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Edgar Cayce and the Pole Shift
by Jon D. Jefferson
© 1997

Let us cut right to the chase: you all know, or should by now, who Edgar
Cayce (EC) was and what he did. For a more general audience, I would here
have presented an outline of the mans' record: his predictions, fulfilled,
un- fulfilled, and those waiting to be proved either. For my present
esteemed readers, I can now dispense with all that; yet a brief accounting
is in order. EC gave 14,879 readings that have been recorded and indexed by
the A.R.E. ; 8,968 of those were for individual's health, medical, life, and
physical wel- fare concerns. 650 readings contain what we now call "earth
changes" references; the vast majority of these were for pre-historic
(mostly destructive) earth changes envolving the fabled Atlantis; just a
very few concerned Lemuria. Just 43 of these readings were indexed as future
earth changes, and only 8 of these can truly be classified as being
references to specific events places and date- times; (as opposed to being
too ambiguous for any serious analytic attempt). The purpose of this inquiry
is to focus in on these eight readings, and to objectively examine the
EC/A.R.E records to find out exactly what the man said pertaining to
Pole-shifts; specifically, to future ones and the timing of such. Why? The
concept of P-shifts is the key linking catastrophic earth geological changes
to global climatic changes, mass extinctions, plate- tectonic movements,etc,
that would affect all human and animal life on this planet. Other than a
natural event, such as a direct cometary/asteroidal earth impact, or a mass
influx of cosmic radiation into our atmosphere from a faraway exploding
supernova, or from the devasting nuclear-winter fallout caused by man- made
atomic warfare, the most catastrophic event to affect earth life would be
the consequences brought about by any change in the angle of the Earth's
axis of rotation in relation to the orbital ecliptic plane: a Pole-shift !

EC was the first non-scientific person of our modern era to bring the
P-shift concept into the mass consciousness; there are several major
scientists of this century that also expouse this concept as an event that
has happened before in Earths' past. EC was the first to say it will happen
again, and in our near future. So much has been written in the popular press
and mass media since his death in 1945, that an entire cottage industry has
grown around EC's vast quantity of readings, which in themselves covers many
diverse themes and topics; especially now as we close out the late 1990's
years and stand on the millenium 2000 horizon. As such, we often get an
incomplete, inaccurate and distorted account of the EC material. For the
record, EC never gave readings directly re- lating to the P-shift concept
per se: these references were imbedded in spont- aneoulsly generated
pronouncments in responses to specific questions posed by an individual, or,
in some cases by a group, as to their own life's concerns. The questions I
am now posing are these: what specific references to P-shifts were made, and
secondly, are they to be interpreted literally, or in a more symbolic/
metaphorical sense? This you must decide for yourself. We will address these
questions later on; now, let us examine the record.
[NB: questions and EC quotations are here clipped for brevity's sake, just
enough to highlight key phrases referring to P-shifts. Please see source
ref- erences cited below for full text. All EC quotations are followed by
the year given and ARE reading index #].

Pre-historic:
EC>" ...when there came the uprisings in the Atlantean land, and the
sojourning southward- with *the turning of the axis*, the white and yellow
races came more into that portion of Egypt,India,Persia, and Arabia."
[1932/364-13]

EC>"...of this period...of this time...when the changes must come again, as
it did in the upheavals which destroyed Atlantis *when the poles shifted*
.... as we find ...10,500 BC." [1932/5748-006]

EC>"...the entity was among those who were of that group who gathered to rid
the earth of the enormous animals which overran the earth; but ice, the
entity found, nature, God, *changed the poles*, and the animals were
destroyed." [1944/5249-1]

[Note: The Greek writer Herodotus, in his _The Histories_,Book Two, p.186,
states that Egyptian priests told him their records show that the sun had
"four times risen out of his usual quarter" and had "twice risen where he
now sets and twice set where he now rises." The implications here being that
twice in their history, the Egyptians observed the sun rising in the West,
and setting in the East, then returning to present conditions; at least
three physical Pole-shifts would have to account for this.]
Future:

EC> "...that day when the earth will be rolled as the scroll; for the
heavens and the earth will pass away." [1932/0262-028]
[Note: compare:"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled
together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
REV/6:13-14]:

EC> "...*the polar regions were once turned* to where they occupied more of
the tropical and semi-tropical regions." [1932/311-8]

Q> "Will Italy adapt a more liberal form of government?"
EC> " ...these will not come, as we find, as broken, before the catastrophes
of the outside forces to the earth in '36, which will come from the
*shifting of the equilibrium of the earth itself in space*, with those of
the consequential effects upon the various portions of the world..."
[1932/3976-10]

EC> " ...this, then, receives all the records from the beginnigs of that
given by the priest, Arart, Araaraart, and RA, to that period when there is
to be *the change in the Earth's position." [1932/5748-6]
Q> "What will be the type and extent of the upheaval in '36?"
EC> "The wars, the upheavals in the interior of the earth, and the *shifting
of same by the differentiation in the axis as respecting the position from
the Polaris center*." [1932/5748-6]

EC> "...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 *the
shifting of the poles*, as begins then the reign of '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 sojouners in this land of the Semitic
peoples." [1933/378-16]

EC> "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 upheavals
in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of
volcanoes in the torrid areas. There will be *shifting then of the poles* ,
so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will
become tropical, and moss and fern will grow. and these will begin in those
periods in '58 to '98." [1934/3976-15]

Q> "How soon will the changes in the earth's activity begin to be apparent?"
EC> "Those changes will begin in those periods in '58 to '98 ..., when there
is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Pacific and those
as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that's almost opposite same, or
in the Mediterranean and Mt. Etna area; then we may know it has begun. If
there are greater activities in the Vesuvius or Pelee', then the southern
coast of Caififornia, and the areas between Salt Lake City and the southern
portions of Nevada, may expect within the three months following same, an
inundation by the earthquakes. But these are to be more in the Southern than
the Northern Hemisphere." [1932/311-10]

EC> "The greater change, as we will find in America, will be in the North
Atlantic seaboard. Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions
of the East Coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the West
Coast, and the central portions of the US. Lands will ap- pear in the
Atlantic as well as the Pacific. And what is the coastline now of many a
land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battlefields of the present
[1941] will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays,.... Portions of the now
east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main,
disappear; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will
disappear." [1941/1152-11]

EC> "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
appear open waters in the northern portions of Greenland. There will be seen
new lands off the Caribbean Sea, and DRY land will appear. South America
will be shaken from the uppermost portion to the end; and in the Antarctic
off Tierra del Feugo will be land, and a strait with rushing waters."
[1934/5749-15]

Q> "What great changes, or the begining of what change, if any, is to take
place in the earth in the year 2000 to 2001 AD. ?"
EC> "When there is a *shifting of the poles*. Or a new cycle begins."
[1936/826-8]


Key Phrase Summary:
Now let us review key phrases cited by EC regarding P-shifts:
1.> "the earth will be rolled as a scroll"
2.> "turning of the axis"
3.> "when the poles shifted"
4.> "changed the poles"
5.> "the polar regions were once turned"
6.> "shifting of the equilibrium of the earth itself in space"
7.> "the change in the earth's position"
8.> "shifting of same by the differentiation in the axis"
9.> "the shifting of the poles"

Scientific Defintions:
Geographic axis: man-made arbitrary north-south fixed reference that
determines lines of longitude and latitude, and the geographic North and
South Poles.

Axis of instantaneous rotation: the true astronomical axis; the rotation
axis. The line drawn through the Earth about which it is actually rotating
at any point in time. The points where the line cuts through the earth's
surface are called the "rotation poles"; the visualised extention of the
north axis line in space currently points to the star Polaris, the North
Star.

Axis of maximum moment of inertia = the axis of figure: because the Earth is
not a perfect sphere, but is physically an oblate spheroid, the position of
the axis of figure is not a precise constant, but is affected by the
constant change in the earth's distribution of total mass: (ie, by ocean
tides, atmospheric cond- itions, plate tectonic movements, etc.). The
combinations, and movements, of these masses with gravitational, centrifugal
and orbital velocity vector forces, create what we call the equatorial
bulge, and thus, the axis of figure. If the Earth were a perfect sphere,
there would not be such an axis. The angular difference between the
astronomical axis and the axis of figure, called a "nutation", causes an
Earth orbital spirical oscillation, known as the famous Chandler "wobble".
The equatorial bulge, the rotation axis' angle of inclination to the
ecliptic plane, the gravitational tidal forces of the Sun, Moon and planets,
have an affect on the Earths' orbit that produces the famous precession of
the equinoxes.

Axial Tilt: the ecliptic is the plane of the Earth's ellipsoidal orbital
path around the sun; the rotation axis is currently inclined to the ecliptic
by an angle of 23.5 degrees: this is called the obliquity, or tilt, of the
axis. It is this axial tilt that causes our annual seasons. Due to orbital
dynamics, the obliquity varies between a minimum of 21 degs. 39 mins. and a
maximum of 24 degs. 36 mins. over a 41,000 year cycle. The axial tilt's rate
of change, (angular differentiation), is currently measured as .013 degs.
per century.

Geomagnetic axis: not to be confused with the geographical axis, as it often
times is. The Earth's magnetic field (whose real source is still an ongoing
scientific mystery, but generally attributed to the interactions between the
interior molten convection currents and the nickle-iron core, generating an
electromagnetic force field, coupled with the rotational and orbital
forces), itself has, by its own lines of force through space, the
magnetosphere, a north- south axis. At present, the angular difference
between geographic and geo- magnetic north poles is about 11 degrees.
Through paleomagnetism, (the study of the magnetic properties of rocks),
scientists now have solid proof that the earth's magnetic field, and thus
the geomagnetic north and south poles, have reversed itself namy times in
the past. Magnetic field polarity reversals are magnetic poleshifts. The
geologic record also shows that the strength of the magnetic field varies
widely in time, and fluctuates wildly during field reversals, sometimes
dropping to zero gauss strength; ie: the field vnaishes, disappears! It is
also a proven fact that the magnetic poles wander, literally zig-zagging
around its axis. At the present time, the field strength is decreasing.
Again, the mechanisms driving all of this still not understood very well. We
do know that there are very complex interactions, both celestial and
galactic, electromagnetic and plasmionic, behind all of this, and will
require much needed future study before the secrets are revealed.

Analysis
Taking the EC P-shift key phrases in its context, and now knowing the
scientific definitions, we can objectively analyze his statements. Phrase #1
speaks for itself: a rolled scroll is turned over,around, circularly. We can
equate phrase #2 with #9: "turning of the axis" = "shifting of the poles"
because a change in the axis' inclination angle results in the realignment
of the north and south poles. We can also equate #3:"when the poles
shifted", with #4:"changed the poles", & #5:"the polar regions were once
turned", because they are all descriptive of the effects of the same event:
any change in the current axial tilt would correspond in new north and south
polar locations. The EC p-shift quote that comes close to anything
resembling modern scientific terminology would be #8, (see 1932/5748-006 for
full context). Here he states that the "differentiation of the axis",
(again, a change in the angular tilt of the rotational axis), would cause
the north polar axis line to point to a location in space other than the
current north polar star, Polaris: "shifting...as respecting the postions
from the Polaris center". Phrase #6, "shifting of the equilibrium of the
earth itself in space", corresponds well with the axis of fiqure concept we
discussed above: a change in the "equilibrium" would result in a
redistribution of the earth's total mass, and would reshape the present
equatorial bulge. From a geophysical potint of view, it is worthwhile to
compare the readings phrases #6 & #8 come from,in full context. From what we
no know about the sun's magnetic fields, solar wind, and the dynamicism of
the Earth's inner core, "outside forces to rhe earth" affect "upheavals in
the interior of the earth". Internal equilibrium changes result in
"consequential effects upon the various portions of the world"; increased
volcanism, atmospheric changes, and the outward signs of plate-tectonic
changes: earthquakes, are all on the upswing.
Summing up the key phrases in light of science: a literal pole-shift, an
angular change in the tilt of the earth's axis of rotation in reference to
the orbital ecliptic plane, is not only implied by Cayce's words, but is
most emphatically stated to be so , throughout the course of his readings.
We can also conclude that the literal p-shift is also a geophysical one,
since nowhere in the Cayce readings is a p-shift associated with the
geomagnetic axis, (magnetic field reversals), but refers to the physical
axis of rotation. I have included quotes from readings
[1932/311-10],[1934/5749-15],[1934/1152-11] that describe the geophysical
changes on the earth's surface resulting from a physical p-shift, because
they graphically illustrate to the reader the dire consequences of such an
event. The effects of geomagnetic field reversals are not clearly known at
this time, and the whole subject of magnetic polar flips are still being
hotly debated among scientists today It must also be mentioned at this point
that EC not once ever gave the hard science whys and wherefores of the
possible trigger mechanisms for a pole- shift; he did, however, describe
often, and in vivid detail, the geological earth changes that would occur as
a result of such an event. The science of possible trigger mechanisms, the
resultant effects, the historical records and the body of scientific
evidence for p-shifts in our Earth's past, as well as the geomagnetic
mysteries, will be covered in a subsequent inquiry.

A Question of Timing
EC stated that p-shifts have occurred more than once in Earth's past; there
exits a whole body of scientific evidence that does support this claim.
There are also the global myths of many diverse cultures, as well as that
body of knowledge known collectively as ancient wisdom, that allude to the
historical reality of such an event. What about the future? The time-frame
period of 1958 through 1998 are constantly referred to in the readings as
the times of gradual, though increased, earth changes. It is the definitive
years of 1998 through 2001 AD that is alluded to as to when the greatest
events that we are all waiting for, are to happen; (the opening of the
hall-of-records, Atlantis rising, and all the forecasted geologicaL
changes). The EC readings specifically state a future p-shift would occur.
If EC is to be regarded as a prophet, and knowing that he did make accurate
predictions about events that came true in the past, then we must hold him
to his statement that a literal p-shift would indeed happen again in Earth's
future. But when? The most specific date given in any reading by Edgar Cayce
was to be the time covering the year 2000 to 2001 AD. (see: 1936/826-8
above). Therefore, as objective observers, we must hold him to that
time-frame window. It would be unacceptable, in my view, that if this
literal event did not happen on this Earth by at least the end of the year
2001 AD, then we must conclude that EC was simply wrong. A metaphoric
explaining away of the p-shift as happen- ing only in the realm of
humanity's collective consciousness, ( a paradigm shift) is scientifically
unacceptable. I honestly do not know how to classify EC if a literal p-shift
were to occur later than 2001 AD, say in the year 2005. We would then, at
that time, have to evaluate the man in context of those times and events
happening on Earth. What good is prophecy if an event stated to happen at a
specific date, or in a specific time frame, did not happen? That is left up
to the individual to decide. I, for one, would have to surmise that the
stated prophecy is just plain false. What is exciting is this: 2001 AD is
just three short years away! What if the man was right? !

Reference Sources:
For the most modern, complete and multi-disciplined analysis of EC's life
and work, please see author Michael W. Mandeville's work-in-progress at his
website: http://michaelmandeville.com

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© 1997 Jon D. Jefferson