#Incognita: Georgia Guidestones

Ten instructions to mankind, in eight of the world’s largest languages, are carved into solid granite slabs. The monument weighs about 100 tons, and no one knows who commissioned the incredible edifice or who owns the piece of land on which it was built.

The Georgia Guidestones are often also referred to as the American Stonehenge. To most Americans and even more so the World, the term Georgia Guidestones means nothing at all. This fact is almost as mysterious as the monument itself and the related questions, which have been unanswered since their erection. Shortly after the Georgia Guidestones were set up in 1980, the people speculated about the exact meaning of the inscriptions carved in stone and made assumptions about the unknown client, as well as about the anonymous donor group.

The mysterious monument is located in the US state of Georgia on a small hill in Elbert County, about 145 kilometers east of Atlanta. Close by is the Highway 77, from which the Georgia Guidestones can be seen. The monument itself is almost six meters high and consists of six solid granite slabs weighing a total of about 100 tons. There is a central plate in the center of which contains a hole, four plates arranged around the center, and a closing top plate. A few meters next to the Georgia Guidestones is another granite slab which was let into the ground. On this piece of stone you will find some very ambiguous information about the monument, its importance, the client, and the group that financed the monument. In addition, there is imprecise information about a time capsule, which is said to be buried under the stone slab. It is estimated that Georgia Guidestones would have cost at least a few millions of dollars. That would include the massive granite slabs, the processing of the plates, the transport and the erection of the monument.

The inscriptions of the Georgia Guidestones

As mentioned, the Georgia Guidestones contain 10 rules which are addressed to humanity. These were chiselled in granite in the eight most important languages of the world. Starting with the northern orientation of the monument, we get the following order: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. These are the 10 insciptions:

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.

Another message can be found on the vertical sides of the cover plate of the Georgia Guidestones. Again, on each side, another language or script was used: Babylonian cuneiform (North), Ancient Greek (East), Sanskrit (South) and Egyptian (demotic) hieroglyphs (West). The message says: “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason”.

A few meters west of the Georgia Guidestones, a granite slab was let into the ground. This contains some information about the languages, facts such as the size, weight and astronomical orientation of the Guidestones as well as the date of the construction and the sponsors.


1. OVERALL HEIGHT – 19 FEET 3 INCHES [5.87 m].
2. TOTAL WEIGHT – 237,746 POUNDS [107,840 kg].
AN AVERAGE OF 42,437 POUNDS [19,249 kg].
INCHES [4.98 m] HIGH, WEIGHS 20,957
POUNDS [9,506 kg].
5. CAPSTONE IS 9-FEET, 8-INCHES [2.95 m] LONG, 6-FEET, 6-INCHES [1.98 m] WIDE;
24,832 POUNDS [11,264 kg].
4 INCHES [2.24 m] LONG 2-FEET [0.61 m] WIDE.
POUNDS [2,211 kg].
2½ INCHES [1.28 m] LONG, 2-FEET, 2-INCHES [0.66 m] WIDE, 1-FOOT, 7-INCHES [0.48 m] THICK.
WEIGHT 2,707 POUNDS [1,228 kg].
8. 951 CUBIC FEET [26.9 m³] GRANITE.

Furthermore, there is information about a time capsule that is said to be buried under the panel. But since the information on the date of the burial and recovery were deliberately left empty, it is doubtful whether a time capsule was actually buried. However nobody has bothered to look yet.

The stone itself is oriented towards the main cardinal points and is labeled so that you have to look exactly north to read the text. In each corner of the stone is a small circle, which indicates in English the current directions (N, E, S and W). In the inscription there is however a special feature: The word “PSEUDONYN” is used. It is speculated here whether this is a spelling error and should be called “PSEUDONYM”. However, given the immense financial cost of the project, it is unlikely that the stonemason made an error in the inscription.

The four outer stones are oriented to mark the limits of the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle. The center column features a hole drilled at an angle from one side to the other, through which can be seen the North Star, a star whose position changes only very gradually over time. The same pillar has a slot carved through it which is aligned with the Sun’s solstices and equinoxes. A 7/8″ aperture in the capstone allows a ray of sun to pass through at noon each day, shining a beam on the center stone indicating the day of the year.

Eventhough the granite slab contains a lot of information, it does not answer the questions about the client or the group that financed the monument. It is also unanswered why the Georgia Guidestones have an astronomical orientation at all, since this is not important for the message of the large granite stones.

Who built the Georgia Guidestones?

The order to build the Georgia Guidestones was signed by a person named R.C. Christian. If the additional text under the name is indeed an error, R.C. Christian merely a pseudonym.

There are many speculations about the name R.C. Christian. The most common theory is that R.C. Christian alludes to the name Christian Rosencreutz. Christian Rosencreutz is the legendary founder of the Rosenkreutzer and was mentioned for the first time around 1614 in the anonymous work “Universal Reformation of Mankind”. Rosicrucians or Rosary Readers is a collective term for the members of various secret societies or orders whose origins date back to the 17th century.

Even less is known about the anonymous sponsors of Georgia Guidestones. Only that they aere supposedly Americans, and are probably wealthy due to the high construction costs.

Unknown owner of the land

Another mystery about the Georgia Guidestones is the piece of land on which the monument was erected. The Georgia Mountain Travel Association has no proprietary ownership for this small piece of land. A number of searches have suggested that the land could be part of the Mildred and Wayne Mullenix’ farm. But after further inquiry it is clear that the property line ends shortly before the spot where the sones are erected. So nobody owns the land on which he Georgia Guidestones are built on.

The Georgia Guidestones provide plenty of room for conspiracy theories

The Guidestones have become a subject of interest for conspiracy theorists. One of them, an activist named Mark Dice, demanded that the Guidestones “be smashed into a million pieces, and then the rubble used for a construction project”, claiming that the Guidestones are of “a deep Satanic origin”, and that R. C. Christian belongs to “a Luciferian secret society” related to the “New World Order“. At the unveiling of the monument, a local minister proclaimed that he believed the monument was “for sun worshipers, for cult worship and for devil worship”.

The most widely agreed-upon interpretation of the stones is that they describe the basic concepts required to rebuild a devastated civilization. Author Brad Meltzer notes that the stones were built in 1979 at the height of the Cold War, and thus argues that they may have been intended as a message to the possible survivors of a nuclear World War III. The engraved suggestion to keep humanity’s population below 500 million could have been made under the assumption that war had already reduced humanity below this number.

The fact that such a monument, with an unknown client, anonymous donors, erected on a piece of land, which can be assigned to no one, offers much room for various conspiracy theories. For example, it is assumed that the Georgia Guidestones is a work of the Bilderberg group or the Illuminati. The Georgia Guidestones are regularly smeared with the abbreviation NWO (New World Order).

Perhaps one day the described time capsule will be digged up and maybe there will be information about the people who have planned and financed the Georgia Guidestones. Only time will tell.