The Future of the
“Stone of Destiny” in Question
By Adrian Gilbert
As the September 18, 2014, date approaches for a vote on the referendum in Scotland to determine whether or not to leave the United Kingdom, a dilemma is brewing over the future of the “Stone of Destiny.” According to Adrian Gilbert, who researched the history of the stone for his book Secrets of the Stone Destiny: Legend, History, and Prophecy, this unassuming block of stone has an unusual history and a prophetic destiny. Currently, the stone resides in Edinburgh Castle, having been returned to Scotland in 1996 from England where it had witnessed the coronations of nearly all of England’s monarchs in Westminster Abbey since 1296. If Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom, the Royal Family will face a dilemma: should they demand that the stone be returned to England, for the next coronation?
A Replica of the Stone of Scone
Known also as “Jacob’s Pillow,” “Lia-fail,” and the “Stone of Scone,” this block of sandstone with two rusted handles protruding from its ends, is quite unspectacular. Yet, much older than the Crown Jewels, it is of enormous cultural and symbolic significance. The stone had been an object of veneration to the Scots, who believed that “while it remained in the country, the State would be unshaken.” Seated upon it, their kings were traditionally crowned at Scone Abbey, the last being John Balliol in 1292. In 1296, the stone was appropriated by King Edward I of England (1239-1307) and taken back to Westminster Abbey in London. Thereafter nearly all the Kings and Queens of England (and after 1603 of Great Britain) have been crowned on Edward's throne with the stone embedded in its base.
The Stone of Scone in the Coronation Chair
at Westminster Abbey, 1855.
On Christmas Eve 1950, the stone was stolen by a group of Scottish students and taken back to Scotland. It was returned a few months later, well in time for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. On November 30, 1996, with official sanction, the stone was again returned to Scotland—in time to mark the 700th anniversary of its removal from Scone. This was done at the request of Michael Forsyth, Secretary of State for Scotland. He had seen cabinet papers dating from 1950 that promised the students that the stone would eventually be returned to Scotland. Under the 50-year rule, these papers would soon be released and, he believed, cause embarrassment to Scottish MPs of the Conservative Government. He warned Prime Minister John Major that Alex Salmond (the leader of the Scottish National Party) could be relied upon to harness any feelings of grievance over the issue in his on-going campaign for an independent Scotland.
Though the secretary of state had maybe exaggerated the case, as a Scottish Conservative he had good reason to be concerned. He and Major knew they needed to do something to counterbalance the view that the English Conservative establishment was out of touch with Scottish opinion. In this context, returning the Stone of Destiny to Scotland seemed like a gesture well worth making. With luck it would garner them a few more votes and help to maintain the union between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
In the end, the gesture proved futile. The 1997 election saw the Conservatives lose their last Parliamentary seat in Scotland while a new Labour Government took power with Tony Blair. Blair, the new PM, immediately set about devolving power from Westminster to a new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Since then the impetus for full Scottish independence has snow-balled. Today Alex Salmond is “First Minister” in Tony Blair's devolved Edinburgh Parliament. If his Scottish Nationalist Party wins the forthcoming referendum, then he will become the first Prime Minister of a fully independent Scotland since 1707. Perhaps, therefore, the return of the stone was a matter of destiny and was prophetic of the break-up of the United Kingdom.
Adrian Gilbert was born near London, where he attended St. Edmunds College as well as the University of Kent at Canterbury. In 1992, he met Robert Bauval and together they wrote what was to become an international bestseller, The Orion Mystery. Adrian has appeared in a number of documentaries, including two for the BBC: The Great Pyramid, Gateway to the Stars, and The Crystal Skulls. His A.R.E. Press book, Secrets of the Stone of Destiny: Legend, History, and Prophecy, is available from ARECatalog.com.
Peopling of the Americas
By John Fuhler
The Edgar Cayce readings document a complex process for the peopling of the Western Hemisphere. According to the readings, the “red race” appeared in the American Southwest and the “brown race” appeared in the Andes. Lemurians settled parts of the American Southwest. Then, Atlanteans arrived in multiple waves, settling eastern North America and parts of South America. At a later date, natives from the Yucatan and from South America settled parts of the American Southeast.
Also identified are several other groups that influenced the Americas, including what the readings call “The Lost Tribes” or “The Children of Promise.” These epithets refer to the Children of Israel who were dispersed to the nations when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and razed King Solomon’s temple. The readings refer to another group as “those who crossed Beringia.” These were the people from East Asia who crossed the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska some time during the most recent Great Ice Age. The third group, the “Norsemen,” or Vikings, came from the Norse land, or what is now known as Norway.
Beringia area coverage
At least six life readings indicate that the Lost Tribes (or Children of Promise) settled areas of the Aleutians and parts of the American Southwest.
…the entity was among those when the strangers from the East…the remnants of those people who were of the tribes that were lost…that had settled in the Aleutian Islands… (Edgar Cayce Reading 620-1)
…the entity was in the…land of nativity…when there were the activities of those peoples that were dispersed by the carrying away of the children of promise into captivity…who escaped across the waters into what is now the southwestern portion of…(America). (Edgar Cayce Reading 2540-1)
Only one reading refers to trans-Beringia migrants:
Before this we find the entity was during those periods when there were the settlings in the land that is now known as the Northwest, when there were the entering into this land of those peoples from across what is now known as Alaska or Bering Straits, those individuals that journeyed into the lands now known as the Columbia River section. (Edgar Cayce Reading 620-1)
And some 18 readings reveal that America was populated by peoples from the Norse land. Their activities extended from as far south as New York State, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and as far west as Minnesota.
…we find the entity, from the Norse land, came with those groups who remained in that known as Vinland, or a portion of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts… (1650-1)
…the entity was in the Norse land…and made many of the excursions into the various parts and lands. And that which eventually came to be the short way across New York State… (3042-1)
Before that the entity was in the Norse land, among those who journeyed into the greater western portion or near to the central portion of Minnesota… (3651-1)
The evidence for the presence of these groups in the Americas varies in quality. An abundance of anecdotal stories of the Lost Tribes in the Americas has circulated since the 16th century, but to date no incontrovertible evidence has surfaced.i In regard to those who crossed Beringia and the Norsemen, we stand on much firmer ground. Genetic and linguistic evidence affirms that the former refers to the ancestors of the Athabascan Indians, whose languages are closely related to Chinese and Tibetan.ii And the first confirmation of Norsemen in North America outside Greenland came to light in the 1960s, when archaeologists discovered unequivocal evidence at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Since then several Norse sites have been confirmed on Baffin Island, Canada, as well as on Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. iii
The readings provide information about two other possible influences on the Americas: Aliens and Phoenicians.
The entity was among the priestesses of the Mayan experience. It was just before that period when…there were the beginnings of the unfoldments of the understanding that there were…those that were visiting from other worlds or planets. (1616-1)
…the entity’s own peoples then were the first of the Syro-Phoenician groups extended off the borders of the Mediterranean; yea…even into the Sargasso Sea… (1159-1)
Although a modicum of evidence for the presence of the Phoenicians in America existsiv, the readings provide no information about that.
Repeatedly various disciplines have confirmed the veracity of certain details provided by the readings. Many other details await corroboration. And so the stage was set for the great influx of Europeans that began in the 16th and 17th centuries that changed forever the cultures and civilizations they found.
John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.
i Nova has an interesting article covering this topic at their website: pbs.org/wgbh/nova/israel/losttribes2.html
ii Ruhlen, Merritt. 1991. A Guide to the World’s Languages. Vol. 1: Classification. Stanford University Press: Stanford. 388-9.
iiinews.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121019-viking-outpost-second-new-canada-science-sutherland/; lanseauxmeadowsnewfoundland.com and livescience.com/37189-new-viking-voyage-discovered.html
iv Fell, Barry. America B.C.: Ancient Settlers in the New World. (Revised ed.)
Our Research into Cayce's
"Hall of Records"
By John Bunker and Karen Pressler
The story of the “Hall of Records” begins with Atlantis. Near the end of the days of the Atlanteans, the readings explain: “… there came the first egress of peoples to the Pyrenees and into what later became the Egyptian dynasties.” Images from these areas seem to represent the disaster:
“The first of the eruptions that awoke from the depth of the slow cooling earth, and that portion now near what would be termed the Sargasso Sea first went into the depths. With this there again came that egress of peoples that aided, or attempted to assume control, yet carrying with them all those forms of Amilius that he gained through that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years. Hence we find in those various portions of the world even in the present day, some form of that as was presented by those peoples in that great development in this, the eden of the world [this reading is referring to astronomy and thereby associated with the development of the calendar]…that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)
What these people carried were records of the movement of stars and constellations. (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)
The readings tell us where they settled:
“In those periods when the first change had come in the position of the land, there had been an egress of peoples from the Atlantean land and they built a city near the edge of the Sahara.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 5748-6)
We also learn about the first pyramids built in Egypt. We discovered the reading of Miss  (in the Cayce readings, individual’s names are represented by numbers to protect their privacy), who had a past lifetime in Egypt during the period of the Great Pyramid’s construction and Ra-Ta was the priest (circa 10,500 BC, according to Cayce). The readings go on to describe two lifetimes before that one in the land of Og and another one in Egypt earlier when the first pyramid was built there. This proves that there were pyramids in Egypt before the Great Pyramid was built!
The readings tell us that this same country had been submerged for nearly a quarter of a million years since civilization had been in this portion of the country. (341-9)
When Ra-Ta and his people arrived in Egypt, they conducted archaeological research. (5748-6) They began to build upon those mounds that were discovered through research. With the storehouse or record house (where the records are still to be uncovered) there is a chamber or passage from the right forepaw to this entrance of the record chamber or record tomb. (5748-6)
The readings explain that “the monuments were unearthed and added to from time to time…many were buried beneath shifting sands.” (341-9)
We began to suspect that the first pyramids may have been flat on top and that they may have been added to at a later date. One pyramid in particular, Khafra, appeared to have been constructed of two sections with two distinct construction styles, still visible today. This discontinuity could indicate an interval between the construction of the lower segment and the completion of the upper segment. (Complete Pyramids, Mark Lehner)
Another of the key monuments is the Sphinx. When describing it, Cayce sometimes called it the “Mystery,” as if that was what it was called in ancient Egypt. We began our research by searching ancient Egyptian texts for that word, and we found it. There were many places in the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead (three volumes written in hieroglyphs) which included the word “mystery”. That was the genesis of our research. After many years of study and comparison of texts and star charts, we eventually discovered there was an astronomical correlation to the Sphinx. From the Edgar Cayce readings we learned that the Sphinx monument was later set as a guard. We discovered a star constellation known in ancient Egypt as a Sphinx. This meant that the Edgar Cayce readings may have been referencing both the Sphnix monument and the Sphinx star constellation. (378-16)
This in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow (or light) falls between the paws of the
Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, [This is referencing the Sphinx Monument on the ground.]
And which [the sealed room] may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's paw (right paw) until the TIME has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man's experience. [This is referencing the Sphinx Constellation that was in a certain position in the sky on a certain date at a certain time.]
The Other Sphinx
The ancient Egyptians imagined one constellation as a Sphinx. Today, we call it Centaurus since the Greeks later imagined that it was a Centaur.
There is a zodiac in the temple of Esne in Latopolis that shows this illustration of a Sphinx in place of the constellation Centaurus. This suggests that there was a Sphinx constellation before the Sphinx monument was created.
Both civilizations imagined that the constellation represented a being with the head of a man and the body of a quadruped. The constellation perfectly fits within the illustration of the Sphinx from zodiac at Esne.
From The Book of Aker (Ramses VI)
Next, we wanted to understand about the “guards” mentioned in the readings. The readings say: “Those who were left as guards may not be passed until after a period of their regeneration in the mount.” (5748-6)
This illustration shows the top of a pyramid, with the ancient Egyptian word “top” in the center at the point of the pyramid. It also shows an oval that was the ancient Egyptian word for “horizon.” This may hold the key.
The two Sphinx gods at opposite sides of the horizon are the constellations of Centaurus on the left (East) and Leo on the right (West). The flying serpent in the center of the horizon is Hydra, the largest constellation in the sky. The head at the tail of the serpent represents the planet Venus.
The readings explain that Giza was formed according to that which had been worked out by Ra-Ta in the mount as related to the position of the various stars … [and] the constellation Libra. (294-151)
This is the exact configuration of stars, planets, and constellations over Cairo, Egypt. In order for it to fit, you have to go back to the time of Ra-Ta, 10,390 BC. At the tail of the flying serpent is the planet Venus positioned within the constellation Libra.
SkyGlobe: 10,390 B.C. over Cairo, Egypt
Edgar Cayce provided many clues to the location of the Hall of Records:
“The one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from the Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same.” (2012-1)
“For the entity's tomb then was a part of the Hall of Records, which has not yet been uncovered. It lies between—or along that entrance from the Sphinx to the temple—or the pyramid; in a pyramid, of course, of its own.” (2329-3)
“Hence we find the entity…was the first to set the records that are yet to be discovered…and for the preservation of the data, that as yet to be found from the chambers of the way between the sphinx and the pyramid of records.” (1486-1)
Cayce tells us that the second pharaoh, Araaraart “will be found…in the North Corner of the second Pyramid…” (341-1)
In a subsequent reading, he said the same entity, Araaraart, will be found “in the upper chamber of the northeast corner of the first pyramid builded.” (341-8).
In another reading, he said, “In the first of the pyramids built in the Valley of the Shadow, there still may be found unto this day portions of data as was preserved with the ruler, who afterward was worshiped as the representative of God made manifest in earth. These will be found in the northwest corner or chamber of this mound.” (5748-4)
It is our conclusion that the first and second pyramid refer to the same pyramid and that it is the pyramid of Khafra. Today it is known as the second pyramid, but we believe that in reality it was the first. We base this belief upon evidence from Edgar Cayce’s reading (993-1,#23) which explains that the first of the pyramids was constructed in Egypt long before the lifetime of Ra Ta and long before the construction of the Great Pyramid. This pyramid was underwater for nearly a quarter of a million years before Ra-Ta entered Egypt (341-9,#4).
We look forward to the time when the Hall of Records may be opened:
“Yet, as time draws nigh when changes are to come about, there may be the opening of the three places where the records are one, to those that are initiates in the knowledge of the One God.
“The temple of Iltar will then rise again. Also there will be the opening of the hall of records in Egypt.
“The RECORDS are ONE.” (5750-1)
© John Bunker & Karen Pressler 2014 All Rights Reserved
John Bunker is a successful business owner who has been a student of Edgar Cayce since 1994. Their latest book written with his partner, Karen Pressler, The Book of Aker is a complete new translation with almost 400 illustrations, 170 in color. This is the first exhaustive translation of the complete Book of Aker from the tomb of Ramesses VI. Their ongoing research is on their Web site: Sites.google.com/site/edgarcayceandthehallofrecords.
The Mound Builders: Giant Skeletons and
the Soul’s Journey to the Sky
By Dr. Greg Little & Dr. Lora Little
Edgar Cayce gave 68 readings that in some way related to ancient America’s history. Of those 68 readings, a total of 14 directly discussed the mound-building culture that was active in America from roughly 3000 BC to historic times. Among Cayce’s statements about the mound builders was that the culture actually moved from the south to the north. He also related that the first true mounds were built in the south around 3000 BC.
With the injection of those of greater power in their activity in the land, during that period as would be called 3,000 years before the Prince of Peace came, those peoples that were of the Lost Tribes, a portion came into the land; infusing their activities upon the peoples from Mu in the southernmost portion of that called America or United States, and then moved on to the activities in Mexico, Yucatan, centralizing that now about the spots where the central of Mexico now stands, or Mexico City. Hence there arose through the age a different civilization, a mixture again.
Those in Yucatan, those in the adjoining lands as begun by Iltar, gradually lost in their activities; and came to be that people termed, in other portions of America, the Mound Builders.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 5750-1)
Hence throughout those periods the entity became then that one that led the first establishing of the activity in the varied lands that came to be known as later the Mayan, the Yucatan, the Inca, the Peruvian—and later the Mound Builders in the northern portions of the entity’s present sojourn. [Ohio?] (1208-1)
At the time of the readings these ideas were considered preposterous to mainstream archaeology. Today that same chronology is accepted. A 2001 book (Mound Builders: Edgar Cayce’s Forgotten Record of Ancient America) that we coauthored with John Van Auken detailed all of Cayce’s readings on ancient America and how well his readings matched what was currently accepted by archaeology and the emerging genetic research. Cayce’s readings about the ancient migrations to the America’s are startling and actually are now supported by modern archaeological research.
…the second generation of Atlanteans who struggled northward from Yucatan, settling in what is now a portion of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio; being among those of the earlier period known as Mound Builders.
Then the entity was among those who supplied to the peoples the fruits of the soil, learning how to crack corn, wheat and grain, that it might be prepared into foods through cooking—though much in those periods was taken raw.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3528-1)
According to Cayce, the mounds were erected as replicas of the Yucatan, Atlantis, and Gobi experiences. The mounds and earthworks were built by people migrating into the Americas in several waves beginning as long as 50,000 years ago. These waves of people entering the Americas merged with the tribes already present.
For some years we have conducted A.R.E. tours of America’s mounds. While the mounds and earthworks of ancient America are truly worthy of visits on their own merit, the major reason the A.R.E. has sponsored tours of them is because they are mentioned in Cayce’s readings.
The A.R.E. Ohio/West Virginia Mound Builders Tour from July 8-13, 2014 will visit nearly 50 mounds. For the first time be allowed access to mound sites that mimic the layout of the Center City of Atlantis as described by Plato some 2,400 years ago. We will also visit the largest and most extensive set of geometric earthworks in the world in Newark, Ohio.
1848 Squier and Davis engraving, plate number XXV,
: Newark Earthworks in Licking County, Ohio: Scource Wikapedia
At Newark there remains a well-maintained set of earthworks that nearly defies description. A near-perfect circular earthwork formed by an outer wall of earth 8-14 feet high encloses 20 acres. Attached to the circle is a massive octagon formed by walls of earth. The octagon encloses 50 acres. At each corner of the octagon stands a truncated earthen pyramid.
It is accepted by mainstream archaeology that its function was to chart the 18.61-year cycle of the moon enabling the builders to predict eclipses. Also in Newark is a massive circular formation formed by a 14-foot high earthen wall with a 7-foot deep moat on the inside. There is one opening into the circle.
Great Circle Earthworks : Scource Wikapedia
One of the key pieces of information that we’ll be presenting on the tour is precisely what these ancient people believed about death. Incredibly, the ideas we’ll present were only recently revealed by mainstream archaeologists. We’ll explore the journey of the soul in detail and visit Great Circle where we’ll conduct a Native American ceremony. Great Circle was a magic machine of earth, which was used as a way of pointing souls in the right direction and propelling them into the sky. Ceremonies will be performed at several sites along the way.
Some of the new mound sites we will visit are places where giant skeletons were reportedly excavated. There are more than 1,000 old newspaper accounts of giant skeletal remains being found at mound sites, most of which come from excavations done by the Smithsonian Institute in the 1800s. Many writers have accused the Smithsonian of being involved in a cover-up and conspiracy. It is a fascinating story and one that has both truth and exaggeration in it. But there actually were numerous skeletons excavated from mounds indicating that the individuals who were buried ranged from 7 feet to nearly 9 feet in height. Where did they come from and why were these tall people so revered as to be buried in the most prominent tombs?
The entity’s sojourns then were with those of a race of unusual height, unusual proportions to what might be termed in the present. For they were then the lords of the land… (1298-1)
What we hope to do on this tour is to truly explain what these mysterious people believed, why they constructed these incredible earthen formations, and what the implications of it might be. Some of the ceremonies we’ll perform will mirror what the Mound builders actually did at the sites. We’ll also explain the truth about the giant skeleton controversy. The facts of this story are actually much more interesting and intriguing than any fictional story generated to explain it. Andrew Collins and Greg Little are completing a well-illustrated book on the topic of America’s mound builders, the giant skeletons, and their beliefs about death. We plan on having it completed by the time of the tour.
Lora Little, EdD, has been a longtime student of the Cayce readings, especially focusing on his readings on archaeology, ancient biblical history, and spiritual development. She is coauthor of six books including A.R.E.’s Search for Atlantis and Secrets of the Ancient World. Gregory L. Little, EdD, part Seneca, is author of the authoritative guide to America’s mound sites, Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks and co-author of Mound Builders. Both he and his wife have been featured in documentaries on Discovery, Learning Channel, History Channel, Sci-Fi, MSNBC, and National Geographic.
(The tour leaders are Dr. Greg Little, Dr. Lora Little, Brent Raynes, and Joan Raynes. Brent is the long-time Editor of Alternate Perceptions Magazine and Joan is Cherokee. For details, go to EdgarCayce.org/tours or call the Travel Programs Office toll-free at
888-273-3339. The registration deadline June 2, 2014.
This is an excerpt from an article in the Summer 2014 Venture Inward Newsletter available online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. Dr. Greg Little will be a guest on Reflections: The Wisdom of Edgar Cayce television and internet radio talk show. For details and schedule, visit EdgarCayce.org/Reflections.
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