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On January 1, 1945, Edgar Cayce predicted he would be buried in four more days. He died of a stroke two days later.

Cayce is also credited with foreseeing the start and end of both World Wars, the Great Depression and what looks like the Great Wall Street Crash.

In a reading from 1927 Cayce forecast future medical advancements that would make an accurate diagnosis from a single drop of blood a reality - it might have sounded like science fiction at the time, but it has come true.

Granted there are some hits among his foretellings, there are also many misses (near bottom of the page).

Good News and Bad News: Introduction

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) was an American who through special Readings told humans have lived before and that human beings create karma, and also told how to behave to one's long-range benefit. He accepted astrology, taught meditation and dream interpretation, and the value of ideals. His stand on how spirit, mind and body are interrelated, apply both to holistic health work and work aiming at spiritual integration and development. He was ahead of his times in general lines in that respect.

Welcome facts

A prophesy is either coming true or it is not coming true. "Time will tell" if clear foretellings with dates in them, fail to come true, wholly or in part.

Some prophesies are so woolly that they may taken to mean "anything and less than that". But unequivocal statements that say what will happen, where and when, may not be so easily twisted and bent outside a cultish group. It is still done, though. Old people and others who have lived long enough to see whether the prophesy has failed in this world, had better tell it all - and if telling undermines false authority, it can be good for many.

So special hindsight of the type "time didn't tell" can yield precious knowledge and understanding, although very unwelcome to some. It is a bit related to "After the event we are all wise." But all folks are not wiser after presaged events that failed to come true, as shown by doomsday cults. When this and that doomsday fails, cult leaders and members twist and twirl and obscure the errors to go on. Deviations from straight dealings may appear tragicomic, but are much worse than that in some circles. To prevent "bad prophesy goings" in groups, proverbs like "Don't believe anything your hear," "Believe but make sure," and so on are typically ignored. Well, fairness is called for.

Meat on the bones:

Cayce often spoke of the Atlantis continent in the Cayce Readings. He said the size of Atlantis was equal to "that of Europe, including Asia in Europe." There had been a "good" faction and an "evil" faction of souls there, and some such souls are reincarnated. However, researchers have not been able to locate Atlantis, and geology findings offer no unequivocal clues either. [The Atlantis of Rudolf Steiner]

Ancient Egypt and biblical times frequently came up in his particular Readings too. Cayce told how old the Cheops pyramid in Egypt was, and it has proved wrong, especialy by a papyrus which was found in 2013. It details how much of the work was done in the time of Cheops (Khufi). Obviously, Cayce's sayings that the pyramid was built in 10,500 BCE - over 7000 years amiss - is too bad.

He also told of earth changes in the coming, affecting a great part of California. Besides, what he told about cataclysmic world changes before 2000 AD, has not come true either - for example that by the end of the 1900s, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco would be destroyed according to him:

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.

"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," he also said, and also that "evolution or revolution in the ideas of religious thought" [would] eventually come out of Russia.

Cayce also prophesied that the Earth's axis would be shifted by the year 2001.

The final Cayce prediction was from New Year's Day, 1945. It it, he announced that he would be buried on the fifth of January, and was right. He had a stroke attack and died on January 3, 1945, after working too hard for too long.

Score Check. Add it up yourself

  1. "Poseidia will be among the first portions of Atlantis to rise again. Expect it in sixty-eight and sixty-nine. Not so far away. - Cayce Reading 958-3. - Year by year that dating gets farther and farther away, backwards. (In Freyer 2002, 872)
  2. Atlantis size and location. - Plate tectonics disproves there was any Atlantis where the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is now.
  3. The pyramids in Egypt: Cayce said in his Reading 5748-6 that the Great Pyramid "Was one hundred years in construction . . . with Hermes and Ra" and that it happened "10,490 to 10,390 before the Prince entered into Egypt". - "In 2013, rolls of papyrus called the Diary of Merer were discovered written by some of those who delivered limestone and other construction materials from Tora to Giza." (WP, "Great Pyramid of Giza;" "Diary of Merer"). Provided the limestones went into covering the pyramid of Khefu, Cayce's dating is more than 7,000 years wrong. There is no evidence that Djehuti (Hermes) and Ra - physically - took part in building it either.
  4. Central US cities destroyed by the year 2000, etc. - Not physically.
  5. Japan into the sea. - Japan is still above the water level.
  6. The upper parts of Europe "changed as in the twinkling of an eye" - What is meant by "changed"? Changed in what ways?
  7. The Earth's axis shifted by 2001. - No, but take into account what is presently known about geomagnetic reversals WP, "Geomagnetic reversal"; "Cataclysmic pole shift hypothesis")
  8. The foretelling of his own burial five days into the future. - Spot on.

Edgar Cayce's past and future tellings are grouped in B. Ernest Frejer's The Edgar Cayce Companion: A Comprehensive Treatise of the Edgar Cayce Readings, 2002, Part X. There, many Cayce sayings are in a context.

As for many foretellings in this tiny survey, some have clearly failed to come true, and some have remarkably come true, like the blood-drop analyses (on top of the page). As for his "backtellings", Atlantis is hard to find. And present data about how the Khufu pyramid was built by organised group efforts, does not match what Cayce tells - not at all.

Then what about other tellings of his, or readings, as they are called? It is time to get cautious or remain one one's guard against great belief only. It can be good to tune it correctly to find out of things oneself, if it is feasible. Buddha teaches so. It can be great help if carried out. [Kalama Sutta]

A caveat: The farther we go - in place or time or both - the more difficult it might be to verify or falsify claims by reliable data.


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