The meaning of Crop Circles

2009 06 03, Yatesbury

   Yatesbury, Wiltshire.

Yatesbury, june 2009. © Steve Alexander.

Yatesbury, June 2009. © Steve Alexander.

Before I plunge into the water of the canal at my house, it is a lovely summer day, I notice how two dragonflies while mating with each other are flying through the air. This funny thing happening is for me the stimulant to start this article, straight after swimming. In the morning following on the day I had published some idea’s about the jellyfish formation, I awoke hearing a voice like from an angel that told me there was something waiting for me. I stood up. As usual, over a cup of coffee, I opened my mailbox and yes, there it was! Crop circle connector had reported a new formation; the beautiful dragonfly!

At the first superficial glance on this formation it strikes me that in the abdomen, (the back part) that is constructed with a serie of balls as segments, there are mad little pieces. They look like splinters or fragments or something. When I interpret these balls as worlds, then these pieces can be seen as the continents. What also strikes me is, that apart from the obvious depicting of a dragonfly, there is a background shown that is a little to weird to see it as only a stylizing result.

Because I work for many years pretty intensively with dreams, so analysing them as a part of that, it is for me impossible to ignore the symbolical meaning of this figure. The dragonfly I interpret in first instance as a symbol for love. I associate it with the vibration of falling in love, tender vulnerable love, also erotically feelings.

   An interesting point concerning this explanation is that in reality the dragonfly has a unique way of reproducing. The male specimen removes his seed from his primary sexual organ first to his secondary sexual organ, (first segment after the central body) because the female is not able to reach the back part of the male. Appendices on this male back part are used while mating to hold the female behind the head. So, crazy positions are obviously not a privilege to the human kind.

Notice the heartshape they make!

Notice the heartshape they make!

This aspect of reproducing seems, taken the sperm cell at the end of the back part in our crop formation, of importance for the total interpretation.

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    For the total interpretation it is of course necessary to point out all the elements of the image.

Although the little balls or segments of the back part have already been discussed, we have to make clear that there are 9 of these beads. The smallest ball, the one with the tail I have interpreted as a sperm. Because it is outside the range of balls that are on both sides enclosed with flattened crop it can thus so be interpreted as something of a different order. The surrounded range of balls can be seen as a separate unit, but there is nevertheless within this range an elapse going from large to small. This can suggest growth or an endless range. Concerning the growth of a real dragonfly, it can desquamate 9 to even 16 times while at its final state it looks completely different than the larva that it was at first.

   The balls from the back part can easily be seen as worlds, but it needs to be questioned how much that’s a reasonable thing to do. Even if you would choose to do so than the question arises about what worlds we are actually speaking? Different stages of development of the earth that we live on? It could very well be since the theory of “the growing earth” and the theory of “the growing earth” becomes more and more known to humanity. Other options are; a variety of parallel worlds we are not, or hardly aware of? The subjective worlds of different individuals? The single world seen from different angles? Together with the sperm that is about to impregnate “the world” you would say that this world starts to look like a germ-cell…



The central ball or body (at which the wings are attached) is from a different order. Maybe future earth? Maybe the earth at its present developing stage in contrast with the stages that have been? Rather difficult to understand are these two little mad curves. One seems to move in from above towards the centre. For the other counts the same except it does so from underneath.

As a cynical person on a well known internet forum mentioned; “that dragonfly is amusing, but the wings are much too short. It only looks like a dragonfly, nothing more.” The attentiveness is valuable because this so called “too short” makes it possible to discover a perspective depth in the picture. As if one gets sucked into the centre. Complete the circles that can be drawn by the outside edges of the wings and do the same with the curve under the small wings (see diagram) and the effect becomes even stronger.

   By the way, the finding of this key-element named ‘perspective depth’ seem to have triggered, or was at least in synchronicity with, the appearance of the Cannings Cross formation that got damaged by the farmer soon after its discovery. Because of the damage the aerial image needed reconstruction.

Reconstruction: "Pespective depth", Cannings Cross, 2009.

Reconstruction: “Pespective depth”, Cannings Cross, 2009.

Combine the perspective effect of the dragonfly’s midsection with its back part showing a range of balls going from small to large and it becomes clear how important the midsection is. The two strange little curves emphasize, so it looks, the meeting of above and below. It is telling us that the spectator whose position is far above the sign, gets, as it were, attracted to the centre, while the sperm does so too. The sperm does it from below and then climbs up through what can be considered various embryonic stages until the moment of birth! The idea of embryonic stages seems to get confirmed by the number nine, relating to the nine months of pregnancy of the human kind. The spectator with an open mind functions before realizing as a world that has come to the centre, ready to welcome a new world. Notice the stunning similarity with the idea of an incarnating soul!

When we consider more dualistic information then the difference between big and small becomes apparent: Large (front) wings versus small (back) wings. Large curve (front) versus small curve (back). Large points (corner both wings) versus small points (corner front curve with wings) So three times the duality large-small. Because three in numerology stands for development or growth, it hardly can’t mean anything else but growth from small too big.

It is as if a relative small world (central body) develops in extend to the back range. But there is also the background of the dragonfly. It contains two incomplete circles that have something intriguing to them. It is possible to see these circles as worlds in progress as well. One obviously bigger than the other.

What these curves or incomplete circles concern, there are frames placed in them that partly follow the shape of the dragonfly. They are closed circuits, accentuating the idea of limitation. In the lowest or most backward circle we see another two points that are framed as well. Those two rings more or less force us to compare them with the two little weird curves at the centre section. Except the duality of big and small we have found now the duality of opened and closed.

After considering, the two background curves or –circles seem to, not so much represent new worlds in progress as well as the mother and father aspect in connection with the idea of birth of a child. At the top there’s the father as family head. The mother is expressed by the lower circle accentuated by the two dots. Also, this curve holds tight the embryo of the ninth month, ready to give it birth as a brand new world!

What we haven’t really looked at yet are the fragments of the wings. In contradiction to the nerves in real dragonfly wings, the wings at the formation are lacking symmetry of nerves. Could it mean that there are pieces or bits expressed as result of decay? It brings the element of death and destruction in the analysis. The fragments remind me to the paths that most probably where made by silly people in the swallow formation of 2008.

The swallows formation, 2008. © photo; Randell.

The swallows formation, 2008. © photo; Randell.

   The fragments of the dragonfly’s wings can easily get compared with the pieces that are found in the spheres of the back part. There will be a relation between the fractures at both elements. It is also possible to connect these pieces with the idea of a puzzle.

   The weak and fragile wings in combination with the indirect method of mating make it possible to hold the dragonfly for fragile love and tenderness. In the development of the world, or the worlds, we see some of the damages in love mirrored every time again… It is possible to think in terms of broken worlds, hurt souls. Damaged individuals, wounded by failures in general or failures in occasions of love. Considered as pieces of a puzzle it becomes obvious to think in terms of completing the incompleteness. Incompleteness matches of course the embryonic state. It is as if the wings are symbolising the idea of completing.

   Although a lot has been declared now, we still are not there yet. Another diagram can be constructed with, except concentric rings, also three diagonals (crossing the centre) in the way the wings hand them. With those three it is possible to cut the circles in similar wedges. By doing so a twelve-folded geography arises. Should we think about the zodiac? The twelve illusions to overcome?

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   The tenth world, the tenth as addition to the past nine, not only stands for again a new world, but from the standpoint of numerology for the start of a whole new cycle or range. On top of that we notice that this newborn baby is placed in the middle of the twelve folded configuration so that it is able to represent number thirteen as well.

Number thirteen will be recognised by many as a number of misfortune or even death. After having observed the cracks and pieces in the image, I won’t reject the idea on forehand, but at the same time it is also a number of transformation. Of victory over death. Therefore the association with Christ surrounded by his twelve disciples can easily pop up. Still, on a more grounded level we actually see the midsection of a dragonfly between twelve wedges, fragmentised wings and uncompleted worlds…

I go on. We haven’t concentrated on the head. I would like to be short about that. The head looks like the head of a dragonfly because without it the dragonfly wouldn’t look like a dragonfly anymore, or at least it wouldn’t look complete. I can’t produce more worth mentioning particularities about it, unless we include the little antenna’s.

At the earlier discovering of the duality of open and closed, it struck me there was a similarity between the legs and the antenna’s. There shape is almost the same. It is just so that the legs represent the large in combination with openness while the antenna’s the small in combination with closing.

All together I would like to interpret this formation as followed: It is about the complete cycle of life starting from conception till birth whereby the wider context of reincarnation is involved that culminates into the Christ-transformation. This transformation implicates release of the cycle of life and death. What that means in actual facts is very often not well understood but as long as we can stay in tune with the crop circle phenomenon I’m sure more and more clues will be presented. So for now, it is like you can expect of so many crop formations, again a powerful and playful appeal for letting your own inner God or Christ get born. This time it is couched in a lovely nature symbol that hums and vibrates on the holy tantric frequency! I say: WOW!

   P.S.: Even more wow is that on the day that I finished this article with this tantric conclusion, a new formation had appeared with a remarkable woven structure in its lay! If you know that ‘tantra’ literally means ‘to weave’ than it becomes apparent another synchronistic occasion has taken place!

The synchronistic tantra formation. East Field, Alton Barnes, July 14th 2009. © Oliver Morel.

The synchronistic tantra formation.
East Field, Alton Barnes, July 14th 2009. © Oliver Morel.




















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