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The Georgia Guidestones: An enigmatic granite monument dedicated to an “Age of Reason”

David Goran

On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia, stands a huge granite monument erected in 1980. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece, and together they support a 25,000-pound capstone.

The Georgia Guidestones may be the most enigmatic monument in the Us.

The Georgia Guidestones may be the most enigmatic monument in the US. Image by: Counse/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four language scripts: Babylonian, Classic Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones or the American Stonehenge. These pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.

A shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four different, ancient languages.

A shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four different, ancient languages. Image by: Yaniv Yaakubovich/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

 

The most astonishing detail of the monument is however not its size but the message engraved into it-Ten rules for an Age of Reason.

The most astonishing detail of the monument is however not its size but the message engraved into it-Ten rules for an Age of Reason. Image by: ajmexico/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

On the top stone, carved on the four sides in old languages it says: “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason”. On the upright slabs, carved in eight different languages, are Ten Commandments for the coming “Age of Reason”, encouraging visitors to “unite humanity”. The Guidestones describe the ideal world, as envisioned by occult Secret Societies. The monument is therefore considered by some to be proof of an existing link between secret societies, the world elite and the push for a New World Order.

The monument is inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse.

The monument is inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse. Image by: Dina Erik/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Chinese detail of the isncriptions of the Georgia Guidestones.

Chinese detail of the inscriptions of the Georgia Guidestones. Image by: Dina Erik/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

A few feet to the west of the monument lies an explanatory tablet which identifies the structure, and the languages used on it lists various facts about the size, weight, and astronomical features of the stones. It also mentions a time capsule buried underneath it, but spaces on the stone reserved for filling in the dates on which the capsule was buried, so it is uncertain if the time capsule was put in place.

One of the commandments writen in English.

One of the commandments written in English. Image by: mouse/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

The Story of the Georgia Guidestones began on a Friday afternoon in June 1979, when one gentleman showed up in Elbert County, made his way to the offices of Elberton Granite Finishing, and introduce himself as Robert C. Christian. He wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. Christian explained that the stones would function as a compass, calendar, and clock, and should be capable of withstanding catastrophic events.

The monument is a highly egineered structure that flawlessly tracks the sun.

The monument is a highly engineered structure that flawlessly tracks the sun. Image by: mouse/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Christian delivered a scale model of the Guidestones and ten pages of specifications. On October 1, 1979, the five-acre land was purchased by Elbert County from farm owner Wayne Mullinex. Christian later transferred ownership of the land and the Guidestones to Elbert County.

The Guidestones are cryptic by design, and of particular interest to mystery fans and conspiracy theorists.

The Guidestones are cryptic by design and of particular interest to mystery fans and conspiracy theorists. Image by: Will Folsom/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

 

The Hole in the Stone.

The Hole in the Stone. Image by: Will Folsom/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

The monument that Christian commissioned had been erected in recognition of Thomas Paine and the occult philosophy he espoused. The Guidestones are used for occult ceremonies to this very day. The hole in the stones was drilled in the Center Stone so that the North Star could be visualized through it at any moment.