Category Archives: The Cereologist

Crop Circle Counsellor?

This is something of a non-story to our eyes, but seems to have been picked up by the Telegraph today regardless, a case of a comment by Rylance taken out of context and built into an article. We’d love to know which “crop circle… magazines” Rylance is referring to, since the last one we can think of – The Cereologist – ceased publication more than a decade ago. We’d also love to know how Colin Andrews reacted when he saw himself referred to as a “self-styled researcher”….telegraph counsellor jun 16

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Two More Sad Losses

Two more sad losses to the croppie community. Pat Delgado died on 23rd May 2009. John Michell died on 24th April 2009.

Delgado was one of the very first crop circle researchers, drawn in by a pattern in a Hampshire field in 1981 and enraptured and promoting the circles every which way he could. Author of Circular Evidence and Crop Circles: The latest Evidence and Crop Circles: Conclusive Evidence(the former two with Colin Andrews).

Michell… What can we say? Visionary, mythologist, gentleman.In purely cerealogical terms he was integral in the founding of the Centre For Crop Circle Studies, and the first editor of The Cerealogist, and his impact on crop circle study cannot be underestimated. Hell, his impact full stop cannot be underestimated. Readers seeking a suitable epigraph could do a lot worse than read his book The New View Over Atlantis. Therein will you find him, and will find his resonance.

Michell also penned our favourite circular quote, in Crooked Soley: A Crop Circle Revelation (a book co-authored with Allan Brown), which sums up the wonder of the circles and their appeal far more eloquently than we’d attempt to:

“We cannot conscientiously advise anyone to enter the murky world of crop circle research. If you choose to do so – at your own risk – you enter a world of magic. No one has ever spent a summer in the ancient, sacred heart of England, from Avebury to the Vale of Pewsey, where the light and atmosphere are intense and crop circles proliferate, without being changed by the experience. You meet the most remarkable people, and you partake in a process whereby the light of divine knowledge enters minds, and hearts are stirred by the beauty of crop circles in their chosen setting. If you need an addiction, this is the best one you could find.”

Best of addictions indeed.

Erik Beckjord, Jonathan Sherwood, David Kingston, and Paul Vigay, John Michell, Pat Delgado… that’s six major croppies gone in less than a year. We sincerely hope that “ambulance chaser” croppies and conspiracy kooks don’t seek a pattern in this (the first whiff of which seemed to follow the deaths of Vigay and Kingston, but we’re very glad that line of enquiry has since been discarded).

Hold On A Minute # 2

An occasional feature in which we present some of our favourite ‘You what, mate?’ cerealogical moments.

Let’s Play Master & Servant

We spotted an article from Share International magazine (volume 22, number 9, November 2003) pinned to the wall in the Barge Inn. The article was titled ‘Crop Circles: A Unique View’, with accompanying photos of formations from Adam’s Grave, Wilts (4th August 2003), Litchfield, Hants (4th July 2003), Beckhampton, Wilts (10th August 2003), and Avebury Trusloe, Wilts (13th July 2003). The caption at the end of the article read:

“All photographs show formations authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master as being created by Martian spacecraft, except the ‘Swallows’ formation [Adam’s Grave, 4th August] which was made by a Venusian spacecraft.”

Crop circle research is, sadly, riddled with nonsense like this. Where do we start?

“Authenticated”? Authenticated how? For more than 25 years croppies have been arguing about a method of quantifying ‘genuine’ from ‘hoax’, if indeed there is a difference. What method was used here, and how do we know it was any more credible than anybody else’s?

“Benjamin Creme’s Master”? Who is Benjamin Creme? Who is his Master? Indeed, why does Mr Creme even have a Master? Is he an S&M practitioner? Is he a dog?

“Created by”? Created how? See “authenticated” comments above.

“Martian spacecraft”? “Venusian spacecraft”? In the face of abundant astronomical evidence that there are no advanced lifeforms – let alone ones capable of producing “spacecraft” – on either of those planets, please provide any and all evidence. I’m sure NASA would love to hear it. We’d love to hear it, too.

Lucy Rocks

“Many people mistakenly believe that crop circles are a recent phenomenon. Yet ancient images carved into stone reveal evidence of them dating back to AD800.”

Hold on… The ‘ancient images’ referred to here show rings and circles. They don’t show crop circles. There’s a fundamental difference. Are we the only people who can see that?

Mind you,the book from which the above quote was taken (Crop Circles by Lucy Pringle, published by Pitkin in 2004) – indeed, the same page from which this quote was taken (page 2) – also states that the Mowing Devil dates from 1687 (at first we thought this was a typo,though Pringle makes the same mistake on page xii of her 1999 book Crop Circles: The Greatest Mystery of Modern Times) and that ‘often on the nights that crop circles appear, strange lights are seen hovering over the field’ (no they aren’t; very occasionally they might be, but ‘often’? Nope) and that ‘In the Yemen in 2002, a formation was found in sand “which the wind could not blow away”‘. No sources are given for the Yemen case, but ‘that the wind could not blow away’ is, we suspect, hyperbole (and sounds an awful lot like ‘the owner has not power to spirit them away’ from the Mowing Devil account).

The notion that crop circle designs were echoed in ancient rock carvings is one that was much-explored by Michael Green amongst others in the 1990s (see The Crop Circle Enigma and Crop Circles: Harbingers Of World Change, together with numerous articles in The Circular and The Cerealogist). We’d merely add that rings and circles on rocks are just that; rings and circles on rocks. Their carvers were likely inspired by geometry and mathematics and shape and not by patterns that appeared in fields. It’s possible, of course, but – in the face of no, ahem, concrete evidence – unlikely.

Indian Summer

In 1996 Colin Andrews excitedly reported that he had details of 2,000 (yes, two thousand) formations that had been reported in India over the years. Full details were promised shortly, though the few line drawings that were presented were most pleasing. Ahem, twelve years on, Colin, are you any closer to getting the information out?

The Cereologist

The belatedness of this next item can, we think, be excused by two factors: it’s sincerity, and the fact that we’ve only been online a matter of weeks.

We were very saddened to learn a few months back that, due to ill-health, John Sayer has decided to cease publication of The Cereologist. Together with SC, The Cereologist was always our favourite circles-related publication, and we know we’ll miss it. John will continue to run the magazine as a  website, however, at  Have a look; he’s already put some new articles on there. Many thanks, John, for all the years of stimulating reading; we wish you well in the future.