(as found on thegeorgiaguidestones.com
The Mysterious Georgia Guidestones
Rural Elbert County, GA 1-9-2012
On an unseasonably warm winter day in the first days of 2012, GhostPRO Mariel set out with pals for a day of geocaching (a sort of a world-wide scavenger hunt facilitated with GPS guidance and compass coordinates). We had explored the small town of Commerce and I suggested on our way back we stop by the Georgia Guidestones. Their mystique guaranteed the monument to be a logical location for a cache. And thus it came to be that we found ourselves in rural Elbert County Georgia, in a lonely field….in the dark….and the fog…. face-to-face with the “American Stonehenge” looming before us in all its gray granite glory.
Unlike the real Stonehenge, the Guidestones are not ancient, but were set in place in 1980. Yet for all its recent history, the monument is perhaps even more shrouded in mystery as to who erected it and why.
Chiseled into the columns are these words in eight languages, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, and Chinese:
At the site is a stone ledger that explains its purpose, “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason” and lists facts about the Guidestones such as size, weight, astronomical features, and mentions a time capsule buried under the structure, but without any information about its retrieval date. On the opposite side of the monument lies a flat granite slab approximately 15’ x 20’ in size. The author of the messages on the Guidestones is listed as “R. C. Christian”, a pseudonym some surmise is a nod to Christian Rosenkruez, the founder of the society of the Rosecrucians. The Guidestones’ sponsors are named as “A small group of Americans who seek the Age of Reason”.
The monument is not as vast as its Stonehenge counterpart, being only a little over 19 feet tall. Astronomical features of the Guidestones include a center column with a hole through which the North Star can be seen regardless of time, and a small slot aligned with the Sun's solstices and equinoxes. An aperture in the capstone allows a ray of sun to pass through at noon each day, shining a beam on the center stone which indicates the day of the year.
While the Guidestones have been lauded as a nod to common sense and a call to respect the beauty of God's creation, they have also been loudly demonized by their critics. Due to the secrecy surrounding the origin and true purpose of the Guidestones, conspiracy theories abound, with attribution to secret societies and the New World Order being the most popular.
Will the meaning and purpose of the Guidestones remain controversial for ages to come, or will all be revealed with the much-heralded changes expected by many to occur in 2012? Only time will tell. Is there anything paranormal about the Guidestones? Maybe and maybe not, but that evening's storm-charged atmosphere, along with the eerie quiet and the still of the fog, was enough make one wonder…….
~~ Mariel Barney Hunkeler, The CatHerder (with help from Wikipedia)
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