Nostradamus (1503-1566)

Michel de Nostradamus, or Nostradamus, was a famous French apothecary and also a well known seer, whose prophecies and psychic predictions have become known worldwide because of his book Les Propheties or ‘The Prophecies’. He earned the reputation of being the most famous psychic and seer, when he had knelt in front of a Franciscan monk and had addressed him as “Your Holiness”. Several years later, after the death of the great seer, this same monk became Pope Sixtus V. Nostradamus, in 1555, began his career as a prophet for the first time. It was during this period that he wrote down his first collection of Centuries, i.e., a set of 100 quatrains. Over the next few years, he wrote down a total of at least 10 centuries. Now you might ask what is a quatrain? It’s a poem with 4 lines. Nostradamus quatrains were rhythmic and they were mainly written in French, with traces of Italian, Latin and Greek here and there. He used various symbols and metaphors in his quatrain, in order to avoid being tried as a magician. Now let’s take a look at some of the Nostradamus predictions that have come true.

Predictions That Came True
The prediction that actually made Nostradamus famous was his reference to a Franciscan monk as ‘His Holiness’ and who later became Pope Sixtus V. Here are some of the other predictions that followed this one.

London Fire
In this prophecy, Nostradamus predicted the exact year of the Great Fire at London.

“The blood of the just will be demanded of London,
Burnt by the fire in the year 66” (Century 2; Quatrain 51)

2nd September, 1666. One single spark, burnt down the entire Medieval London, the city of Shakespeare. London burned for 5 days and after the fire was controlled, 1½ miles by ½ miles, was completely turned to ashes. 87 churches were destroyed and 13,200 houses were burned down. Though Nostradamus had predicted that “blood of the just will be demanded”, only 6 people had died though. Some however see this prediction of ‘blood of the just’ (translated from French) as the justice which was done to the Black Death or the plague that had killed many in Europe. The fire had done a great service by killing the rats that were the carriers of this plague. Thus, ‘blood of the just’.

French Revolution
Several quatrains have been found, that predict the French Revolution which had taken place in the 18th century. Here are some of those quatrains.

“From the enslaved people, songs, chants and demands,
The princes and lords are held captive in prisons:
In the future by such headless idiots
These will be taken as divine utterances.”

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.”

July 14th, 1789. The symbol to the detested monarchy, the prison of Bastille, was stormed into by the French people. The Storming of Bastille, marked the beginning of French Revolution. The Revolution started the rise and fall of the guillotine, which was located on the banks of River Seine. Thus, Nostradamus prediction that ‘the guards will swim in blood…will be bloodied’, came true. The French Revolution only made Nostradamus name as a seer, even more popular. He had predicted the French Revolution, 200 years before it actually occurred.

Hitler and the Second World War
“The two greatest ones of Asia and of Africa,
From the Rhine and Lower Danube they will be said to have come,
Cries, tears at Malta and the Ligurian side.”

“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.” (Century 3, Quatrain 35)

Some say that Nostradamus had misspelled Hitler’s name here. If we look into the Dictator’s past, he was born to poor parents and his powerful speeches, had moved many and also his alliance with Japan proved his fame will increase towards the east to be true.

“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.”

The ‘beast’ is interpreted as Adolf Hitler and the German army, crossing over to capture France. The ‘iron cage’ might probably refer to Hitler’s tanks, which the great seer, did not know what it was called hundred of years back. Thus, these are some of the Nostradamus predictions that came true, and the prediction of the Second World War and the rise of Hitler, is one of his greatest predictions of all time.

Death of the Kennedy Brothers
“The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt,
An evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition.
Another falls at night time.
Conflict at Reins, London and a pestilence in Tuscany.” (Century 1, Quatrain 27)

In the year 1963, US President, John. F. Kennedy was shot down by the thunderbolt (gun shot) at 12 in the noon. His brother, Robert Kennedy was shot at 1 am in the morning after 5 years (another falls at night time). In the same year of 1963, students rioted in the cities of London and Paris and also there was a huge flood in Florence in 1968, which led to fear of plague or pestilence in the city.

Death of Princess Diana
“The penultimate of the surname of Prophet
Will take Diana [Thursday] for his day and rest:
He will wander because of a frantic head,
And delivering a great people from subjection.” (Century 2, Quatrain 28)

Princess Diana’s boyfriend, Dodi Al- Fayed, was the son of a person named ‘Mohammad’ (The Prophet). That was not his surname, but still. Some translations also say “will take Diana for her day of rest”. This probably indicates her death and the rest that she got forever from the paparazzi. “His day of rest” indicates the Sunday, the day when Princess Diana and Dodi died. It may also indicate that the day when she dies was seen as a public holiday. Several parts of UK was closed down that time, as a mark of respect for the much beloved Princess. The people of UK are known to be emotionally reserved. But the death of the beloved Princess, rocked not only UK but the entire world. Everyone mourned the death of Princess Diana. Thus “Delivering a great people from ruin”. People from various cultures, from various backgrounds, countries, came together to mourn her death.

Here’s a list that tells you how many Nostradamus predictions have come true.
9/11 attacks in New York
• The Challenger Space Shuttle, destroyed on take off in 1986
• Death of Mother Teresa
• Louis Pasteur for pasteurization and discovery of microscopic germs
• Hurricane Katrina
• The Iraq War
• The Nuclear attacks in Hiroshima Nagasaki
• Barrack Obama as the President of United States

Thus, these are some of the many Nostradamus predictions that have come true.

Now that we are in the middle of the year 2010, let us see some of Nostradamus predictions that came true.

There have been no such cases, where Nostradamus predictions have come true this year. However, in future, in the same year, the great seer has foretold of a comet, called Wormwood, striking the Earth’s surface and creating a huge disaster. He has also predicted that the World War 3 will start sometime between 2011 and 2012 and that it will be a war between the Christian world and the Arab world. The war will destroy many countries, except for the countries who will not take part in the war and that’s India and China.

There are several more of Nostradamus predictions that came true, many events that will shock you, many events that will happen. In fact he has also predicted the end of the world in 2012. But, that is no reason why you should leave everything and sit and worry. What will come, will come, and when it comes, we will all face it together.


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