Do Animals Reincarnate?
By Ann Jaffin
The Cayce readings seem to tell us that animals may travel with us from one lifetime to another. Although there is not much information about this subject in the readings, what is there is fascinating. Most of what we find about the reincarnation of animals in the Cayce readings, we owe to Mrs. 268. When this lady asked about her past-life relationship with her niece, Cayce told her that they had been together in a Roman experience. The woman then asked about a possible past life with her little dog, Mona. Cayce calmly replied, “In the same experience.” Wanting to be certain that she understood, she asked, “In the Roman?” Cayce confirmed it and replied, “The Roman!” She followed up by asking, “Was she a dog then? Doubtlessly to the amazement of all, Cayce said that the dog had been “a lion!” (268-3)
A week later, Mrs. 268 got a reading for her husband and asked about his past relationship to Mona.
(Q) What relation is he to the little dog Mona?
(A) He fought with the body in the Roman experience.
(Q) What was Mona then?
(A) The lioness that fought with the entity, and with those that destroyed many that the entity was then seeking to aid. (280-1)
This information must have generated quite a bit of interest because other family members also asked about Mona in their readings. The woman’s niece asked:
(Q) Will Mona always be a dog?
(A) That depends upon the environ and the surroundings. No. (405-1)
Mrs. 268’s nephew also got a reading and asked about Mona.
(Q) Could a life reading be obtained through these sources for Aunt ’s little dog Mona?
(A) May be. As to WHAT it may be is different! It may not be understood, unless you learn dog language! (406-1)
As fascinating as all of this is, in some respects it raises more questions than it answers. Nevertheless, what it tells us adds a new dimension to our understanding not only of reincarnation but of life. The first surprise is that, according to Cayce, Mona reincarnated! She lived in Roman times and she came back in twentieth-century America. That is surprising enough. But secondly, the reading also says that Mona changed form. Although she remained an animal, she had presumably progressed from being a dangerous animal of prey to being a pet. How or why this change occurred we are not told. She remained female but reincarnated in a much smaller body. The husband’s reading provides some clarification that in Rome as a lioness, Mona had fought with him and others that he was trying to help. This certainly sounds like the persecution of Christians, possibly in the Coliseum.
In the niece’s reading, we continue to receive startling information about how animals reincarnate. This girl asked a wonderful question about whether Mona would always be a dog. After stating that this depends on the environment and the surroundings, Cayce said, “No,” that Mona would not always be a dog. Since there is no more information on Mona’s other lifetimes or whether or not animals experience interplanetary sojourns between Earth lives like we do, we can only speculate about these possibilities. How this transformation occurred from wild beast to household pet is not explained but I think that this is in keeping with Cayce’s philosophy of growth and progress for all.
The nephew also asked a clever question in his reading and Cayce gave another illuminating response. When the boy asked about the possibility of getting a life reading for Mona, Cayce said that although it could be done, no one would understand it unless they learned dog language clearly implying that dog language exists. Needless to say, no one pursued this idea any further.
Ann Jaffin, MS, a former teacher, is an A.R.E. Life Member, and a forty-year student of Edgar Cayce’s work. In a stunning karmic “coincidence,” Ann and her husband discovered that 20 Cayce readings were given for their extended family. Her book, "Past Lives and Present Karma," published by A.R.E. Press, is a comprehensive study of reincarnation. Retired from the Federal Government, Ann has a Masters Degree in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland.