Posted on 20 October 2013.
Michel Nostradamus was born in sixteenth century France to educated parents. He initally practiced as a Doctor and his particular methodology of healing saved countless lives during the breakout of plague of 1520. Unfortunately he lost his first wife and daughter to the plague.
Nostradamus was said to be able to predict the future through a combination of astrological study and divine inspiration. He had rigorously studied the supposed relationship between the movement of heavenly bodies and earthly events, and he claimed an angelic spirit helped him understand how these forces would manifest themselves. Meditating late into the night, Nostradamus claimed, he would see and understand events in the near and distant future.
Nostradamus’ major work on prophecies, now referred to as “The Centuries,” was published in installments over the course of several years. His work consisted of about a thousand quatrains(i.e four-lined verses), collected in groups of a hundred. The title “The Centuries” refers to the organizing structure of the work and not to periods of time.
Each quatrain, written predominantly in French foretells a particular event or era. These accounts are confusing as they’re full of esoteric metaphor and anagrams. Even the few dates or specific geographical references that are included are not arranged in chronological order.
According to the work’s preface which happens to be a letter from Nostradamus to his son Cesar (a child from his second marriage), the verses were intended to be mystifying. In it Nostradamus confided he was afraid that he would be persecuted and his work destroyed if authorities in his time fully understood his predictions. According to him, his cryptic prophecies would be better understood by enlightened people in the future.
1. London Fire of 1666
The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall. It even threatened to reach the aristocratic district of Westminster where the then King, Charles II resided. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is also believed to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The total monetary loss was estimated at 10,000,000 pounds.
” The blood of the just will be
demanded of London
Burnt by fire in the year ’66
The ancient Lady will fall from her high place
And many of the same sect will be killed “
This quatrain is unique because Nostradamus specified a number related to the event he described. Still, while the prophecy has some specifics like a location and a date, terms such as “blood of the just” and “ancient lady” are left open to interpretation, just as Nostradamus intended. But since we can deconstruct his prophecies in several ways, they’ve never been used to predict an event before it has occurred. And since Nostradamus’ prophecies are so vague, it’s difficult to pin any of them to a particular era, much less a specific year.
Critics say that although the quatrain predicted the London fire of 1666, the number 66 (“twenty threes the six”), doesn’t specify a century some even suggest that the number 66 may not refer to a year at all.
2. The Rise of Hitler :
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. “
Hitler was known for his skills as an orator. Infact during the first world war he served as messenger between the front and the command base for Germany earning an Iron Cross in the process. It is said that his regiment once met with a mustard gas attack which affected his voice giving it that weird but intimidating tone he was known for.
The most notable bit however is of Hitler’s impoverished upbringing. He lost two of his siblings when he was hardly three years old. His father regularly beat him and after his death in 1903, his mother also died of terminal breast cancer. Hitler also failed to make it as an artist and was virtually penniless by 1909.
Nostradamus was known to play word games with the names of famous persons in order to confuse those attempting to interpret his prophecies before their time. The word “Hister” is believed to be a combination of two words “Hitler” and “Ister,” thus providing both the name and place of origin of the Nazi leader. The word “Ister” was the Latin name for the Danube River in Germany, on whose banks Adolf Hitler was born.
The last line refers to Japan which was one of Germany’s allies (the other being Italy) in the Axis Forces.
3. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombing :
There will be 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 is one of Nostradamus’ predictions that has remained largely undisputed. It’s a near accurate description of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Phrases like “Scourges the like of which was never seen,” and “crying to the great immortal God.” describe the taruma the Japanese people were subjected to. Nostradamus accurately predicted the scale and depth of the horror, the unprecedented death toll from just two bombs, and the fact that, as an act of war, it was unlike anything the world had ever seen before.
4. French Revolution :
While princes and lords are held captive in prisons.
These will in the future by headless idiots
Be received as divine prayers. “
We all know about the French Revolution which took place in 1789, right ? France was ruled by Louis XVI at the time and faced a major economic crisis which was partially initiated by the cost of intervening in the American Revolution (in 1776). Also several key economic decisions were held back by the archaic protocols and conservatism of the nobility (who accounted for only 2% of France’s upper class population)
The peasants (“the enslaved populace”) rose to power, the aristocracy was taken down and beheaded (the “headless idiots,” now “princes and lords … held captive in prisons”).
The “great wall” falling is believed to mean the storming of the Bastille. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris represented royal authority in the center of Paris. The prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming but was a symbol of the abuses of the monarchy and its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.
Critics however dispute that it is possible that Nostradamus foresaw the brewing of a peasant uprising in his own time as he saw the contrast between an aristocrat and a commoner in 16th-century France.
5. Louis Pasteur :
the pastor will be honored as a demigod:
Before the Moon finishes its full period
he will be dishonored by other winds. “
Although “Pastor” could refer to any other brilliant person who carried a similar name, it is mostly believed that this Nostradamus prophecy points to Louis Pasteur, who lived from 1822 to 1895. Born in Dole, Pasteur was a French chemist who offered the world a number of major scientific breakthroughs. Apart from his remarkable discoveries in the management and treatment of puerperal fever, he was also responsible for creating the first ever vaccination for anthrax and rabies. Considered to be one of the three founding fathers of microbiology, Pasteur also became famous for coming up with pasteurization which is a process for sterilizing milk and wine.
However it is possible that Nostradamus may have been accurate with the date : Roussat, a Jewish Astrologer whose work Nostradamus was familiar with, put the end of the Moon cycle at 1887 – by which time Pasteur was applying his ‘revolutionary’ immunization technology.