The Tree of Life
 Crop Circle Formation  

by Joseph E. Mason


Two very significant crop circle formations appeared at Barbury Castle in May 1997. They seemed to reveal extremely important information. One of the formations was the Kabalistic Tree of Life.

The crop formation is pictured on the left, above. The depiction on the right is one version of the ancient Tree of Life.  The Tree of Life, of course, is mentioned many times in the Bible, from the beginning of the Book of Genesis to last part of the Book of Revelation.  One who eats from this Tree, according to the Bible, is given "eternal life." The above diagram of the Tree of Life is part of an ancient tradition called "Kabala." Other spellings of the word include, kabbala, cabala, cabbala, quabala, and qabbalah. This is generally known as a special Hebrew tradition, the occult philosophy of certain Jewish rabbis, especially in the Middle Ages, based on a mystical interpretation of the Scriptures. Many scholars believe that the tradition is much older; that it traces back to the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians.

Connections to Ancient Sumeria

Over one hundred years ago, clay tablets were found in present day Iraq. They were artifacts with Cuneiform writings and pictographic carvings, left by the ancient people of that region. The Assyrian and Babylonian empires were located in that area long ago, but an even more ancient one preceded them, called Sumer, which in the Bible is called "Land of Shine'ar."  According to scholar, Zecharia Sitchin, in Divine Encounters (page 7) -

Sumer (the biblical Shine'ar) was the land where the first known and fully documented civilization sprang up after the Deluge, appearing suddenly and all at once some six thousand years ago.

Some of the pictographic carvings have depictions similar to the Kabalistic Tree of Life. The oldest story in history, '
The Epic of Gilgamesh
, was also found. Gilgamesh was a king, who was part god. He traveled to a far place, looking for the plant or tree that gave eternal life.

The Meaning of the Tree of Life

The Kabalistic Tree is sometimes called The Sephirotic Tree of Life. The circles or spheres are called sephiroth.  A single circle or sphere is called a sephira.  The teachings about the Kabalistic Tree of Life are very deep and complex. The ten spheres and 22 paths of The Tree generally represent the nature of the forces behind Creation on all levels, from microscopic to macrocosmic. The Tarot Cards are also associated with The Tree.  

The Related 1997 Crop Formation

Another formation appeared nearby that may be related. It was similar to a number of other crop formations that have appeared in recent years. The design is based on a ring of six interlocking circles. In the formation that appeared with the Tree of Life, the plants were laid down in a manner that formed a pinwheel-like design, with six crescent moon-like shapes. A similar design with just three crescents later appeared at another location. One person had a dream with ten crescents arranged in a similar manner.

Both formations appeared in a type of crop known as oilseed rape, also known as canola. It is said that hoaxed formations are impossible to make convincingly in this type of plant, because it has a consistency like celery. When the stalks are bent more than about 45 degrees, they snap into. In a "real" formation, the plants are often bent flat to the ground at 90 degrees. This is one of a number of reasons that most serious crop circle researchers feel that the patterns are being created by a highly intelligent, non-human source.

Some researchers said that the Tree of Life crop formation was suspect because the plants were not as neatly laid down as in other formations, and two of the pathways were kinked. Others argued that the kinked pathways may have been part of the message. The great Barbury Castle triangle / tetrahedron of 1991 also had a bent pathway, and the central circle and rings were offset from center, yet most researchers believe it was one of the most significant "real" crop formations.

Two Related 1991 Crop Formations

In retrospect, a very astute observation was put forward in an article by crop circle researcher, Mark Styles. He pointed out that the 1991 Barbury Castle triangular crop circle formation was very similar to the lower triad of the Kabalistic Tree of Life.

He presented an equally astute theory in the article regarding the Mandelbrot Set crop circle formation which also appeared in 1991, on August 11. He showed that the Mandelbrot Set formation is similar to the Kabalistic Tree of Life, except for the top circle, which is Keter, the Crown, the One Source is "missing." He suggested that this may mean that "Keter is moving into Daat."

Daat is said to be a secret, hidden, eleventh sephira. It is depicted as a circle formed by dashed lines below the main triad of three circles at the top. It is said to be the secret of the transition of Binah, the upper-left sephira corresponding to the Mother aspect of the Godhead, from the Dark Sterile Mother (Ama) to the Bright Fertile Mother (Aima), also know as Marah, the Great Sea. Marah is the root of Mary. It is the concept of a virgin becoming a mother by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The "hidden" sephira called Daat means "knowledge." The idea of moving into Daat, then, may indicate that God has or will move into a position to transmit new knowledge to mankind.

In this article, I will present the graphics and details of Mark's two theories above concerning the Tree of Life connections to the other two crop formations.

The 1999 Menorah Crop Circle Formation

Yet another formation now appears to be related. Near the end of May 1999, the Menorah crop circle formation appeared. Again, the location was near Barbury Castle and the plants were oilseed rape (canola). The eleven circles in the formation strongly suggest the Kabalistic Tree of Life, with the "hidden sephria," Daat, included.

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.

Connection to the Great Pyramids

The location of the star and the angle of the sky triangle are especially significant for a number of reasons. The research of Richard Hoagland, Robert Bauval, Adrian Gilbert, Graham Hancock, and others indicate that the three great pyramids at Giza represent the stars of Orion's Belt, and that the passageway from the King's chamber pointed to those stars. The stars represented the God, Osiris. The Queen's chamber passageway is thought to have pointed to the bright star, Sirius, representing the Goddess Isis.

Moon Landing Connections

Richard Hoagland discovered, incredibly, that all of the Apollo moon landings were precisely timed to the positions of the same stars. Either the Belt Stars of Orion or the Star Sirius were aligned with the horizon or at 19.5 degrees at the exact time of the landings. These facts are beyond accidental coincidence, Hoagland claims. It is unlikely that people working for NASA could plan such events so precisely. It seems that certain human events are influenced by a higher, other-dimensional intelligence.

The Mars Connection
Sacred Geometry and
Hyperdimensional Mathematics

The geometry and hyperdimensional mathematics found in the monuments on Mars , according to Hoagland and his associates, are related to the Giza Pyramids, to the ancient sites in England where most of the crop formations have been appearing, and to the Barbury Castle crop circle formation of 1991. One of the conclusions is that an energy exists within planetary spheres, including the sun and stars, by which they are created from another dimension. The energy inside the planetary spheres is shaped like two interlaced tetrahedrons. In a two-dimensional representation, this is like a Star of David inside a circle. One tetrahedron touches the surface of the planetary sphere at the north pole, and the other touches at the south pole. Three points of each tetrahedron touch the surface of the planetary sphere at 19.5 degrees north and south.

Alchemy and The Cycle of Time - Six Ages

In early 1997, my article, The Trinity Connection, was posted on the Pufori site. This is an excerpt concerning the 1991 Barbury Castle triangular crop formation:

I found another great connection in the quatrains of Nostradamus. It is in Century 4, Quatrains 28-33. This concerns the theories of alchemists about the sun (sulfur), the moon (salt), and Mercury (quicksilver). The glyphs on the corners of the triangle of Barbury are said to parallel these alchemical signs.

Their work involved the attempt to transmute elements, such as lead into gold, and finding a substance that gave eternal life. This became centered on cinnabar, the Hell Fire Stone, which is the ore of mercury, mercuric sulfide.

I believe it is symbolic of reaching the Trinity level of the Christ-Self, and eternal life. Nostradamus also said in C10, Q74 -

"The year of the great seventh number accomplished,
it will appear at the time of the games of slaughter,
not far from the age of the great millennium,
when the dead will come out of their graves."

(this seems to be a metaphor about the death/rebirth of changing, transforming).

There were six steps on the ratchet/Mercury spiral of Barbury. The angle from the center of the triangle to the southwest corner was at 120 degrees. From that point to the center of the ratchet, it was 108 degrees, a mythical/Gematrian number. 120 is a tetrahedral point. 120 x 108 = 12,960, six raised to the fourth power times ten, and half the precession number. Divided by the six arcs, it is 2,160, six to the third times ten, and the number of years in one Zodiac Age.

There was an additional clue in the date the pattern appeared, July 17, 1991. Read Genesis 8:4, where the Ark landed on the 17th day of the 7th month. Blavatsky tells how the Patriarchs represent Zodiac signs. For example, Judah is Leo. In Genesis 49:9, he is called a lion's whelp, and he stoops down like a lion and lioness. (i. e., like a Sphinx). Noah is Pisces. These are strong clues that our Age is coming to an end, and Aquarius is near. (if not already begun). The Sphinx may well represent the same thing, that is, the Ages from Leo through Pisces, and the beginning of Aquarius.

About six months after I realized the number connection in Barbury, a man at work told me a dream. He was in an airliner driven on a highway by a water treatment plant operator named, Andy. There was a detour because of construction. Then, he was with his boss, an engineer, and a woman. They were planning to install a new transformer at the water treatment plant, under a grill. The woman whispered something into the engineer's ear.

This is a form of the Trinity, I have found a number of times in dreams. It is the Triple Male Trinity with the combined consorts as the single feminine Deity, or First Power. Together, the make they Perfect Four. The (real life) boss's name in this dream translates to "the guardian of knowledge).

I asked if the dreamer knew which highway he was on. He said, yes, it was the highway that runs from Oakdale (California, about 20 miles from his home), toward Yosemite. That section of highway is where highways 120 and 108 RUN TOGETHER!

The Egyptian Trinity and the 11:11 Doorway

Scholars have pointed out that the Egyptian figures are one of many symbols of the Trinity. In ancient myths and religions, the Trinity is said to be the Father and Mother engendering the Son, Man. Osiris, the Father, and Isis, the Mother, engender the Son, Horus. The birth of the falcon-headed Horus, is associated with the coming of a new age. For many years a woman known as Solara has been teaching about the opening of the "11:11 Doorway" in the Belt of Orion. In several of my other articles I reported some of the incredible dreams and coincidences concerning this symbolism, and how it is related to Revelation 11:11.

Debbie Pardoe has written a great article about the Sephirotic Tree of Life crop formation, showing that the kinks in the pathways, and other strange coincidences about the pattern, are quite meaningful, and are related to some of the concepts of Aleister Crowley concerning "the Advent of the New Aeon." I will tell of her writing, but first, a little background.


Early in my dream-coincidence experiences in 1990, the "tree" symbol appeared in a number of forms. This includes the dreams of others as well as my own. After being directed to the Bible, which was not part of my beliefs at the time, I realized that the "tree" symbolism is there from beginning to end . . . from the two trees in the Garden of Eden, to the Tree of Life standing in the center of The New Jerusalem in Revelation.

In the Book of Daniel, king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great tree that was cut and banded, causing a period of insanity for seven years. I had a coincidence, relating to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912,  about this symbolism, that seemed to confirm a concept developed by a religious group. The seven years are prophetic years of 360 years each, for a total of 2,520 years. Calculated from the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem, this indicates the year 1914 as the end of the period of insanity. A great world-wide stress began at that time with World War One. Several years later, I learned that 2,520, is part of a very ancient number code.

In early 1991, I was given, The Book of Knowledge, The Keys of Enoch. It was written by scientist, Dr. James J. Hurtak, after he was visited by the Light Being, Enoch, in 1973. The very first paragraph in the Prologue struck me as being quite meaningful:

Beloved - The Father's Limitless Light is being poured forth and our Tree of Life is being activated. Love from the highest levels is penetrating the planetary veils. From the higher worlds without limit or end, the emissaries of Light come in vast number to advance the foundations of life and refashion new worlds. They bring with them Light which is greater than a thousand suns to awaken our next stage of evolution and to assist in bringing us into a purer form of superluminal Light."

The book is full of Kabalistic terms. Kabalism is very ancient and pre-Christian. It is an esoteric Jewish tradition. Dr. Hurtak's book explains Kabballah and the Sephiroth in new ways. With Sacred Names the Sephiroth = Tree of Life. He also speaks of triads and Trinities, saying that we will become Trinitized Powers. Orion, called in Hebrew, "Kesil," is referenced to Job 38:31, and is said to be the Central Control for all the higher programs of development connected with the astro-chemical networks and reprogramming life synthesis in our universe. Orion will emanate the "gnosis" (knowledge) as the world transformation takes place.

Pages 35 and 36 of the book have photographs of pyramidal formations on Mars taken by Mariner 9 in 1971. Enoch told Dr. Hurtak that these are part of a grid network in our solar system. The earth also has a grid. There will be a grid shift and alignment between the two grids, as the earth changes unfold. This will happen when the earth enters an electromagnetic null zone.

In 1992, I read the articles in the crop circle journals about the Kabalistic Tree of Life connections to the 1991 Barbury Castle triangular formation, and to the Mandelbrot Set Crop formation.  A dream of a young man seemed to confirm the "Keter moving into Daat" interpretation of the Mandelbrot Set formation.  The details of this will follow.  

My series of articles, Humanity On The Pollen Path, explain how various dreams and coincidences relate to Revelation 11:11, and indicate that the Great Change concerns a leap to the Heart chakra level of consciousness evolution by humanity en masse.

There is a connection to the idea of the "Virgin Birth." Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist, said that it is the birth of the spiritual man born out of the animal man, that occurs at the Heart chakra level. The lower two chakras are associated with survival and procreation instincts. The third chakra, at the solar plexus, is said to be related to the will to succeed. In its negative aspect, it can be a will to dominate and turn everyone and everything into agreement or subservience to the self. The Heart chakra is the human/spiritual level of love and compassion.

Around 1993, I started corresponding with Geoffrey Farthing, the secretary of the Blavatsky Trust in England. I had found an amazing number of connections in H.P. Blavatsky's, Isis Unveiled, volume 2. I explained to Geoffrey that dreams and crop formations seemed to be related to Blavatsky's concepts, and that a Great Change seemed to be near. He sent me his book, Deity, Cosmos and Man, which gives an outline of Esoteric Science, as presented in the vast works of H.P. Blavatsky.

On page 135 of the book, Geoffrey speaks of "The Builders," who build, or rather rebuild every "system" after the "Night." To quote:

The "Builders" are representatives of the first "Mind-Born" entities, therefore of the primeval Rishi-Prajapatis; also of the Seven great Gods of Egypt, of which Osiris is the chief; of the Seven Amshaspends of the Zoroastrians, with Ormazed as their head; or the "Seven Spirits of the Face"; the Seven Sephiroth separated from the first Triad, etc., etc.

Geoffrey also told me that Blavatsky associates the Sephirotic Tree of Life with everything else in her works, which involve myths and religions from around the world.

When the Sephirotic Tree of Life appeared in the crops in 1997, I felt that it was quite profound and meaningful. Unlike most of the crop formations, this pattern is well known; there is no question about what it is. As with other formations, there is some doubt as to wether the formation was a man-made hoax, or a "real" formation created by a non-human source. If it was man-made, then it is of no great significance. But, if it was produced by a non-human source, then it has a huge magnitude of significance, in my view.

You can see from the background above, that I have reason to believe that the formation is "real." But, there are always those nagging doubts, which usually remain unresolved. Ahhhh . . . but then, Debbie Pardoe came through with shining brilliance.

Debbie Pardoe on "The Tree Of Life"

Debbie's article appeared in the "SC" #65, the monthly journal published by the Sussex branch of the Center of Crop Circle Studies, which I received on June 20, 1997. It starts with a quotation:

The Book of The Law presumes the existence of a body of initiates pledged to watch over the welfare of mankind and to communicate its own wisdom, little by little, in the measure of man's capacity to receive it.

Debbie goes on to say that in 1904 Aleister Crowley proclaimed the Advent of the New Aeon. A discarnate intelligence, "Aiwaz," dictated the code for the coming age. The message for the New Aeon was -

Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law.
Love is the Law, Love Under Will.
Follow your True Will.

This was taken by the existing Victorian society of the time to be evil. Aleister realized that the world was not ready for the ideas, saying that a time would come when the revelations in The Book of The Law would be understood. Debbie says that time is now.

The word for the New Aeon is Thelema, a Greek word meaning "True Will." The Greek system of Gematria involved assigning numbers to letters and words. Both Thelema and Aiwaz add to the number 93, the number of The New Aeon. The Greek word for love, "Agape," also adds to 93. Significantly, love indicates the nature of True Will.

(Note: A very good book about Greek Gematria is Jesus Christ, Sun of God, by David Fideler.)

Aleister first received the message related above 93 years prior to 1997, in April of 1904. The appearance of the Tree of Life crop formation, almost exactly 93 years later, cannot be a coincidence, Debbie says. She points out that the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun is 93 million miles, that 93 meters is the average diameter of Stonehenge (the bank/ditch), and that 93 was indicated in the "DNA" crop formation of 1996. The formation, which had a double-helix design, had 89 total circles, but four of them were overlapped, indicating 93. This was pointed out last year in an "SC" article, and it was further noted that human DNA is associated with the number 93.

(Note: In January 1996, I wrote a long letter to Barry Reynolds, assistant editor of SC. I spoke of Gematrian numbers, not of the Greek variety, but much more ancient. I enclosed a letter of mine that was published in Carl Munck's "The Code" newsletter, where I specifically mentioned the number 648. I also informed Barry of my friend Jeff's dream of a spiral staircase with maintenance mechanics on each rung with their toolboxes. I suggested that the dream seemed to confirm the "DNA repair" theory spoken of by the Mayan Daykeeper, Hunbatz Men. The "DNA" crop formation appeared the following summer, and it was 648 feet in length.)

Part of Aleister's work involved assimilating mystical teachings from many cultures. These were put into a volume of tables titled, "777." The key to the system was the Quabalistic diagram known as The Tree of Life. It is said to be like a blueprint of creation that is essential to understanding the occult correspondences given in 777.

Debbie said "Qabalah" is correctly spelt with a "Q," (rather than with a "K") and is a Hebrew word meaning "to receive" (i.e. knowledge). Greek Gematria gives the word the number 137. (spelt backwards - HLBQ - H=5, L=30, B=2, Q=100). The Hebrew word for "wheel" also adds to 137.

The two crop formations that appeared at Barbury Castle early in the summer of 1997 had "coincidental" connections to the concepts of Aleister Crowley. The "Wheel"-like formation was located at grid reference SU 157 777, and the Tree of Life at SU 170 777.

Debbie says that the Tree of Life is like a map defining Creation and the origins of Spirituality. There are ten Sephiroth/spheres of existence and 22 connecting pathways. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters.

(Note: In The Book of Knowledge, The Keys of Enoch, Dr. Hurtak explained that the 22 Hebrew letters, which are called, "Fire Letters," are used as a code in creation. I had one of my strange coincidences about this. My most important day of dreams was on October 18, 1990. While visiting relatives in 1991, I read an article about the great leap of Bob Beamon in the 1968 Olympic games. Some strange dreams and coincidences in 1990 had caused me to speculate that the leap was a symbolic event related to the moon landing in 1969, and the words, "One giant leap for mankind." The article pointed out that the great leap of Bob Beamon took place on October 18, 1968. I realized that was exactly 22 years prior to the date of my most important dreams. By then, I had read about the 22 Hebrew "Fire Letters." When I arrived back home, I found that an accident had happened. A fire started on my desk as a result of kids playing with matches. My son put out the fire, before it caused much damage. Only parts of envelopes containing correspondence were burned a bit aground the edges. It struck me as coincidental because one could say that they were "Fire Letters!")

Debbie goes on to explain that there are also 22 Tarot cards that make up the Major Arcana. Each is assigned to a path on the Tree. The spheres/sephiroth on the left side of the Tree are feminine and those on the right are masculine. The ones in the middle row indicate a balance of the duality attributes. Two of the sephiroth on the sides are called HOD and NETZACH, representing Mercury and Venus, or the Head and the Heart, or the Intellect and Emotions. The lateral path joining the two is represented by the Tarot card known as The Tower. This card depicts people falling from a tower and being struck by lightning.

Debbie suggests that this may be related to Aleister Crowley's "True Will." When a person follows his or her True Will, it feels right in both the heart and head.

She astutely points out that the New Aeon is Aquarius, which symbolizes a rebirth of the human spirit, where water, or Divine Wisdom, is poured out freely for all mankind.

(Note: The "water" symbolism appears frequently in dreams.)

Debbie mentions that at a meeting, Barry Renolds pointed out that two of the paths in the Tree of Life crop formation were kinked, and that the two paths correspond to Paths 15 and 28 on the Tree of Life. Tarot card number XVII, The Star, is on Path 15, and card IV, The Emperor, is on Path 28. Card 0, The Fool, is on Path 11, card I, The Magician, is on Path 12, card II, The Priestess on Path 13, and card III, The Empress on Path 14. It follows that card IV, The Emperor should be on Path 15, but Aleister Crowley chose to swap the correspondences of Paths 15 and 28, which just happen to be the two Pathways that were kinked in the crop formation!

Debbie concludes, "Coincidence? I think not."

Numbers, Stars, and Chakras

Just for the record, I want to include a few ideas that came my way, that may be related. I have found often over the years that the symbolic messages that appear in dreams and coincidences later appear in other forms, such as crop formations. For this reason, I expect certain patterns to appear, such as the eight-pointed star.

32, 128, and the Eight-Pointed Star

Another number associated with the Tree of Life is 32, which combines the ten Sephiroth and the 22 Paths. I had some coincidences with the number 32. It's another long story, but part of it involved the eight-pointed star. It is related to a number of symbols, including those associated with Horus, Bel Marduke, Kin, and Apollo. The first two are sons of Trinities. The star is also related to Navaho sand paintings with four couples around a square, and to the eight people aboard Noah's Ark. It represents humanity bonded in Union in the future. The star is also formed by eight heart-shapes put together, which I call the Unity of Hearts.

A crop formation did appear that had a cross-shape with a heart at each end. Also, at least two single heart shapes have appeared as crop formations. The symbolism may be related to the word, "concord," which means "hearts together." An example could have been the sphere of light that flew by the Concord airliner during its first flight. These symbols are especially important to me, because of my primary theory about the Great Change being a leap to the Heart chakra level of consciousness evolution by humanity en masse.

The eight-pointed star, in my theory, represents a pair from each quarter, and the pairs are single humans with the dual aspects. Each point of the star has the number 16, and each pair has 32, for a total of 128 for the entire star. The number 128 has been part of many incredible coincidences. When it is multiplied by nine, the total is 1,152, a Gematrian number, meaning "Witness." It can be derived from the cycle of time number, 432, as 4 x 32 = 128.

One form of the star is found in quilting designs. Using four colors, there are a total of 128 diamond shapes in the pattern, 16 in each section. The quilting design is called, The Lone Star, The Texas Star, or The Bethlehem Star.

The order of the Masons also have a 32nd degree level.

The Book of Knowledge, The Keys of Enoch, also mentions the number 32 on page 233, as the number of times the Divine Name is employed the in the creation story at the beginning of Genesis in The Torah. This represents the 32 paths by means of which "Hokhmah" becomes manifest. Through the 32 paths, the soul is clothed into the physical body. The unification of 32 chemical building blocks in a human being are involved with receiving the "Lak Boymer" (33rd degree), the Pillar of Light. Also involved are the 22 letters of the Divine signature, and this is said to be related to Exodus 33:22.

Further, it is said that this is why Jesus manifested the Christ in his 33rd year.

A coincidence happened concerning this in 1991. I received a letter from my nephew, David, telling of his recurring dreams of a shaft of light coming up from the ground. People were stepping into it. In his last dream, he was alone, standing naked before the shaft of light. He received the message, "Step into the light." Shortly after reading David's letter, the coincidence happened. On my way to work, I found a newsletter in the mailbox from John Price, called, "The Quartus Report." I took it to work with me. At break time, I had the unusual urge to read the letters to the editor first. One of the letters told of a meditation where a Pillar of Light was seen, and the message was given, "Step into the Light." It was shortly after this that I found the above passage in The Book of Knowledge, The Keys of Enoch.

Flower and Star Symbols

The Wheel-like crop formation would seem to fit with TIPHARETH on the Tree of Life. This sephira is assigned the number six, and from its central location in the Tree, there are eight paths connecting to the other Sephiroth.

I drew some similar shapes on that special day of October 18, 1990. The one with six parts, with a six-petal daisy-like flower inside was like a closed aperture, like those on a camera. The North Sun symbol on the 1991 Barbury Castle formation is similar. In another dream-coincidence, the aperture opened, and the Seventh Ray came in, causing every particle of creation to change. In 1996, a similar crop formation appeared next to Silbury Hill, that may have a similar symbolism.

The perimeter circles in the 1996 formation had a smaller radius than the primary circle, which resulted in a Star Of David-like design appearing in the center. This has a similarity to the glyph for the Heart chakra, which has a twelve-petal Lotus flower, with a Star Of David inside.

The Chakra Connection

Prior to the appearance of the Tree of Life crop circle formation, I received a three-part e-mail from Ashley Rye about The Tree of Life, which I found quite informative. The following is a paste from the writing:

The second Triad is formed by the fourth, fifth, and sixth sephiroth: Chesed (Mercy), Geburah (Judgment), and Tiphareth (Beauty). The union between the Supernal Mother and the Supernal Father by means of Daat gave birth to Mercy, which is also called Love. Thus we see how on the archetypal planes the union of the male and female principles gives rise to that which on the material plane is the most sublime feeling man can experience. Mercy emanates Judgment, which is also known as Strength. Chesed or Mercy is, as we have seen, also a Father image, while Geburah is a Mother image, strong and severe. From this "Strong Love" that is the union of Chesed and Geburah is born Tiphareth or Beauty, the sixth sephira, which is also known as The Son, and has the image of a child as one of its symbols. Tiphareth is situated in the Middle Pillar, directly underneath the sphere of Daat. We see therefore how through the realization that is Daat, the Supernal Mother, Binah, "gave birth" to Chesed, Mercy or Love, which then united with Geburah, Strength, to "give birth" to Tiphareth, The Son. This triad symbolizes the evolution of ideas con-ceived in the archetypal matrix of the Three Supernals.

Ashley's e-mail also suggested a "chakra" connection to the Tree of Life:  

The three pillars of the Tree of Life are comparable to Ida, Shushumna, and Pingala of the Yoga system, where Shushumna is the channel of ascent of kundalini, placed between the male and female potencies of Ida and Pingala. The three pillars may be also likened to Yin and Yang, the female and male principles of Chinese philosophy, with Tao (the way) being analogous to the Middle Pillar.

Many crop circle formations may be related to the chakra system. See:  


Back in 1992, when the "chakra" message first started with me, my friend, Pablo, made an observation that seems quite significant now. He suggested that the two olive trees that stand up after 3 1/2 days in Revelation 11:11 correspond to Ida and Pingala. In Zechariah 4, the two olive trees stand to the left and right of the golden lampstand with a bowl on top of it with seven lamps.

The "hidden" position of Daat is the fourth sphere/sephira from the bottom. This may fit with the idea of the Heart chakra level in terms of its position, and with Joseph Campbell's idea of the Virgin Birth happening at the Heart chakra level, the birth of the Spiritual Man out of the animal man (lower three).


Note:  This article was originally written in 1997, not long after the appearance of The Tree of Life crop circle formation. It was posted on the (now closed) Pufori site, and later on a Geocities page.  I revised the article in June 1999, after the appearance of the Menorah crop circle formation. The Menorah is the golden lampstand with seven lamps. This connects directly with Revelation 11:11 via Zechariah 4, as mentioned above. The statement was included in the 1997 article, but I found and wrote about the concept in 1993. The crop formation was a somewhat unusual Menorah, as it seemed to suggest a connection between the lampstand and The Tree of Life. I feel that the Menorah crop circle formation is a strong confirmation of my nine year quest, which became centered on Revelation 11:11 in 1992.

Explanation of the Tree of Life Connections
to the 1991 Barbury Triangle and
the Mandelbrot Set Crop Circle Formations

On September 27, 1993, I received The Circular, Volume 4:2, Issue 14, for September 1993. On pages 20-21 was an article by Mark Styles, titled, "Discovering the Reapers of the Field."

                                              Figure 1                         Figure 2

In the article, Mark suggested -

I think the Barbury Castle pictogram of 1991 (fig 1), combined with the Milk Hill glyphs of the same year (fig 2), gave a vital clue here: together they can be interpreted as forming the lower part of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life (fig 3).

Note:  I am using my own graphics in this article, so they are slightly different than the ones in Mark's article. I have not included one of the figures, which depicted the spheres of the Tree without the paths. I have also adjusted the numbers of the figures, for clarity. Figure 2 is a diagram of a crop formation called, "The Milk Hill Multiple Agriglyph Inscription."  The circle with ring, one on each end of the inscription, is a well known ancient glyph for the Creator or Monotheistic Deity. One of the interpretations of the inscription was that the letters spelled the names of two ancient gods:  

PHEH~THI, PTAH (PER-TAH), the Egyptian creator god
EA~ECH~CHE, EA (EH-AH), the Sumerian god of Wisdom and lover of mankind.
(Ea was also called Enki)

Therefore, the meaning was, "The Creator, wise and loving."

Dee has a few more details about the Milk Hill inscription in her article:

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Figure 3

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Mark briefly explained the basic meaning of the Tree, and continued:  

The earliest names for Kabbalists were "Those who Know" and "The Reapers of the Field".

The design of the Barbury Castle pictogram closely resembles the lower part of the Tree which deals more directly than the rest with the Earth (Malkhut). In the top left hand corner we see Reverberation (Hod), hence the rod protruding into the circle, indicative of a tuning fork. In the right hand corner we see Eternity (Nezah), hence the "spiral of time/ wheel of fortune". Below these two sephira lies Foundation (Yesod), Yesod is the final messenger of divine eminence to the earthly plane and we see this emanation occurring in the Barbury pictogram, reverberating like a raindrop in a pond. Finally at the bottom we have Kingdom or Earth (Malkut). This is most ingenious of all: the divine emanation occurs in the form of a lightening flash, and here we see the spiral form of that flash resounding a powerful "Do" as it strikes Malkut.

The connection mentioned above with the Milk Hill glyphs is that these strange looking letters recall Hebrew, although, in the tradition of texts of a religious or magical significance, they have been orientated in what could be called mirror imaging. The test represented in (fig 2) is written not in word form, but, I believe, using a numerical system of relationship known as Gematria, a contemplative method of study employed by Kabbalistic scholars.

Mark mentioned Benoit Mandelbrot's rediscovery in 1979 of the system of nature in mathematical terms. He continued:

It does not take a great deal of imagination to see how similar are the two images of natural systems represented here (figs 4a, b,  & c).

                            Figure 4a      Figure 4b       Figure 4c             Figure 4d

You may be thinking that the Mandelbrot Set does not contain the uppermost "Keter" part of the Tree - surely this is an important part of the cipher? Could not the reason for this be, as Kabbalistic teaching tells us, that "Daat" (Knowledge), the non-sephira, is the point where Keter (the divine will of God) can enter when the time is chosen to interfere with existence? It is quite possible that discovery of the Mandelbrot Set, in an attempt to recreate the order observed within the apparent chaos of nature's systems, has actually caused Keter to enter Daat and communication of the angelic kind to begin.

As we can see, once the Tree is in this interference mode, it resembles the Mandelbrot Set precisely (figs 4a, b, & c). The Mandelbrot Set could be described as demonstrating the order behind the apparent chaos of nature. The same is true of the Tree of Life, and that order is "God". Kabbalism tells us that we are all part of that supreme order and collectively are "God".

I added illustration 4d as another possibility.

Mark mentioned that the Tree is also the basis of man, then wrote a little about the "Mystical Marriage" -

During the season of 1992 we saw a whole new chapter unfold in this enigma. In late July 1992 I discovered a formation just outside Tewkesbury which combined the planetary glyphs of Mars and Venus. The hieroglyph therefore symbolically represented the "Chemical Wedding" of the Alchemist's final stage in the "Great Work" of Unification: the aim of achieving synthesis of dualities, in this case Animus and Spiritus (conscious/unconscious), leading to a Super-Conscious state of illumination, represented as the hermaphrodite.

Earlier in 1992 a strange formation, later known as the "Dodman" appeared in the shape of a Snail, one of nature's few true hermaphrodites. Could the enigmatic Silbury Hill nearby, hub of crop circle activity, hold a clue in its androgynous design? It is constructed on a layer of crushed snail shells and could be likened to a shell itself. On the 18th August the formation which occurred there (the "Charm Bracelet" or Dharmic Wheel) strongly resembles the eight phases of the moon. It is reasonable to see a solar eclipse, which unites Sun and Moon, with Earth as the androgynous progeny, as an expression of the "Chemical Wedding". Elias Ashmole in 1652 showed astrologically that the final operation of the "Great Work" takes place during a solar eclipse at 19 degrees Leo. Such an eclipse occurs on August 22nd [actually the 11th] 1999, and is visible from Southern England.

To conclude, the objective of all Hermetic studies, including both alchemy and Kabbalism, has always been to unite the microcosm of Man to the macrocosm of the Universe, or the "return to Eden," a doctrine which was instrumental in creating philosophy, science and religion. It now seems instrumental in creating crop circles.

Similar Dreams and Symbols

Mark had the date of the eclipse as August 22nd, but the solar eclipse of 1999 actually takes place on August 11th.  It is expected coincidentally  at 11:11 a.m. The Mandelbrot Set crop circle formation appeared on that date in 1991. Other major crop formations have also appeared on that date.

The concepts in Mark's article fit very well with my own "dream-coincidence" material, although I was not very familiar with Kabalism at the time. In mid 1992, I wrote an article for the Dream Network Journal, which was published later that year. I reported the dreams of various people indicating that a duality balance seemed to be a major message about the great earth change. In some cases, bicycles or motorcycles were part of the symbolism. I proposed that certain crop circle formations were similar in shape to a bicycle, and perhaps had the same meaning.

Cliff's Incredible Baseball Dream

Starting in 1990, I began to see symbolism in the American sport of baseball. I wrote about it in the Pollen Path articles (part six). Part of the symbolism involves the nine players and geometry of the bases and pitcher's mound, which are like a "quintuplet set" of crop circles. I had come to the theory that baseball was one of the symbols of the fourth - heart chakra level of consciousness evolution, the next step for mankind. Some months prior to reading Mark's article, around the middle of 1993, Cliff, a friend of my son, visited with us, and stayed for the night. In the morning, he came and told me about his incredible dream -

I was at a rowdy, drunken party and saw Danny O'Daniel, a boy I knew in school. My cousin came, and asked me to go play baseball. I left the party and went to find my baseball mit. I opened the door of a parked car, to look for my mit, but a man was setting in the driver's seat, and I saw no mit. I ran some distance, and opened the door of another parked car. The same man was setting in the car! And, there was no mit. I knew that I had to return to my home, to find my mit, so I began walking toward home, which was across town.

Just before reaching home, a strange woman in a very strange car, came driving erratically down the street. The vehicle swerved back and forth, going up on the sidewalks. The car was very narrow, and had six single seats. The woman's skin was grayish, her eyes were bloodshot, and she wore blue jeans. She was otherwise quite attractive. She pulled a cord to honk the horn. She drove by me, saying that she had a tiff with her "old man" over her little girl.

I arrived home and the strange woman drove the strange vehicle into the driveway. Another car pulled up, and a man got out, shouting, "Street patrol!" He explained that the strange woman had taken the strange vehicle from a rich man's house, and they came to return it.

I walked toward my car, which was gray instead of its real color, red. As I approached, the car door opened, and a man got out. It was the same man who had been setting in the other two cars! I saw baseball mitts in the seat of the car. The man had been setting on them! I pushed him and said, "No wonder I couldn't find my mit!"

There were three mitts on the seat . . . my old catcher's mit, that had the leather of the webbing cut out, a blue mitt that did not belong to me, and my mit, the one I had been looking for. I took my mitt from the car.

The man who had yelled, "Street patrol!" drove off in the long, strange car. The man who had sat on the mitts drove off in the "street patrol" man's car. The strange woman got into my car, stood up with her upper body protruding through the sun roof, and buckled the seat belt around her waist. I went off to play baseball.

The dream clearly showed the baseball symbolism as the fourth step, which is the heart chakra. The stages in the lower three chakra levels was symbolised by the three vehicles and mitts.

Part of the idea I got from the dream, was that we will be "catching" ideas. The pitcher stands on the mound, which is in the middle of the four bases. It is like a quintuplet set crop formation, and a pyramid as seen from above. The idea is that God, or His/Her messengers will be doing the "pitching."

As I read Mark's article several months later, I realized that Keter moving into Daat is a very similar idea, and that the position of Daat in the Tree is centered between four circles, as in a quintuplet set, or a baseball diamond. It seems significant too, that there are nine spheres on the Tree below Kether, and baseball has nine players and nine innings.

Because of these, and other connections, I felt that the Tree of Life is related to the chakra system. In the Pollen Path articles, I told the story of the amazing coincidence with the Sri Yantra that appeared grooved into a dry lake bed in Oregon. The Sri Yantra, in part, represents a path through the chakras in nine steps. The human body is said to have seven chakras, but in some systems there are more than seven, which can represent a realm "above" the earthly plane. Later, I read that some say the lower seven spheres of the Tree correspond to the chakras of the human being.

Thinking of the central Pillar of the Tree as chakras, Daat is the fourth from the bottom, and could correspond to the fourth heart chakra. There is a connection to the idea of the "Virgin Birth." Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist, said that it is the birth of the spiritual man born out of the animal man, that occurs at the Heart chakra level. The lower two chakras are associated with survival and procreation instincts. The third chakra, at the solar plexus, is said to be related to the will to succeed. In its negative aspect, it can be a will to dominate and turn everyone and everything into agreement or subservience to the self. The Heart chakra is the human/spiritual level of love and compassion.

The Egyptian Scarab Beetle

I also wrote about the Mandelbrot Set in the Pollen Path articles (part five). I began to write about its symbolism thirteen months before the Mandelbrot Set crop formation appeared.

One of my speculations was that the Mandelbrot Set is similar to the scarab beetle, which was worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. In James Churchward's The Sacred Symbols of Mu, he states that the scarab was worshiped because it rolls a ball of mud around and plants its see therein, as the Creator rolls the earth around, with the cosmic seed of man upon it. My dream in 1990 regarding the "First Pictogram" indicated that single circles near a complex pattern with a pathway, can represent the earth or the earth plane. The Mandelbrot Set, as rendered on a computer, has a projection, along which is a bulge. Symbolically, this represented the earth plane in my theory.

When I later learned of the Egyptian scarab, I felt that it was similar to my theory about the Mandelbrot Set, with the "ball of mud/earth" projected from the body of the beetle. When I read Mark's article, I could see that The Tree of Life was also similar, with Malkut, the Earth, projected at the bottom. In the Mandelbrot Set crop circle formation, the projected "Earth" seemed to be symbolised by the single eight-foot circle that was some distance away, out along a tramline (the marks left by the farmer's tractor).  

Interestingly, a scarab beetle-like crop formation appeared near the new Menorah crop circle formation.

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