The Menorah Crop Circle Formation  

by Joseph E. Mason


The message of the crop circles is becoming much more clear. The magnitude of import is vast, to say the least. A breakthrough came with the appearance of the "Menorah" crop circle formation at Barbury Castle, which was reported on May 31, 1999. The Menorah, the lampstand with seven lamps, is one of the most important symbols in the Bible. Parts of The Book of Exodus tells the story of how Moses was given a divine revelation at Sinai concerning the construction of the Tabernacle, a portable tent used for worship, a place of revelation. The outer part of the Tabernacle was known as the Holy Place, and the inner part was called the Holy of Holies or the Most Holy Place. The Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Testimony was the location of the candlestick, or Menorah.

The Menorah may also be suggested in the Book of Revelation, verses 1:12-16:

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast; his head and his hair were white as wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters; in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

Other "Religious" Crop Circle Formations

The Menorah is not the first "religious" symbol to appear. Over the years, various crop circles have portrayed pre-Christian or esoteric European symbols, such as the Celtic Cross of 1988, the Irmensul ancient German Tree of Life of 1991, the Dharmic Wheel of 1992, the Kabalistic Tree of Life of 1997, and the 1998 Beltane Wheel. The Bythorn Mandala, which appeared in 1994, is an East Indian symbol of Kali and the third chakra. A huge ground marking appeared in 1990, grooved into a lake bed in Oregon. It was also an East Indian symbol, called a Sri Yantra.  

At least three Christian symbols have appeared, two of them indirectly. Several years ago, the Christian "Fish" symbol appeared as part of a crop formation.  Dowsing within the Winterborn Stoke Swastika Circle of 1989, revealed the basic design of The New Jerusalem Plan, based on Saint John's vision in Revelation.  The total of the square footage of the circles in the Barbury Castle formation of 1991 was 31,680, a number associated with a distance around The New Jerusalem.  One tenth of that number, 3,168, was associated with "Lord Jesus Christ" by the early Christians, and previously to a figure in the Pagan religion.  A "666" type crop formation appeared in 1993.  The sixes were arranged in a triangle.

The Menorah is Linked to The Tree of Life

The Menorah crop circle formation is directly linked to three other extremely significant crop formations that also appeared at Barbury Castle, one of which was the Kabalistic Tree of Life. Amazingly, the circles of the new Menorah formation can be rearranged slightly to become strikingly similar to The Tree of Life!  

The three diagrams above illustrate the point. The three circles on each side of the top of the Menorah pattern are simply moved to the sides, and the pathways straightened and shortened, as shown in the middle illustration. The illustration on the right is the Kabalistic Tree of Life. Notice that one of the circles in the Tree of Life diagram is a ring, rather than a completely darkened circle.  This sphere of the Tree of Life is called "Daat," and is considered "hidden." In most of the diagrams of the Tree that I have seen, the sphere of Daat is either not shown, or is shown as a ring made of dashed lines. The ten circles of The Tree are given the numbers one through ten. The hidden circle called "Daat" can be considered the eleventh.

The Mandelbrot Set Connection

The Tree of Life crop circle formation of 1997 had ten circles, as the hidden sphere of Daat was not included. The linked article above, about The Tree of Life, explains how several crop formations in the past are apparently linked together.

One of them, the Mandelbrot Set crop circle formation, seemed to reveal that "Keter, the Crown, is moving into Daat." A dream of a young man seemed to confirm the idea.

Keter is the sphere at the top of The Tree of life, and represents the One Creator, from which all the other spheres are emanated. Daat is associated with the Virgin Birth and knowledge. This could mean that the time has come, as predicted by Kabalists, for the Divine to interfere with humanity . . . that new knowledge will be given.

The Egyptian Scarab Beetle Connection

In the 1997 Tree of Life article, I wrote about the Mandelbrot Set crop circle formation, and posited the theory that it is related to symbolism of the Egyptian Scarab Beetle. Just above the new Menorah crop circle formation another formation appeared that is similar to the Scarab Beetle. I originally sent the idea to crop circle researchers eight years ago. The two new formations that appeared in May 1999 may be a confirmation that the Tree of Life, the Mandelbrot Set, the Scarab Beetle, and the Menorah are all interrelated symbols.

Confirmation in the Rotations

As with many formations, some of the circles in the Menorah crop formation had the plants laid down in a clockwise direction (or rotation), and others were laid down in a counterclockwise direction. I and some others feel that the the two types of rotations may be part of the message . . . that they have a duality, or male/female meaning.

I had a dream of a counterclockwise swastika in 1990. Energy was moving from the center, out into the arms. A voice said, "These are the forces going out from the center to experience negative manifested events in order to learn. It is generally square, and you circle counterclockwise."  

Negative and positive are one type of duality. The idea of rotation is found in myths and religions around the world. Black Elk, for example, spoke of the reason that shamen of the Souix Tribe "circle to the left," that is, from South to West to North, to East, returning to the South . . . in other words, rotating clockwise. Ancient glyphs of swastikas depicted them either clockwise (going East), or counterclockwise. The East-going swastika was a symbol of "good luck."  

In my experience, counterclockwise rotation symbolizes the "male" aspect of creation, and clockwise rotation is symbolic of the "feminine" aspect. In this view, the physical reality is "male," in this sense, and the dream/Spirit reality is feminine. Others see it in the reverse. In terms of the human being, the male aspect is associated with rational, analytical thought and the left brain. The feminine aspect is associated with the dreaming, intuitive, emotional side and the right brain.

The rotations of the various circles in the Menorah crop circle formation are quite significant, I believe. The three circles on the top, left side had a counterclockwise rotation. The center and right three circles on top had a clockwise rotation. When the diagram is rearranged, as above, into a pattern similar to The Tree of Life, the three counterclockwise circles are on the left, and the three clockwise circles are on the right. This seems to confirm the Tree of Life association with the Menorah, because the left Pillar of the Tree of Life has three spheres that are associated with the feminine aspect, and the right Pillar has three spheres associated with the masculine aspect.

In the Kabalistic tradition, one can also imagine being inside the Tree. Form that perspective, the masculine Pillar is on the Left and the feminine Pillar on the right. Perhaps this "mirror image" type of concept is a reason for the differing opinions concerning the duality. In any case, the Menorah crop circle formation certainly seems related to the Tree of Life.

Connection to the Nazca Line Markings

The bottom of the Menorah crop circle formation had spikes, rather than a normal lampstand base. Perhaps this suggests "roots" of the Tree.

A large tree-like shape, similar to the Menorah, is one of the many ground markings on the Nazca Plains. The projections on the bottom of the Nazca marking are strikingly like those on the new Menorah crop circle formation. For decades there has been controversy about the Nazca markings. The method of creating the markings and the reason for producing them has never been clear. Erich Von Daniken, in his book, Chariots of the Gods, suggested that the markings are related to extraterrestrial beings who visited our planet thousands of years ago.

Since the crop circles began appearing in great numbers about ten years ago, there has been speculation that the Nazca markings may have come from the same source. The 1999 Menorah crop circle formation certainly seems to support the theory.

The Chakra Connection

I began to see a chakra connection to the crop circles in 1992. This began when I read Joseph Campbell's last book, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space. The great mythologist wrote about the universal "elementary" idea of the seven chakras and the midpoint, which is sometimes expressed as "3 1/2."

Notice the similarity of the depiction on the left to the Menorah crop circle formation. There are eight spheres along the balance beam pole, one of which is above the crossbeam. This is a very ancient depiction from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The seven spheres below the beam, according to Joseph Campbell, are related to the seven chakras. The eighth sphere above the beam, he theorized, represents a realm beyond the earth plane. The snout of the "Swallower" beast cuts across the pole between the third and the fourth spheres, and the Judgment Seat is also located at that level.

The depiction on the right is a Navaho sand painting called The Pollen Path. It is a corn plant with seven markers. From the bottom-upward, they are marked by the root, the five leaves, and the tassel. Again, these correspond to the chakras, according to Joseph Campbell. The two leaves marking the third and fourth chakras also show ears of corn. A lightning bolt from above strikes at the fourth marker, which is in the center, the midpoint. This corresponds, he wrote, to the vajra, "the thunderbolt of enlightenment" of Hindu and Buddhist iconography, which exactly fits with the fourth chakra, anahata, "where the sound is heard that is not made by any two things striking together."

Note that the bottom of the corn plant has three roots, just as the Menorah crop formation has three projections or spikes at the bottom. Joseph Campbell wrote, "The root of the corn plant is threefold, like Yuktatriveni in the muladhara." Again, this corresponds to eastern concepts of the chakra system, which are quite ancient.

In The Tree of Life Crop Circle Formation article, I included a theory that the central Pillar of the Tree corresponds to the chakras, and that the left and right Pillars correspond to the two "snake-like" channels called Ida and Pengala. The Menorah crop circle formation may suggest the chakras in the same way, because of its apparent connection to the Tree of Life, and the three projections from the base.

But, I believe, there is another suggestion of the chakras in the seven circles at the top. The seven lamps of the Menorah which correspond to the seven upper circles in the Menorah crop circle formation, seem to fit with the worldwide elementary idea of the seven chakras with the midpoint marked in some way.

Often, the Menorah has the center lamp above the other six, thus the midpoint is marked by the elevation of the center lamp, and by its attachment to the to the column.

So, either or both "chakra" interpretations may be correct. It seems that a higher intelligence is trying to teach us something about "religious" concepts. I have a strong feeling that the higher intelligence behind the crop circle phenomenon is the same intelligence that gave mankind "religious" concepts throughout history. It is time to wake up and pay attention, I do think. Apparently, we have a lot to learn.

Recent History of Chakra-Related
Crop Circles and Ground Markings

The Sri Yantra

The first clear indication of a "chakra" message from an apparent non-human source in recent times was the great Sri Yantra mandala that appeared in an Oregon lake bed in 1990. One of the meanings of the Sri Yantra is a path through the chakras, starting from one of the four outer "T" - shaped "gates," and traveling inward to the center, where there is a single dot, called the "bindu," which represents Union with the One Source. There are a total of nine steps, with the eighth represented by a single triangle. The eighth and ninth steps, perhaps, as with the eighth sphere above the beam in the Egyptian depiction, represent levels beyond the earth plane or human body.

I originally read about the Oregon lake bed marking in 1992. The report was in a newsletter from Pat Delgado ("CPD" Newsletter, number 7, for April 1992). There was no picture, diagram, or explanation of the meaning in the report. In March 1993, an astonishing coincidence happened concerning the Sri Yantra. I began writing an outline article of a theory that humanity has been on a path that corresponds to the chakras . . . that we are near the 3 1/2 midpoint, and a leap to the fourth, the Heart chakra. By chance, I found Tantric Way: Art, Science, Ritual, by Ajit Mookerjee and Madhu Khanna, four days later. A part of the book has diagrams and explanations of the Sri Yantra. I was shocked when I saw the diagram. It stuck me that I drew a diagram of a star back in 1990 that was the same as fourteen-pointed star in the center of the Sri Yantra, based on nine flower-shapes and a Tantric Yantra. Checking the dates, I realized that I drew my star the day before the news services released the story of the Sri Yantra marking that appeared in the Oregon lake bed!

In my drawing, I colored in the fourteen outer triangles. In the Tantric Way, a similar diagram is depicted - The text explained that this represents the Heart chakra! It was quite a meaningful coincidence, considering that I was writing the article about humanity's leap to the Heart chakra at the time!

The Bythorn Mandala

The Bythorn Mandala crop circle formation appeared in 1993. It was a ten-petal lotus with a five-pointed star inside. This is a traditional symbol of the third chakra. It is quite similar to a yantra to Kali, which has sixteen and eight petal lotus flowers. A five-pointed star with two points up is an esoteric symbol of the Kali-Yuga time cycle. In the crop formation, two of the points faced North, while a single point faced to the South.

Other Formations

There are many other crop circle formations which could be related to the chakras. Dee and I created an article about it in 1997, which has been revised recently:

Crop Circle Formations As Chakras

The article reviews some of Joe Mason's work, and the work of several other crop circle researchers, including Lucy Pringle, Barbara Davies, Freddie Silva, and the extensive work of Jens Rowol.

The Revelation 11:11 Connection

My work involves dreams and coincidence. Although I have never been a Christian, I was lead to the Bible. By 1992 my experiences began to revolve around Revelation 11:11, where the two olive trees stand up after three days and a half. The verse is related to Zechariah 3 and 4, which speak of Joshua (the High Priest) and Zerubabbel (the governor/King), the two anointed of the bloodlines of Arron and Judah. The two olive trees stand on the left and right of the golden lamp with seven lamps, that is the Menorah.

This was part of my outline article written in March of 1992. In 1996 a brief e-mail version of it was posted on the Pufori site, and later on GeoCities and GreatDreams. Near the end of 1998 I began a much more extensive explanation. It is now a series of articles that start here:  

Humanity On The Pollen Path

Update, December 27, 2003

Near the beginning of August 2003, a crop formation appeared that looked like a formation of birds in flight. It has been called the Swallows Formation.  Several days ago, our friend and publisher looked at a diagram of the "Swallows" formation and said that it looked like a Menorah when turned upside down.

It seems so obvious, I wonder why I did not see it right away. Apparently, no one else noticed it either.

Dee created a page about the formation:

The Swallows come to Save Earth - Crop Circle

She mentioned in the article that a swallow is shown in the Hopi depiction of Spider Grandmother. This has been on our "Pollen Path" page for some years. Yet another swallow is pictured in part 2 of the article, as part of Dali's painting.

Also in part 1 of the article, we mentioned the Solara 11:11 Doorway, and "11:11 Birdstar." After the Swallows Formation appeared, I looked up the meaning of Birdstar in Solara's book, 11:11 : Inside the Doorway. The following is from page 250:

Once we know that we are One, our Unified Presence takes the form of a vast white bird. This large white bird is composed of myriad small white birds flying in formation as One. It could be termed the Merkabah or the Birdstar. It is our vehicle for mass ascension. (This Birdstar is not a spaceship. It is the expression of our Unified Presence!)

March 12, 2005 Update

A great confirmation of some of the ideas in this article came in the form of a pair of crop circle formations at Pewsey White Horse in 2004.

The Chakra System Crop Circle Formation

March 21, 2005 Update

Solara's 11:11 Doorway messages are, of course, controversial. The reviews of her book are highly praised by some, and condemned by others. Personally, I think the messages have a profound validity, but may prove to be more symbolic than expected. I find it remarkable how many times Solara's concepts seem to be on the mark when compared to various events. The "Birdstar-Swallows formation" is but one example. Years ago, Solara did predict that people would start to see 11:11 on their watches and elsewhere to an extent far beyond coincidence. This has indeed happened. See:

Coincidence and 11:11

11:11 - What is the Meaning?

In a more recent development, we have learned through Geoff Stray that the Mayan calendar ends at 11:11 AM universal time. In September, 2003, I received this:

<< Subj: 2012 News
Date: 9/2/2003 3:07:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: Geoff Stray) >> (snip)

<< 11:11 and 2012: Do you remember the synchronicities reported surrounding the numbers 11:11? I just found this link at the US naval observatory that confirms that all those people could have been connecting in to the 2012 phenomenon. According to this page, the 2012 winter solstice will occur at 11:11 universal time. >> (snip)

I checked out the site and put this in my notes, and later on a web page:

Earth's Seasons, etc. 1992-2020

U.S. Naval Observatory - Astronomical Applications Department

Note: In the tables, d, h, m indicate day, hour, minute, respectively, of Universal Time.



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The June Solstice on June 20 is at 11:09 PM, which is interesting regarding the 911 and 119 phenomenon. In the 28 years listed on the above page, only the one 11 11 time is given. I also searched for 23 11 which would be 11:11 PM. I did not find that time either. See:

The How and Why of the Mayan End Date in 2012

All About 2012

Perhaps it is significant that 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, the Mayan end date comes. A common factor seems to be the 11:11 AM times of the end of World War One and the exact moment of the Mayan cycle end.

One of Solara's messages was that the 11:11 Doorway opens in the belt of Orion. The experiences of Stan Romanek seem to be related. He reported that he received some strange "mystery equations" with diagrams that came through "encounters/abductions." Two of the diagrams clearly show the stars of the Orion constellation, with with our sun and planets in a straight line. Included is a tenth planet. One of the two has the Orion stars on the side of a box, with our sun and planets on the side of a smaller box inside the larger box. This geometry is said to represent a hypercube. Both of the diagrams have what appears to be a worm holes. The hypercube drawing shows the worm hole aligned between one of the Orion belt stars and the planet Earth. Orion appears to be "upside down" from the way we see it in the northern hemisphere. People in the southern hemisphere see it as drawn in Stan's diagram:

Stan Romanek's Mystery Equations (Orion wormhole)

In our article, The Tree of Life Crop Circle Formation, originally written in 1997, we included a two paragraphs about the "Connection to the Belt of Orion":


A group of German researchers made a convincing argument about the bent pathway in the triangular 1991 Barbury Castle formation. By deciphering a number of formations, they theorized that a message was being given about star patterns in the area of the sky known as the "Winter Hexagon." Further, a triangle was indicated in the stars of Orion, which are within the Winter Hexagon. The top of the triangle is located at the left-most star in Orion's Belt, known as Zeta Orionis. Another star is located near the edge of the imaginary triangle in the sky, and it is in the exact position of the bend or kink in the Barbury Castle triangular crop formation. The triangle in the sky is at an angle of 19.5 degrees.

I have experienced an amazing number of meaningful coincidences for some nine years. A coincidence happened concerning the above information around 1993, when I read a news story shortly after reading of the German group's research. The article reported that astronomers were baffled by some strange X-ray bursts coming from a major star in the heavens. They were coming from the left-most star in Orion's Belt, Zeta Orionis.

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In Stan's diagram, considering that it is upside down from the "normal" view, the belt star at one end of the worm hole is indeed, the left-most star in Orion's Belt, known as Zeta Orionis!

Crop Circle Photographers

We thank the crop circle photographers and urge support for them.

 Lucy Pringle  

 Busty Taylor  

 Stuart Dike  

Freddy Silva

Ron Russell
 Crop Circle Anomalies

Steve Alexander
 and Karen Douglas

 Peter Sorenson  

Patricia Murray

A.J. Samuels

Andreas Müller

Colin Andrews

Jim Miller

Frank Laumen

Bert Janssen

Jan Schwochow

 Clemens Richter  

Doe Kelly and
Andrew Wheeler

Nick Nicholson

Rob Speight

Eva-Marie Brekkesto

Julian Gibsone

Graham Tucker

Werner Anderhub

Seiichi Nakazato

David Russell

Richard Wintle
Calyx Photo Services

Andrew King

Richard Harvey

Russell Stannard

Andrea Felliziani

Summer Garland

Related Articles by Joseph E. Mason
and/or Dee Finney

The Tree of Life Crop Circle Formation

Humanity On The Pollen Path


The Swallows come to Save Earth - Crop Circle

Solar Eclipse 1999 - Final Quest for the Holy Grail


11:11 - Humanity's Leap to the Heart Chakra

Vision of 11:11

11:11 - What Does it Mean?

Sacred Numbers to Resuscitate the Dead -
Lazarus and Awakening the Giant

The Pleiades and the Seventh Ray on the Seventh Day

The Trinity Connection

Arguments Against the Hoax Theory of Crop Circles


The Most Important Crop Circle - Swirl Vortex at Whitehorse, 1999

The Eight Fold Crop Circles of 2000

The Opening Eyes - The Aperture - Crop Circles of July, 2000

The Way God Creates A Corp Circle & Dreams About Electricity

The All Seeing Eye - The Crop Circle Connection to Creator and the Stars

The Keeper of the Trumphets (7 with midpoint)

The Aliens Arrive (Crabwood Formation 2002)

The American Tragedy: A Symbolic Event
9-11 September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack



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