Situated on flat ground alongside the B480 and behind a thick hedge next to two large oak trees. Unfortunately it is indiscernible from any local high point. It is 180 feet long and its apparent shape is reminiscent of a giant serpent or dragon.
The formation is situated on at least two leys, one of which is the St Michael Line, the other I am currently investigating as a potential source of countless paranormal events, some of which I have been personally involved in.
Very close to where this formation lays my brother was terrified by the apparition of a highwayman back in the 1970's and in the 1960's my friends family saw a small child run out in front of their car and then fade into thin air. Before Dutch Elm disease did for them there were a row of ancient elms at this junction of the Toot Baldon and Watlington roads (which is really a crossroads because directly opposite the Toot Baldon road is a public footpath). And crossroads to all who know their lore mean magic and mystery.
Across the road and up the hill is Toot Baldon, without doubt an ancient site with strong mystical connections. The first notified crop circle of 2004 in this area appeared here. A plain, but very large circle. There is a dead tree in the middle of fields each side of the Toot Baldon hill, and I'm told both of these fields have hosted crop circles.
Anyway...With my trusty pole, and my dodgy photographic prowess I managed to get these pictures. I hope an ariel shot will eventuate soon.
The formation has a lovely energy, whether this was due to the vicinity - my favourite spot in Oxfordshire, I spent my childhood in these parts - or the formation itself ...or was it both?
It is interesting to note that if the crop formation appeared on 15th August this is the Christian feast day ofThe Assumption of Mary. Garsington Church is a St Mary's. The day is also sacred to Diana of the wildwood and to the Dark Moon Goddess, Hecate, whose special place is a crossroads. August 15 was during the dark moon period, the new moon beginning 01:23 16th August. Serpents are sacred to lunar goddesses, especially dark moon goddesses. Contrary to information received this field is not called Drakenhorde or "Dragon’s Horde", where there is said to be a legend that the field contains a buried treasure guarded by a dragon. This field name existed but it was located to the northwest of Garsington and next to another field called Priestwell or Ellwell, which is a derivative of the original name 'Elf's Well' or 'magic well'. Along this field was the road called Portway, which came off the Kingesway now known as the Watlington Road (B480). There are no ports near here so I wonder, is this name suggesting a portal? I'll look into that. Another field to the west of this, now called Great and Little Bury was originally the site of a barrow. It seems probable this may have been the field that was once called Brokenbrewe (broken barrow). It was in this field that a very mysterious episode occured to my friends and I in about 1960-61. Part of this field system is now covered in housing.
Anyway back to the field in question. I have not been able to ascertain the original name of this field yet. The most up-to-date moniker I have found is Brownleys ham or field. This was the name of a farmer who worked this land in the 17th century. It has also been called Pitwells ham or field. However there is a striking connection to the Mary legend. Between the church (St Mary's) and this field is a place called Spittle Green. This was a contraction of Hospitaller, as in Knights Hospitallers, who it seems received the land here after the (supposed) dissolution of the Knights Templars. Both orders were dedicated to St Mary in her varying aspects, and to her secret connection to the 'serpent rouge' - the supposed bloodline of Christ and more especially to the Magdalene. All that remains of the 12th century church is the tower funnily enough. Magdalene as in Mary Magdalene means tower. (1)
But now Andrew King has photographed this formation from the air (26th August). Unfortunately the formation is now a little worse for wear but now we have a clearer picture of what this formation is saying, I think. (Unfortunately at the time of writing Andrew's photo is unavailable on the web. Hopefully it will be available soon.)
I do not think that this is just a serpent. This elaborate pictogram to my mind incorporates a serpent, a labrynth, an acorn and a sigil I have seen before but do not recognise, someone might, but it does look rather similar to the shorthand symbol for 'them'. That the design incorporates an acorn was hinted at by its proximity to the two oak trees. Acorns are symbols of the Mother Goddess and are frequently found in Marian iconography. Like eggs they are symbols of birth yet to come and especially the rebirth of something extraordinary and powerful. A superb symbol allied to both the Virgin and the Magdalene who discovered the resurrected (re-born) Jesus. (Although I don't think it is the sigil is suggestive of the maiden and crone crescent moons.)The acorn also bears the genes of the mighty oak, the supreme tree of northern spiritual tradition. Where Mary is said to be the mother of Jesus, the Magdalene is said to be the mother of his children. The oak tree is the 'Tree of Life' to many ancient cultures including our ancient druidic orders and this area of Oxfordshire has clear indications of ancient ritual associations. The name Baldon itself derives from Baal, the ancient sun god revered at Beltane (This year the night of 4-5th May). (See 3rd May formation at Pegsdon, Bedfordshire). 2 This all suggests to me that Baldon hill was one of the sacred hills where people gathered to celebrate deities such as Lugh, Baal, Bel at Beltane and Samhain (This year the night of 6-7th November) Baldon Hill And what guards the Tree of Life? The serpent. Yet here we have two Trees of Life, two oaks so perhaps we should have expected another serpent formation? Maybe. Anyway it did come a week later, 7 days. The first crop formation in the area appeared 11 days earlier (two 1's - two towers) on Toot Baldon hill 3 days before Lughnasadh on the 4th August.
We are also connecting here the Thoth/Mercury/Lugh deity, the Therapeutate and of course the Cadaceus, the symbol of healing still ambitiously used as a symbol of today's medical profession. The biblical St John, the beloved disciple and also favourite of the two previously mentioned knightly orders ( and I suspect really a woman dressed as a man) was a healer in the Therapeutate mode.
The labrynth too is a symbol of the Mother Goddess and said to represent the passage to and from the womb.
Notice too that the first design is west-east and that the second is north-south forming a cross. The female horizontal and the male perpendicular. And both are set between the cleavage of Garsington, meaning grass hill - green hill (far away) and Toot Baldon hill. As well as being a promise of rebirth these symbols also indicate sacrifice. the first remember appeared for Lughnasadh, first harvest and a time of ritual sacrifice.
So it seems to me that this wonderfully complex though timeless design so beautifully carved and positioned in a wheatfield, and on a powerful point on the earth energy matrix near Garsington is indicating a healing of the planetary and universal system a new beginning and a rebirth of our ancient spirit. The old is making way for the new or rather the old is being re-cognised, re-spected, our ancestors are awakening, our spirits will awaken. What was hidden will become manifest and once more this land of mystery and magic will return to its purpose and meaning. Whatever motivated these two serpent formations whether through the minds of man or the spirit of our ancient land, whatever, the second severed and more strident formation was given short shrift. The meek survived to be recorded by Andrew King along the Kingesway (and he did sway according to his report on the trip due to the microlight he used.) and on a road layout not dissimilar to a saltire or St Andrews Cross. St George, King Arthur and St Andrew (An Dara) are one and the same personages according to the master linguist and historian L.A. Waddell in the marvellous 'British Edda'. His son he says was St Michael. The first formation appeared on a sunday (Sacred to George, Arthur, George, Michael etc). The second 'serpent' on a Saturday (sacred to the other side El, the matriarch and her consort Wodan (Saturn-Satan) and son Loki. The 26th when the first formation was photographed (immortalised) is the feast day of a St Elizabeth aDaughter of the Cross or Sister of St Andrew. And of course a biblical St Elizabeth was the mother of St John (the baptist - another Templar hero). I don't believe in coincidences.
There is a great deal more to be discovered regarding the symbolism within these formations.
(1) St Peter's church is the next church along the Michael Line, according to the Sun and the Serpent. It too has a notable tower being square up to the bell stage and octagonal thereafter up. (4 and 8 the same numbers as the road - B480 - between the 2 churches that the Michael Line has to cross. The numbers also relate to earth and energy exchange.) It is suggested that the odd tower design was in preparation for a steeple, but I doubt it. It seems that in days of yore St Peter's was not referred to as such so it's present name may be a later alias. In the past it was known as Marsh Baldon church or March Baldon church. The building, they say, replaced an earlier Anglo-Saxon chapel of which they reckon only the sun dial remains (over the south door where the Michael energy enters). Sun dials are frequently placed in such situations. (A good example is Chipping Camden, a veritable hub of leys and sun dials. I wrote and told the lady why after she had wondered why so many dials in Chipping Camden on her web page, but I think it went straight over her head unfortunately). Besides St Michael is a solar deity and what else would he want to mark his way? And of course within the church are all sorts of Marian icons etc windows, stonework and a copy of the famous painting'The Annunciation (picture), (remember the first 'dragon' appeared on the feast day of Mary's Assumption.) probably by Pompeo Batoni. A medieval family who held the manor were called de la Mare, a Marian name if ever I heard one. Mare, Mary, Marsh and March - quite a similarity huh? St John the Evangelist is also claimed to make an appearance in one of the stained glass windows.
(2) There is a relationship between these two formations. Both are symbols of birth and rebirth. I also knew about the formation after being told psychically of it whilst visiting the White Horse Hills at Uffington the same day. I'm quite intrigued by the letter 'E' in the design too.
Rites, Christian and otherwise have been held in the surrounding area for a very long time, way back into ancient times. The church at Toot Baldon is dedicated to St Lawrence and the church at Marsh Baldon to St Peter, who are later (Christian) incarnations of Thoth, the Egyptian God of magic and more; and like St Lawrence, 'the keeper of the treasures of the church' and St Peter, the keeper of the Hall of Records. Toot probably derives from Thoth but it also means lookout.