The Soul’s Journey – Edgar Cayce’s Cosmology

The Soul’s Journey – Edgar Cayce’s Cosmology
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The soul’s separation from its Source and
descent into the realm of matter is described as INVOLUTION. Any movement
back toward the Source is called EVOLUTION. The cosmic context of
involution and evolution, when viewed as the path taken on the soul’s journey away
from and back to the Creator, will be an important consideration when we later
consider the creation and evolution of life on Earth. The typical portrayal of
involution is a descending arc. Evolution begins as a point when the soul realizes
its self-imposed isolation and chooses to move back to the companionship with
its Source. Whereas involution is a slippery slope, the long evolutionary journey of the
soul back to its source is a lesson in patience. It is not at all clear when the souls
began the descent into the physical universe. Although the initial burst of the Big
Bang was apparently over in only a few brief moments, it took billions of years for matter to
condense into the galaxies, solar systems and planets that we can now perceive. The
wandering souls explored many systems within the galaxies of the cosmos.
Initially a close connection with the spiritual realm was maintained. With the
lowering of the vibratory energy rate that resulted from some souls increasing
involvement in the relative dense mass of matter, the consciousness of the
soaring souls drifted farther and farther away from the awareness of the
spiritual First Cause. When asked what it is about other
systems within our universe that attracts souls, Edgar Cayce replied that it is the
diversity of experience that such systems provide that meets the needs of
each idiosyncratic soul. Cayce went on to explain that there are
millions of such systems within the universe. To facilitate the passage of souls
between these systems, there are centers that function as cosmic portals. Scientists have hypothesized the existence of
wormholes in the space-time continuum that can allow for almost instantaneous
transport across the astronomical distances of the universe. Science fiction writers have utilized
such concepts as “stargates” between interstellar systems. Edgar Cayce identified the star Arcturus
as an important cosmic portal for the souls passing from this solar system to
other systems. For those who ponder the question
regarding the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, Edgar Cayce’s readings answer in the
affirmative. In several readings Cayce discussed the
reality of extraterrestrial life. He even referred explicitly to other
“people of the universe” and visitations of those from other spheres. However, the precise nature of the alien
life-forms is uncertain. In the first place, the soul’s descent into the
material universe was widespread. When discussing life in other places in the
universe Cayce may have simply been referring to
these wandering souls who have taken up residence in other realms. In Cayce’s
cosmology, souls are actually quite mobile. Movement
between systems in the universe is apparently common and part of the larger
plan for soul development. In fact, all the souls on earth have at one point or
another explored other systems in the universe. In that sense, all souls are truly
“citizens of the universe.” However it must be pointed out that
universal citizenship does not require the flesh bodies found on earth. Eventually a group of wandering souls
discovered our local solar system with its hospitable sun and planets. By the
way, we who are now incarnated in the earth are part of that group of
wandering souls. Each planet in this system has its own
unique qualities that provide opportunities for soul growth and
development. The adaptive souls moved from one planet
to another in cycles that we would regard as birth and death. In truth there is no death for the soul, only a passage or transition from one
realm to another. To “sojourn” is to stay as a temporary
resident. The Cayce readings refer to the temporary inhabitation of the planets
in this system as planetary sojourns. A temporary residency implies more than a
simple tourist’s excursion. A sojourn implies an investment of time and energy
in a locale before moving on to the next destination. This is exactly the meaning of sojourn
in the Cayce readings. Whether it be a sojourn on the earth in
a physical body or one of the other heavenly bodies in some other vehicle,
the soul entity cannot stay put in any particular place for too long without
becoming stuck and losing the potential for evolving back to the Source. Keep in mind the concept of
multi-dimensional reality that was discussed in conjunction with string
theory. Planetary sojourns are part of the soul’s journey through the dimensions
of consciousness of this solar system. When human beings finally do travel to
other planets in our solar system, they will likely see exactly what the
unmanned probes have found. No obvious signs of life and particularly no
indication of advanced life-forms. If astronauts could alter their
consciousness to the dimensional vibrations of each planet, they might be
astounded by the presence of souls going about the business of growth and
development. Cayce compared the activity in the
various planetary sojourns to the educational programs of great
universities that are known and revered for advanced specialized training. Just
as a university may have a reputation for having a particularly good music,
drama, mathematics, or business program each planet in the solar system has its
own special area of study and achievement. Thus the planetary system and cosmos as
a whole provides the soul with diverse
opportunities to grow and develop. The ancients were aware of these patterns. The Greek and Roman pantheon of gods
correspond to the planet to which they are associated. The unique
characteristics of these gods form the lessons to be learned in the inter-life,
education program. As the Bible and Edgar Cayce have noted, we are truly “gods in the
making.” The planetary sojourns provide the
classrooms for our advanced curriculum. In the sections that follow we will take
a brief tour of the cosmic universities in our local solar system and explore
how they fit into the broader context of the soul’s journey. Being the closest to the sun, Mercury’s orbit is faster than any other planet. In fact this small orb derives its
name from the speed with which it moves across the sky. In the Roman pantheon, Mercury was the god of commerce, travel
and thievery. The Greeks called this god Hermes. A
swift messenger with winged hat and boots, Hermes carried a caduceus, which is now
associated with the medical profession. Traditionally Mercury is known for
quickness of wit, eloquence and communications. These are qualities that Edgar Cayce
also linked to the consciousness of this planet in the readings. Mercury is the plane of consciousness
dedicated to the development of high mental abilities. One reading ascribes
seven dimensions to this planetary sojourn. Venus, the second planet from the Sun, was
worshiped by the Romans as the goddess of love and beauty. In ancient Greece, Venus was called
Aphrodite. Babylonians knew her as Ishtar. The
brightest of the planets viewed by the ancients. Venus was known as the morning star and
evening star, depending on which side of the sun it happens to be. Soul lessons learned in the consciousness
of Venus relate to all aspects of love: Parental love, filial love, love of nature, and so forth. The Venus experience also gives a soul a
greater appreciation and predisposition for aesthetics — as in love of art, music all things beautiful. The readings state
that Venus is a four dimensional realm of consciousness. Understandably the three-dimensional
experience of Earth is the most familiar of any in our solar system. In one
primary respect, the earth experience is a capstone for the soul’s education in
this little corner of the galaxy. In the earth experience, the soul gets to apply
all of the lessons learned in the other planetary sojourns — sort of an advanced
liberal arts curriculum. The primary lesson for each soul incarnating in the earth’s
realm is to become master of the flesh body, with its powerful organs of
sensation — sensuality. Appropriately, the bloody red planet Mars
was the Roman god of war. This deity was so important to the
aggressive Romans, that a month of the year, March, was named in its honor. As a
planetary sojourn for the soul, the single dimension of Mars
consciousness projects energy and elicits activity. The challenge of the Mars influence is to
direct the energy and activity in constructive channels rather than
allowing anger to dominate. Jupiter the largest planet in our solar
system was the king of the Roman gods. Also called Jove (hence “jovial”), this
benevolent deity was said to rule the course of human affairs. In the Cayce
cosmology, the universal consciousness associated with Jupiter is usually
positive and its emphasis on the strength, broadness of vision, and ennobling influences in all aspects of life. The soul essence of Jupiter can be
especially important for anyone desiring positions of leadership or power — whether
financial or political — or interested in mass movements of any sort. The readings
most often ascribed five dimensions to this important planetary sojourn. The sixth planet from the sun, Saturn,
served as the ancient god of harvest or time of reaping. This deity is typically pictured holding a
curved sickle that’s associated with the image of old
father time. Celebrations dedicated to Saturn were
typically wild affairs featuring license, feasting, and cessation
of public works. Cayce’s depiction of the Saturn planetary sojourn is that of
sudden changes and the beginning of earthly woes. The fiery environs of
Saturn is a place where all insufficient matter is cast for purification. This is a realm for souls requiring
serious rehabilitation and renewal. To use a computer analogy, the Saturn
experience is like the reformatting of a drive that contains a virus or defective
software. In a discussion of the multi-dimensional nature of this solar
system one reading uses the word “nil” in describing the number of
dimensions for Saturn. In other words the soul gets wiped clean and starts fresh. Have you ever wondered what happens to
souls who commit unspeakable atrocities? Maybe a sojourn or two in Saturn is the
solution. Uranus is the ancient Greek deity of the
sky. The mythological tale is that Uranus had a violent argument with his wife Gaea
(Earth) and the couple split up. The sky and earth have been apart ever
since. In the Cayce cosmology, Uranus is the realm of eccentricity and extremes. The
radical nature of this planetary sojourn can manifest is either very good
or very bad, but seldom in moderation. The consciousness associated with Uranus
is that of the psychic or occult. One Cayce reading attributes eight
dimensions to this planetary sojourn. According to Cayce waves of souls
incarnating from Uranus played an important role in the sunken land of
Atlantis. The extremism and psychic abilities of the Atlanteans led to a divided
society with a very high technology capable of destroying the culture. The readings observed that a major
wave of souls with Atlantean past lives and recent Uranium sojourns
reincarnated in the early 20th century. Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, was
called Poseidon by the Greeks. Neptune is typically depicted holding a three-pronged
trident. In the Cayce cosmology, Neptune is a sojourn of mysticism and spiritual
insight. A precise number of dimensions is not given for Neptune. The readings
simply say “many.” As with the ancient Greeks and Romans, the readings
associated Neptune with water. Souls under the influence of Neptune were
advised to either live near water (a benevolent influence that increases
psychic or mystic powers) or avoid water (an adverse influence that could lead to
maritime disaster). Pluto, the ninth planet from the Sun, is
named after the Roman god of the underworld — lord of the dead and giver of wealth. The
planet was officially discovered in 1930 following years of
speculation about it’s probable existence based on anomalies in the orbits of
Uranus and Neptune. Vulcan was one of several possible designations in
contention for this tiny orb, prior to its officially being named Pluto. Edgar Cayce sometimes referred to Pluto
as Vulcan. Some experts also believe that Cayce may have referred to Pluto as
Septimus, although there is no explicit reference in this regard. As an
astrological influence based on planetary sojourns, Cayce usually described Pluto as an
adverse experience, with one reading explicitly associating it with
self-centeredness. Pluto’s relatively weak influence on human evolution can be
expected to increase within the next 200 years. For those readers familiar with
astrology, it may seem a bit peculiar to focus so
much attention on planetary influences without even a mention of the
constellations. Although the readings do occasionally
mention the influence of constellations, the emphasis is heavily weighted toward
planetary sojourns as the foundation of Edgar Cayce’s system of astrology.
Planetary sojourns only matter to the extent that souls inhabited those orbs
and thus respond to the vibratory energy of those realms when the planets are in certain
astronomical positions that facilitate an energy resonance with the soul. One of the important implications of
Cayce’s model is that in order for constellations to have a similar
astrological impact, souls must have also resided in those distant realms. Thus Cayce’s astrology leads back to the
theme of universal citizenship. Distant star systems are like exotic ports of
call along the path of the soul’s journey through materiality. Ancient systems of astrology recognize
the associations between planetary alignments and specific traits and urges.
On the whole these patterns coincide with the patterns of Cayce’s planetary
sojourns. The ancients looked up into the heavens
at night and noticed patterns of movement. They assigned meaning to the
patterns that related to their daily lives in practical ways — omens, prophecy,
explanation for behaviors or urges, and so forth. Modern astronomers also look into the
heaven and record patterns, but fail to see any connection to their daily lives
or innermost experiences. For those with a scientifically oriented worldview,
astrology is simply an outdated and unscientific predecessor to astronomy. Cayce regards astrology as a valid human
endeavor. The position of planets and other heavenly bodies is somehow
intimately connected to our innermost thoughts, emotions, and urges. The basis
for these associations is not simply geometry or alignments of heavenly
bodies in any mathematical sense, it is because we were there. Each of us has sojourned in the
planetary realms of this solar system and other systems in the vastness of
interstellar space. The planets and stars do not control our
destiny. It is a matter of how we used our will to make choices in each of the
various realms of consciousness associated with the planets and star
systems of the cosmos. If we used our will to make constructive
choices and actions, the influence of a given planet or constellation will be
benevolent. If we made destructive or selfish choices in those realms, the influence is adverse. With regard to
astrological influences, we are simply meeting the choices that
we have made in the past. Nothing surpasses the use of will. The choices we make in the present
supersede those of the past. The gift of will is both a blessing and a curse,
depending on how we use it. In Cayce’s cosmology the human body is
like a radio receiver and transmitter that is capable of receiving and sending
information via subtle energies. This is the basis for how planetary
sojourns (and astrology in general) influences our consciousness. We resonate to the planets and stars.
Whether the vibration we pick up is a positive or negative influence depends on how we used our will in those
realms. Of course we have the choice to ignore the signal just as we would a
radio station that we find boring. To carry our analogy a step further, imagine that our ability to perceive the
subtle vibrations associated with planets and stars is like a radio in an
automobile that is traveling through mountains. The signal is sometimes stronger or
weaker (or entirely undetectable), depending on where we are located in
relation to the terrain and the signal. Likewise, as we travel through the
universe, riding the surface of this planet, our
bodies are more or less able to resonate to the vibration of heavenly bodies depending upon our relative position. Let me share a personal experience that
is analogous to Cayce’s model of the astrological influences. Several years ago I had a pleasant trip
to Costa Rica where I gave a series of lectures. Each morning I walked in the
neighborhood where I was staying and enjoyed the architecture which included an
impressive new government building. Several months after my trip I walked
past the television set that carried a new story about the government building
in Costa Rica. Hostages had been taken and were being held in the building by
men seeking the release of prisoners. As I watched the program, thoughts and feelings
washed over me. Memories of the people I had met came into
my mind and I wondered if anyone I had met during my trip have gotten involved
in the crisis. The mental and emotional responses that
I had while viewing the TV were based on my past experiences. Without that trip
and the experiences I had in Costa Rica, I may have walked on past the TV without
noticing the story. I resonated to that situation because I
had been there. So it is with astrological influences. We resonate to
the universe based on how we have used our will in the various realms where we
have sojourned. The image of souls taking flight from
one planet to another is a common theme in ancient traditions throughout the
world. In his book “Star Maps” William Fix documents the diverse
manifestations of the concept of magical flight from various sources, ranging from
the shaman’s journey to modern parapsychological research on out-of-body experiences. Of particular note is the pyramid text of Unis from ancient
Egypt that describes how the Pharaoh periodically underwent a ritual
near-death experience that allowed him to project out of body and into space.
Based on these extraterrestrial excursions, star maps were created to
portray the soul’s flight and return as part of a dramatic initiation experience
that provided the Pharaoh with insights for leading his people. The star maps
that were painted as murals on the ceilings and walls of pyramid temples,
are suggestive of the soul’s planetary and stellar destinations between earthly
lives. Thus the recognition of our solar system
and other star systems deep in space as the after-death realm of the soul
provided a foundation for ancient Egyptian cosmology and the mystery
religions of antiquity. Based on his research, Fix concludes that:
“The message of the star maps and the many testimonies of antiquity is that
man is older than the oldest bone on earth … Man was a conscious sentient being before he came to earth. Perhaps, to use
the image suggested earlier, he appeared like hundreds of millions of tiny stars
that had comprised a living river of light which flowed from an unnameable
source. Man came freely of his own will and choice, descending en mass like a shower of
sparks of light …” Thus the Egyptian star maps are
archaeological testaments to the soul’s inherent cosmic citizenship and mobility
among the heavenly bodies, represent planes of consciousness beyond our
present earthly sojourn. In addition to star maps Mr. Fix has made some wonderful
contributions to our understanding of human origins and destiny. We will consider another of his books
“The Bone Peddlers” in a later section that focuses more specifically on human
origins.

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