“When Man Reawakens, Let Him Behold…”
The Georgia Guidestones are a strange collection of standing stones near the remote town of Elberton, Georgia. At once a Rosetta Stone, an astronomical observatory, and a road map for rebuilding civilization, the Guidestones seem to be built as much for the survivors of a post-apocalyptic future as for the thousands of tourists who visit them each year. Built in 1980, they are primarily composed of six slabs of granite: one central pillar, four “major” stones that fan out from the center, and a capstone. The capstone has engravings on all four of its sides in four different ancient languages, all of which read, “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason,” when translated. The major stones are each engraved on both sides, and each side contains text in one of eight modern languages asserting the same ten guidelines.
“And standing with the stones is a mystery — a mystery of who is behind the erection of The Georgia Guidestones. Their identity is intended to be a secret forever.”
20th Century Rosetta Stone
The Megaliths feature repeated messages in twelve different languages. Ten precepts or guidelines are rpeated on the four main standing stones in English, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic, Classical Hebrew, Swahili, Hindi and Spanish. The capstone features the simple phrase “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason” appearing in Sanskrit, Babylonian Cuneiform, Classical Greek, and Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The Guidestones are massive and built to last, and visitors in the future will be able to translate languages from our time in the same way the Rosetta Stone was used to crack the long lost secret of Hieroglyphics. The ancient written languages etched into the capstone serve the same purpose, and will allow future generations to peer into the ancient roots ofwritten communication.
The Guidestones are also useful in tracking the course of the stars and the seasons of the year. A face level notch known as the “mail slot” is cut into the central pillar, allowing visitors to calculate the date of the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox based on the rising of the Sun. Polaris may be sighted on any clear night through round, upward facing hole in the central pillar, and a notch cut into the top of the capstone casts a beam of sunlight on the monument each day at noon.
For an “Age of Reason”
“You may put a hundred questions to these rough hewn giants as they bend in grim contemplation of their fallen companions, but your curiosity falls dead in the vast sunny stillness that enshrouds them.” -Henry James
In contrast to the looming silence of Stonehenge, the Georgia Guidestones speak with a very definite voice. Each of the eight faces of the monument carry a message in the form of ten precepts, or guidelines. Conceived by the megalith’s mysterious creator, R.C. Christian, these guidelines seem to speak to how man can rebuild civilization in a post-apocalyptic future, or how to avoid finding ourselves in one.
The Ten Guidelines:
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature
Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity
Unite humanity with a living new language
Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason
Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts
Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court
Avoid petty laws and useless officials
Balance personal rights with social duties
Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite
Be not a cancer on the earth –Leave room for nature –Leave room for nature
Exploring the Mystery
These guidelines have proven extremely controversial, giving rise to rumors and allegations of a more sinister intent behind the megalith and their anonymous builder. Learn more about The Georgia Guidestones: America’s Most Mysterious Monument, and the fascinating mysteries surrounding these modern megaliths: