I’ve added a new Summary Archives page to this blog where I will include some of the remarkable work of the former Canadian Crop Circle Network (CCCRN) (which is unfortunately no longer active). I also hope to highlight this information in future posts. But where to start? Well, how about the beginning! In this post, I’ll take a look at the earliest documentation of Canadian crop circles.
One of the first known crop circle reports in Canada occurred in Leeshore, Alberta in 1925 – a farmer’s account of small circles in wheat. But there is evidence that crop circle-like formations were being noticed throughout Canada much earlier. Oral reports, often by farmers who found circular depressions in fields while harvesting, were not uncommon. And Indigenous stories go back even further. A flattened “magic ring” in grass was described as being found by a hunter in the Indigenous story, “Waupee and the Daughters of the Star” in the book Thirty Indian Legends of Canada, first published in 1912 by Margaret Bemister (publisher: Douglas & McIntyre).
Here is an excerpt: “Suddenly he came to a circle on the prairie. It looked as if people had run around in a ring until the grass was trampled down. As he could see no marks of footsteps leading away from the ring, he wondered very much whose feet could have marked out the circle. So he went and hid, and waited to see if anyone returned to the spot. After a while, he heard the sound of beautiful music. It seemed to come from the sky. As he looked up, he saw something coming down through the air, and the music sounded like the singing of girls. As the object came closer, he could see that it was a wicker basket, and in it were twelve beautiful maidens. After it touched down, the girls alighted from the basket and danced around the circle, but as soon as the hunter made his presence known to them, they jumped back into the basket and were at once drawn up to the sky.”
So it does seem that crop circles have been around in Canada a very long time. And in 1974, Canada had its first media account. This occurred in Langenburg, Sasktachewan where farmer Edwin Fuhr saw five metallic, dome-shaped ‘machines’ create five rings of depressed grass swirled in a clockwise fashion with the centre part standing up. Two other circles were discovered a few days later (7 circles in total). This case was investigated by the RCMP. The conclusion? This was no hoax. One newspaper report stated that Ed Fuhr was regarded as a dependable, quiet spoken citizen not give to inventing tall tales. And an RCMP constable, Ron Morier, was quoted by the Canadian Press as saying, “Something was there and I doubt it was a hoax. There’s no indication anything had been wheeled in or out and Mr. Fuhr seemed genuinely scared”. Because of the widespread press, it has been estimated that 7,000 people visited this formation.
Hope you enjoyed these blasts from the past – there are more to come. As we move into the holiday season – and if you are looking a special gift for the croppie on your list (or yourself), I’d like to recommend a unique and intriguing book – Crop Circles, Jung and the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine by Jungian analyst Gary Bobroff. What I like about this book is that Gary covers many of the crop circle ‘basics’ but his research goes deeper into the symbolisms and possible meanings of this phenomena in our time. I took Gary’s subsequent webinar related to this book and found it highly enjoyable. If you’re interested in crop circles, but also synchronicity, psyche, the intelligence of nature and the mystery of the unity of spirit and matter, you’ll want to read this book. It reinforces an important question which we should all ask: what do crop circles mean to you? In a variety of ways, many of us on this planet are trying to knit our conscious and unconscious together – and crop circles are, I believe, an important to clue. They are a mystery, yes, but also a door that opens to a beautiful new understanding, if we ourselves have an open mind, and heart.