(Many thanks to
Vince for contributing the first section of this page.
The following comes from the Australian
"Armageddon: Doomsday in Our
Lifetime?" (Chapter 4)
by Bob Leaman,
originally published in 1986
by Greenhouse Publications.
The book is no longer in print.)
Edgar Cayce made his name in the first half of this century in
America as a psychic healer; perhaps the greatest that the United
States ever produced. During his lifetime he was credited with
assisting thousands of people suffering from all manner of ailments.
But there was also a lesser known aspect to Cayce's psychic
revelations. Occasionally while in a self-induced trance, Cayce
would speak of events to come. He predicted the First and Second
World War, the independence of India and the 1929 stock market
crash. He also predicted, fifteen years before the event, the
creation of the State of Israel. His most disturbing predictions,
however, concern vast geographical upheavals which by the year 1998
will result in the destruction of New York, the disappearance of
most of Japan, and a cataclysmic change in Northern Europe.
Cayce was born on 18 March 1877, on a farm near Hopkinsville,
Kentucky. He came from an old, conservative family, and as a child
developed what became a lifelong interest in the Bible and the
Church. His outlook was undoubtedly influenced by the Christian
revivalist meetings which were popular at the time in that part of
the country. At the age of seven or eight Edgar was sitting in a
wooded clearing reading the Bible when he saw what he described as a
bright vision of a winged figure clothed in white. The vision asked
the child what he wanted in life, and Edgar responded that he wished
to help others. The next day, so the story goes, Edgar was having
difficulty learning his spelling homework. In his mind he heard the
voice of his vision telling him to sleep that he might be helped.
The boy did as he was told, laying his head on his spelling book. A
little later he awoke to find he knew the spelling of every word.
This story is perhaps the more incredible because Edgar Cayce was
not a good student. Later in life, he would become renowned for
the learned manner in which he spoke while in a trance. But in his
conscious, waking state, he appeared to his contemporaries as a
quiet, humble, self-effacing man, somewhat unschooled, and deeply
At the age of fifteen, Edgar suffered an accident a school. He was
struck on the back of his neck by a baseball. The boy went into a
semi-stupor, and while in that state, told his parents to prepare a
special poultice and apply it to the nape of his neck, at the base
of his brain. To appease their son, his parents did as they were
told, and in the morning, the boy was completely recovered.
Followers of Cayce say this was his very first health reading.
After completing seventh grade, Cayce left school in Hopkinsville to
find work where he could. He worked on a farm, then in a shoe store,
and later a bookstore. By the age of twenty-one, he had become the
salesman for a wholesale stationery company. At about this time,
Cayce contracted a throat problem which developed into aphonia
-- a total loss of voice. Doctors he approached were unable to help
him, and Cayce began to regard his problem as incurable. He resorted
to hypnosis, but this too had no useful effect until it occurred to
Cayce to attempt re-entering the kind of hypnotic sleep which had
enabled him to learn his schoolbooks when he was a boy.
was found who was willing to give Cayce the necessary suggestion.
Once in a trance, Cayce reportedly spoke in a clear voice, spelling
out precisely what his symptoms were, and what should be done to
Cayce had succeeded in curing himself and, in doing so,
had launched himself on a lifelong career as a psychic diagnostician
It made no difference to Cayce whether his patient was sitting next to
him in the same room or a total stranger living hundreds of miles
away. His preparations for the health reading were always the same.
As he himself described it, he would first loosen his clothing in
order to have a perfectly free flowing circulation. He would then
lie on the couch in his office, with his head to the south, and his
feet to the north. Placing his hands on his forehead between his
eyes, he would wait a few moments until he received what he would
call the go signal, a flash of brilliant white light.
then move his hands to his solar plexus, and fall into a trance. His
wife would tell him the name and location of the patient, leaving
out any mention of age, sex or physical problem. Cayce might pause a
while before repeating the name and address until he had succeeded
in 'locating' the patient and describing his or her condition. He
would then prescribe medication and any other corrective measures,
always ending his reading with the words: "We are through."
His lifelong secretary, Gladys Davis, took down virtually all
his readings, and they are recorded and indexed in the
Association for Enlightenment and Research, established in
Virginia in 1932 to study Cayce's work. In all, he gave 14,879
readings, well over half of them for people concerned about their
health. Over a period of forty-three years, he read for more than
six thousand people. In 1933, when he had been exercising his powers
for thirty-one years, he explained that he still understood very
little about what he was doing.
"Apparently," he said, "I am one of the few who can lay aside their
own personalities sufficiently to allow their souls to make this
attunement to a universal source of knowledge -- but I say this
without any desire to brag about it. In fact I do not claim to
possess anything that other individuals do not inherently possess.
Really and truly, I do not believe there is a single individual that
does not possess this same ability I have. I am certain that all
human beings have much greater powers than they are ever conscious
of -- if they would only be willing to pay the price of detachment
from self-interest that it takes to develop those abilities."
Those who came into contact with Cayce were continually
taken aback by the depth of medical knowledge he displayed during
his sleep state. He would frequently recommend the use of drugs
which were not generally known, not yet on the market, or which had
long since passed out of use. Although he had a conscious knowledge
only of the English language, Cayce is also estimated to have spoken
in some two dozen foreign tongues while in a trance. The unconscious
Cayce believed there was a cure for every health problem, including
cancer, in nature, providing that cure could be found in time. He
seldom advocated operations, believing that surgery was much
Cayce took a holistic approach to health. He believed
that a man was composed of body, mind and spirit, and that all three
are one. He talked about consciousness in the cells of the body,
each contributing to the total consciousness of the individual.
Health, he indicated, would flow from a perfect harmony of body and
mind. In accordance with the concept that we are what we eat, think
and believe, Cayce would often urge his patients to improve their
mental and spiritual outlook in order to regain their health.
His recommended treatments for patients included many forms of
drugless healing, such as special baths, oils, heat, light,
colonic irrigation, massage, diet and exercise.
The knowledge of anatomy displayed by the sleeping Cayce
flabbergasted more than one physician. The first to use Cayce in his
own work was Doctor Wesley Ketchum
of Hopkinsville. Ketchum wrote of Cayce:
"His psychological terms and description of the nervous anatomy would
do credit to any professor of nervous anatomy. There is no faltering
in his speech and all his statements are clear and concise. He
handles the most complex jawbreakers with as much ease as any Boston
physician, which to me is quite wonderful in view of the fact that
while in his normal state he is an illiterate man, especially along
the lines of medicine, surgery and pharmacy, of which he knows
nothing... in six important cases which had been diagnosed as
strictly surgical he stated that no such condition existed, and
outlined treatment which was followed with gratifying results in
With Ketchum's persuasion, Cayce set up business in
Hopkinsville as a psychic diagnostician, giving readings twice a
day. Before long he was receiving sacks of mail every day from
people anxious to avail themselves of his services.
Cayce's prophetic powers often emerged during the readings he gave. In
the main, his prophecies had little or nothing to do with the
original request for a reading. Sometimes they were to do with
financial matters, although Cayce's readings stressed repeatedly
that they should not be used for personal gain. Indeed Cayce found
to his own cost early on in his career that if he did attempt to
make money out of the information he received in his trances, he
would suffer for it physically with headaches and stomach upsets.
But other people were not so affected.
Cayce gave advice to
businessmen who were worried about the location of their holdings or
the stability of their stocks and bonds. On occasion, he pointed to
the location of oil wells, and correctly prophesied a real estate
boom in the Norfolk-Newport area of the United States. Six months
before the 1929 stockmarket crash he warned people to sell
everything they owned. Many who had followed Cayce before failed to
pay heed to his warning then, and lost all they had.
The sleeping prophet, as Cayce has been
nicknamed, predicted the beginning and end of both the First and
Second World Wars, and the lifting of the Depression in 1933. In the
1920s, he first warned of coming racial strife in the United States,
and in 1939 he predicted the deaths of two presidents in office;
are to have turmoils -- ye are to have strife between capital and
labor. Ye are to have a division in thy own land, before ye have the
second of the Presidents that next will not live through his
office... a mob rule!"
Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office in April 1945. In November
1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas,
Texas, when racial tensions in the United States were at their
"Unless there is more give and take", Cayce said,
"consideration for those who produce, with better division of the
excess profits from labor, there must be greater turmoil in the
In October 1935, Cayce spoke of the coming holocaust in Europe. The
Austrians and Germans, he said, and later the Japanese, would take
"Thus an unseen force, gradually growing, must result in an almost
direct opposition to the Nazi, or Aryan theme. This will gradually
produce a growth of animosities. And unless there is interference by
what many call supernatural forces and influences -- which are
active in the affairs of nations and peoples -- the whole world as
it were... will be set on fire by militaristic groups and people who
are for power expansion."
Two of Cayce's major predictions concerned the futures of China and
the Soviet Union, the world's great Communist giants. In 1944, he
prophesied that China would one day be "the cradle of Christianity
as applied in the lives of men." Through Russia, he said "comes the
hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed
Communism or Bolshevism -- no! But freedom -- freedom! That each man
will live for his fellow man.
The principle has been born there. It
will take years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes
again the hope of the world." Russia, he said, would be guided by
friendship with the United States. Its attempt to rule "not only the
economic, but the mental and spiritual life" of its people was
doomed to failure.
Cayce also predicted the possibility of a third world war. He spoke of
strifes arising "near the Davis Straits," and "in
Libya, and in Egypt, in Ankara, and in Syria; through the straits
around those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the
Persian Gulf." When asked in June 1943 whether it would be feasible
to work towards an international currency or a stabilization of
international exchange levels when the war had ended, Cayce replied
that it would be a long, long time before this would happen. Indeed,
he said, "there may be another war over just such conditions."
Cayce believed in reincarnation. Each person, in his view,
existed in a self-conscious form before birth and would exist again
after death. As well as his health readings, Cayce gave many
hundreds of so-called "life" readings, during which he would
describe his subject's past lives. A number of those readings
referred to past incarnations in the legendary lost land of
Atlantis. In all, Cayce referred to Atlantis no fewer than seven
hundred times in his readings over a span of twenty years.
He maintained that Atlantis had a civilization which was
technologically superior to our own, and that its last surviving
islands had disappeared in the area of the Caribbean some ten
thousand years ago. His most specifically timed forecast was that
Atlantis would rise again in 1968 or 1969. Needless to say, Cayce
was wrong on that count. [Note: However, it was in that timeframe
that the "Bimini Road" was located in the Atlantic Ocean. Whether
this is a "road" or "natural, geologic erosion" is being hotly
Cayce said the size of Atlantis was equal to "that of Europe,
including Asia in Europe." He saw visions of a continent which had
gone through three major periods of division; the first two about
15,600 BCE, when the mainland was divided into islands. The three
main islands Cayce named Poseida, Og and Aryan. He said the
Atlanteans had constructed giant laser-like crystals for power
plants, and that these had been responsible for the second
destruction of the land. Cayce blamed the final destruction on the
disintegration of the Atlantean culture through greed and lust. But
before the legendary land disappeared under the waves, Cayce
believed there was an exodus of many Atlanteans through Egypt and
further a field. Cayce attributed history's Great Flood in part to
the sinking of the last huge remnants of Atlantis.
But Cayce's most striking predictions -- particularly in view
of many other prophecies relating to the approaching end of the
millennium -- concern dramatic changes in the Earth's surface in the
period of 1958 to 1998. The cause of these he put down to a tilting
in the Earth's rotational axis which he said would begin in 1936.
The first sign of this change in the Earth's core would be the
"breaking up of some conditions" in the South Pacific and "sinking
or rising" in the Mediterranean or Etna area. Cayce forecast that,
by the end of the century, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
would be destroyed. He said that "the greater portion of Japan must
go into the sea" at this time, and that northern Europe would be
"changed as in the twinkling of an eye."
In 1941, Cayce predicted
that lands would appear in the Atlantic and the Pacific in the
coming years, and that "the coastline now of many a land will be the
bed of the ocean. Even many of the battlefields of (1941) will be
ocean, will be the sea, the bays, the lands over which the new order
will carry on their trade as with one another."
"Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the east
coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast,
as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles,
San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be
destroyed before New York, or New York City itself, will in the main
disappear. This will be another generation though, here; while the
southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This
will be much sooner. The waters of the Great Lakes will empty into
the Gulf of Mexico."
Cayce prophesied that the Earth's axis would be shifted by the year
2001, bringing on reversals in climate, "so that where there has
been a frigid or semi-tropical climate, there will be a more
tropical one, and moss and fern will grow." By this time, he
indicated, a new cycle would begin.
Edgar Cayce's last reading on 17 September 1944, was for himself. He
was now receiving thousands of requests for assistance. His own
readings had repeatedly warned him that he should not try to
undertake more than two sessions a day. But many of the letters he
received were from mothers worried about their sons on the
battlefields, and Cayce felt he could not refuse them his aid. His
last reading told him that the time had come for him to stop working
and rest. On New Year's Day, 1945, he announced that he would be
buried on the fifth of January. He was right.
Ten years earlier, Cayce had written a brief account of his work. In
it, he said, "The life of a person endowed with such powers is not
easy. For more than forty years now I have been giving readings to
those who came seeking help. Thirty-five years ago the jeers, scorn
and laughter were even louder than today. I have faced the laughter
of ignorant crowds, the withering scorn of tabloid headlines, and
the cold smirk of self-satisfied intellectuals. But I have also
known the wordless happiness of little children who have been
helped, the gratitude of fathers and mothers and friends... I
believe that the attitude of the scientific world is gradually
changing towards these subjects."
Edgar Cayce predicted that the Great Lakes would empty into the Gulf
of Mexico in the future and that ancient repositories would be
discovered when people reached the appropriate level of
consciousness. The three repositories mentioned are Egypt, the
Bimini area, and the Yucatan.
"The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The
greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of
Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will
appear off the east coast of America. When there is the first
breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea and those as
apparent in the sinking or rising of that that's almost opposite
same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Etna area, then we many know
it has begun."
"If there are greater activities in Vesuvius or Pelee, then the
southern coast of California and the areas between Salt Lake and the
southern portions of Nevada, we may expect, within the three months
following same, inundation by the earthquakes. But these are to be
more in the Southern than the Northern Hemisphere."
"There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that
will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and
there will be the shifting then of the poles -- so that where there
has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more
tropical, and moss and fern will grow.
"As to conditions in the geography of the world, of the country --
changes here are gradually coming about. No wonder, then, that the
entity feels the need, the necessity for change of central location.
For, many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as
many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of
the U.S. In the next few years land will appear in the Atlantic as
well as in the Pacific. And what is the coast line now of many a
land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battle fields of the
present will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over
which The New World Order will carry on their trade as one with
"Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself,
will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though,
here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia -- these will
disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the lakes will
empty into the Gulf, rather than the waterway over which such
discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the
waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at
present being considered. Then the area where the entity is now
located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will be
portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the
southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while
the western land -- much of that is to be disturbed as, of course
much in other lands."
"Strifes will arise through the period. Watch for them near the Davis
Strait in the attempts there for the keeping of the life line to
land open. Watch for them in Libya and in Egypt, in Ankara and in
Syria, through the straits about those areas above Australia, in the
Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf."
It is also understood, comprehended by some that a new order of
conditions is to arise; there must be a purging in high places as
well as low; and that there must be the greater consideration of the
individual, so that each soul being his brother's keeper. Then
certain circumstances will come about in the political, the
economic, and whole relationships to which a leveling will occur or
a greater comprehension of the need for it.
"... for changes are coming, this may be sure -- an evolution or
revolution in the ideas of religious thought. The basis of it for
the world will eventually come out of Russia. Not communism, no! But
rather that which is the basis of the same as the Christ taught --
his kind of communism."
On the Sphinx
"It would be well if this entity were to seek either of the three
phases of the ways and means in which those records of the
activities of individuals were preserved -- the one in the Atlantean
land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the
place of the records that leaded from the Sphinx to the hall of
records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan
land, where the temple there is overshadowing same. (2012-1; Sep 25,
"...the entity joined with those who were active in putting the
records in forms that were partially of the old characters of the
ancient or early Egyptian, and part in the newer form of the
Atlanteans. These may be found, especially when the house or tomb of
records is opened, in a few years from now. (2537-1; Jul 17, 1941)
...[the entity] was among the first to set the records that are yet
to be discovered or yet to be had of those activities in the
Atlantean land, and for the preservation of data that is yet to be
found from the chambers of the way between the Sphinx and the
pyramid of records. (3575-2; Jan 20, 1944)"
Q: Give in detail what the sealed room contains.
A: A record of Atlantis from the beginning of those
periods when the Spirit took form, or began the encasements in that
land; and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn;
together with the record of the first destruction, and the changes
that took place in the land; with the record of the sojourning of
the peoples and their varied activities in other lands, and a record
of the meetings of all the nations or lands, for the activities in
the destruction of Atlantis; and the building of the pyramid of
initiation, together with whom, what, and where the opening of the
records would come, that are as copies from the sunken Atlantis. For
with the change, it [Atlantis] must rise again. In position, this
lies -- as the sun rises from the waters -- as the line of the
shadows (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx; that was
set later as the sentinel or guard and which may not be entered from
the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's right paw until the time
has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of
man's experience. Then [it lies] between the Sphinx and the river.
(378-16; Oct 29, 1933)"
In several of his readings, Cayce stated that the survivors of the
lost continent of Atlantis had brought with them records relating to
their earliest history. These, he said, were carefully buried in a
secret chamber somewhere near to the Great Sphinx, which stands
guard like a sentinel over the Pyramids of Giza.
A second set of
these records was taken, he said, by other survivors of the disaster
to be buried somewhere in the Yucatan area of Mexico. He also said
that a third set of records still resides in the heart of Atlantis