With the ghostly shadows of last season’s two circles still in the field, a new circle was found at Etchilhampton on 8 August.
At first glance the formation is a simple ringed circle, but closer inspection shows a complex floor lay reminiscent of those found in the same location, Hackpen Hill, Fox Hill and Cherington in the past three years. The centre also features a unicursal hexagram, a symbol with links to Alesteir Crowley’s Thelema mysticism.
This circle seems to have provoked some curious reactions – – – or lack of. The farmer has kindly appealed to circle makers, both human or extraterrestrial, to not target other fields under his care. More notably, we were all warned on the eve of the season that circles at Etchilhampton will undoubtedly be hoaxes, the Crop Circle Connector carrying the first images. Curiously, the source of these rumours hasn’t been jumping up and down, possibly because the initial photographs came from a different avenue. Make of that what you will.
Top photograph by Steve Alexander / Temporary Temples.