Crop circle website Swirled News awakes from its slumber with another burst of updates to mark the end of the 2006 season. New articles include a review of this year's glyphs, a look at this year's Glastonbury Symposium, and a review of Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Head to the website for the full rundown and links to each article.
Star Stream research has an interesting interview with well-known 'circle-maker' John Lundberg, titled "Confessions of a Crop-Circle Maker". Lundberg and co-author Rob Irving have just released The Field Guide: The Art, History and Philosophy of Crop Circle Making, which gives an inside look at the creation of the glyphs. As always, I feel a bit torn on this subject - as someone interested in getting the truth behind paranormal phenomena, I empathise with anyone who has devoted long hours to investigating 'hoaxes'; on the other, I do understand the creative and emotional aspects to what is essentially a new style of art.
This looks interesting. Strange Attractor's Mark Pilkington has joined forces with Jon Lundberg and Rob Irving of The Circlemakers to create The Field Guide: The Art, History and Philosophy of Crop Circle Making:
Three decades ago, two men in their fifties began flattening circles into the fields of Hampshire and Wiltshire. Little did they know that their Friday night antics would seed an international phenomenon that continues to change people's lives to this day.
Now, in the first book of its kind - part history and part how-to guide - the secrets of the crop circle world are revealed, by the people behind the modern era's most astounding artform.
Sure to cause a stir in the crop circle community, so well worth taking a look at. The website has a PDF press release and also samples of the inside of the book, for those interested. As an aside, there is also an article about the Circlemakers on the Greenpeace website which gives some topical background.
The 2006 Glastonbury Symposium kicks off this weekend. Speakers include Alan Alford, Andy Thomas and Graham Hancock - the event is pretty much a sell-out, but if you're in the area and interested, there may be tickets at the door for individual lectures. Hopefully there'll be some audio or at least an article about it after the event, for us poor people stuck half way around the globe.
Swirled News is reporting that the 2006 UK Crop Circle season is finally picking up, with a number of new formations appearing in the first two weeks of July (see Crop Circle Connector for the latest images). Certainly enough to put an end to talk of a circle-less season, although not enough yet to fulfil John Lundberg's promise of the biggest season yet (in celebration of 30 years since 'Doug and Dave' made their first circle). Stay tuned...
The always informative crop circle website Swirled News has stirred to life for 2006, announcing a (late) start to this year's crop circle season in the UK. New additions to the site include an investigation into anomalous lights videotaped over a field in Poland, a look at a book on 2012 which touches on the circles, and comments on a 'strange beginning' to the 2006 season.
In the lead-up to this week's release of The Da Vinci Code movie, The Scotsman is offering a series of video podcasts on Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, as well as a collection of links and news stories related to the enigmatic structure. Each day this week will feature a new podcast, so either check back regularly, or do the whole experience on Friday. One of the experts consulted is Mark Oxbrow, whose excellent book Rosslyn and the Grail (Amazon UK) was featured (article and review) in Issue 3 of our free online mag Sub Rosa.
Big news over the weekend is the discovery of what is being termed the Brazilian Stonehenge (I'd hate to imagine what the Paris Hilton set thinks that is...). From the stories I've seen so far (see also here, in which it is a Peruvian Stonehenge), it's believed that the layout helped pinpoint the winter solstice. It seems more and more obvious that cultures around the world used standing stones for astronomical alignments (Stonehenge, Nabta Playa, and now in Brazil) - an ingrained impulse in humans everywhere, or evidence for a common point of origin? Thanks Kat.
The Scotsman has an interesting piece regarding the enigmatic Rosslyn cubes and the alleged musical code that can be found inscribed on their surfaces. There's some interesting history discussed in the article (and Rico will be happy to know they cover the tritone as well), and the article also gives you the chance to listen to the music that has been 'decoded'. Thanks Kat for the heads-up.
Fresh from the press is news that researchers in Bosnia -- led by Semir Osmanagic -- have unearthed geometrically-cut stone slabs they believe could form part of the sloping surface of an ancient pyramid that has been buried for thousands of years. The pyramidal hill, known as Visocica, has 45-degree slopes pointing towards the four cardinal points and a flat top, reminding Osmanagic of Central American pyramids (of which he studied for 15 years). Perhaps if archaeologists excavated the Pyramid Mounds of Xian, China, they'd find similar things? More news as we get it.