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Interpreting the Earth Change Readings

It's NOT about Earthquakes: Spiritual Transformation Is the Goal
By Kevin J. Todeschi

I originally became infatuated with the Edgar Cayce readings more than 35 years ago because of the earth-changes readings. Like many individuals, my concern about earth changes was predicated upon information that all seemed to indicate a global future fraught with earthquakes, California sliding off into the ocean (potentially as far east as Nebraska), a shifting of the poles, and a calamitous disaster that would connect the Great Lakes with the Gulf of Mexico and essentially divide what remained of the continental United States in two.

By the time I had joined the A.R.E. staff in 1982 and had taken the opportunity to explore some of the Cayce readings for myself, my understanding began to change. Today, I am more convinced than ever that the Edgar Cayce material on earth changes is not really about earthquakes at all but instead about our connectedness as a human species. Just what are some of the misperceptions about this material? And what do the readings really suggest?

The readings on earth changes can be summarized into four categories:

  • Readings discussing changes for the 1930s, especially 1936;
  • Readings suggesting that earth changes are gradual;
  • Readings stating that earth changes are cataclysmic and disastrous; and
  • Earth changes that occurred in prehistory (ancient times).

Setting aside category #4 (prehistory), less than 20 of the more than 14,000 readings talk about the potential of future earth changes. Information that essentially explores .14 percent (that is point-one-four percent) of the Cayce material has become the most-publicized topic in the entire archives. In terms of category #1, here is an example of the readings talking about 1936:

(Q) Please forecast the principal events for the next fifty years affecting the welfare of the human race.
(A) This had best be cast after the great catastrophe that's coming to the world in '36 (thirty-six), in the form of the breaking up of many powers that now exist as factors in the world affairs … Then, with the breaking up of in '36 (thirty-six) will be the changes that will make the different maps of the world. (3976-10; 2/8/1932)

With the above in mind, was Edgar Cayce wrong? There was no shifting of the poles, no physical changes that impacted world maps, and no cataclysmic earthquakes. Let me offer an alternative explanation. Much like interpreting a dream, oftentimes a psychic has to "interpret" the symbols and images he or she sees in an effort to explain the changes that are being seen and predicted on a future timeline. Rather than earthquakes or pole shifts, 1936 marked the beginning of civil war in Spain, Hitler's invasion of the Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, and ongoing aggression between Japan and China that grew to an all-out war in 1937. Events were set in place causing the outbreak of World War II and the changes Cayce saw expressed themselves in the affairs of humankind. In fact, even by 1935 it appears as though the "different maps of the world" that Cayce had once foreseen as physical earth changes were being revisited and further clarified.

Kevin J. Todeschi is Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. and Atlantic University. He oversees activities of the Cayce work worldwide. As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 30 years, he has lectured on five continents in front of thousands of individuals. A prolific writer, he is the author of numerous articles and more than 20 books, including Contemporary Cayce: A Complete Exploration Using Today’s Science and Philosophy, Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, and The Rest of the Noah Story.

• Read the full article from the July-September issue of Venture Inward magazine. The magazine is available exclusively for A.R.E. members online.