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Sacred Geometry and the August 12th Crop Circle in England


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  • August 12 crop circle
    Photo Credit: Jane Barford, 2016
  • flower of life drawing
    Photo Credit: accessed August 18th, 2016
  • wide view of fields
    Photo Credit: Tom Keegan, 2016
  • Crop Circle detail view
    Photo Credit: Frank Laumen, 2016
  • Crop Circle detail view
    Photo Credit: Jane Barford, 2016

Amanda Langis, Gallery Assistant | August 19, 2016

On August 12th, 2016, a wonderfully designed crop circle was reported appearing overnight in a wheat field in the village of Ansty in southwest Wiltshire, England. Featured in this crop circle, that is over 100 meters in diameter (330 feet wide), are several circles and arches depicting a type of design known as Sacred Geometry or Divine Proportion.

Sacred Geometry is a term related to specific geometric proportions and shapes that have symbolic meanings associated to them. It is based on the study of nature and the mathematical principles that occur. This type of geometry can be located in the natural world in shells, apples, and plants as well as in man-made creations spanning many years and civilizations such as stained-glass windows, the Pyramids of Giza, and other architectural features across many cultures.

An example of Sacred Geometry is the “Flower of Life” mandala also known as the “Squaring of the Circle.” The “Flower of Life” mandala is identified as an overlapping circles grid composition of multiple evenly-spaced circles of equal radii arranged in a flower-like pattern with six-fold symmetry like a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter in two-dimension space. This is symbolic for the observation of universal creation. It is a centre feature of the August 12th crop circle design which covers two acres of land. In this crop circle, 19 circles were used that has 36 overlapping arches. This pattern can be drawn with a set of compasses and a pen by creating multiple series of interlinking circles of the same diameter touching the previous circle's center. The second circle is centered at any point on the first circle. All following circles are drawn on the intersection of two other circles.

Two books about sacred geometry are available on the main floor at the Queen’s Square branch of Idea Exchange called “Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice” by Robert Lawlor and “Divine Proportion: Φ PHI in Art, Nature, and Science” by Priya Hemenway.

If you happen to be in the Wiltshire area, which is 19 miles away from Stonehenge, Ansty PYO and Farm Shop will be allowing access to the crop circle on Tuesdays to Saturdays 9:30am – 5:30pm and Sundays to Mondays 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission including a beverage is £5 to recoup the cost of lost wheat with the rest of the funds raised being donated to two charities. 

This fantastic and mysterious work of art challenges our perception of our daily life and can inspire us to reach out to new and extraordinary endeavors.