Extraordinary ‘Ice Ring’
First Authentic ‘Crop Circle’ Pictogram of 2001?
‘ice circles’ or ‘ice rings’, generally measuring between
15 to 20 feet in diameter, have appeared in thin ice ponds, and
water courses, in Canada and the US for many years. One of the
most impressive events occurred during a night in February 1993
when dozens of ice circles and concentric rings, formed on the
Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. The following morning ‘hundreds’
of workers at the acclaimed Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), were witness to the amazing phenomenon that, like the more
widely known and prolific worldwide ‘Crop Circle’ enigma,
seemed to occur for the very purpose of inviting serious
scientific investigation, and an explanation (Ref.2).
© 2001 Lyn
recently, in 2001, also reported in February, it seems that the
first crop circle ‘Pictogram’ has appeared, not in any type of
crop, but in thin ice, near the town of Churchville in Maryland,
USA! This new formation, measuring approximately 30 feet in
diameter, was particularly unique and interesting in that it
consisted of a ring with a straight edged spur, or
rectangular pathway, extending from the rings outer perimeter
(Fig.1, estimated from a photograph). Reminiscent of a very
similar pictogram that first appeared in barley near Whiteparish
in Hampshire, England, in 1987 (Ref.3), this little but profoundly
significant spur seemed to challenge any idea that the formation
could be explained as a ‘natural’ event.
the late 1980s a new crop circle design impulse seemed to enter
the crop fields
of Southern England, as if to question the view held by some at
the time, that
the crop circle phenomenon was either manmade, or somehow
naturally produced. Like the prevailing view of many people today,
in the wake of claimed and evident crop circle pictogram ‘hoaxing’,
that only simple circles and formations are likely to be authentic
and most probably a phenomenon of nature, it seems that another
‘psycho-spiritual’ spanner, in this case in the form of an ‘ice
pictogram’, has been thrown into the machinations of such
challenging our assumptions of causative reality, and being a
possible continuation of a very ‘psycho-interactive’
phenomenon that often manifests in the form of a ‘response’ to
researcher, public and media views and observations, does the
design glyph of a ring with a straight spur meaning anything?
it does. The sign of a filled in circle with a straight bar
extending from it represents in meteorology: ‘A coating of
clearly not identical the two signs do have more than two things
in common: They both depict a circle with a straight edged spur,
or pathway protruding from it. In addition to this, the
Churchville ‘Pictogram’ is especially interesting because it
appeared in thin ice, and the meteorological symbol
denotes a ‘coating’ of ice. Although there are differences in
their pictographic proportions I think their similarities are more
significant, considering their related iconography. Also, in
keeping with the design conception of many authentic crop circle
formations over the years, the pictogram sign was an ‘opposite’
variation of the symbol (modern and ancient) most associated with
it, making an exact identification a little allusive, and clearly
an exercise of inquiry. This indicates in my view that the
authentic crop circle pictogram phenomenon, forming in many
terrestrial mediums, is alive and well, regardless of being
currently perceived by some researchers and the public to be ‘on
thin ice’ due
to recently projected high percentages of manmade circle making,
media announcements to the contrary.
the angle of the spur significant?
I don’t know without accurate measurements. But if it pointed to
North, or especially ‘Magnetic North’, it would be
significant, with a great many authentic crop circle formations of
the past aligned to this primary geomagnetic and geomantic compass
bearing (Ref. 4).
the latter months of 1990 and spring 1991 I discovered numerous
literal and metaphorical references to ‘International
Meteorological Symbols’ depicted in authentic crop circle
design symbolism, challenging and supporting, in my view, that
certain meteorological conditions do play a role in the physics of
authentic crop circle creation. One of the largest and most
impressive authentic pictograms to illustrate this point occurred
during the pre-dawn hours of July 11th 1990, when
amongst other things, its design symbolism depicted a forecast
of the prevailing weather conditions over the very field it formed
in, hours before and after its appearance. I soon realized upon
‘reading’, or deciphering it, that it actually represented the
most suitable meteorological conditions, first observed by Dr
Terrence Meaden (a meteorologist) back in the early 1980s, for ‘atmospheric
plasmas’, or ‘earth lights’, and authentic crop circle
formations to form in!
information, including in-depth research documenting the depiction
and meaning of international meteorological symbols and themes
referenced in authentic crop circle pictogram design ‘statements’,
can also be found in my article entitled: ‘Let
Us Remember Dragons: A Meteorological Connection in Crop
meaning attributed to a glyph consisting of a circle with a
straight sided spur
projecting from it can be found in medieval alchemy, when it was
sometimes used to represent ‘night’. In astronomy, a
sign consisting of a straight spur attached to a filled in circle
is also sometimes used to symbolize an ‘eclipse of the sun’.
Though I’m not sure if this latter meaning has any relevance to
the Churchville ice pictogram, it probably did, like most
authentic crop circle pictograms, appear during the night, when
most ice circles and rings also seem to form.
alchemical symbol for night Kris (Sherwood) first observed in a
pictogram that appeared in 1998, in Wiltshire England, that also
incorporated a sign used by ancient alchemists for ‘fire’.
When combined she realized the formation could be read as ‘Night
Fire’, and a perfect metaphor to symbolize an atmospheric
plasma: a type of ‘physical’ luminosity generally reported at
night, that has been seen to precede and follow authentic crop
information, including in-depth research documenting the depiction
and meaning of alchemical symbols and themes referenced in
authentic crop circle pictogram design symbolism, can also be
found in an article Kris wrote entitled:
Philosopher’s Stone: A Stone Most Precious’.
aspect of the ice pictogram that seemed to be a matter of
intelligent design was its placing in the landscape near a town
called Church-ville. The importance and significance of ‘Sacred
Space’ has been repeatedly referred to in authentic crop
circle design symbolism since the early 1980s; as well as in the
geometry, mathematics, timing, and placing of non-manmade
pictogram events, that frequently occur in close proximity to
ancient sacred sites, and/or associated place names (Ref.5 ).
was a parapsychological researcher from England, Andrew Collins,
coined the very apt term ‘Temporary Temples’ to
describe the energetic spaces occupied by crop circle formations,
in his 1994 book ‘Alien Energy’ (Ref.
in a pond; a concentration of water and a place where ‘leylines’
often cross (Ref.5), can the Churchville ice pictogram now be
added to the long list of sites visited by this continuing,
profoundly spiritual, worldwide modern day miracle we call
the Crop Circle phenomenon? I think so.
© Lyn Winer 2001
thanks to Lyn Winer for reporting the ice pictogram and giving
include her photograph, and to Paul Anderson for widely
disseminating the report through his CCCRN E-News bulletins.
additional information and images visit Paul
site and ‘Ice
German Ice Rings 1998
Mysterious 'Ice Circle' Discovered in NE, USA
CCCRN News – The E-News Service of the Canadian Crop
Circle Research Network, Paul Anderson, April 23rd
The Cosmic Connection – Michael Hesemann, Gateway Books,
Circular Evidence – Pat Delgado & Colin Andrews,
Phanes Press, 1989.
The Sophistication of Agriglyph Geometry – John S.
Martineau, Wooden Books, 1993
Let Us Remember Dragons: A Meteorological Connection In
Crop Circles – Ed Sherwood, 1997
Alien Energy – Andrew Collins, ABC Books, 1994.
Millennium Research articles can be found at:
Box 2084, Santa Monica, CA 90406, USA.