Whirlwinds of the Devil
It was a story many have heard of, but not many really know the details. It’s most likely the very first of its kind. Called the “Mowing Devil”-is a strange legend with its origin more than 300 years ago in England, which has lead many to suggest it was the very first crop circle.
The pamphlet tells of a farmer who, refusing to pay the price demanded by a laborer to mow his field, swore that he would rather have the Devil mow it instead. According to the pamphlet, that night his field appeared to be in flames. The next morning, the field was found to be perfectly mowed-unnaturally perfect, that is! The pamphlet with the bizarre illustration is often sited as the first crop circle.
From the 1686 book The Natural History of Staffordshire by Oxford Professor Robert Plott was seemingly the source but turns it was not! Instead, a title that saw print almost a century earlier, namely, the Dæmonolatreia by infamous witch-hunter Nicholas Remy, published in Lyons in 1595. 
According to Remy, a woman named Nicolette Lang-Bernhard saw, on 25 July 1590 at high noon, a group of men and women dancing. They were witches, of course, and “…the final and incontrovertible proof of the truth of the occurrence was the fact that the place where this dancing had been enacted was found… trodden into a ring such as is found in a circus where horses run round in a circle, and among the other tracks were the recent marks of the hoofs of goats and oxen…”
“In the said County lives a Rich industrious Farmer, who perceiving a small Crop of his (of about three Half-Acres of Land which he has sowed with Oats) to be Ripe and fit for Gathering, sent to a poor Neighbour whom he knew worked commonly in the Summer-time at Harvest Labour to agree with him about Mowing or Cutting the said Oats down.
“The poor man as it behoov’d [sic] Him endeavour’d [sic] to sell the Sweat of his Brows and Marrow of his Bones at as dear a Rate as reasonably he might, and therefore askt [sic] a good round Price for his Labour, which the farmer taking some exception at, bid him much more under the usual Rate than the poor Man askt [sic] for it: So that some sharp Words had past, when the Farmer told him he would Discourse with him no more about it.
“Whereupon the honest Mower recollecting with himself, that if he undertook not that little Spot of Work, he might thereby lose much more business which the Farmer had to imploy [sic] him in beside, ran after him, and told him that, rather than displease him, he would do it at what rate in Reason he pleas’d [sic]: and as an instance of his willingness to serve him, proposed to him a lower price, than he had Mowed for any time this Year before. The irretated [sic] Farmer with a stern look, and hasty gesture, told the poor man
“That the Devil himself should Mow his Oats before he should have anything to do with them, and upon this went his way, and left the sorrowful Yeoman, not a little troubled that he had disoblig’d [sic] one in whose Power it lay to do him many kindnesses.
“We will not attempt to fathom the cause, or reason of, Preternatural events: but certain we are, as the most Credible and General Relation can inform us, that same night this poor Mower and Farmer parted, his Field of Oats was publickly [sic] beheld by several Passengers to be all of a Flame, and so continued for some space, to the great consternation of those that beheld it.
“Which strange news being by several carried to the Farmer next morning, could not but give him a great curiosity to go and see what was become of his Crop of Oats, which he could not imagine, but was totally devour’d [sic] by those ravenous Flames which were observed to be so long resident on his Acre and a half of Ground.
“Certainly a reflection on his sudden and indiscreet expression (That the Devil should Mowe [sic] his Oats before the poor Man should have anything to do with them) could not but on this occasion come into his Memory. For if we will but allow our selves so much leisure, to consider how many hits of providence go to the production of one Crop of Corn, such as the aptitude of the Soyl [sic], the Seasonableness of Showers, Nourishing Solstices and Salubreous [sic] Winds, etc., we should rather welcome Maturity with Devout Acknowledgements than prevent our gathering of it by profuse wishes.
“But not to keep the curious Reader any longer in suspense, the inquisitive Farmer no sooner arriv’d [sic] at the place where his Oats grew, but to his admiration he found the Crop was cut down ready to his hands; and if the Devil had a mind to shew [sic] his dexterity in the art of Husbandry, and scorn’d [sic] to mow them after the usual manner, he cut them in round circles, and plac’t [sic] every straw with that exactness that it would have taken up above an Age for any Man to perform what he did that one night: And the man that owns them is as yet afraid to remove them.”
The Reverend T.E.T. Burbury – who took a personal interest in the affair – wrote:
“Does an apparent column of blue light about eight feet in diameter and about fifteen feet high which disappears and leaves a mark of very slightly disturbed earth, the same diameter, mean anything to you? I examined the ground which is about one hundred yards from the nearest building and there are no pylons near. There was no sign of burning, either by sight or smell; the grass growing between the exposed ground appeared quite normal. There were no signs of bird tracks or droppings: the ground simply appeared to have been lightly raked over in an almost perfect circle.”
Then, we have Sakharov’s Tales of Russian People (AS Suvorin, St Petersburg, 1885). Here, Villagers believed that certain signs pointed towards the existence of a witch amongst them. Landowners believed to have had dealings with the Devil – manifested themselves as green or yellow circles on the land. Russian folklorists mention these circles the crops could be flattened or broken as the result of a witches’ dance. 
In the same year that Sakharov’s book was published, a newspaper in Georgia printed this: “I heard a truthful, religious old lady say, that when she was a little girl she was sent to pick up corn stalks with the child of a reputed witch. Growing weary of the work, the child of the witch mother proposed to collect the stalks without further labour. A few minutes later, the wind began to rise, furious whirlwinds made their appearance in different parts of the field, the stalks were lifted in the air, but my informant, becoming frightened, begged that it might be stopped. The witch child waved her arms, the wind subsided and the stalks fell back in their places. These stories might be multiplied by scores; they were sufficiently well authenticated and corroborated to produce conviction of their truth, if only within the bounds of reason and common experience.” 
Published in 1880, entitled “Storm Effects”, the letter describes violent storms rocking parts of Surrey. Visiting a neighbor’s farm… we found a field of standing wheat considerably knocked about, not as an entirety, but in patches forming, as viewed from a distance, circular spots.
“Examined more closely, these all presented much the same character, viz., a few standing stalks as a centre, some prostrate stalks with their heads arranged pretty evenly in a direction forming a circle round the centre, and outside these a circular wall of stalks which had not suffered.” 
Then we have another tale that was published between August-October 1890-from four sources:
The people in the eastern portion of Claiborne County, Tenn., are excited over a remarkable occurrence which took place there not long ago. It is one of the most marvelous occurrences ever heard of, and it will prove to be a problem over which scientific minds may wrestle for some time to come.
Edgar Ramsey is a farmer who lives five miles from Lick Skillet. He arrived in Middlesboro recently. The story he told would not find believers at first, but since then it has been proven that he has told nothing but the truth. His statement is thus reported by a correspondent of the St Louis Globe-Democrat: “Last Sunday afternoon I noticed what appeared to be a large green-looking cloud coming from a westerly direction toward my house. It was a long distance off, and the rain was falling heavily. Shortly afterward It became very cold, in fact so cold that I went indoors, lit a big fire and put on a big heavy coat. When I came out again, the big green cloud was almost over the house, and the air was as cold as on a winter day. The wind howled and the hail fell in stones as big as eggs. All this lasted 20 minutes, and then the sky cleared up and I felt more like myself again.
“An hour after, I was sitting with my wife near the fire when I heard a horse galloping at full speed, and when I went out to see who it was there stood Jake Warren, a neighbor farmer who lives about a mile and a quarter from me. He was as pale as a ghost and was trembling all over. It took him over 10 minutes to commence to tell me what he had to say, and as he was talking I thought he was crazy.
“He stated that a big green cloud had come over his place, and that something which looked like balls of fire had fallen all around his house. He had five acres of corn growing in a field next to the house. After the storm had cleared away, he went to see what damage had been done. He saw that some corn had been blown down, and, entering the field, he found every stalk turned to stone. There were two fine hogs in the field, and they, too, were petrified and standing there as if cut out of solid rock. Myself and wife thought the man was raving mad, but induced him to remain over till morning, when we promised to visit his place with him. That we did, and what we saw will be remembered so long as we both live. There was the corn blown down, but every stalk of it was petrified. It was not as hard as granite, but it appeared to be more like soft stone. I took my knife and cut it, and it became powder. The ears were very hard, and they could not be broken with the hand. The leaves were brittle, and if you struck them they would break like glass. The hogs were there, too, looking natural enough, but they were as hard as stone.”
George E. Henry, of this city, John Rogers, Captain John B. Hull, ex-deputy marshal, and several others rode over the mountains into Tennessee to see for themselves if the things were really there as represented. Captain Hull, ex-United States deputy marshal, makes the following statement:
“We went over this morning. I doubted the story on starting, but thought I’d try it, anyhow. We found Warren’s farm about seven miles from the Gap, and there, sure enough, was the cornfield completely petrified. The stalks were somewhat blown down, but they seemed completely turned to stone. The two hogs were there also, and they looked like they were carved out of rock. It was the strangest sight I ever saw and I can’t begin to describe the thing. There were a number of men guarding the field with Winchester rifles and they wouldn’t let us go into it. They only let us go to the fence. We could touch some of the corn stalks and could see the hogs, but the men refused positively to let us go any further than the fence. The women wouldn’t say why they would not let people go into the field, but I presume they were afraid people would break the corn stalks to pieces. There was quite a crowd there looking at the thing, and every one was thoroughly dumbfounded with what they saw.”
HOAX or COAX
We have many people who find they experience electric signal issues inside and around these anomalies. Many think this might be ‘signals’ from another world, but others believe it’s a sign or miracle. There are people who’ve had cancer and stepped inside one and went into remission, others believe it to be geometric patterns which are similar to that of ancient icons from ancient man recorded by many cultures the world over which is a sign of sky gods and their impending return. The Celts, Aborigines, and American Indians speak of these same ‘gods’.
Many believe the military of governments around the world know of these objects and farmers have came forward who reveal that they’ve been approached and paid to dispose of crop circles. Others say that military crafts have hovered over their property in the night only to wake and find these strange anomalies. Do they have signals from these oddities? How would they know they’ve been made so soon?
These anomalies are not just on wheat fields but also found in areas such as trees, snow, water, ice, sand, seen in clouds, and even livestock have been seen to assemble in strange arrangements.
Science Meets Legend
The traces of magnetic spheres, iron and radiation was thought to all be a hoax but even students from MIT have subjected themselves to producing these shapes and found it to be very difficult, even harder than expected.
Once in the air, even their helicopter experienced a sudden shift in power. Is it the presence of radiation? But soon regained their power and ascended back into the air. Then we have people whose equipment has been drained of power with electrical interference and some even permanently damaged.
Are some produced by cults? Some suggest they are nothing but weather manipulated objects but the patterns are too complex. Speaking of cults, the pagans are even known to have made many of these symbols.
To this day it remains a constant. People don’t question its validity as much, rather it stays on the taboo list. FILE 13? Don’t talk about it and maybe it will go away. Keep quiet. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I believe this to be messages left, just as in the Nazca Lines in Peru and our government will do anything to take these messages away, even going so far as to pay others to duplicate them.
Some put little stock into the Huffington Post, but this article reveals crop circles which appeared not long ago. In fact, two in the same time period!
After some research, it seems ‘bad weather’ proceeds these crop circles. I have enough research under my belt to know that these ‘alien’ (demons) can manipulate weather!
The government would like to do a FILE 13 on these photos, just as they do with many other photos their own NASA snaps. But, with technology as it is…it’s getting harder to keep things hush-hush!
 Nicolas Remy: Demonolatry, edited with introduction and notes by Montague Summers, Rodker, 1930, facsimilé reprint by Frederick Muller, 1970, pp50–51.
 “The Obedient Whirlwind”, Telegraph and Messenger, Macon, Georgia, 29 Jan 1885.
 “Letters To The Editor, Storm Effects”, Nature, 29 July 1880.
 “Turned To Stone. A Strange Story from Claiborne County, Tennessee. A Big Green Cloud Passes Over the Lick Skillet Country and Petrifies Hogs as Well as a Field of Corn – The Yarn of the Season”, Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, Nevada, 4 Oct 1890. I also located the story in the Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, Tennessee, 16 Aug 1890; Bradford Era, Bradford, Pennsylvania, 26 Aug 1890 and Syracuse Standard, Syracuse, New York, 7 Sept 1890.