1990 the UK crop circles phenomenon took a new turn, astonishing the world
with formations never before seen. Camera crews from around the world
descended on the beleaguered farmers of Wiltshire and Hampshire.
Circles were appearing in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, the North of England
and over the border in Scotland. They were also reported in the USA and
Canada (in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota and in the American
MidWest between Missouri and Kansas), in Australia, Holland and Japan.
The story had now gone beyond any simple explanation. Strange happenings,
symbols, sounds and, above all, energies emanated from the circles: circle
books shifted from the popular interest section of bookshops
to the paranormal, where some people expounded weird and wonderful
theories, adding to the general confusion.
Among many recent publications, two attractive books are worth noting:
Colin Andrews and Pat Delgados Crop Circles, The Latest Evidence,
a slim volume with excellent photographs, and The Crop Circle Enigma by
the newly-formed Centre for Crop Circles Studies (CCCS), which also began
last year a lively magazine, The
The CCCS deplore the feuding of rival groups and their reluctance to pool
information . They call for the creation of a central archive accessible
to all students so that a summary of events, map references and charts
of crop circle distribution on a local, national or world-wide scale can
be drawn up.
Their book contains articles from specialists from a wide spectrum of
beliefs. Dr Terence Meaden is included, valiantly sticking to his plasma
vortex theory and trying to explain away unusual shapes as unstable
However, his painstaking research is a valuable contribution to the crop
circles phenomenon. George Wingfield throws light on the hoax perpetrated
in July 1990 on Operation Blackbird mounted by Colin Andrews
and Pat Delgado with BBC TV and Nippon TV.
He believes that this hoax, with its careful planning and brilliant execution,
was a set up to discredit the circle researchers. According
to a military contact, it was a secret Army operation to defuse mounting
public hysteria produced by the arrival of the sensational pictograms.
At the end of Operation Blackbird, the BBC did succeed in capturing a
circle forming on videotape but, stung by the hoax debacle, refuse to
show it. Meanwhile, army helicopters, strangely absent during the hoax,
resumed their scrutiny of new genuine circles.
Several circle watchers believe that they encountered the invisible circlemaker,
while they sat in a circle at midnight the previous year during Operation
White Crow. The incident is described in both books. They heard
a trilling noise, the same as that heard by BBC TV at Beckhampton and
by Colin Andrews two years earlier, and which has been described as an
electrostatic chattering or crackling.
Along with the trilling noise, a witness saw a luminous object, bright
as the moon, hovering above the circle. An orange ball of light
was seen in Norfolk near a circle; a similar orange ball of light was
captured on video at Operation White Crow, and in Devon a UFOwas seen
with a line of coloured lights flashing in sequence
When the world famous pictogram at Alton Barnes appeared, dogs barked
in the village, cars failed to start and a humming noise was heard in
Various witnesses describes the power of the energies in the circles.
When diviner Johann Blomeyer tested these energies with his Aurameter,
he was knocked clean off his feet by the energies that he
picked up. Entering one triple ring formation, Pat Delgado was sent sprawling
across the central circle by a high level of energy.
Dowsers record energies in the circles (which are not present in the hoaxes)
and healings have taken place. Dowsers say that the energies are increasing;
circles are formed at intersections of ley-lines and these lines are multiplying
Delgado discovered he could dowse, and then that he could heal. I
became aware that everything has its own energy pattern buildings,
rivers, trees, people, animals, insects and even blades of grass
and that it was universal.
John Mitchell deplores the present-day tendency to concentrate on the
mechanism of the circles, rather than the message. George Wingfield writes:
The circle phenomenon crept up on a materialistic and unsuspecting
world little prepared for such strange events.
To be prepared to communicate and collaborate with other levels
of Being, Michael Green writes, is the great challenge of
the late 20th century to the scientists and politicians of the international
(Crop Circles, the Latest Evidence, by Pat Delgado and Colin Andrews,
Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, London, £5.99. The Crop Circle Enigma,
edited by Ralph Noyes, Gateway Books, 1990, £14.95; $24.95. The
Cereologist., £7.50 per year, subscription from 11 Powis Gardens,
London W11 1JG, UK. Centre for Crop
Circles Studies, subscription £10.00 including The Cereologist,
PO Box 44, Petersfield, GU32 2BT, UK.)