Circles - A Deeper Look
By Debra Bates
Circles are not a modern day phenomenon. They have been around as early
as 1648 and probably thousands of years prior to that. In that specific
year, a book was published called The Mowing Devil, describing
circular formation in the wheat fields of Hertfordshire, England. It showed
an engraving of a circle in a wheatfield with a devilish image flattening
the wheat. The book also mentioned that the cattle would not go anywhere
near the wheat. Not much was documented after that until 1966 with the
first modern occurrence. In 1980 the phenomenon made a strong re-emergence
starting with singular circle formation in the wheat fields of Wiltshire
and Warminster, England. These locations are also curiously associated
with ancient structures, such as Stonehenge and Silbury Hill. Dowsers
have found that they occur mostly on major ley lines. In 1981 the singular
formations multiplied into triple circles and in 1982 into quintuplets.
In the 80's the number of circles averaged out to approximately 300 per
year and 500 in the 90's. There were a good number of hoax circles, which
obviously accounted for the large numbers. Since 1991 new and more complex
circles, also termed "pictograms", appear each day at a phenomenal
rate. The term pictogram can be used to describe these anomalies since
many complex symbols, such as swastikas, Celtic crosses, spider webs,
The Mandelbrot set (mathematical design symbolizing "order from chaos"),
insect like designs, and ancient Hebrew characters, have appeared in wheat
fields. To date, an estimated 9,000 circles have been documented.
Characteristics of Genuine Formations
circles have been of the most complex designs in England, but circular
formations are not limited to the UK. Circles have been seen in Japan,
Canada, the US, Russia, and Australia. Legitimate circles are confirmed
by certain characteristics. Dowsing rod effects occur as well as camera
problems, with expensive television cameras being rendered useless by
a circle's energy. There is a changed cellular structure within the wheat
and shafts appear burnt from above the ground.
Normally wheat has one seed, but the affected wheat showed multiple seeds
which were genetically altered (a "supposed impossibility" as
stated by Dr. W. C. Levengood a microbiologist and crop circle researcher).
He states that the "nodes are blown open which can only be by a very
hot, rapid rate as if micro waved." The fragrance of malt has also
been noticed as if the plants were cooked from the inside. The stalks
of wheat are bent 1" above the soil, with no signs of damage with
the wheat continuing to grow after having been bent. The soil chemistry
also changes, containing radioactive isotopes that are not produced in
nature. The ground shows evidence of being exposed to radiation. The soil
inside the circle is dry and parched, even if the surrounding area is
drenched with water. Freddy Silva, a noted crop circle researcher and
author of the book Secrets in the Fields, states that there is
a "strange outcome to the genuine circles, with the next year yielding
better crops and fewer insects."
Andrews has discovered that a "trilling, chirping, or humming sound"
usually occurs before a formation, which is coupled by a complete silence
in nature. Curiously, this "silence" has also been described
when people have been witness to a UFO, which is closer to the ground
than most. Most circles are formed during the night, although some have
been formed at dusk or dawn. Silva suggests the benevolent nature of the
intelligence behind the phenomenon in that they are formed when most people
are asleep and not in contact with the circles, since soon afterward,
people who enter them have experienced strong physical effects.
strongest effects occur within a 2-3 hour time frame of the actual formation.
Severe dizziness, nausea, and headaches are the most notable symptoms.
Some, however, report feelings of peacefulness, and healings. Another
parallel with ghost hunting is the realization that the more people that
are present, there is less chance of something occurring. Too many people
on a ghost investigation tend to "chase" the entity into hiding.
Lucy Pringle, in her chapter "Headaches or Healing" in The
Crop Circle Enigma states that "A number of people come quietly
out of a circle with a look of awe and humility: a far cry from the person
who went in! For this reason I would like to say that the likelihood of
this occurring would be greatly, if not completely reduced, if with a
group of people. There would be too many different energies present."
animals, one researcher allowed his dog to enter a newly formed circle.
The dog became violently ill and vomited for about an hour afterward.
Sheep in the area go into a frenzy. Many people have noted a trilling
sound while sitting in a genuine circle, describing the sound as "intense,
hypnotic, and penetrating". The noise also moved around within the
established circle as if it was guided by some sort of intelligence. Some
have experienced a sense of "missing time" while inside. Interestingly,
some people within the circle at the same time did not hear the sound,
but those with more developed psychic natures heard it.
area psychics began to pick up messages from some intelligence associated
with the circles, predicting the very next formation; it's design and
location. Sure enough, their predictions came true. This leads us to some
other fascinating occurrences surrounding this phenomenon.
is indeed an intelligence behind this phenomenon. One afternoon in 1986,
crop circle photographer, Busty Taylor, was flying solo over an open field.
He thought in his head, silently, "Celtic Cross, I'd like to see
a Celtic Cross". He never uttered a word. The very next morning,
while flying over the same patch of field was...a Celtic cross! A group
of six individuals who sat within a circle, said, "make us a circle".
The next day a new circle was formed just yards away from the one they
were in the day before.
intelligence also seems to possess a mischievous quality. John Mitchell,
in the book The Crop Circle Enigma, states that the circle maker's
response to human ideas about them, "may take on a mischievous form,
as thought the phenomenon delights in confounding its investigators and
upsetting their theories, More than once, the scientists have had to abandon
hypotheses when their enunciation was immediately followed by evidence
which refuted them." If the scientists came to the conclusion that
the phenomenon had to be natural due to the fact that they were always
on flat stretches of ground, the very next day one would appear on the
side of a hill. When they concluded that the circles were always made
by something hovering from above the ground, the next day and afterward,
crop circles were seen directly underneath power lines. The Plasma Vortex
theory, where it was proposed that the swirling of plasma created the
circles, was disproved when a series of boxes appeared on a wheatfield,
completely destroying that line of scientific reasoning. The intelligence
behind the phenomenon has a strong link between circle scientists and
observers. As the excitement in the circles grew, so did the amount of
formations. Some people have reported strange psychic experiences after
witnessing UFOs and the glowing balls of light associated with the formation
An odd phenomenon tends to happen to people who start
to study the paranormal, UFOs, and Crop Circles intensively, in which
a person's whole life begins to be affected by the objects of study. John
Mitchell states "A remarkable and disturbing effect of the UFO phenomenon
is its tendency to 'home in' on its researchers." This effect is
elaborated on in John Keel's book, Operation Trojan Horse. Mitchell
highly recommends this book for those interested in UFOs and crop circles
as it warns the reader of the odd experiences "which force their
way into the lives of all who inquire into such subjects". One person
who observed a glowing orb in the sky had immediately undergone a personality
change. Such changes have also been noted along ancient sites. Severe
personality changes are occurring as you read this article in the Old
City of Jerusalem, where approximately 40 tourists per month of every
race and nationality suddenly take on the personalities of biblical characters.
Normal, well-educated, people have dressed in the bed linens from their
hotels and began preaching on the city's streets. These people are usually
transported to local hospitals that are constantly dealing with this phenomenon,
called, "The Jerusalem Syndrome". After approximately a week,
the affected people revert back to their normal personalities and have
no recollection of what happened. This phenomenon is definitely on the
increase and area hospitals are having a difficult time caring for such
a numerous amount of people. UFOs, the paranormal, crop circles, and religious
"signs and wonders" have a very strong link in the circumstances
of their appearances and some effects on the observers and participants.
happenings seem to occur in the homes of researchers of such phenomenon.
Mitchell states, " When Keel began his professional UFO studies in
1966, he was immediately caught up in a world of strange lights, sounds
and smells, spirit messages, unearthly beings and ominous coincidences.
He felt at first that he was losing his sanity. Among the UFO contactees
he studied, some had indeed been driven mad, others had become, at least
for a time, inspired prophets, and in extreme cases the UFO messages had
caused their recipients to found cults and millennial movements which
often led to the destruction of themselves and their followers."
Andrews, one of the original crop circle researchers, had the strange
experiences follow him home. In 1986 he had brought home a soil sample
from a site in England called Wantage. His house was plagued by poltergeist
like activities and accidents. Colin's wife said that she strongly felt
that a malevolent presence was in their household. He had locked the soil
sample up in a strongly secure place. When he went to retrieve it the
next day, it was gone. None of the alarms on the guarded area went off,
nor was there any sign of tampering.
in sites that are haunted by an entity, the phenomenon of malfunctioning
cameras, expensive equipment, drained batteries, and highly reactive EMF
meters is commonplace within genuine circles.
Gerald Hawkins made the connection between his Euclidian Geometry theorems,
which produce diatonic ratios, linking crop circles with the notes on
a musical scale. Musical notes are produced by sound vibrations and they
in turn create different shapes. A low frequency of sound will produce
a simple circle, while an increase in frequency will produce concentric
rings around the circle which multiply as the frequency increases. Each
year the crop circles or pictograms become more and more complex. Soon
after Hawkins' discovery, crop circles began to emerge that would confirm
his theories. It is very interesting to note that NASA has found that
the frequency of the earth's "hum" has also increased over the
last few decades.
and it's effects on plants were studied years ago. For those old enough
to remember the days where people would play classical music to their
plants, those people were really onto something. Classical music had bent
the plant stems toward the source of the music, while heavy metal music
bent the stems away! Freddy Silva, in his book, Secrets in the Fields,
mentions the fact that Ravi Shankar's sitar music had bent the stalks
at an angle that most closely resembled the bends in the wheat from crop
the researchers come closer to the answers, newer and deeper questions
arise. Will we ever find out the answers in our lifetime? We can only
hope for now.
The Crop Circular Website: http://home.clara.net/lovely
The Crop Circle Enigma, edited by Ralph Noyes
Secrets in the Fields, Freddy Silva
Operation Trojan Horse, John Keel
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