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The Sources And Veracity
Of Edgar Cayce's Readings


Analyzing Pole-Shift And Earth-Change Readings
According To The Criteria Of Part 1


Seven of Cayce's readings on forthcoming Earth changes are judged to be significant enough for intensive analysis, using the criteria identified in Part 1. Table 1 lists the ten criteria that could have affected each reading's truthfulness and predictive capability.

Table 1. The Ten Criteria From Part 1 That Were Used, Where Possible,
To Evaluate A Reading's Veracity And Predictive Capability

  1. The level of the source contacted.
  2. The physical, mental, and spiritual condition of Cayce when giving the reading.
  3. The degree of accord of mental attitudes of those around Cayce with respect to the type, class, or character of information sought.
  4. The suitability of the conductor of the reading to balance Cayce's polarity, so as to minimize the “shading” of information received.
  5. The ability of requestors of information to understand the level of the information sought.
  6. The sincerity of purpose or desire of the requesters of the reading.
  7. The degree to which Cayce was “bothered” during a reading as a result of the asking of irrelevant questions, or due to other actions of those present during the reading session.
  8. The presence of dissention, antagonism, lack of harmony, or greed in requester(s) of the reading.
  9. The degree to which the requester(s) could understand information from the level of the source sought.
  10. The presence of any questions in the minds of the requester(s), the conductor, or the recorder while a reading was being given.


We enter with trepidation on our analysis. One can only infer what the individuals requesting each reading might have been thinking at the time, what their desires for the future might have been, or what agendas they might have brought to a given reading session. But try one must to search for the truth of Cayce's readings on a coming pole shift and associated Earth changes. We have a right to know whether the events forecast could indeed occur soon, or if they reflect merely some errant journey into the psychic nether lands that constitute all other predictions of future events.

Could the readings' predictions of dire events for America have been obtained by Cayce's subconscious from the minds of authors of books like Phylos's A Dweller On Two Planets? I have been told that Cayce had a copy of that book in his possession. Are Cayce's readings on geophysical events forecast to take place after 1998 just a rehash of the speculative ideas of others? I'm thinking of ideas put forth by students (pre-Cayce) of stone construction patterns in the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid. We have a right to ask such questions, and to know how truthful the answers might be.

An Initial Attempt To Rank Pole-Shift Readings As To Their Veracity

I started out by constructing a table for ranking pole-shift readings against one another. I wanted to find out which of the readings might be partially truthful, as opposed to those that might be assumed to be fully truthful.

Table construction involved listing the ten most important factors bearing upon the veracity of a Cayce reading as column headings across the top of the table. The five reading numbers were listed down the left-hand side of the table. I then inserted numbers 1, 2, or 3 in each cell of the table. For cell one, for reading 270-35, the reading-veracity factor, dealing with the probable level of the source contacted, was inserted. I used a (1) for the Universal consciousness (the highest of sources), a (2) for a soul mind of a higher master, or a (3) for the subconscious mind of a discarnate entity. After all the cells were filled with my estimates for each of the ten factors, I then totaled the numbers for each reading to serve as a “reading reliability index.”

The results of the ranking effort were disappointing. Pondering over cell entries revealed something I had suspected from the start. I all too often had little in the way of real information on the various factors, excepting perhaps the first, the probable level of the source contacted.” I think you will agree with me on this difficulty when you scan the list above of the ten criteria used.

After failing in my attempt to rank objectively the pole-shift readings by the above method, I realized that I would have to estimate the truthfulness of each reading less rigorously. This would be done by reviewing all of the available CD-ROM correspondence, and associated ECF vault materials, relating to each reading. In this process I would be using the ten criteria given above, but without expecting to achieve a rigorous numerical result for each reading. I assumed that such a search would reflect any unreliable, invalid, or otherwise compromised transfer of information from Cayce's psychic source(s) to his conscious mind.

Each of the most important readings on pole shift and coming Earth changes will now be examined. I'll begin by quoting (in bold) the relevant portions of each reading. Then, I will evaluate the quoted material in terms of the ten criteria given above.

Reading 3976-15 January 19, 1934

As to the material changes that are to be as an omen, as a sign to those that this is shortly to come to pass - as has been given of old, the sun will be darkened and the earth shall be broken up in divers places - and THEN shall be PROCLAIMED - through the spiritual interception in the hearts and minds and souls of those that have sought His way - that HIS star has appeared, and will point [pause] the way for those that enter into the holy of holies in themselves.

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, and there will be shifting then of the poles - 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.

(Q) What are the world changes to come this year physically?1

(A) The Earth will be broken up in many places. The early portion will see a change in the physical aspect of the west coast of America. There will be open waters appear in the northern portions of Greenland. There will be new lands seen off the Caribbean Sea, and DRY land will appear. There will be the falling away in India of much of the material suffering that has been brought on a troubled people. There will be the reduction of one risen to power in central Europe to naught. The young king son will soon reign…..South America shall be shaken from the uppermost portion to the end, and in the Antarctic off of Tierra Del Fuego LAND, and a strait with rushing waters.

The entire hour-long reading was given for a group of people at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. Mitchell Hastings, 410 Park Avenue, New York City, between 11:40 a.m. and 12.40 p.m., on January 19, 1934. Hugh Lynn Cayce (HLC) conducted the reading, and Gladys Davis was the stenographer. The reading was given in response to a request made by those present, including Carolyn B. Hastings, Josephine L. B. Macsherry, and T. Mitchell Hastings. Mrs. Hastings led in meditation, before Mr. Cayce went to sleep.

We begin with the conductor of the reading, HLC, giving the suggestion. I have no information, incidentally, as to the favorability of HLC with respect to his polarity. If anyone knows anything about HLC's positive or negative polarity, I would like to hear of it. The suggestion itself represents the harmony of the group requesting the reading.

HLC: We seek at this time such information as will be of value and interest to those present, including T. Mitchell Hastings, Jr. in the next room, regarding the spiritual, mental and physical changes which are coming to the earth. You will tell us what part we may play in meeting and helping others to understand these changes. At the end of each fifteen minute period you will pause, until I tell you to continue, while the recording instrument is being arranged. You will speak distinctly at a normal rate of speech, and you will answer the questions which we will ask.

The first three paragraphs of the reading (below) are startling in their candor as to the intent of the group's members. The second paragraph anticipates that others would question the requesters later, about the channel, archangel Halaliel, through which the information was obtained. Such questioning did indeed occur later with respect to the sources mentioned in paragraph three below. And HLC was even asked to give a written opinion as to the Halaliel channel some 40 years after Norfolk Study Group No. 1 had rejected the archangel's offer of help in preparing the group‘s “Search For God” lessons.

Yes, as each of you gathered here have your own individual development, yet as each seeks to be a channel of blessings to the fellow man, each attunes self to the Throne of universal information. And there may be accorded you that which may be beneficial, not only in thine own experience, but that which will prove helpful, hopeful, in the experience of others.

Many a one may question you as to the sources, as to the channel through such information that may be given you at this time has come. Know it has reached that which is as high for each of you in your respective development as you have merited, and do merit; and has accorded and does accord to the realm of light that which may be aidful and helpful in thine own experience, and in the experience of those that ye in your service to thy fellow man may give unto others.

Hence, in giving the interpretation, MANY are present; many of those whose names alone would bring to others awe - discredit, yet - even a wonderment. For, not only then must the information be instructive but enlightening; yet it must also be so given that it may be a PRACTICAL thing in the experience of thine own self and in the experience of life of thine fellow man. Not only must it be informative in nature, but it must also be that which is constructive; though [pause] that which is informative and that which may be enlightening and constructive must at times overlap one another.

In this last paragraph we understand that the channel, Halaliel, would be passing along only constructive and enlightening information, irrespective of the various sources to which he had access at the time. Note also that criterion 5 (Table 1) seems to have been resolved positively; that is, the ability of the requestors of the information to understand that provided had been taken into account.

As for the physical, mental, and spiritual condition of Cayce when he gave the reading, only his physical condition has ever come into question. Some have said that Cayce was in poor health in the winter of 1933-1934. He did have a bad cold on December 4, 1933 (294-156), but it was much improved by January 6, 1934. (294-166) On January 29, ten days after giving the Halaliel-channeled reading, Cayce obtained another reading (294-169) for “congestion.” Note B1, covering the background of 3976-15 (on the CD-ROM for Cayce's readings), says that “before and after, EC was in poor health.” Nowhere is it recorded that Cayce was in poor health on the day that he gave reading 3976-15.

The mental attitudes of those present for the reading were exemplary; no greed-based questions were asked, nor were any questions recorded that could have been considered “bothersome” to Cayce.

We continue now with a further consideration of the level of the Halaliel channel. Archangel Halaliel was first mentioned to have been a channel for a Cayce reading on October 15, 1933. (262-56) His name next appeared on October 24, 1933 (5756-10 and 11), as one of the “forces” composed of Lamech, Confucius, Tamah, Halaliel, Hebe, Ra, Ra-Ta, and John. All of these “forces” were said to be available to answer a complicated question about how “the various matters” [of the Universe] came into existence.

Then, on January 7, 1934, members of Study Group No. 1 asked (in 262-57) just who Halaliel was.

(Q) Who is Halaliel, the one who gave us a message on Oct. 15th?

(A) One in and with whose courts Ariel fought when there was the rebellion in heaven. Now, where is heaven? Where is Ariel, and who was he? A companion of Lucifer or Satan, and one that made for the disputing of the influences in the experiences of Adam in the Garden.

On January 8, 1934, we find in reading 443-3, given for a woman seeking mental and spiritual advice, the following question and answer. (This reading was conducted by Gertrude Cayce, said to be a most acceptable conductor due to her negative polarity).

(Q) How high is this source that this information is being given from?

(A) From the universal forces, and as emanated through the teacher that gives same - as one that has been given - Halaliel.

Then, on January 19, 1934, we come to reading 3976-15, when Halaliel gave the entire reading. I believe it is correct to assume that, once again, as happened in reading 443-3 some eleven days earlier, Halaliel transmitted the information in 3976-15 from the source referred to as “the universal forces.” These universal forces may or may not be the same as the universal consciousness but, as interpreted by Halaliel, must be assumed to be amongst the highest of those levels available to humankind for information concerning future events.

At the time that Cayce gave reading 3976-15, Study Group No. 1 had not yet decided to reject Halaliel's offer of help. Thus, it would seem that Halaliel was a “clear and acceptable channel” to Edgar Cayce's conscious mind and to HLC's mind as conductor of the reading, at least at this point in time. Halaliel's services as a guide and teacher were not even offered to the group until September 9, 1934. (262-71) This was about nine months after reading 3976-15 was given.

In HLC's 1975 memo [see R3 of 262-56], he says, “Over a period of several readings….and after considerable discussion at the study group meetings a large proportion of Group #1 felt that the purposes and guidance for the group's activities should continue to be focused toward the level of the Christ Consciousness and that the offer of clarification and direction [from Halaliel] should not be accepted.” This group “rejection” occurred well after September 9, 1934, although I cannot find the precise rejection date. Thus it is highly probable that when Halaliel announced, halfway through 3976-15, that “I Halaliel, have spoken,” the announcement would not have adversely affected HLC's conduct of the remainder of the reading.2

Just how high is the “the universal forces” source of information? As a source capable of predicting future events, I would think that the universal-forces source is the highest possible. It certainly is as high or higher than any of the other sources listed in Part 1, with the possible exception of the universal or cosmic consciousness. This statement assumes that the universal-consciousness source is separate from the universal-forces source.

Since we are on this subject, I will attempt to order the sources identified in Part 1, by ranking them from most reliable (“highest”) to least reliable (“lowest”). We are talking here about ranking sources as to their reliability for making predictions of Earth changes and pole shift. Table 2 gives the ranking.

Table 2. Ranking Cayce's Psychic Sources With Respect To Their
Reliability For Predicting Pole Shift And Coming Earth Changes
  1. The universal, or cosmic consciousness. (Most reliable).
  2. Messengers of truth, or messengers from the higher forces that interpret the universal forces.
  3. Archangels.
  4. A spirit entity or spirit form.
  5. An individual disincarnate force.
  6. The outside source of supply.
  7. Any of all other subconscious minds. (Least reliable).

The remaining five sources identified in Part 1 are irrelevant to the matter of predicting future events, but are listed and numbered here for future reference.

  1. The Akashic records, Book of Life, esoteric records, Book of Revelation, or simply “the records.”
  2. The soul.
  3. The life.
  4. The body.
  5. The self.


Summary Evaluation For Reading 3976-15

This reading came from the highest of sources, the universal forces. It was transmitted to Cayce's subconscious mind by an archangel. Archangel Halaliel acted as a messenger of predictive truth, by using his ability to interpret the universal forces.

All of the evaluative criteria that could be applied from Table 1 to determine the truthfulness and reliability of a Cayce reading gave satisfactory results. Reading 3976-15, therefore, may be held up as the pre-eminent pole-shift and Earth-changes reading. It will serve as the standard against which all others will be measured.

Reading 1152-11 August 13, 1941

As to conditions in the geography of the world, of the country, - changes here are gradually coming about.

No wonder, then, that the entity feels the need, the necessity for change of central location. For, many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the U.S.

In the next few years lands will appear in the Atlantic as well as in the Pacific. And what is the coastline now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many of the battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over which the NEW order will carry on their trade as one with another.

Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia - these will disappear. This will be much sooner.

The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf, rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered.

Then the area where the entity is now located [Virginia Beach for rdg.] will be among the safety lands, as will be portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while the western land - much of that is to be disturbed - in this land - as, of course, much in other lands.

(Q) I have for many months felt that I should move away from New York City.

(A) This is well, as indicated. There is too much unrest; there will continue to be the character of vibrations that to the body will be disturbing, and eventually those destructive forces there - though these will be in the next generation.

(Q) Will Los Angeles be safe?

(A) Los Angeles, San Francisco, most all of these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York even.

(Q) Should California or Virginia Beach be considered at all, or where is the right place that God has already provided for me to live?

(A) As indicated, these choices should be made rather in self. Virginia Beach or the area is much safer as a definite place.

(Q) Is Virginia Beach to be safe?

(A) It is the center - and the only seaport and center - of the White Brotherhood.

This reading was given for a 66-year-old Protestant widow and writer. We have written previously about her, using the pseudonym, “Mrs. Whitsell.” Present at the reading in addition to Mrs. 1152 were Gertrude Cayce, the conductor, and Gladys Davis, the stenographer. The reading was given in Mr. Cayce's office. Mrs. Cayce's suggestion indicates the sincerity of the requester, Mrs. 1152.

GC: You will have before you the body and enquiring mind of [1152], present in this room, who seeks information, advice and guidance as to her health, her life and work. Feeling that a new life of service to humanity is calling her, you will please give the entity definite information as to just what this work is, and where she should live in order to best carry out this work. The entity submits herself to these sources for guidance, being perfectly willing to give up all personal belongings and to follow in the way that HE leads. You will give the entity that needed in order to be in the right place and at her right work. Then you will answer the questions she submits, as I ask them:

EC: Yes, we have the body, the enquiring mind, [1152], present in this room. This in part and in various phases we have had before.

As to counsel and advice, conditions that are existent and that are to be might well be given at this time to the entity. However, the choice as to place and activity should be within self. For, the individual entity is a free-willed individual. Circumstances, vibrations, individuals and varied activities alter those things to which the body does respond. And as there are changing conditions, changing in the group and the universal thought as in relation to those conditions to be met, all of these should be taken into consideration.

It is evident that there are strenuous conditions imminent in the affairs of the land, owing to thought as respecting the relationships in varied portions of the world.

And, as has been and is indicated, unusual combinations are being made; and those individual groups or nations that have heretofore manifested friendly or brotherly relationships are now soon to be as enemies.

It is self-evident that there will be the attempt to use a great deal of propaganda as regarding conditions in France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Spain, Norway, Turkey, the Holy Land and India.

A great number of individuals formulated into groups who have declared specific or definite policies will be questioned as to purpose and as to the ideal. Some of such will be drawn into coalition with questionable groups.

Hence this is not, in the immediate, the time for the joining definitely with any individual group's activity other than that which stands alone on Christ and Christ's principles.

For, with those changes that will be wrought, Americanism - the ism - with the universal thought that is expressed and manifested in the brotherhood of man into group thought, as expressed by the Masonic Order, will be the eventual rule in the settlement of affairs in the world.

Not that the world is to become a Masonic order, but the principles that are embraced in same will be the basis upon which the new order of peace is to be established in '44 and '45.

When these things are considered, then, it is self-evident that individuals should be up and doing. Especially the entity, with its abilities, has definite work to do in the present. The entity has the ability to work with or through individual groups, - not as a propagandist, but - as has been so oft indicated - do not magnify the differences of various groups, but rather UNIFY the sameness as expressed in many of them that hold to the principles as given in Him.

For, the time is at hand when individuals who have - as this entity - seen and given so much, and experienced so much as to the meaning of the advent of the Son of man, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, must now more than ever magnify and glorify Him in the relationships of individuals one to another.

There are so many groups that have such as a background, yet their working hypothesis, their working labels are under influences that belie that principle in its APPLICATION to individuals.

All of these should be taken into consideration by this entity; and its abilities as a speaker, its abilities as a writer should be directed in those conditions and affairs that will more and more unite seekers in every phase of life, in every position, in every portion of the country, to that standard set by Him. Not as in a church, not as in an ism or cult, but in that every soul does the best he can where he is and all with one ideal: "I am my brother's keeper - Christ the Lord is my brother!"

(Reading 1152-11 continues with the extract cited at the top of this section)

How high is the source of this reading? My estimate is that it could be as high as sources 1 or 2 in Table 2. It is true, however, that the reading does not mention pole shift, as does 3976-15. But this may be because pole shift was not a subject with which Mrs. 1152 was familiar. Or perhaps she was simply disposed to Earth changes, rather than pole shift.

What about the physical, mental, and spiritual condition of Cayce when giving the reading? From correspondence with Mrs. 1152, Cayce certainly knew of the fact that his reading, 1152-1, had said that she had been “a daughter of the Inn Keeper, that stood by - and was the second of those that took the Babe into their arms.” The strongly Christian nature of that reading would have from the first inclined Cayce's conscious mind favorably to 1152's own conscious mind, full of thoughts of the Christ Consciousness as her's was.

The conductor of the reading was most acceptable. The ability of Mrs. 1152's mind to understand the level of the information sought was quite adequate. And Mrs. 1152's sincerity of purpose and desire was strong. All of the remaining criteria used to judge the readings showed or implied that Cayce was not hindered to any degree in giving the reading.

Summary Evaluation For Reading 1152-11

This reading ranks a close second to 3976-15 in truthfulness and reliability for predicting potential Earth changes. And like 3976-15, which correctly predicted the rise and fall of Hitler, the paragraph above in 1152-11 [see the words in green] correctly predicted the time of the end of WWII and establishment of the United Nations in 1944 and 1945.

Reading 826-8 August 11, 1936

(Q) What great change or the beginning of what change, if any is to take place in the Earth in the year 2,000 to 2,001 A.D.?

(A) When there is a shifting of the poles. Or a new cycle begins.

This fragment is found in a reading that was given for a 35-year-old, male Protestant lawyer. He had requested a check reading on his mental and material welfare and he had submitted questions in advance. Mr. 826 was in Washington D.C. at the time of the reading. Present with Mr. Cayce in his office in Virginia Beach were Gertrude Cayce (conductor), Gladys Davis (stenographer, Hugh Lynn Cayce (HLC), and L. B. Cayce.

Gertrude Cayce began with this suggestion: “You will consider this entity's mental and spiritual developments and their expression in the present life. You will answer the questions which he has presented regarding his activities.”

EC: Yes, we have had the entity and those relations with the universe and universal forces that are manifested and latent in the personalities of the present entity.

Ready for questions.

We then find three questions, and answers, on the times of 826's physical and soul births, two questions on whether or not he should change jobs, one question on how to obtain copies of books he was interested in, and two questions on the evolution of souls. The next question asked is the same as that found above, at the beginning of this section. All in all, we have a person who seemed to be trying to satisfy threads of curiosity roaming through his mind. He seemed not the type to take an approach to truth seeking such as, say, that displayed by Mrs. 1152.

Then, after several more questions, now on his previous incarnations and whether or not he had incarnated on planets of the solar system, Mr. 826 asked for further suggestions from the primary source of the reading's information. Here's the final Q&A of the reading.

(Q) Do you have any further suggestions?

(A) Look within self rather than without. For what has been the command to those that came into the earth? "Be fruitful, multiply, SUBDUE the earth." For these have been given thee as signs, as seasons, as those that make known into the heart of man, in the study of these, the GLORY that the Father hath prepared for man. To imply that they rule the earth is to imply (or its teachers of same, is to imply) that they were set in motion and then have been forgotten!

Is that thy experience? Then you are in a bad shape!

In trying to get an idea of the possible source of the reading fragment on a shifting of the poles in 2,000 to 2001, I reviewed all of Mr. 826's previous readings. It seems that he had been a cousin and right-hand man of Uhjltd (a previous incarnation of Edgar Cayce) in Arabia. (826-4) In 826-5, he was told to write a book on “Wheat.” He was never told to write a book on pole shift. Where 826 got the idea to ask his question on the change, if any, to take place in the Earth in 2000 to 2001 A.D. is unknown, at least from his correspondence on file and from his previous readings.

The real question, of course, is from what source did the answer come? The readings for 826 give no clues. It is possible that Mr. 826 already had read something about “end times” prophecies, including a pole shift, for the turn of the century. Or perhaps he was aware of the prediction of the shifting of the poles given in reading 3976-15 some 31 months earlier. If so, this would lead us to believe that the source of the answer was his own self (source no. 12 in Table 2). Or perhaps the answer came from the subconscious mind of one of those present for the reading (source no. 7, Table 2). Recall that HLC had conducted reading 3976-15, and that HLC was also present for reading 826-8. In any event, the source seems not to have been anywhere near as high as that inferred for readings 3976-15 or 1152-11.

Owing to a lack of information, I think that there are only two other evaluative factors (see Table 1) that one can use to assess this reading fragment. One involves the sincerity or desire of the requester. (See no. 6, Table 1). Just how sincere, or desirous of an accurate answer, was Mr. 826 in asking what might easily be considered to be a flippant question? And was Cayce himself “bothered” by Mr. 826 asking such an irrelevant question (see no. 7, Table 1)? If so, we have grounds for concluding that the answer to Mr. 826's question may have contained “wavered,” or “shaded” information, as explained in Part 1.

Summary Evaluation For Reading 826-8

The truthfulness and reliability of this pole-shift reading fragment is questionable. It is not so much an answer to a prediction that was sought, as it is a very short answer to an unwarranted question. The question might well have disturbed Cayce to a degree because it was irrelevant both to the content of reading 826-8 and to all previous readings given for Mr. 826. Furthermore, there is a high probability that the source of the answer was considerably lower than that of readings 3976-15 and 1152-11.

Thus, the answer, “when there is a shifting of the poles,” is considered to be an example of the “wavering” or “deflection” of truth, as accessed by Cayce from his subconscious forces during a reading. I could be wrong, because there seems to be some evidence that the shifting of Earth's poles may have begun in 2000-2001. Only time will tell.

Note also that the answer was cryptic and not at all in depth. Again, this may have been due to a wavering of the answer as it was transmitted from Cayce's subconscious to his conscious mind, effectively preventing a useful amplification.

Reading 270-35 January 21, 1936

If there are the greater activities in the Vesuvius, or Pelee, then the southern coast of California - and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada - may expect, within the three months following same, an inundation by the earthquakes.

But these, as we find, are to be more in the southern than in the northern hemisphere.

This reading was given for a 50-year-old male, a Protestant and an accountant. Present at the reading were Gertrude Cayce (conductor), Gladys Davis (stenographer), Estella Smith, Jack Tobin, Jr., and Hugh Lynn Cayce.

The requester, Mr. 270, was in San Francisco, Calif.

The suggestion for this reading asked Cayce to address the body and enquiring mind of 270. Written questions were available for asking. After answering 18 questions about 270's physical problems, business considerations, political matters, mining situations, and real estate deals, the final question of the reading was offered to sleeping Cayce, as follows:

(Q) What is the primary cause of earthquakes? Will San Francisco suffer from such a catastrophe this year? If so, give date, time and information for the guidance of this body, who has personal property, records and a wife, all of which it wishes safety.

(A) We do not find that this particular district (San Francisco) in the present year will suffer the great MATERIAL damages that HAVE been experienced heretofore. While portions of the country will be affected, we find these will be farther EAST than San Francisco - or those SOUTH, where there has NOT been heretofore the greater activity.

The causes of these, of course, are the movements about the Earth; that is, internally - and the cosmic activity or influence of other planetary forces and stars and their relationships produce or bring about the activities of the elementals of the earth; that is, the Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water - and those combinations make for the replacements in the various activities.

This last portion of the reading then concludes with the fragment given at the top of this section.

Note that the predictions in the first paragraph of the answer just above proved to be accurate, as documented in my book, Coming Earth Changes (1996, A.R.E. Press, Virginia Beach, VA, p. 66). This suggests that the information for the entire reading fragment of interest is from a source high enough to make credible predictions. This source might even have been as high as the universal, or cosmic consciousness source. I would not think of it as being lower than the archangel source level (see Table 2).

In trying to apply evaluative factors 2-10 from Table 1 to the relevant fragment of reading 270-35, I could find no reason to suspect any wavering or shading of the information being transmitted from Cayce's subconscious to his conscious mind.

Summary Evaluation For Reading 270-35

The predictions of Earth changes given in the reading fragment under analysis seem to be reliable and without any components of wavered truth.

This reading fragment is believed to have true predictive capability.

Reading 378-16 October 29, 1933

For, these [records] were to be kept as had been given by the priests in Atlantis or Poseidia (Temple), when these records of the race, of the developments, of the laws pertaining to One were put in their chambers and to be opened only when there was the returning of those into materiality, or to the Earth's experience, when the change was imminent in the Earth; which change, we see, begins in '58 and ends with the changes wrought in the upheavals and shifting of the poles, as begins then the reign in '98 (as time is counted in the present) of those influences that have been given by many in the records that have been kept by those sojourners in this land of the Semitic peoples.

This reading was given for a 56-year-old male Protestant executive. It was given by Edgar Cayce at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Zentgraf, 400 St. Paul's Ave., Stapleton, Staten Island, New York.

Present were Hugh Lynn Cayce (conductor), Gladys Davis (stenographer), the requester (Mr. 378), Estelle Wilson, and Mrs. 255, Mrs. 301, Mr. 282, Ms. 276, Ms. 275, Mrs. 457, and Mr. 412.

The suggestion given to Cayce to begin the reading is recorded as follows: “Soul-mind, who seeks further information on his Egyptian incarnation as Hept-supht and its influence in the present; especially in reference to the incident and ceremony at the completion of the pyramid. Questions.

EC: Yes, we have those experiences of the soul-entity, the activities in the material, [378] - Hept-supht, in Egypt.

Much might be given respecting the activities of the entity who sealed with the seal of the Alta and Atlanteans, and the aid given in the completion of the pyramid of initiation as well as in the records that are to be uncovered.

This is a fascinating reading and it seems certain that it was sourced almost entirely from the Akashic records. The one small part of the reading that seems not to have been sourced from the Akashic records is found in the words at the beginning of this section. The words below, in bold font, indicate that the remainder of the sentence constitutes a prediction:

“….which change, we see, begins in '58 and ends with the changes wrought in the upheavals and shifting of the poles, as begins then the reign in '98….”

Because this prediction is consistent with those of 3976-15, a reading that we already have decided was sourced from the highest levels, we may assume that this part of 378-16 was sourced from that level as well.

Due to a lack of information to the contrary, I will assume that all of the evaluative criteria listed in Table 1 were favorable with respect to Cayce's reception and transmission of un-wavered and un-deflected, truthful information.

Summary Evaluation For Reading 378-16

This reading fragment's pole-shift and Earth-changes predictions are believed to reflect essentially un-wavered truth and can be assumed to be accurate, within the overall context of the Cayce readings.

Reading 958-3 June 28, 1940

And Poseidia will be among the first portions of Atlantis to rise again. Expect it in sixty-eight and sixty-nine ('68 and '69); not so far away!

This reading was given for a 31-year-old divorced, female secretary, of the Protestant faith. The reading was given at Cayce's home in Virginia Beach in accordance with a request made by the Miss 958. It had been 11 years since her previous two readings for physical problems. Present for the reading were Gertrude Cayce (conductor), Gladys Davis (stenographer), and Mrs. [1100] and Mr. [470]. The requester (958) was in Texas during her reading.

GC's suggestion was as follows: “You will give the relation of this entity and the universe, and the universal forces; giving the conditions which are as personalities, latent and exhibited in the present life; also the former appearances in the Earth plane, giving time, place and the name, and that in each life which built or retarded the development for the entity; giving the abilities of the present entity, and that to which it may attain, and how. You will answer the questions, as I ask them.

EC: (In going back over years from the present - " - '34 - not so well - " etc., on back to birth date.)

Yes, we have the records here of that entity now known as or called [958].

In giving the interpretations of the records as we find them here, these are chosen from same with the desire and purpose that this be a helpful experience for the entity; enabling it to realize the purposes for which it entered this present plane.

For, the entity is one of those from the Atlantean activities; and thus, in a manner, will be one that will either advance through the hardships and disappointments which have arisen, and may arise, or that will allow such to become the stumbling stones for the bringing of disturbances to make the entity dissatisfied; and thus losing the opportunities that are given each soul.

The prediction that Poseidia would rise again in 1968 and 1969 did not come about, at least in terms of its rising above the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. It may, however, have begun to rise in those years, as intimated in reading 2012-1 given in September of 1939 nine months prior to 958-3. Reading 2012-1 states that there were records of activities of individuals on Atlantis that were preserved in “…the Atlantean land, that sank, [and which] will rise and is rising again…”

Thus, a possible interpretation of these two readings is that the part of Atlantis that contains certain pre-historical records was rising in 1939 and, as of 1968 or 1969, Poseidia was also beginning to rise. We need to consider also that perhaps the truth of this extract from 958-3 was somehow wavered or deflected in some way to yield erroneous dates. A factor that enters into judging the accuracy of psychic information is that sometimes the event is foreseen but the time remains uncertain.

When Cayce was asked when we can expect the Earth changes, his source sometimes said, in effect, only God knows, as in the following reading.

(Q) Regarding the general world conditions, is it likely that changes in the Earth's surface in the Mediterranean area will stop Italy's campaign against Ethiopia?

(A) Not at THIS particular period. This may EVENTUALLY

be a portion of the experience, but not just yet.

(Q) When is this likely to occur?

(A) As to times and places and seasons, as it has indeed been indicated in the greater relationships that have been established by the prophets and sages of old - and especially as given by Him, “As to the day and the hour, who knoweth? No one, save the Creative Forces [God].”

416-7; October 7, 1935

Almost nothing specific is available relative to the fragment of 958-3 that we are analyzing. Because 958-3 is essentially a Life Reading, however, we can assume that the source for nearly all of the reading is the Akashic records (see no. 8, Table 2). It is thus both unexpected and strange that another (?) source would suddenly break into the overall train of thought of a Life Reading to proclaim, “And Poseidia will rise again in '68 and '69; not so far away!”

This proclamation sounds like an answer to an unspoken question, perhaps one originating in the minds of either the man [Mr. 470] or the woman [Mrs. 1100] present during the reading. Each of these individuals had been given Life Readings that indicated that they had been closely associated with and “marked” by Ra-Ta the high priest [Cayce in an earlier incarnation] in the Egyptian period. No explanation is given for their sitting in on the reading for Miss 958-3, off somewhere in Texas.

Summary Evaluation For Reading 958-3

This Life Reading was undoubtedly sourced from the Akashic records. The reading fragment of interest seems wholly out of place, however, and may have been an answer to a question originating in the mind of one of the individuals sitting in on the reading, or in the mind of the conductor or recorder of the reading. This surmise suggests that there was a wavering of the truth behind the dates given for the rising of Poseidia. The true dates might well have been deflected if Cayce had been bothered by the irrelevant question that may have emanated from a mind other than the requester's (Miss 958's).

Finally, reading 416-7 indicates that dates given for coming Earth changes must always be conditional, because only the Creative Forces of the Universe know exactly when they will occur.

Reading 311-8 April 9, 1932

(Q) How soon will the changes in the Earth's activity begin to be apparent?

(A) When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea (that's South Pacific, to be sure), and those as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that's almost opposite same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Aetna area, then we may know it has begun.

(Q) How long before this will begin?

(A) The indications are that some of these have already begun, yet others would say these are only temporary. We would say they have begun. '36 will see the greater changes apparent, to be sure.

(Q) Will there be any physical changes in the Earth's surface in North America? If so, what sections will be affected, and how?

(A) All over the country we will find many physical changes of a minor or greater degree. The greater change, as we will find, in America, will be the North Atlantic Seaboard. Watch New York! Connecticut, and the like.

(Q) When will this be?

(A) In this period. As to just when -

(Q) What, if any, changes will take place around Norfolk area, Va?

(A) No MATERIAL, that would be effective to the area, other than would eventually become more beneficial - in a port and the like.

(Q) Is the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, fully aware of the impending changes in the Earth's activities, and is it taking proper steps to meet these conditions?

(A) This, to be sure, would involve many of those that are secrets, or for many of only initiates for this particular order. There is being a concerted effort to warn those of that particular trend of thought in the direction, though the period as is mostly given, as we find, BEGINS then and goes on - rather than being the period of the greater change, as is being taught by these - see? Some of these, it's best not to give, for we would involve others; for some here are not initiates!

This reading was given for a 29-year-old male commercial agent for a railroad company. He was a Protestant and Rosicrucian.

This reading was given at Cayce's office in Virginia Beach. Present for the reading were Gertrude Cayce (conductor), Gladys Davis (stenographer), Mr. [311], and Hugh Lynn Cayce.

GC: “You will have before you the body and enquiring mind of [311], present in this room, regarding information which has been given through these sources, and his material and mental affairs. You will answer the questions which he will ask regarding these, as I ask them.”

EC: Yes, we have the body, the enquiring mind, [311], present in this room. Also information that has been given through these channels as respecting conditions and affairs, mental, physical and spiritual, of this entity, this body.

Following this suggestion were a number of questions about Mr. 311's concerns, such as the changes going on in the railroad industry, the course of the Great Depression, and his stock purchase ideas. At one point Demetrius interjects himself to impart some philosophy to 311. Note that in Part 1 I have thoroughly discussed this matter of the Demetrius source appearing in reading 311-8.

What is the source for the Earth changes information found in 311-8? As one reads through 311's earlier readings he becomes certain that the issue of Demetrius lurking in the background must be faced squarely. For as reading 311-3 indicates, the requester might be depending a bit too much on the spirit form known as Demetrius for information.

(Q) When [Edgar Cayce is] giving a reading, do the thoughts come from your [his] subliminal self, from a discarnate entity or entities or from what source is the information derived?

(A) That [is] dependent upon the individual SEEKING the information, and may be by the desire of the individual made to APPEAR or be from either or ANY of the sources; that is, as is seen in this particular instance, or case [311-3], the channel here is a manner or means of the source as of the universal, or of that phase or portion of students IN the universal plane, as it may ALSO be of any COSMIC force, or an individual disincarnate force CAPABLE of ATTUNING to those channels - or that ATTUNEMENT which ALLOWS an intercourse of expressions with the desire of one seeking same - see? As may be given here, there have been those interests of this individual entity in the study of various forms of OCCULT or MYSTIC influences. An influence of the study of any particular system creates a SPIRIT of that force, partaking of all that would add TO that particular interest - as may be termed the "Spirit of America", that which includes all that is disincarnate or incarnate that is to the upbuilding, to the development OF that force itself in SPIRIT form, and MAY be had by one seeking same, as a whole or any portion thereof. Or, as in the study of those that the body mental itself has studied. Now, there may be obtained such as is the spirit of Buddha, or Buddhism in its CRYSTALLIZED form, or as it touches upon any of the various characterizations that have incarnated into the earth's plane, or any in the Zoroastrian - which the entity or body has made a study of rather close in some form. THESE may be had from individual or from that as a WHOLE itself - see? This is deep, yes - but this IS the FORMATION in which one in THIS position, as THIS body, MAY understand. Few would!

So then, was Demetrius giving the Earth changes information found in the extract at the beginning of this section? Or was it given from the universal plane, or from “students IN the universal plane?”

I think one might reason that because Earth changes information was a relatively new topic to Mr. 311, he might not have considered relying on Demetrius for an answer. Indeed, it is only after the first three paragraphs of this reading-paragraphs that sound like the universal source speaking -- that Demetrius breaks in for one paragraph's worth of advice to Mr. 311. Right after this interjection we find, “Ready for questions.” And the answers given to all of the questions after this point in the reading strike one as having been sourced from the universal plane of consciousness (see no. 1, Table 2). This seems especially true if one considers the last Q&A in the fragment at the beginning of this section. Here we find an awareness on the part of the source of the information that comports well with the ongoing theme of 3976-15 - sourced from the universal plane. The similarity in themes between 3976-15 and 311-8 is that the Earth changes would not be happening soon after 1932 (the date of reading 311-8) but would only begin in 1958-1998.

There is a lack of information on any of the other criteria (Table 1) that might be used to evaluate this reading fragment's veracity and predictive capability.

Summary Evaluation For Reading 311-8

The Earth-changes information in the reading fragment cited is probably for the most part truthful, and it has predictive capability that may be trusted.

Summary and Conclusions

Seven psychic readings given by Edgar Cayce predicted Earth changes and/or pole shift, especially for the post-1998 period. Analysis of the predictive capability of each reading was based on two sorts of information, as obtained from various other readings given by Cayce throughout his period of work.

The first type of information used to evaluate the truthfulness of information obtained in a predictive reading, was concerned with the level from which the information was obtained. The level of the source of the information was the fundamental determinant of the quality of the psychic predictions. The highest level, for example, was the universal or cosmic-consciousness source (or level) of predictive information. Some twelve possible sources of Cayce's psychic information are identified and ranked - somewhat subjectively to be sure -- according to their presumed level of truth.

The second type of information used to evaluate the veracity, comprehensiveness, and predictive capability of each reading had to do with factors that could have “shaded,” “deflected,” or otherwise compromised the truth being transmitted from Cayce's subconscious to his conscious mind during the process of giving a reading. An example of a compromising factor would be the physical, mental, or spiritual condition of Cayce when giving a reading. Some ten factors, or evaluative criteria, were identified and applied, where possible, in the analysis of the predictive capability of each of the seven readings.

Here are the results of my work.

Readings considered to have significant predictive value. (Listed in decreasing order of comprehensiveness, truthfulness, and predictive capability):

3967-15 (Pole shift and Earth changes)

1152-11 (Earth changes)

270-35 (Earth changes)

378-16 (Pole shift and Earth changes)

311-8 (Earth changes)

Readings considered to have weak predictive value:

826-8 (Pole shift)

958-3 (An Earth change)

Reading 826-8 deals, in part, with a shift, or the beginning of a shift, of the poles of the Earth in the year 2000 to 2001. Reading 958-3 deals with the rising of Poseidia, an island of sunken Atlantis, in 1968 and 1968.


  1. In recent years some have said that because 3976-15 was given in early 1934, and that because none of the changes described in answer to this question did occur in 1934, all of Halaliel's predictions must be wrong.

    Look again, however, at the exact wording of the question. It is, "What are the world changes to come this year, physically?" We must ask, does the word "this" mean "the present," as in "What changes are to come in the present year?" Or, does "this" refer to some word or phrase given earlier in the reading?

    The antecedent of "this," in "this year" is "the acceptable year of the Lord," being discussed two paragraphs earlier in 3976-15. The following unbroken quote from the reading shows the connection, and the two times that the word "year" is used are entered in red letters.

    Who shall proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord in him that has been born in the Earth in America? Those from that land where there has been the regeneration, not only of the body but the mind and the spirit of men, THEY shall come and declare that John Peniel is giving to the world the new ORDER of things. Not that these that have been proclaimed have been refused, but that they are made PLAIN in the minds of men, that they may know the truth and the truth, the life, the light, will make them free.

    I have declared this, that has been delivered unto me to give unto you, ye that sit here and that hear and that see a light breaking in the east, and have heard, have seen thine weaknesses and thine fault findings, and know that He will make thy paths straight if ye will but live that YE KNOW this day -- then may the next step, the next word, be declared unto thee. For ye in your weakness [pause] have known the way, through that as ye have made manifest of the SPIRIT of truth and light that has been proclaimed into this Earth, that has been committed unto the keeping of Him that made of Himself no estate but who brought into being all that ye see manifest in the Earth, and has declared this message unto thee: "Love the Lord thy God with all thine heart," and the second is like unto it, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Who is thine neighbor? Him that ye may aid in whatsoever way that he, thy neighbor, thy brother, has been troubled. Help him to stand on his own feet. For such may only know the acceptable way. The weakling, the unsteady, must enter into the crucible and become as naught, even as He, that they may know the way. I, Halaliel, have spoken.

    (Q) What are the world changes to come this year, physically?

    (A) The Earth will be broken up in many places. The early portion will see a change in the physical aspect of the west coast of America. There will be open waters appear in the northern portions of Greenland. There will be new lands seen off the Caribbean Sea, and DRY land will appear. There will be the falling away in India of much of the material suffering that has been brought on a troubled people. There will be the reduction of one risen to power in central Europe to naught. The young king son will soon reign. In America in the political forces we see a re-stabilization of the powers of the peoples in their own hands, a breaking up of the rings, the cliques in many places. South America shall be shaken from the uppermost portion to the end, and in the Antarctic off of Tierra Del Fuego LAND, and a strait with rushing waters.

    (Q) To what country is the reference made regarding the young king?

    (A) In Germany.

    It is always possible to assume that the answer to, “What are the world changes to come this year physically?” had been formulated prior to the start of the reading and that the question really was referring to 1934, because the reading was given in January, at the beginning of that year. But we can just as well assume that an archangel may not like to have his train of thought interrupted. And when the question was asked, Halaliel had just been speaking about “the acceptable year of the Lord.”

    Buttressing my argument that Halaliel's answer was not referring to a typical 12-month year, consider that Hitler's rise and fall, predicted above, required 11 years after 1934 to be realized. Furthermore, it has taken more like 50 years after 1934 for there even to begin to be "the falling away in India of much of the material suffering" there, also mentioned above. By extension of these observations, we have every right to assume that the Earth changes mentioned above, and in the rest of Halaliel's reading, are yet to come.

    The "acceptable year of the Lord" in the Halaliel reading seems to coincide with the period of time mentioned in reading 364-8 that says that the changes will materially come over the 1,000-year period of the first resurrection [when] "He will walk and talk with men of every clime." And the Messiah is to enter "in this period - 1998." (5748-5) Thus, there seems to be a convergence of readings that suggests that the catastrophic Earth changes mentioned in 3976-15 are to occur in 1998 and beyond.

  2. Howard Church (“The Halaliel Question,” Venture Inward, May/June 1992) has expressed the opinion that Halaliel's contribution to 3976-15 was limited “apparently” to only a portion of the reading. But Church's fertile imagination casts doubt on this conclusion when he goes on to say, “I think that we might agree that [Halaliel's] tone and style carried a dark, minatory ring, wholly alien to the spirit of the Christ. It was almost as if a “Lord of Karma” might have spoken - which could, in fact define Halaliel's appointed role in the angelic hierarchy.” The “tone” referred to by Church actually moves back and forth throughout 3976-15, between “minatory,” if one wants to call it that, and constructive, forming one enlightening whole. Thus, it is my opinion that the entire reading was channeled by Halaliel, from the universal forces.

  3. At the same time, if one or more of those “forces” accessed in 3976-15, were in fact aspects of the universal forces, given names like John, Ra-Ta, or Confucius (see reading 5756-10 mentioned above), then perhaps Halaliel, being also one of those forces, might well have identified his aspect's particular part of the reading. But it seems clear, to me at least, that Halaliel was definitely the channel for the entire reading. That seems clear when Halaliel said to the requesters that his channel

    “has reached that which is as high for each of you in your respective development as you have merited, and do merit; and has accorded and does accord to the realm of light that which may be aidful and helpful in thine own experience, and in the experience of those that ye in your service to thy fellow man may give unto others.

    (3976-15, above)