Are Baba Vanga, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce Legitimate Prophets or Just Quacks? in Thoughts On Spirituality

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I’ve always been fascinated by mystics like Baba Vanga, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce who claim to have a direct line of communication with the great beyond. But are they legit or just quacks looking to make a quick buck?

I dove into the lives and predictions of these supposed clairvoyants to find out if we should take them seriously or dismiss them as cons and charlatans. After poring over their biographies and supposed prophecies, I have to admit I’m still on the fence.

Baba Vanga, Nostradamus And Edgar Cayce

As someone fascinated by the paranormal, I’ve looked into famous clairvoyants like Baba Vanga, Nostradamus, and Edgar Cayce. Their predictions range from eerily accurate to way off, so should we really believe them?

Baba Vanga was a blind Bulgarian mystic known as the “Nostradamus of the Balkans.” Some of her predictions that came true include 9/11, the election of a black president, and the Chernobyl disaster. However, many of her prophecies never materialized and seem implausible, like the end of the world in 5079 and humans developing the ability to breathe underwater.

Nostradamus was a 16th-century French apothecary known for his book Les Propheties. His quatrains contain predictions that some believe foretold events like the rise of Hitler, the atomic bomb, and the death of Princess Diana. Skeptics argue his prophecies are too vague to be meaningful and open to misinterpretation.

Edgar Cayce was an American clairvoyant called the “sleeping prophet” for giving readings while in a trance. Some of his hits include the stock market crash of 1929 and WWII. However, his predictions of California breaking off into islands, Atlantis rising in 1968, and Armageddon in 1999 never came to pass.

While these psychics’ apparent successes are intriguing, their many misses show that we should take their prophecies with a grain of salt. Rather than being legitimate seers, they were likely just imaginative minds whose vague predictions have been selectively interpreted after the fact. At least, that’s my view as an open-minded skeptic. What do you think?

The Validity And Accuracy of Their Prophecies

As someone fascinated by the unexplained, I’ve looked into the prophecies of Baba Vanga, Nostradamus, and Edgar Cayce with an open yet skeptical mind.

Baba Vanga, the blind Bulgarian clairvoyant, made predictions spanning 5 centuries, with a supposed 85% accuracy rate. Some came true, like the election of a black president and the Chernobyl disaster. But many were vague or open to interpretation. And none were documented or proven until after the events. For 2024, Baba Vanga predicts that Trump will be president again.

The famous Nostradamus published collections of poetic prophecies, but they were so ambiguous you could interpret them to fit almost any event. His supporters claim he predicted WWII and 9/11, but skeptics argue his writings were too obscure to predict anything specific.

Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet,” would enter a trance and provide life readings, health diagnoses, and prophecies. Like the others, some came to pass but many did not. His visions were often attributed to a mystical “Akashic Records.”

Are These Psychics Legitimate Prophets or Just Quacks?

When it comes to clairvoyants like Baba Vanga, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce, I have to admit I’m skeptical about their supposed prophetic abilities. While their predictions are intriguing and make for fascinating speculation, the reality is that there’s little evidence they were actually able to foretell future events with any real accuracy.

Baba Vanga

Baba Vanga was a Bulgarian mystic who made predictions up until her death in 1996. Her prophecies were notoriously vague, and open to interpretation. While some people point to events like 9/11 or the Chernobyl disaster as examples of her prophetic gift, her predictions were so obscure and ambiguous that you could twist them to fit just about any event after the fact. Without concrete, specific prophecies that can be verified, I find it hard to consider Baba Vanga a legitimate seer.


The famous 16th century French astrologer Nostradamus was a prolific writer of prophecies in the form of quatrains -four line poems. Nostradamus’ predictions are so cryptic and open-ended, however, that supporters tend to retroactively reinterpret them to shoehorn in events that have already happened. Unless and until some of Nostradamus’ quatrains can be shown to predict a major event with clarity and precision before it unfolds, I don’t think we have reason to believe he possessed a real prophetic gift.

Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce was an American mystic known as the “Sleeping Prophet” who would enter a trance state to give readings. Like Baba Vanga and Nostradamus, Cayce’s prophecies were often vague, ambiguous, and open to interpretation. While his supporters point to certain predictions that seem to match up with events like WWII or shifts in the earth’s magnetic poles, many of his prophecies failed to come to pass. Without higher rates of accuracy and specific, unambiguous predictions, Cayce seems more likely to have been guided by intuition and speculation than a real prophetic ability.

Legitimate Prophets? Who Knows!

Looking at the track records of Baba Vanga, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce, it’s hard to say definitively whether they were legitimate prophets or just quacks. While their predictions seem far-fetched and implausible, some did come to pass in a strange twist of fate. At the end of the day, I remain highly skeptical of clairvoyants and prophets. The future is unknowable, and anyone who claims to have a crystal ball should be viewed with suspicion. However, a small part of me hopes that maybe, just maybe, there are gifted seers among us with a true window into what’s to come. I guess only time will tell if the prophets were phonies or not.

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