth to sanctify and transform it.
Caption: My local crop circle. The Ackling Dyke formation running alongside the Dorset Cursus, the longest ritual way in England. The straight parallel lines are the tramlines in the crop and are not part of the circle.
Caption: the centre of the formation:
Do it yourself circle making
Needless to say, crop circles have made it to the internet in a big way. The guys at http://www.circlemakers.org claim to be the original perpetrators of circle making and you can explore their site if you’re interested in the how of fakery. The why is less clear.
Wikihow http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Crop-Circle gives you precise instructions on making a circle – and suggests taking a garden roller along. They’ve clearly never walked half a mile or more uphill in the dark along tramlines in the growing crop. The roller is wider than the tramline, as is a wheel barrow. And even the lightest roller is heavy. And yet the crop on either side of the tramlines is never damaged. Funny huh?
Circles are rarely in easily accessible places. Something very near to a road is a dead giveaway – we had one of those a few years back over the hill on Ackling Dyke where it ran very close to the Dorset Cursus. Dead as dead could be energetically speaking, and deeply disturbing for the longest and oldest ritual way in England which needed some concentrated earth healing afterwards. A circle in the wrong place can cause dis-ease in the landscape.
The on-line instructions recommend using the tramlines to access the site. We have to remember that tramlines are a comparatively new invention. In the early circles in the 70s and 80s there were no tramlines to provide access. Most ‘landscape artists’ (otherwise known as the fakers) use a plank and string. But if you want to have a go always ask permission of the farmer first as otherwise you can be arrested for trespass and vandalism. It is also only courteous and respectful of the farmer’s livelihood and the growing crop to ask permission, as I always do when entering a sacred site.
Or, you could just find a circle near you and sit in it, contemplate how wonderful and mysterious our world is, let it change your consciousness as it will, and leave it at that. If you don’t have one nearby, stare at Steve’s incredible photos for fifteen minutes – there’s a whole gallery on-line. That’ll do it!
Caption: The one I missed. Badbury Rings, Dorset arrived on the summer solstice but was harvested before I could get there. A photo gives no idea of scale, it’s huge and a figure in the centre would be a tiny dot.
I’d like to leave you with this to ponder on. A crop circle appeared in a barley crop on the side of a hill just outside Winchester in Hampshire in 1995. It was quickly harvested. Winter wheat was then planted on the same field. In the early spring of 96, the outline of the earlier crop circle was clearly visible in the growing crop when viewed from the road below. The lines of the circle were perfectly outlined in green shoots at least three inches longer than the rest of the crop – I climbed the hill to check. How do you explain that high strangeness event? Just one of the many unanswered crop circle mysteries!
Caption: The original circle in barley at Telegraph Hill, 12 June 1995 (next door to Cheesefoot Head, Winchester). Six months later the outline was clearly visible in newly sprouting winter wheat. (Photo by Steve Alexander)
Want to see more images?
UK and Europe
Amazing photos, books and calendars: Steve Anderson, www.temporarytemples.co.uk
Beautiful books and calendars and many research articles: One of the original croppies, Lucy Pringle, http://www.lucypringle.co.uk
The history. One of the first researchers, Colin Andrews: www.colinandrews.net
Reports of all the latest UK and other sightings. The Crop Circle Connector: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com
Serpent Mount, Ohio http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/anasazi/time2011c.html
BLT Research team: http://www.bltresearch.com/usacropcircles/
The ‘computer chip’ near Silicon Valley, California: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/01/us/california-crop-circle-gone/
Full text of The Mowing Devil http://cropcircleresearch.homestead.com/the-mowing-devil.html
For a potted history http://www.cropcirclesecrets.org/crop_circles_early.html
My thanks to Steve Anderson for permission to use his stunning images and for his rapid and helpful response.
Every effort was made to obtain permission from other researchers to quote material from their websites but no response was received. Perhaps not surprising as it was one of the busiest weekends of the year in the crop circle calendar. So, I’ve ensured that I’ve attributed everything and guided you to my source material. Enjoy!
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