Stanton St. Bernard (Phase II) of July 15, 2012 showed “crescent Venus close to our Moon eclipsing Jupiter”, as the eighth crop picture in a series depicting the current astronomy of Venus 

Many people were amazed on July 15, 2012, when a somewhat old crop picture from June 29 known as the “cathedral” changed suddenly overnight to add a second and equally beautiful Phase II nearby. That would be one of the most unpromising fields in which to construct a human-made fake, as those persons who encountered an angry farmer after Phase I could testify.  

An aerial image of both Phase I (from June 29) and Phase II (from July 15) is shown below:  


Phase I showed how planet Venus would shine brightly among five high-magnitude stars of the constellation Taurus on July 5, 2012. Those five stars were compared metaphorically to the “five spires” of a Christian cathedral, while Venus would be the “large cross” on top of a cathedral, say at Westminster (see www.dailymail.co.uk). 

Phase II now shows how planet Venus shone as a “crescent” from just below a large crescent Moon on July 15, 2012, while our Moon was eclipsing (or occulting) Jupiter. Two different symbols for Venus as a “bright shining cross” (in Phase I) or “bright thin crescent” (in Phase II) were linked together in the crop picture by a thin line.  

Although it cannot be seen from this diagram, each phase of the Stanton crop picture also lines up with similarly-shaped features in the nearby landscape. Below those “five spires”, one can see a series of similarly-shaped radio towers several km away. Above the “upper circle”, one can see a large round knoll across the road near Milk Hill several km away.  

Our Moon eclipsed (or occulted Jupiter) on July 15, 2012 at 0300 UT 

Now let us look at Phase II of Stanton more closely. It was apparently made to mark an important astronomical event on the same day (or even hour) when it appeared:  


Near the bottom of Phase II we can see a “thin crescent” symbol for planet Venus, which has been shown already in a series of crop pictures from the summer of 2012. Then in the middle we can see a “line of stars” which match certain stars in Taurus. Finally near the top we can see a “double crescent” symbol for a large “crescent Moon eclipsing Jupiter”. This rare astronomical event could be seen in the sky over Wiltshire on exactly the same morning when Phase II appeared.  

“On Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 03:03 UT, the Moon and Jupiter made a close approach within 0°29′ of each other in the morning sky. The Moon shone at magnitude  -10.5 and Jupiter at magnitude  -2.1 in the constellation Taurus. At a declination of +20°42′ the pair could be seen best in the northern hemisphere. At a latitude of 50° N, they rose 4 hours and 13 minutes before the Sun” (see dcford.org.uk/ or www.space.com). Actual sky mages of our Moon occulting Jupiter may be found on www.youtube.com or /earthsky.org/tonight).  

If we compare next the Phase II crop picture at Stanton to an actual sky photograph of that rare event, taken a few hours later at 0500 UT on July 15, we can see other convincing details:  


Here the large crescent shape of our Moon appears clearly, although similar crescent shapes for Venus or Jupiter are too small to be seen in a low-resolution sky photograph. Also in the middle we can see a diamond-shaped asterism of four stars, with two other bright stars on left or right, just as was drawn in the crop picture. 

A whole series of crop pictures from the summer of 2012 seem to describe a “current astronomy of Venus” 

If we next compare a “thin crescent” shape for Venus as drawn in Phase II at Stanton, to other “thin crescent” shapes as drawn earlier in the summer at Woodborough on June 9, Milk Hill on June 25, or Picked Hill on July 9, we can see a close similarity:  

How many “Venus astronomy” crop pictures have there been overall? In order to address that question, we list in a Table below most important crop pictures which have appeared (so far) during the summer of 2012. Then we label in red italicsthose crop pictures which seem to describe a “current astronomy of Venus”:  

Table 1. Important crop pictures so far during the summer of 2012 

Date of appearance

Field location

Level of complexity

Subject matter

May 5, 2012

Riesi, Sicily


Venus as a 5 or 10-pointed star

May 12, 2012

Settimo, Sicily


Venus approaching solar transit

May 20, 2012

Bracciano, Italy


Saros series for the annular solar eclipse of May 20

May 28, 2012

Wewelsburg, Germany


three-armed ribbon

June 2, 2012

Manton Drove, Wiltshire


“polar clock” for August 4 or 5, 2012

June 6, 2012

Orchowo, Poland


stars in the “horn” of Taurus

June 9, 2012

Woodborough Hill, Wiltshire


Venus emerging after transit as an “ocean sunfish”

June 12, 2012

Silbury Hill, Wiltshire


five-armed spiral

June 17, 2012

Santena, Italy


Sun and Mercury in Cancer on August 4, plus four inner planets on December 21 (Mayan date)

June 17, 2012

Berkeley Lane, Somerset


our Moon occulting Jupiter on July 15 with Venus below

June 17, 2012

Wenlock Wood, Shropshire


days left until the summer solstice

June 20, 2012

Golden Ball Hill, Wiltshire


“seed of life” from sacred geometry

June 23, 2012

Fabbrico, Italy


Pleiades, Jupiter and Venus on June 23 with date given by the Mayan calendar

June 25, 2012

Milk Hill, Wiltshire


Venus entering the stars of Taurus as a “sunfish” or “serpent”

June 25, 2012

Cherhill, Wiltshire


four simple rings

June 26, 2012 (daylight)

Knoll Down, Wiltshire


“tailed serpent”

June 29, 2012

Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire


Venus in five bright stars of Taurus as a “cathedral”

July 1, 2012

Waden Hill, Wiltshire


triangular “flower of life” from sacred geometry

July 1, 2012

Chilcomb Down, Hampshire


simple cube

July 1, 2012

Wanborough Plain, Wiltshire


“star tetrahedron” from sacred geometry

July 5, 2012  (man-made)

Boreham Woods, Wiltshire


“hungry caterpillar” from children’s literature

July 9, 2012

Picked Hill, Wiltshire


Venus leaving the stars of Taurus as a “sunfish” or “serpent”

July 11, 2012

Etchilhampton Hill, Wiltshire


“granular Sun” with a basket weave

July 11, 2012

Burrow Hill Fort, Warwickshire


“solar flare” anticipating a real solar flare on July 12

July 15, 2012

Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire


our Moon occulting Jupiter above the stars of Taurus with Venus below

July 17, 2012 (man-made)

Juggler’s Lane, Wiltshire


twelve-fold “flower”

This analysis suggests that there have been eight crop pictures overall, whether appearing in southern England, Italy or Poland, which deal with a common theme of describing how planet Venus is currently moving through Earth’s sky.

Planet Venus and legends of Quetzalcoatl or Jesus Christ

Why would those paranormal crop artists care so much about planet Venus? Well, they also seem to care a lot about ancient Mayan calendars, as shown in crops at Santena or Fabbrico in Italy, and how the Long Count will end on December 21 or 23 later this year.

The Mayans were great observers of planet Venus, as evidenced by a special observatory called “El Caracol” in Chichen Itza (see El_Caracol,_Chichen_Itza) or by a Venus Table in the Dresden Codex (see www.bibliotecapleyades.net).

They also associated their legendary teacher Quetzalcoatl with movements of planet Venus through Earth’s sky (seeaad.berkeley.edu):

“The legendary king Ce Acatl (‘One Reed’) Quetzalcoatl was forced from his kingdom at Tula by a sorcerer. He made his way to the east coast of Mexico, where he cremated himself on a funeral pyre. His heart went up with the ashes, and he was transformed into Venus as a morning star. Yet he was destined to return, reborn as Lord of the Toltecs in a year called ‘One Reed’ from their 52-year calendar. This process would be symbolically represented by a heliacal (morning) re-appearance of Venus as a morning star.”

The long-awaited return of Jesus Christ is described by a similar prophecy, given on the last page of the Christian New Testament: “I am the root and offspring of King David, and the bright morning star”. Could this be why we saw planet Venus symbolized by a “cross on top of a cathedral” in Phase I of Stanton St. Bernard on June 29?

Since the year 2013 will be “One Reed” (first of a 52-year cycle), and since Venus underwent a heliacal rise on June 10, 2012 just after solar transit, and since all of its sky movements since then have been carefully tracked and documented in various crop pictures (which sometimes feature the Mayan calendar), one does not have to be a great genius to surmise where all of this paranormal activity might be leading! The second half of 2012 and first part of 2013 should be interesting times indeed.

Red Collie (Dr. Horace R. Drew, Caltech 1976-81, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology 1982-86, CSIRO Australia 1987-2010)