It is a little time since I last wrote to you; Time is such a very difficult thing to quantify. I have a feeling that I may well have sent you the Mayan system of Time already? I hope not? The Mayans have an interesting belief that there is no such time as the present. It just does not exist. They recognise the past which is in front of them because they know about it and can thus 'see' it. The future is behind them because they cannot 'see' it. It is still to come and they don't know anything about what it will bring. Once the future arrives they know about it and then they can 'see' it, it is before them and it immediately becomes the past.
It may seem quite hard to comprehend initially but on consideration I can see that it is the philosophy of living in the present, something so many of us are encouraged to do and learning from the past as you can ‘see it’. Is planning the ‘unseen’ future part of the present? We have many such conundrums in our lives but few as serious and enormous as the world is facing today. It seems that in whichever direction we turn, the problems are there to a greater or lesser degree. There was a time when astrology was given the same scientific status as astronomy. Then the movements and positioning of the planets were as important and relevant to the lives and well-being or otherwise of a nation, just as they are today.
I was struck by the remarkable gesture made by an elderly woman, Yocheved Lifshitz (85) by her shaking the hand of the gun carrying Hamas fighter, one of many holding the kidnapped Israelis captive. It was in itself a simple gesture but it brought to mind the Moon landing in December 2012 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and when walking on the surface of the lunar landscape, made his famous announcement and was quoted as saying ‘That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’
That quotation is now engrained in stone, ever to be remembered. A small step it may have been but the consequences were enormous. The outstretched hand of friendship to her captor by Yocheved Lifshitz is of no less importance, in courage, her love for peace and humanity. A simple gesture maybe, but the meaning behind it was also enormous, hopefully far reaching. We are all human beings, why don’t we wake up to that fact and realise that far more can be achieved through love, compassion and understanding of humanity as a whole, than war, wreaking destruction, bloodshed and suffering. She saw her captor as a man, a fellow human being. She showed us how to FORGIVE. Is it too much to hope that her instinctive action may have a ‘ripple’ effect.
As we finally bid farewell to Summer, we welcome autumn and its abundance. We are enjoying a wonderful kaleidoscope of colours as the leaves of the trees change colours; the brilliant reds of the acers brightening up the landscape; the subtle yellow/oranges of the beeches and the purples of the copper beeches and many others. As we walk through the woods we are walking on a carpet of many hues. We hear the rustling of the squirrels busy collecting their store of nuts to hide away in preparation for the long winter months ahead; other small animals are also busy as are the birds. This a time of gathering; with an innate knowledge deep within them of scarce times to come.
Halloween is also here; googlies, ghosties, witches and creepy sounds and things that make one jump.
So what is the history behind this strange event? Wikipedia tells us that ‘The Halloween holiday has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”), a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of summer, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.’ ‘To ward off evil spirits from their households, the Celts were known to set carved pumpkins (or turnips) in front of their doors. If they went out at night they wore costumes so that if they encountered an evil spirit they would be mistaken for an evil spirit themselves and thus be protected from evil and trouble.’ There was a more modern Christian history to this event called 'Souling`. Religious souls would visit houses to pray for the souls of the people. Small gifts would be given in return.
Sonya Julia, one of the lovely people who joined me on my Crop Circle and Stonehenge tour this summer, sent me and allowed me to share with you, some glorious photographs taken when she and her sister Sue and family were walking along the Ridgeway past the Uffington White Horse and on to Great Coxwell Medieval Tithe Barn in Oxfordshire. Some of the pictures show the Giants Footsteps rolling away in the distance. The famous Ridgeway runs from Avebury,Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire, and a distance of 87 miles (139km)
In my next letter, I will tell you about my annual Crop Circle Scientific Research day and its unexpected results.
And a message from Pam Gregory - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DLwQcYzBd8
O dear, O dear, what has happened to the year? I do not seem to have quite caught up with it yet. So far, it seems to have been a year of chunks of time, all different, some being more demanding than others. I don’t seem to be able to quite put my finger on it exactly, but, what does stand out to me is the fluctuation and change that has been going on, not just globally but in my life and the lives of others with whom I discuss these things.
Certainly if we look all over the world we see these quite unexpected new changes. Change seems to be the dominant factor in almost everywhere you choose to look. I know it is hard to be optimistic, but strangely I am. I see a new world coming in, taking time to readjust itself, but ultimately wholesome and beneficial. I know, and acutely aware of all the terrible suffering that so many people in distant lands and here at home are going through but rather similar to times past, change has brought about new order and awareness of benefitting from experience.
I am going to move on and take you with me into the fields to see what has been happening in these green and verdant pastures this summer. Not much to be perfectly honest but we have had some special ones.
We have had precisely fourteen formations including one in France. Is there a reason behind this, has the phenomenon also been affected by change?
Over the years, it has remained steadfast and resolute and no matter how much people have scoffed, it continues to grace our fields (much to most farmers’ dismay). Sometimes I do ask myself, is this a finite or infinite phenomenon - who knows and maybe this is one of the joys as it teases us each year, rather like the swallows –when will the circles arrive? Incidentally, I was not the only one who saw worryingly few swallows or swifts this year. One of the reasons could be the increase in kites and other birds of prey (raptors) who might have caught them on the wing in their flight path before they had arrived safely.
In between the arrival of more circles and one in France at Saint Denis en Bugey, Ain, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. France. Reported 30th May, I took two happy tours, the first one at the end of July. We were fortunate as the first circle at Etchilhampton had just arrived and we were most grateful for the kind farmer’s permission allowing us to go in. Circles have appeared many times on his land and like generous farmer James Hussey, he grants people permission to enter. It was a bakingly hot day that day but there was an easy entrance downhill and along a short way and into the circle. Just as we had been driving up to park our cars, I passed a car and sitting inside there was a man who I thought I recognised. When we entered the circle, there was this same man lying meditating in one of the circles.
A little later he came through to the circle in which we were, and yes, it was Brian. I had first met Brian at the Glastonbury Symposium in 2005 and he had told me a strange story. I asked to retell this story to my group.
In 2004 on August 3rd, there had been the most intriguing circle, which we called the Mayan Calendar. It was perfect in every way, right down to the detail of the five missing days of the Haab calendar. Brian and his family are New Born Christians and had the most extraordinary story to tell. On the first night, the outline of the formation was drawn up by a young man who had called in at the Barge Pub asking if anyone would help him make a circle opposite Silbury Hill that night. He was asked if he had the farmer’s permission and on replying `No’, no one agreed to go with him. The following day there was a rudimentary design in the field.
However, on the 6th August, Brian and his family went up the slope to sit in the circle; it was a lovely warm summer’s evening. As they were sitting there, men came in with their gear and as Brian described ‘they moved as fast as a bus’. If you look at this picture, not only does it contain quite astonishing detail as I described above, but how could men moving ‘as fast as a bus’ possibly produce such extraordinary fine, precise and perfect workmanship?
Shortly after Brian had told me his story my brain started whirling. I could not doubt Brian in any way, yet how had people moving at such speed could have made this immaculate circle. There had to be an answer. For some time I had been having a nagging thought, something I didn’t want to put into words. Could there be an unknown, hidden hand guiding the hoaxers on certain occasions?? On reflection, that seemed the only explanation. I have talked to many other `old timers` and they too have come to the same opinion. A gradual realisation that there was no other explanation. An Intelligence.
Opposite Silbury Hill, Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire. 3rd August 2004. The Mayan Calendar.
Brian is a spiritual man with a fine sense of humour and he was a great addition to our group as we swapped stories and experiences. Before leaving we joined hands in a circle and chanted. It seemed a proper thing to do as we gave thanks to the circle and the welcome it had given us.
Alexia Willen sent me this report:
My experience in the first Crop Circle. I felt very tired. Wanted to sleep. Felt a feeling of letting go. Peace. Alexia.
Another report from the Mayan Calendar circle reached me that year from Jennifer Denning. I will put this at the end of my letter.
After a delicious lunch at the Honey Street café, sitting outside at a long table in the tent. We drove to Barbury Castle where the magical Pi formation appeared in 2008.
Barbury Castle 1st June 2008 Pi chart explanation
The circle was in the same as the Pi formation but this circle was quite different - but of equal beauty. There is a public path through that field giving easy access to the circle which lay adjacent to the path.
Barbury Castle, near Wroughton, Wiltshire. Reported 17th July 2022. Wheat. c.120 feet (36.5m) diameter. This one appeared over two days.
To finish the day we all went to a magical private entry evening visit to Stonehenge. Always, no matter how many times one has visited the stones, as they come into view and the closer you get to them until you enter, gives one a sense of gradually increasing excitement and wonder. These majestic megaliths stand majestic and proud, reigning over the surrounding countryside. We had a most excellent guide who was just as enthusiastic as we were as she gave us one fascinating and interesting fact one after the other.
This time I had a strange experience, as having had the privilege of visiting Stonehenge many times, sometimes the hour we have inside has seemed quite long for one reason or another, for instance if it is cold etc, but this time, it seems to fly by and I couldn’t believe our hour was up when told. Walking back with Paul Stillwell, one of the group, he turned to me and said: ‘I can't believe how quickly the time went inside Stonehenge! It felt like 1 minute rather than 1 hour.’
Happy smiles all round. What a perfect happy way to end the day.
For the second tour on the 2nd August, due to the hot weather, many circles had been harvested including the formation at Etchilhampton we had visited on the first tour so we visited the Barbury Castle circle which thankfully was still there and quite remarkably undamaged.
After another delicious lunch at the Honey Street Café and visiting the quite excellent Crop Circle Exhibition, we went up to West Kennet Long Barrow. One of the very oldest Long Barrows in the country and full of intriguing history. This is one of my most favourite places. It is strategically situated so that at certain times of year, at either sunrise or sunset the sun sets or rises behind sacred sites in this sacred landscape. Silbury Hill, East Kennet Long Barrow, Waden Hill and Windmill Hill.
When first built, West Kennet Long Barrow, being made of chalk, it gleamed white, as did Silbury Hill, built later. They were places of importance and dominance in the landscape.
Two more people kindly sent me reports of their experiences this summer .
Gemma Jones sent me this lovely report after visiting the Micheldever circle.
“Recently I was blessed to visit a crop circle ️
I went to work out on the road with my partner for the day and had learned about the crop circle 2 days before. We knew we would be near it so left it open that we will visit if it’s meant to be.
We were a little against the time so we decided to head home but the road we needed to go on was closed, the road we had to take…..the one with the crop circle.
We also made it home in time to collect my daughter.
The energy was so powerful and I could hear Sirius high council calling within the space and light language moving through me.
As we left the circle all of a sudden my entire body felt heavy. The only other time I’d felt this was after getting out of a swimming pool when I was pregnant I felt like I’d come back into a denser space for sure.
There happened to be two other people there, one man and one woman plus my partner and I. We all sat in the centre of the circle together and tuned in to the frequency, the sound of the traffic disappeared and I felt waves of energy moving up and down through me. The four of us - the two masculine and two feminine felt so relevant to the pattern of the circle. Balance. Duality blending. New Earth emerging. Sirius Gateway opening.
This really was a magical experience.'
Paul Stillwell wrote telling me of his experience in the Pilgrim’s Trail circle near Winchester:
“I went to the one near Winchester, I think it was named the 'Om' formation, as some people interpreted the laid and unlaid circles to be binary code for Om.
I knew which field it was in but that was all the info I had. I came off the M3 at J10 and turned East onto Morestead Rd. Just after a bend in the road there was a layby with metal farm gates on either side of the road. The crop circle was nowhere to be seen. But, by divine intervention, there was a man in the layby with a drone camera! He flew it up in the air and found exactly where it was and gave me instructions to find it. I went on ahead while he was attending to his drone.
I climbed over the gate on the right hand side of the road and walked along the edge of the field until I reached an old metal water tower. From here there was a tramline leading directly into the field, this is the path I needed.
But even walking along it, the crop circle still wasn't visible until I was about 10 yards away from it.
I stopped and connected with the energies of the crop circle. As I entered I became overwhelmed with a feeling of love and inner warmth, it almost brought a tear to my eye. A very loving, feminine warmth.
The crop circle was beautifully crafted, pristine circles and the centre circle was laid with a basket weave. I walked around every circle in the formation. Some of them had exciting energy, some had gentle loving energy, and some had calm, peaceful energy.
I stayed for a while, basking in the sun and the loving energies of the formation. When I left I realised I had been there for 2 hours. A really wonderful day.'
Most regrettably our scientific research day did not take place due to medical reasons.
For anyone who would like to read the story of Jennifer Denning, I have listed it below.
I am going to give a snapshot view of the other circles that appeared this summer.
7.Etchilhampton Hill, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Reported 24th July 2022
8. Tawsmead Copse, Nr West Stowell, Wiltshire. Reported 28th July
9. Etchilhampton 2, near Devises, Wiltshire. 8th August 2022 Wheat. c.180 feet (54.9m) overall diameter.
Jennifer Denning’s story
Dear Lucy, as promised, and at your request, when we met at the CSS in July I am now sending you the account of the healing I received in 2004 after visiting the Mayan formation. Extract from my diary for 2004/2005 Second visit to crop formations.
The week before I had been given a picture taken from a newspaper of an enormous crop formation that had appeared over two nights in a field in front of Silbury Hill. We set out to find it, and after a few synchronistic happenings were directed to a large field near Silbury Hill. This was the now famous Mayan Clock formation, which could not be seen from the road, but only after you had climbed up for about a quarter of a mile, to the crest of a large field. And there it was!! What a marvellous awe-inspiring image, which for myself and my son has proved to be both a revelation and vibration raising experience – and I believe was the start of the experiences to come later.
There was a downside to our visit to this formation. We both experienced headaches on the way home, and felt extremely tired. I fell asleep easily, but was awoken at 1.am with terrible pains down the left side of my body. It felt as if my body was contorted with cramp, and the pain in my left thigh drew my leg backwards and upwards quite violently and then spread downwards to my left foot and upwards into the groin and hip area. The pain was intense and continuous, and nothing I did helped to alleviate it. I could not move from the bed, and then a rigor set in, my teeth were chattering, and I shook uncontrollably for about ten minutes. Just as my husband was about to dial 999, it stopped – as suddenly as a light switch being turned off. The next day I felt totally drained, exhausted, and nauseous, but not bruised in any way as one usually does from cramp.
I called my son Jonathan about 11.am and he told me that he had experienced a bad night also, with lots of joint pains, but fortunately not so severe, and that both the children were fine.
A few days later I brought up the photographs taken on that day on my computer. I discovered that in two of the photos taken in the Mayan formation by my son Jon, there is a very bright light, which appeared to be moving across me, and another at the foot of the photo. They are roughly square in shape and have the appearance of a letter N on its side. It was 6.30pm in the evening and the light was behind me so they were obviously not a reflection – we were really intrigued, and I wrote to one of the crop circle organisers and asked their opinion. They did not reply, but I have since discovered that this formation has caused a lot of controversy within the crop circle community, so perhaps they did not wish to comment.
One of the most amazing things after this experience was the wonderful feeling of well being and contentment that gradually spread through my being, and the ensuing happiness, which is still with me. The most amazing thing is that I have also experienced a spontaneous healing of the eye problem that I had been suffering from. Macular degeneration had been diagnosed after I started having vision problems in late 2003. Vision from my right eye was difficult, as I had distorted vision with all straight lines appearing wavy. This made reading difficult, and I was told on my last visit to the specialist in the autumn that it was progressive and I would probably need an operation. I was offered an operation at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff, which could take place before Christmas. After considering the verdict something made me ask if I could delay this and make another decision in January 2005 when I had my next appointment. This was agreed to reluctantly by the eye specialist, with instructions that if my sight worsened I was to come back to the hospital immediately.
However, one morning in early October I looked out the bedroom window thinking what a lovely day it was, and then suddenly realised that my eyesight was normal!!– no wavy lines! What a wonderful gift.
(February 2005: Since writing this I have seen my eye specialist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, and he could see for himself the improvement in my vision. He said that he was surprised and that medically ‘I was a great rarity’. Proof if more were needed that something happened that day in Wiltshire).
Further Note: June 2005 Had an eye test at my usual optician’s and she told me that my reading vision has also improved. In July 2005 I again attended the Crop Circle Symposium, which is when I spoke to you Lucy and showed you the photos of the beautiful orbs that have been appearing in my photos, and also spoke about the healing of my eye problem.. You asked me to contact you after seeing the eye specialist in September, hence this letter. I have my appointment letter if you wish to see it.
September 2005: Have seen an eye specialist again at the RGH and once again he could not account for the improvement in my sight. The next appointment will now be in eight months time, which he said is just to monitor the situation. My sight is still fine, and everyday I am aware of the wonderful gift that I have been given. I hope my experience will prove useful to you in your research, I do strongly believe that the energy held in these formations can be transformational. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. I have completed your online form also, but needed to send you a more complete account than the form asks for. Very Best Wishes, Jennifer Denning.
(Subsequently I received the promised report the optician gave Jennifer. Perfect eyesight. Whether this was a result of visiting the Mayan crop circle can never be proved. What matters is that Jennifer’s eye was completely cured and she believed it was. L.P.)
I wonder what 2023 will bring us in the fields; there is no doubt that the circles are appearing later and later, leaving us with bated breath –have they deserted us or will we be blessed once these majestic mind teasing and treasured events? Only time will tell.
As always my most grateful thanks, as always, goes to the farmers who have allowed us to enter their fields and enjoy and research the crop circles, in particular James Hussey who is outstanding in his welcome. However, I do understand the reaction of most of the farmers who harvest them on arrival as I regret to say that many people do not stop to think or understand that the fields in which these circles appear belong to the farmers and the crops are their livelihood.
Life is hotting up in the barley and wheat fields so I am going to write a short letter just to keep you up to date. The barley fields were the first to grace the circles; it is a 100 day crop from the time it is sown to the time it is harvested as a general rule. Wheat overlaps the barley around the beginning of July and continues until harvest time which is dependent on the weather between now and reaping.
Since last writing I have an interesting observation from mathematician Nick Kollerstrom in relation to the beautiful circle at Potterne Hill, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire on the 7th June 2023. It was in barley and measured 245 feet (45m) in diameter.
7th June 2023 ~ near Devizes
A 36-fold division of a perfect circle with no centre has appeared, i.e. it is divided at equal ten-degree intervals. That involves dividing a circle by nine to start with, and I doubt if any of us could manage that – even with access to the centre!
I suggest that this is what we’ve all been looking for all these years – firm, concrete proof that a formation is not man-made. In the past such arguments have depended upon a formation being huge, very complex etc., which was fair enough. However this is different. This time it’s a logical impossibility. If any croppie group had some money they could safely offer a substantial reward – to be paid to anyone who could duplicate this formation, either on a sheet of paper or in a field at night! Just make an exact circle and divide it into 36 without touching the centre – simple, isn’t it …?
We see petals around the outside, each made from two arcs, one per ten degrees, in other words there are 72 arcs forming the petals around the perimeter. Now 72 is quite a cosmic number, the number of precession: the stars move one degree every 72 years. So maybe this.`
This being once in a lifetime event, the others mathematically pale into less significance but were of interest nevertheless.
I would like to tell you about a new crop circle book that has taken twenty four years to complete.
The Great Turning , Crop Circles and their Message to Humanity, is the work of Michael Green 1931-2018 ( RIBA, FSA) He was an archaeologist, architectural historian, former Inspector of Ancient Monuments with English Heritage. Also oversaw the Summer Solstice events at Stonehenge. He excavated the Roman site of Godmanchester and Whitehall Palace London. He listed parts of London as well as contributing to the saving of Covent Garden.
Yet in this was his professional life, but he was psychic and a dowser, with a deep intuitive knowledge of the Ancient Timeless Wisdom.
I have known Michael since before the Centre for Crop Circle Studies (CCCS) was set up by Michael Green and Ralph Noyes in Cambridgeshire, at Easter 1990. I was honoured to be one of the Founder members. It was a time of wild speculation and bogus stories relating to the crop circles, and an academic body of various minds and specialties was needed. It was a fascinating, mixed and wonderful assembly and scientific research and investigation was started in earnest.
Over the years scientists from all over the world worked with the Society conducting interesting and exciting results.
The Great Turning is a long awaited book, illustrated throughout. It is a learned masterpiece and will go among the great if not the greatest body of work on the subject. Without a doubt it is the most superb reference book ever produced. With Green’s background he explored all the diverse connections, some obvious and some more obscure connections that link the crop circles with such subjects as theosophy, geometry, archaeology, anthropology, music and number. I am sure it will stand the test of time and people will recognise its importance to this elusive subject.
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Sadly helicopter flights are exorbitantly expensive and in order to keep in the air and continue with my important research I ask if you could give as generously as possible. Donations can be made here I would be so grateful for your help.
Many have suggested using drones or radio controlled aircraft to reduce the expenses and challenges of flying for crop circle photography. After thorough investigation and consultation with an expert, I discovered the following.
Suggestions included purchasing a DJI Phantom with a GoPro Hero 3 camera (£1000 - £1500) and joining an RC club for flying tuition. A basic understanding of electronics is necessary for maintenance, which involves visual inspections, part removal, fatigue checks, and safety assessments. A drone's batteries also require specialised care and maintenance.
Contrary to popular belief, flying drones is not easy, as handling difficulties and equipment failures can occur. Commercial licensing and the risk of accidents with planes also pose concerns.
A two-person team is recommended, with one acting as the pilot and the other as a spotter for safety. Additionally, access to inaccessible areas and equipment transportation would be challenging, perhaps requiring a 4x4 vehicle. Despite considering all the information and associated problems, I must accept that this method is beyond my technical expertise and logistical capabilities.
Sadly helicopter flights are exorbitantly expensive and in order to keep in the air and continue with my important research I ask if you could give as generously as possible. Donations can be made here I would be so grateful for your help.
I’d been holding my breath, hoping the circles had not deserted us, so I write in haste to tell you about the first crop circle of 2023. It appeared on Sunday 28th May at Broad Hinton, near Winterbourne Bassett. It consists of a circular ‘ring’ containing a propeller-like formation with six scimitar shaped 'blades'.
Many times, in previous letters, I have written about the legend and history of the chalk white horse. We are told that ‘The Hackpen Horse was cut to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838. Although little is known about the origins of the horse it is believed to have been cut by Henry Eatwell, parish clerk of Broad Hinton and local publican.
The horse measures 90ft by 90ft and is best viewed from the A361 between Avebury and Swindon at Broad Hinton.’
Moving on to Winterbourne Bassett, many are the times that I have turned left off the A361 and noticed the standing stone close by on my left.
Once part of a stone circle, only six stones remain, the stone in the photograph being half-standing while the others lie half-covered.
Sadly helicopter flights are exorbitantly expensive and in order to keep in the air and continue with my important research I ask if you could give as generously as possible. Donations can be made here
Very many thanks to everyone who has contributed to date. I am enormously grateful to you.
The coronation of King Charles will stay ingrained in my mind for many years to come. Also the crowning of Queen Camilla.
The Coronation was a triumph - what a spectacle! The pomp, pageantry and everything that goes with it was just magnificent. It all worked like clockwork, having taken months of preparation and practice. Not a single thing out of order, right down to the finest and smallest detail. The nine thousand servicemen from the Army, Navy, Air Force and many other service contingents all marching in step. It was a veritable sight to behold.
Most impressive after the service, was when the Colonel in Command of the Blues and Royal regiment gave the word to move. This was passed down the line, and the whole mass of service men and women moved forward as one.
It gladdened me that Charles kept the Coronation Service largely traditional, after all it has been going for over a thousand years right back to William the Conqueror. The Coronation throne on which Charles sat to be anointed and crowned was first used by Edward III, who reigned from 1307-1327. Charles is the 40th monarch to be crowned in Westminster Abbey, which was built during the reign of Henry III.
Charles as King, seems to act as the stepping stone between the ancient and modern. He is forward thinking and doesn't have a racist bone in his body. He is knowledgeable about many religions and respects their followers. He helps the young and deprived through the Prince's Trust, and is a source of encouragement and care for all. This was illustrated by the diverse selection of people who were invited to his Coronation. Splendid beyond words.
There were several special and really important parts of the service. The Oath, the Anointing, and the Enthronement.
The oil was made from olives harvested from two groves - one on the Mount of Olives at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene, and from the Monastery of the Ascension. The Monastery of Mary Magdalene is the burial place of His Majesty’s grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece. 'The Coronation oil is based on the oil used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the formula of which has been used for hundreds of years. It will also be used for the anointing of Her Majesty The Queen Consort.'
'The Chrism oil - as it is called - has been consecrated in Jerusalem in a special ceremony at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
'It was made using olives harvested from two groves on the Mount of Olives, at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene - the burial place of Charles' grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece - and the Monastery of the Ascension.
`The olives were pressed just outside Bethlehem and perfumed with sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin and amber, according to the Royal Family's website.
`The Archbishop of Canterbury said the oil "reflects The King’s personal family connection" with Jerusalem and "demonstrates the deep historic link between the coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land."
I found it particularly moving when Prince William knelt, swore allegiance, and kissed his father, the King.
Prince William, the Duke of Wales and the Duchess of Wales must have been thinking and watching the cathedral service with huge interest, knowing the time will come, when they too will go through the same procedure.
I believe that Charles hit just the right note by continuing with tradition yet introducing the language of the time in which we live. So very different to when his mother, our beloved Queen Elizabeth II, went through a really punishingly long and traditional enthronement and coronation ceremony.
The fact that it rained did not diminish the occasion, and the thousands of people congregating from all corners of the globe, were not going anywhere. Many had camped out, arriving several days previously, in order to secure the prime positions along the Mall or Whitehall, bringing celebratory provisions and sitting and sleeping arrangements with them!
I remember it was raining the day Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, and her reign was one of the most successful and wonderful in history, so I have every hope and indeed confidence that Charles’ will also be great also.
The coronation of King Charles III and his wife Camilla as queen on Saturday, May 6, was the centrepiece of a weekend of events to mark the occasion.
I am now taking you to the 2023 crop circle season as we lie in wait wondering what wonders we will be given to behold and enjoy. As the years have progressed it appears that the circles are now reluctant to appear and do not reveal themselves until late May or even June. We have had an unseasonably wet and cold spring and the crops are only just beginning to reach the height necessary to receive a crop circle. If the crop is too short the circle will disappear quickly as it would not have the weight of the fallen crop to keep it down; thus we are ever mindful of the weather’s influence, not just for the start of the season but also for when the ripened wheat or barley (barley is reaped earlier that wheat) crop is ready for the farmers to cut and harvest their fields.
The early ones have nearly been in oil seed rape (canola) and I am going to show you some we have had in years gone by taken from one of my April 2022 letters.
It has arrived - the first crop circle of 2022 at Enmill Barn, near Crabwood, Winchester, Hampshire. Reported 24th April 2022 Oil Seed Rape (Canola) 85 feet (25.9m) overall. At this time of year the circle presents itself in the startlingly vibrant yellow flowered crop, oil seed rape (canola), much used for cooking and in health products.
Enmill Barn, Nr Crabwood, Winchester, Hampshire. Reported 24th April 2022. Oil Seed Rape (Canola) 85 feet (25.9m) overall.
The term "rape" derives from the Latin word for turnip, rapa or rapum, cognate with the Greek word rhapys. Wikipedia tells us that 'Crops from the genus Brassica, including rapeseed, were among the earliest plants to be widely cultivated by mankind as early as 10,000 years ago. Rapeseed was being cultivated in India as early as 4000 B.C. and it spread to China and Japan 2000 years ago.'
'One of the most versatile of all plants, oil seed rape is also used as diesel fuel, either as biodiesel in heated fuel systems, or blended with petroleum distillates for powering motor vehicles. Biodiesel may be used in pure form in newer engines without engine damage and is frequently combined with fossil-fuels. Historically it was used in limited quantities due to high levels of erucic acid. Processing of rapeseed for oil production produces rapeseed meal as a by-product. This by-product is a high-protein animal feed - competitive with soybean. The feed is employed mostly for cattle feeding, but is also used for pigs and poultry. However, natural rapeseed oil contains 50% erucic acid and high levels of glucosinolates that significantly lowers the nutritional value of rapeseed press cakes for animal feed.'
Oil seed rape flower
The flowers have a pungent smell and if you walk through it, you will find it is hard to get the pollen off your hair or clothes. As regards detective work, it is the easiest crop for sussing out the Goodies or Baddies.
In 2010 a most glorious formation arrived during a week-end just below Winton windmill in Wiltshire. It contained the most complex geometry, almost exactly bearing a likeness to Russian born physicist Leonard Euler's equation said to be one of the most complex, and indeed, possibly not fully understood by Euler himself. See diagram below.
Winton Windmill ~ Wiltshire
Top: Base of undamaged stalk.
Bottom: Root of undamaged stalk twisted by the `force`
'Having woken at 4am one morning and unable to get back to sleep I decided to drive down to Wiltshire and see the formation for myself. It had been raining heavily overnight and despite having stopped by the time I arrived, I had forgotten how much water the yellow petals retain. The crop stood about 5 ft tall and in no time at all I was drenched from head to toe and my Wellington boots were full of water that had trickled relentlessly downwards. In addition I had forgotten to bring my aerial photograph and as the formation could not be seen from the ground - only from the air or the windmill and this had been closed the week-end the formation appeared - I simply could not find it and was getting wetter and wetter. Not surprisingly not many people were happy to answer my early morning mobile telephone calls until Julian Gibsone nobly answered his and gave me the necessary directions. The outer ring was much trampled and did not provide me with the information I needed. However, the lay of the crop was remarkable, lying in a criss-crossing herringbone manner. I made my way inwards to areas that had been untouched and found what I was looking for; an unbroken stem without any cracks above or below. In order to ascertain this properly, it is necessary to dig away the soil from some way down around the stem. Holding my camera with soil covered, wet and slippery hands, I managed to get a photograph. Now soaked to the skin, and hoping that no-one was around, I did a quick strip, discarding first my sweater, replacing it with a jacket that came down to my knees and hid the fact that I had also discarded my jeans. Luckily I did not have to stop for anything on my way home so modesty was preserved! Definitely worth the effort!'
The whole article can be found on my website under Articles Worth The Effort (2010)
As always I am sending you Pam Gregory’s latest report herewith.
New Moon in Taurus May 19th 2023
Please remember to book your places on my wonderfully exciting crop circle tours. I have to close the booking on the 20th June for the special and magical private evening entry to Stonehenge on the 27th July tour. I fear only those already booked for the Stonehenge visit will be allowed to join me and enter the inner circle of the stones, go right up to them and feel their extraordinary energy radiating out towards you.
At one am, on the morning of Sunday 26th March, clocks in the UK go forward to give us an extra hour of sunlight. Mentally, this is a major turning point as I feel that summer is waiting on my doorstep and about to ring the bell.
As I drive along, the hedges are full of the white blossomed blackthorn, another messenger of warmer weather and longer days.
Blackthorn hedge plants, also known by their Latin name Prunus spinosa, produce pure white flowers against dark stems in early spring, followed by attractive mid-green foliage, and finally, sloes appearing in the autumn. Often devoured by birds, these sloes can be collected and used to make Sloe Gin, or when left to adorn the branches, they provide wonderful seasonal interest. Prunus spinosa hedge plants are covered in thorns.
We are told that in English tradition, it was thought to have been the main component of Christ's crown of thorns. Blackthorn is much prized for walking sticks. Only blackthorn or oak wood may be used to make an authentic sail eille (shillelagh in English), the stick of Irish folklore. It is also said that Parliament's Usher of the Black Rod's knocking stick is made of it. It is steeped in folklore related to witches, used both in their wands used to curse pregnant women, and as fuel for their execution pyres.
I woke up this morning and felt a bit of a ‘rant’ coming on. I am perfectly aware that I live in this world but on the other hand sometimes I simply do not feel a part of it anymore.
I wonder if I am the only person who feels like a stranger in the modern world of ‘speak’. It seems I am just a ‘person’ although I know perfectly well what and who I am. As an example, it seems that suddenly the first person singular has become the first person plural etc. I know my wonderful English mistress would be in frenzy and foaming at the mouth. Where have all the commonly listed English parts of speech gone? Wikipedia comes to the rescue and tells us there are twelve (I could only find eleven) -- noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection, numeral, article, and determiner. I wasn’t too sure what a ‘determiner’ might be and on looking it up, this is what it is. ‘In the English language, determiners are used before a noun to introduce it or to provide more information on the noun, such as how many there are. If there are any adjectives before the noun to describe it then the determiner will also come before them.’ Well, there we are. I wonder how many are in general use today?
In case you are uncertain of how you should converse with anyone, I have a very helpful link for you given out by the reputable Oxfam. Surely they must be right? But please don’t try it out as I might not understand you.
My second rant was regarding the censorship of any language/word that might be considered offensive in any book with or without their authors’ permission - such as Roald Dahl’s wonderful children’s books. The little darlings might be scared - that reminds me of Noel Coward's song ‘What's Going to Happen to the Tots’. Salman Rushdie, who has had problems himself reacted fiercely: ‘Roald Dahl was no angel but this is absurd censorship. Puffin Books and the Dahl estate should be ashamed.’ Roll on the debate. No more controversies!
I am delighted that the world famous Gobekli Tepe temple still remains unscathed after the devastating earthquake in Turkey.
I have long been intrigued by this amazing temple and its craftsmanship, created by unknown people of that time who were involved in its construction, architecture and intricate stone carvings etc. Historian Tom Cox tells us:
Gobekli Tepe Temple (Xerabreshkê/Girê Navokê) “Called the Gobekli Tepe Temple, located six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in south-eastern Turkey, it had previously been surveyed by the University of Chicago in 1963, and it was not until 1994 that German Klaus Schmidt made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: Having seen the first report by the University of Chicago, he decided to do a further excavation and recognized the possibility that the rocks and slabs were prehistoric. The following year, he began excavating there in collaboration with the Şanlıurfa Museum, and soon unearthed the first of the huge T-shaped pillars.
“The massive carved stones, about 11,000 years old, were crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery.”
The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. It is considered to be the site of the world's oldest temple and contains the same geometry as is found in crop circles!
Rather like Avebury, many of the stones were taken away by the locals for building material. It was an agricultural area.
“For the old Kurdish shepherd, it was just another burning hot day in the rolling plains of eastern Turkey. Following his flock over the arid hillsides, he passed the single mulberry tree, which the locals regarded as 'sacred'. The bells on his sheep tinkled in the stillness. Then he spotted something. Crouching down, he brushed away the dust, and exposed a strange, large, oblong stone.
“The man looked left and right: there were similar stone rectangles, peeping from the sands. Calling his dog to heel, the shepherd resolved to inform someone of his finds when he got back to the village. Maybe the stones were important.
“They certainly were important. The solitary Kurdish man, on that summer's day in 1994, had made the greatest archaeological discovery in 50 years. Others would say he'd made the greatest archaeological discovery ever: a site that has revolutionised the way we look at human history, the origin of religion - and perhaps even the truth behind the Garden of Eden.
“The site has been described as 'extraordinary' and 'the most important' site in the world.”
“A few weeks after his discovery, news of the shepherd's find reached museum curators in the ancient city of Sanliurfa, ten miles south-west of the stones”.
“The age of the temple predates the Pyramids, Avebury, Stonehenge and other early sacred sites by many thousand years, taking us back to a time before man became settlers.
Tom Cox also suggests that “…at the date in history when the temple was constructed, that the surrounding area was a verdant place with trees, shrubs and rivers.”
Who were these immensely skilled people and when and to where did they disappear? Could there have been an earlier as yet unidentified civilisation?
Herdman Healing Sanctuary
I am going to tell you about a wonderful healing centre not far from where I live. It is run by two people who have long had a dream. For Martin and Libby Herdman (old friends of mine) who had moved out of London to the country and after settling in, started to work on their dream. Not knowing quite how it would turn out, it seemed as though their dream was developing of its own accord. Last summer Martin and his brother set about building an octagon structure to be used for healing work, but somehow the powers that be decided that their original plans should grow into a magnificent 16 sided (hexadecagon) building. Between the two of them the building gradually came into being. An electrician, to install the necessary electric power, was their only outside help.
I visited the now completed sanctuary a few weeks ago. Sadly Libby was in London. I was aware they had been working on a building, but I could not believe my eyes when I saw the amazing construction and learnt of all the hard work involved. It is on a slight upward slope and Martin took me up and opened the door. Stepping inside was like stepping into another world. A world of serenity. I was enveloped in a warm feeling of awe, well-being, peace and security, rather like entering a church. ‘It is a Temple’ I said. ‘O, we didn’t quite know what to call it’, said Martin.
They are both fully trained, and together with Shamanic Healing and Reiki, they offer yoga and healing, yoga, Meditation Sound Healing, and gong baths etc.
I can strongly recommend you visit the Herdman Healing Sanctuary. It is run by two special people.
Despite cold frosty and sometimes foggy mornings, spring seems to have been knocking at the door. For the last ten days, the sun has been shining for a few hours almost every day. Snowdrops and crocuses have arrived.
Early one morning, I got up to see the most spectacular sunrise. There is an old saying “Red Sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning.” This time it was wrong, as within a few minutes it had faded, and we had a gloriously sunny, but freezingly cold, day!
Sunrise in Hampshire
The birds have also recognised the change and are singing different songs, as they dust off their vocal chords in preparation for their full orchestral chorus in the months to come.
I have two bird feeders containing sunflower hearts, and from my kitchen window I have a grandstand seat. I have my camera at the ready, but as most of them - apart from the gold finches who love to pose - dart in and out so fast, it is really difficult to capture one in focus. They all have their own personalities and it is surprising how fierce some of the robins and blue tits can be. They are the bossiest birds scaring away the finches, nuthatches and blackcaps. There is a definite pecking order between the species and indeed between the very members of each species.
I send you a selection of pictures I have taken, including an out of focus image of a bullfinch. I am determined to get a picture of one in focus eventually! I have a pair of them; the female is very dowdy in comparison to the male. Robins find it hard to purchase on the feeder, but are training themselves to cling on. I also have a pair of nuthatches and a family of eight goldfinches made up of several different generations.
I came across a fascinating story just recently about the unlikely alliance between two totally different species. The wildlife film shows the plover (cyknie bird) protecting her nest of eggs when a monitor lizard - famous for its love of eggs - appears and starts creeping towards the little bird’s nest of eggs. Raising an alarm call, the bird dances around wildly trying to divert the lizard, then suddenly the crocodile, having heard the bird’s distress calls, comes to her rescue, driving the monitor lizard away. Is there a reason for this strange friendship between two of the most unlikely creatures? It appears there is - it seems that the little plover performs an invaluable service to the crocodile by giving the crocodile a thorough tooth flossing. The crocodile opens its mouth and the plover diligently picks the bits of meat from between the crocodile's teeth and generally cleans all its teeth on a regular basis.
The bird is sometimes referred to as the ‘crocodile bird’ for its symbiotic relationship with crocodiles. According to Herodotus, the crocodiles lie on the shore with their mouths open and a bird called 'trochilus' flies into the crocodiles' mouths so as to feed on decaying meat lodged between the crocodiles' teeth.
On the other hand, even stranger and more amazing is the way the bird reciprocates, and there is a film of first one and then two birds defending a nest of crocodile eggs. This film shows a nest of crocodile eggs and a monitor lizard - one of the fiercest and ruthless of all the lizard family - coming out of the bushes and creeping stealthily towards the nest, when all of a sudden the Egyptian plover (cyknie bird) appears and darts forward with outstretched wings, to attack the monitor lizard. So fierce is her attack and so determined is it that the lizard is stopped in its tracks. However, he clearly weighs up the situation, and size of the plover, and creeps forward once again, when suddenly a backup in the form of another cyknie appears and between the two of the them - not even afraid of tweaking the monitor’s tail - they drive the fierce monitor away, thereby protecting and saving the crocodiles eggs. They are enormously courageous little birds.
The Cambridge English dictionary tells us the Symbiosis is:
A relationship between two types of animal or plant in which each provides for the other.
The conditions necessary for its continued existence.
A relationship between people or organizations that depend on each other. Siamese twins would be an obvious example.
As I write to you, it is impossible to ignore the devastating news about the huge earthquake in Turkey that has already killed over 20,000 people and is growing, with many more injured - leaving children as orphans, families, missing loved ones, and many more, homeless. And at this time of year, people are digging with their bare hands in freezing weather trying to locate survivors. A gigantic and indescribable disaster of huge proportions. Lying on one of the most seismically active areas of the world - the Anatolian fault system - its vulnerability is ever present.
Major fault lines
Turkey’s two main fault zones - the East Anatolian and the North Anatolian - is one of the world’s most seismically active areas.
With these and other happenings in different parts of the world, I am reminded how incredibly fortunate we are living away from these areas; living in countries with temperate climes; including free speech and freedom of movement.
Climate change is here for good and we should pay attention and play our part in a positive, constructive manner. Sometimes we take our good fortune for granted, and we are reminded that this is something we should never do.
Please remember to check your diaries as crop circle tour bookings are already coming in. The days and evenings are getting lighter and my heart fills with joy and optimism.
As always I have great pleasure sending you Pam Gregory’s latest reading.
I wish you a wonderfully happy, peaceful, healthy and fulfilling New Year 2023.
This past year, 2022, has really been largely dominated and overshadowed by the Russian dictator Putin’s attack on Ukraine in a 'military exercise' that was to only last a few days! Little did he expect the valiant resistance that followed his invasion. The ensuing result of this conflict has had a worldwide effect, with trade links cut, food and other shortages, and astronomical price rises. This part of the world - Central and Eastern Europe - has been in constant turmoil going back centuries. So I decided to investigate more fully to try and make sense of what has happened and found myself exploring an ever changing and troubled region of the world.
We are told that 'The history of Kyiv, also spelled Kiev, officially begins with its founding in 482, but the city may date back at least 2,000 years. Archaeology dates the site of the oldest known settlement in the area to 25,000 years BC. Kyiv was the historical capital of medieval Kievan Rus' from 879 to 1240, and is now the largest city and the capital of Ukraine.'
I also came across an excellent article in the Spectator written by Norman Davies who has helped clear up many of the questions I have been asking regarding present day Ukrainian’s determination to retain their own individuality and identity as a country, as opposed to being engulfed by their eastern neighbour Russia. In order to remain separate, the spirit and determination they have displayed, has been truly remarkable. Despite superior numbers of manpower - and watching their homes crumbling around them as they fall beneath the intense shelling of Russian missiles - their spirit remains unbroken. Classical, elegant, ancient buildings, once standing proud over city squares and elsewhere, now lie in rubble and dust. A cultured civilisation shattered on the surface but belying a steely inner fighting spirit. An enactment of the David and Goliath story.
He tells us that: “Since the outbreak of war in February 2022 there has been an overwhelming focus on the historical links between Russia and Ukraine, partly to counter Putin’s grand assertions that Kyiv belongs to Moscow. But this spotlight on Russia has meant the important history of Poland and Ukraine has been fatally overlooked.
Ukraine was part of the Polish state for longer than it was inside Russia – and this is key to understanding why Ukrainians are different from Russians. In other words, it is impossible to comprehend Ukraine’s history without examining the impact of both Poland and Russia.”
So what is the history behind all this? Far from being 'an upstart' country, Ukraine had a long and important role to play in this arena. I urge you to read the above article.
So what is my feeling about this? In a way I believe that, quite remarkably and unexpectedly, sometimes amazingly wonderful happenings or results may come out of what may seem a hopeless situation, rather like the legend of the phoenix rising from the ashes; symbolising immortality, resurrection and life after death, and in ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology it is associated with the sun god. According to the Greeks, the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well.
Thinking of birds, my elder son who lives in Sydney told me a lovely story this morning. Sloane has an extraordinary wonderful affinity, understanding and love of birds and one time when he was very small, he was on a river bank and on spotting a pen with her cygnets, went straight up to them, sat down beside her and one by one put her cygnets on to his lap. And there sat Sloane, the pen and her cygnets all quite happily together for some considerable time.
The story he told me this morning:
“Lockdown took us all by surprise. Our concept of freedom and space changed, and we all had to make the best of the new limitations imposed on us.
I live in Sydney very close to both the ocean and inner harbour. Coastal walks and the water itself are a significant part of my day-to-day life, so when we went into lockdown, I had to find other things to do.
I have always had a keen love of nature, and Australian animals are inherently wild, very wild, and for those that have reared a Kookaburra, Magpie (the Australian Magpie is very different from the European and American variety, and more like the crow) or Rainbow Lorikeet will know the immense joy and wonder that comes with it. They are all very playful and rather naughty!
The tables were turned and now nature was free from our interference, and we were restricted to the spaces within our own homes.
The birds in particular realised this too and came in for a closer look at the humans within!
Living on my own, I was thrilled to have any company available, and after a little Google research, established what was best to feed the birds, and like us, not everything they like is good for them!
I dug up bugs and ordered in mealworms for the Magpies and sunflower seeds and apples for the Rainbow Lorikeets.
My flat has mosquito nets on all the windows, and not all accessible, so my kitchen window seemed the best option, especially as it is often where I sit and eat, and so we could all eat together.
I soon realised that birds have no etiquette or table manners and my kitchen soon filled up with escaping Mealworms, and the fine shelled skins from the sunflower seeds, and with regularity, everything getting scattered everywhere when there was a punch up between the birds, something I later managed by creating dividers for the birds.
I decided to build a makeshift bird table for my windowsill in order to contain the food and limit how far the birds came into the kitchen, with some success.
The latter didn’t always work, and I would often find birds of all descriptions in my kitchen looking outside of the box so to speak!
There is a special feeling when a wild animal shows trust. It takes patience and time.
Since lockdown has finished, the birds still visit, and at this time of year they are well into their 2nd batch of fledglings, so the bird table is busy.
Amongst many, I currently have one family of Lorikeets who introduced me to their two youngsters, and feed from time to time at my kitchen window.
Along with the more glamorous parrots, we have two breeding pairs of pigeons, generally not the most popular of birds and I’m somewhat frowned upon for feeding them, but they hoover up all that’s left behind by the other birds so serve me well and illustrate that there is balance in nature.
I had one of my regular pigeons arrive on my windowsill the other day with both his feet tangled in the fine cotton thread. She found it hard to walk, and I could see it was very tight on several of her toes. I knew it could only get worse and possibly lose her toes.
I caught her with ease and albeit she struggled initially, after a while I think she realised what was going on and calmed down. I noticed how soft and pink her feet were, and clean too and I guess this comes from living a rural life.
After about 20 minutes with only one hand to do the snipping, cutting and untangling, it was done and I let her go, and she flew a full circle in the sky and came back through my window into my kitchen landing on my hand.
As I write this, I’m looking out of my other window where I have my office (the same side as my kitchen window) and there is a large Gum tree, and I can see the birds preening and winding down for the day.
Soon the Magpie will sing and lastly the Kookaburra will say goodnight, I have a family of nine.”
As usual, I attach Pam Gregory’s latest findings. I think you will find them encouraging.
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