Georgia Guidestones: A Complete Guide

Georgia Guidestones at sunrise by Diania Eric

The Georgia Guidestones have been called “America’s Most Mysterious Monument.”

What the heck is this weird Stonehenge-like structure in rural Georgia? Why do the messages inscribed on them predict the end of the world?

The Georgia Guidestones, also known as the “American Stonehenge,” are a massive granite structure in far eastern Georgia near the South Carolina border. No one knows who paid for the construction of the Georgia Guidestones, nor what exactly is meant by the strange messages engraved on them. Here is the text inscribed in English on them.

What do the Georgia Guidestones say?

The following ten messages are inscribed on one of the structure’s giant slabs. These ten “messages” are written on the Guidestones in eight different languages. Those languages are English, Swahili, Russian, Spanish, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic, and Chinese. Although they are not numbered on the monument itself, they are presented in this order in every language:

The following ten messages are inscribed on one of the structure’s giant slabs. These ten “messages” are written on the Guidestones in eight different languages. Those languages are English, Swahili, Russian, Spanish, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic, and Chinese. Although they are not numbered on the monument itself, they are presented in this order in every language:

  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 text and message as it appears in the guidestones in English, photo by Dina Eric 

Where are the Georgia Guidestones?

The Guidestones are located in far eastern Georgia, about 30 miles from the college town of Athens and 90 miles from Atlanta, where the closest major airport—which also happens to be the world’s busiest airport—is located.

Who made them and how where they constructed?

The Georgia Guidestones are almost twice as tall as Stonehenge. Nearly a quarter-million pounds of granite was used to make them.

No one knows who paid for their construction. As the story goes, an elegant, well-spoken, well-dressed, and grey-haired man who identified himself only as “R. C. Christian” appeared at a granite company in nearby Elberton, GA one day requesting a quote on the project. Figuring he was some “nut,” the granite specialist purposely claimed a ridiculous price, figuring Mr. “Christian” would balk. Instead, Mr. Christian agreed to the price.

R. C. Christian allegedly presented builders with a shoebox containing a wooden model of the monument along with 10 pages of extremely detailed specifications.

Seated at the highest point in the entire county, the monument was precisely engineered to track the movements of the sun and stars. Depending on where they stand and which slots or holes they peer through, visitors can see the sunrise during an equinox or solstice or locate the North Star.

Some people suspect the Rosicrucian Order financed the project. Since “Rose Cross Christian,” AKA “Christian Rosenkreuz,” was the founder of the mystical society the Rosicrucian Order, many suspect that the Rosicrucians were financed the building of the Georgia Guidestones.

The project’s builders’ had to sign a legal agreement never to reveal the identity of the financiers. They also swore to destroy all legal papers regarding the Guidestones’ construction once the project was finished.

Others suspect that Ted Turner financed the project. Since Ted Turner of CNN fame is located a mere 100 miles away in Atlanta, and since many of his stated globalist goals reflect the Message of the Georgia Guidestones, it has also been suggested that he is the mystery patron behind the giant granite slabs.

What do they mean? Decoding the message

The “Message of the Georgia Guidestones” seems to call for at least 90% of the Earth’s population to be wiped out. The passage about maintaining humanity at a population of a half-billion or less would require a massive dying-off of humanity the likes of which we’ve never seen. This is what has led many conspiracy theorists to allege that whoever financed the Guidestones, they are in cahoots with an evil New World Order project to extensively depopulate the planet.

But since whoever paid for their construction was able to not only hide their identity but also their intentions for constructing this extremely bizarre monument, what they actually mean is anyone’s guess.

Right-wing pundit Mark Dice claims they are of “a deep Satanic origin” and that R. C. Christian was a member of “a Luciferian secret society” with ties to the “New World Order.” Urging that the Guidestones be “smashed into a million pieces,” Dice elaborated:

The elite are planning to develop successful life-extension technology in the next few decades that will nearly stop the aging process, and they fear that with the current population of Earth so high, the masses will be using resources that the elite want for themselves. The Guidestones are the New World Order’s Ten Commandments. They’re also a way for the elite to get a laugh at the expense of the uninformed masses, as their agenda stands as clear as day and the zombies don’t even notice it.

Radical Christians have referred to the ten messages inscribed on the Guidestones as “The Ten Commandments of the Antichrist.” In 2000, Christian minister Reagan R. Davis said the messages on the Guidestones are a clear call for world government, for state-sponsored eugenics programs, and for a global culling of the human herd, all of which were predicted in the Book of Revelation.

Conspiracy Theorist Van Smith says the Guidestones were the pet project of a white supremacist from Iowa who sought to establish a totalitarian one-world government. He also says that encoded in the Guidestones’ structure is the numerical value in feet of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. He says this proves that the planners intended the Burj Khalifa to be the new Tower of Babel that would usher in “the dawning of a new era in which man can become God.”

Because the type of granite used to build the Guidestones is called “Pyramid Blue” and the granite came from Pyramid Quarries, some conspiracists have said the Guidestones are part of an elaborate Masonic conspiracy to control the world.

Since one of the eight languages on the Guidestones is Hebrew—which is only spoken by nine million people—others insist that the monument is part of a Zionist plan to construct a New World Order.

Alex Jones, in his film Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, laims the Guidestones represent a genocidal depopulation program sponsored by the world’s financial elites.

Seattle-based conspiracist Jay Weidner says the Guidestones were created by Rosicrucians, who believe that a solar event comes every 13,000 years to devastate Earth. He says the Rosicrucian order is working behind the scenes to create “planetary chaos” that culminates in a destructive solar event.

Others claim they were intended to be seen by the survivors of a nuclear war. Since the Georgia Guidestones were built in 1979, at the height of the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union that many thought would inevitably result in a nuclear apocalypse, writers such as Brad Meltzer suggests that the Guidestones were meant to be seen by that war’s survivors, at which point the world’s population would already be below a half-billion.

Interesting Facts

  • Yoko Ono called the Guidestones “a stirring call to rational freedom.” She cut a tribute track in 1993 called “Georgia Stone.”
  • The stones were defaced with graffiti in 2008. The spray-painted message was DEATH TO THE NEW WORLD ORDER.
  • A mysterious “Time Capsule” is allegedly buried nearby. A tablet erected near the Guidestones’ claims that a time capsule is buried beneath the tablet, although there is no proof the capsule really exists and no suggestion of what is written on it.
  • The Guidestones were purposely designed to track the sun’s east-west migration year-round.
  • During an equinox or solstice, those who stand at the west side of a “mail slot” carved into the Guidestones can see the sunrise over the horizon.
  • The four outer stones are positioned to mark the limits of the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle.
  • An eye-level hole drilled into the center stone permits viewers to locate the North Star.
  • A small hole drilled through the capstone serves as a sundial.
  • At noon every day, a reading of where the sunbeam hits the center column allows one to pinpoint the exact day of the year.
  • In 2009, a man stole a 6-inch cube of granite from the top of one of the Guidestones. Four years later, police arrested William Jeremy Ellis in the middle of the night as he was trying to replace the cube of granite he’d stolen. He explained to police that he “didn’t want that weight anymore.”
  • A tablet in front of the monument declares “LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON.” It’s kind of hard to be reasonable when you’re talking about wiping out 90% of the planet’s inhabitants, though?
  • The Guidestones were designed to withstand catastrophic events. Events such as, oh, a World War that wiped out 6.5 billion people. As the world lay in ashes, somewhere R.C. Christian and his cohorts could take a little comfort that at least their giant creepy tombstone was still standing way out in rural Georgia.