Ringslebenstr: A Butterfly Effect?
As soon as I saw the two beautiful crop circles that
were reported from two separate countries on the same day, June 28th,
2016, I had a strong feeling that the double event was no mere
coincidence. It seemed to me that both formations needed to be
considered together to get one message.
The butterfly symbol, the Flower of Life design, and
the lozenge/diamond/rhombus shape are the three obvious visual images to
be considered. To my delight, all three symbols harmonize and resonate
in such an elegant fashion to give us a beautiful, hopeful and
insightful message regarding the ‘ultimate question of life, the
universe and everything.’ Although the answer could be hidden somehow in
‘42’, these two crop circles offer plenty of viable food for thought
regarding such a big question. They also present us with symbols from
around the world and ranging in time from very early human society to
symbols that have remained relevant in the present and most likely will
remain so in the future.
The visual appearances of the Flower of Life pattern,
the rhombus/diamond/lozenge, and the butterfly are all allusions to the
Centre of the Galaxy, known by the Maya as Hunab’Ku and known in Taoist
philosophy as the Tao, the Mother of the Ten Thousand Things. The Vesica
Pisces symbol, implicit in the Flower of Life and the geometrical basis
for representing the Flower of Life represents the origin of life, the
Great Goddess Creator. So, between these two crop formations, there is a
strong message for all about our origins and where we are headed.
The butterfly almost universally symbolizes the soul,
renewal, immortality, rebirth and psychic transformation. It is also a
symbol for the Great Goddess and joy.
Butterfly as symbol of the personal
eternal soul and as the soul of the world in a Taoist imaging.
“Something Infinite, older than heaven and earth silent, solitary, and
vast: eternal, unchanging, yet ever evolving throughout ten thousand
things. Not knowing its name, I call it Tao.” – Lao Tzu
The diamond shape has long been a symbol for the
feminine creative principle, as it, like the Vesica Pisces is so similar
to a vulva in shape. In China it means happiness and also victory. “The
rhomb or diamond was said to be the sign of the Virgin Earth, that is,
Mother Earth at the beginning of creation.” (Walker 50) As the eighth
element in the runic alphabet, Inguz stands for new beginnings,
fertility, and in particular the completion of the new beginning.
The lozenge shape is part of the
internal geometry of the Vesica Pisces from which the Flower of Life is
also generated. It is associated with the Great Mother Goddess since the
shape resembles the vagina of the female body. The Aztec Goddess
Chalchiuhtlicue, Goddess of the Waters, wears a skirt trimmed with a
The "Flower of Life" can be found in all major
religions of the world. It contains the patterns of creation as they
emerged from the "Great Void". Everything is made from the Creator's
The Flower of Life, the Seed of Life
and the Egg of Life: “It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred
geometry said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the
fundamental forms of space and time. In this sense, it is a visual
expression of the connections life weaves through all sentient beings,”
What is very amazing in the case of the two crop
circles is that both symbols inform one another and expand one upon the
other. For example, the butterfly, a well-known symbol in its own right,
also relates to the Centre of our Galaxy, Hunab’Ku, the mother womb of
the Galaxy, called the Galactic Butterfly in the Mayan tradition; the
butterfly also carries the symbolism of the Great Goddess and the
individual psyche/soul of a person. The lozenge shape is a reference to
the Great Goddess in Her creating aspect; it represents fertility and
creative action; it is, like the Vesica Pisces, a symbol for the
beginning of the world. The Flower of Life is formed within the
lozenge/womb; it emerges from the womb as manifest life forms.
Both Hunab’Ku, the Galactic Butterfly
of the Maya tradition and Yin-Yang in the Eastern tradition represent
the Mother of Creation, the Centre of the Galaxy, the Great Void, the
Mother of the Ten Thousand Things.
A final point convincing me that these two formations
are absolutely intertwined is the fact that a common motif among first
nations in North America, Canada and Mexico is a geometric design
signifying the butterfly that includes a diamond shape in its centre. In
those traditions, the butterfly is associated with the concept of
North American native design for
butterfly includes the lozenge/diamond shape.
The reported formations of June 28th both
have strong references to the beginnings of ‘creation’: the lozenge with
the Flower of Life in it, and the butterfly referring to the Centre of
the Galaxy. When considered as the Rune Inguz, Fertility, the lozenge
implies a new birth that comes after the old ways or stages of life are
cast aside. In the words of Ralph Blum:
“All things change and we cannot live permanently
amid obstructions. The Rune of Fertility signals your emergence from a
closed, chrysalis state. As you resolve and clear away the old, you will
experience a release from tension and uncertainty.”(Blum 122)
This same growing out of old stages, or metamorphosis
is implied by the butterfly symbol as well.
Inguz, the eighth Rune of the Fulthark
represents a new beginning, or birth that requires the giving up of an
older form, as in the butterfly leaving its cocoon state.
So we have in the fields of Blackwood and
Ringslebenstr a loving message telling us that new life is on its way,
that we must cast aside old useless traditions, beliefs and practices in
order to be renewed along with the coming of the New Earth. In his essay
for Fulley Wood, Marc Smulders points out similar ideas to what these
two formations are all about:
“It is likely this is an important step in the birth
of the new world in the sense that it will create the opportunity to
realign self-consciousness (the symbolism of the sun) with the centre of
the galaxy. This is the mother womb of the galaxy and the gateway to the
galaxy (“Hunab Ku”) beyond our sun. It refers to the consciousness of
the creation of life that goes beyond our sun and our
It is as if the Consciousness of Creation, as Marc
phrases it, is communicating directly to all of humanity in preparation
for our witnessing and collective and personal participation in the
creation of a New World. Meegwetch.
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