Cayce, Edgar

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Cayce, Edgar Gender: M
Edgar Evans Cayce
born on 18 March 1877 at 15:20 (= 3:20 PM )
Place Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 36n52, 87w29
Timezone LMT m87w29 (is local mean time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 28°24' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°23 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 24°29'

Edgar Cayce


American mystic known as "The Sleeping Prophet." While in a sleep state he could discuss history, geology, metaphysics, philosophy and medicine. He gave approximately 30,000 life-readings and medical diagnosis to people during his lifetime. He founded a hospital, a university and the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) in Virginia Beach, Virginia that promotes research on his readings and continues his work.

Edgar Cayce was born to uneducated farming parents. He attended country school only as far as the eighth grade. As a child he had a strong desire to become a preacher, which he never formally realized. He prayed to be able to help others, especially children, and had a spiritual vision in 1890, at age 13, that told him he would be able to accomplish this dream of service. A lady bathed in light told Cayce to sleep with his head on his books, and then he would be able to remember what was in them. This was at a time when he was having trouble in school, and his father was apparently beating him for not being able to spell the words in his lessons correctly. Soon after, he showed signs of special abilities when he found that he could sleep on his school books and have photographic recall of every page, and he seems to have continued using this

ability throughout his early life-- such as when he got a job at an office supply and book store after having first been turned away, by demonstrating to the owners that he was more familiar with their catalog and inventory than they were.

On 3/16/1886 Cayce had his first vision. Two years later he was pronounced dead from drowning, but recovered. In 1900 he developed a severe case of laryngitis that doctors couldn’t cure. In desperation he tried hypnosis from a traveling practitioner and was cured after several treatments. Under hypnosis, he gave his first psychic reading on 3/31/1901 and learned that he could give accurate medical diagnoses and healing recommendations for himself and for other people. Requests for his readings increased by word-of-mouth.

Cayce married Gertrude Evans, his first serious girlfriend, after eight years of courtship on 6/17/1903. Their first child, son Hugh Lynn, was born on 3/16/1907 and his second son, Milton Porter, was born in 3/28/1911 and died 5/17/1911. Gertrude, weakened with grief, became ill with tuberculosis, and was cured by following the recommendations in her husband’s readings for her. Hugh Lynn’s eye was severely burned in an accident with photo flash powder in Cayce’s studio. Readings for him proved successful as well. On 2/08/1918 his third son, Edgar Evans, was born.

Two tragic fires plagued his photographic work; one occurred on 12/23/1906 and destroyed his studio and many paintings and works of art he had at the studio for a show and the other destroyed his new studio in September 1907.

By 1910, Cayce was receiving a great deal of publicity, particularly as a result of a New York Times article. He began giving readings in Hopkinsville as a "psychic diagnostician." At the same time, he operated his own photographic studio to support his family. The work with the readings progressed to the point where a full-time secretary was needed to record and transcribe the readings. Gladys Davis was hired in 1923 to perform that function. The family, with Gladys, moved to Dayton, Ohio later that year and Cayce began giving readings on a full-time basis. He established the Cayce Psychic Institute and began to give his first life readings, citing information on past lives of the inquirers, and other metaphysical topics in addition to the health readings.

In 1924, Cayce met a wealthy New York stockbroker who agreed to fund his work. They planned a national organization that would be called the Association of National Investigators. The readings recommended that the organization be located in Virginia Beach where a hospital was to be built, so the family moved there. The dream of the hospital was realized with its opening in 1927. Atlantic University opened in 1930 to study the readings and provide a college education. Hard times hit when funding was withdrawn and the hospital closed in February 1931. The Association of National Investigators disbanded that same year. Cayce was distraught, but a group of loyal supporters urged him to for a new organization, called the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), in Virginia Beach.

Cayce, his wife Gertrude and secretary Gladys Davis were arrested on charges of fortune-telling during a visit to New York in 1931, but the charges were dismissed. Four years later, Cayce, his son Hugh Lynn, and his stenographer were arrested in Detroit for practicing medicine without a license as a result of giving a reading for a sick child. Edgar was convicted and freed on probation.

More publicity came in 1943 with the publication of the Cayce biography, "There is a River" by Thomas Sugrue, and a Coronet magazine article, "Miracle Man of Virginia Beach." Heavy mail requests for readings deluged the A.R.E. Cayce struggled to keep up with the workload, giving many more readings than usual each day, against the advice of his own readings. His last reading of over 30,000 was given on 9/17/1944. He suffered a stroke and final illness and died on 1/03/1945 at 7:15 PM EWT in Virginia Beach. A few hours before dying, he roused from his sleep and said, "How much the world needs God today." His wife, Gertrude, died three months later on Easter Sunday, 4/01/1945, at sunrise. His mother died 25/10/1926; father died 11/04/1937.

Throughout his life, Cayce claimed no special abilities and did not capitalize financially or otherwise on his gifts. The readings never offered a set of beliefs or "religion" to be embraced, but instead focused on the idea that every person should test in his or her own life the principles presented. Though Cayce was a devout Christian who read the Bible through once for every year of his life, his work emphasized the importance of comparative study of belief systems from around the world. In fact, some of the metaphysical material that came through the sleeping Cayce was at first confusing and distressing to him in his waking state. However, he overcame his doubts, as have others, by observing the amazing accuracy and unfailing helpfulness of the readings in other areas, such as healing. For some, the Christian language of the readings is at first an obstacle. Yet, the underlying principle of the readings is the oneness of all life, acceptance of all people, and a compassion and understanding for every major religion in the world.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • parent->child relationship with Cayce, Milton (born 28 March 1911)
  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Cerminara, Gina (born 11 April 1914). Notes: Cerminara researched his work
  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Davis, Tom (born 21 June 1936). Notes: Cayce told about the past life of Tom Davis
  • compare to chart of Zeeuw, Gijsbert van der (born 30 December 1912). Notes: both were modest persons that impressed parapsychologists


  • Misc. : Mystical Experience 16 March 1886 (Experienced first vision)
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  • Misc. : Mystical Experience 1888 (NDE upon drowning and recovery)
  • Relationship : Marriage 17 June 1903 (Gertrude Evans)
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  • Misc. : Trauma from Nature 23 December 1906 (Fire destroyed studio)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 16 March 1907 (Hugh Lynn born)
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  • Misc. : Trauma from Nature September 1907 (Fire destroyed studio 2nd time)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Gain social status 1910 (Becoming known)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 28 March 1911 (Milton Porter born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 8 February 1918 (Edgar Evans born)
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  • Death by Disease 3 January 1945 at 7:15 PM in Virginia Beach (Stroke, age 68)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes biographer Doris Agee, "Edgar Cayce on ESP" (p.55) "As in this body, born 3/18/1877, three minutes past three o'clock." Hugh Lynn Casey "Venture Inward," same data, 3:03 PM. Given as CST, equivalent of 3:20 PM LMT.

Thomas Sugrue "There is a River" quotes his grandmom (p.59) "I heard the first squall you made at three o'clock exactly."

(R.H. Oliver quotes his son for 3:30 PM. Sugrue used 3:20 PM in an article in Astrology Review 3/47. Zip Dobyns quotes 1:30 PM given as family records from a librarian at the Cayce Foundation.)

Michael Rideout adds, 7/2001, "Report 4 for Reading 254-2 quotes a letter which Edgar Cayce wrote to Ms. 516. A date of September 16, 1935 is given, but I'm not sure if that was the date of Edgar Cayce's letter, or the date when Report 4 was added to the file:

> "...I was born on March 18, 1877, in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, at 1:30 o'clock on a Sunday afternoon. However, I have had several astrologers tell me it was impossible for me to have been born at that time, else I would have been a girl. But this is the actual record from my parents, the physician, and the birth certificate record..."

Thus, according to Edgar Cayce's own account, his birth certificate listed his time of birth as 1:30 p.m. The kind of time isn't mentioned, but LMT was observed before November 18, 1883.

Report 9 for Reading 2441-3 is Edgar's reply to Mrs.2441, which is dated December 31, 1941. In it, he has the following to say: Would be glad for your friend [Raymond McDermott] to give me a horoscope reading. The information, I believe - is Mar. 18th, 1877, 3.20 P.M., Long. 87-30, Lat. 36-45, Hopkinsville, Ky. Would like to see a copy if might, as you can imagine have seen quite a number of these and very few agree one with the other."

Michael Rideout, 2/2002, writes, "Cayce's location of birth is usually given as Hopkinsville, Kentucky, but

information on the CD-ROM says he was born on a farm near Beverly, Kentucky, about seven miles south of Hopkinsville. I'm therefore using 87W30, 36N45

for the coordinates."

Starkman rectified to 14.15.16 LMT

Note 30 May 2015: 3:03 cst or 3:20 lmt mentioned several times above, but 3:03 lmt was actually entered. This has been corrected now.


  • Traits : Mind : Education limited (Eighth grade only)
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Traits : Personality : Mystical
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Metaphysical (Reincarnation)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Mystical experience (Visions, prophesy)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Near Death experience (NDE upon drowning and recovery)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Out of Body experience (Upon near drowning)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Counselor/ Therapist (While in sleep-trance)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Psychic/ Medium/ Spiritualist
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Most known mystic)
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (Many books written about him)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession