The Giant Rock has giant baggage! Giant Rock, located outside of Landers, California, has more old baggage associated with it than a sacred rock should have. It is a wonder the air is not filled with negative vibrations and a heavy brown aura from all the stuff that happened here. I will say that I am an Earth Empath and when I visited this sacred site, did not feel any of the sort of negative energy that was hanging onto the area.
Nonetheless, it still manages to maintain itself as a truly magical wonder of the world out there in the California desert. Located in what used to be called Homestead Valley and what is now known as Landers, it holds the title as the largest free standing boulder in the world, standing seven stories high.
Giant Rock is believed to be centered over one of the Earth’s ley lines – those energetic lines connecting all of the Earth’s sacred spots. This area is considered a high energy center and an energy vortex. People from all over the world have come to this site to check out the energy and experience its magnetic pull.
The giant granite rock was first used as a holy pilgrimage site for hundreds of years for Native Americans. This was way before American settlers ever got out this far west. The site was a sacred site for the Hopi and no doubt a favorite haunt of other desert Native Americans in the area. Medicine men and tribal shamans drew strength from the big rock. Giant Rock is believed to represent the heart of Mother Earth herself.
Giant Rock Foretells a New Era
In 2000, a historic event occurred when Giant Rock split off. An old Hopi legend said that the future of the 21st Century would be foretold at Giant Rock. The legend said that if it split in half, the Earth was doomed. If it split on the side, the Great Spirit would reconsider and reveal a new era.
In February, 2000, holy leaders gathered for a spiritual reading, restating the legend. Giant Rock had stood there for millions of years, all in one piece. But the next day after the legend restatement, a third of the rock split off from the mother rock, revealing the stark white interior. It seems a New Era had begun. Shri Naath Devi, a spiritual leader in the area, interpreted this as a positive sign that this was a sign of great spiritual awakening for the area and for Mother Earth.
Giant Rock and its Tragic History
Prior to the 1800s, Giant Rock seems to have only been known to the Native Americans in the area and the Hopi Indians.
In 1887, Charlie Reche, a homesteader, settled there with his family. You might see “Reche Road” when you come out to see Giant Rock. Charlie was friendly to the Indians of the area. He homesteaded the entire area around and including Giant Rock, with the additional acreage where the Integratron now stands. The area was quite thinly populated with only a few residents at that time.
Frank Critzer, a German immigrant, took an interest in the area in the early 1930s and staked a mining claim in the Giant Rock area.
At some point, the Reche family left and the area came under the control of the federal government. Critzer continued living on the claim, building a small living area underneath Giant Rock, taking advantage of natural heating and cooling insulation. He attached a radio antenna to the top of the rock to get better radio reception. Frank was a cantankerous old guy, and most people avoided him.
George Van Tassel Meets Frank Critzer
At some time in the 1930s, Critzer’s car broke down in Santa Monica, California. As fate would have it, the young George Van Tassel was working at his uncle’s shop as an auto mechanic. George’s uncles fixed Critzer’s car for free and got Critzer back on the road to Giant Rock. Critzer said that he would give them a stake in his mining claim for their kindness. Two years later, Critzer wrote George and invited to come to the area. George did visit but returned to Santa Monica.
WWII and the End of Frank Critzer
Suddenly the world was embroiled in WWII. Local folks became concerned that Critzer was a German spy. After all, he did have a lot of radio equipment! To make a long story short, the FBI did come to investigate after numerous complaints from the locals. Critzer barricaded himself in the underground bunker and when the shooting started, ended up blowing himself up with all the dynamite he stored down there from his mining operation. Or not. Conspiracy theories abound here. In any event, there was a huge fire and Frank Critzer was pronounced dead in 1942. Critzer’s underground home was burned and closed. End of Story.
Read more in our next installment of “Giant Rock, Harbinger of Hope for the 21st Century, Part 2.”