- Publisher: North Atlantic Books
- Format: Paperback
Crop circles continue to confound both researchers and detractors alike. From the early years when they appeared in the fields of Southern England as simple circles through to the massively complex and staggering works of art that now manifest on a regular basis all over the world, every summer, these marvels of the landscape defy to conform to most rational explanations.
In Crop Circles, Jung, and the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine, writer and researcher Gary S. Bobroff re-examines the phenomenon within the context of what he believes is a rising tide of spiritual energy from the Great Goddess coming up from deep within the racial unconscious.
The circles themselves are deemed to be expressions of the Jungian principles of wholeness and psychic balance.
The book opens with a broad appraisal of the history of crop circles and includes accounts of their early discovery much further back than contemporary evidence suggests—a time when they were referred to by country folk as ‘Witches’ Rings’ and ‘Devils’ Twists’.
The author draws analogies between the circles and the early worship of the Goddesses of Celtic Britain with what he sees are connections with wheat and the traditions of making corn dollies in veneration of the female deity.
Later in the book, the author shifts his investigations into the hidden dynamics behind the crop circle enigma by exploring the apparent shifts in science as the decline and termination of a primarily masculine approach to the subject appears to be drawing to a close.
Citing both Jung and Einstein, Bobroff uses examples to show how a previously reductionist approach to understanding life and its mysteries is failing everyone—including those who seek to solve the crop circle mystery.
One area of study where this phenomenon interacts with traditional science is the area of plasma balls and energy vortexes. In the early days of crop circle research, Terance Meadon, in particular, sought to explain the simple circles within this context. His ideas worked for a while but the phenomenon grew in complexity and his ideas fell out of favor.
The author examines this aspect of crop circle formation before moving on to explore the apocalyptic aspect to the crop circle phenomenon and their implications in the evolving transition of human consciousness from deep within the realms of the racial unconscious.
The book closes with extensive research references and resources section.
‘Crop Circles, Jung, and the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine’ by Gary S. Bobroff
If you are looking for a book to explain the reason for crop circles forming then this is not one for you.
At this stage in the process of coming to terms with the mystery of the circles, it is fairly evident that there is no rational or authoritative explanation of what the circles are or who/what is creating them. The best that we can hope for at this stage is that we get a grip on the implications of the circles, if not their true meaning.
In Crop Circles, Jung, and the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine, the reader is presented with a way of engaging with the mystery through a number of psycho-spiritual themes.
These focus upon ideas and concepts first introduced by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung—most notably through his concepts of archetypal symbology and the racial unconscious.
While the shape and style of many of the crop circles conform to these ideas, the writer fails to address the many circles that do not fit quite as easily into his hypotheses.
The arguments that he offers here are powerful but there is no doubt that many crop circles that have appeared over the years do respond to logical and analytical interpretation—such as those that have advanced physics and mathematics encoded within them.
Nevertheless, despite these failings to give a more encompassing appraisal of the crop circle phenomenon, this is a book that stretches our current understanding of what the glyphs might be trying to convey to us.
Sadly, where this book does fail is in its lack of inclusion of supporting images which would not only add a great deal to the book’s visual appeal but would also strengthen the authors argument that the crop circle is indeed a mandala of personal transformation.
As a book without much in the way of supporting images, it is somewhat ‘text-heavy’—though the writing style is thoroughly engaging and the reader is generally carried along on an exciting journey of exploration and revelation.
There is no doubt that the author is well versed in his subject and has investigated the phenomenon in some depth. The result is a book that, despite its failings, stands as a powerful and insightful exposition of a mystery that is both engaging and disengaging at the same time.
It will, no doubt, be one of those vital pieces of research that will springboard many to dig even deeper into the subject of the Divine feminine and to understand that, at their heart, the circles might just be communications from the heart of Gaia herself.
Bobroff offers an insightful appraisal of the illogical. Through his challenging research into crop circles, he presents a new level of interpretation to an epic worldwide phenomenon.