the south west of England is awash with the most magical and
beautiful phenomena known as crop circles. Reported since the
seventeenth-century, these circle have defied researchers as to how
to understand them. Considered by most to be hoaxes, the simple fact
stands that although some may well be made with ropes and planks,
others are so large, so perfect and so mysterious in their geometry
and appear so quickly that most unbiased viewers are left only with
awe and wonder.
of the nature of their creators, these circles are a cultural part
of an English summer. The circles vary from one year to the next
but this particular summer there has been a collection of
astronomical circles suggestive of this current eclipse season .
1. Formation (left) at
England, on 18 June, possibly showing an eclipse, solar or
lunar. Formation (right) at East
Kennett, England, on 7 July appeared to give the correct
timing to the lunar eclipse due on 16 August 2008.
The first of
these cycles  appeared at Winterbourne Bassett, England, on 18 June
(see Figure 1). It was rough which suggests that it is not
made by the “crop circle artists” but it seemed to be showing an
eclipse image. If we considered the large circle to be the sun with
its corona, then this might be talking of the total solar eclipse on
the 1 August 2008. If the large circle is the shadow of the earth
and the smaller circle is the Moon passing through this shadow, then
this might be talking of the lunar eclipse due on 16 August, 2008.
Within a few weeks of this crop circle appearing, the eclipse theme was
taking shape with the clearest example being a formation at East
Kennett, England, on 7 July which shows "forty days or two Mayan
months" until a near-total lunar eclipse on August 16, 2008” 
underline the Mayan message of this circle, on 15 July at Avebury
Manor, Wiltshire, the “crop circle artists” then gave an almost
standard Mayan signature - a circle which was a orrery in the wheat
field showing the orientation of the solar system for the date 21
December, 2012 (Figure 2).
A crop circle orrery for 21 December 2012 seems
to be referring to the ever-growing concerns for the year 2012.
At the heart of these concerns is the ending of a Mayan calendar
great cycle. The Mayan calendar includes the great cycle of
precession where the north celestial pole slowly rotates through
an ellipse which takes around 26,000 years to complete. Pole stars
are rare, the last one being in approximately 2790 BCE with
Thuban in Draco. This alignment of the pole with the star
Polaris was, apparently, for the Mayans the marker for the
beginning and end of their great cycle of ages.
Many people believe this to be
apocalyptic but one must remember that, as with all cycles, they
do not have shape edges but tend to slowly emerge as they step
through their stages. thus any so called endings could take
several thousand years to manifest.
Here the crop circle artist is capturing the cultural interest
in this date – a literal cosmos and culture phenomena in the
fields around Avebury, UK, and possibly suggesting the early
eclipse crop circle is indeed based on the Mayan system of
2. Formation in Avebury, UK, on 15 July showing the solar
system for 21 December, 2012.
So what are the eclipses of this current season that someone seems
to be wanting to draw in the landscape?
The August 2008
The eclipse season of July-August
2008 produces a solar eclipse at 100 Leo on 1 August.
This eclipse is from Saros Series 10 South which began on 10 March
1179 and will not complete until 13 April 2423. This series, based
on its "birth" chart, is delineated in Predictive Astrology, the
Eagle and the Lark as:
This saros series concerns
itself with breaking out of a very negative situation where no
hope can be seen to a more positive space containing many options.
A worry that may have been affecting a person will suddenly clear.
Already this theme is emerging
with the Serbian ex-leader, Radovan Karadzic, who has been in hiding
for the last 13 years, being found and bought to trial. On a smaller
more personal level many clients have been reporting that their old problems,
large and small, are emerging again but now with clarity and
solutions. However, it is not the solar eclipse that is the theme of
the wheat fields in the west of England.
The Lunar Eclipse
on 16 August 2008
The lunar eclipse on the 16 August
is at 240 Aquarius and belongs to the lunar Saros series
labelled with the van den Berg number of 138. The series began on the 5
October 1503. 
first eclipse, in 1503, occurred with the Moon located in the
Babylonian constellation of “the swallows” which we now know as the
fishes of Pisces.
3.The lunar eclipse series began (5 October, 1503) with a
lunar eclipse in the stars of Pisces, known as "The Swallows"
(Left). On the 10 July in Alton Priors, Wiltshire, a formation
containing six birds appeared called the "Swallows" which
expanded on 22 July to contain twelve swallows.
On 10 July 2008 a beautiful crop circle
appeared on the hills around Alton Priors, UK, and it was named by
the crop circles image collectors as “The Swallows”. It contained
six swallows. However, by 22 July the crop circle had grown to
contain twelve swallows. This formation was over 100 meters wide and
150 meters long and drew bus loads of foreign tourists to its
beauty. I visited this formation myself and had the joy of watching
swallows perform low flying swoops along the “rivers” of flattened
Various websites suggested that
this huge formation was associated with the eclipses in August.
However, the three way link between the eclipse, its origins within
the Swallows in the sky on the on 5
October, 1503, and the crop circle
formation of "The Swallows" is probably more synchronistic than
planned. Nevertheless, it set me off on a journey of research of this
particular lunar saros series. For me the
The Lunar Saros
The series, like
a solar eclipse series, will produce a new lunar eclipse every 18
years 9 or 12 days (depending on the number of leap years in the 18
years). Each eclipse will occur 11-to-12 degrees further along in
zodiacal degrees. At the beginning of the series the lunar eclipses
(the position of the full moon) occurs in front of the transiting
node (greater zodiacal longitude) but at each occurrence the orb
decreases by around half a degree. Thus the lunar eclipses slowly
become total and then move out again to partial and final complete
and in this way the series unfolds over a period of 1481 years.
of the entire Lunar Saros series (van
don Berg #138).
1503 Oct 05
1521 Oct 15
1539 Oct 27
1557 Nov 06
1575 Nov 18
1593 Dec 08
1611 Dec 19
1629 Dec 30
1648 Jan 10
1666 Jan 20
1684 Feb 01
1702 Feb 12
1720 Feb 23
1738 Mar 06
1756 Mar 16
1774 Mar 27
1792 Apr 07
1810 Apr 19
1828 Apr 29
1846 May 11
1864 May 21
1882 Jun 01
1900 Jun 13
1918 Jun 24
1936 Jul 04
1954 Jul 16
1972 Jul 26
1990 Aug 06
2008 Aug 16
2026 Aug 28
2044 Sep 07
2062 Sep 18
2080 Sep 29
2098 Oct 10
2116 Oct 21
2134 Nov 02
2152 Nov 12
2170 Nov 23
2188 Dec 04
2206 Dec 16
2224 Dec 26
2243 Jan 07
2261 Jan 17
2279 Jan 28
2297 Feb 08
2315 Feb 20
2333 Mar 02
2351 Mar 13
2369 Mar 24
2387 Apr 04
2405 Apr 14
2423 Apr 26
2441 May 06
2459 May 17
2477 May 28
2495 Jun 08
2513 Jun 19
2531 Jun 30
2549 Jul 11
2567 Jul 22
2585 Aug 01
2603 Aug 13
2621 Aug 24
2639 Sep 04
2657 Sep 14
2675 Sep 26
2693 Oct 06
2711 Oct 18
2729 Oct 28
2747 Nov 09
2765 Nov 19
2783 Nov 30
2801 Dec 11
2819 Dec 22
2838 Jan 01
2856 Jan 13
2874 Jan 23
2892 Feb 03
2910 Feb 15
2928 Feb 26
Poison, popes and power - the first eclipse.
October 1503 was a time of intrigue in the Vatican. The Pope
Alexander VI had died, believed by poison, and
the newly elected pope Pope Pius III
was dead within ten days of being anointed. Into this time of
upheaval, the power-hungry cardinal,
Della Rovere succeeded by dexterous diplomacy to trick the weakened
college of cardinals into supporting him.
Della Rovere was elected to the papal dignity
by the near-unanimous vote of the cardinals.
He became Pope Julius II and his
reign was marked by an aggressive foreign policy,
ambitious building projects, and patronage of the arts and
literature. Indeed in 1506 he laid the foundation stone for
the new Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome and Michelangelo
painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for him.
The first Lunar eclipse in the series captured
a cardinal grand cross of a partile square between Neptune and
the eclipse and a Mars-Jupiter-Saturn combination.
Issues of poison, the arts, and religious military power and
intrigue within the Vatican or any halls of power all seem to
sit comfortably with chart. However, being the "birth" chart
of an eclipse series, these themes, I believe, become embedded within the
Figure 4 - The Lunar series
#138 origin chart of
5 October, 1503.
We can follow this theme through
history by looking at events at times of other occurrences of
eclipses of the
series. Here follow are some interesting examples:
June 1990 - The Boxer Rebellion in
China - China in conflict with westerners.
13 June, 1900 -
This was the period of the Boxer
Rebellion in China when troops from
the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Spain,
Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States, Russia and Japan were
all under siege in an area near the Forbidden City in Peking
(Beijing) and the provincial governments of China was declaring war
on all westerners and Christians in the city.
Figure 4 -
(left) A Chinese Boxer rebel (1900) waving a banner
supporting the imperial armies conflict with ALL foreigners;
and (right) a Chinese member of the Olympic ceremony
waving a banner for the games.
This same series which is linked
with the Boxer rebellion, where
the Chinese declared war on all western countries, is now returning.
With the Chinese staging the Olympic games, athletic teams from all
the different nations of the world are "invading" China and the
Chinese, being the host country, are openly in "conflict" with them
all in order to win medals.
The Partition of Vietnam and its reuniting
series also occurred in mid July 1954
and this was the
timing of the Geneva Conference which partitioned Vietnam into North
and South Vietnam. This
partition was in place until the very next occurrence in the series
on 26 July 1972, when the last
US troops were removed from Vietnam on 25 July 1972.
The Gulf War - the last occurrence of the eclipse series.
The last occurrence of this series was on 6 August 1990, the date when Iraq invaded Kuwait
which lead to the first Gulf War and began the still-continuing conflict in Iraq. A time of military conflict
fuelled by the lust for oil which dragged many nations into the conflict.
Added to this and largely missed by the world press which was occupied with the conflict in the Gulf, there
was an announcement by the Germans that East and West Germany would reunite to form one country
The forthcoming lunar eclipse
There are many other occurrences of this eclipse without the death of popes, partitioning or rejoining of
of countries and the emphasis on the arts and literature. However, if we consider the crop circles
(regardless of their origins) as an expression of a theme or idea in the the collective, the current zeitgeist,
then this implies a focus on this particular expression. But there is another interesting feature of this
eclipse. If we look at the sky maps for the original eclipse in 1503 and compare this to the sky for the time
of the forthcoming eclipse - 16 August 2008 - there are some interesting similarities. Both eclipses have
Neptune and Uranus in the same location amongst the stars. (see figure 5).
Figure 5 - Above -
the sky map for the first lunar eclipse in this series with
Neptune approaching the stars of Capricorn and Uranus amongst
the stars of Aquarius. Below - the sky map for
the forthcoming lunar eclipse on the 16 August, 2008, showing
similar positions for Neptune and Uranus.
Intrigue in places of power
The Olympic games in China will,
I feel, embrace the conflict nature of this eclipse particularly
with its association with the Boxer Rebellion. However, is it
possible that in this summer we may see the return of some papal
intrigue, some Vatican mystery or this intrigue could occur in other
halls of power.
At the moment the UK Prime ministership sits
uneasily on Gordon Brown's shoulders. Further, one can only guess at
the issues of power within the dynamics of the USA political system
with an outgoing President and two presidential hopefuls. Or will a
return of the eclipse of "The Swallows" bring with it division or
reunion of countries? After all "The Swallows" are traditionally two
animals (birds or fishes) moving in different directions but held
together by the knot star Al Rescha.
The crop circles may not know
but they may still be valid symbols of things to come - lets us wait
and see what the lunar eclipse of the Swallows brings.