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Another year has passed, and the end of 2021 is approaching. And with that, we all know what to expect: a moment to reflect on what we've done, what we've accomplished, and what's ahead. However, given the current situation in the world, uncertainty is undoubtedly a major component of our mental state. Nostradamus, the French astrologer, and physician whose prophecies earned him fame and a devoted following during his lifetime. In the centuries since his death, people have credited him with accurately predicting pivotal historical events ranging from the French Revolution to the rise of Adolf Hitler to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and even the 2020 coronavirus. According to Nostradamus, the world will end. Here are some of the predictions of Nostradamus.
The Terrorist Attacks 9/11
The most famous claim made in the last 20 years was that Nostradamus predicted the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks. It's a story that went viral in late 2001 and is still widely believed today. One particular verse went viral on the Internet. People believe that Nostradamus already predicted it. In one of the books Nostrodamus wrote, "Two steel birds will fall from the sky on the Metropolis, The sky will burn at forty-five degrees latitude Fire approaches the great new city Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up Within months, rivers will flow with blood The undead will roam the earth for little time." Do people think that could "steel birds" refer to airplanes? Could New York City be the "Metropolis" at 40 degrees north latitude? Many people believed this, but it was later revealed that this piece is a mash-up of real Nostradamus verse and fiction. It's not only not in quatrain form, but the phrase "two steel birds" is especially telling, as steel suitable for airplanes wasn't invented until 1854 nearly 200 years after Nostradamus died. It's also said in the book that "In the city of God there will be a great thunder Two brothers torn apart by Chaos while the fortress endures The great leader will succumb The third big war will begin when the big city is burning. According to Nostradamus 1654"
Given that Nostradamus died in 1566, eighty-eight years before the quatrain is said to have been written, it would be a remarkable piece. This was actually published on a Canadian website as part of an essay about how easy it is to create important-sounding prophecies using vague imagery. It's ironic that what started out as a skeptical, anti-prophecy piece became the real thing.
"The sky will burn at forty-five degrees.
Fire approaches the great new city.
By fire, he will destroy their city,
A cold and cruel heart, blood will pour.
Mercy to none."
The Death of Henry II
"The young lion will overcome the older one,
On the field of combat in a single battle;
He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage,
Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death."
In the summer of 1559, France's King Henry II lined up to joust Gabriel, Comte de Montgomery, seigneur de Lorges, a nobleman six years his junior.
Montgomery's lance tilted up and splintered into two shards during their final pass. One pierced the king's visor and struck his eye, while the other became lodged in his temple. Henry suffered for ten days before passing away in his bed.
According to some accounts, their shields bore lion emblems, though this is debatable. Skeptics argue that the phrase "field of battle" in the quatrain does not refer to the friendly jousting match that killed Henry II.
Great Fire of London
"The blood of the just will be lacking in London,
Burnt up in the fire of '66:
The ancient Lady will topple from her high place,
Many of the same sect will be killed."
On September 2, 1666, a small fire in Thomas Farriner's bakery on Pudding Lane in London grew into a three-day blaze that engulfed the entire city. It was dubbed the Great Fire of London. Although peasant deaths were not recorded at the time, many historians believe at least eight people died in the fire. Thousands of homes and businesses were also destroyed. The phrase "blood of the just" could refer to the eradication of millions of flea-carrying rats that spread the Black Death. During the Great Fire, the deadly plague died out.
The French Revolution
"Songs, chants, and demands will come from the enslaved
Held captive by the nobility in their prisons
At a later date, brainless idiots
Will take these as divine utterances."
The French people had had enough aristocratic rule by 1789. They rose up and stormed the Bastille, a Paris fortress that was used as a prison. The fall of the Bastille, which represented the monarchy's abuses, marked the pinnacle of the French Revolution. The peasants quickly took control of Paris and used kidnapping to enforce their demands. Some of them were even executed by beheading.
John Hogue a "Rogue" Scholar
He is a well-known expert on Nostradamus and other prophetic traditions. An expert in the study of Nostradamus, John Hogue offers the most comprehensive examination of the complete prophecies ever written. In 2007, John Hogue, author of several books on Nostradamus prophecies, predicted that a global famine would kill millions of people the following year: "the era of global famine foreseen by Nostradamus will begin in 2008," he wrote. The prediction of a global famine obviously (and thankfully) did not come true, but the faulty prophecy highlights another aspect of the Nostradamus industry: there is little or no general agreement on what he meant. Nostradamus wrote in Middle French, employing ambiguous words, metaphors, and dated references. There are numerous translations of his book "Centuries," with many variations on different words and phrases. This wide range of interpretations contributes to the prophecies coming "true," because if one translation does not fully support the historical evidence, another can often be found that does.
The Three Antichrists
Nostradamus died in 1566, but his cryptic prophecies are still being deciphered by devotees today. Mario Reading, the author of five books on the occult master, has been the most dedicated to that goal. The most recent investigates what may be the ultimate questions about Nostradamus' prophecies: who are the three Antichrists mentioned in his quatrains, and when will the final events take place? He predicted three Antichrists five centuries ago. Two have already drenched the world in blood: Napoleon and Hitler. The third, however, will bring the Apocalypse. The third antichrist predicted by Nostradamus may still be unrevealed.
Conquest of Napoleon
"More fire than blood, Pau, Nay, Loron.
The great man rushes to the confluence, swimming in praise.
He will deny the magpies entry.
Pampon and Durrance will keep them in check."
Pau, Nay, and Loron all refer to Parisian neighborhoods, though the last is actually called Oloron. Nostradamus used them to employ one of his favorite devices, the anagram.
Europe Under Hitler's Terror
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."
"Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers,
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn,
When the child of Germany observes nothing."
Hitler, who was born in Western Europe to poor parents in 1889, used his intense oratory skills to mobilize the Nazi party in Germany in the years following World War I. Germany, as an Axis power, also allied with Japan in the East. Many people think "Hister" is a typo, but it's also an old name for the Danube River. Hitler was born just miles from that river in what was then Austria-Hungary, also known as the "Danube Monarchy." Remember, Nostradamus frequently incorporated anagrams into his prophecies, such as "Hister."
Even Nostradamus scholars don't always agree with what he was trying to say. Several of the prophecies were the result of a simple lack of knowledge of the language, history, or both. One famous line, for example, is widely interpreted as referring to Adolf Hitler: "The major battle shall be close by the Hister / He shall cause the great one to be dragged in an iron cage, while the Germans shall be looking at the infant Rhine."
Does it mention Germany, a war, and Hister (which sounds similar to Hitler to modern ears): amazing prophecy? No, "Hister" (also spelled "Ister" or "Iter") is not the name of Adolf Hitler or anyone else; it is another name for the lower Danube River, a term used by Nostradamus in his 1554 "Almanac." Henry S. Roberts offers the following translation of Century VIII (2) in his book "The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus":
"Condon and Aux, and I see a fire from heaven that surrounds them. Sol, Mars, in conjunction with the lion, and then Marmande. Lightning, great war, the wall falls into the Garonne."
What exactly does this mean? Sol and Mars may refer to the Sun and Mars, respectively (or not). Condon, as well as the other proper nouns, are place names (probably). A heavenly fire could be anything from a comet to an exploding sun. According to Henry S. Roberts .
The Atomic Bomb
"The heavenly dart with stretch its course
Death in the speaking: a great achievement
The proud nation brought low by the stone in the tree
Rumours of a monstrous human, bring purge, then expiation."
The United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese island nation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Many historians believe the tragedy marked the end of WWII. Those who survived the initial detonation suffered from painful radiation poisoning, and many died. The mushroom cloud that engulfed the sky above the city could be described as a "stone in the tree" in Nostradamus' quatrain. It could also refer to a land-bound object, such as a stone or a bomb, appearing in places it shouldn't, such as a tree or the sky.
Assassination of JFK
"The ancient task will be completed
From on high, evil will fall ont he great man
A dead innocent will be accused of the deed
The guilty on will remain in the mist."
The bullet that entered John F. Kennedy's head from the roof was undoubtedly fired from "on high." Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused, did not live long enough to stand trial. While in police custody, a Dallas nightclub owner murdered him. Oswald also insisted that he was a patsy and thus innocent. Even today, no one knows for certain who assassinated JFK. A recent Gallup poll found that 61% of Americans believe it was a conspiracy.
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