Edgar Cayce's Earth Angels
PATSY, EMILY, AND CRAZY BILL
Patsy Cayce, Emily Cayce, and Crazy Bill Cayce were the former slaves of Thomas Cayce, Edgar Cayce’s grandfather, that opted to work for him after the American Civil War ended. Consequently, their lives intersected with Edgar Cayce's in the close-knit rural farming community of Beverly, Kentucky. But even more telling, they appeared from out of nowhere when he required medical attention, comforting, and rescuing from imminent danger.
PATSY THE FOLK MEDICINE PRACTITONER
Perhaps Sarah Cayce, Edgar's grandmother, mentioned to Patsy that he was a fussy newborn or maybe she felt compelled to check on him. In any event, Patsy observed one-month-old Edgar wailing away at the home of Leslie and Carrie Cayce. And she noticed that he was suffering from baby breast lumps. A condition resulting from an infant’s intrauterine contact with their mother’s hormones, which triggers enlargement of the infant’s breasts. Patsy requested a boiled needle from Carrie Cayce and pricked his nipples. Afterwards the liquid causing his discomfort oozed out and he went to sleep.
Since Edgar’s parents were receptive and cooperative toward Patsy’s request for a sterilized needle. It’s reasonable to assume she was a folk medicine practitioner. And that Patsy was knowledgeable about the healing properties of various herbs and flowers. More than likely she maintained a practice within the Beverly community.
What’s more, Patsy was one of the first adults to comfort the four-year-old Edgar after he witnessed his grandfather’s death. Thomas Cayce expired from injuries incurred from a horseback riding accident. Moreover, she reminded Edgar of his ability to glimpse into the spiritual world. Shortly after Thomas Cayce’s burial, Edgar often spoke of seeing and talking to his grandfather in the tobacco barn. But his sightings of him ended when he turned 14 years-old.
EMILY THE HEALER
Possibly Emily, Patsy’s daughter, heard two-month-old Edgar’s constant bawling and figured he had a case of the colic. Or maybe Patsy sent her over to Leslie and Carrie Cayce’s home to check on him. Whatever was the case, his parents welcomed her assistance, having tried everything to stop him from crying. She proceeded to puff on her corncob pipe and blow tobacco smoke against the bottom of Edgar’s bare feet and he went to sleep.
When Edgar was 11-years-old he accidentally fell on a sharp stick and injured one of his testicles. Though a physician was treating his condition the recovery process was taking a long time. Emily concerned about the delay, gave Edgar a folk medicine concoction made from spider webs to drink and he quickly healed from said injury.
CRAZY BILL THE ENERGIZER
When 3-year-old Edgar Cayce was playing in an overflowing pond and slipped faced down, Crazy Bill, a woodcutter, was in the vicinity and saved him from drowning.
Additionally, Crazy Bill’s lively reenactment of the Samson and Delilah story from the Old Testament for 9-year-old Edgar whetted his curiosity about the Bible. It also fired up his desire to attend church. And stimulated his lifelong habit of reading the entire Bible on an annual basis.
Unquestionably, Patsy, Emily, and Crazy Bill played a remarkable part in Edgar Cayce’s childhood and contributed to his overall well-being. Seemingly appearing from out of nowhere when he needed rescuing like guardian angels. Patsy cultivated his spiritual gifts. And Crazy Bill sparked Edgar's quest for biblical knowledge. Which later fueled his religious style of living. In adulthood, Edgar Cayce would become one of America's most famous psychic healers.
Sugrue, Thomas, There is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce. New York, Holt, c1942
© 2013 Irma Cowthern