Research into CIRCLE History

"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children." BLACK ELK, LAKOTA

We have been building round structures for longer than we have been building square ones and we have been following natural cycles for longer than we have followed a more linear cultural path. What is it about round houses and round spaces that makes them so special? What have we lost living in square houses? What are the effects of 24 hour “artificial daylight”? What are the health benefits of circular rhythms? These are some of the questions behind the Wild Circle project, questions that look into the origins of our human association with circles and natural cycles and the implications of our gradual detachment and estrangement from them.

Margaret Kerr and Tim Hutton are gathering information about circles and circular phenomena, celebrating the beauty of roundness and exploring their long standing cultural significance. We shall be posting the results of what we find here.

If you have any stories, traditional or otherwise , folkloric or historic that relate to circles or circular patterns, from any part of the world we would love to hear from you at hello@thewildcircle.co.uk

Gobekli Tepi in Turkey , site of over ten circular structures , thought to have been built by hunter gatherers perhaps for ceremonial use, over 7000 years before Stonehenge. Some of the oldest known circular structures.

Gobekli Tepi in Turkey , site of over ten circular structures , thought to have been built by hunter gatherers perhaps for ceremonial use, over 7000 years before Stonehenge. Some of the oldest known circular structures.