Archaeotrek—Alternate Perceptions Magazine, January 2016
Edgar Cayce on Life in the Universe
by: Dr. Greg Little
One important thing that should be stressed about Edgar Cayce’s statements regarding life in the universe is that he made it clear in many readings that human life is composed of souls that pushed themselves into physical matter. These souls, comprised of vibrational energy created at the beginning of time, had a mission. They essentially hopped from planet to planet within star systems (solar systems) on what Cayce called “sojourns.” The purpose of the sojourns is to allow the individual soul to experience everything and gradually develop and evolve a consciousness that would allow it to eventually rejoin with its creator. Souls were given free will by the creator, and when Cayce was asked why God would create souls and give them free will, he related that it was “God’s desire for companionship and expression” (5749-14; 1941). A much earlier Cayce reading (3744-5; 1924) explained: “All souls were created in the beginning, and are finding their way back to whence they came.”
The “sojourns” of souls to planets and stars was not in physical bodies, but were spiritual journeys during which the energy of a particular soul would spend time at various places where it would be immersed in “influences” emanating from the planet. The term “influences,” as it was used in this context, appears to mean electromagnetic forces in the Cayce readings.
In our solar system, physical manifestation of souls in human form only took place on Earth. This is discussed more fully in a later chapter. But this is one aspect of Cayce that is unlike all the others who asserted that life existed on the moon, Venus, Mars, and the other planets of the solar system.
Cayce also made it clear that countless stars in the universe had planetary systems and that life existed everywhere in the universe. According to Cayce, there were inhabited worlds “without end.” But souls within each solar system in the universe had to learn the tasks of the planetary system they were in before they could leave.
Life Elsewhere in the Universe
Several Cayce readings spoke of life elsewhere in the universe and the fact that other planetary systems not only existed, but were also inhabited. In some readings Cayce related that the number of inhabited worlds in the universe was without end. A 1934 reading (541-1) related: “As in the earth we find the elements are peopled, as the earth has its own moon or satellites enjoined in its environ, so is it with the other planets. The earth with its three-fourths water, with its elements, is peopled; yes. So are the various activities in other solar systems.”
Below are just a couple of the most important Cayce readings on life on other planetary systems.
(281-16): “Man may become, with the people of the universe, ruler of any of the spheres through which the soul passes in its experience;”
(5755-2; 1941): “…though there may be worlds, many universes, even much as to solar systems, greater than our own that we enjoy in the present, this earthly experience on this earth is a mere speck ... Yet the soul of man, thy soul, encompasses ALL in this solar system or in others.
Human Life on Planets in Our Solar System?
One of the more significant differences between Cayce’s statements about life in the universe and the ideas put forth by Spiritualists and virtually all of the other early individuals who touted the ancient astronaut theory relates to life on planets in our solar system. It was generally universally touted by all of these “others” that Venus, Mars, the moon, and various other planets in the solar system were inhabited by humans. Swedenborg, Blavatsky, all of the 1950’s contactees, and all of the 1800’s science fiction writers mentioned previously asserted that people were on other planets in the solar system. Cayce gave a completely different answer. Edgar Cayce was specifically asked about this in two readings but unfortunately no one ever asked him any follow-up questions.
In 1923 (3744-4) Cayce was giving one of the Dayton, Ohio readings with the focus of the reading on astrology. The long session covered a vast range of topics. During the reading, Cayce was unexpectedly asked: “Are any of the planets, other than the earth, inhabited by human beings or animal life of any kind?”
Without any hesitation, he answered, “No.” Oddly, and frustratingly I’ll add, Cayce was not asked a follow-up question.
Some 13 years later (Reading 826-8) a life reading was held in Virginia Beach when the same essential question was posed. In the reading the individual asked about his sojourns on different planets in the solar system and asked if he had an incarnation on Jupiter. Cayce replied, “In that environ, yes.” Then he was asked, “Is it possible to secure a reading regarding conditions and my sojourn, if any, on that planet?” Cayce replied, “If you can understand Jupiterian environs and languages, yes.” The inquirer than asked, “Upon what planets other than the earth does human life exist?” Cayce’s reply was: “None as human life in the earth. This has just been given.” But once again, not a relevant follow-up question was asked.
In a wonderful book on Cayce and astronomy (Edgar Cayce and the Cosmos, 2007), astronomer James Mullaney makes it clear that the Cayce readings that relate that no “human or animal life” exists on any other planets, refers specifically to planets in our solar system. It is maddening that no one ever thought to ask Cayce follow-up questions. How do we know that Cayce was referring to our solar system when he related that there were no humans or animals on the other planets? It’s easy. Cayce made it very plain that life existed elsewhere in the universe, that there were “worlds without end” and other “people of the universe.” What he was relating was that there are no other humans on planets in this solar system.
Mullaney also relates that the Cayce readings on this topic tell us that life forms probably do exist on some other planets in our solar system—meaning microbiological life, bacteria, or perhaps some forms of lower multicellular organisms that cannot be termed “animals.” But Mullaney also agrees that the Cayce readings emphatically relate that intelligent life exists in countless other places in the universe. As Cayce related, there is a “universe of worlds—worlds without end.”
With our current exploration of Mars and exploration of other planetary moons, it will be quite interesting to see if Cayce’s statements prove correct. Mars, of course, may have once been inhabited by humans or other intelligent beings, but according to Cayce it isn’t now, and that does appear to be the case. But it is becoming increasingly likely that the explorations of Mars and the moons of Jupiter will reveal some form of life and perhaps intelligent life in the remote past. In any case, Cayce stands alone in the crowd of people who asserted that “people” exist on other solar system planets. He is the only one who stated strongly that neither humans nor animal live is present in the solar system—except on Earth.