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Edgar Cayce

The Sleeping Prophet

Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 January 3, 1945), (the surname pronounced 
"Casey") is generally remembered as an American psychic who gave trance 

discourses on subjects like astrology, reincarnation, and Atlantis. He may 
have been the source for the idea that California would fall into the ocean 

(though he never said exactly this). Although Cayce lived before the 

emergence of the New Age movement, he remains a major influence on its 

This popular image overlooks what to him were the more important strains 
within his work such as healing (the vast majority of his "readings" were given 

for people who were sick) or Christian theology (Cayce being a lifelong, 

devout member of the Disciples of Christ). Skeptics challenge Cayce's claim 
to psychic prowess, while conservative Christians doubt this and/or his 


Today there are several tens of thousands of "Cayce people." Most are 

located in the United States and Canada, but Edgar Cayce Centers are now 
found in 25 other countries. The Association for Research and Enlightenment 

(ARE), headquartered in Virginia Beach, is the major organization promoting 

interest in Cayce.

Cayce was born on a farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky on March 18, 1877. At 

an early age he gave evidence of his budding talent: he was able to master 
his school lessons by sleeping on his books. At the age of twenty-one he 

developed a gradual throat paralysis which threatened the loss of his voice. 

When doctors were unable to find a cause for his condition, Cayce entered 
the same hypnotic sleep that had enabled him to learn his school lessons 

years before. In that state, he was able to recommend a cure which

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