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Using motifs found in crop circles, these images use both numerology and sacred symbolism to honor nine of the world's spiritual traditions, including Native, Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, Goddess,Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Baha'i.

This is a selection of motifs representing various world religions, which have appeared in crop circle art. Numerology has also been included in the design, with each numbers special meanings. Amara has added her own colors.

Crop circles are mysterious and beautiful designs that appear in fields of grain all around the world, as many as 300 per year. There is great debate about who the artists are, but their spiritual and scientific meanings are significant. Amara has found them very inspiring, and has selected a few motifs for use. We have made note of the exact time and place that these designs appeared, if you want to go look at the actual photographs of them.

Nature Religions: The Ouroboros has several meanings. First is the symbolism of the serpent biting, devouring, eating its own tail. This symbolizes the cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death. Alchemically, the ouroboros is also used as a purifying glyph. Inside the circle of the serpent is a turtle, a native symbol of the Mother Earth. One is the number of unity, eternity, the Divine Source, continuous movement. Appeared at Hill Barn, Wiltshire, England. June 2001

Taoist: Yin Yang The classic symbol of the balancing of opposites, surrounded by trigrams. The short bar with circles either side is a way of signifying yin. The two longer bars with no dots represent yang. So we have one yin with two yang above. This is the trigram WIND. Wind means gentle effects, small efforts, penetrating work. The number two represents all dualities of light/dark, male/female, hot/cold etc. in their eternal dance. Appeared at Stantonbury Hill July 2007

Buddhist Wheel of Joy This three-armed Julia Set Fractile of 194 circles relates to the triskele, triskelion or three magatama symbol. It resembles three commas or teardrop shaped beads chasing one another round a circle, and is a Buddhist meditation symbol that represents the three aspects of Dependent Relationship which which give existence to all functioning things. The number three brings meanings of resolving the tension of the polarities into a beginning, middle and end, or two parents and a child. It is balancing and transformitive. Appeared at Windmill Hill, Stantonbury, England, July 1996

Christian: St Andrew’s Cross This design includes sacred geometry known as squaring of the circle, and is a version of the Christian cross. The cross is an ancient symbol of the four directions, the four elements, and the primary building blocks of life. The number four brings stability, equality, and strength, and represents all physical reality and structure. Kings Worthy, near Winchester, England, July 2005

Goddess Pagan tradition: Pentagram. The five pointed star is used in many traditions and has multiple meanings, but notably it corresponds to the five points of the human and animal bodies and suggests the harmonies of energy in the physical form. It is a symbol of well being and health. The number five brings meaning and life into the physical structure created by four. and represents self-regeneration and propagation. Avebury Trusloe, England July 2003

Hindu: Six pointed star in a lotus. The lotus flower traditionally represents Spiritual Enlightenment, and spinning vortices of energy at the various chakra points of the body. This is the design for the sacral chakra, the creative force, containing a six pointed star formed from a downward pointing female triangle and an upward pointing male triangle. The number six is about organizing and utilizing the elements of life with economy, order and efficiency, and also strength and stability. Milk Hill, England June 2003

Jewish: Menorah The Menorah is a very ancient universal symbol of the levels of consciousness. Although it is associated with the Jewish Nation because they are still using this symbol, it is not specifically Jewish; it was known and used by many other races. The oldest meaning of the menorah is the Seven Sisters, better known as the Pleiades. Seven is the number of the feminine, the unconscious, dreams, intuitions, change, emotions, growth. Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, England. May 1999

Islamic: Seal of the Prophets. By the middle-ages, the eight-point star was widely used as a symbol in Islamic art. It is called khatim or khatim sulayman, seal of the prophets, as in signet ring. its universal symbolism is one of balance, harmony, and cosmic order. The eight lines are symbolic of the four corners of space (north, south, east, and west) and time (two solstices and two equinoxes). Eight brings the energies of resonance, harmonics, renewal, and the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Bishops Cannings June 2000

Baha’i: Nine pointed star. The traditional motif of the Baha’i religion, which follows ideas of respect for all religious faiths, and harmony between all peoples. Nine is the number of the threshold into a new reality and potential, a conduit between the material and the spiritual worlds, as in the nine months it takes for human gestation, or the enneagram used for exploring the psyche. Milk Hill, Alton Barnes England July 2001.

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