An image that I used in my post on June 18th bears a striking resemblance to a crop circle that appeared on June 17th.
To be sure, the potential significance of the crop circle itself is far more interesting than its connection to my writing; but of course I can’t help but wonder what personal meaning it might have, given the “temporal proximity” of its formation and my subsequent post. : )
I’m not the one that put these two images together. I never would have seen it. This was done by the folks over at http://www.cropcircleconnector.com.
Here’s a link to my blog post from that day:
In that post about doing sacred journeys into the sacred directions, I mentioned the necessity of having a reference point from which to anchor those journeys. For my reference point I choose to use the island located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which the Dakota’s called “Bdote”, and which they considered to lay directly over the center of the Earth and immediately below the center of the Heavens. Thus, it was their axis mundi…and in that discussion used this image of Yggdrasil, the world tree from Norse Mythology:
Another image of the crop circle, which is located by the ancient hillfort called Badbury Rings, which can be seen in the background of this photo by Lucy Pringle, also from the website www.cropcircleconnector.com
Another photo by Lucy Pringle of the rings themselves. [I trust that it’s okay that I’m posting these]
One also wonders about the significance of this proximity, as if the crop circle were identifying the “fort” as an axis mundi. The earthen rings seem to ripple through the three dimensions of the lower world, middle world, and upper world, and resemble all three as depicted on the Yggdrasil image.
Interesting enough, the “fort” has an Arthurian Connection. Badbury Rings is one of the sites that is considered as a possible location for the Battle of Mount Baden, the site of the first decisive victory of King Arthur. Which of course connects to my series of Grail and Quest of the Knight Errant posts.
If this crop circle is authentic, in some sense of that term, (whether of other-worldly or inspired-human origin) does it point to Badbury Rings as a portal to other dimensions? If so, does my connection to this through use of the Yggdrasil image, point to Bdote as also a portal to other dimensions?
Mysteries to Explore…
Another depiction of Yggdrasil (note the rings in the middle world):
Of the world tree, Joseph Campbell says in The Power of Myth:
…. The center of the world is the axis mundi, the central point the pole around which all revolves. The central point of the world is the point where stillness and movement are together. Movement is time, but stillness is eternity. Realizing how this moment of your life is actually a moment of eternity, and the experiencing the eternal aspect of what you’re doing in the experiences – this the mythological experience.”
In The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Campbell writes about The World Navel (and world tree):
“The effect of the successful adventure of the hero is the unlocking and release again of the flow of life into the body of the world….
The torrent pours from an invisible source, the point of entry being the center of the symbolic circle of the universe… around which the world may be said to revolve. Beneath this spot is the earth-supporting head of the cosmic serpent, the dragon, symbolical of the waters of the abyss, which are the divine life-creative energy and substance of the demiurge, the world-generative aspect of immortal being. The tree of life, i.e., the universe itself, grows from this point. It is rooted in the supporting darkness; the golden sun bird perches on its peak; a spring, the inexhaustible well, bubbles at its foot. Or the figure may be of a cosmic mountain, with the city of the gods, like a lotus of light, upon its summit….Thus the World Navel is the symbol of the continuous creation: the mystery of the maintenance of the world through that continuous miracle of the vivification which wells within all things.”
Two WordPress sites that have info on the archeology and history of the Bradbury Rings site:
You can see more beautiful images (even a video) of the crop circle here:
And additional interpretations of the glyph here:
A special thanks to Anne over at http://www.exopermaculture.com , whose WordPress blog brought this image to my attention.
Check out her post about the crop circles of 2014,
which leads you to this site: http://augureye.blogspot.com/2014/08/2014-crop-circle-gallery.html
another wordpress blogger that posted info on the crop circle: