People have been confused about the Georgia Guidestones and their origin for decades. The tourists are always flocking to the location to see the mysterious landmark. The biggest mystery about the Georgia Guidestones, also known as the American Stonehedge, is that no one knows why it ended up there.
Stonehedge simply offers instructions on how humanity moves on in a post-apocalyptic world.
A Secretive Man Known As Christian Oversaw The Project
Apparently, a man called Christian (not his real name) came to Georgia in 1979. He told the president of Elberton Granite Finishing, Joe Fendley, that he was there to represent an anonymous group of "loyal Americans" that had been planning to put up a stone monument for 20 years.
Strangely, although Fendley found the plan worth undertaking, he had doubts about Christian and considered him "a nut." He also suggested an unreasonably high quotation as a way to discourage him, thinking that Christian would abandon the crazy plan and leave him alone. Strangely, the man accepted the offer.
After their first meeting, Fendley thought of a way to get out of the arrangement. That is why he referred Christian to Wyatt Martin, a local banker, effectively making him someone else's problem.
The Bizarre Project Christian Commissioned
According to Christian, he and those he represented had chosen Elbert, Georgia, because the location offered the best granite in the world.
Christian wanted a monument consisting of four similar slabs, a smaller central slab, and a capstone. Each of the four main slabs making up the monument weighed about 42,000 pounds. That's about the weight of two and a half elephants.
The monument would also have a capstone weighing about 25,000 pounds, and the central slab would weigh around 21,000 pounds.
Additionally, the monument needed to be strong enough to survive an apocalypse. The monument Christian was proposing would be used as a clock, a compass, and a calendar.
More importantly, the Georgia Guidestones were supposed to offer instructions to the humans left behind after the disaster.
The Monument Was Secretly Funded
Christian sent a $10,000 deposit despite Fendley's skepticism, and work on the project started. The biggest issue with Christian was his identity.
He did not want to give his real name, and he made the banker sign a non-disclosure agreement that Martin would keep his real name a secret after their business was concluded.
This was after he found out that he had to provide his real name to ensure the transaction did not have any legal issues.
To keep his identity from being tracked, Christian got the money from several banks throughout the country.
Together, Fendley and Christian found a place to set up the monument, and then he told Fendley, "You'll never see me again."
Before Christian disappeared for good, he left behind a scale model of the Guidestones and ten pages with specifications about the project.
Christian had bought the land on which the monument was erected from Wayne Mullinex. Mullinex and his children were also given lifetime cattle grazing rights on the site of the Guidestones.
The Georgia Guidestones Were Completed In Christian's Absence
After that, he only wrote letters about getting the land ownership to the county. The letters came from several places.
Even without Christian around, the project got underway, and by March 1980, the Georgia Guidestones were ready.
The monument was over 19 feet in height, and it weighed nearly 240,000 pounds.
In the end, the monument consisted of four slabs arranged with a central slab with a capstone on top, just as Christian had instructed.
The outer stones are arranged to mark the limit of an 18.6-year lunar declination cycle. The central stone has a slot aligned with the solstices and equinoxes of the sun.
There is a hole in the central slab that allows the North Star to be visible at all times. These aspects of the monument made Fendley bring in a specialist.
The capstone has a 22mm-aperture that lets the sun pass through at noon to indicate the time of the day. Finally, the Georgia Guidestones can also be used as a calendar of sorts.
The Georgia Guidestones And The Ten Commandments Of The Antichrist
One of the most notable aspects of the monument is the instructions it offers to humans who survive the apocalypse. The instructions are in English, Swahili, Hebrew, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, and Arabic.
In total, there are ten instructions, and here they are:
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 cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
In addition to these ten instructions, another short message is inscribed at the top using four ancient languages.
Besides the Georgia Guidestones, an explanatory tablet explains various facts about the Guidestones, including the date it was installed. The tablet also talks of a time capsule buried under it. A statement saying, "Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason."
The Controversies Surrounding The Georgia Guidestones
People have called the ten instructions on the Guidestones the "Ten commandments of the Antichrist." To some people, the monument was erected to honor Satan.
One of the people who believe this is Mark Dice, who suggested that the stones be smashed into pieces and used in construction since they are of a "deep Satanic origin."
Actually, these claims began even before construction was completed, with Martin, the banker involved in the project, being accused of joining an occult movement after the project started.
There are other conspiracy theories about the monument. For instance, some people claim they represent a landing site for aliens.
According to others, the stones represent a "New World Order" through which the population would be controlled using genocide.
For instance, if the rule about keeping the population under 500 million was implemented today, more than 90% of the world's population would have to be eliminated. In general, the rules on the stones seem to promote population control, eugenics, and internationalism.
Christian never came out again to explain some of the mysterious things about the Georgia Guidestones. Martin also refused to reveal much about Christian. Apparently, he had told the banker, "If you want to keep people interested, you can let them know only so much."
The Georgia Guidestones Today
There is no doubt that, even by modern standards, the Georgia Guidestones are a huge mystery, especially concerning some of the notions they promote.
In 2008, the stones were defaced with spray paint with many comments against the new world order. This was termed the first serious act of vandalism in the history of the Guidestones.
The Georgia Guidestones were featured in the documentary film Sherman's March (1986) and also in Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement (2007) and Mysteries at the Museum (2012.