Cheesefoot Head, Nr Winchester, Hampshire. Reported 17th June

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Clearly this crop picture was meant to be viewed as rotating or spinning, with an “eclipsed Sun” drawn at its centre! Perhaps it is suggesting that we should "count the time in days" until an upcoming solar eclipse?  

An Aztec “calendar wheel” with 18 months per year, and 20 days per month, will rotate clockwise by three and one-quarter turns, during the 65 days from when this crop picture appeared on June 17, until a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017:  

This crop picture from Cheesefoot Head was oriented approximately North-South (azimuth 13o) in the field where it appeared. That might seem contradictory at first, because it shows an “eclipsed Sun” motif at its centre. Yet it cannot point toward any real eclipsed Sun in Earth’s sky, because all real eclipses take place along the solar ecliptic, which is an imaginary line that runs from East to West.  

Yet if we let this crop picture rotate or spin like for an Aztec “calendar wheel", by one 360o turn every 20 days, then after 65 days (from June 17 until August 21), it will point precisely toward a location on the western horizon (azimuth 283o), where a real solar eclipse will be seen in southern England at 1840 UT. It seems absolutely necessary, therefore, that we let this crop picture rotate or spin, in order to resolve an apparent contradiction, and to deduce its hidden meaning.

Many unanswered questions about the new crop picture at Cheesefoot Head on June 17, 2017 may be answered, if we study carefully its relation to certain landscape features nearby 

Some people have said about the new crop picture at Cheesefoot Head: “It is very puzzling! I can’t figure out what it means.” Actually, my friends, it is easy to find a plausible and logical understanding for all aspects of this crop picture, so long as we study it in the context of certain landscape features nearby.  

In an Appendix at the end of this article, we will even show how to calculate some of its aspects mathematically, while using an 18-month, 20-day, Aztec-Mayan calendar, given that there are 65 days from June 17 when it appeared, until a partial solar eclipse in southern England on August 21. How can we do that? Because we understand what it means symbolically. Please read on!  

Why does the new crop picture appear to be “spinning”?  

First of all, if this crop picture really shows an 18-month “calendar” from the ancient Aztec or Mayan cultures, why was it drawn as “spinning”? Now you must learn something about how Aztec or Mayan calendars work. They are often represented in terms of “two spinning wheels”, one inside of the other. Those two “wheels” will then rotate or spin along 365 days of any solar year, just like your automobile’s tires will rotate or spin along the surface of a highway, in order to count the days or months (see  

All such calendars include 20 days in every “month”, while one kind includes 18 months of 360 days, while another kind includes 13 months of 260 days. The version shown in crops incudes 18 months of 20 days, to give 360 days in total per calendar cycle.  

What might be the “surface” or “road” along which this crop-drawn “calendar” seems to be spinning? 

When we study the landscape to see where this crop picture was drawn, using Google Earth at latitude 51.041o N, longitude 1.248o W, we find that this crop-drawn “calendar” seems to be spinning clockwise, along the lower surface of a large “horned serpent” shape, which we can see clearly just above:  

The slow “clockwise” motion of our “calendar wheel” will eventually carry it from that serpent’s “thin tail” on the right, to its “pointed head” on the left. Currently as of June 17, it is about halfway along the “body” of that landscape “serpent”.

We are currently in the ninth month of an 18-month Aztec-Mayan calendar, in the fifth year after it began  

Just to the left of our landscape serpent’s “head”, we can see nine long “horizontal stripes”. These match a Mayan Long Count calendar date of for when the crop picture appeared on June 17, 2017. We are currently in the ninth month of the fifth year of an Aztec-Mayan calendar, which began on December 23, 2012, and in which there are 18 months of 20 days per year (see Calendar tools). This is presumably why the crop picture was drawn halfway along the length of that horned serpent’s “body”, which would represent one full calendar year of 18 months or 360 days.  

We can see very clearly here, close to the start of a nice video by Matthew Williams (from time 0:20 of, how the crop picture was drawn halfway along a line of trees on the right, which looks like a “horned serpent” when studied from the air using Google Earth. Many plants may still be seen standing intact within otherwise “flattened” parts of the crop picture, which is a good sign that it was not made using “rope and boards”.  

This crop picture also looks like a “bright shining Sun”, which has been “partly eclipsed” by the Moon  

When we study this new crop picture carefully, using aerial drone photographs as shown in the movie linked above, it seems almost as if a “bright shining Sun”, which has been “partly eclipsed” by the “Moon”, is rolling along the lower surface of a long “serpent” shape in the landscape nearby. One calendar year in the Aztec-Mayan culture has18 months of 20 days, and so this “eclipsed Sun” shows 18 “light rays” around the outside.  

We will next see a partial eclipse of the Sun in England during the late afternoon of August 21, 2017.  

Another “eclipsed Sun” crop picture, drawn near West Kennett Long Barrow on July 13, 2004, also showed 18 “light rays” around the outside (see  

Was this crop picture meant to remind us of an ancient Aztec-Mayan legend, concerning the return of “Q” or “Quetzalcoatl”?  

Why would the crop artists go to so much trouble, just to remind us that, in June of 2017, we are halfway through the fifth year of an Aztec-Mayan calendar, which began on December 23, 2012?  

When we study the landscape near Cheesefoot Head on an even broader scale, again using Google Earth, we can see several interesting features just above. First on the left above, we can see the large head and neck of a “friendly serpent”, who seems to  be “looking down” on the crop picture as it has been drawn:  

Next in the centre above, we can see a large capital letter “Q”, toward which the “partly eclipsed Sun” from this crop picture seems to point (along field tramlines). The top of that letter “Q” was not quite complete, so I added another green, curved line for explanatory purposes. Lastly on the right above, we can see the small, white image of a “serpent descending”, which is outlined by a white box.  

All of these landscape images remind us of a legend from ancient Mayan or Aztec times, that their beloved leader “Q” or “Quetzalcoatl”, also known as “Kukulkan”, would metaphorically “descend” from the sky to earth, at some time in the future after 2012 A.D. (see or  

Many crop pictures over the years seem to have related to this ancient legend  

Since we have seen many important crop pictures over the years, which seem to have been made by the unseen Quetzalcoatl or his associates, for example a “Quetzalcoatl Headdress” on July 5, 2009, it might be wise to take such ancient legends seriously? 

That crop picture showed two series of symbols for “five Aztec-Mayan years” on either side, while the schematic face of a “feathered serpent” could also be seen, peering out from two nested crescent or “eclipse” shapes in the centre (see time2010f).  

Meanwhile we can wait expectantly for an upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, to see what might happen then? What a great year for “crop circles” it has been so far!   

Red Collie (Dr, Horace R, Drew)  

P.S. Many thanks to Mr. Gyro and Matthew Williams for excellent drone videos or photographs.  

Appendix 1. Precise calculation from this crop-drawn “rotating calendar wheel” of a local azimuth for sunset on August 21, 2017, during a partial solar eclipse in southern England  

This new crop picture at Cheesefoot Head is oriented in the field, so that its “partly eclipsed Sun” motif points along crop tramlines at 13o east of due North, as measured using Google Earth.  

Now from June 17 when it appeared, until a partial solar eclipse on August 21, there will be 65 days. Given an Aztec-Mayan calendar with 20 days per month, the “calendar wheel” from this crop picture should “rotate” along the lower surface of that landscape “serpent” by three full turns of 360o for 60 days until August 16. Then over the next 5 days until August 21, it should “rotate” by another (5 / 20) x 360o = 90o to give three and one-quarter turns in total. 

By August 21, this “rotating calendar wheel” would therefore show a local orientation in the field of (13o + 90o) = 103o, or just south of due East. Its “eclipsed Sun” motif will then be oriented one-quarter turn or 90o further clockwise, than how it was drawn on June 17. In other words, its central “crescent Sun” will then be on the left (or western side), while its slightly smaller “round Moon” will then be on the right (or eastern side).  

Now our Sun will show a partial eclipse in southern England on August 21, 2017 around 1840 UT. Its azimuth on the local horizon, close to sunset on August 21, will be 283o or just north of due West. We calculated from the “rotating calendar wheel” a field orientation of 103o after 65 days, which could also be 180o further away to the west as 283o, depending on how we view the relative sky locations of Sun and Moon on that day.  

Our Moon will be located slightly above the Sun along the western horizon during that eclipse (as seen from southern England), at altitude 4.6o for the Moon versus 4.1o for the Sun (see So if we simply “flip” that “rotated” crop picture from a horizontal plane of the field where it was drawn, onto a vertical sky plane of the western horizon, then it will match precisely the sky image of a partial solar eclipse which it will be seen there on August 21.  

A clever “hidden puzzle” with a message for everyone on Earth  

In summary, the hidden puzzle from this crop picture was to realize that “65 days” between June 17 when it appeared, and a solar eclipse on August 21, implies 3.25 turns or a net 90o of clockwise rotation, as a “calendar wheel” with 20 days per 360o turn “rolls along” the lower body of a landscape “serpent” from “tail” to “head”. Once rotated clockwise by an additional 90o, then the Cheesefoot Head crop picture matches a sky image of a partial solar eclipse, as it will be seen from the same field 65 days later.  

Three other crop pictures on June 4 at Woolstone Hill, on June 9 at Maiden Bradley, or on June 15 at Badbury Rings, have likewise shown “hidden puzzles” which suggested 78, 73 or 67 days respectively, between the date when they appeared, and a solar eclipse on August 21 (please see the Comments or Articles pages for those crop pictures elsewhere on this website).





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