“There is a River”, written by Tom Sugrue, was the first biography of Edgar Cayce. Other biographies written by other authors incorporated the documentation left by Cayce’s family, making it possible to reconstruct the significant moments of his life.
Edgar Cayce was born on March 18, 1877 into a farming family in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, during the Neptune-Chiron generational conjunction. He had four younger sisters. Sensitive and kind, he dreamt of becoming a missionary doctor.
On June 18, 1881, at the age of 4, he saw his grandfather die after a fall from a horse.
On March 16, 1886, when he was 9, he dreamt of an angelic figure who asked him to make a wish, and he answered that he wanted to help the world.
In 1890, when he was 13, a celestial woman told him to sleep with his head resting on his schoolbooks. He obeyed, and the next day he knew all the contents, as if he had studied for days.
On March 14, 1897, now 20, Edgar became engaged with Gertrude Evans, promising to marry her as soon as he was able to support a family.
In June 1898, Edgar lost his job.
At Christmastime of 1899, he returned to Hopkinsville and went into business with his father. He started traveling, selling insurance, books, and stationery items.
On March 24, 1900, when he was 23, after taking a sedative he lost his voice and was unable to speak except in a faint whisper. The hypnotist Stanley Hart at once saw in him an opportunity for a show. He organized an event at a theatre and announced that he would be able to cure Cayce by hypnotizing him. Cayce fell into a trance and began to speak in his normal voice, but when he woke up, he lost it again. Edgar decided to contact Al Layne, a hypnotist and osteopathy researcher. On March 31, 1901, when Edgar was 24, Layne had him enter a state like that which allowed him to memorize books, and then questioned him about the cause of his voice problem. Cayce diagnosed it as a psychosomatic disorder and prescribed the treatment, which worked and cured him.
Layne encouraged Cayce to solve other cases. Edgar wanted to get married and have a normal family life. After a period of doubts and readings of the Bible, he accepted.
He would go into a self-induced trance, doze off, and find the formulas for healing different people. At the end of his readings, he never remembered anything of what he had said during his trance.
On August 3, 1902, he did a reading for a 5-year-old little girl who was suffering from frequent convulsions. He said that the problem had arisen when she had fallen down the stairs. He recommended osteopathic adjustments, and a few days later the convulsions stopped.
On June 17, 1903, at the age of 26, he married Gertrude Evans.
On September 1, 1904, at the age of 27, he opened a photography studio with Frank Potter.
On December 23, 1906, when he was 29, a fire destroyed the collection of watercolors and engravings kept in the storeroom.
On September of 1907 (30 years old), another fire destroyed the studio. Cayce opened it again and took it upon himself to stay until he had paid off his debts, but Gertrude had to return home to Hopkinsville with their son Hugh Lynn, who had been born on March 16, 1907.
For Christmas of 1909 (32 years old), he went to visit his family, and his father introduced him to the homeopath Wesley Ketchum, who was suffering, he believed, from appendicitis. Edgar made a different diagnosis and suggested a simple treatment.
In 1910, when Cayce was 33, Ketchum presented a report to the American Society of Clinical Research calling him a medical wonder.
On October 9, 1910, an article in the New York Times carried the headline: “ILLITERATE MAN BECOMES A DOCTOR WHEN HYPNOTIZED.”.
Requests for readings arrived from all over. Edgar returned to Hopkinsville and opened another photography studio, but every day, during his time off, he did readings. He didn’t charge for them, but accepted donations.
In March of 1911, another son, Milton Porter, was born, but died on May 17, 1911, as per a message communicated during a reading.
Toward the end of the summer of 1911, Gertrude was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Edgar did a reading, and prescribed inhalations of apple brandy fumes from a charred oak barrel. By January 1912 Gertrude had fully recovered.
One day his son Hugh Lynn severely burned his eyes. Cayce’s prescription was that his son was to stay in a dark room for two weeks, treating his eyes with compresses soaked in a solution prescribed by doctors. No surgery was needed, and when the bandages were removed, the boy could see again!
On February 9, 1918, Gertrude and Edgar (now 41) became parents to another son, Edgar Evans.
Moved by the desire to build a hospital, Cayce joined some oil prospectors and went to Texas. His readings revealed that some of his partners were only interested in getting rich.
After four years, Edgar returned to Selma and resumed his normal life.
On September 10, 1923 he hired 18-year-old Gladys Davis as his secretary.
When Arthur Lammers, a printer, urged him to do a horoscope reading for him, for the first time Edgar spoke of reincarnation, something that conflicted with his religion. He reread the Bible and found that the concept of reincarnation was compatible with any religion.
Requests for readings increased exponentially, so Cayce left his photography studio. With the intention of finding investors for his hospital, he started to accept payment. After various vicissitudes, Morton Blumenthal agreed to finance the project in Virginia Beach.
In September of 1925, the Cayce family, together with Gladys Davis, moved to Virginia Beach.
On October 15, 1926, Cayce’s mother died.
In 1927 the Association of National Investigators was founded.
On November 11, 1928, the Edgar Cayce Hospital was opened.
In February 1931, the hospital was forced to close, and the organization dissolved for lack of resources.
In June 1931, the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.) was founded.
In 1931, during a visit to New York, Cayce, his wife Gertrude, and his secretary Gladys were arrested on a charge of fortune-telling, but then found innocent.
In 1935, Cayce, his son Hugh Lynn, and Gladys were arrested in Detroit for practicing medicine without a license, after treating a little boy. They were released on parole.
On November 4, 1937, Cayce’s father died.
In 1943, Thomas Sugrue published the biography “There Is a River” on Cayce’s life. The magazine Coronet published an article titled: “Miracle Man of Virginia Beach”. Cayce’s success and fame spread rapidly.
In the spring of 1944, his own readings recommended him to rest, but he did not heed them. In his last reading in September 1944, he was urged to suspend his activity. That same month, he suffered a stroke and became partially paralyzed.
He died on January 3, 1945 at 7:15 pm in Virginia Beach (68 years old).
Edgar Evans Cayce
March 18, 1877 – 15:20 (3:20 pm)
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 36°N52’, 87°W29’
Source: Rodden Rating C
Domification: Whole Sign.
Uranus in Leo square Pluto in Taurus. Neptune in Taurus
During the period of Cayce’s birth (1877), the needs of the collectivity jumped to the fore in the ranking of priorities, almost as ideals for improving society. The desire to consolidate spiritual rebirth conflicted with the attempts to find material resources: occultism, mysteries of the subconscious, and the study of hypnosis seemed to provide an answer to this conflict, with the risk of turning into a delirium of omnipotence or in any form of mystical hallucination.. There was a real explosion of paranormal phenomena, in both its highest forms and forms of charlatanism.
In Cayce’s birth chart, the generational energy became personalized, through the transformation of the collective ideal into personal self-realization, also thanks to Uranus in the 1st house. Broadminded but naturally inclined to self-discipline, despite the limitations caused by unexpected events, Cayce never lost faith and chose to help others (Uranus conjunct ascendant opposite descendant in Aquarius and governor of the 7th house). He managed to organize his work in such a way as to use it as both a message of salvation, and an instrument in healing (Neptune in the 10th house receives a trine from Jupiter in Capricorn in the 6th house). Cayce used his willpower, but also his personal power (Mars exalted) and strength of receptivity (Moon exalted) to devote himself to the extraordinary calling that led him to deal with a large public (Pluto and Neptune in Taurus become personalized in the 10th house, where the exalted Moon is).
The first wave appearing from the chart embraces almost the entire existential situation of Cayce. The oceanic mystic dimension of the Sun in Pisces shares a stellium in the 8th house: ever since he was a small boy, Edgar realized he had special psychic powers because he spoke, or imagined speaking, with the spirit of his dead grandfather; it may also have been a sort of hallucination, but it continued throughout his training, and it is from this propensity that his existential direction emerged. Later on, Cayce found success thanks to his ability to descend into the depths of the collective subconscious; beyond time and space, he came into contact with people’s subconscious and explored the “Akashic Records” (Neptune, dispositor of the Sun, dominates from the height of the 10th house).
A generous man, the fact that others might take advantage of his kindness didn’t bother him (Sun square Jupiter in the 6th house); not even the most difficult ordeals and most dangerous attempts could snuff out his light (Sun in the 8th house governs the 1st house). Although he was reserved, Cayce radiated an incredible dignity, so much so that it was impossible not to notice him (Sun in Pisces in the 8th house, trine ascendant, and governor of the 1st house). In every circumstance he was kind and polite (Sun and Venus in Pisces in the 8th house), and helpful to others (Saturn and Jupiter in mutual reception).
In the 8th house, the Sun expresses Cayce’s animic principle: that the body is a miniature of the solar system; human beings are connected with the planets, stars, and souls on the other side, through the subconscious mind, a receptacle of innumerable pearls that help people heal (stellium in Pisces receives a sextile from the Moon).
LOVE, BELONGING, AND CONFLICTS: TRIANGULATION AMONG FAITH, LOVE, AND TURMOIL
Cayce had a strong sense of belonging to the Catholic traditions (Moon exalted in Taurus), which were interior resources and helped him in his daily battles, giving his work strength (Mars in the 6th house trine south node in the 2nd house); therefore, his visions into the civilizations of the past and concerning reincarnation created inner turmoil and fear (Saturn opposite south node).
Parapsychology both attracted him and frightened him, even though it was an innate resource (Saturn in the 8th house opposite south node in the 2nd house). This conflict was partially remedied by his responsible and continuous orientation toward serving people (Mars exalted in the 6th house trine Capricorn south node). What is more, his instinctive understanding of people’s needs (Moon in Taurus in the 10th house stellium sextile) oriented the Neptunian mists, leading to his true calling (Neptune in the 10th house): the channeling with beings of other dimensions and the spirits of the dead (Moon exalted in Taurus governs the 12th house).
His love for his wife Gertrude was a congenial resource for carrying out this project (Moon in the 10th house sextile Venus in the 8th house), but also of great importance was the devotion of his young secretary and disciple (Venus governs the 3rd house). His sleep became a path of self-realization (the entire stellium is disposed by Neptune in the 10th house): during his sleep, the setting (Neptune governs the 8th house) was directed by his wife Gertrude, who questioned him lovingly, and by his devoted secretary who wrote down his words (Venus in the 8th house exalted in Pisces, while it governs the 10th and the 3rd houses).
In other words, his self-discipline (Saturn in the stellium) and spirituality (Stellium in Pisces) were supported by his capacity to love and good fortune to be loved (in the stellium Venus is exalted in Pisces and conjunct north node). And thus, the strength of love and the energy of the sublimated matter continued to strongly activate his prophetic abilities (Venus connected with the 6th house stellium sextile Moon square Mars). Cayce shared his intense “reading” activities with the two ever-faithful women, and thanks to their care, he was able to catalogue the huge amount of records for the benefit of the multitudes (Moon sextile Mercury) and which risked being lost (Moon exalted in Taurus in the 10th house square Uranus in the 1st house): 14,306 readings on 10,000 different subjects.
His mental gifts, mixed with a certain communicative limitation (Mercury in exile, but crucial in the stellium, being its first planet), found an expressive structure (Mercury conjunct Saturn; Mercury governs the 2nd and 11th houses) in the organization of a rigorous setting (Saturn governor of the 6th and 7th houses) focusing on compiling the extrasensory communications that otherwise would have gone up in smoke (Mercury conjunct north node in the 8th house; Mercury disposed by Neptune).
Summary of the grand Trine: simple, sensitive, reluctant to be at the center of attention, Edgar had wanted to get married, have children, and lead a normal, secure life (Moon in Taurus sextile Venus in Pisces), but he was forced to give up his privacy to make use of his talent and, at the same time, to place it at the service of mankind, in a productive manner (Grand Trine Moon, Mars, south node).
To be continued…