By John Van Auken
Reading 3976-26 opens with a reference to the astrological info given in a previous reading (2550-1), stating that it has been 800 years since a particular astrological influence affected the inhabitants of the Earth, and it was beginning its return in April and May of 1941. Cayce asked the recipient of this reading to think about the darkness of human life 800 years ago, and that these hardships and tests are coming again. In Reading 3976-26, the questioner again asks about this astrological statement and to provide information about future
changes to the planet Earth. The sleeping Cayce directs us to watch the Indian Ocean,
indicating that the trouble will begin under the sea.
“Watch for strifes in ... the Indian Ocean....
Ye say that these are of the sea; yes, for there shall the breaking up be.”
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3976-26 given April 28, 1941)
prediction came true the day after Christmas, December 26, 2004, when an undersea
earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most
landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing nearly 230,000 people in
fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 100
feet (30 meters). It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded
history. The tragedy left millions without food, water, water, sanitation, and
shelter. The hardest hit included Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, it is one of the largest earthquakes ever
recorded and had the longest duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3
and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate and triggered other
earthquakes as far away as Alaska. So powerful was this quake that it has been
estimated that the earth is now spinning slightly faster and its axis have be
tilted a bit!
satellite television and news agencies brought the images to everyone on the
planet. It quickly became a global tragedy, and the worldwide community donated
more than $7 billion in humanitarian aid.
of Edgar Cayce’s prophecies suggest that some near term changes are going to be
quite serious. In reading 3976-15, given January 19, 1934. “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. There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the
Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid areas [torrid
is the region of earth between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
– which includes the area of the recent earthquake and tsunami], and there will
be the shifting then of the poles [in 2003 scientists reported that a pole
shift had begun] – so that where there has been those of a frigid or the
semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow. And
these will begin in those periods in ‘58 to ‘98, when these will be proclaimed
as the periods when His light will be seen again in the clouds. As to times, as
to seasons, as to places, ALONE is it given to those who have named the name –
and who bear the mark of those of His calling and His election in their bodies.
To them it shall be given.”
map will help us to visually comprehend the Torrid Zone that Cayce has
identified as the location for many of the prophesied earth changes. As you can
see, the epicenter of the 2004 earthquake is in this zone. The dark areas of
the map are the “wet” areas of the Torrid Zone, where tropical rains keep the
climate humid. The areas that are not darkened are dry areas, even deserts. There
are many fault lines in the Torrid Zone; and many of them are underwater.
the top four most-powerful earthquakes have all occurred outside of this zone,
mostly in and near Alaska and Kamchatka, Russia, both lightly populated areas.
Perhaps Cayce is directing us to the Torrid Zone because undersea earthquakes
will cause tsunamis that ultimately create the greatest lost of life and destruction.
received this advice in a reading for himself concerning earth changes that he
was seeing in his dreams, From it, we can all take to heart: “That the periods
from the material angle as visioned are to come to pass matters not to the
soul, but do thy duty today! Tomorrow will care for itself. These
changes in the earth will come to pass, for the time and times and half times
are at an end, and there begin those periods for the readjustments. For how
hath He given? ‘The righteous shall inherit the earth.’ Hast thou, my brethren,
a heritage in the earth?” (294-185)
affirmation was given by Cayce specifically to be used prior to and during