Earth Changes

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The phrase "Earth Changes" was coined by the American psychic Edgar Cayce to refer to the belief that the world will soon enter on a series of cataclysmic events causing major alterations in human life on the planet.

This includes "natural events" (such as major earthquakes, the melting of the polar ice caps, a pole shift of the planetary axis, major weather events, solar flares and so on[1]) as well as huge changes of the local and global social, economical and political systems.

Cayce[edit]

Cayce himself also made many prophecies of cataclysmic events involving the whole planet.[2][3] He claimed the polar axis would shift and that many areas that are now land would again become ocean floor, and that Atlantis would rise from the sea.[3] The belief that the California coast would slip into the sea—a common feature of Earth Changes predictions—originated with Cayce's alleged prophecies.[citation needed] In more recent times, self-proclaimed psychic Gordon-Michael Scallion has issued a variety of prophecies centering on the concept of "Earth Changes" and publishes a monthly newsletter, The Earth Changes Report.[4]

New Age[edit]

Cayce's term has been taken up in certain segments of the New Age movement,[5] often associated with other predictions by people claiming to have psychic abilities.[6] Belief in Earth changes is also found among Native Americans, some of whom refer to the concept as "the Great Purification."[7] These beliefs have occasionally been associated with Christian millennialism and beliefs about UFOs.[1] Some New Age adherents believe that Earth changes will preface a "Golden Age" of spirituality and world peace.[2][5]

I Am America[edit]

In the late 1980s, Lori Toye published the I Am America Map, based on several visions that she claimed to have beginning in 1983.[8][9] The I Am America Map sold over 40,000 copies, and was followed by subsequent maps: Freedom Star World map, Golden Cities map, and an Earth Changes Progression series of maps. These maps represented the earth’s future geography after climatic earth changes.[10]

Reception and interpretation[edit]

Prophecies of Earth changes have been described as a form of pseudoscience, in which terminology and ideas borrowed from science are used to rationalize non-scriptural apocalyptical thought based on visionary experiences.[6] David Spangler, a leader of the Findhorn Foundation spiritual community, described prophecies of Earth changes as an expression of collective fear and anger, rather than as foretelling of actual future events.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barkun, Michael (2006). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. University of California Press. p. 172. ISBN 0-520-24812-0. 
  2. ^ a b Partridge, Christopher Hugh (2003). UFO Religions. Routledge. p. 118. ISBN 0-415-26324-7. 
  3. ^ a b Hanegraaff, Wouter J. (1998). New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought. SUNY Press. p. 353. ISBN 0-7914-3854-6. 
  4. ^ Larson, Bob (2004). Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. p. 163. ISBN 0-8423-6417-X. 
  5. ^ a b Lewis, James R.; J. Gordon Melton (1992). Perspectives on the New Age. SUNY Press. p. 12,64,204. ISBN 0-7914-1213-X. 
  6. ^ a b Hammer, Olav (2004). Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age. BRILL. pp. 243–244. ISBN 90-04-13638-X. 
  7. ^ Sun Bear; Wabun Wind (1992). Black Dawn, Bright Day: Indian Prophecies for the Millennium that Reveal the Fate of the Earth. Simon and Schuster. p. 67. ISBN 0-671-75900-0. 
  8. ^ Pickover, Clifford A. Dreaming the Future: The Fantastic Story of Prediction. Prometheus Books, 2001. pg. 358
  9. ^ Larson, Bob.Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004. pg. 43
  10. ^ Larson, Bob.Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004. pg. 161
  11. ^ Smoley, Richard; Jay Kinney (2006). Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. Quest Books. pp. 292–3. ISBN 0-8356-0844-1.