Manton Drove, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire. Reported 24th May.

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A spectacular crop picture at Manton Drove on May 24, 2015 showed repeated and unmistakeable codes, of both an astronomical and geometrical nature, in order to suggest a near-future day and hour of May 29, 2015 at 12 noon, when the volcano Mount Shindake exploded unexpectedly in southern Japan 

A new crop picture appeared near Manton Drove in southern England on May 24, 2015, close to where a “polar clock” had appeared in crops three years earlier on June 2, 2012.  

This new crop picture also shows the general shape and form of a “polar clock”. Yet its details seem much more complicated than for the previous example, which supplied a known date of August 5, 2012, for when NASA Curiosity Rover would land on Mars. What might the new “polar clock” from 2015 tell us?  

A zodiac with 13 constellations rather than 12  

It seems generally to be based on the concept of our night sky as a “wheel of stars”, which rotates along 13 different constellations of the zodiac:  

We used to count 12 constellations in the zodiac, but now we count 13 by including Ophiuchus: 

The use of a 13-constellation zodiac also allows this crop picture to specify an overlapping date in the Mayan Long Count calendar, which read “” on May 24, 2015.  

Our Sun near the centre of Taurus on May 29, 2015 

On May 29, 2015 at 12 noon, which is the day and hour specified by this new crop picture, our Sun was located near the centre of a constellation Taurus (the Bull), which counts as constellation number 3 out of 13, in this particular definition of the zodiac:  

The zodiac is essentially a “wheel of stars” which rotates about Earth’s north or south poles, as a kind of “polar clock”. Technically we are referring here to the “celestial” north or south poles, not to our “geographical” north or south poles, but that is a detail which does not need to be discussed further in the present context.  

Their “polar clock” points toward a telephone pole  

Now when we look to see how this new crop picture was drawn in the field, we learn somewhat amusingly that “constellation 3” or Taurus from their zodiac points toward a nearby telephone pole!  

Four telephone poles in the shape of a right-angle triangle  

When we look somewhat more broadly in the local landscape, to inspect where this new crop picture was drawn, we can see a total of four telephone poles nearby. These seem to be arranged in the shape of a right-angle triangle:  

The crop picture is a large “wheel” or “circle”, which lies tangent to the hypotenuse of that “field triangle”, and close to its bisector.  

A special “5-12-13” right-angle triangle

Using Google Earth, we measured angles and lengths between those four telephone poles and the crop picture more accurately. By doing so, we found that those four telephone poles define a special shape known as a “5-12-13” right-angle triangle:  

Constellation “3” or Taurus from their zodiac points toward the centre of 3 telephone poles in a row below, along the triangular side of length “12”.  

Triangular geometry suggests a date and hour of May 29 at 12 noon  

Because this result seemed so important, we drew it again in a clear line diagram. There are three conclusions here of a geometrical kind. Firstly, four telephone poles define a “5-12-13” right-angle triangle: 

Secondly, constellation “3” or Taurus points toward the centre of 3 telephone poles in a row below.  

Thirdly, the other “hours” from this “polar clock” read as “5-2-9-12” to suggest a date and hour of month 5 (May), day 29, and hour 12 noon. Hours “2” and “5” lie tangent to the hypotenuse of this triangle, and suggest a number “25” which is the sum of its two sides 12 and 13.  

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the “sky river”  

In the context of a “stellar zodiac”, we can imagine that our Sun is “rolling along” the hypotenuse of that triangle, from constellation 2 (Aries) to constellation 3 (Taurus) and so on:  

There are 13 constellations in the complete zodiac, while side “13” forms the hypotenuse of a “5-12-13” field triangle. Hour “13” from the “rotating zodiac” lies parallel to side “13” as expected.  

Another constellation nearby is Triangulum, which lies just above Aries and Taurus, and has the approximate shape of a 5-12-13 triangle. Its “hypotenuse” also lies parallel to the solar ecliptic in Earth’s night sky.  

Our Sun, Mars and Mercury formed a “right-angle triangle” in the sky on May 30, 2015

Another possible source of triangular geometry might be a “sky triangle” which was formed by our Sun, Mars and Mercury on May 30, 2015 at 1649 UT:  

This was when Mercury reached inferior conjunction between Earth and Sun. Planet Mars was located on the far side of our Sun away from Earth.  

Four stars created a “clock shape” around our Sun on May 29, 2015 at 1200 UT 

Just to confirm that date of May 29, 12 noon in another way, we noticed that four bright stars formed a “2-5-9-12” clock shape around our Sun at that time, as it moved along the ecliptic:  

There were not any other similar star clusters nearby on related dates.  

The astronomy of our Moon and Mercury 

To be complete, we note here that our Moon reached first-quarter phase on May 26, 2015, two days after the crop picture appeared:  

Mercury reached inferior conjunction on May 30, 2015, six days after the crop picture appeared.  

A Mayan calendar date of “” for May 29, 2015 

If we were not clear in our minds already, which date this crop picture might specify, the crop artists kindly told us in yet another way, by using coded symbols from the Mayan Long Count calendar:  

We can read its date of appearance as “” or May 24, 2015, just by looking at hour “12” on the left. Alternatively, we can read its target date of “” or May 29, 2015, by counting little sets of “eyes” in all four hours “2, 5, 9, 12” along its outer perimeter.  

What happened on May 29, 2015 close to 12 noon?  

What was so important about the date of May 29, 2015 near 12 noon? Well, on that date at that hour, a dormant volcano called Mount Shindake erupted suddenly and unexpectedly in southern Japan (see or japan-volcano-evacuation):  

Could this be what the crop artists (as time travellers) were trying to tell us, five days earlier at Manton Drove on May 24?  

“Volcano” symbolism” in the landscape near Manton Drove on May 24, 2015 

In order to address that question, we studied more carefully the general landscape near Manton Drove, where the crop picture was drawn. Indeed, we found immediately a series of images which suggest “volcanic explosion”:  

The crop picture was drawn as shown schematically above, and reads clearly “5-29-12” when going from left to right, or from top to bottom.  

Looking at the landscape just below, we can also see the image of a “volcanic pipe”, through which hot magma travels upward from deep in the Earth to be ejected above:  

The crop “polar clock” reads “5-29-12”, or exactly when Mount Shindake exploded.  

That Manton Drove crop picture was apparently a “mark” made by time travellers in order to denote an important historical event in our local timeline. It was also drawn clearly and simply enough, so that everyone should now be aware of their existence, unless you are truly “blind”.  

Red Collie (Dr. Horace R. Drew) 

P.S. We would like to thank Mr. Gyro and Matthew Williams for excellent drone videos of this important crop picture.  

Appendix 1. Various patterned lays in flattened parts of Manton Drove on May 24, 2015 

Some of the patterned lays in this crop picture were so interesting, and so far beyond what any local humans could create using ”rope and boards”, that we thought it would be important to document them here.  




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