The XYZ Files — Part Nine
The Curious Grain: Crop Circles and EM
I’ve been thinking about crop circles for a long time–maybe since the late 80′s when I heard about them through OMNI magazine. The internet wasn’t yet available to the likes of me, so I had to take what I could find and there wasn’t much. Fortunately, that has changed significantly. To date, I’ve gone over dozens of bizarre assertions of their nature and purpose, examined some of the science and called up and chatted with one of the leading luminaries. I’m not sure I’m any closer to figuring this out than I was before, but I’II give you what I have and you can make up your own minds about what might be happening. I think that, like cattle mutilations, it’s going to be tough to get a straight story from anyone.
Despite what crop circle skeptics say, there are many accounts of crop circles (and things that might have been crop circles) on record for hundreds of years, even a pretty good collection in the 20″‘ century, prior to the 1990′s (which is when the more ignorant skeptics say they first began appearing). The character of these circles has clearly been evolving in the latter half the 20“‘ Century and much of the blame for this lies with “cereal artists” who hijack the mystery of this phenomenon for their own artistic ego-boo. Some of the blame appears to rest with the Ministry of Defense in the same manner, presumably running some sort of disinformation game. More about that later.
So, we’re really talking about 2 things and I want to make that clear so the reader can recognize the terms when he or she sees them: “Crop Circle” (for purposes of this article) refers to the genuinely mysterious sort which exhibits most, if not all, anomalous features as outlined by W. C. Levengood and others, while “Cereal Art” refers to those things that don’t. I used to think that the latter category tended to the more complex, artistic forms we’ve seen of late and that the former category tended towards the simple (and the “natural”) but I now see the error of my ways. The question is, what can we make of that error? It is certainly pregnant with something…
It would have been very nice to say that simple circles and triads and not-so-complex geometric forms can have been produced solely by natural forces because natures does produce such things and it does it along certain mathematical lines that are inherent in the structure of matter itself. Ever see a 9-sided snowflake? Such exist as anomalies (doubtless due to some blunder in formation—nature’s “freaks”) but most enjoy a nice 6—sided star pattern and so it often is with BOLs, I notice. Even when we can be fairly sure that a given sighting is not, say, a super—secret military “stealth blimp” or some such, we can see that triangular and hexagonal patterns seem to predominate (with other kinds of patterns, equally geometric, observed) and that makes me think that there is a kind of natural economy in for for things that glow and flit about . . . at least sometimes. It’s quite possible it has to do the Rupert Sheldrake’s notion of Morphic Resonance, too—but I haven’t made a deep enough foray into that matter to discuss it competently. The record seems to show that only in the most general sense are the older patterns simpler and the newer patterns more complex. It would be far easier to believe that natural forms are simple (and even geometric) and that man-made art can be as ornate as boards and rope will provide, but an examination of Levengood’s works shows this not to be the case. Boggler of all bogglers, some of the most ornate circles show clear signs of what Levengood wishes to call “genuine” crop circles. Just so we don’t leave everyone in the dust on this, let’s discuss what those signs include:
- Abnormal enlargement of cell wall pits in bract tissue.
- Enlarged (both laterally and longitudinally) plant stem nodes, sometimes in conjunction with marked stretching of the node.
- Marked bending of the plant stem nodes.
- Bending at the base of the plant stem.
- Expulsion cavities.
- Stunted, malformed seeds and germination effects.
- Beer-Lambert Principle evidenced. Node-length change decreases from the center of the circle out to its edges in a very precise manner, according to the Beer-Lambert Principle, which describes the absorption of EM energy by matter.
- Laboratory Replication of Crop Circle Plant Changes using the MIR process and carrying the registered Trademark “Stressguard.” This equipment creates organizedelectron—ion avalanches which then form organized plasmas, to which seeds are exposed.
- Non-Geometrically downed crop has sometimes been found to show these same changes.
Too, there seems to be a connection with infrasound. Research and laboratory tests suggest that sounds below 20 Hz are capable of producing the same sort of effects listed above: infrasound at high pressure is capable of boiling water inside the stems in a mere nanosecond, expanding the water and leaving blowholes in the plant’s nodes. The pressure applied also causes the water to steam, and this too is sometimes reported by farmers when they come across a new crop circle. This process even creates surface charring along the stems. So now we have 2 mechanisms, which are intertwined in interesting ways. EM fields can produce sound by displacing air molecules suddenly, and perhaps rhythmically, if the frequency of the field is amenable to it. A lot more research could be done in this area, but the leader in the field so far is surely Paul Vigay, who worked with the late, great Gerald Hawkins to develop these theories. An overview of his work can be found here: http://www.cropcircleresearch.com/articles/sound.html. Hawkins observed that the ratios of musical notes showed up in the phenomenon in two different ways – for concentric rings it was in the relationship of the area of the larger to the smaller circles, and for satellite circles around larger circles it was the diameters. Interestingly, numbers representing sharps and flats in music did now show up in the crop patterns, which leads me to believe that we are looking at the natural scale of harmonics upon which our western tempered scale is based.
There’s a much deeper reference than this simple list–straight from the horse’s better end–right here: http://www.bltresearch.com/plantab.php. l cannot recommend their site highly enough as l think it an awesome example of what a paranormal investigator’s site should be—a good clear accounting of things (even if they are utterly incredible), solid science, humility in the face of adversity, lots of photos, charts and diagrams that make sense to someone who actually knows jack. Nothing dumbed down—if you want to get it, you’ve got to get smart enough to get it. Call me a typical Aquarian, but this is what l respect. l will use them as my standard mostly because they are as good as it gets, given what they have to work with.
BLT is/was John Burke, a businessman with a strong interest in geomagnetic and electromagnetic theory, Nancy Talbott, a music producer with a research background at the University of Maryland and at Harvard College and William C. Levengood, a long-time crop circle researcher. John died last year (maybe 2 years ago, by the time you read this) and Dr. Levengood is at an age where I, for one, will be respecting his privacy. This leaves Nancy to carry the ball into the forecourt and she does it with no small gusto. In fact, I was so impressed with the site that I contacted Ms. Talbott by email, then later by phone and had the most amazing interview. I find it particularly poignant that there were things in that interview that I was asked not to talk about until they were published, and while fact-checking this article, I now see that much of this has been published.
It was Talbott’s site that introduced me to Robbert VanDerBroekke, who is apparently something pretty hot in the mediumship field. Reading Nancy‘s accounts of him we learn that he feels he is in some way psychically connected to the intelligence that makes crop circles, and that it is quite a vast thing. l never know how to take these things at first blush because, well—the deeper you look, the weirder it gets, as I’ve said so many times before. I will treat of Mr. VDBroekke in another article, once I’ve absorbed the newly published information, but for now let it suffice to say that the man has every kind of psi activity ever recorded seemingly happening to him. I mean, he sees dead people and makes them show up on camera, makes things appear in Ted Serios thoughtography fashion, has light anomalies about his person, generates aportations, kicks out UFO-shaped electroforms, predicts crop circles, has silverware stick to him, influences compasses at will… the list goes on and on and there would be no reason for me to even believe a breath of it if I hadn’t chatted with Nancy. She believes it, and has had a ringside seat to it, it seems clear. A light as bright as none other that parapsychology pioneer William G. Roll has also studied Robbert and came away sputtering “Some kind of RSPK effect, but what in hell kind?” or words to that effect. But this article is about crop circles, right?
The best theory I could ever come up with involves (surprise!) military weapons testing. I once saw a diagram of the sort of satellite—based microwave emitter that the artist imagined must have been used and it seemed rather plausible to me. it’s clear that microwave radiation figures into most of the 9 signs of “genuine” crop circles listed above and many researchers have provided information that indicates that some form of ionized plasma (as would come about from the alleged microwave energy) is clearly involved. Seriously, I suppose that a satellite could be stationed such that a powerful MASER beam could carve out various and sundry things in a field of corn’? Seems like an awesome military advantage to me, at the very least two—fold in it’s nature: on the one hand it can actually systematically destroy the cereal crop of an enemy in order to short—ration the whole war effort (and keep allied powers in line) but on the other it can actually sow seeds of panic in entire populations by masquerading as aliens, angels, djinni or Allah. And this technology might already be 20 or more years old…
Well, it’s a thought anyway. I’ve recently read a rebuttal of this theory, complete with mathematics I cannot comprehend. The trouble is, the people I know who probably know the answers have sworn not to tell, and I think I’d like to leave it that way, or at least leave it for somebody else to prove. When I broached this subject with Nancy, she was curiously adamant that it could not possibly be anything to do with military intervention, military satellites, MoD concerns or anything at all like I might even have been thinking. Such a categorical shut—down is liable to get my knickers in a twist anyway, so now my BS meter is going off with a big Klang!. “Why can’t there be any military satellite connection?” I asked.
“There just isn’t” doesn’t seem like much of an answer. She did admit that she discovered an MI5 connection to cereal artists, a thing that was confirmed at about the same time by an article in Fortean Times, and that begs a few questions in itself, doesn’t it? ls it a psy—ops experiment to see how information and disinformation flows in the larger community? Does it cover for the fact that there’s an MoD MASER satellite undergoing test operations? Why draft someone into an intelligence organization to make cereal art? Enquiring minds want to know…
But let’s pass that up and think about what it might mean if Robbert VDBroekke is closer to the story and we actually have a whole different order of intelligence to deal with? I must admit that it appeals to me, if for no other reason than the fact that I think of the universe as a fundamentally magickal place where stuff like that can happen at the whim of the powers that be (and recognizing that one of those powers might be me, or us). What if the whole crop circle phenomenon is a large—scale poltergeist scenario where the angst-ridden populace of a given place has given rise to this twisted grain? What if the random thoughts of people flying on acid at faerie mounds are carving some liminal vision out of some piece of susceptible reality? It could get weirder than this, and it could be a lot weirder than something as hackneyed and trite and as ill-evidenced aliens trying to reach out to us.
The best production model I’ve seen seems to address the phenomenon in such a way as to neither rule out military intervention nor scuttle the notion of natural forces. This material was taken directly from the BLT website.
The Aquifer Connection:
During the mid-1990s two British researchers, Glenn Broughton (now living in Vermont) and Steve Page, wondered why crop circles occur in some locations (in many cases year after year) and not in others? By plotting crop circle occurrence on a geological map of southern England they were able to demonstrate that an overwhelming majority of British crop circles during the years 1993-98 occurred over aquifers lying beneath either deep deposits of chalk or greensand. For more details see “Aquifer Research” (page 2) on the BLT Research Links page.
Chalk is a highly porous rock. BLT‘s John Burke suspected that the spring rainwater percolating slowly down through the chalk over the summer months might increase the ground electrical charge in these areas as the summer progressed. He further speculated that this increase in ground electrical charge might be enough to function as an attractor to the complex upper atmospheric plasma system hypothesized by W.C. Levengood as the causative agency behind crop circles——and, further, that this would be particularly evident along the edges of the chalk layers, where the surface water has farther to travel to reach the underground aquifer.
Repeated ground-electrical-charge measurements were carried out over several summers in southern England in the early 1990s, in areas where crop circles regularly occur. It was found that the ground-electrical-charge did increase as the summer progressed (and as the aquifer below the chalk lowered), thus increasing the likelihood that ground-electrical-charge might be an “attractor” to the hypothesized atmospheric energy system–the increase in ground electrical charge, although slight, might explain why at least some of the circles occur where they do. When Burke examined a graph of water-table levels in the Wiltshire area of the U.K. for the recent years during which crop circles have been reported, he discovered another interesting fact: Glenn Broughton & Steve page the British Water Authority had, in two specific years, begun to pump the aquifer during the summer months and it was during those two years (when the aquifer was at it’s lowest point) that the greatest number of crop circles had been reported.
A number of researchers have raised the question as to whether or not a magnetic anomaly in the earth’s crust might account for the question of “why” crop circles occur so often in certain locations and not in others. A German team, using a geomagnetometer, mapped out several British fields in which crop circles existed, and found that there were magnetic anomalies in the earth’s crust in most of these fields–but not necessarily directly beneath the circles themselves. This German study was not published and all of the details are not available, but more work along these lines might clarify a possible connection.
As if this weren’t enough, 2 other discoveries add a bit of color. The first is the discovery of fused magnetic material of meteoric origin. From the BLT site: This crop formation formed during the annual August Perseids meteor shower. Levengood and Burke hypothesize (see “Semi—Molten Meteoric Iron Associated with a Crop Formation”) that microscopic particles of meteoric dust (which are filtering toward earth constantly as meteors burn upon entering the earth’s atmosphere, and which would be more abundant during an actual meteor shower) were drawn into the descending plasma system by the strong magnetic fields known to be associated with plasmas, then heated to a molten state by the microwaves (also known to be associated with plasma systems) prior to impact with the earth’s surface.
The second is the presence of 99.99% pure hydromagnesite at some crop circles (especially those in those crop circles formed in the presence of Mr. VanDerBroekke, it seems) which reminds me singularly of the many UFO accounts that end with the sudden meltdown of the viewed object, leaving behind a puddle of molten metal, chiefly magnesium. When tests are carried out on the precipitated substance, it is typically discovered that the magnesium is exceptionally pure or only faintly tainted with traces of aluminum and various other minerals.
It’s clear enough to me that the production of light forms involves minerals, since Paul Devereux observed that medieval mining treatises exhorted miners to look for “a place where lights rise up from the ground” and so it’s easy to imagine the production method being something along the lines of this: a piezo—electric charge (or triboluminescent effect, if we go by that theory) rises up through the ground from stress fractures in the earth, picking up and perhaps even transmuting native metals as it goes, ultimately bursting forth from the ground (or forming in the air above it) as a temporary electrical object that is essentially using the charged metal as either a fuel or as an “exciter” of the process, attracting water vapor to it, such that it has some visible, physical structure. When the object exhausts it’s ability to sustain itself, it collapses and sheds whatever materials it once contained, else it collapses when some vital aspect of these materials are consumed entirely.
A similar thing seems to be happening with crop circles, except there is some evidence to suggest that a combination of ground effects are interacting with atmospheric phenomena to produce the circles. Nancy Talbott described an event where she actually saw a crop circle in the process of formation right outside Mr. VanDerBroekke’s home, and it seemed quite simply to be a shaft of light coming down from the sky for a few moments, leaving behind a circle in a field of sweet peas. It may be significant that she wished for it to happen in much that way, for Mr. VanDerBroekke had indicated that a crop circle was likely to form nearby and she was staying up late to see if she could actually witness it… and did.
One cannot ignore the mental connection to this process when one examines the accounts of two rather skeptical researchers who joked among themselves that if there really was an intelligence behind these things, perhaps they could interact with it in such a way as to establish communication. They agreed that a particular crop circle would have to be modified in a predetermined way and so wished aloud (but quite privately) that the circle they studied should have new features added of a certain shape and nature. This they kept to themselves and told no one, yet Io and behold—the circle in question sprouted a new formation that met their criteria perfectly. What to make of this? Well, it makes the military connection look quite inadequate, for one thing, and it posits an intelligence at work. The notion that the intelligence is that of the researchers themselves continues to intrigue me and I have a germ of a theory.
Consider the report of the Reverend Harrison Bailey… The minister awoke in the wee hours after returning from a Halloween party to see two whitish figures prancing about in his room. The Reverend felt not just ill at ease, but physically ill as well with symptoms I have come to associate with EM exposure. As he watched, and fumbled for his camera, it seemed as if the strange, diaphanous figures were attempting to pantomime some sort of communication to him, ultimately picking up some Halloween masks to wear as their forms began to crumble, almost as if in an attempt to hang onto their essential identities. Budden theorizes that this is ultimately a poltergeist phenomenon, whereby the unconscious mind of the minister assembled and animated these forms by a sort of psychokinesis, probably utilizing the natural presence of dust and ash that fill every carpet everywhere as the modeling compound. He did manage to take some pictures, one of which appears in Budden’s book, UFOs: Psychic Close Encounters.
Consider too, the “tableaux-making” poltergeists. Two SPR investigators were on a particularly spectacular case where they decided to leave a tape recorder in a particularly active bedroom to see what might be captured. Leaving the recorder in the room, they shut the door and took a step away from it, one asking “You turned it on, right?” “Uh…no.” was the reply, so they opened the door again (just a few seconds had elapsed) to be confronted by a tableau arranged on the bed of a man and a woman, arranged completely from clothing drawn from one of the closets in the room. Socks were tucked inside of shoes, undergarments inside of outer garments and gloves neatly placed at the ends of sleeves, as if to depict hands folded on the breast… hats were perched where the top of the heads might be. Clearly an intelligence was at work! But whose?
It is my supposition that, in the presence of EM fields, our minds can entrain with and direct the energies present into actual activity that results in prankish, often symbolic gestures that seem to come from nowhere. Hutchison has demonstrated that EM fields can induce levitation in various objects, so I don’t think the mechanism is too much in question, but the intelligence that seems to be behind it remains elusive, probably because most of us are looking for it outside of ourselves, when it is quite possibly within us. The formation of crop circles may occur along very similar lines with similar forces at work. Maybe a little more research along these lines will help.
As for me, l have a more magickal agenda and will attempt to demonstrate it in the next crop circle season. I propose to create a design of my own and put it in a sealed envelope and give it to John, the creator of this blog (and to a few others) and trust that he does not pass it on until l’m ready. I will then magickally attempt to contact both Robbert VDBroekke and the intelligence he claims is responsible via ordinary magical invocation and see if I don’t see my design show up in the world somewhere… an audacious plan! Stay tuned.