With the new season almost upon us now I am wondering if the proximity trend from previous years will continue.
I had been helping the farmer at 'The Rose', Broad Hinton for ten days doing CGI when I had a knock on the MIU (Mobile Information Unit) door at 0730hrs on the 25th July. I was told a new CC was pretty much right in front of where I had been parked. As you can imagine I was almost speechless...which is most unusual for me! That night, as usual, I had to get up and go outside to answer 'a call of nature'... early morning actually, not sure exact time but I was not aware of any unusual activity, lights or noises on or near that hill. If there had been any flashlights on that hill I would most probably have seen them as I always have a look around. The moon was in it’s 1st quarter or at 10days and clear so there was some light. As you can see from the photos I had a clear line of sight from where I was to the position of the new 'Eagle' CC on the very top of the hill.
Bottom line here is that the Cropcirclemakers had the whole of Wiltshire, indeed the UK (or world) to do what they did and chose, for whatever reason to do it right in front of where I was staying! You could be forgiven for thinking that in a way they approved of what CGI were doing and offered a little encouragement at a time when 'The Rose' was getting a bit tired, very close to its end-date and visitors becoming far far less. Certainly that was a fateful moment as this was THE seminal point at which farmer and CGI bonded a commitment to the future and set the precedent. I remember the farmer's reponse when asked..."Shall we repeat what we've done at 'The Rose'?...and he agreed!! "We've got to go for it really haven't we". Yesss!!! We went on to raise over £6000 which will turn out to be a turning point in CC PR history.
I've seen enough of what the utterly mysterious Circlemakers are capable of doing to understand that all their work is quite deliberate, conscious and calculated. It was almost like this had been mapped out beforehand knowing what the probable outcome was going to be. For me personally, to feel that you have been monitored, concidered and actioned into something that wasn't necessarily a forgone conclusion beforehand, is quite shocking emotionally. Of course, one could say the whole event may have just been a coincidence, circumstancial or something random, which may well be the case but it really got me thinking...and still does!
Nothing would surprise me anymore within the wonderful world of Cropcircles.
This is not the first time such 'convenience' has ocurred. In 2014, I with CGI were helping a farmer with a CC down in Dorset at Shapwick near Badbury Rings, well away from the usual areas in Wiltshire. At this time all was unusually tense with the general farmer situation and an attempted controversial 'access' scheme. I had been at Shapwick for 12 days and donations were at £2400. On the 29th June information came through there was a new CC at Sixpenny Handley again in Dorset about half an hour away. This may sound a distance but when you consider there was very little CC activity in the usual Wiltshire locations that year and this area was not used to having them, to have two relatively close, both as it turned out, with friendly farmers, it seemed convenient. It was almost as if the Circlemakers were shying away from the tension and manoeuvering in Wiltshire.
Shapwick CC near Badbury Rings CC. Copyright Paul Jacobs 2014
The timing was perfect as we had done a good job at Shapwick, nearly time to leave and the farmer was getting ready to harvest the barley which is always before the wheat. We immediately drove up to meet the farmer at Sixpenny after a good reference from our existing farmer who just happened to know him personally. This CC was on the Lord Shaftsbury Estate, somewhere you are just NOT going to engage with unless endorsed internally. It was agreed and we installed the following day and spent nearly three weeks there successfully collecting £1400 for local charities. Again it seemed like the Circlemakers knew exactly where we were, what we were doing and the probable outcome. Thinking on this possibility is truely mind-boggling.
Sixpenny Handley CC 2014 Many thanks MrGiro for photo. That's not the end of the story though! The year before that, in 2013 CGI had secured management of a CC opposite Silbury Hill.
Silbury Hill CC 2013 with the Celtic Ogham encoded message...'ARISE'. Many thanks CCC for Photo.
We had collected nearly £800 when another CC alert came through on 15 July; there was a new CC on Hackpen Hill near Broad Hinton. I knew the farmer and he agreed to CGI services so we re-located immediately. The 'Dream-Catcher' CC as it was to be known was popular and donations were generous. But on the 13th August another (necknace shaped) CC occured immediately in front of my camp place that was later to have a phase two addition infilling its central area. (This infilling however happened a little after I had left the location to go home immediatley before harvest!) So CGI now had two CCs to manage, both less than a 100 metres in distance from our MIU!
Hackpen Hill 20113 Many thanks CCC for photo.
My honest gut feeling with all this is that the Circlemakers are monitoring CGI progress, approve and are encouraging by facilitating convenient opportunities for us to continue. I am well aware this notion sounds outrageous but if you come from a position that accepts their capabilities are beyond remarkable as I have to do, as is evident in the CCs generally, then it would be well within their capability I imagine, to 'manage' us as described. Throughout the preceeding three years of political turbulance in the CC world (regards contriversial 'access' scheme) I always had a positive feeling and events always seem to roll in our (CGI) favour. A higher order of intelligence I imagine would favour a charity initiative over something politically motivated, controlling, ego-led or commercial any day as it's just far more humane and in line with their signals symbols of PEACE.
Harvest of' The Necklace' CC together with its Phase 2 infill.
Of course, this could just be my imagination completely running away with me and I am always mindful of the tendancy for people to seek out 'specialness' for themselves but there really does seem to be a pattern emerging here, a clear trend of recurring events over time. What do you think? Definately food for thought!