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The Mysterious Guidestones of Georgia

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Guidestones Destroyed in Vandalism Attack

There were four large granite megaliths on a low hill near the South Carolina border. The blocks of stone weighed almost a quarter of a million pounds and had inscriptions carved onto them in eight separate languages.

Why did someone pay what must have been a considerable amount of money to have this structure installed? Nobody seems to know.

In July 2022, someone used explosives to demolish one of the stones. The remaining stones were taken down as a safety precaution.

The Georgia Guidestones.

The Georgia Guidestones.

The History of the Georgia Guidestones

In June 1979, a man calling himself Robert C. Christian stepped into the offices of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company in northeastern Georgia. Mr. Christian told the company president, Joe Fendley, that he represented “a small group of loyal Americans.”

These people wanted to have four, 16-foot tall granite blocks placed in a cross pattern. The stones were to carry 10 messages repeated in eight languages—English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Swahili, Hebrew, Sanskrit, and Spanish.

Christian was quite open about the fact that he was using a pseudonym and that the people behind the project wished to remain anonymous forever. Fendley told an Atlanta TV journalist “I was thinking, 'I got a nut in here now. How am I going get him out?' ” He applied the strategy of quoting an astronomically high price in hopes it would scare his visitor off. It didn't, and work began on the project.

Once finished and engraved the stones were hauled to the highest point in Elbert County and set in place on a five-acre plot of land bought from a local farmer for $5,000.

There was a massive capstone that rested on the corners of the four pillars. There were inscriptions on the capstone in Egyptian hieroglyphics, Sanskrit, ancient Greek, and Babylonian cuneiform.

Next to the installation there was a tablet on which was carved “Let these be guidestones to an age of reason.”

The Messages on the Guidestones

The enigmatic R.C. Christian impressed on Joe Fendley that the stones must be able to withstand any man-made or natural catastrophe, and that they should act as a calendar, compass, and clock.

Indeed, the orientation of the megaliths tied in with the solstices and the position of the North Star. But, astronomers say the lining up with stars was crude. Loris Magnani is an astronomy professor at the University of Georgia. He is quoted as saying that the Georgia Guidestones were “an abacus compared to Stonehenge’s computer,”

However, beyond that, whoever was behind this monument has never revealed its purpose except in the 10 rather cryptic messages carved into the granite.

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely—improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion—faith—tradition—and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth—beauty—love—seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the Earth—Leave room for nature—Leave room for nature.

Georgia Guidestones Generate Wacky Theories

The absence of an official explanation for the existence of the guidestones meant that guesses as to their purpose range from the loopy to the not quite so loopy.

Of course, it was guaranteed the non-existent Illuminati would be held responsible. To those who feed on this stuff, the stones were part of a plan to install a one world government.

Because, the stones were plunked down in deep Bible Belt country it was obvious to many that it was the work of the devil. A local pastor predicted that strange occult groups would use the site for a human sacrifice.

That injunction to keep the world's population under half a billion caused a lot of folk to gasp. Knocking off six or seven billion people sounded a lot like Hitler's “Final Solution.” So, Nazis have been blamed for the obelisks.

Whoa Betsy! Look at number three. “This sent a shiver up the spine of local ministers who knew that the Book of Revelation warned of a common tongue and a one-world government as the accomplishments of the Antichrist” (Randall Sullivan, Wired).

“And authority was given [to The Beast] over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”

— Book of Revelation 13:7–8

The doomsayers had seen it coming. A few months after the appearance of the guidestones, a coven of witches from Atlanta adopted the site as a place to perform Wicca ceremonies. No sacrifices, but enough paganism to put the wind up Christians.

A psychic pointed out that viewed from above, the site was a geographic marker for unidentified flying objects to use as a landing ground. Who knows what would happen to the God-fearing people of Elbert County if little green critters arrived? Rectal probing? Ghastly thought.

Surely, somebody will be able to find in the inscriptions proof that Trump did, in fact, win the 2020 election.

Graffiti goons have had their say spray-painting slogans such as “Death to one-world government” and “Jesus will beat u satanist” on the slabs of granite.

Despite all the wild speculations about the Georgia Guidestones those who paid for the monument have never come forward with the true explanation for their existence.

Surely, it's advisable to wear a tinfoil hat when investigating mysteries such as this.

Surely, it's advisable to wear a tinfoil hat when investigating mysteries such as this.

Georgia Guidestones More Plausible Theories

One idea is that a group of civic-minded citizens erected the monument intending it to be a guide for the few survivors of a post-apocalyptic world.

The late 1970s, when the project was born was deep in the Cold War. The Soviet Union and the Western Allies were armed to the teeth (still are) with nuclear weapons sufficient to wipe out the world several times over.

So, the financiers demanded their structure could survive anything that humans or nature could through at it. That didn't work out as the monument was not able to withstand a manmade explosive device.

After a nuclear holocaust, only half a billion people might be left alive and the inscriptions on the rocks might have helped them put some sort of society together. But, if that's the case, why would the capstone be engraved in four dead languages?

Another theory revolves around Robert C. Christian and the mystical Rosicrucian movement. This somewhat secretive sect emerged in the 17th century in Europe and its adherents were engaged in alchemy, mysticism, and metaphysical lore. Its roots go back to a manifesto written Christian Rosenkreuz, a German aristocrat.

Those who like to puzzle over mysteries see a connection between the names Robert C. Christian and Christian Rosenkreuz. The word Rosenkreuz translates to “red cross” in English and the Rosicrucian group is known as the Brotherhood of the Red Cross. So, Robert C. Christian, or R.C. Christian, surely indicates Red Cross Christian.

A writer who identifies himself only as “Greg” adds to the Rosicrucian theory by quoting historian Dame Frances Yates. She wrote that “the name ‘Rosicrucian’ was not derived from ‘Rose’ and ‘Cross’, but from Ros (dew) and Crux . . .” And, what's the name of the nearest community to the site of the guidestones? Why, danged if it isn't Dewy Rose, (population 161).

But, it stretches credulity to believe that Mr. Christian, who was at great pains to keep his group secret, would have left such obvious clues to its identity. On the other hand, perhaps he was laying a false trail.

In all likelihood, we'll probably never know the truth behind the Georgia Guidestones, just as we don't know for sure who built Stonehenge and why.

And now, one of the guidestones is rubble and the others have been removed from the site.

Bonus Factoids

  • In May 2022, Kandiss Taylor (no relation to the writer, thank goodness) ran in the Georgia Republican primary for governor. In part, her platform included a promise to demolish the Georgia Guidestones which she says are an artifact of the “Global Luciferian Regime.” She gathered 3.4% of the votes cast. The Daily Beast reports that “Taylor, a Trump loyalist who campaigned with the slogan 'Jesus, Guns, Babies' and promised to 'stand up to the Luciferian Cabal,' simply believes it’s impossible that she lost this spectacularly.” For many, it's troubling that 41,109 people voted for Ms. Taylor.
  • According to Yoko Ono the inscriptions on the megaliths were “a stirring call to rational thinking.”


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© 2022 Rupert Taylor