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Noah, the Flood and the Edgar Cayce material

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Noah, the Flood and the Edgar Cayce Material
by Kevin J. Todeschi

Perhaps more than any other Old Testament tale, it is the story of Noah and the Flood with which individuals of all ages and religious backgrounds are most familiar. In Christian, Jewish, and Islamic literature, the story of the Deluge plays an important role. However, tales of a global flood are not limited to the Bible or the Koran. In addition to the story of Noah, there are actually more than two hundred Flood traditions scattered throughout the world. Next to the Genesis tale, the most well known account was not even discovered until the latter half of the nineteenth century when twelve tablets were unearthed at Nineveh. These tablets detailed the Gilgamesh Epic and the adventures of Utnapishtim–a Babylonian Noah–and created a worldwide fascination with the Flood, while lending further credence to the possibility of a deluge of mythic proportions.

In the Christian world, the story of Noah has played an important role for two thousand years. At one time the tale was even more important in the lives of individuals than it is today. It was once seen as a story that perfectly embodied the potential that humankind had for degeneration and evil–a story that Jesus brought to mind in the hopes that Christians would ever be watchful of their ways (Matthew 24:37-39). Between the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century the fact that fossilized bones of sea creatures could be found on mountain ranges throughout the world was generally believed to be proof that the Flood had occurred. In Christian medieval towns while Biblical mystery-moral plays were making the circuit the story of Noah and his family was a frequent favorite. Even with the discovery of plate tectonics in the 1800s and the knowledge that ice sheets had once covered much of the Northern Hemisphere– challenging the medieval belief that “fish bones on mountaintops equals world-wide deluge”–the belief in Noah’s Flood was never doubted by those faithful to scripture.

What may be most interesting to students of the Edgar Cayce material is that between March 1939 and July 1944 a number of individuals had past-life readings from Edgar Cayce and were told that they had been members of Noah's immediate family! The Cayce readings also provide additional information about the Flood story. From Cayce’s perspective, Noah and his family were not the only individuals saved from the destruction. The readings suggest that the Flood occurred during the second destruction of Atlantis and corresponded to an Atlantean migration to all parts of the world. Noah’s family somehow preserved the consciousness that had been brought into the earth through Adam and the followers of the Law of One and were instrumental in helping to continue the spiritual and mental evolution of humankind. Perhaps what is most unique from the readings’ standpoint is that God did not send the Deluge; instead, the Divine intervened to prevent humankind from completely destroying itself.

Edgar Cayce also provided detailed information about Noah’s family, including the names of Noah’s daughters-in-law (Rezepatha, Maran, and Shelobothe), whose names are not mentioned in scripture. Clairvoyant insights also suggest that humankind had become so evil and degenerate during Noah’s time that misshapen mixtures and half-human beasts had begun to populate the earth, and would eventually become the basis for the legendary creatures of Greek and Roman mythology.

Essentially, the biblical account of Noah and the Ark is contained in Genesis 5-9. It is the story of an old man, singled out from among the corrupt and wicked of the rest of the world, who found favor in the eyes of God. God told Noah that He had decided to destroy man’s evilness. He gave Noah instructions to build an enormous craft and to enter into it with his wife, his sons, and his son’s wives, as well as two of every kind of creature (birds, mammals and reptiles), and enough food for him to keep all of the Ark’s inhabitants alive for the duration of the Flood that was coming to destroy the earth.

According to the Old Testament, the Ark’s incredible dimensions measured three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. Historically, a cubit is thought to be the length of a man’s forearm, or somewhere between eighteen and twenty-two inches. It is interesting to note that the Ark’s dimensions of six to one (length to width) were considered so seaworthy that Marine architect George W. Dickie purposefully used the same ratio when constructing the U.S.S. Oregon, which was launched in 1898. For a time, the Oregon was considered the flagship of the American fleet and was one of the most stable vessels ever constructed.

More than one year after Noah and his family first entered the Ark, the craft’s inhabitants disembarked. Noah offered a sacrifice of burnt offerings in thanksgiving for having survived the Deluge and God set a rainbow in the sky as promise that He would never again destroy the earth by flood. From a literal approach to the traditional story, all of humanity is credited with having descended from one of Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

In terms of the biblical account, what may come as a surprise to many individuals familiar with the Genesis story is that there is more to the tale than is generally gleamed from a simple reading of the text. In fact, what is not generally known by the modern world is that Genesis contains not one account of the Flood story but two! Over the years theologians and religious scholars have isolated at least three major sources within the book of Genesis: the J source, the P source, and the E source, standing for Jehovah, the Priestly document, and Elohim, respectively. Both the J source and the P source have their own accounts of the Deluge.

Originally, the different sources of Genesis were discovered because of the way in which the sources referred to God. The J source uses only the name “Yahweh” (Lord) when referring to the Deity; the P source uses the names “Elohim” (God) and “El Shaddai” (God Almighty), and the E source uses both “Yahweh” and “Elohim.”

The Jehovistic source dates from the eighth or ninth century B.C. J is concerned with thorough descriptions, the personality of the characters, and the care and involvement of a loving God with His creation. The P document dates from the period after 586 B.C. (when Jerusalem was taken by King Nebuchadnezzar and the Jews were carried into captivity). P is most interested in the literal interpretation of the Law, tradition, and the manner in which God guides his chosen people. Perhaps the most distinctive element in P is the author’s interest in family genealogies and a seemingly endless number of “begettings,” through which can be documented the purity of the line that God used to direct His activities in the earth. However, because of the merging of the independent narratives, we are faced with certain duplicities within the Genesis account, including:

For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall die...Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. (P Source, Genesis 6:17 & 22)

...I will send rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground. And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him. (J Source, Genesis 7:4-5)

Major differences between these two sources also include the number of animals Noah was instructed to take upon the Ark, and the length of the Deluge:

J Source:
Seven pairs of birds and clean animals and one pair of unclean (Genesis 7:2) The rain lasted 40 days and 40 nights and the water evaporated after three seven-day intervals of Noah releasing the dove; total = 61 days (Genesis 7:4, 7:12, 8:6-8, 8:10, 8:12)

P Source:
Only one pair of each creature came into the Ark (Genesis 6:19) The water lasted 150 days and remained on the earth for a total of one year and eleven days (Genesis 7:11, 8:14) Anchor Bible

Historically, the separate narratives of the J and P sources were combined by a redactor (compiler) whose job was to bring the two accounts carefully together, discarding superfluous material in the process. As one example of the redactor’s work, there is only one account of the Ark’s construction (Genesis 6: 14-16).

What is perhaps most amazing about the Noah story is the many ways in which seemingly unrelated sources often draw similar conclusions from the tale. For example, because of the information contained in Genesis 2:5-6, a number of Christian authors believe that rain was absent from pre-deluge earth and that the planet received moisture from a water vapor canopy that engulfed it: “…for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth…But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” This same premise was also advanced by Austrian-born philosopher, educator and clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the founder of the Anthroposophical Society.

Steiner reportedly possessed the ability to perceive information beyond the material world, from a “spiritual world” that was just as real to him as the physical world was to others. In describing the pre-deluge earth, Steiner stated:

…at that time the air was saturated with water mist vapors. Man lived in the water mist, which in certain regions never lifted to the point where the air was completely clear. Sun and moon could not be seen as they are today, but were surrounded by colored coronas. A distribution of rain and sunshine, such as occurs at present, did not exist at that time. It only appeared in the post-Atlantean period. Our ancestors lived in a country of mist… (Steiner, “Cosmic Memory,” pg. 253)

Some individuals contend that it was the disappearance of the water vapor canopy and the resulting influx of solar radiation that became responsible for the tremendous decrease in humankind’s longevity–from almost 1,000 years to the present span of seven to ten decades. Scripture further supports this premise in that, immediately after the Flood, life spans begin to decrease with each subsequent generation. In addition, the absence of rain suggests that the earth had no system of winds until after the Flood. A proposition that is supported, interestingly enough, by a literal reading of Genesis 8:1 with the first biblical mention of wind occurring after the Deluge: “…And God made a wind blow over the earth…” Steiner’s reference to the continent of Atlantis also places the timing for the Great Flood as occurring long before the traditional date of occurring somewhere between 2,350 and 2,500 B.C.E. In fact, Steiner pointed out:

Nearly all the peoples who have left reliable records or legends refer to the Flood as having taking place about three thousand years before the Mystery of Golgotha [the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus]; that is the period indicated by the legends…Obviously it does not refer to the Atlantean catastrophe, for that took place very much earlier. (Steiner, “Earthly,” pgs. 128-129)

In addition to being a symbol of spiritual faith, for some the Ark is also considered to be a psychological symbol–an archetype of human experience. The Flood story is an archetype because it is a part of the human experience all over the world. Over and above its literal truth, in Jungian psychology the Ark can be seen as a symbolic representation of transformation and change because the ship’s occupants underwent a journey over which they had no control and yet somehow ended up at a higher level of awareness because of their catastrophic experience. In most of these diluvial accounts, legend describes how a family survives a deluge of enormous proportions. Prior to the disaster, the family generally pulls together everything that is part of their world (such as the animals in the story of Noah described in Genesis) and finds refuge in a craft or a ship in which they can ride out the storm. Oftentimes, the family has no control over their journey for the ship is inundated from above and below and they are forced to simply ride out the storm. At the end of the flood, the craft generally finds higher and stable ground and the occupants can disembark and begin their lives anew. Everything that was a part of their old world is now a part of their new (e.g. the animals get off the Ark as well). The difference is that now all of the ship’s occupants find themselves upon higher ground.

As an archetype, the Great Flood Myth symbolizes the pattern of being overwhelmed by personal transformation and change and yet somehow becoming a more enlightened individual because of the experience. What is fascinating about the archetypal significance of the tale is that in the last decade of the twentieth century the story of Noah experienced a tremendous rise in popularity. Almost overnight the market seemed flooded with numerous children’s toys, night lights, magnets, collector’s plates, ornaments, clothing, figurines and even several movies about Noah’s Ark. The archetypal reason was not because for some inexplicable reason this man and his family suddenly fascinated society. Instead, it was because so many individuals apparently felt in the midst of personal transformation and change themselves that the psychological archetype resurfaced. People felt motivated to put a Noah’s magnet on their fridge because subconsciously it resonated to something they were experiencing deep within themselves.

There is also historical verification of the existence of the Ark in the form of eyewitness accounts of the craft upon Mount Ararat in Turkey near the borders of Armenia and Iran by many reputable investigators, scholars, military professionals, and theologians. In fact, there have been more recorded sightings of Noah’s Ark since 1840 than during any other period of recorded history! This is especially amazing consider that any ascent of Mount Ararat has been an extremely difficult undertaking. The mountain’s base covers approximately 500 square miles, and its highest peak soars to almost 17,000 feet. Generally, reports of the Ark’s sighting have only occurred after an unusually warm period of months, when the ice has had a chance to thaw but night time temperatures even during the summer can drop to 20 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, and winds at the summit of the mountain sometimes reach a velocity of 150 miles per hour. The mountain is infested with poisonous snakes at lower levels, and mountain lions and bears often roam the ravines. Also, it is not uncommon for a storm to occur daily upon Ararat. Armenian legend suggests that God Himself hid the Ark upon the mountain until the time is right to prove to individuals all over the planet that the story is true.

The Cayce readings do confirm the validity of the Noah story and stated in 1944:

For as has been given from the beginning, the deluge was not a myth but a period when man had so belittled himself with the cares of the world, with the deceitfulness of his own knowledge and power, as to require that there be a return to his dependence wholly–physically and mentally–upon the Creative Forces. Edgar Cayce reading 3653-1

The Rest of the Noah story Regardless of whether or not we believe the Flood story, Noah is the symbol of great faith, heightened consciousness, and overcoming tremendous difficulties. People all over the world, often separated by vast distances of time and geography have similar stories to tell of a deluge and its effects upon the planet. By studying the story of the Flood and the traditions around the world we can see our connectedness at a very deep level. It is a timeless myth, with historical and spiritual significance; it is a myth for peoples all over the earth, cutting across time and cultures. It is the story of humankind’s transition from one age to another from an old world that has lost its innocence to a place of a brand new creation even better than the starting point. It is the story of a meaningful journey that may be especially relevant for us today.

Kevin TodeschiKEVIN J. TODESCHI is Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. He is also the author of countless articles and more than twenty books, including Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates, God in Real Life: Personal Encounters with the Divine, and Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records. An Ark enthusiast for more than 30 years, his master’s thesis, The Ark Myth, brings together scripture, history, religious scholarship, metaphysics, and myth. His most recent book is a novel, The Rest of the Noah Story.

Edgar Cayce's Axis Pole Shift

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Edgar Cayce's Axis Pole Shift
by John Van Auken

With the news reports from NASA researchers that the recent earthquake in Chile has shifted the Earth's axis and shortened the day, many people are wondering just what Edgar Cayce had to say about the possibility of a pole shift.

When 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.?" Cayce answered: "When there is the shifting of the poles; or a new cycle begins." The Maya also saw a new era beginning in the first years of the new millennium but, according to their artifacts, it begins when the present age of "Movement" ends on December 21, 2012 A.D.

Astronomers believe the axis wobble (like a spinning top slowing) has been occurring for ages and causes the North Pole to point to different Pole Stars or North Stars. How often this occurs is unclear. According to leading scientific teams at major research centers, axis shifts have only occurred every few million or billion years and taken millions of years to be completed. According to other worthy sources (e.g., Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, York Films, and The Learning Channel), the wobble changes the Pole Star about every 24,000 to 26,000 years. In Hinduism a full day and night in the Brahma equals roughly 24,000 years, a Kali-kalpa.

Cayce states that the ancient Egyptians knew of these shifts and the Great Pyramid of Giza was built so as to point to the Axis or Pole Star.

Edgar Cayce gave a reading that spoke of a change in the Pole Star of Earth. He explained that the Great Pyramid of Giza represented the various ages we have been going through. He said, "At the correct time accurate imaginary lines can be drawn from the opening of the great Pyramid to the second star in the great Dipper, called Polaris or the North Star." He must be using the word "great" as an adjective of importance because Polaris is in the Little Dipper, but it is, as Cayce said, "the second star." (SAO 209 is the first, but is not shown in the accompanying illustration.)

axis blog 1 Illus1. The north pole of Earth's spinning axis points to a star, considered the Pole Star. According to Edgar Cayce, we are about to see a change in our Pole Star, from Polaris to Vega. In Ancient Egypt, the Pole Star was Thuban. This marks a move into a new era, new age.

Cayce said, "This indicates it is the system toward which the soul takes its flight after having completed its sojourn through this solar system. The Dipper is gradually changing, and when this change becomes noticeable - as might be calculated from the Pyramid - there will be the beginning of the change in the races [he's speaking of root races not color races]. There will come a greater influx of souls from the Atlantean, Lemurian, La, Ur, or Da civilizations."

He then explained that this pyramid was built in this manner by Ra and Hermes and many others who "sought to bring to man a better understanding of the close relationship between the Creative Forces and that created, between man and man, and man and his Maker."

He then cautioned us that "only those who have been called may truly understand. Who then has been called? Whosoever will make him or herself a channel may be raised to a blessing...."

Let's examine the relationship of the entrance to the Great Pyramid and the shifting Pole Stars. In the diagrams accompanying this article you will see the three main Pole Stars for our little blue planet: Thuban, Polaris, and Vega. During the age of ancient Egypt, Thuban was the North Star, i.e., at midnight above the North Pole, Thuban would have been the northernmost star. Of course, today the North Star is Polaris. However, Vega will be the North Star in the future. But this would require our little blue planet to roll over dramatically!

axis 2 Illus2. Viewing from the North Pole: The shift from Thuban to Polaris would have been about 26°. The shift from Polaris to Vega would be about 51°, a much more significant pole shift.

If one draws an imaginary line from the entrance of the Great Pyramid on the Spring Equinox (about March 22-25) in 4000+ B.C., 2000 A.D., and 10000 A.D., it points directly to the northern star of each age: Thuban, Polaris, and Vega, respectively. Hermes, Ra, and all the others involved sure knew what they were doing when they built that magnificent monument.

axis 3 Illus3. At the Spring Equinox during ancient Egyptian times Thuban is the Pole Star of the Pyramid.

Since Polaris indicates "the system towards which the soul takes flight," could the change to Vega indicate a new flight pattern? Vega is a blue-white star and the fifth brightest star in the sky. It is in the constellation Lyra, the Harp or Lyre of the musician Orpheus. It was said that when Orpheus played this instrument, neither mortal nor god could turn away (Orpheus also introduced reincarnation into Greek mythology, a key concept in Cayce’s teachings as well). Interestingly, Vega marks the approximate direction toward which our sun and all its planets are traveling through space.

axis 4 Illus4. At the Spring Equinox during our present time, Polaris is the Pole Star of the Pyramid.

Here's the hard news: In order to have shifted from Thuban as the Pole Star to Polaris, the Earth would have shifted its northern axis pole about 26°, not a drastic shift. However, in order to shift from Polaris as the Pole Star to Vega, the Earth will have to shift its northern axis pole a whopping 51°! But, if it is done gradually, over a very long period of time, as Cayce indicated it would, then we should not be expecting a dramatic pole shift in the next few years. It's enough to know that the present age is ending and a new age is beginning.

aix 5Illus5. At the Spring Equinox of the future, Vega will be the Pole Star of the Pyramid.

As many of you know, Cayce said that during this new age we will regain the powers we had in our earliest incarnations into this world during the age of Atlantis and Lemuria or Mu. This was prior to our souls becoming as encased in matter as we are today and back when we had godly powers to solve our material needs more easily. Of course, Cayce warned that we did not handle these powers well, leading to the destruction of these ancient lands.

When asked what the New Age means to humanity, Edgar Cayce replied:"the full consciousness of the ability to communicate with the Creative Forces and be aware of the relationships to the Creative Forces and the uses of same in material environs. This awareness during the era or age in the Age of Atlantis and Lemuria or Mu brought what? Destruction to man, and his beginning of the needs of the journey up through that of selfishness." (1602-3)

About John Van Auken
John is an internationally renowned speaker, longtime staff member, and current director at A.R.E. A popular leader of A.R.E.’s life-changing tours to Egypt and other sacred sites, he is also the author of several best-selling books, including Edgar Cayce on the Revelation, Toward a Deeper Meditation, and his newest Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah. In addition he is a regular contributor to Venture Inward magazine. His extensive knowledge of the Cayce readings, the Bible, world religions, Gnosticism, and ancient Egyptian mysticism is combined with years of experience as a teacher and meditation retreat leader, to bring you a deeper understanding of this ancient mystical tradition that enhances the understanding and skill of today’s spiritual seeker.

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