Aura Measurements of Crop Seeds – Correlation with Near-Infra-Red Spectral Analysis

by Jim Lyons


During the last decade, considerable effort has been devoted to the study of the Crop Circle Phenomenon. Despite the enormous hype and hoaxing associated with the topic, each year yields still more formations and the arguments continue over the origins of their creation. Clearly the formation pattern provides the dominant information, much of it being well described in terms of Sacred Geometry. However, there has also been a lot of interest shown in the effect of the earth energy source on the crops themselves. Can changes in the seed structure and/or properties be detected? The answer is very definitely-Yes. Laboratory tests both in the UK and the USA have shown significant seed changes. In the UK, the author promoted the use of nitrate testing as a means of determining the level of energy density absorbed by the crop. These show there are dramatic variations between samples taken from various parts of the formation, since it is known that the energy density throughout the formation is far from uniform. It nevertheless follows a well defined structure depending on the shape of the formation.

Aura Measurements

Since the early days of crop circle investigations, dowsing has been used to investigate the earth energy patterns of the formations, in much the same way that the basic energy lines and spider`s web patterns of stone circles are studied. In 1993, the author suggested using dowsing not only for energy line investigation but also for determining the `health` of the seeds themselves.

Much like health dowsing, a key measurement is determining the size of the aura shell around the seed in a similar way to that in which the human aura is recorded. Since both are biological, they have the ability to absorb the ambient Subtle Energy and this is reflected in the varying Aura sizes throughout the formation.

An analysis of the biophysics involved shows that fortuitously, the density of energy absorbed by a seed is directly proportional to the radius of the first dowsable ring around the seed. It means that, should it be desirable or necessary, the energy level absorbed can be defined in terms well known to mainstream science. The measure of joule per cubic metre is a well known energy unit and can be used in crop circle seed analysis.

The initial aura field tests showed remarkable consistency between formations and repeatable results over genuine formations. Needless to say, man-made formations gave readings identical with those taken from control samples. For a simple circle, not surprisingly the aura measure was largest for seed samples at the centre of the formation and this dropped in a marquee roof shape pattern- in fact a hyperbolic shape, towards the edge of the formation. It then dropped dramatically immediately outside the formation to the control level found throughout the field. Nearly ten seasons of analysis have shown that the control level is around 3ft at the beginning of the season rising to around maybe 4-5ft. during the season due to crop growth and absorption generally of ambient subtle energies. The results from samples from the centre of formations can reach dramatic values. A modest energy level can give rise to an aura of say 15-20ft. but there have been some remarkably energetic formations where it is difficult to even keep the rods in one`s hands. My personal record for aura size was for samples from the centre of the Stonehenge Julia Set formation in the mid 1990s. I recall leaving the samples in the house and walking up the street for a distance of nearly 45 yards before detecting the first aura dowsable ring!

The EEG`s emerging interest in Crop Formations led to Tony Hathway initiating Crop Circle weekends which have proved to be enormously popular with members. One of the tests recommended for analysing a formation is to use the Aura test. Over a period of three seasons and many formations and dowsers, Tony reports that a global figure for differences between control samples and random samples taken from within a variety of formations yields a ratio variation of 4:1. This for any experimental situation is highly significant and particularly rewarding for the dowsing fraternity.

These easily achieved results still leave us however with one thought. How, if at all, do the dowsing results compare with more conventional laboratory seed tests? Analysing seeds in a commercial laboratory may take up to a fortnight in the UK and can be up to a year using the US tests. An adequate number of samples for a given formation means that it could cost around £100 to undertake an investigation on just one formation. If, however, aura dowsing results correlate well with laboratory seed tests, then using the former test not only dramatically saves money, it also yields significant confidence in the analysis of the formation since literally thousands of individual aura measurements can be taken, limited only by the tenacity of the dowser and his/her enthusiasm for processing the results!

Near Infra Red Testing

A potential cheaper alternative to using standard laboratory seed analysis has been developed during the last ten years or so. It is now with maturity rapidly becoming a standard analysis technique of the farming community. It is based on the principle of using Infra Red energy at the lower edge of the IR spectrum, around 7-11 microns, for determining the absorption level of incident energy. Many studies over several years have established criteria for assessing the quality of the seed from a nutritional viewpoint as a function of the spectral reflectance properties of the samples. It has mow become the standard technique for measuring crop quality and determining its commercial value. It is not only used for seed analysis but one interesting application is assessing grape alcohol content in vineyards. To date the use of NIR techniques has been limited to well equipped laboratories but now with further development, the technology is potentially available to farmers for use in situ in their fields by simply plugging in to their battery power supplies on their tractors. It is primarily this new commercial development that prompted the author to pursue the application of NIR techniques to crop formation analysis.

A new portable NIR analyser has recently become available on the market. It is of Australian design and manufacture and details can be found on It was discovered that a UK firm has recently taken up the marketing license for this equipment in the UK and Europe. On approaching the company about the possible use of their equipment for some trial work, they agreed to undertake the tests described here. Although it was originally thought that, should it be suitable for the job, the equipment could be of immediate use for field work, it turns out that the price is generally still too high for the DIY researchers. Current costs are in the region of £10k!

Trial Results

The trial formation occurred in Wiltshire in July 2002. It was also the basis for a number of other experiments involving quite distinct equipment ranging from brain wave measurements, Kirlian photography and acoustic tests. Three sets of samples were taken from the field. In addition to a control set taken from the edge of the field, the formation samples consisted of one set from the formation centre and a third set from a spot that had generated anomalous electro magnetic results (hot spot) as determined from an general wide band EM meter. The samples were collected in normal sample bags as regularly used by laboratories and submitted to the UK distributor. In parallel with these laboratory tests, the author undertook aura measurements on specimens retained from each sample batch. The equipment measures not only the spectral response of the seeds but also their moisture and protein content (the usual quality assessment parameter).

Aura (inches)3559106
Reflectance %7.5856.5875.638
Moisture %242116
Protein %8910

Table 1 above indicates the trial results.

The overall spectral results are seen in Fig.1.

These show that generally the seeds reflect the longer wavelength apart from a resonance peak at around 989 nano-metres at which the reflectance results above are measured. The samples from the centre absorb most of the ambient field as would be expected. Clearly the control samples absorb the least. There is however a distinct difference in all the three samples. It is now possible to plot these seed results against the independent aura dowsing measurements.

Fig. 2 shows the aura variation with moisture content and shows that the drier seeds, corresponding to those having absorbed most energy, demonstrate the greater aura measurement.

Fig. 3 shows the higher protein content correlates with the greater aura range.

Finally Fig. 4 shows clearly the increasing aura with greater seed energy absorption, i.e less reflectance.
These results are entirely consistent with expectations.

However, there is clearly insufficient by way of results to draw any general conclusions. Suffice it to say that the experiment has proved rewarding despite the limited database. Given the opportunity, it is considered worthwhile repeating similar experiments on a wider scale to determine if the results in general are robust. The comforting conclusions for Dowsers is that the Aura Test appears still to be a quick, simple and reliable means of measuring both the level and distribution of Subtle Energy recorded by the crop seeds and thereby validating the genuineness of the formation.

© 2003 J W Lyons & BSD EEG