Edgar Cayce Potomac Area
 Programs & Events

Mind is the builder ... the physical is the result. (Reading 349-4)

Programs & Events


People come from around the Potomac area region, as well as visitors to the DC metro area, to attend our programs. During the spring and fall of each year, we have the privilege of hosting a prominent speaker from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.  In the past, we have hosted Charles Thomas Cayce,  Kevin Todeschi, John Van Auken, Peter Woodbury, Dr. Mark Thurston, and Dr. Norm Shealy.


The A.R.E. MidAtlantic Retreat is another opportunity for people from the Potomac region to connect.  The retreat is held annually in June of each year in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Prominent speakers, well-versed in the Edgar Cayce Readings,  provide information and activities set in a beautiful venue, Shepherd University, located in northeastern West Virginia, on the banks of the Potomac River.  

We also host local speakers who provide practical information from the Edgar Cayce Readings as well as their own experience.


Edgar Cayce on the Light and Dark Forces:

Angels, Fairies, and Ghosts

Edgar Cayce

Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2016, for a day of enlightenment led by John Van Auken, or John Van Awesome, as he is affectionately known in A.R.E. circles. Having fallen in love with the Edgar Cayce vision at the age of 16, John began his lifelong study of Edgar Cayce with the classic book, There is a River, which is the book that inspired our Potomac area web site.

Some 40 years later, John is one of the world's leading experts on the wisdom contained in the Edgar Cayce readings.  On October 15, John will share Edgar Cayce's teachings on The Light and Dark Forces:  Angels, Fairies, and Ghosts. 

*What are the forces? Why are there light and dark forces?

*Did John Van Auken ever encounter an Angel?

*Are there light and dark forces within us?  How do they manifest? 

*Do these forces help or hinder us in living?

*Are humans part Angel?

*Did Edgar Cayce ever see fairies, Angels, ghosts, or other mystical beings?  

*What is the 'night side' of life?

*Can humans see and communicate with the nature spirits and elementals?

*What is the purpose of a Guardian Angel?


These and all of your questions will be answered in this captivating program. 

The fairies and those of every form that do not give expression in a material way ... are only seen by those who are attuned to the Infinite.  (Reading 2547-1)

To register for this conference, contact the A.R.E. Conference Registrar at 800-333-4499 or register Online.
Conference Companion Book

The subject of this conference is based on John Van Auken's book, Angels, Fairies, Demons and the Elementals, recently published in 2015.  It is yet another extensively researched work by John which adds Cayce's perspective on these forces.  In the book, John also includes perspectives from sacred texts,  folklore, as well as famous writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien. There is an extensive chapter on angels.  The book concludes with a special chapter on developing your own 'second sight' so that you can sense these special beings from the invisible world.  The place to begin is with intention and then using the mind to build on that intention.  "... that which is constantly associated in the mental visioning in the imaginative forces ... that will it develop toward." (Reading 5754-3)

Edgar Cayce spoke about elemental beings as though they were commonly around us; only they could not be seen by us unless we possessed such ability to see beyond the veil, or unless they pushed through the veil to make themselves known.  This picture is a rendition of this phenomenon. Edgar Cayce, like many children, reported having imaginary playmates.  Actually, they were not in his imagination but of his experience. 

One of the most surprising readings Edgar Cayce gave involved giving advice to an oilman to seek the assistance of the voices from within that present themselves as brownies.  (Reading 1265-2) Brownies? Yes, Cayce explained in a clarifying reading that brownies, pixies, fairies and gnomes are entities that surround us to help us, would we but listen.   

Brownies, pixies, fairies, gnomes are not elementals, but elements that are as definite entities as man materialized .... (Reading 1265-3)

In some of his readings, Cayce characterized these beings as elementals, "the warp and woof of materiality."  (Reading 294-128) What is warp and woof?  Join us at the conference to find out.  

Meet John Van Auken

John Van Auken

John Van Auken is an internationally renowned best-selling author and speaker for A.R.E.  where he serves as a the Director of Research. He is a popular leader of A.R.E.'s tours to Egypt and other sacred sites, as well as a gifted teacher who has the ability to interpret and explain the Edgar Cayce's readings, of which he is an acknowledged expert.


John writes three monthly newsletters:  Living in the Light, Ancient Mysteries, and Personal Spirituality as well as being an active contributor to the A.R.E.'s membership magazine, Venture Inward. He is the author of more than 20 books and manuals.  He has appeared on radio and television programs sharing his expertise on Egyptian, Jewish, and Christian mysticism. 

The important thing to know about John is that he is an expert not only by way of his investigative research, but also his personal research as he practices the techniques he teaches at conferences, retreats, workshops, and tours.  Because he truly speaks from both knowledge and experience, he is able to connect clearly with his audience.

John's books and videos can be found at the online A.R.E. catalog.  More information about John can also be found on his website, Living in the Light

An Interview with John Van Auken 

In this interview, John Van Auken discusses his book, Angels, Fairies, Demons, & the Elementals, with Jennie Taylor Martin, Director of Marketing for A.R.E.  John highlights his research findings and includes Edgar Cayce's perspective on the supernatural world including its mystical beings. 

What then is the sixth sense?  Not the soul, not the conscious mind, not the subconscious mind, not intuition alone, not any of those cosmic forces--but the very force or activity of the soul in its experience through whatever has been the experience of that soul itself .... Is the sixth sense the soul?  No! No more than the mind is the body! For the soul is the body of, or the spiritual essence of, an entity manifested in this material plane. (Reading 5754-2 )

Cayce was asked questions about angels and specifically the concept of a guardian angel: "Is it through the guardian angel that God speaks to the individual?" He answered: "…Yes-through thy angel, through thy self that is the angel-does the self speak with thy Ideal!" (Reading 1646-1) Here Cayce told his stenographer to italicize the words "self" and "is" in order to emphasize to us that a portion of our being is the angel! He also told her to capitalize the initial letter in the word "Ideal" because it refers to God, but allows that we individuals have varying concepts of who and what God is, so Cayce allows for whatever our "ideal" of God maybe. 

In another reading he said: "'I will give my angels charge concerning thee'…The face of the self's own angel is ever before the Throne. Commune oft with Him." (Reading 1917-1)  Excerpt from the A.R.E. Blog, The Infinite, Eternal Oneness by John Van Auken.  

Unity Church of Fairfax

The setting for our conference will be the Unity Church of Fairfax.  It is located at 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, Virginia, 22124. Click here for Directions.  The Conference begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm; doors open at 8:30 am.  Morning and afternoon breaks are provided as well as time for lunch from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm.  Although you may bring your own lunch, there are many excellent restaurants and eateries surrounding our conference venue as well as the Farmer's Market located in the Church parking lot.  

Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Headquarters in Virginia Beach 

To register for this conference, The Dark and Light Forces: Angels, Fairies, Demons, Ghosts and Elementals, please contact Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.  Register in advance to save, bring a friend and save more.  

Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at 67th Street and Atlantic Avenue, across the street from the beautiful and majestic Atlantic Ocean.  People from all over the world travel here to learn more about Edgar Cayce through the visitor's center, conferences, and classes.  Read more



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