3 - Cayce’s Time Clock

When Alaska became the forty-ninth state in 1959, it set the stage for the materialization of one of Cayce’s early earth changes, slated to occur between 1958 and 1998.

“The early portion,” Cayce had said, “will see a change in the physical aspect of the west coast of America”—and that certainly happened in 1964, with the continent’s worst quake ever.

Repercussions of that quake are still being felt, for as Current Science, a weekly science report, pointed out, the quake shifted mountains an average of five feet, lifted the sea floor as much as fifty feet, and raised the entire continent of North America a half an inch.


Its shock impact was even greater perhaps than Cayce had considered.

 “Tides surged eight feet higher than usual along coasts three thousand miles away. In Iran, the solid land rose and fell like a wave when earthquake waves passed through.”

Actually, the Alaskan quake was only the most dramatic in a series of drastic earth changes presaging far more sweeping destruction visualized for later this century. Cayce also saw dramatic risings and sinkings in the Mediterranean, as a prelude to catastrophe elsewhere, and the eastern basin of Mare Nostrum has briefly subsided, while the sea floor off Morocco spectacularly shot up 3300 feet.


Already, new land has materialized in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, as Cayce foresaw more than twenty years ago, and the most specific forecast on his time clock—a dramatic land rise where Atlantis once supposedly stood—may be just around the corner, if the Cayce time clock is on schedule. Psychics traditionally have foggy notions about time, even in otherwise precise predictions, but Cayce definitely fixed 1968 or 1969, for new land to appear in the Caribbean.


Clockwise, great interest centers on the predicted destruction in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York with Cayce intimating this would begin in the latter portion of the 58-‘98 period. While he put the California cataclysm before the devastation of Manhattan and coastal areas of Connecting cut and New England, he made no distinction between Los Angeles and its sister city to the north, ruined by a quake sixty years ago.

In the Pacific, the tempo of subterranean rumblings appears to be stepping up along the Ring of Fire, in a wide arc from the Orient to the Western Hemisphere, just as Cayce said it would before the greater destruction. And in the Mediterranean area again, as a forerunner of havoc elsewhere, Etna has come dramatically alive.

In this dynamic forty years, Cayce also visualized parts of Japan sliding into the sea and cataclysmic changes in Northern Europe, both possible if present geological trends were to accelerate.


As for Japan going into the sea, a crack geologist reported that,

“one volcanic area in Honshu has experienced 87,000 recordable quakes in a six-month period in 1965-66, with eight thousand of these strong enough to be felt.”

And the Japanese geologist, Nobichiko Obara, reports that the Japanese archipelago has been steadily sinking into the sea.

Cayce predicted, too, that the Great Lakes would one day empty into the Gulf of Mexico, rather than the St. Lawrence, and the same expert geologist, studying Cayce, tied in disturbances to the Middle West with predicted inundations in the Carolinas and Georgia.


There had been a sharp crusta break once before in the Midwest, in Missouri, in 1811, possibly repeating in the 1970s or so, together with an uplift north of the Great Lakes.

“This area is tilting slowly, anyway,” the Geologist noted, “and need only accelerate to shift the flow from the Si Lawrence to the Mississippi by way of the Chicago River.”

Oddly, Cayce saw not 1958, nor even ‘78 or ‘98, as the most critical date on his calendar. He singled out 1936 as the key year in the world-wide power struggle, and as the year in which great changes would begin unnoticed within the earth’s core with the shifting of the polar axis.


Asked in February of 1932, to,

“forecast the principal events for the next fifty years affecting the welfare of the human race,” he had replied: “This had best be cast after the great catastrophe that’s coming to the world in ‘36 [1936] in the form of breaking up of many powers that now exist as factors in world affairs.”

There was more about international affairs.

“Will Italy adopt a more liberal form of government in the near future?” he was asked.


“Italy, too,” he replied, “will be broken by what now is an insignificant or smaller power between those of the larger or those of the moment that are larger. These will not come, however, before the catastrophe of outside forces to the earth in 1936, from the shifting of the equilibrium of the earth itself in space, with those consequential effects on various portions of the world.”


“What will be the type and extent of the upheaval in 1936?”

Cayce was asked.

“The wars, the upheavals in the interior of the earth, and the shifting of the earth by the change in the axis as respecting the portions from the polaris center.”

Looking back, 1936 was indeed a critical year—the League of Nations and collective security shattered, civil war in Spain, a dress rehearsal for a still bloodier engagement; Italy dyspeptic over Abyssinia; Hitler marching ominously into the Rhineland.

But the Cayce reference to a physical change within the earth itself far overshadowed any other forecast. Was this to be the agency of destruction foreseen for the predicted upheaval—the destruction of nearly all of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the disappearance of hunks of Japan, and of northern Europe in the twinkling of an eye? As it might happen again, it may have all happened before in a planet undergoing cataclysmic changes for millions of years.


The Frenchman, Georges Cuvier, father of modern paleontology, theorized that the dinosaurs of the distant past had disappeared because of spontaneous catastrophes, since almost perfectly preserved bodies of woolly mammoths have been found quick-frozen with their last meals still in their mouths.


Cayce and Cuvier were dramatically alike.

“According to Cuvier,” the Geologist said, “one major source of catastrophism was the tilting of the earth, its drastic upheavals creating oceans where there was once dry land, and dry land where i there was sea.”

In this concept, as opposed to the theory of slow change, the first breakups would come where the earth crust was weakest, the so-called Ring of Fire which forms an arc of volcanoes ringing the Pacific in New Zealand, the. Philippines, Japan, the Aleutians, Mexico, Chile.

It had happened before, the scientists say.

“In the deepest ocean trenches, water is forced down into the crust through earthquake faults, creating pressure changes resulting in violent eruptions. Man has obviously lived through such upheavals, with resulting climatic changes, but not since he was able to make a written record of the event.”

As time went on, the axis tilt would impart a slight wobble to the spinning earth, the Geologist noted, and the shifting momentum would cause the globe | to alter its shape as it adjusted to a newly angled course.

And where would the earth give first?


Obviously, if Cayce was correct, in the hot, plastic mantle of the earth, which was capable of movement hundreds of miles under the crust of the earth. The Geologist’s map showed different levels for crust, mantle, and the intensely hot inner core.

“Even a small shift in the axis would have serious consequences to the crust,” he said gravely. “Consider what would happen if the Atlantic seaboard were lowered only thirty feet—a relative trifle if a downward current affected the plastic mantle. Most eastern seaports would be flooded and large sections of the Carolinas. Georgia and Florida would come under water.”

If the earth’s axis shifted in 1936, why hadn’t catastrophic changes reflected themselves thirty years later?

The Geologist smiled wryly.

“Some may have begun within the core of the earth. Essentially, there is a natural lag in the effect of the earth’s disequilibrium. Upheavals in the mantle would begin slowly, but gradually build up until they caused an actual shifting of the poles.”

Exactly how earthshaking were Cayce’s earth-shaking prophecies?


They were certainly more credible than the H. G. Wells’ stories a generation ago of death rays, atomic warfare, and men in space, certainly no stranger than stories passing for news in the press of the world. Curiously, one of the most provocative headlines was from a press report of May 1958, Cayce’s year for the onset of worldwide catastrophe: OCEANS MAY GULP NEW YORK, LONDON.


The story, by David Dietz, a science editor, reported:

“New York, London, Paris and some other great cities may eventually disappear from the face of the earth, even though the nations succeed in avoiding World War II. It is possible that one day they will be submerged beneath the oceans of the world.”

The writer attributed his rather startling report, not to some sleeping clairvoyant, but to hardheaded International Geophysical Year scientists working together to trace the world’s physical past and future.


An axis tilt, reversing the global seasons, could do it,

“The level of the oceans would rise sufficiently to inundate many coastal cities and many large areas whose altitudes are not great, if the ice caps of Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland melted. Such melting would result in time from a rise in the world’s climate. The question, therefore, is whether or not the world’s climate is changing.”

Although the earth’s inner core may have been churning since 1936, not until 1958 were there to be signs of drastic change.


One of the first Cayce prophecies, pointing up this period, came in January 1934 and embraced several continents:

“As to the changes physical again: 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.”

Cayce spoke of upheavals in the Arctic and Antarctic, and volcanic eruptions in the Torrid areas as a prelude to a polar shift with a striking reversal of global climates. Already, the Geologist noted a sharp increase in volcanic activity in the Torrid area.

“It has been gathering momentum in the Hawaiians since 1958. There was a violent eruption on Bali in 1963, a new volcano is being built over the shattered remains of Krakatoa [blown apart in 1883], and the Mount Irazu volcano near San Jose, Costa Rico, has been erupting continuously for more than a year.”

With Cayce’s prognosticated time clock of forty years came a prediction that some have loosely interpreted as foreshadowing a Second Coming.

“And these [changes] will begin in those periods in ‘58 to ‘98, when these will be proclaimed as period when His Light will be seen again in the clouds.”

Meanwhile, a literal reading of Cayce, always advisable, doesn’t put the end of the predicted changes in this forty-year period—only the beginning! But, as noted, already there has been a beginning of the beginning. The earth has been broken up in western America, government geologists referring to the Alaska quake on Good Friday, 1964, as the greatest ever in North America, with a seismograph rating of 8.4, against the 8.2 that wrecked San Francisco sixty years ago.


Fortunately, scores of tremors hit broad uninhabited expanses of land. Even so, many villages were wiped off the map, parts of Anchorage were destroyed, great hunks of land sunk and others rose. Even streams and lakes were affected.

The Copper River got twisted around, and started running backwards, up. stream. Uninhabited Montague Island in Prince William Sound, fifty miles long and fifteen wide, was thrust upwards thirty-three feet, along with other land masses from the Alaskan mainland near Cordova to Middleton Island and the continental shelf southeast of Kodiak Island.


On Montague Island, a government geological team could walk where twenty-foot depths of seawater normally flowed even at low tides. Far from the center of the quake, thirty thousand square miles of land sank up to six feet, against some fifty thousand square miles involved in a more spectacular rise of thirty to fifty feet. Since Cayce’s death, there has been striking support for his picture of an earth turned upside down by the shifting poles. Every million years or so, some scientists report, the earth’s magnetic field, triggered by its fluid, metallic core, reverses itself during a brief geologic interlude of ten thousand years. And we may be at this moment of history right now, the Geologist points out.


In 1963, a U. S. Geological Survey team estimated that the last such reversal had been concluded some 980,000 years ago.

“By studying lava formations, whose magnetized iron-bearing minerals duplicate the earth’s magnetic field, they were able,” the Geologist noted, “to determine where the north magnetic pole was at that time, testing rock formations from the prehistoric lava flows of Mount Etna and Hawaii.”

The Geologist had done pretty much the same thing. Studying Cayce, it became apparent to the Geologist that there was a pattern to the foreseen changes. Cayce frequently mentioned quakes, volcanic eruptions, floods. Though he never referred to nuclear destruction, he did say that man could destroy himself as he had in Atlantis. Man could touch it off and Nature do the rest. Cayce was often asked to specify when the various breakups would occur, but he rarely gave more than hints, except to refer occasionally to 1958-98 as the key period when the axis tilt would make itself felt around the world.


Instead of dates, he gave clues, when asked, as in 1932:

“How soon will the changes in the earth’s activity begin to be apparent?”


“When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea [that’s South Pacific, to be sure] 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 may know it has begun.”


“How long before this will begin?” the questioner pursued.

“The indications are that some of these have already begun, yet others would say these are only temporary. We would say they have begun.”

And so devotees of Cayce looked with mixed feelings for signs of activity in the Mediterranean area, particularly Etna, after 1958. They found it In July of 1960, the Associated Press reported a new resurgence within the volcano peak.

“Villagers at the foot of the volcano said the force of the blast was unprecedented in their memory, and persons twenty-five miles away said it had the force of an atom bomb.”

And Etna keeps erupting with increasing violence. In February of 1964, the press again reported,

“The most violent eruption of Mount Etna in years sent a river of lava streaming down its seaward slope.”

Sinkings in the Mediterranean were first spotted in 1959, with drops of several feet around Greece. In 1960 there was a truly momentous “sinking and rising” in the Mediterranean, as a devastating quake razed most of Agadir, Morocco’s southernmost port, killing twelve thousand people. A giant tidal wave poured in and the sea floor rose an amazing thirty-three-hundred feet in places.


The geologist Tillosson noted the drastic changes In the water depths.

“In one case,” he reported, “the depth was found to be forty-five feet, where previously charted at forty-five hundred feet.”

There were other upsets in the Mediterranean bashi. Lesser quakes rocked southern Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey. The city of Skopje in Yugoslavia was laid in ruins. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, quakes shook Japan, Hawaii, the Philippines, and the Aleutian trench. Things seemed to be building up.


As for the risings, there was a supplementary note in the New York Times:

“Soviet Academy of Sciences reported research which indicates Italian scientists discovered that Mount Etna is twenty-five feet higher since its last eruption.”

When Vesuvius stirred mildly recently, some felt the critical period of the Cayce earth changes had really arrived, “if there are greater activities in the Vesuvius or Pelee,” Cayce said,

“then the southern coast of California—and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada—may expect within the three months following same an inundation by the earthquakes. But these are to be more in the southern than the northern hemisphere.”

With an air of brooding expectation, Cayce cultists waited. But had they read Cayce closely, they would have realized their forebodings were in vain. For in the “greater activity,” Cayce had indicated rather clearly, as researchers noted at the time, that there would have to be other, greater Vesuvius eruptions, before the stage was set for the rest of the prophecy to unfold. “Cayce saw things in a pattern,” the Geologist explained.

“Vesuvius in the last analysis will have to blow off big in the present period—‘58 on—to relate to the predicted activity. And Mount Pelee in Martinique hasn’t been heard from since 1902.”

In some respects, Cayce appears to be strangely conservative. For, as geologists have pointed out even more freely than Cayce, one of his most provocative forecasts can occur at any moment: namely, great destruction in California—San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. On television one day recently, a member of the U. S. Geodetic Survey, discussing earthquakes in California, described the prominent San Andreas earth fault, and the communities built up around its precarious length.


California’s next devastating quake, he said, could come in twenty, fifty or a hundred years, or even as he was making his telecast. It could be a giant-size holocaust For his part, Cayce saw the California disaster in the “latter portion” of the ‘58-‘98 span, presumably not before 1978 or ‘80. Only time would tell. The Geologist, trained in California, was alert to California’s cumulatively building up stresses internally. His familiarity with studies by geologists at the California Institute of Technology bolstered his faith in geology—and Cayce.

“Most geologists,” reported expert Clarence R. Allen in 1961, Could not be surprised at a great earthquake along the fault’s central or southern portion within the next twenty-five years. Certainly, the segment of the fault near Hollister and San Bernardine now appears far more dangerous than the segment of the fault near San Francisco which broke in 1906.”

Earthquakes seemed indigenous to California, three major tremblers within a generation rocking Long Beach, Arvin, and El Centro. It was more difficult to credit the Cayce predictions of destruction elsewhere.


For Instance:

“The greater change, as we will find in America, will be the North Atlantic seaboard. Watch New York, Connecticut and the like.”
“When will this be?” Cayce was asked.
“In this period [’58 to ‘98].

As to just when ...

” Cayce’s voice trailed off. While quakes in this area seemed rather unlikely, the Geologist said they were quite possible, geologically. “It isn’t generally known but there is an earth fault running down from Maine through the Boston area to New York and Philadelphia. Even so, quakes can occur where there are no known faults.”

He picked up a Life magazine report on the Alaskan earthquake, and read solemnly:

“Earthquakes are not restricted to recognized earthquake zones. They can happen anywhere. Seismologist L. Don Leet of Harvard is particularly concerned about the seismic future of eastern North America. There has been increased seismic activity in eastern Canada, New England, and New York in recent years. Though this does not worry most seismologists, in Leet’s view a big quake may very well hit at some unpredictable spot before the century is over.”

By coincidence perhaps, the year 1958 seemed to touch off a chain of unusual events within the earth. An earthquake where there had never before been earthquakes was detected in 1959, the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey reported, in the northern Magellan Strait near the southernmost tip of South America. In 1960, the southern part of Chile was shaken by a series of massive quakes, others rocked the continent all the way north to Colombia and Peru. Two hundred earth tremors a month have been recorded in the Peruvian Andes recently.

The Chile quake was particularly ominous, the Geologist pointed out There were four severe shocks on the first day, then a shock of great magnitude—8.5—surpassing even the Alaska tremblor of 8.4. According to a report by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, “the sequence of shocks in Chile was more than equivalent to all the destructive earthquakes in California during the past sixty years.” The tidal effects were noted throughout the Pacific Ocean, and life lost as far away as Japan from resulting inundations.

Some changes have been taking place in the Greenland area, amid reports that the climate is actually getting balmy for that part of the world.

“Recent measurements of crustal upwarping in the Canadian Arctic, Spitzenberg, and Greenland,” the Geologist observed, “show relatively rapid rates of uplift due to unloading by recently vanished ice masses. In the last six thousand years, because of these meltings, the oceans have risen roughly twenty feet, according to Francis Shepard of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It wouldn’t take much acceleration of this thawing process to flood low points in southeastern coastal areas of the United States; it has already brought about land rises in the Atlantic, as parts of Scandinavia, Labrador, and Newfoundland, once held down by glaciers, are bobbing up like a life-preserver released by a strong hand.”

Except for the hint Cayce himself gave, there seems little clue to the timing of the prophesied destruction in California and New York. If Cayce is right about Los Angeles and California, New Yorkers can then govern themselves accordingly, particularly if they dwell on Manhattan. Cayce indicated the changes were to build up gradually, though there is obviously nothing gradual about upper Europe being changed “as in the twinkling of an eye.”


As he noted more than once,

“Many portions of the East Coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the West Coast, and the central portions of the United States.”

But it would not happen all at once.

“In the next few years,” he said in 1941, “lands 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 of the battlefields of the present will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over which the new order will carry on their trade as one with another. 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, while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner.”

One Cayce forecast wasn’t long in fulfillment. In the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific, due west of Ecuador, in 1944, a four-mile stretch of seabed suddenly heaved up forming a new land rise. In 1957, a volcanic island thrust itself up near the Azores before sinking again as Atlantis presumably did, and an Atlantic island rising off Iceland in 1963 is a reminder that a minor Cayce prophecy has materialized.


In 1960, new land rose again in the Pacific.

“An island more than a mile long, one hundred yards wide and 125 feet high at some points has emerged from the Pacific off Ecuador,” the New York Times reported. “Two witnesses to the island’s birth said it was heralded by trembling of the earth and underground noises.”

Cayce picked out some points of safety, including the place where he chose, psychically, to live with his family.

“Then the area where the entity [tide subject] is now located in 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.”

Obviously, great earth changes were nothing new. As the Geologist pointed out, mountains rose and fell with the great glaciers, and even in recorded history there have been drastic changes in the earth’s crust Cayce several times referred to destruction on both coasts, almost as though he was issuing a warning. In September 1942 a New York businessman, worried about enemy bombings, had asked in what must certainly be the epitome of self-engrossment,

“Is the present location of business safe until expiration of the lease [in January 1943]?”

Cayce saw no immediate upheaval. “After that period, change to other environs, these on the mainland, not on Manhattan Island.” His suggestion might have been interpreted as merely advice to free one of big-city tension, except for the cryptic reference to the mainland. “Should the danger of bombing or other upheaval be given any consideration in making this decision?” the careful merchant asked.

“Not for the present,” Cayce replied.

The mechanism for destruction was again not even hinted at. The New York metropolitan area’s only noticeable quake had occurred on Long Island back in 1884, causing some damage, but nothing on the scale visualized by the sleeping prophet.

His prediction of Atlantis rising will of course be his first major test, but he promised further Atlantean revelations.

“Yet, as time draws nigh when changes are to come about, there may be the opening of those three places where the records are one, to those that are initiates in the knowledge of the one God. The temple [on Atlantis] will rise again; also there will be the opening of the temple of records in Egypt, and those records that were put in the heart of the Atlantean land may also be found there. The records are one.”

For the Geologist there was nothing inconsistent about Cayce’s prospective land rises.

“Presumably such uplift in the Atlantic,” he observed, “would be compensated for by sinking of adjacent land areas [like the portions of Carolina and Georgia].”

The Geodetic Survey has shown a land subsidence of four inches in the Savannah, Georgia, area, chiefly since 1933, insignificant in itself, without acceleration. In the Pacific’s so-called Ring of Fire, where the earth crust is most sensitive, sub-surface activity seems to be reaching an ominous crescendo.


In the Kermadec Island group, six hundred miles northeast of New Zealand, Sunday Island had a bizarre geological experience after being hit by a series of tremors in November 1964. When a crater erupted, steam, rocks, and mud were flung 2500 feet into the sky. The water level in a fresh lake rose fifty feet, and its temperature soared from a normal forty degrees to over two hundred. The water level in surrounding Denham Bay rose a hundred feet, as gas bubbles frothed to the surface.

Cayce’s earth-shaking predictions often came during readings for people concerned only with their own immediate problems. Usually, he gauged his predictions to the individual’s lifetime, but even so it was difficult to pinpoint the chronology he had in mind. Reading for a twenty-seven-year-old woman early in 1944, he said,

 “Changes are due in the earth through the period of the entity’s sojourn.”

Again, for a woman, fifty-one, in 1943, he put the approaching breakups in the next generation, comparing them in destructive intensity to the havoc in Atlantis.

“Before that, the entity was in Atlantis when there were the periods of the first upheavals and the destructions that came to the land, as must in the next generation come to other lands.”

In still another reading, in August, 1936, Cayce indicated that by the year 2000 a new cycle would be in full swing. Apparently concerned that the ‘58 to ‘98 cycle would destroy civilization, as we know it, a millennium-minded individual had asked,

 “What great change or the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the earth in the year 2000 to 2001 A.D.?”

With Cayce’s axis change in effect for some sixty years by then, the seer saw at this time a resulting shifting of the poles, “When there is a shifting of the poles, or a new cycle begins.” That was for the year 2000 A.D.

Postulating that the Cayce predictions were accurate, the Geologist weaved together a prophetic pattern of his own. Twice at least Cayce had warned about lean days ahead.

“Anyone,” he said once, “who can buy a farm is fortunate, and buy it if you don’t want to grow hungry in days to come.” Again, in 1943: “The hardships for this country have not yet begun, so far as the supply and demand for foods is concerned.”

As these forecasts, still unfulfilled, had no time tag, the Geologist projected these predictions to others that might affect them.

“If the southern portions of the Carolinas and Georgia sink beneath the sea,” the Geologist theorized, “this would cut off rail and truck traffic to Florida; meanwhile, breakups in California, which accounts for 30 percent of the fresh-vegetable production, would interrupt food transport to the rest of the United States. The two states, together, control the citrus market, and Florida, additionally, is second in beef.”

As an inveterate Bible reader, Cayce drew on the Book as a source of prophetic inspiration, but his scripture-like forecasts were as cryptic as those in Daniel and Revelation:

“These changes on earth will come to pass, for the tune and times and a half times are at an end, and there begin those periods for the readjustments. For how hath He given? ‘The righteous [the meek] shall inherit the earth.” Hast thou, my brethren, a heritage in the earth?”

Frequently, he was asked, “How should we regard those changes that do come about?” His answer again smacked of Scripture.

“What is needed most in the earth today? That the sons of man be warned that the day of the Lord is near at hand, and that those who are unfaithful must meet themselves in those things which come to pass in their experience.”

And what boded “the day of the Lord is near at hand?”

“That as has been promised through the prophets and the sages of old, the tune and half-time, has been and is being fulfilled in this day and generation, and that soon there will again appear in the earth that One through whom many will be called to meet those preparing the way for His day in the earth.”

And when would this implied Second Coming materialize?

“When those that are his have made the way clear for him. Don’t think there will not be trouble, but those who put their trust wholly in the Lord will not come up missing, but will find conditions, someway and somehow, much to be thankful for.”

To be in harmony with Cayce—and his tune clock—one must obviously be as optimistic as he. It certainly would be incongruous to move about, as some may, to avoid the long arm of destiny. And if Cayce is right, and the Bible—as we profess to believe—life is of the spirit, anyway.


There is little doubt about Cayce’s optimism. In 1943, he heralded the dawn of a new age—Atomic, Space, or Spiritual—beginning with the Axis defeat.

“When those that have gradually forgotten God entirely have been eliminated, and there has come, and will come at the close of this next year, the period when there will be no part of the globe where man has not had the opportunity to hear, ‘The Lord, He is God,’ and when this period has been accomplished [when God’s word is supreme], the new era, the new age, is to begin.”

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the world is either at the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end. According to Cayce, the choice is its own.

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4 - Checking Him Out

“It’s absurd,” the Geologist said, “the way some geologists insist that nothing happened in the past, unless it was part of a process that we can directly observe.” He made a face. “In other words, since we do not at the moment observe a continent sinking rapidly into the sea, then we cannot assume that any did in the past.”

He looked at me rather grimly. “What rubbish.” He had been brought up, geologically speaking, in the world of uniformitarianism, which apparently overlooked the fact that there may have been a pattern of catastrophe in the pre-historical past. As the head of geology in a major university, he had himself believed and taught uniformitarianism, until he began to check into the earth changes of the mystic Cayce, and they showed every sign of checking out.

The deeper he delved into Cayce, the more he rebelled at a concept that didn’t look beyond its geological nose. And so he quietly withdrew from his university post, no longer able to teach what didn’t seem to tally with the new evidence that he was accumulating. Other geologists, knowing nothing about Cayce, were beginning to share similar views of the world’s catastrophic past, and a possibly catastrophic future, but since he was now oriented in Cayce, he clung to his anonymity, thinking his professional status—and influence—would be jeopardized by open conversion to Cayceism.

What intrigued him about Cayce was his universality, his concept of the universe as a place of infinite possibilities, rather than a meaningless system of flying masses of matter.


Even in predicting catastrophe, Cayce was not a catastrophist.

“In his visualized destruction of Atlantis, he said very clearly that man’s misuse of natural forces was the cause of the first catastrophe and that man’s going against Divine Law had an effect on natural processes. Actually, this was a message of hope, since it countered a purely materialistic interpretation of the Universe.”

It had helped the Geologist in his own approach to life.

“Cayce tied everything in together, the spiritual and material, and this was especially meaningful because seven years of college and graduate school had almost brainwashed me to the point of believing in the mechanistic interpretation of life—that is, we come from matter, live a while, and then die, disintegrating completely in death.”

Originally, he had been attracted to the Cayce readings, learning that Cayce had attributed history’s Great Flood to the sinking of the last great remnants of Atlantis, and not alone to the melting icecaps of the frozen north. He had already considered this possibility from more tangible evidence of ancient ocean sediments.


Therefore, Cayce’s Atlantis readings found him only slightly incredulous. But even as he looked into Atlantis, the scientist in him realized he would have to check out Cayce on something tangibly at hand. He happened on two readings capable of verification from old records. Imminent earthquakes had been foreseen in each reading, while one additionally described unusual storms a few months hence. Though it was now many years later, the Geologist shot down to Washington, to the Seismology Division of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, to prove or disprove what Cayce had forecast.

The first reading had been for a man concerned about the prospects of earthquakes in his home town.

“Will San Francisco suffer from such a catastrophe this year? If so, give date, time, and information for the guidance of this body, who has personal property, records, and a wife, for all of which it wishes safety.”

Here was motivation indeed.

This question had been asked on January 21, 1936, three years after a quake had been felt generally through the San Francisco Bay area. The Geologist duly noted Cayce’s answer:

“We do not find that this particular district [San Francisco] in the present year will suffer the great material damages that have been experienced heretofore. While portions of the country will be affected, we find that these will be farther east than San Francisco, or those south, where there has not been heretofore the greater activity.”

The young man in the Seismology office was helpful. He produced a booklet entitled, Stronger Earthquakes of California and Western Nevada. Eagerly, the Geologist thumbed its pages, finding only one quake for 1936, and that on May 10, at Bishop, California. The quake was felt in east-central California and Nevada.

“Bishop,” the Geologist recognized with a tiny thrill, “was east of San Francisco, and somewhat south of it”

Encouraged by this check-out, the Geologist moved on to the U. S. Weather Bureau to see if a more complicated reading would hold up. Could Cayce foresee windstorms as well as earthquakes? In August of 1926, a man interested in grain futures had asked about weather conditions in the ensuing months.


Cayce’s reply was highly suggestive as to planetary influences on storms and quakes.

“Jupiter and Uranus influence in the affairs of the world appear the strongest on or about October 15 or 20,” Cayce said, “when there may be expected violent wind storms—two earthquakes, one in California, another in Japan—tidal waves following, one to the southern portion on the isles near Japan.”

Now snooting over to the Weather Bureau library in Suit-land, Maryland, the Geologist checked the Monthly Weather Review for October 1926. He quickly came to what he was looking for:

“October was an exceptionally stormy month. In the vicinity of the Kuril Islands [near Japan], the westerly winds increased to hurricane force on October 14 and 15.”

He turned back to his seismological records.

“On October 22, California was shaken by three tremblers, quakes hit Japan on October 19 and 20.”

Cayce couldn’t have been more right.

The Geologist was hooked. Reading on in Cayce, he was tantalized by a reference to the early habitation of the earth by souls in human-like bodies. Cayce put this over ten million years ago, a figure ten times too high, in view of prevailing scientific opinion. However, the Geologist stumbled across Professor de Terra’s erudite study of fossil fragments in Tuscany, Italy, which concluded that human-like creatures [hominids] had lived there as early as ‘the lower Pliocene or Miocene’ period, ten to eleven million years ago. Cayce was again in good company. The study of polar shift, as a factor in drastic earth changes in the past, was gaining support in geological circles, twenty years after Cayce’s forecast of a gradual change in the axis.


The Cayce statement that “the polar regions were once turned to where they occupied more of the tropical and semi-tropical regions” touched off the Geologist’s own studies of the ‘magnetic grain’ in ancient rocks, revealing to his satisfaction that uniformitarianism “could be what you want to make of it, catastrophic or gradual change.”


Atlantis was of special interest to the Geologist, since it apparently straddled past, present and future. Land on the continental shelf of the Eastern United States had been rising for years, and an additional twenty to thirty foot thrust, the Geologist pointed out, would produce hundreds of square miles of new land in the Caribbean alone.

“With the exception of parts of the Bahamas,” he noted, “the readings placed the submerged empire seaward of the continental slopes, those precipitous features of the earth’s morphology that represent the boundary between continents and ocean basins.”

How could science dismiss Atlantis because the ocean floor revealed little of a lost culture, when it was patently impossible for significant artifacts to have survived the slime and corrosion of centuries?

“Certainly, if Atlantis foundered 17,000 and again 10,000 years ago, as the Cayce readings suggested, the resulting upheaval would have covered the ancient land surface with reworked sediment and debris. The relatively short coring tools used by marine geologists could hardly penetrate to recognizable remains of the Lost Continent. As for Atlantean mountain peaks in the region of the Bahamas—Cayce’s ‘highest portion left above the waves of a once great continent’—these would have been completely covered with coral sediments laid down during ten thousand years of rising sea levels, brought about by the continually melting glaciers.”

In his own way, the Geologist tried to check out the size of Atlantis, given in the readings as equal to “that of Europe, including Asia in Europe—not Asia, but Asia in Europe.” He mapped out an area similar to that described by Cayce, and jig-sawed it into the North Atlantic basin. The eastern part fit snugly over the Azores, and the northwest boundary was at the edge of the Grand Banks, and the southwesterly roughly parallel to the Atlantic slope.


Bermuda fell within the projected mass. This was a puzzler because there was evidence, geologically, that Bermuda was a rather ancient formation. But the first breakup 17,000 years ago was of such cataclysmic proportions that it would be reasonable, he surmised, to expect a volcanic mountain or two to be thrust up at the time. This could have been Bermuda.


There was one,

“leading scientific interpretation suggesting that the ancient soils of Bermuda could have been formed within the Atlantean breakup period.”

Atlantis posed a number of problems. To accept Atlantis, he would have to accept the whole fabric of the Cayce story, of a race technically superior that gradually brought on its own destruction through greed, and immorality. I found the Geologist’s interest in a mythical continent rather surprising.

“Just because Cayce was right in his health readings, doesn’t mean he was right about Atlantis,” I pointed out. “In order to motivate him successfully, somebody with a need had to request a reading, or he seemed to have trouble functioning.”

“That was only in the beginning,” the Geologist rejoined, “before Cayce realized his own potentiality. However, I certainly wouldn’t have accepted Cayce if Atlantis was all there was to go on.”

He found some reassurance in the findings of the International Geophysical Year, as the seismologists, meteorologists, geologists, and other scholars of the IGY got around to presenting them a picture of an earth in constant change.

With acute professional interest he examined an article in Life magazine, in November 1960, entitled ‘The New Portrait of Our Planet.” For a Cayce fan, it was an old story. But still, as a scientist, the Geologist was always seeking confirmation of what he already felt was true. With some interest, he noted the heading in Life:

“Science charts the structure of not-so-solid earth.” Then: “Well-known places, apparently rooted with comfortable firmness, now seem to face uncertain futures. California, for example, may be gradually splitting away from the rest of the continental U.S. as part of a great shifting of the Pacific floor. The Hawaiian Islands, surrounded by a deep moat, seem to be slowly sinking into the ocean. Scientists observed Hawaii in the throes of massive palpitations, moving up and down four inches a day under the moon’s gravitational pull. New land appears to be rising in the Red Sea, in the Caribbean, and in the Gulf of California.”

As he scanned the report, the Geologist realized he had read something like it before, and he knew exactly where. He turned to a reading given by Cayce back in 1934. It discussed certain changes that the late mystic foresaw for the period from 1958 to 1998.


A scientific report couldn’t have been more explicit:

“The earth will be broken up in many places. The early portion [of the forty-year period] will see a change in the physical aspect of the west coast of America. There will appear open waters in the northern portions of Greenland.

There will be seen new lands off the Caribbean Sea, and dry land will appear ... South America will be shaken from the uppermost portion to the end; and in the Antarctic off Tierra del Fuego will be land, and a strait with rushing waters.”

Already, there were signs, the Geologist pointed out of earth tremors of the type that turn up new land rises, stirring up underwater volcanic upsurges of sufficient strength to form islands.


From his file, the Geologist took out a seismological report from Science Service, dealing with developments in the southern tip of South America.

“An earthquake, where there have never before been earthquakes, has been detected,” I read. “A large quake took place recently [1959] in the northern Magellan Strait”

The U.S. Coast and Geodetic survey reported that twelve stations recorded the quake. It was a deep one and quite strong, running well over 7 on the seismograph scale, a significant quake considering that an 8.2 tremor virtually destroyed San Francisco in 1906.

The Life report was studded with parallels to the Cayce readings of many years before. For instance, in the captions for the Life map of the North Pacific ocean basin, the Geologist noted with satisfaction:

“A feature akin to the mid-Atlantic [submarine] ridge is the newly charted East Pacific rise which extends along the west coast of the Americas and may underlie California.”

The Geologist saw here striking confirmation of the Cayce readings which pertain to the Lost Continent of Lemuria, a sort of Pacific version of Atlantis, which Cayce readings put in the southern and eastern-central Pacific.


The Cayce reading, in 1934, was quite specific.

“And when there came hearsay, in which it was told those portions of the land were discovered from what was left of Lemuria, in what is now lower California and portions of the valleys of death [Death Valley], the entity journeyed there to see and to know.”

The Geologist saw more evidence of Lemuria, and Atlantis too, in a descriptive report of the floor of the South Pacific ocean, though the scientists themselves were not as imaginative:

“In the South Pacific, the 3000-mile-wide East Pacific Rise loops from South America around Australia toward the Indian Ocean to join the mid-Atlantic Ridge, making up a 40 000-mile-long, world-circling submarine range. Summits of the rise lie 10,000 feet below sea level except where they rear up into the Galapagos and Easter Island. IGY found the amount of heat radiating from the crust of the rise near Easter Island is seven times greater than heat flow elsewhere on the earth’s surface, leading to a surmise that the rise is welling up with molten rock from the planet’s depths and may some day be dry land.”

It was more than surmise to a Geologist oriented to Cayce, and it almost seemed that the expert on Cayce earth changes welcomed validating signs of a coming crackup, though certainly not unmindful of the lives, including his own, that might be lost.


For his face became solemn as he turned again to Life’s report on IGY prospects:

“These shiftings, crackings, upwellings, and volcanic explosions are nearly always accompanied by gigantic heavings of the crust that create mountains. During most of its history, the earth has been fairly quiescent But on about a dozen relatively brief occasions, violent mountain building has taken place. The whole of man’s time on earth has been spent within such a period, which is still going on. According to some recent opinions, this restless activity is now stepping up.”

As part of the restless step up that he saw, Cayce, in 1934, had foretold crustal upheavals near the two polar points, as a warning of greater upheavals in the critical 1958-98 period:

“There will be upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid area; and there will be then the shifting of the poles, so that where there has been a frigid or semitropical climate there will be a more tropical one, and moss and fern will grow.”

The Geologist thumbed through his files, pulling out, finally, an article from the good, gray New York Times. It was dated January 3,1961, and headed: Antarctic Hears of a Second Volcano. The dispatch was from the other side of the globe, Christchurch, New Zealand, and could very well be, the Geologist considered, a precursor of much bigger things.


He read from the clipping with gusto.

“It appears that Antarctica has two active volcanoes, not just one, according to a shortwave radio report received here. Plumes of steam were said to be seen issuing from a crater atop 10,148-foot Mt. Terror, thirty air miles from the U.S. main Antarctic base at McMurdo Sound. Previously the only active volcano known on the Antarctic Continent was Mt. Erebus, also on Ross Island, about eighteen miles from Mt. Terror.”

And in the Arctic, in 1963, a volcanic island abruptly appeared off Iceland, in the Westerman group.

As part of the geological speedup, the sleeping Cayce foresaw certain symptomatic activity in not only the South Pacific but the Mediterranean area—risings, sinkings, volcanic eruptions, quakes. Now, even more than the South Pacific, the Mediterranean has come strangely alive, almost as though trying to attract notice as a harbinger of Cayce forecasts for other fronts. In June of 1959, the Geologist was intrigued by the reports of unexplained sinkings in the Mediterranean.


There was a glint in his eyes as he read from a clipping of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

“The water level in Greek harbors has been dropping recently,” the Geologist began, “but scientists have been unable to explain why.”

It was quite a drop off, exposing several shelves of the great inland sea, and noticeably affecting coastal shipping.

“The drop, which in many places exceeded three feet, first was noted after strong northerly winds and a drop in temperature. At Nafplion Harbor, in Southern Greece, small boats ‘sat’ on the sea bottom after the level of the waters fell by three feet. This low level was constant for a week. At Tolos, near Nafplion, fishing boats have had difficulty in approaching the wharves. The bottom of the old Venetian harbor, at Heraklion, Crete, has appeared in many places. Similar phenomena were reported from Rhodes Island in the Southeast [Mediterranean] and Lefkas Island, off the western coast of Greece.”

The sinking was of such an unusual nature that hydrographic services ordered sea level reports from all Mediterranean harbormasters. It was a curious phenomenon, the Geologist agreed.

“Some scientists naturally attributed the drop to strong winds or an undersea quake. But the water remained low even when there were no rough winds, and seismographs failed to record even the slightest tremor along the Greek coast.”

The Geologist dismissed the sinkings as “only temporary,” the precise term used by Cayce in describing them years before.

It was curious how Etna had become suddenly active. It had been strangely quiescent for years. But a year later, idly speculating about Cayce’s references to stepped up subterranean activity in the Mediterranean area, the Geologist picked up a current copy of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. On July 18 and 21, of 1960, he read, three earthquakes rocked the Terni area, fifty miles north of Rome and 350 miles from Etna.



“The day before, Mount Etna erupted with a violence unmatched in modern times.”

Was this the Etna activity that Cayce had foreseen? Certainly, too, there seemed indications that the weather was changing. In New York City, for instance, in parts of Canada, the winters were becoming strangely mild. Was climatic history repeating itself?

Apparently confirming the dun past, IGY research bore out Cayce’s subconscious recollections of climatic changes from polar slippage.

“Paralleling Cayce,” the Geologist pointed out, “the IGY revealed a relatively weak layer of the earth’s crust at a four-hundred-and-thirty-mile depth. And at this level, the ‘more solid skin of the earth may slide over its inner part, as though the skin of a grapefruit were to slide over its pulp.’”

And how did global slippage induce climatic changes?

The Geologist turned back to the article.

“’Some geophysicists believe that the whole upper part of the earth has done this slide over from time to time in the past. They find evidence that the lands and seas which are now at the north and south poles once were in quite different locations. During IGY, coal, which is the remains of temperate-climate plants, was found in the Antarctic. One cause of this might have been global slippage of the upper rock layers.’”

The Geologist looked up triumphantly.

“Now listen to what Cayce had to say about these changes:


‘The extreme northern portions were then the southern portions, or the polar regions were then turned to where they occupied more of the tropical and semi-tropical regions. The Nile entered into the Atlantic Ocean. What is now the Sahara was an inhabited land and very fertile. What is now the central portion of this country or the Mississippi Basin was then all in the ocean. Only the plateau existed, or the regions that are now portions of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona formed the greater part of what we know as the United States. That portion along the Atlantic seaboard formed the outer portions, then the lowlands of Atlantis.


The Andean or the Pacific Coast of South America then occupied the extreme western portions of Lemuria. The Urals and the northern regions of it were turned into a tropical land. The desert in the Mongolian land was then the fertile portion. The oceans were then turned about. They no longer bear their old names.’”

The Cayce concept of a shifting pole was in keeping with latest scientific research, the Geologist stressed.

“Studies of the direction toward which bits of magnetic minerals in rocks point give clues as to the position of the magnetic north and south pole at the time the rocks were formed. Each magnetic grain is a little compass needle that faithfully points toward magnetic north at the tune it is hardened into rock.

Scientists are thus able to map the movement of the wandering north pole by measuring the ‘magnetic fabric’ of samples of rocks of different ages. If the magnetic north pole has always lain close to the geographic north pole, as standard geologists believe, then significant movements of the north magnetic pole should be interpreted as great shifts of the geographic pole.”

Since nobody knew why the poles shifted, how could they categorically say when or how it might behave?

“At the beginning of the Ice Age, possibly one million years ago,” the Geologist said, “the north magnetic pole was in Antarctica. Some scientists have held that, for some unknown reason, the earth’s entire magnetic field simply ‘changed polarity’ [did a complete flip-flop] during that time.”

Cayce, he pointed out, had seen the geographic pole shifting most recently between fifty and eighteen thousand years ago.

“This shift may have been rather slow but it seems to have been responsible for the final destruction of Lemuria in the Pacific and of most of the huge animals that roamed the earth then. These animals, Cayce said, were a cause for great concern in the communities of the time.”

The Geologist had taken nothing of Cayce—or geology—for granted. He had himself measured magnetic traces in Pleistocene sediments to check the Cayce polar shift. It checked out, his measurements placing the north magnetic pole in southern Canada during one of the last great glaciations of the Pleistocene Age (approximately 600,000 B.C. to 10,000 B.C.).


But the Geologist found that most colleagues didn’t believe him any more than they did Cayce.

“They just refused to break with tradition, and accept, logically, that the geographic north pole, moving with the magnetic pole, had also traveled southward at this time.”

There was other evidence for Cayce’s allusion to the “Arctic or north Arctic regions being in that region of the tropics.” In this presumed shifting of the poles, Alaska would have been in the region of the tropics from at least 230,000 B.C. to perhaps 50,000 B.C. Researcher J.W. Gidley found remains of a camel, elephant, and other animals in Alaska and believed these fossils added “proof in support of the supposition that milder climatic conditions prevailed in Alaska” during most of the Pleistocene period.

Cayce had discussed an international conference on Atlantis to find ways and means of getting rid of the “enormous animals which overran the earth” during a Pleistocene period in which areas of Canada, Europe, northern United States, and northern Asia were sometimes covered by great ice sheets.


Now, C.O. Dunbar, a historical geologist, points out:

“Throughout the Pleistocene epoch, North America and Europe were both inhabited by great game animals, fully as varied and impressive as those of modern East Africa.”

These included giant elephants, tall, rangy imperial mammoths of the southern Great Plains, fourteen feet high at the shoulder. There were seven species of buffalo and one, the bison, was a “colossal beast with a horn-spread of fully six feet” At times, the Geologist appeared to be stretching Cayce a bit. In the curious formation of weathered stones at Stonehenge in England, he saw evidences of an age-old transplanting of a Middle East culture, as described by Cayce.


In January 1944, Cayce had noted:

“In the Holy Land when there were those breakings-up in the period when the land was being sacked by the Chaldeans and the Persians ... among those groups who escaped in ships and settled in portions of the English land near what is now Salisbury; and there builded those altars that were to represent the dedication of individuals to the service of a living God.”

In the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Geologist found support for the Cayce picture of an exodus from the Mideast about four thousand years ago. He picked out the ancient Phoenicians, a seagoing tribe of Semites who founded Carthage and may also have ventured to England.

“In the course of the Twentieth Century BC,” the Encyclopaedia reported, “the towns still left in Transjordan after generations of nomadic incursions seem to have been destroyed. This phase of devastation coincides closely with the first successful wave of north-west Semitic [includes Chaldean] conquest The incursions of desert nomads into Western Palestine also led to destruction west of the Jordan. By 1900 BC, the population of Palestine had probably reached one of the lowest levels in its history.”

Stonehenge itself is very much a reality, though still a mystery, as the Encyclopaedia points out:

“Stonehenge, a circular setting of large standing stones surrounded by an earthwork, situated about eight miles north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England ... belonging to the late Neolithic period. This date is confirmed by a radioactive carbon determination [1848 B.C. plus or minus 275 years].


The structures are unknown elsewhere in prehistoric Northern Europe and imply influence from the contemporary Mycenaean and Minoan architecture of the Mediterranean. The probability of such influence was startlingly confirmed in 1953 by the discovery of carvings of Bronze Age weapons on three of the sarsen stones.” —a form of sandstone.

One of these was a “carving of a hilled dagger, which with some confidence can be identified as a type used at Mycenae between 1600 and 1500 B.C., but not found elsewhere in northwestern Europe.” The people who built Stonehenge were apparently highly resourceful. Scientists have pointed out that the monumental array of stones at Salisbury, some weighing up to a hundred tons, were correlated, astronomically, with the key positions of the sun and moon, providing an instrument of rare precision for checking the changing seasons—helping with the planting, harvesting, etc.


By observing the lines drawn through the major stones, correlating them with a computer, Professor Gerald Hawkins of the Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory, found that the ancient network of holes and lines served as a natural computer, anticipating positions of the sun and moon, and their effects, three hundred years ahead of time. From the pattern that emerged, he observed, too, that eclipses of the sun and moon inevitably occurred when the midwinter moon rose over the heelstone, an upright stone just outside the Stonehenge circle.

Even the handling of the huge stones reflected an advanced technology. The heaviest stones were brought from quarries at Marlborough Downs twenty miles away, and some ferried from Wales, one hundred and fifty miles to the west It seems impossible that two hundred thousand-pound stones could be moved without modern machinery, but the same problem must have confronted the ancient Egyptians as they built their pyramids.


The Geologist had his own ideas about this.

“Isn’t it logical to assume a connection between the two stone-moving cultures, with perhaps a common cultural source, the Atlantean, pervading the Middle East and Egypt, as Plato indicated, after their island home went down?”

Cayce had thrown some light on the moving of the giant stones that formed the pyramids. According to Cayce, it was no problem. The Egyptians just happened to be ahead of us, mechanically. In July of 1932, the mystic was asked how the Great Pyramid of Gizeh was built.


He replied,

“By the use of those forces in nature as make for iron to swim. Stone floats in the air in the same manner. This will be discovered in ‘58.”

The explanation was right down the Geologist’s scientific alley, and he noted pedantically:

“Weber reports on work done in 1958 on the detection and generation of gravitational waves, stating, ‘Methods are proposed [for the generation of gravitational waves] which employ electrically induced stresses in crystals.’ Also, Further reports on recent experiments with magnetic pressure, which can move mountains of metal or plasma for the engineer, and atoms for the physicist”

It was impossible to be interested in Cayce, and not be interested in everything from vitamins or water on the knee to the Einstein theory of relativity.

“Long before Cayce came along,” the Geologist pointed out, “there had been theories in medicine and bio-chemistry that the remedy or cure for every human ailment existed somewhere in a benign nature. The nostrum only had to be found and isolated.”

This, too, was the concept behind the Cayce readings, that in an orderly Nature was the counterbalance for every disorder.

“Syphilis and gonorrhea, for instance, were the scourge of mankind, until the accidental stumbling onto a moldy fungus revealed the wonders of penicillin. Penicillin was as startling as some of Cayce’s cures, but it had the backing of the medical establishment, while only a few hardy pioneers in medicine and osteopathy followed Cayce during his lifetime. However, regularly, since his death, there have been reports confirming treatments he advocated years before for specific complaints.”

Back fifty years ago Cayce prescribed gold chloride for a multitude of ills. Asked once what gold chloride would cure, if anything, he characteristically replied:

“Chloride of gold—any condition wherein there is any form of the condition bordering on rheumatics, or of rejuvenating any organ of the system delinquent in action.”

A report on the rejuvenating powers of gold, confirming all and more that Cayce held out for it, appeared in the Washington Star, September 5, 1965.

“Doctors here,” it began, “are fashioning the fanciest bandages ever—out of gold leaf. ‘Nobody knows why,’ one said, ‘but damn it, it works. It seems to relieve pain and stop the oozing from severe burns and skin ulcers and sores. Best of all, it apparently speeds the wounds’ healing.’ Patients, who might ordinarily heal only after weeks in a hospital, the doctors reported, make such rapid progress that they were sometimes able to continue with their jobs while the gold did its repair work.”

The experiments were the work of Drs. John P. Gallagher and Charles F. Geschickter, working together—and their report was originally carried in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gold was also used effectively in treating patients at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Washington. As the press reported:

“Thin sheets of gold have given spectacular results when applied to big, open wounds and sores. Dr. Naomi M. Kanof, a dermatologist, applied the gold to long-standing, deep and open skin ulcers resulting from injuries, diabetic and varicose conditions, and from the deterioration known by the mild name of bedsores.”


“In private practice here,” the report continued, “the gold leaf has been used even on gangrenous ulcers and, in at least one case, on an open wound from X-rays used in treating another condition.”

Cayce had recommended “three almonds a day” as a guard against cancer. No reason was advanced, as nobody asked the sleeping seer why almonds were beneficial. But it was well-known that a substance, laetrile, was contained in almonds, and also in apricots and lima beans. Recently, a book was put out by a Glenn D. Kittler, titled Laetrile, Control for Cancer. A Mrs. Alice Howell of Ojai, California, sent a copy to the Cayce Foundation, together with the report that a friend, dying of cancer, used laetrile, and her cancer was brought under control.

Cayce’s observations on health, generally, intrigued the Geologist The mystic pointed out, surprisingly, that “overal-kalinity is much more harmful than a little tendency for acidity.” In December 1962, the National Health Federation Bulletin carried a report on research into this area by Dr. George A. Wilson.

“Dr. Wilson has found, over a series of tests on hundreds of patients over a fourteen-year period, that most sick persons are too alkaline, not too acid, as has been more generally thought. More so is this true, he says, of the chronically sick persons, who are all, with very few exceptions, highly alkaline.”

Long before endocrinologists were astonishing their colleagues with experiments demonstrating the importance of the ductless glands, primarily the pituitary, Cayce had noted in his readings,

“We find that which connects the pineal, the pituitary, may be truly called the silver cord, which is the creative essence in physical, mental, and spiritual life; for the destruction wholly of either will make for the disintegration of the soul from its house of clay.”

Years later, the Medical Center Memo, of the Stanford University Medical Center News Bureau, reported the honoring of experimental anatomist, Dr. Philip E. Smith, for his pioneer research into the unique function of the pituitary. His findings were considered so important that he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, and became the first American to win the Sir Henry Dale Medal for supreme medical achievement. And yet he only discovered what had been proclaimed years before by the untutored Cayce.


The medical organ reported:

“Dr. Smith demonstrated conclusively that the gonads, the thyroid and adrenal glands cannot develop or function without the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. Once the pituitary was removed [from test animals] the three glands wasted away. By injecting the pituitary into these animals, he found that these glands could be restored to their normal functions.”

Nobody upgraded the pituitary more than Cayce.

“The pituitary is the door,” he said, “through which physically all of the reflex actions penetrate through the various forces of the nervous system. It is that to and through which the mental activities come that produce the influences in the imaginative system as well as the racial predominating influences, or the blood force itself. It gives judgment and understanding, tolerance, and relationships to the determining factors of one’s life.”

At one time, erroneously, some thought that because of the peculiar way he behaved as a child that Edgar Cayce might well be epileptic. This would have explained his once climbing trees and wallowing in mud as a boy. But this phase passed quickly, without the characteristic convulsive seizures of epilepsy. Yet Cayce had a strong abiding interest in the disorder, and read helpfully for people suffering from it. He pointed out epilepsy was universal in nature, could affect almost anybody, regardless of race or social background. He stressed that its cure lay in balanced treatment, expanding the activities of the individual, not restricting them. He recommended exercise in the open—walking, swimming, calisthenics, games, and sports.

One doctor, poring over the Cayce files on epilepsy, was profoundly impressed by the Cayce appraisal of the epileptic problem. After his own research at the Cayce Foundation, he found a report on the malady by an eminent physician which corresponded with Cayce’s own observations.

“Most persons suffering from convulsive disorder, with proper care, can live essentially normal lives,” the authority had observed.


“The attitude toward those suffering from convulsions has changed greatly. We now recommend little or no curtailment of activities because of a diagnosis of epilepsy.”

When vitamins first became a fad, Cayce warned they could not take the place of vitamins in food, nor would they be helpful except for specific deficiencies.


Continued use, even where they were at first efficacious, would minimize their effect:

“Do not take the concentrated form of vitamins, but obtain these from foods. The circulation carries within the corpuscles such elements or vitamins as may be needed for assimilation in each organ.”

He stressed:

“All such properties as vitamins that add to the system are more efficacious if they are given for periods, left off for periods, and then begun again. For if the system comes to rely upon such influences wholly, it ceases to produce the vitamins, even though the food values are kept normally balanced. It is much better for these vitamins to be produced in the body from the normal development than supplied mechanically, for nature is much better still than science.”

Again, Cayce was way ahead of his time.


Newsweek, in 1960, the Geologist found, carried a warning by the American Medical Association to vitamin-pill addicts: Don’t munch too many. There is a widespread belief, said the Journal of the AMA, that to keep healthy people must consume multivitamin pills.

“On the contrary, only in a deficiency state or in an anticipated deficiency state are vitamin supplements necessary.”

An overdose of vitamins, added the Journal, can cause loss of appetite, irritability, skin eruptions, liver enlargement.

In his own experience, the Geologist could recall a pesky itching consequent to a large dosage of high potency B-complex. His doctor only wagged his head wisely.

“It could never happen,” he said, “not in a million years.”

Cayce was a great believer in laboratory research, and foretold many of its strides. Discussing the blood as a barometer of the whole body, he asserted,

“The day may yet arrive when one may take a drop of blood and diagnose the condition of any physical body.”

He was not far off. In February 1960 newspapers carried reports of a new, revealing laboratory analysis of a single drop of blood, or tiny patch of tissue.

“Drs. R. L. Hunter and C. L. Markest,” the Washington Daily News reported, “with financial support from the American Cancer Society, hope by observing and analyzing the enzymes to trace the changes which take place in the process of growth from the embryonic stage to old age.”

In this way, observers reported, it was hoped to study the chemical changes that accompany various diseases and,

“make possible the diagnosis of some diseases, perhaps cancer among them, before clinical symptoms have appeared.”

Cayce was still at bat.

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