Cayce's Past Lives and the Past Life Astrology Chart
By Kevin J. Todeschi
Years ago, astrologer Ry Redd noticed that whenever the Edgar Cayce readings discussed past lives, they also discussed planetary configurations at the time of birth. The readings also indicate that whenever a soul comes into the earth, essentially the universe "stands still" – somehow astrologically symbolizing the soul's journey through the planetary configuration represented in the heavens. These ideas made Ry wonder, "If a certain planetary alignment suggested a past life in Atlantis during Cayce's time, for example, would it mean the same thing today?" In time, Ry Redd would create a past-life astrology chart that would utilize all of the past-life information in the readings and its associated planetary connection. The result is the aptly named "Past Life Profile" Chart.
I remember being rather impressed the first time I read my Past Life Profile with how the chart seemed to capture so many of my strengths, talents, and opportunities. Although it wasn't as specific as stating something like "you were once an English knight named Franklin during the Middle Ages," it did a good job outlining areas of the world that I felt drawn to and discussing both abilities and shortcomings that I was aware of.
The other day, the thought occurred to me that since we know from Edgar Cayce's own readings what some of his past incarnations were all about, if we were to run a Past Life Profile on Edgar Cayce, would the information also possess a high level of relevancy? In other words, would it match what we know from his own readings? I decided to give it a try. The results were actually very good..
In Cayce's own readings, he discussed a number of lifetimes that were having a major influence upon him in the present. Those lifetimes included the following periods in history: 1) Atlantis; 2) ancient Egypt; 3) ancient Persia; 4) Troy; 5) Palestine; and, 6) eighteenth century America. Those incarnations included the manifestation of talents as a counselor, a healer, a scribe, a spiritual leader, a chemist, an intuitive, and an artist. At the same time, some of the shortcomings explored suggested that this soul had a distrust of friendships, that he could be lazy, that he could be indecisive in affairs of the heart, that he could be stubborn and demanding, and that he was prone to extremes.
Cayce's past life chart immediately states that he possesses talents "as a counselor." It goes on to say that he could also be helpful in writing devotional materials related to meditation and inner worship. It also suggests that—in all likelihood—he was extremely powerful in the past in the role of royalty or priest, and is innately a visionary. As many know, one of the strongest past lives influencing Cayce in the present was that of the ruler/High Priest Ra Ta in ancient Egypt, where he essentially served as a counselor, spiritual leader, and visionary for the potential of humankind.
Another talent highlighted in the past life profile indicates that Cayce has abilities as a writer, teacher, and scribe. Although his talents as a teacher were evident in both the lectures and classed he taught all of his life, the only formal writing he accomplished was the Aura booklet, which was undertaken toward the end of his life. However, throughout his life he was a voluminous letter writer, and his own past life readings suggested that part of his lifetime in Palestine was as a Roman scribe and Church leader, keeping track of many of the stories associated with Jesus.
In terms of shortcomings, the past life profile does mention an occasional tendency toward being "hardheaded and to want to have your own way." It also indicates a tendency of being "misled by others," which some might contend was the case in his being too trusting of friendships and (early on) those in positions of authority. Another "hit" in terms of a shortcomings is highlighted in a statement in the chart: "you may occasionally belittle your abilities," and Cayce was known for asking a rhetorical question about his work: "Do you think this will ever amount to anything?"
In terms of pinpointing past lives, the past life profile indicates that there was a "long ago lifetime in Atlantis" (a hit) that was helping to instill this soul's individualistic nature, and that there were tendencies to have emotional extremes (another hit). It goes on to suggest that Cayce possessed innate abilities as a healer. In his own past life readings, he often discussed his incarnation as a desert healer and leader name Uhjltd (pronounced Yoolt) in ancient Persia. The chart also highlights a keen level of psychic intuition—obviously a hit.
Other lifetimes suggested by the profile include early America, ancient Greece, Persia, Egypt, and the early Church. All these were cited by Cayce's own readings with the exception of ancient Greece; however, Cayce's readings stated that his lifetime in Troy had come to an end during the Trojan War against the Greeks
The past life profile does indicate talents as an artist but the only inclination in which Cayce seemed to be artistically bent was in Troy, when he had once worked as a sculptor and artist in addition to his military career. Other hits include being drawn to nature (Cayce loved gardening and fishing), being a dreamer, the need to exercise caution in partnerships (he was taken advantage of during a photography partnership), and the fact that he would always be interested in mysticism, spirituality, and Oneness.
The few misses contained in the chart are things like suggesting that Edgar Cayce had good business, organizational, and management skills—none of which was true, especially during the time of the Hospital—and suggesting that he would always draw to himself large sums of money and individuals with large sums of money. Although he certainly found occasional large financial backers for his work, much of his adult life was impoverished, leaving Cayce to often wonder how he was going to support his family. The profile also states that he has considerable capacity for musical expression. If he did, I've never heard this mentioned.
Overall, however, I have to admit that I was pretty impressed with Cayce's own past life profile chart. The hits were right on with many of the things that he stated in his own readings, and the "misses" were few and far between. In fact, the overall accuracy has prompted me to take another look at my own past life profile.
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Kevin J. Todeschi is A.R.E.'s Executive Director and CEO. As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for thirty years, he is the author of over twenty books, including God In Real Life: Personal Encounters with the Divine and the bestselling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records. Known for his ability to explain complex subjects in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner, Kevin is popular for his insight and his sense of humor.