One of the first formations to appear during the 1997 crop circle season appeared near to the ancient Barbury Castle hillfort, just north of Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Resembling the Tree of Life symbol, some people have seen it as a significant formation demonstrating intelligence in it's creation. When I first saw an aerial shot of the formation I was sceptical as to its origins because of the perfect alignment of it's circles with the tramlines in the field (see fig.1)
At this point, I should perhaps divert to give some background to the Tree of Life, in itself a vast and often misunderstood subject - and one which I believe has special significance to current crop circle research.
Either way, it's origins seem to stem from Jewish tradition and form the basis of a mystery school called the Qabalah (or Cabala in Christian tradition).
Significance after all...
There is More!
I think this formation serves as a reminder to all circles researchers to look within and to the invisible universe, rather than the physical 'corn in the field' universe.
The Qabalah is a complex, yet simple philosophy. It is positive-negative, man- woman, a balance between inner feelings and outer experiences and the realisation that seemingly complex problems often have simple solutions.
It is a tree spreading it's branches throughout all of creation, yet reconciles all diversity in unity. Although it has many branches, it is all a connected whole. Some would argue that it is a classification of everything - nothing exists which cannot be placed in one or other of it's ten Sephiroth, or spheres.
A Higher Meaning
Although it would probably take an entire book to describe the Tree of Life in full (I hope to include further thoughts in future issues) it basically consists of four worlds;
Atziluth, represented by fire and creative energy.
Each of the twenty two connecting paths in the Tree of Life also holds special meaning and holds a unique relationship with the rest of the tree.
You will find that throughout history, people have associated many philosophies and teachings with that of the Qabalah. Tarot cards can be used to go on a spiritual journey as far or as deep as needed and much significance and meaning is derived from the Tree of Life.
Western tradition is based upon theory, proven by tests and then accumulated into statistical data, whereas Eastern tradition teaches that nothing is accepted unless it is experienced as a personal truth. This is very true of crop circles where personal experience is very much an essence of our individual paths.
People practising Laya yoga will also be aware of the powerful Kundalini force spiralling its way through the chakras. This energy is described as a coiled up snake lying dormant in the base chakra.
The action of this energy is also known as the Caduceus and is shown as a double-helix snake twisting itself around the Tree of Life.
I mentioned earlier that the Tree of Life encompasses a good, or positive world. It also has an evil or negative side to it. All humans possess these positives and negatives. It is important to recognise the dark side within. Only then can one choose to live in the light where ignorance is no excuse. Only by experiencing evil can we marvel at the wonder of what is good.
The Gateway to Beyond
By being aware of the power within we have the power to change our external environment. How often have you heard the phrase "you create your own reality". This is explained in more depth in my article, "From Science to Spirituality" (also in this issue), but essentially means that the mind is a very powerful instrument.
From a more scientific perspective, the various regions of the Tree of Life also correspond to different brainwave patterns; Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. This is a topic of ongoing research, so will be covered in future issues.
Learning our Lessons
The Qabalah can help people express true feelings and thoughts to enhance relationships with others. This lesson teaches us to be honest with one another and to respect that each of us have our own views and theories as to the crop circle mystery. Each opinion is as good and valid as any other and we should respect this.
The Qabalah also assists with the realisation that bizarre behaviour in others is not necessarily bad. This lesson teaches us that hoaxers and meddlers also have an important role to play in the subject. Let not us judge others, should they judge us.
The Qabalah demonstrates the discovery that a balance between feminine and masculine creates harmony and peace. This lesson teaches us to keep things in perspective and to allow both sides of our consciousness to function equally.
The Qabalah can show the realisation that apparently complex problems often have simple solutions. This lesson teaches us to look at things in new and different ways. Often the solution is staring us in the face, but we are too busy searching for an answer to actually spot the answer.
The Qabalah teaches the knowledge that each individual has a unique purpose to fulfil in the universe during this lifetime. This lesson teaches us that every single person holds a unique piece of the cosmic jigsaw and even if a single piece is missing, the picture is not complete. Each individual person is no more and no less important than the next person.
The Path of Life
I think this formation is significant, not because of it's quality, or even authenticity, but because of the many messages and lessons it can teach us. It has highlighted the Tree of Life, which many people may not have experienced before.
Who's Right? Who's Wrong?
I think this formation should serve as a balance between scientific and spiritual, ego and ordinary, love and fear. It's also interesting to note that it has arrived in 1997. Seven years after a lot of people had their first awakening or awareness of the changes on the planet.
Qabalah; A beginner's guide, by Kate Rheeders.
The Book of Thoth, by Aleister Crowley,
The Paranormal; An Illustrated Encyclopedia, by Stuart Gordon.
The Magical Arts, by Richard Cavendish.
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