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The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones, with Videos

Updated on July 23, 2011

On top of a grass-covered hill in Elbert County, Georgia stand the Georgia Guidestones. I saw these years ago when I was visiting a friend in Elberton, as we drove along the Hartwell Highway. This was back in the early 1980s, and we saw the stones from the highway. To see the Georgia Guidestones up close, you have to turn onto Guidestones Road, which we didn’t do. We were in a hurry that day, but now I really wish we had made the time to see the stones up close! At the time, there was little conjecture about the strange monument, but now many people seem to be fascinated by it. I could really kick myself for not getting a better look at this “American Stonehenge,” as it’s often called.

The Georgia Guidestones consists of six granite tablets, which is appropriate for the town of Elberton – it’s the “Granite Capital of the World.” Everything there is “granite.” They have the Granite Plaza, the Granite Bowl, the Granite Museum, and even the Granite Burger.

Each granite slab weighs about 40,000 pounds and stands almost twenty feet tall. Five of the slabs are together, and the sixth is located to the west and rests flat on the ground. The five main tablets are topped with a capstone. One tablet serves as a center column, while the other four tablets surround the center structure. This cluster of tablets was erected on March 22, 1980.

What’s on the Georgia Guidestones?

Think of the Georgia Guidestones as sort of a giant Ten Commandments. Ten rules or guides are displayed on the four outer tablets, written in eight different languages. Each of these slabs displays a different language on each side. The eight languages represented are English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Swahili, Russian, Hebrew, and Hindi. Below are the ten “suggestions” posted on the tablets:

  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.

The center column is devoid of writing, but it has a hole that’s directed to the North Star. It also contains an elongated slot that’s aligned with the summer solstice, the winter solstice, and the equinoxes of the sun.

The Explanatory Tablet

The slab that sets apart from the main configuration of the monument is referred to as the Explanatory Tablet. On this tablet are basic facts about the Guidestones, along with the four compass points. Inscripted into the Explanatory Tablet is “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason.” Buried beneath this slab is a time capsule, but the dates for when it was placed there and when it should be revealed are both blank.

What’s on the capstone of the Georgia Guidestones?

The capstone is square, and on each edge is a “dead” language. They include Sanskrit, Egyptian hieroglyphics, ancient Greek, and Babylonian cuneiform. The capstone also contains a slot that signifies the noonday sun.

Who created the Georgia Guidestones?

The Elberton Granite Finishing Company created the Georgia Guidestones, but the question is - who commissioned the job? No one knows for sure. A stranger entered the granite company one day and stated that he represented a group of men who were concerned with the fate of the world and humanity. According to the inscriptions on the stones, the sponsors are made up of "a small group of Americans who seek the Age of Reason." The gentleman who dealt with the Elberton monument business was well dressed, well spoken, and seemingly well educated. He gave his name as R.C. Christian, which was a pseudonym.

Many researchers believe that the man was actually Ted Turner, Georgia entrepreneur, philanthropist, and creator of CNN. Others believe that the man who commissioned the Georgia Guidestones wasn’t Turner, but that Turner was somehow involved.

R.C. Christian might very well stand for Christian Rosenkreuz. Rosenkreuz was the legendary founder of the Rosicrucian Order, which was established in the seventeenth century. Rosicrucianism is supposedly based on the travels and learning of Christian Rosenkreuz, a German. Rosenkreuz is said to have unlocked the mysteries of human enlightenment based on teachings from the Egyptians and Arabs. Rosicrucianism is often described as being occult, cabalistic, and theosophic. The goal of the Rosicrucian Order was to guide mankind to a transformation of society based on education, morality, spiritual truth, and science.

Theories about the Georgia Guidestones

Many theories about the Georgia Guidestones have been offered, including some conspiracy theories. I’ll discuss some of the most popular below, but remember that I’m only reporting my findings. I don’t personally subscribe to any of these theories.

Some believe the Guidestones were created by the Antichrist in his attempt to gain world power. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the present global population is 6,897,100,000. If the stones suggest that the population should be maintained at 500,000,000, that would mean that billions of humans would have to be eliminated in order to create the perfect balance between humanity and nature, which is suggested on the tablets.

Others who have studied the Georgia Guidestones think the message on the stones is meant to create global Socialism. By creating one world-wide language and a world court, Socialism would be easier to establish.

A few individuals believe the stones were created by aliens in their hopes to conquer Earth. By drastically reducing the population, an alien race would be better able to manage humans.

I don’t really believe any of these theories. I do find it a bit troubling that the stones suggest eliminating most of the humans on Earth, however. I also find it fascinating that the creators behind the tablets chose Elbert County, Georgia as the site. This is a small town, and the Georgia Guidestones are literally in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields and pastures. Why place the monument there? What are your ideas about the Georgia Guidestones?


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      kara 5 years ago

      Have you heard of the online series "Guidestones"? It explores the NWO conspiracy around the Georgia Guidestones. It's pretty awesome once it gets in to it.

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      Louis Jammer 6 years ago

      Wake up People. My god, please do not give them reason to be right. Hey are talking about murdering 90 percent of us. Know the pile of shit down. Then stomp on it and pray to god there foolish wish did not come true.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Chazze, they are pretty interesting! I want to get a closer look at the Georgia Guidestones soon.

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      chazze j 7 years ago

      scarey....but most of the rest of the guidelines,make sense;sort of.....are we to be desimated by ill health,lake of funds to take care of ourselves??

      interesting......hey,Jesse,here's one for you.....

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch! Hubby and I are going to get a closer look at the Georgia Guidestones next time we go to the mountains.

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I also am among those who never heard of the Georgia Guidestones. You really piqued my curiosity, Holle, and today I've spent WAY too much time surfing the Net looking for more info. Super Hub! I just love it when a piece of writing makes me want to learn more. Up and awesome.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Gregas, I saw it last night!

      Simeon, they're definitely strange, huh?

      HH, I've been super busy!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Holle, and nice to hear (read) from you again. Thank you for your fascinating hub and a great read.

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      simeonvisser 7 years ago

      @habee: Yes, I had come across them in YouTube videos but their existence is not widely known. There is also a Wikipedia article about them but nobody really seems to know what to do with these guidestones.

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      Greg Schweizer 7 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi again Habee, Like I said before and most of these other readers said, I had never heard of these. But the funny thing is, I have seen previews for an educational show that is going to feature these on the show. Had it not been for your hub, I wouldn't have even known what they were talking about. 1/3/2011 at 10:00 EST I believe. I don't remember the chanel, but I will find it. Greg

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      So true, Dahoglund! Thanks for reading!

      Ann, I kinda thought the same thing about attention seekers!

      Lizzy, good to see you!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Simeon, it seems like most folks are just learning about them.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Drbj, there's a special on TV this week about the Georgia Guidestones!

      Jkim, go see the GA Guidestones!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Bpop! I'm fine, just super busy!

      Gregas, thanks for reading!

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      Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Fascinating! Like most of your other commenters so far, I'd never heard of these before, either.

      Very mysterious, indeed. Thanks for a great hub!

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      PDGreenwell 7 years ago from Kentucky

      I've never heard of these. This is interesting and more than a little mysterious. It is clearly intended to be mysterious. In my experience, people who strive to be mysterious for no apparent reason do it for attention - you may not know who did it, but the structure just being there causes concern, worry, generates talk and visits... It takes a lot of money to burn to build something like this though, doesn't it? Ann

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I hadn't heard of these. Conspiracy theories always arise.

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      simeonvisser 7 years ago

      I had heard of these guidestones before but I don't really know what to think of it.

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      Amazing that this is right in my neighborhood and I had never heard of it. This is something I could hop in the car and go check it out one Saturday. I would be interested in know when it was erected.

      Great Hub!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      What an interesting structure, Holle. I'm surprised that like bp, I had never heard of it before either. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I love mysteries.

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      Greg Schweizer 7 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Habee, this is very interesting. I follow a lot of interesting things like this and I am surprised that I haven't heard of this before now. It is something interesting enough to share with the world. Thank you for sharing. Greg

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Totally amazing. This is the first I heard of this. Hope all is well, Habee.


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