Sacred Symbols of Initiation, and the Solstice

Celtic Woman

MANY witnesses believe that crop circle formations are a modern spiritual mythology, embedding symbol-encoded occult messages.

These living symbols appear mysteriously every summer in the fields of Wiltshire, UK and elsewhere, an enigmatic presence open to many interpretations.

Some observers maintain that the symbolic formations are ‘mandalas of hope’ for our troubled world, as Theosophical writer David Pratt concludes in his article “Crop Circles and their Message.”

“The basic element of crop glyphs is the circle,” Pratt believes , symbolize “unity, boundless space, and the universal creative spirit or godforce. Crop circles with rings and satellites

sometimes resemble diagrams of the chemical elements, with their orbiting electrons.”

The “Boundless Circle”

“Tacitly admitting the All-Presence of the boundless Circle,” H. P. Blavatsky explains in The Secret Doctrine, makes of it “the universal Postulate upon which the whole of the manifested universe is based.” 

“Although revolution and change often appear to be precipitated by things that happen to us from without,” theosophical astroblogger Lauren Coleman writes: “this process of revolution is also dependent on an inner evolution, an unfolding from within.”

Sacred Geometry

“Heralding the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year,” writes astrologer Elaine Kalantarian, “the June solstice was called Midsummer by the Celts.”

Many people believe that the summer crop circles in Wiltshire UK carry a symbolically encoded message. (Click here, or on the photo below to view the latest circles.)


Symbology experts such as researcher Freddy Silva, imagine that the enigmatic designs in growing fields are sacred geometry, and may represent ‘mandalas of hope’ for our troubled world. 

Theosophical scholar, David Pratt, thinks so. In his engaging article “Crop Circles and their Message,” he theorizes: “The basic element of crop glyphs is the circle which can symbolize unity, boundless space, and the universal creative spirit or godforce.”

“Crop circles with rings and satellite circles sometimes resemble diagrams of the chemical elements, with their orbiting electrons.”

Circle Magic

“Tacitly admitting the All-Presence of the boundless Circle,” Blavatsky explains in The Secret Doctrine, and making it “the universal Postulate upon which the whole of the manifested universe is based:

“…the Sage keeps a reverential silence concerning that upon which no mortal men should dare to speculate.”


“Science has recently begun to prove what ancient myth and religion have always espoused,” writes Lynn Mctaggart in her ground-breaking book The Field, and admitting:

“…there may be such a thing
as a life force.”


Referring to this hidden life energy, H. P. Blavatsky named it “Fohat”— the Tibetan term for the conscious, energic or motion of the Supreme Spirit.

Blavatsky explained (SD 2:586), that when this force “crossed the Circle like two lines of flame, horizontally and vertically,” (notice the similarity of design in above crop formation photo), it symbolized that:

“…the hosts of the Blessed Ones have never failed to send their representatives upon the planets they are made to watch over from the beginning.”

What on Earth?

“I never set out to be a filmmaker,” admits Suzanne Taylor. “But the moment I first witnessed the awesome mystery and beauty of the crop circles, everything changed. Somehow, the circles and their secrets filled me with a sense of wonder, of joy—and of hope (for myself, for humanity, for our world.) Above all, I was filled with the desire to share this incredible experience. With everyone. Everywhere.”

Giant Mystery

Leaving little to the imagination, a huge Celtic cross 640 feet wide with spiral internals appeared on August 15, 2008, in an Etchilhampton Hill wheat field near Devizes, Wiltshire, UK:

Sacred Symbols

Basic crop-circle designs, such as concentric rings linked with lines, are common in megalithic art. For example the one found at Knowth, Ireland (below) estimated to be 5,000 years old, is thought to be possibly a sundial or lunar calendar:

From the Great Mound at Knowth

At the Summer Solstice a crop formation was discovered on Waden Hill, Wiltshire, UK June 21, 2003. The design appeared nearly identical to the sundial carved in the megalithic stone at Knowth – 10 centuries earlier!

The Sundial

Then, early in the 2007 season on April 15, a crop picture appeared at Oliver’s Castle (close to Roundway) in bright yellow rape plants (see below).

The formation was a large round “outer disc”, with seven curved “waves” passing through it, and also appeared to represent a sundial.

Two young adventurers determined to visit the formation close-up, saw for themselves that the heavy, brittle stalks of the rape plant had not been broken by human “planking” activity.

All the stems, they observed, were in fact gently bent, and the crop itself still living and growing — this is the unique and unhoaxable signature of genuine crop circle formations. (see photo of this phenom below)

Sacred Geometry

“Could this formation in fact be meant to represent a ‘megalithic sundial,’ like the kind that were built into stone at ancient sites in Ireland or England 5000 years ago?,” crop circle researcher Red Collie asks.

(See: Oliver’s Castle as a megalithic sundial and Geometric Analysis – Oliver’s Castle.)

Oliver’s Castle Formation

Many glyphs encode the squaring of the circle, signifying the fusion of spirit and matter, David Pratt points out. “Sacred geometry has taken on a key role in the increasingly complex crop glyphs that have appeared since the early 1990s.

Link to Glyph

Oliver’s Castle as a megalithic sundial

“I even found to my surprise that ‘waves’ similar to those shown at Oliver’s Castle,” Red Collie writes, “were seemingly carved at Newgrange into Kerbstone 52:

Ancient Sundial

“Civilisation has ever developed the physical and the intellectual at the cost of psychic and spiritual,” Blavatsky writes in Vol. II, p.319 of The Secret Doctrine.

” The command over and the guidance of ones own psychic nature, which foolish men now associate with supernatural” she says were:

“in the early humanity innate and congenital, and came to man as naturally as walking and thinking.”


Most notable at Newgrange, a huge neolithic passage-mound, are the engravings of infinite spirals.

What is demonstrated most clearly at this sacred site is the ancient builders’ ability to precisely measure the solar year.

“A small dagger of sunlight travels along the passage floor into the central chamber for exactly 17 minutes during the Winter Solstice.“

People gather at Newgrange at dawn on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive. Sunrise is at 8.58am.

Forgotten Race

The Newgrange song is performed by the all-female musical ensemble Celtic Woman, conceived and assembled by Sharon Browne,and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance.


There is a place on the east
Mysterious ring, a magical ring of stones
The druids lived here once, they said
Forgotten is the race that no one knows

The circled tomb of a different age
Secret lines carved on ancient stones

Celtic Woman

Heroic kings laid down to rest
Forgotten is the race that no one knows

Wait for the sun on a winter’s day
And a beam of light shines across the floor
Mysterious ring, a magical ring
Forgotten is the race that no one knows!


“If the arrangements of circles, rings, bars, avenues, claws, etc. found in the complex pictograms of the early 1990 crop formations represent a precise symbolic language, says David Pratt, yet no one has managed to decipher it.”


“Spiral evolution, it must be remembered, is dual,” Blavatsky writes in her article Isis Unveiled and the Vishishtadwaita, about the spiritual and metaphysical dynamics underpinning evolution:

“…the path of spirituality turns, corkscrew-like, within and around physical, semi-physical, and supra-physical evolution.”

Infinite Spirals

Since the late 1970s the number of crop formations have increased dramatically, especially in the southern English counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire, and the designs have become increasingly elaborate.

It is noteworthy, Pratt says, that “some of these crop designs also appear in ancient petroglyphs,” seen in the ancient Native American grouping of glyphs pictured below.

Native American Petroglyphs

The Sacred Sites

Stonehenge, Woodhenge, Avebury, Stanton Drew are part of a much vaster sacred complex than any one of them separately. Perhaps this ancient spiritual landscape is the underlying inspiration that drives each year the enigmatic creations of the mysterious Circle Makers.

A partial view of Salisbury Plain with Stonehenge in the distance, dwarfed by this magnificent crop formation in yellow flowered rape seed plants.

Overnight across from Stonehenge in oil seed rape, Wiltshire, UK, May 9, 2010.

“Footage of the second crop circle to appear in the UK,  located at Stonehenge in Wiltshire,” reports veteran crop circle photographer Steve Alexander. “The formation was found on the 9th May 2010 in oilseed rape.”

“The formation was 500ft approx in length, and seemed to have been there at least two days before I flew over it, as the crop had started to re-grow, and was not as sharp and defined as formations usually are early on.”

Circles at Stonehenge

Not Man-Made

“The Crop Circle near Stonehenge reported on May 9, 2010 is not man-made,” says crop circle authority and researcher Andrew Pyrka in his field report:

“It was Sunday 7th of July 1996 when the crop circle makers made a day light formation in the same field, almost 14 years ago!

“The makers have returned to this location once again by making a giant 500 foot (exactly in length) formation, lying close to the A303 [highway] but yet you wouldn’t know it’s there.”

“Directly opposite is Stonehenge, which is patrolled by security throughout the night.

“When we arrived it was still dark and parked close to the perimeter of Stonehenge and without much delay torch light was soon beaming towards us.

“It is without doubt that these guys were very observant and soon questioned us if we had any intentions of JUMPING , this is a term used by them as frequent jumpers climb over the fence and run towards Stonehenge just to touch the stones.

The free view of Stonehenge

“We in turn asked them if they saw or heard anything in the last few nights, they replied that they did not see or hear anything unusual and were unaware of the formation even being there.

“Whatever the message may be, I’m sure it will keep us busy theorizing over the next few months.”

“The makers once again have chosen a less mature crop but I think we can safely say that position and location plays an important part in their choice of delivering that important message to us all.

New Swirled Order


Andrew’s field report continued…

“The frost covered oilseed rape formation was just so immense that at eye level its very difficult to determine what the actual design may be. Streaming avenues taper from wide to narrow points meeting at the centre circle, and never seen in rape plants before — an intricate basket weave dominated the formation as we have all seen in wheat back in 2009.

Oil Seed Rape Flowers

“A good 80% of the formation’s plants are now rising and resuming growth, only days after a force of unexplainable nature touched their bloom.

Also it was a delight to see the usual tufts of standing stems with swirling stems bent around the base — a term I coined last year as a bouquet.

“This formation like many others, are precision and flawless creations by master craftsman.”

“I stand my ground to inform you all that the first two formations of this season are perfection in creation and these are creations not done by man!

“To finalize this short report once again we felt that watching eyes were with us on the distant horizon. Footage below of the bright ball of light at Stonehenge crop circle May 10.

The ball of light appeared for us twice in two different locations. At times very bright and clearly seen in broad daylight.

“A ball of light appeared on two occasions, and in two different locations, at times blazing with brightness which was clearly visible on a bright and sunny morning — an event which was witnessed by five other people. Thank you for listening.”

The Future?

by H. P. Blavatsky
Isis Unveiled 1:38


“An era of disenchantment and rebuilding will soon begin — nay, has already begun. The cycle has almost run its course — a new one is about to begin, and the future pages of history may contain full proof that –

“If ancestry can be in aught believed, descending spirits have conversed with man and told him secrets of the world unknown.”


Wisdom of the Egyptians

(by Synesius)

“YOU must not think that the gods are without employment, or that their descent to this earth is perpetual. For they descend according to orderly periods of time, for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.

“For there is indeed in the terrestrial abode the sacred tribe of heroes who pay attention to mankind, and who are able to give them assistance even in the smallest concerns. . .

“This heroic tribe is, as it were, a colony from the gods established here in order that this terrene abode may not be left destitute of a better nature.”


Celtic Woman in concert:
A New Journey


4 responses to “Sacred Symbols of Initiation, and the Solstice

  1. I thought I’d let you know that I’ve just started a blog on my website:

    As you’ll see, it has a lot of material that I think would be of interest to your readers and Theosophists in general.

    I’m wondering if there’s some way you might mention the blog in Theosophy Watch or create a link to it. Of course I would be happy to reciprocate.

    Would this be possible? Thanks!

    All good wishes for the holiday season,


    Richard Smoley Editor, *Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America* Theosophical Society in America P.O. Box 270 1926 North Main Street Wheaton, IL 60187 U.S.A.


    • Hi Richard we really love and are impressed with your writing, you choice of subjects. Am going to set up a link to your blog, I hope in the next week. This is quite a busy season, and important to the spiritual life of humanity.


  2. I think the Circles are an effort by the Dhyan Chohans (those the next level up from us in evolution) to keep the sense of Wonder alive (which is basic spiritual intuition) in an extremely Materialistic age.


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