Article 3. 

Our second article dealt with the second circle or circle of adaptation as we know it, we now need to progress on to the circle of correlation which is known as the third circle. The circles have been numbered this way for over one hundred years as this is as they were perceived when counting the different pigments from the centre of the eye to the outer periphery. I began to realise over forty years ago that the third circle or circle of correlation was not the third circle but have no desire for the sake of regularity to change this concept at all.

You see, what I had discovered was that the third circle or correlation starts at the perimeter of the pupil and extends right out to the outer periphery of the eye see picture 1. below.

Pic 1.  Pic 2.  Pic 3.

This means that the circle of correlation is the base circle or foundation circle of the eye. most proponents of eye sign will neither accept or acknowledge this, but without this knowledge they will never be able to create a Star Cluster or understand how it is formed, other than by accident. This would mean that the circle of correlation now that I have revealed these facts would then become the second circle, but far be it for me to change the order of things from what was the original perception. As one can see from Pic. 2 and again from Pic.3 the adaptation and iris are also a composite layer that rests on the correlation or base circle.

Because of this the only portions of the correlation that can be seen are the portion between the adaptation and the iris and a portion sometimes at the outer extremities, which we refer to as the fifth circle. The portion between the adaptation and the iris, is referred to as The Nerve Wreath by Iridologists.

Just as with any foundation whether it be a building or a bridge, the correlation needs to have a lot of substance to form a firm foundation for the adaptation and the iris, which are made thicker or thinner by judicious or injudicious pairings. The greater the abundance and depth of the correlation, the better the breeding potential of Super Super Pigeons. Many who have had their ratings or evaluations done by me will notice that they have Super Super Yellow, or Super Super Pearl, or just a single Super Pearl or Yellow, and even really poor specimens, who can only rate as a Pearl or Yellow.

One must also remember that the circle of adaptation and the fifth circle or breeding circle, must be the same colour and thickness before one would ever contemplate putting such a bird in the stock loft. See Pic.4

 Pic 4.

For the really uninitiated we also need to show by photographs the difference between a yellow and a pearl eye.

Pic 5.  Pic 6.

If you look at Pic.5 this is the yellow in all it's glory, he is the famous Bill Carney Cock, which I named after that great eye sign man ( there are not many) Mr Carney himself. This is also the eye of all the pictures I have displayed up until now in this series of articles. With my computer programme I took out each sphincter muscle and left behind those I wished to describe, so all pic's are those segments of the original photo. If you look at Pic.6, this is the pearl eye as we know it, it was originally a beautiful violet, but as with all things bright and beautiful they fade with age, and this cock is now reduced to a very excellent but normal coloured pearl. He is also the sire to the bird with the yellow eye, we are using in these articles.

Whilst mentioning the violet, let me say that no eye sign exponent with the slightest knowledge of iridology or eye sign would refer to a Dominant Violet, there is no such thing and can't be. I only wish that people would not destroy their credibility by making such statements. The yellow is dominant and the pearl is recessive, two yellows therefore can breed a pearl or violet so two dominants can breed a recessive. HOWEVER, TWO PEARLS OR TWO VIOLETS WHICH ARE RECESSIVE, ( violet being an enhancement of the pearl) can not breed a yellow, for they, pearl and violet, are recessive and can only breed pearls, violets or as we call them recessives eyes. I hope this is another old fashioned dogma or fallacy I have laid to rest.

Many students of the pigeons eye write to me, either arrogantly or aggressively and these never receive a reply, however I am always available to those who mildly have no more intentions than to further their thirst for knowledge.

Yours in Sport,
Jack Barkel
The Pigeon Iridologist.

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