Toward the end of his life, Cayce began to increase the number of readings, which began to leave him drained and fatigued, and his readings began to include statements about his own health—he was told to limit his readings to two per day, or he would die.

In August of 1944, Cayce fainted, and when he gave a reading to find the cure for his extreme fatigue, he was told to “rest until he was well or dead.” He and his wife, Gertude, vacationed in the Virginia mountains, but Cayce suffered a stroke soon after, and passed away in 1945. He was 67.

Since his death, Cayce’s Virginia Beach institution and teachings have only increased in popularity, and those interested in his life can visit the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, where they can peruse the library and book store, get tested for psychic potential, relax in the health spa, and more.

Cayce’s legacy is deceptively enormous—words like “spiritual growth,” “soul mates,” “aura,” and “holistic health” were all popularized by his readings and teachings. Whatever you might feel about Edgar Cayce’s legitimacy or holiness, he left a mark on America’s spiritual history that can still be seen today.