|mystical - future - nostradamus|
Prophecies of Nostradamus
Check the notes at the side of the page for more predictions!
Nostradamus, (or Notradamus) the sixteenth century physician turned seer, supposedly foresaw the French and Russian Revolutions, the career and death of Hitler, the rise of Arab power in the 1970's, the attempted assassination of the pope, and scores of other specific events. The most amazing aspect of his prophecies was not the events themselves but the accuracy of his descriptions, most often giving the exact names of people and places, the exact dates, and the unforeseen results of the event's affect on their societies.
Nostradamus was born in Provence on December 14, 1503. After receiving his doctoral degree in 1525, he began to practice medicine as a 'healer'. When in 1540, Nostradamus was unable to save his wife and children from a unforeseen plague, he began roaming the countryside surrounding Salon. It was at this time that he began writing a yearly list of predictions that at once became very popular with the poeple. Due to this success, Nostradamus began writing his book - Centuries, a complete series of prophecies dealing with events from his time to the end of the world in the year 3797. The prophecies were written in 'quatrains' or verses of four lines and lumped together in groups called 'centuries'. Their meanings were purposely obscured using jumbled text and slight metaphors in order to prevent his being labeled a product of the devil.
Nonetheless, his work became known and his fame spread to the royal court where the queen summoned him to plot the horoscopes of the king and their children. Soon, people from all over France began seeking the new prophet to solicit predictions of their future. He quickly became quite a draw with his eerie ability to plot the future, even the short term future.
It was said that while walking the countryside with the Monsieur de Florenville, they came upon a black pig and a white pig. The Monsieur de Florenville questioned Nostradamus on the fate of the pigs. Nostradamus quickly replied, 'We will eat the black one and the wolf will eat the white one'. The Monsieur de Florenville, being boldly jealous of Nostradamus, quickly set out to make him a liar. The lord ordered the chef to roast the white pig on the spit and serve it for their dinner. When dinner arrived and the roasted pig was about to be served, the Monsieur once again asked Nostradamus about the fate of the pigs. Nostradamus, once again replied what he had earlier stated, 'they would eat the black pig and the wolf ate the white one'. Then the Monsieur summoned the chef to refute Nostradamus's statement. The guests were astonished when the chef admitted that a tame wolf cub had nibbled at the white pig while it was roasting on the spit and that he had served them the black one instead.
Were the predictions of Nostradamus simply guesswork as some have surmised or was he truly a the greatest prophet the world has ever known? In his predictions of Hitler's rise Nostradamus wrote (notations italicized):
In the most easterly region of western Europe, a child will be born to poor parents [Hitler's parents were indeed poor, born in Austro-Bavarians frontier]. He will seduce great crowds wit his oratory and will [commonly characterized as the greatest orator in history] make much more noise about the eastern power - USSR [Hitler's greatest adversary]. A new sect of philosophers despising death, gold, honors and wealth will be born on the German borders and those who follow them will have support and audience [Hitler's founding party held these very beliefs and sought to deliver the German people from their sorrows]. Under the saintly appearance of delivering people from servitude he will himself usurp the people's power and the town. He will wreak the worst by trickery with the aid of a new republic, using as text in the struggle the false ideas of the first part of his book [Mein Kampf, Volume 1]. Many will die before the Phoenix dies [millions of Jews perished]. After fifty-five years ten months he will find his last home, when the years 1915, 1921, and 1939 have passed [Hitler born April 1889, died March 1945 at 55 years 10 months] in 1945. In 1915 he will succumb to illness [as a Corporal he was twice wounded in 1915], in 1921 he will have an armed force dangerous to his life [1921, the most successful year of Hitler's new party]; 1939 will be subject to a rain of fire [Hitler's siege began in 1934 and ended in 1945]. The new Nero will hurl into three ovens [Auschwitz, Dachau, and Birkenau where over 11 million Jews perished] young people to burn them alive. Happy they who are far from such acts. Three of his blood Germans will spy on him to kill him [Goerdeler, Leipzig, and General Beck attempted a assassination by bomb that failed]. The new German empire will be in desolation and undergo changed because of the North [USSR, key in the defeat of Germany]. There will be great numbers of condemned person when the heads of state are reconciled [Nuremberg Trials]. But one of them will make sure any difficulties that those who waged war together will not be allies [USSR and USA, allies in wars, starkest enemies in the end].
The World Trade Center disaster that occurred on September 11, 2001 generated a lot of questions about its supposed prediction by Nostradamus. Three quatrains in particular generated interest:
Century 10, Quatrain72:
In the above quatrain, many point out that the year '1999' and the 'seventh month' are incorrect? Some rectify this by explaining that our modern calendar is indeed off by two years due to the Pope's revision of our contemporary calendar. Also, the 7th month could indeed refer to September. 400 years ago, Nostradamus's calendar actually began with the month of March (hence the reason many of the prefixes of our months don't make sense to us - October, Octa, 8, or December, Deca, 10, and most interestingly September, Septa, or 7.
Some point out that the 'King of the Mongols' could refer to the United States since we are often perceived negatively by other countries.
And note that 'Mars' in most of Nostradamus's writings refer to War (the God of Mars).
Century 6, Quatrain 97:
In the above quatrain many have argued over the '45 degrees' value specified. Some argue that 45 degrees refers to the angle of the plane upon entry into the World Trade Center (WTC). Some argue that Manhattan lies right around 45 degrees latitude (more accurately, 41 degrees).
Also pointed out is the phrase Normans which, true to Nostradamus's style of writing, could refer to Americans (NOrth AMericANS). Then again it could be deduced as a referral to Norman Rockefeller by the skeptics...
Century 1, Quatrain 87:
And of course the above quatrain is quite eerie too. New York, and more specifically the World Trade Centers, could be referred to the Center of the World. 'New City' could refer explicitly to New York. The 'two great rocks' could refer to the twin WTC towers. And the coloring of the Hudson river (which the dead bodies are being transferred over to be place in nearby New Jersey) could indeed be surmised as 'red'.
Whether or not these predictions are accurate is of course, open to debate. Vague? Of course. Accurate in some cases? Yes. If you want to believe then you can have a lot of fun with Nostradamus's predictions but be forewarned that you'll need to dig through several references because interpretations vary greatly. If you're a skeptic then you will also have a lot of fun pointing out the inaccuracies of some of the predictions.
Either way, some of the predictions are eerily accurate indeed. So what does Nostradamus predict for our future? Like our modern day bibles, Notradamus foresees the rise of an Antichrist (the son of a Buddhist Monk, and a twin) and a great war that ends western civilization. Hopefully Nostradamus's prophecies were just blind luck...
(1) Roberts, Henry C. "The
Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus"