Strange Signals: What Crop Circles Are Trying to Tell Us

Driving through rural Indiana, I think about what it must be like for a farmer to wake up one morning, look out, and see a crop circle. It must be weirdly puzzling.

In England, farmers know what to do. Many snap pictures and text them to the astro-cartographer Steve Judd, who carefully studies them. Far from a tin-hat nut job, Judd has rigorously collected and analyzed more than 1,000 photos of crop circles dating back 30 years. He has many followers. Judd rejects the built-by-aliens theory. His own theory is bolder, but closer to home: Humans are generating them. It’s far out, I know.

For two decades, Judd saw little variation in the crop circles, he told me in a phone interview. But around 2015, he noticed something changing. The patterns were becoming more elaborate and taking up larger swaths of land. The frequency increased, too, with more spottings in the past decade, nearly double, than since he began tracking the phenomenon.

What’s happening? “The planet is attempting to get our attention,” he told me, “to make us conscious of our situation.” By Judd’s telling, the crop circles are being woven from the energy given off by the collective unconscious as we humans sense perilous conditions on the planet. Judd believes it’s a form of communication between the planet and the people inhabiting it — a warning, if you will.

The good news, Judd thinks, is that human consciousness is expanding, evidenced by the growing complexity and numbers of crop circles. Why is that? “Consciousness is survival,” Judd explains. The whole story is uncanny, top to bottom. However, if the information in Judd’s photo collection is telling us something about our own survival, it’s an act of wisdom, not folly, to at least listen.

Learn more about Steve Judd’s work here

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Patricia Martin

Patricia Martin is a researcher, author, and consultant who has worked widely in fields of technology, telecommunications, arts, and culture. She applies Jungian theory to her work as a cultural analyst and is the host of the popular podcast "Jung in the World".

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