by Susan Collins and Harrison Dahme
Wiltshire, in southern England,
is well known as the location of many ancient, Neolithic sites. Stonehenge
is found here, as is Avebury, a large circle and alignment of stones,
and countless Neolithic hill forts and burial mounds. More modern sites
(eighteenth century) include the large white horses carved into hillsides
and visible from the motorways. Wiltshire is also one of the best places
to find the most recent earth-based, large scale phenomena: crop circles.
On a recent trip to England, my husband, Harry, and two children, Harrison and Jocelyn, stayed in the heart of Wiltshire in order to explore the ancient sites. We spent a morning at Avebury, an afternoon at Silbury Hill and an evening in the inner ring of Stonehenge. To finish our tour, we decided to climb a hill just south of Avebury to get a closer look at one of the white horses. Jocelyn and Harry were the first to climb high enough to see the crop circle laid out in the field below the horse, but it was Harrison and I who decided to actually go into it.
Harrison picks up the story from here: The circle looked like a giant Star of David, with petal-like formations on the outer edge, and a circle in the centre. It measured about 30 meters across.
In the distance, we could make out
another circle that appeared to have the same design as the one below
us, and Harry said he could make out a third circle in the distance. Close
to the first circle, was another, smaller crop design about 5 meters in
diameter. It looked like a child’s drawing of
a sun with rays. We couldn’t see a path leading to the smaller circle,
but there was a narrow path in, and a similar path leading out, of the
large circle. It appeared that one or two people had visited the circle
So there we were scrambling down the hill, the chalk horse forgotten. We hiked around the edge of the field looking for a gap in the barbed wire fence, but found none. We gingerly jumped the fence meant as a barrier to keep the likes of us out, and walked to the centre of the field using the tractor paths where the circle was located, being careful not to disturb either the wheat or the circle itself.
When we were near enough to the circle we noticed that the design had been formed by the stalks of wheat being bent over at two angles (flat and halfway), causing the colour variation.
I felt the energy in the circle with
my hands. It was very still… Outside the circle, a meter away, it was
easy to feel the life energy radiating from the wheat. It was not the
absence of life that bothered me in the circle but the absence of anything…
Susan finishes the tale: I measured the energy of the
circle with my pendulum. Throughout our visit to Wiltshire and the ancient
sites, the pendulum had been very active, swinging clockwise and counter
clockwise and giving me very high energy readings. It was dead still when
I held it inside the circle, but returned to normal when I turned slightly
and held it over the undisturbed crop. As well, there seemed to be a distinct
difference in air pressure in the circle, and we joked that it was like
being in the “Cone of Silence” from the old Get Smart TV show.
I wanted to go further into the circle, but dowsed that we shouldn’t. I suspect that if we had gone further in, or stayed in its energy for more than a few minutes, that we would have experienced an energy drain. And of course we knew we should leave it undisturbed for those who would come after.
By the time we’d finished with the circle the sun had set, and as we hiked across the field towards the car in the growing darkness, I couldn’t help scanning the sky for signs of … who knows what. In the end, we chose not to attempt any further adventure that night, but we are left, still, with the questions: Who? How? Why?
© 2003 Susan Collins/Harrison Dahme & BSD EEG