interesting aspects of the Roundway crop picture: the “orrery” and
its relation to a “Man in the Moon” from Hackpen Hill on July 9,
Roundway crop picture of July 30 was the most interesting and
complex of 2014 so far. It showed an overlapping combination of
landscape, mathematical and astronomical symbolisms. We have already
discussed its “condor pi bird”, “mathematical pi” and “astronomical
date” symbolisms. To complete our analysis, we will now add two more
distinct symbolisms as described below, thereby bringing to the
total to five.
Similarity to an “orrery”
Roundway crop picture resembles an Earth-centred mechanical model of
our solar system known as an “orrery”. The suggested date for this
orrery as drawn in crops seems to be September 9, 2014,
but please check this for yourselves, by using a wonderful on-line
program that shows geocentric planetary locations (see
www.theplanetstoday.com). Just click on the arrow provided at
upper right, on the website linked, to watch eight planets, the Moon
and Sun move around Earth as we go into the future, while comparing
with the Roundway crop picture as described below. Which date do you
think it most accurately describes?
line and its associated circle, emerging towards lower right from
the centre of this crop picture, seem not to represent a “planet”,
but rather a “crank handle” which turns the model:
medieval orrery included seven bright sky objects
(Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). This modern
“crop orrery” seems to include ten sky objects, where
faint Uranus, Neptune and Pluto have been added to the list.
has been drawn naturally in the crop picture with “rings” as shown
at upper left (in imitation of Hod Hill on June 1, 2014). Jupiter
has been drawn as a “large spiral” on the right, which resembles its
banded gas clouds. The Sun, Mercury and Venus have been grouped
together at centre right into the shape of a Greek letter “pi”. Mars
lies along a line parallel to ringed Saturn above. Pluto as “number
one” lies far away on the left. Ringed Uranus, Neptune and our Moon
make up another group of three sky objects at lower left.
Saturn and Uranus in our solar system have prominent ring
systems, and only Jupiter has banded gas belts,
so we can be fairly sure about the planetary identities of those
three crop symbols, then work out the rest. For any orrery, Saturn
and Jupiter should be the largest objects as shown. Neptune and
Pluto hardly move over time, so given the known locations of
Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus for August 2014, and by comparison with a
sky map (see below), we can say confidently that Pluto has been
represented in the crop picture by a small trapezoidal shape at
centre left, while Neptune is the small circle at lower left between
Pluto and ringed Uranus.
are left with only five sky objects which move significantly over
months of time: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and our Moon. By
comparison with a sky map for August 2014 (see
www.theplanetstoday.com), Mars is clearly the small circle at
upper left, in line with ringed Saturn. Likewise our Sun lies within
the large “pi” symbol at upper right, flanked by two other small
planets Mercury and Venus. The final fast-moving sky object, our
Moon, is represented by a thin crescent which lies below between
Neptune and ringed Uranus (in imitation of Badbury Rings from June
the indicated date for this “orrery”, our Moon should have a Right
Ascension between that of Uranus and Neptune. We are therefore led
to study certain dates over intervals of one lunar month: namely
August 10, September 9 or October 8 (two of which are “super full
moons” as drawn in crops at Hackpen Hill on July 8, see
www.ibtimes.com). Only on September 9 do the other
fast-moving sky objects Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars seem to match
the new Roundway crop picture well.
might happen on that day? Certainly there will be a bright “super
full Moon”! Also according to these artistic and metaphorical crop
pictures, a “Man in the Moon” may be astonished to see a “bright
spiral” in the night sky near Jupiter, while a “condor pi bird” will
fly through Earth’s skies! Could this be Quetzalcoatl, the legendary
“bird-serpent” from ancient central America, making fun of his
expected activities on that day, which is now only one month off?
Similarity to “Man in the Moon”
a small symbol for Earth’s Moon in this crop orrery (located between
ringed Uranus and Neptune on the diagram below at right) seems to
recapitulate the “lunar crescent”, “eye” and “spiral” symbols which
were drawn in crops near Hackpen Hill on July 9, 2014 (see
two crop pictures seem to fit together well. So the unknown “spiral”
astronomical event, which was suggested at Hackpen Hill on July 9,
may take place when the indicated date of September 9 this crop
orrery is reached.
interesting observations of Roundway on July 30, 2014
also see, by direct comparison to aerial photographs of the July 30
crop picture (see
roundway), that the Roundway White Horse, the new crop picture
and a nearby round knoll create a “triangular shape” in the
landscape, which resembles a Sun-Mercury-Venus “triangle” in Earth’s
sky on September 9, 2014.
Jupiter-Earth-Saturn angle as drawn in crops is about 135o,
or slightly larger than 110o as seen in Earth’s sky on
that day, but the “spiral” shape as drawn for Jupiter appears quite
we can see nearby in the landscape (just to the east) a similar
image which looks like the crop picture, and like a geocentric view
of our solar system:
summary of Roundway from July 30, 2014
summarize, the amazing new crop picture at Roundway on July 30
features a variety of complex overlaid codes. Basically it shows a
“condor bird” with “pi” written on its side (like for the
flag-marking of an airplane) flying in the air, and squawking “pi!
pi!” from its open beak, just as a crow might squawk “caw! caw!”.
The intended joke here is that a bird’s squawk may be compared to
the “squawk code” of a flying aircraft.
its “open beak” near the Roundway White Horse, we can see a
geocentric model for our solar system (or “orrery”) which seems to
read September 9, 2014 (although this is not certain), and also
shows a clever code for pi = 3.141592654 as drawn in crops at
Barbury Castle on June 1, 2008. We can also see a “Man in the Moon”
looking up in amazement at a great “night sky spiral” near Jupiter.
happens on September 9, which will be a super-full Moon, I would
argue that the Roundway crop picture deserves to be considered as
one of the greatest artistic masterpieces of the 21st
century, even though we still have a long way to go.
(Dr. Horace R. Drew)
Vaya con dios, our old friend, 192 nations on Earth will watch in