Last week, just in time for the Easter weekend, I returned home still suffering from jetlag from Curitiba, Brazil where I had been giving a talk and a workshop at the Second Advanced Ufology Congress of Paraná.
Curitiba is the capital city in the State of Paraná and has a fairly recent history. In the 1700s Curitiba was considered to be an ideal location for cattle-breeding, leading to a successful cattle trade and the city’s first major expansion. Later, between 1850 and 1950, it grew. due to logging and agricultural expansion in the Paraná State (first Araucaria logging, later coffee cultivation and in the 1970s wheat, corn and soybean cultivation). In the 1850s waves of European immigrants arrived in Curitiba, mainly Germans, Italians, Poles and Ukrainians, contributing to the city’s economic and cultural development. Nowadays, only smaller numbers of foreign immigrants arrive, primarily, middle eastern and other South American countries.
It was a long and exhausting journey both ways to and from Curitiba, as I flew first to Paris, where I changed flights, and then on to São Paulo where I had to find my luggage and go through all the formalities such as immigration and customs, before finding the check-in desk for a local flight to Curitiba. The return journey was just a long but not so worrying as my luggage went all the way through from Curitiba to London. Counting the time from getting up in the morning of the day of my and by the time I got to bed the following day, I was up for a total of 42 hours each time, both ways!! Quite a marathon!
On landing in the glorious heat of Curitiba, I was met by Carlos Casalicchio who acted as my interpreter, general escort and helper. What a gem he was and it was due to him that everything went so smoothly as I had to alter my talks at the last minute and he kindly lent me his laptop, thereby saving the day!
The conference was organised by the ebullient A.J Gevaerd whose English was also perfect. A past master of organising conferences he was a genial host who made sure that everyone was happy. It is only recently that crop circles have appeared in Brazil and indeed one had appeared on the outskirts of Curitiba a few years ago, much to A. J’s delight who, having just moved to Curitiba, was able to visit it. Being a relatively new phenomenon, the excitement and enthusiasm for the subject is immense. It was a joy for me to be with such passionately interested, warm and lovely people.
I gave my first talk the day after I arrived, having slept for nine and a half hours the previous night. It was going to be an instantaneous translation, which means that the audience wear earphones and the speaker can talk continuously without pausing for interpretation, so instead of cutting the time of the talk in half as for a consecutive translation in order for the translator to repeat what has been said, the talk of one and a half hours remains the full one and half hours, I had only planned for a consecutive translation, i.e. 45 minutes – HELP! – panic stations – urgent changes were needed at the last moment to try and find extra material to extend the talk. Using Carlos Casalicchio’s laptop I managed to take some slides from my workshop planned for Monday, and after one hour and fifteen minutes, I ended up taking questions which was a most satisfactory solution and indeed there were so many, we ran out of time!
My workshop on the Monday morning which was originally listed as lasting three hours somehow ran on for a happy four. There have been so many fascinating and amazing experiences people have reported to me over the years that I could tell them about. It was another wonderful and enthusiastic audience and we had great fun as many people had bought my mineral pendulums and were interested in dowsing. Prior to the workshop I had dowsed the room and located several ‘energy’ lines but instead, the audience wanted to me dowse their personal energies during the break. (We all have an electromagnetic field surrounding us as indeed have all living things as well as trees and stones etc.). I dowsed as many people as I could before I ran out of energy myself! We finished the workshop with more stories. Carlos Casalicchio was doing a consecutive translation this time. He was a treasure!
After my talk on Saturday evening, there was an enjoyable Gala Dinner and then on Sunday several of us visited the Botanical Gardens. Driving through the city, it was a joy to see tree-lined avenues in full leaf thereby giving a verdant atmosphere amidst high rise buildings.
Opened in 1991, Curitiba’s trademark botanical garden was created in the style of French gardens. The extensive gardens contain French style fountains, waterfalls and lakes. The main greenhouse of 458 square metres, has specimens of plants characteristic of tropical regions. There was an interesting geometric layout of triangular box hedges and a wonderful hedge of begonias. The park occupies 240.000 m² in area. Sadly the weather was overcast so my pictures do not do justice to either the gardens or the architecture of the garden.
The principal greenhouse is a magnificent modern metallic structure and was designed by architect Abraão Assad in an Art Nouveau style, drawing inspiration from the mid-19th century Crystal Palace in London to which it resembles. The Botanic Museum, which provides a national reference collection of native flora, attracts researchers from all over the world. It includes many botanic species from the moist Atlantic forests of eastern Brazil.
I was intrigued to learn that the Bromelia or Caraguatá plants are known as ‘survival’ plants, because no matter the heat of the outside temperature, water can always be found lying hidden between the leaves at the base of the stem. Many people lost in tropical forests have had their lives saved by these plants. The wild pineapple also comes into this genus.
Please remember to book your places on either of my two tours this coming summer.
I greatly look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the magic of the circles and Stonehenge. I will continue to bring you wonderful pictures of the circles this summer and as always you will be able to view them for free on my web site. Please could you possibly support me? Any donations would be very greatly appreciated. Please also remember that you can come with me on helicopter trips which are unbelievably exciting but quite often at short notice. We fly from Thruxton, Nr. Andover, Hampshire, with wonderfully skilled pilots.
My very best wishes and much happiness,
Spring has officially arrived, the days are getting longer with lighter mornings and evenings. The coming of Spring was celebrated and observed by different cultures with different festivals all over the ancient world. How our ancient forefathers must have relished these events.
The Druids celebrated Spring on the 1st May with the Beltane ceremony, bringing many people together to acknowledge and revel in the birth of the Summer and the fertility of the land. The festival commemorates the spirit of our ancient forebears and the connection to the cycles of nature.
The Chinese with their Spring Festival that falls on the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, which is often one month later than the Gregorian calendar. It originated in the Shang Dynasty (c.1600 BC – c.1100 BC) from the people’s sacrifices to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.
The Greeks held a festival in which they performed the tragedies of Æschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in Athens which was known as the Great Dionysia. This festival was also connected with the spring.
In ancient Egypt they held a festival to Isis who represented rebirth having being instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris when he was murdered by Set. Using her magical skills, she restored his body to life after gathering the body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Set.
In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March, was their special day. St Patrick being most famous for banishing all snakes from Ireland for evermore. He also brought Christianity to Ireland.
In ancient Italy the feast of Cyble was the time when they commemorated spring. The festival of Hilaria from 15th – 28th March celebrates rebirth after the legend in which her lover Attis was reborn after killing himself and it was in his blood that the first violets grew.
The Judaic festival is Passover in the Hebrew month of Nisan and celebrates the exodus of slaves from Egypt after suffering slavery for many years. This ritual is represented in a ceremonial cleaning of the house from top to bottom.
In Lanark, Scotland welcomes in the Spring season on the 1st March with Whuppity Scoorie in which children have a wonderful time running to a local church at sunrise, tossing paper balls and wearing hats. They are rewarded with money given by the local assemblymen.
Finally in Russia, close to Easter, again they celebrate rebirth in the coming of light and warmth in the celebration of Maslenitsa in which they enjoy their last meals of meat, fish and dairy prior to the Lent period. A straw likeness of the Lady of Maslenitsa is burned and to insure fertility, the ashes are spread in the fields.
More Good News
As usual I will be taking two crop circle tours this summer. The first is on Thursday 28th July with an optional extra of a private entry visit to Stonehenge in the evening. This will enable us to enter into the inner sanctum of the stones. It is a mystically wonderful experience to see the sun set over the stones and feel the magic of this ancient place. The tickets are like gold dust to obtain. Please book early.
The second tour is on Wednesday 3rd August and this has an optional extra of flying over the circles, which is an incredible way of seeing them in all their majesty from the air, together with the surrounding countryside that includes the famous stone complex at Avebury, and the sacred Silbury Hill, the largest man-made hill in Europe. Please get in touch for early booking.
Still more Good News
I am also reducing the price of my wonderful 2016 calendar from £12 to £10. I have a few left.
All very best wishes,
As Christmas is approaching, please remember to buy your calendars, they are going fast and I don’t want you to be disappointed. It is the only 2016 crop circle calendar with wonderful pictures of crop circles from this summer. Buy Lucy’s 2016 calendar
I have very recently returned from Chicago. I have lectured extensively in the US but never in Chicago, so it was a big new and exciting adventure. I had been invited to talk at the SIAC (School of the Art Institute Chicago) by Professor Ben Nicholson who met me at the airport with his lovely fiancée Caroline who gave me a huge goody bag of things for my stay.
SIAC is a greatly esteemed school of Art and Design for both undergraduates and graduates. It gives a comprehensive college education and explores cross-disciplines under the guidance of an award-winning faculty of artists, scholars, and leading practitioners in their fields. It is rated as being “the most influential art college in the United States” by the Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey.
I had previously met Nicholson, an Englishman, when I gave a talk to the Labyrinth Society Conference in Taos, New Mexico about four years ago. Strangely enough, many years ago he used to live in Petersfield, which is a stone’s throw from where I live!
I stayed in an enormous suite on Michigan Ave which is permanently kept by SAIC for visiting guests. All the staff in the SAIC department were enormously friendly and bent over backwards to be helpful. As well as driving round and visiting many of the wonderful buildings in Chicago, we went to the Museum of Art which has an impressive permanent exhibition of Impressionist paintings. In addition I went to see the largest collection in the US of Audubon and Gould prints (both artists of great renown) at the Oppenheimer Gallery, which was close to my hotel.
We also went up the John Hopkins Building famous for its spectacular view of Chicago from 92 floors above street level. I suffer from vertigo so you can imagine the terror! In addition I watched with absolute horror as several intrepid mortals stood on a platform 1000 ft above the Magnificent Mile which tilted and tipped right over the building at what seemed a horrifying angle. My knees went to jelly just watching them!
Apart from giving my talk (when incidentally the technology failed an unprecedented three times – this often happens with crop circles as the images give off frequencies which affect electrical equipment – and a new battery that had been installed in my microphone drained completely within 30 minutes!) I was invited to sit in on the SAIC Bird Project which is part of the first semester of the Graduate Architecture Program. Nicholson tells me that “the assignment calls for each student to select one of the approximately 400 species of birds that fly through Chicago during migration. A close study of the sequential process of nest building is made, followed by a broad study of all the other aspects of the bird’s life, including the roles of gender, migration, feeding, protection and social activities. A single drawing is developed, along with full scale models of the nest, to include the whole sequence of building, living and travelling, challenging the student to think at multiple scales and tasks. The assignment demonstrates that birds and humans are two species on earth that are interdependent as well as share many of the same concerns of habitat.” I was there to give a critique at the end of each 15 minute presentation. Their work was exceptional.
One of the secondary objects of my visit was to try and clear the negative energy lines from a large car park in which the school were planning to extend their campus. I had dowsed the site remotely while in England using an architectural drawing kindly sent to me, marking the positive, negative and neutral areas on a gridded map. I re-dowsed it on my arrival and the positive, negative and neutral areas were marked on a sheet of paper with a grid mapped out. The morning I left to return home, a group of students, teaching staff and visitors went to the site. There were three main areas in need of clearing; the first two were cleared quite easily but the last one was extremely stubborn and still needs additional work on it. Interestingly, one of the teaching staff told us that many of the shops that extend from the car park along the same line are always changing hands; in other words their businesses fail. This often happens on negative energy lines. I will discuss this more fully in my annual article. One of the most interesting aspects of this exercise was that despite the wind blowing a gale and our hair flying everywhere, our encased rods were not affected and remained completely steady.
With a group of students I had taught to dowse a few days earlier, we visited the Cove sculpture, known as the ‘Bean’ to dowse its aura and surrounding area. Again, I will elaborate on this more fully in my annual article.
It was a remarkable visit, – one of the best, most fulfilling and happiest and I have experienced in my many years of travelling and lecturing. Next stop Brazil in March!
It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone, seemingly in the twinkling of an eye.
This has been good year for the circles and, but the strange thing is that people say to me again and again ‘There don’t seem to have been any circles this year, what has happened to them?’ The answer lies with the press, who apart from the odd article about man-made circles, seem to have lost interest in the subject as indeed have many of our regular visitors from abroad who have lost heart and are no longer coming to the UK as farmers close their fields to ‘croppies’.
However, those stalwart visitors who have persevered were graced with a brilliant crop circle exhibition shown in at St Peter’s Church, Marlborough, organised and set up by Monique Klinkenberg and Andreas Mueller. It was an outstandingly good presentation and ran from early summer until the third week in September. It attracted a huge number of visitors from both abroad and locally, many who visited it several times to see not only the marvellous images but also read the excellent script celebrating 25 years since the appearance of the world shaking Alton Barnes pictogram up to present times.
In addition, visitors have not been disappointed due to the generosity of Farmer James Hussey who allowed people to visit two magnificent circles that appeared on his land. He and his lovely wife Gill had always loved the circles and made their circles available to everyone. Sadly Gill died last November after a brave 14 year fight with breast cancer. James set up a memorial trust in her memory in order to raise money towards a breast screening unit in Swindon. Gill Hussey is fundraising on Just Giving for The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund.
This circle affected me in a way I can’t quite explain. Even if I didn’t know that the rose is a symbol of love, the strength of love emanating from the frequencies that radiate and pour out of this photograph, are overwhelming and I have used it as the cover picture of my wonderful new calendar which will be ready for sale at the beginning of October. It is the only calendar showing pictures of this year’s formations.
And so we come to the end of this year’s exciting season.
Later this year, I am going to give talks in Chicago and Sofia in Bulgaria, and I will write again on my return.
All very best wishes
Since last writing, events have come and gone. My scientific research day was a bonus as the weather forecast was for rain, rain and still more rain but quite amazingly the evening before when checking the weather forecast, I saw to my astonishment I that the system had moved away and what was left was disintegrating. In fact it turned out to be one of the warmest and sunniest days of the summer. Living on an island must make life hell for professional meteorologists.
After conducting the first control tests, we went into the beautiful ‘Rose’ formation at Uffcott. I will be writing up the results in my annual article early next year, but suffice it to say, they will be very interesting. Despite being ten days old, the circle was full of energy, swirling vortices and other effects.
James Hussey is the only farmer this year who has allowed people to visit the circles on their land. They have always done this in the past as they found the visitors polite and interesting. We could not be more grateful to them. We were all so very sorry to learn of Gill’s death after fighting breast cancer valiantly for 14 years. I knew her well and she was a truly wonderful lady. James Hussey wishes all donations to go direct to The Radiotherapy Unit at Great Western Hospital via the links given here; Gill Hussey is fundraising on Just Giving for The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund rather than through any other fundraising agencies. So far he has raised a handsome amount and we are all eager to help in this very worthy cause in memory of Gill.
Next came the Glastonbury Symposium, its 25th year, being the oldest continuously running Conference relating to this subject. Initially it was based on crop circles alone but as the years have progressed and people have realised that crop circles and other subjects are closely allied, it has spread it wings to include other areas of interest. I attended the very first one held in a tiny room above the Blue Note Café in Glastonbury which was reached by going up very rickety stairs and along an equally rickety passage to the room at the end. This was organised by Bob and Glynnis who owned the Pendragon shop. Sadly many of the people attending are no longer with us.
As usual the symposium this year was jammed full of fascinated people and it has maintained its leading role in the Conference arena.
Another event celebrating 25 years of crop circle history is the really exceptionally well presented exhibition being held until the end of August at St Peter’s Church in Marlborough. Entrance is free and I strongly recommend a visit. Together with stunning photographs dating from the 1990 memorable Alton Barnes ‘pictogram’ onwards, the textual history is both instructive and absorbing.
The first of my crop circle tours followed close on its heels and we were blessed with a spectacular formation at Hackpen Hill, again on James Hussey’s land. To many it was the Thunderbird, a legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples’ history and culture. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. To others it represented the Egyptian Falcon God Horus. Indeed it seemed to linked to many of the ancient civilisations.
Lying on the ridge with the Hackpen chalk white horse close by, it was in a memorable setting. At the request of James Hussey, Paul Jacobs took up residence in his splendid yellow caravan at the edge of the field and collected donations for Gill’s charity at the same time as welcoming and chatting to the visitors. In the afternoon, after a splendid lunch at the Barge Inn at Honey Street, to everyone’s delight we visited the Rose circle. We ended the day with a wonderful private entry visit to Stonehenge. Having got up at 5.30 that morning, I got home at 10.30pm!
The second crop circle tour was this week and once again I took everyone into Hackpen ‘Bird’. Before entering, we had enormous fun as I was teaching people how to dowse. I always carry several pairs of rods with me so there were plenty to go around. To people who have never dowsed before, it is quite an amazing experience to see the rods whirling around of their own doing, in response to a question!
In the afternoon we visited a circle that had appeared just the evening before at Etchilhampton. The inside lay of the crop was extraordinarily complex. A series of swirling circles with a centre protected by tufts of standing crop. Unfortunately the lane approaching the field was very narrow resulting in very poor parking and indeed when the farmer came along with his tractor he was unable to get past (luckily none of my group were responsible for this). Being aware of the farmers and the access to their land is essential and I fear the farmer may soon cut out this circle. The day ended with several people taking microlight flights over the circles they had visited. They all came back with grins from ear to ear!!
There have been many more circles than the ones I have mentioned in this letter, so do please visit my web site. As flying is such a dreadfully expensive business any donations towards it would be just so very gratefully received.