The man whose famous prophecies are often a source of debate for interpreters far and wide… The man, whose psychic capabilities made him foresee the 9/11 attack that destroyed the twin towers in New York City… And, hold your breath! The man who predicted when the world will come to an end… Yes, we’re talking about Nostradamus.
Who was Nostradamus?
Michel de Nostredame was born on 14th (or was it 21st?) of December 1503 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in Southern France. Beginning his career as a chemist, Michel developed interest in the occult sciences in the later part of his life. He latinised his name to Nostradamus and is one of the world’s most well-known and acknowledged authors of prophecies, someone whose books have not gone out of print ever since they came in circulation more than four centuries before. Nostradamus’ book Les Propheties, the first edition of which came about in 1555, made him renowned for the meaningful quatrains (poem of 4 lines).
The believers of Nostradamus credit him with the prophecy of major world events. Some detractors don’t find much substance in his predictions and call them vague observations that probably relate to some events of the past retrofitted to the present. His prophecies are in French and sometimes academicians think that people deliberately misinterpret or mistranslate the quatrains to relate them to some of the world events.
It is also believed that Nostradamus sometimes knowingly jumbled up the words and added obscurity to his prophecies. In his book ‘Centuries’ he claimed, “…I thought I would for the common good describe the most important of the revolutionary changes I foresee, but that so not to upset my readers, I would do this in a cloudy manner with abstruse and twisted sentences rather than plainly prophetical.”
It could be for this reason that some of his predictions are so obscure that they become apparent only after the event has passed. His quatrains are not in chronological order either. He purposely made use of symbols, anagrams, misspelled words, and metaphors to cloud the meanings of his prophecies. Besides, there are instances of him playing with words from different languages such as Italian, Greek, and Latin to cloud the purport.
His Famous Prophecies…
Most of Nostradamus’ prophecies pertain to disasters of some kind be it in the form of natural calamities or man-induced – earthquakes, floods, murders, droughts, or battles. Some of the oracles do testify that the great seer did actually have a second sight.
1. “From the enslaved populace, songs,
Chants and demands
While princes and lords are held captive in prisons.
These will in the future by headless idiots
Be received as divine prayers”
“Before the war comes,
The great wall will fall,
The King will be executed, his death coming too soon will be lamented.
(The guards) will swim in blood,
Near the River Seine the soil will be bloodied.”
Interpreters say that this quatrain relates to the French Revolution. The farmers or peasants (“the enslaved populace”) came to power, bringing down and beheading the aristocracy (“While princes and lords….by headless idiots”). The great wall to fall probably refers to Bastille. No one knows if this was indeed a prophecy derived out of astrology or occult means. It could be a derivative of what was really prevalent during his times in the 16th century France – the peasant uprising and the impending revolution. One cannot confirm…
2. “PAU, NAY, LORON will be more of fire than of the blood,
To swim in praise,
the great one to flee to the confluence.
He will refuse entry to the Piuses,
The depraved ones and the Durance will keep them imprisoned.”.
This is one of the very famous oracles of the great seer. Interpreters have figured out the name of the person he refers to here as ‘Napaulon Roy’ or ‘Napolean Bonaparte’, the famous king of France, rearranged from the words “Pau, Nay, Loron”. This quatrain talks about the rise of Napolean while the ‘Piuses’ mentioned, most likely, refer to the Popes Pius VI and Pius VII whom the French king imprisoned during his rule.
3. “Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers:
The greater one will cause it to be dragged in an iron cage
When the Germany child will observe nothing.”
“From the depths of the West of Europe,
A young child will be born of poor people,
He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop;
His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.”
From the interpretation of the two quatrains, the child with an impoverished upbringing in the west of Europe refers to the ruthless German dictator Adolf Hitler, whose German army is addressed to as ‘beasts’. The ruthless army crosses over the river to capture France.
4. “Near the gates and within the cities
there will be two scourges the like of which was never seen,
famine within plague, people put out by steel,
crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
This oracle is so near truth! Even the detractors will find it hard to debunk this and not relate it to the atomic bombings of Hirosima and Nagasaki during the Second World War. The mention of steel makes it more likely to believe that he refers to some form of warfare that he could not decipher in his time. However, critics counter attack this with the claim that this could describe any of the wartime violence and could relate to any other war, not necessarily World War II.
5. “Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth
Will cause tremors around the New City.
Two great rocks will war for a long time,
Then Arethusa will redden a new river.”
…And now this one wins the cake! Nostradamus’ predictions became so famous post September 11, 2001, when word about his prophecy spread like wild-fire over the WWW, that he became the most searched person on the search engines. The “two great rocks” refer to the twin towers but we wonder why they were at war. “Centre of the earth” could mean World Trade Centre or a hub of central activity.
Besides, there are conflicting theories of Nostradamus predicting the end of the world. Sounds spooky ain’t it?? From the mention of the new millennium 2000 (which we are well past) to the specific date of December 21, 2012, his world coming to an end prophecies are constantly a source of debate. However, Nostradamus did mention in writing that his oracles only went up to as far as the year 3797. So, it probably indicates that the world doesn’t end till the 38th century at least and thank GOD if that’s true… we are living in 21st century.