The Hospitality Portal

Posted by on August 30, 2012

I must start with an apology. The site has been silent for weeks longer than I would have wished. First, my beloved computer started to show signs of distress and was taken off to Computer Hospital for the relevant tests and diagnosis. After a while, I was told that, sadly, the condition was terminal. I had to buy a new one!

This, along with the pressures (and delights) of the crop circle season, blew a large hole in my programme. I am sorry. One of the delights of this summer was the Devizes Lectures which was generally agreed to be the best yet. Part of my talk at Devize was The Hospitality Portal and I have reconfigured it here as my first post-season article.


Fig.1 - Uffington, 19th May 2012

Fig.1 – Uffington, 19th May 2012

The little Uffington formation of 19th May this year [Fig.1], which seems at first sight to be so unpretentious and simple, in fact emphasises a crucial lesson. It screams for attention and we will return to it.

In 1994, on the way to the Glastonbury Symposium, we spotted a formation in a field north of the A4 close to Froxfield. It was high on a hill and we had to go back through Froxfield village and search through the lanes to find it. This was a large and finely made crop formation, too big to be able easily to discern its overall design.

Fig.2. - Froxfield Flower, 5th August 1994

Fig.2. – Froxfield Flower, 5th August 1994

Later, when the aerials arrived it was clear that this impressive crop circle [Fig.2] was based on the Flower of Life geometry. The formation did not disclose this on the ground. What it did reveal (and so powerfully that it intrigued me for weeks) was the overwhelming sense of welcome that I felt while I was there. I have rarely felt unwelcome in a formation. Crop circles seem always to be accommodating, but this huge Froxfield flower seemed almost strident in the generosity of its greeting. I wanted to understand how this sense of openness and hospitality was achieved.

Fig.3 - Flower of Life diagram

Fig.3 – Flower of Life diagram

Fig.4 - Detail of Froxfield

Fig.4 – Detail of Froxfield

Fig.5. - Detail of diagram

Fig.5. – Detail of diagram

The Flower of Life diagram [Fig.3] shows that the lines of its geometry intersect at a point. The photograph [Fig.4] compares an actual junction in the Froxfield formation with its idealised diagrammatic equivalent [Fig.5]. In [Fig.6] I have shown elements closed up (as the diagram suggests) while [Fig.7] shows the same section as it truly was.

Fig.6 - Froxfield detail closed up

Fig.6 – Froxfield detail closed up

Fig.7 - Real detail

Fig.7 – Real detail

It is clear that, had the formation been laid out to accord strictly with the geometry of the diagram, there would be no spaces to pass through, no openings, no gateways; in fact no hospitality portals. The diagram itself is beautifully easy to draw but to adjust it to leave these openings or portals is no simple or obvious task.

I realised that the geometry had been carefully and deliberately adjusted to offer easy access to all the spaces or chambers in the formation. Were it the main hall of a large and elegant house, the Froxfield flower had made sure all the doors had been left open.

Fig.8 - Chicklade, 27th June 2011

Fig.8 – Chicklade, 27th June 2011

Fig.9 - Chicklade diagram

Fig.9 – Chicklade diagram

(A short digression. Last year’s Chicklade formation [Fig.8] of 26th June 2011 was based on a similar geometry to Froxfield, but, as the photograph shows, adjustments were made to allow us easy access to all spaces. Compare photograph [Fig.8] with the silhouette [Fig.9] published on Connector. It is clear that the essential crop circle characteristic – the portal provision – was disregarded in the diagram. Someone did not look carefully or deeply enough.)

After Froxfield it became apparent that this was a regular and essential strategy of the circle makers. Their first intention is, I believe, is to show that we are welcome in their space. And secondly, I suggest, the portals, in offering us easy access, make it unnecessary for us to break through or to trample standing crop. Here they emphasize their respect for life.

Froxfield achieved its goal by a mastery of design and geometry. Other formations accomplish the same ends by differing, but equally ingenious, strategies.


Fig.10 - Liddington Castle A, 1st August1996

Fig.10 – Liddington Castle A, 1st August1996

Two crop circles arrived simultaneously at the Liddington Castle field on 1st August 1996. The second formation, known as Liddington B, is not discussed here but was remarkable for the exquisite and elaborate patterning of its ground lay. The main formation, Liddington A [Fig.10], was a carefully organised interplay of circles and crescents which referred both to Sun/Moon symbolism and to the Vesica Pisces. (Curiously the clearest Vesica crop circle ever arrived nearby at Ashbury, also on 1st August.)

As shown in diagram [Fig.11], most people tended to enter the circle along tramline 2 which led straight through the heart of the formation. This central tramline touched the ends of the two flattened rather boomerang-shaped spaces, A and B. Walking around each of these forms one would find that they ended exactly against tramlines 1 & 3 which gave access into the main areas of the formation. There was no way of understanding, while walking spaces A and B, that a perfectly placed gateway back to the centre was available at the far end.

Fig.11 - Liddington diagram

Fig.11 – Liddington diagram

Certainly, Liddington fulfilled its two primary objectives. We were welcomed and allowed to move easily around the formation and, secondly, out of respect for the plants, openings were made to facilitate our passage from area to area without the need to stomp down living crop.

Even while accepting these two objectives I had never seen tramline-formed doorways positioned with such care and precision. The Liddington Castle formation might have been a few feet larger or a few feet smaller but the perfect coordination of tramlines 1 & 3 and the outer edges of spaces A & B demonstrate two things. First, the formation was pre-designed and had – in some form or other – existed elsewhere, and second, before being placed in the field, decisions were made to adjust the size of the pre-existing formation to comply meticulously with the spacing of the tramlines in the field.

One thing is sure: the formation was designed and sized to maximise the use of the Tramlines; the tramlines were not shifted to accommodate the crop circle!


Fig.12 - Stonehenge 7th July 1996

Fig.12 – Stonehenge 7th July 1996

The 1996 Stonehenge formation [Fig.12] is now accepted as one of the true masterworks of the crop circle phenomenon and it has offered us, over the years, many lessons. Among these is the importance of the Tracer Path, a flattened and multi-purpose track, usually about eight inches wide and always laid down early in the construction sequence.

Fig.13 - Stonehenge tracer path

Fig.13 – Stonehenge tracer path

The Stonehenge Tracer Path [Fig.13] remains the classic example. Each of the 36 circles along the impressive spine of the formation was flattened with the familiar concentric swirl but, unusually, when gently parted, the surface swirl opened to reveal the eight-inch path underlying it. The tracer path continued along the whole length of the formation underlying each of the main spinal circles.

The circles, when swirled down, were always separated by a standing wall of wheat which was, where the circles were

Fig.14 - Stonehenge groundshot showing portals

Fig.14 – Stonehenge groundshot showing portals

closest, between twelve- and eighteen-inches thick. But, because the path had been laid down before the circles were in place, a series of openings, gateways or portals were already in position along the whole chain. It was possible to visit each of the circles in the sequence without ever trampling standing crop. Photograph [Fig.14] shows how these portals led from one circle to the next. This picture was taken early in the life of the formation when the openings were still approximately at their starting width. Stonehenge was one of the most visited formations ever and the original eight-inch gaps soon became three or four feet wide.

The little formation at Uffington [Fig.1] on 19th May this year calmly and unassertively demonstrates the principles of welcome.

Fig.15 - Uffington 2012 diagram

Fig.15 – Uffington 2012 diagram

Fig.16 - Uffington groundshot

Fig.16 – Uffington groundshot

It uses a very simple strategy to make the whole crop circle easily accessible. The tramline shown in red in diagram [Fig.15] leads directly through the two major spaces; A, the outside ring and B, the small central circle. The four small circles, 1 to 4 are conspicuously incomplete. 1 and 2 have wide openings onto space A while 3 and 4 are open to the central space B. Groundshot [Fig.16] shows how prominent these apertures are.

It is curious that here, once again, the drawers of diagrams have conspicuously failed to look with attention at the evidence of the photographs. Some drawings even show four small complete sealed circles! This is careless and misleading and, in my view, misses the whole point of the formation.

I have used four formations to illustrate some of the methods employed by the crop circles to create hospitality portals. Looking back, I cannot remember a formation which was not, at best, welcoming and, at least, easily accessible. For me this is a consistent and powerful indicator of aspects of the spirit of the circle creators. They welcome us – unconditionally – into their spaces (they seem to love us) and they help us to minimise bruising growing crop (they seem to respect life).

Fig.17 - West Woods wavy cross, 17th July 2008

Fig.17 – West Woods wavy cross, 17th July 2008

The lovely West Woods wavy cross formation [Fig.17] of 17th July 2008 emphasizes the case. This elaborate and complex cruciform crop circle is designed specifically to draw our eye to its centre. And what is there? A flattened, beautifully swirled area of about thirty-three feet diameter surrounded by an imperforate eight foot thick circular ring wall [Fig.18].

As the photograph shows, this central element is situated between two tramlines. The wall has no break. Almost shockingly (and almost uniquely in my experience) not only are we not invited in, they seem to prefer that we stay out!

Fig.18 - West Woods private circle

Fig.18 – West Woods private circle

I felt this was a test. They had always been overwhelmingly generous with access to their gifts; here they were saying “This is ours! We have made no openings or gateways for you. Admire it and enjoy it, but please have respect and do not enter.”

Sadly, in our humanness, not only did we fail the test, we failed it quickly and comprehensively. A man from Holland (who I hope never to meet) told protesting onlookers that he could get inside without casing damage! Obviously, he broke the wall and left a path. And of course, once opened up, the small private circle was invaded.

Perhaps this depressing little tale casts some light on certain selfish and inconsiderate aspects of the human spirit.

We do not know the authors of the crop circle phenomenon but I hope my notes on the generosity of their artefacts will illuminate the hospitality of their spirit.

Acknowledgements and thanks
Photography: Steve Alexander, Stuart Dike, Bert Janssen
Diagrams and graphics: Ofmil Haynes Jr


  1. I am glad to see that you are once again posting to your website. I recently read your book, Crop Circles – The Bones of God, and was saddened to learn that you are no longer able to visit crop circles because you require a wheelchair. I was alarmed that your on-line absence might be due to some health issue, and am delighted to hear that it was the health of your computer, and not your own health, that was the problem. I look forward to future postings on recent crop circle activity.


    Stephen Triesch

    Shoreline WA USA

  2. Well done. Thank you.

  3. Michael, I often recall our visit with you several years back with Elizabeth Rosson. I’m thrilled that you consistently offering your interpretation and wisdom through your Blog. Just know, that I learn much from your work.


  4. I think it is a Very interesting observation and it tells about the caracters of the circle makers! It makes me wonder even more about them, and of their beautiful gorgeous art…thank you, Mr Glickman!

  5. Great to see you posting on your website again. Keep up yhe good work. Have we seen the best of this season? The fields are being harvested whenever the weather allows.

  6. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful insight!

  7. It is so good to see you back and to read this beautiful and informative essay on portals, apertures, doorways, walkways, and boundaries to be honored in crop circles. I learned a lot as always in reading your observations and insights. You are a completely steady and always welcoming light in the crop circle world. With gratitude, Constance

  8. Interesting and enlightening perspective.
    Thank you.

  9. Michael, if they are finally looking for somebody to talk to, somebody who shows a deeper (by heart) understanding of what their messages really are, imho there will be just one door they can knock on. And i can hear the voice shouting : “Come in, come in”.
    It is inspiring to talk to you or to “hear” your written thoughts.
    Thank you!

    Uwe Haenssler, Stollhamm, Germany

  10. Great to see you back on here posting your thoughts. Read your books and have watched and re watched my dvd collection of your lectures. No one else I’ve seen or heard can quite match your eye or mind for observing this unique subject. Invaluable stuff, thank you & please keep it coming.

  11. Dear Michael, how good it is to read some more of your thoughts about the crop circle/formation makers. Were you a boy scout in your youth? If so I’m sure you were extremely good at Kim’s Game, your powers of observation put mine to shame! I had noticed the “Tracer Path” lay in my visits to formations and wondered about the process or intent of this. I applaud your coments about respecting the makers gift and the growing crop.
    Best wishes, Paul (Devizes)

  12. Thank you Michael. I recently greatly enjoyed your beautifully written, “Crop Cirles: The Bones of God”.
    I am fascinated to see how things will now proceed with this “phenomenon”(that word seems like a bit of a euphemism in this context), as we have now had many seasons of crop circles, and latterly with appalling weather.
    One snag: has there been any mention of “hubris” in view of the unfulfilled expecations for 2012?
    I hope the computer continues to behave! Best wishes, Jonathan Mansfield.

  13. Thank you Michael, for your wonderful post! I am a brazilian psychiatrist and junguian analist, recently in contact with crop circles. Your interpretations are fantastic!

  14. I’m just writing to let you know what a brilliant experience our daughter undergone reading your webblog. She discovered several details, most notably how it is like to have an incredible helping spirit to make folks effortlessly fully understand selected impossible subject matter. You truly did more than her desires. Thanks for presenting those invaluable, safe, revealing and in addition fun thoughts on the topic to Kate.

  15. I’m sorry to say that Froxfield crop circle is a Seed of Life formations. The Flower of Life in crop circle is: Buderop Down Wiltshire, 3 May 1997. The geometry or what you call it comes from Flower of Life. It’s also called Tree of Life and used by the ancient egyptians.

    If you search on the internet you will find Seed of Life, Flower of Life and Tree of Life that comes form Flower of Life.

    But you do see many geometric shapes and conclusions in crop cirlces I didn’t. So thank you!

  16. Thank you Michael for your work and interpretations of this phenomenon. As an Artezan I am completely spellbound and inspired by the geometry of the CC makers. Something you said in an inteview was that ‘this is a long agenda’ by the makers. Many interpretations of designs can be put forward but to me the point is exactly what you said the CC makers are with us in the longrun ,
    perhaps they belive in the human race in a way which we dont yet understand and know a little more about us than we know of them.

  17. Dear Michael,
    I am so happy to read your comments again,. They are so full of wisdom and compassion. I visited you at home with my friend A several times And these visits are precious memories. I hope you are in good health And Will be able to tell us your stories for a long time to come.
    Love Annemiek

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