George Van Tassel’s

Amazing Integratron at Giant Rock

By Kathy Doore


George Van Tassel’s Integratron and Giant Rock Gallery

To researchers, Giant Rock is significant for many reasons. For starters it was the home and workplace of the enigmatic George Van Tassel, known as “Van” to his friends. Van allegedly made contact with extraterrestrials in the 1950’s and was tutored by them on a variety of subjects, including human cellular rejuvenation leading to the building of a structure called “The Integratron”.

After arriving in California from Ohio in 1930, Van, a young pilot and engineer, lived with an uncle who owned an automobile repair shop in Southern California. One day during that period, he met Frank Critzer, a down and out prospector who needed to have his Essex car repaired. Van found the prospector to be an engaging fellow and the two of them soon became friends. Owing to Critzer’s financial difficulties Van agreed to repair the car for free. Critzer was even allowed to sleep at the garage while repairs were made to his car. Van’s largess didn’t end there. He gave Critzer a trunk full of canned goods along with $30, which, as Van put it, was a lot of money then. In return, Critzer promised to include Van and the uncle in any mining claims he might make in the future.

A year later, Critzer mailed a map to Van showing him how to get to Giant Rock – a massive boulder surrounded by a dry lake bed sacred to the native Americans, who called it the “Great Stone”, the place where Critzer was living. Map in hand, Van set out to visit his friend. When he arrived, he was surprised to find that Critzer had dug under the massive boulder in order to carve out a place to live. He had made an alcove within the cavity to set up house.

Frank Critzer Giant Rock Airport 1940s

Technically, Critzer was a squatter, since he was living on government land. According to Van Tassel, the idea of making a cave was a good one. In the summer the maximum temperature under the Rock is 80 degrees F. In the winter, the temperature is a minimum of 50 degrees F. In contrast, the temperature outside the cave swings between 25 degrees F to 115 degrees F. Critzer made an airstrip, and five straight roads leading to Giant Rock. He soon became known as “straight road Critzer” by locals in nearby Landers. The rooms that Critzer dug were no more than a total of 400 sq. ft. under the rock that stands seven stories high and weighs 100,000 tons.

Frank Critzer Cave at Giant Rock Airport 1940s

During WWII, Critzer ran afoul of the government and was accused of stealing dynamite and later of being an enemy spy. Conflicting stories about this colorful character abound. But whatever the truth, a confrontation with the police resulted in his death in August of 1942. Interestingly, Van Tassel claims the prospector was an “advanced thinker” who researched innovative methods of manufacturing plastic. However details of that matter are sketchy.

During the ensuing years, Van Tassel became an aeronautical engineer, flight inspector, and test pilot (he’d obtained his pilot’s license while still a teenager), and worked for Douglas Aircraft during the 1930s, and alongside Howard Hughes in the 1940s at Hughes Aviation as Hughes’ personal flight inspector for testing experimental aircraft. During this time he continued to visit Giant Rock with his wife on vacation. In 1945, he made an application to the Bureau of Land Management to lease the property. And in 1947, he quit his job at a Lockheed aircraft plant and moved his wife and three daughters to the Mojave Desert near Landers, leasing four square miles of land surrounding Giant Rock from the government.

The area was covered with decomposed granite making it a natural site for a small airport where Van Tassel created Giant Rock Airport and Cafe, which he operated from 1947 until 1975. Howard Hughes was a frequent guest who flew in for the delicious pie that Van Tassels wife made.


giant rock airport

Van Tassel believed the rock’s crystalline structure possessed great channeling power by virtue of its piezo-electric characteristics. In 1953, he began a series of weekly meditations in the rooms under the boulder where it was said the meditations led to contact with extraterrestrial beings. On August 21, 1953, a ship from Venus landed and a man wearing a jumpsuit stood at the foot of his sleeping bag, announcing I am Solganda, and I would be pleased to show you my craft. Van Tassel wrote that he was led to a hovering spaceship, and stepped into what he described as a “butter colored” light emanating from the underside of the craft. He was taken on a tour of the ship and told that he had been chosen to bring a message of peace and interplanetary brotherhood to his fellow earthlings. He was shown the principals of cell rejuvenation which later led to the creation of The Integratron.

Designed specifically to carry out anti-aging processes to prolong human life, the Integratron schematics called for recharging human cell structure using a powerful negative ion field. Although Van Tassel died before he could complete the structure, what was left behind continues to focus and amplify powerful geomagnetic forces running through its location, built over a large underground aquifer, while the unique all-wood construction created, sets up a resonant sound field.


“All the planets are inhabited!”

The message of two Georges

George Van Tassel authored several books on contact with extra-terrestrial beings including I Rode a Flying Saucer (1952), Into This World and Out Again (1956), The Council of Seven Lights (1958), and When Stars Look Down (1976).

On March 1, 1954 George Van Tassel held the first Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention at the California Mojave Desert location that would meet for the next 23 years. Speakers included scientists as well as enthusiastic observers. Vendor booths displayed hundreds of books on space people and their craft. And an article and photo spread appeared in the May 27, 1957 issue of Life Magazine, entitled “Believers hold meeting in desert to swap interplanetary tall tales.” The article brought the gatherings to the attention of the world-at-large with the purpose of mocking the entire affair, although it had quite the opposite effect. Within the next 24 months the convention attracted nearly 11,000 attendees.


Among the speakers were well-known contactees, and the explorer/author George Hunt Williamson, who’d published several books on his investigations into UFOs, Other Tongues Other Flesh, (1953). The Saucers Speak (1954), A Message From Our Space Brothers (1954), and Secret Places of the Lion (1958).

Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention

Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention, April 1954
Speakers include (from left) Orfeo Angelucci (Secret of the Saucers), George Van Tassel, Frank Sculy, Truman Bethurum, Daniel Fry and George Hunt Williamson.

Williamson’s Road in the Sky (1959), detailed his expedition in the high Andes of Peru at the sacred rock forest of Markawasi, where he’d traveled at the behest of the sites discoverer, Peruvian explorer Daniel Ruzo. Ruzo would later publically denounce Williamson for publishing, what Ruzo believed, was his own research (although Ruzo would not publish his own discourse until nearly a decade later in Marcahuasi: the History of a Fantastic Discovery (1974). Williamson went on to scribe yet another sensational expedition to Peru in Secret of the Andes, written under the pseudonym Brother Philip, recounting the tales and teachings of the Brotherhood of the Seven Rays based at Lake Titicaca, including the teachings of the Solar Disk. Included were additional details on the expedition to Markawasi (Marcahuasi) with its history of contact with advanced beings (similar to those cited at Giant Rock), and magnetic anomalies located at similar sacred rock forests, located across the globe. Ruzos theories had made a strong impression upon Williamson.

george hunt williamson 1959


Van Tassel’s Prediction of the 1952 Washington D.C. UFO Incident


In June of 1952, a few weeks before the events of the 1952 Washington D.C. UFO incident George-Van-Tassel notified the US air force, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Life (magazine) of the future events of the 1952 Washington D.C. UFO incident via registered letters, as noted in Van Tassel’s book, “When Stars Look Down”. The D.C. event was witnessed by thousands of people in and around the Washington Capitol area. It is one of the most publicized sightings to have ever taken place. In the said letters Van Tassel informed several Federal agencies including the White House and the US Air Force, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Life (magazine) that space craft were going to fly over Washington D.C. in the near future. The events occurred a few weeks later in July 1952 as predicted.

For more on the D.C. UFO flap of 1952 see video clip, below.


Rare TV interview with George Van Tassel
Vancouver newsman Jack Webster’s June 18, 1964 interview with George Van Tassel, KVOS. During the interview, Van discusses his experiences and the formula for time travel taught to him by visiting space people.

Warning from the ET’S

Conveyed through George Van Tassel in 1952 from a being calling himself Ashtar (not the Ashtar Command or imitations) who claimed to be on board a patroling space station was a warning received by many early contactees of the 1950s; Shan was their word for Earth, July 18, 1952.

“Hail to you beings of Shan, I greet you in love and peace, my identity is Ashtar, commandant quadra sector, patrol station Schare, all projections, all waves. Greetings, through The Council of Seven Lights, you have been brought here inspired with the inner light to help your fellow man. You are mortals and other mortals can only understand that which their fellow man can understand. The purpose of this organization is, in a sense, to save mankind from himself. Some years ago your time, your nuclear physicists penetrated the “Book of Knowledge”; they discovered how to explode the atom.

Disgusting as the results have been, that this force should be used for destruction, it is not compared to that which can be. We have not been concerned with their explosion of plutonium and UR 235, the Uranium mother element; this atom is an inert element. We are concerned, however, with their attempt to explode the hydrogen element. This element is life giving along with five other elements in the air you breathe, in the water you drink, in the composition of your physical substance, hydrogen. Their efforts in the field of science have been successful to the extent that they are not content to rest on the laurels of a power beyond their use, not content with the entire destruction of an entire deity at a time. They must have something more destructive, they’ve got it.

When they explode the hydrogen atom, they shall extinguish life on this planet. They are tinkering with a formula they do not comprehend. They are destroying a life giving element of the Creative Intelligence. Our message to you is this: you shall advance to your government all information we have trasmitted to you. You shall request that your government shall immediately contact all other earth nations regardless of political feelings. Many of your physicists, with an inner perception development have refused to have anything to do with the explosion of the hydrogen atom. The explosion of an atom of inert substances and that of a living substance are two different things. We are not concerned with their deliberate determination to extinguish humanity and turn this planet into a cinder. Your materialism will disagree with our attempt to warn mankind. Rest assured, they shall cease to explode life giving atoms, or we shall eliminate all projects connected with such. Our missions are peaceful, but this condition occurred before in this solar system and the planet, Lucifer, was torn to bits. We are determined that it shall not happen again.

The governments on the planet Shan have conceded that we are of a higher intelligence, they must concede also that we are of a higher authority. We so not have to enter their buildings to know what they are doing. We have the formula they would like to use. It is not meant for destruction. Your purpose here has been to build a receptivity that we could communicate with your planet, for by the attraction of light substances atoms, we patrol your universe. To your government and to your people and through them to all governments and all people on the planet of Shan, accept the warning as a blessing that mankind may survive. My light, we shall remain in touch here at this cone of receptivity. My love, I am Ashtar.”

Van Tassel & Jack Webster 1964

“The purpose of the Integratron is to recharge energy into living cell structure, to bring about longer life with youthful energy. It is a machine, a high voltage electrostatic generator that would supply a broad range of frequencies to recharge cellular structure.”

~ George Van Tassel, Builder of The Integratron

The Integratron
A Time Machine & Tabernacle

George Van Tassel called his Integratron “a time machine for basic research on rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel”. The structure stood four-story’s high and 55 feet in diameter. It was of non-metallic structure, sited over a magnetic vortex–an essential part of its functioning. Van Tassel erected a sign at the entrance which simply stated: “Integratron: Dedicated To Research In Life Extension.” The placement of the Integratron was chosen based on a complex set of theories involving the earth’s magnetic field, with the Integratron’s relationship to the Great Pyramid in Egypt and Giant Rock, presumed to be the world’s largest freestanding boulder at the time.

Bruce Cathie, author of Harmonics 33 pronounced “The Integratron has the same harmonic value that is built into the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid. I believe that this harmonic is connected with inter-dimensional values. The yin/yang or gateway to dimensions.” Cathie’s findings were published in Van Tassel Tassels newsletter, The Proceedings on November 5, 1977.

Van Tassel wrote six books about his out-of-this-world experiences, and formed the College of Universal Wisdom. In an issue of the January 1978, “Proceedings,” quarterly publication of the College of Universal Wisdom, it was reported that the device was 90 percent complete, and Van Tassel planned to be the first human to experience the power of the Integratron. He had been involved in over 400 radio and television interviews, and had a number of supporters, but three weeks later, George Van Tassel died February 9, 1978 of an apparent heart attack. A shock to his friends and family since he had been in good health. The “core” and other critical components of the Integratron disappeared shortly after Van Tassel’s death, giving weight to a conspiracy theory. According to author and UFO researcher, Nick Redfern, in 1954 files F B I Director J. Edgar Hoover had dispatched g-men to surveil Van Tassel.

With no written plans for completing the project, Van Tassel’s family abandoned the site. The buildings at Giant Rock were vacated and gradually Vandalized until the Bureau of Land Management found it necessary to bulldoze the remains, leaving only the nearby dome intact as you see it today.

In his many hundred radio and TV appearances, George Van Tassel compared the Integratron to the Tabernacle of Moses. He claimed that he was instructed by a higher intelligence to build a 21st century version of the Tabernacle that Moses constructed, using the same positive power principle of the Great Pyramid of Giza, and was given the name The Integratron. He was told it would revitalize and rejuvenate the physical bodies of humankind. George Van Tassel openly shared much of the technology with his supporters and followers, but those close to him say he kept much of it secret, sharing it only with his closest, trusted colleagues.

“And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.” (Exodus 33:9) “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…” (Exodus 33:11)

“According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” [Exodus 25:9]

George Van Tassel compared Moses’ “rings” to the Integratron’s coils, Moses’ “staves” to the Integratron condensers, Moses’ “tenons” to the Integratron’s wires. Where Moses used nonmetallic skins and cloth to cover his Tabernacle, He used the more modern nonmetallic materials of plywood and fiberglass. And just as the Tabernacle had an “Ark,” so did the Integratron – an “Electrostatic Arc.”

“For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and the fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” (Exodus 40:38).


Van Tassel interpreted this Exodus passage and compared it to the Integratron. He said the “fire by night” was the electrostatic discharge corona, and the “cloud by day” was the ionization of the moisture in the air causing a cloud to condense around the Tabernacle. He believed the Integratron building would display identical qualities.

According to Van Tassel, the Integratron is located on an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces that, when focused by the unique geometry of the building, will concentrate and amplify the energy required for rejuvenation and healing. In 2005, a geophysicist measured the earth’s magnetic field for up to 15 miles in every direction from the Integratron and then inside the dome. She proclaimed that there is a significant, unexplainable spike in the earth’s magnetic field in the center of the Integratron.

George Van Tassel’s literature describing the project stated that the machine’s purpose was “to recharge energy into living cell structures, to bring about longer life with youthful energy.” He theorized that the body is an electrical device, and aging was a matter of the cells running out of power. The Integratron, capable of collecting up to 50,000 volts of static electricity from the air, would be a multi-frequency, electrostatic charger for the human body.

The 16-sided Dome was built of wood and concrete and held together by glue and gravity-electrically neutral materials. The generating core was made of copper wire. Had it been placed into operation, candidates would have walked through the building, essentially a huge air capacitor, while wearing white outfits. The charges, distributed over a wide range of frequencies, would affect every cell. Integratron became a Noah’s Ark, “a vehicle or vessel that could deliver a chosen lot of followers to a secure place. It’s the dream as old as mankind to live forever and have some control in governing our time on earth.”


Vintage Audio Interview
The Flying Saucer Phenomenon Long John Nebel and George Van Tassel 1957

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George Van Tassel interviewed by Long John Nebel, The Partyline, June 21, 1957, along with Morris K. Jessup, Lester del Rey, Hans Stefan Santesson (aka Stephen Bond; Fantastic Universe), and Dan Fry.

The Age of Flying Saucers with Long John Nebel
Audio interview with 1950s contactees, including George Van Tassel retelling his contact experiences with Solganda aboard the spaceship, followed by Orfeo Angelucci’s contact encounter with a being named Adam.

fantastic universe 1957





The Integratron Today

Recently honored with a dedication and historical monument by the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Billy Holcomb Chapter, the Integratron today receives many visitors drawn to experience the Integratron’s enhanced energy fields. An overnight stay at the Integratron is said to result in waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body. Affectionately called “The Dome” by the Karl sisters (Joanne, Nancy, and Patty), who together own and operate the Integratron, say “Our work at the Integratron has been about honoring the old history and getting the story straight about George Van Tassel’s life’s work, what we call the New History of the Integratron, which we believe is about creating an environment that is a gathering place where science and spirit meet. We’re dedicated to the research and the understanding of what the Integratron’s gift to humanity really is.” And many agree, including a very high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist lama who has been teaching out of the Integratron, purportedly sent there by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

If you plan to visit, don’t miss out on a truly out-of-this-world experience–a “sound rejuvenation” session, offered by appointment. The Integratron is open to the Public.


Giant Rock Splits Open Fulfilling Prophecy




On February 23, 2000 The High Desert Star newspaper, Landers, California, reported that one of the worlds largest freestanding boulders broke into two pieces. A third of it broke off, exposing a gleaming white granite interior.

The Giant Rock is famous in Native American culture, since it and the surrounding land are Holy Ground. It was the place where the northern and southern tribes met each year. Native Americans call the Giant Rock The Great Stone. And to them, the Great Stone symbolizes the Great Spirit.


In times past, tribal ceremonies at this site often lasted up to three days. During the ceremonies, none of the ordinary citizens of the tribe were allowed to be near the Rock. Instead, they had to camp a mile or so away from the proceedings. On the North side of the Rock is the Sign of the Scorpion, purportedly put there by an Indian chief. To the Indians, the sign signifies a good place/ According to reports, it is the only official Native American sign on the Giant Rock. No other markings were permitted. At the Giant Rock, the chiefs would commune with the spirits of the “Rock People” who prophesized that one day the Mother would split open and a new era would begin. Many see the recent splitting of the rock as a prophesy fulfilled.


Giant Rock was considered by many to be one of the largest boulders in the world, it is now two boulders. A slice of the rock fell off from the boulder on February 23, 2000, exposing a gleaming white granite interior and fulfilling Native American prophecy.

In ancient times Giant Rock was held sacred by the Native peoples of the Joshua Tree, California, area. So sacred in fact that only the chief was allowed to go near it. Everyone else had to wait nearly a mile away while the Chief communed with the spirits of the “Rock People” who had prophesied “the day when the Mother would split open and a new era would be revealed.”

Most other traditions have pointed to this time in our history as the awakening of the Divine Feminine, to a world based upon compassion and peace. Now that Giant Rock has split, many people believe that the prophecy has been fulfilled.

In his latest book, “The Secret of the Beloved Disciple,” James Twyman wrote extensively about two important shamans in this area, Shri Naath Devi and Fr. John, a priest from Los Angeles. An important happening took place at the Integratron with Shri Naath Devi and Fr. John a mile away from Giant Rock, during the two days prior to the boulder splitting. Twyman believed that this story needed to be shared with as many people as possible so as to focus prayers and energy on the important era we have recently entered.

On February 19 and 20, 2000, Shri Naath Devi was inspired to bring a number of powerful healers to the desert near Giant Rock to pray, and meditate. She said that the Native people were no longer doing ceremony in this area and that the earth itself was about to react with a violent upheaval. If the Mother accepted the prayers that were scheduled, then Giant Rock would crack at the side, relieving pressure on the Earth’s tectonic plates. If the prayers were not accepted, then Giant Rock would split directly down the middle.

The fact that Giant Rock had not moved for millions of years made the likelihood of such a change remote. And yet, the next morning, to everyone’s amazement, the boulder had not cracked, rather one-third of the rock had split and had fallen to the desert floor. Shri Naath Devi interpreted this in the most positive light. She said that the Mother had opened her arms to us, cracking open her heart for the whole world to see. Fr. John was there for part of the prayer. He too felt the incredible shift and joined two of Twyman’s assistants who had participated in the prayers with Shri Naath Devi. They had gathered at her house less than 24 hours later.

As they stood in the kitchen discussing the events, lightning struck, sending a ball of light through the center of the house in a north/south direction. Within moments lightning struck again and shot through the house in an east/west direction. This was a very auspicious moment and was witnessed by all four people. Shri Naath Devi declared that the prayers were now complete and that the lightening was honoring the four directions as a sign from the Mother that supported this completion. The boulder had split open only two hours prior to this gathering.

What does this all mean?

We stand at the threshold of an amazing opportunity. This is the time when we rediscover within ourselves the peace and compassion of the Divine, and the earth itself will mirror this shift. There have been many signs over the last few years. All this leads us to believe that the time the ancients have called the Great Shift is at hand.