Venus, and all the others that derived from the original Great Goddess of humanity. The Christian tradition gives us St Mary the Virgin, St Mary the Mother and St Mary Magdalen.
As many of you reading this article will be aware, this year was very slow to get going crop circle wise; it has also been a rather sparse one. The first pattern reported to the Crop Circle Connector in 2006 was in a field of oilseed rape close to Alfriston, near Eastbourne in East Sussex on 21st May. (3) This report was followed 9 days later by another pattern in rape on a hillside near Tilbury Farm, near Oxford. (4) Both formations had clearly been present for some time judging by their condition. I predicted a crop circle for Beltane (true climax date 5th May this year - this coincided with the new moon as well) and both of these are probably Beltane-related events. The Beltane full moon festival date (13th May) is perhaps a possibility too, but a correspondent to the Crop Circle Connector remembers seeing the Oxfordshire pattern in the field at the beginning of May. The design of the effort near Tilbury Farm, unkindly (and unwisely in my view) dubbed the Botley Bodge-Up was perfectly in accord with Beltane's lunar associations, displaying a waxing, full, and waning moon, as can be seen in the diagrams of it produced by William Betts and Tommy Borms on the aforementioned website. This crop formation came down on a sacred hill, cloaked in Wytham Woods, since ancient times associated with the Goddess, and is actually in Wytham parish, not Botley. This, most likely the first formation in England for 2006, was never flown to my knowledge. Beltane is a Northern Tradition fire festival halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. I keep saying, and I'll keep on doing so until it sinks in, 1st May is not Beltane. These festivals are attuning times enabling humans to get back in step with nature and the energies streaming in from the cosmos. The date 1st May means bugger all for us harmonically, it's a foisted on us made-up date of little consequence and assistance to us.
Although we had waited a long time for some crop circle action in the U.K. these two offerings received half-hearted attention, partly because of their state and also, I think, because they didn't crop up (cough) in Wiltshire. A personal irony is that the Wytham hillside where the Goddess lay down her golden cloak was in full view from my top window before I moved in July last year to my present home. Head down and bum up writing my new book I didn't have the time to get over to see it. Now I wish I had.
Fings was not looking chipper for crop circle enthusiasts used to having a packet of cereals to pore over by this time of year. The break took a while longer yet; and then, on the 10th June a beauty was noticed to have glided into a field of young wheat at North Farm, near West Overton in Wiltshire. This was the day after St Columba's Day, a saint with very strong symbolic and legendary connections to the Goddess. The same day I had taken myself off into the silent fields outback of the Baldons in Oxfordshire. There I was moseying along, soaking in the sunshine of a glorious day, when the vision of a crop circle decided to launch itself into my view just as I entered a wood. It only lasted a split second. A vivid white it was and it hovered over a field of wheat and then it was gone. The design reminded me of an animal or man trap; round, with a sort of serrated bit in the middle. This pattern eventually came down close to Pond Bay, near Marlborough in Wiltshire. It was reported on the 18th July, just two days after my birthday, and it seems oddly synchronous to me. (6)
So, on I walk, along the path, an old straight track (conventional academics call them Roman Roads) at the edge of the wood to the cross roads. I meander a few yards south to get a glimpse of Garsington church. A sight that usually gladdens my heart brought only a tear of sadness. Head down I wandered back the way I had came, and then a soft voice spoke to me and said that the reason why there were so few crop circles this year was to do with what was happening with St Mary's Church at Garsington. It was more than a voice, accompanying it was a vision, hard to describe really, there were words but no sentences, impressions and sensations, fleeting pictures. I've had them many a time and try as I do I just cannot come up with the language to adequately describe the experience. Now I'm just as bonkers as the next guy and like any free spirit I'm not going to admit to being a chained and reined paid up member of ordained and expected normality but I do realise that these experiences are not easy for everyone to accept, but please, bear with me a little longer. Just because my initials are E.T. does not mean that you have anything to worry about...or does it? Where's the phone?
On 4th August 2006 a new crop circle was reported in the south east corner of a field of wheat about three-quarters of a mile just south of west from St Mary's Church in Garsington, Oxfordshire. The location is half way between a 3-cornered wood called Bushy Copse and St Mary's Church and in direct line from the church to the Sandford Brake Electricity Sub-Station. The formation is close to a corner formed by a tall hedge on the east and a small wood to the south. On the edge of the wood facing (and a matter of yards away from) the glyph is a mysterious moss covered flat stone slab.
The pattern consists of a design resembling a coiled serpent laying in a deosil (clock-wise) pose enclosed in a perfect hexagon. The 'serpent' is constructed of bunched wheat stems laid and bent at about 45 to 50 degrees in the direction of flow and its 'head' is split in two. The enclosing hexagon measures 70 feet in diameter and has 6 equal sides of 35 feet each.
This crop formation is accompanied by a 'signature' about 10 yards west and laying on a tramline. This is composed of two arcs
each side of the tramline, and to me suggests something spinning in a widdershins (anticlockwise) motion, perhaps a galaxy, or a letter ‘S’. (1)
Approximately half a mile away to the south east, and 6 days earlier, a 6 petal design enveloped in a Vesica Pisces had graced a field of wheat on a slope in the parish of Toot Baldon. (2) These two
formations are in mirrored orientation and equidistant from St Mary's Church and are therefore, to my mind, clearly associated with her, or her hilltop position. They are also equally certainly, I feel, connected in some way with each other. The petal formation, representing the flower of life was born on St Martha's Day, 29th July. St Martha seems very likely to be a version of St Mary, the triple Goddess of Christianity, and in reality the same Goddess as
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