Nostradamus was an astrologer, physician, and seer. He did appear to be vague but some predictions were uncanny.
Nostradamus Early Life
Born in 1503 in Saint Remy, France, one of nine children to Jaume and Reyniere. The family was Jewish but converted to Catholicism, and he was given the name Michael de Nostredame, but he is known by the name Nostradamus. He was a French astrologer, physician, and called a seer. Nostradamus's grandfather had converted from Judaism to Christianity to avoid the persecution from the Inquisition.
Nostradamus studied apothecary, and he entered the University of Montpellier to study medicine. Unfortunately, he was expelled when the university learned of his apothecary, which they considered a "manual" trade banned by statute, and his slandering of doctors.
After his expulsion, he traveled throughout France and Italy treating victims of the plague. Nostradamus was ahead of his time, believing that bloodletting and leeches were not the answer. Instead, he was more progressive and required cleanliness, removal of infected bodies, low-fat diets, and fresh air.
By this time, he traveled to Salon, France, where he married a wealthy widow and had six children. He seemed to shy away from medicine and into the occult and astrology. Nostradamus spent hours in his study meditating and going into trances with visions.
In 1555 he wrote Les Propheties, his major long-term predictions. Afraid of percussion, he used stanza, four-line poems called quatrains. His population was growing, and soon Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II of France, summoned him to Paris. Catherine wanted horoscopes done on her children. So impressed with him, she made him Counsellor and physician to her children.
Some Older Predictions Made By Nostradamus
Although skeptics thought his predictions were vague and that the translations were and incomplete, others found him to be reliable. Here are a few predictions that did come true:
- It appears he predicted the Great Fire of London.
- He predicted the rise of Napoleon.
- He predicted the atrocities of Hitler.
- He foresaw the French Revolution.
- He predicted the 9/11 assault on the Twin Towers.
He did seem to miss a few like the death of Catherine's sons and the loss of her dynasty, the massacre at St. Bartholomew, the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, or the death of Henry IV.
Nostradamus Predictions for 2021
It doesn't look like 2021 will be a quiet year. Some predictions Nostradamus makes are scary. Here are a few for 2021:
- He predicts global famine with biblical proportions.
- He predicts solar storms and asteroids.
- Earthquakes will destroy California.
- Viruses and biological warfare.
- He predicts objects in space.
- He predicts WW III.
- He predicts the third antichrist, the first two being Napoleon and Hitler. He goes on the say this antichrist will turn into a supervillain. He refers to a trumpet causing mayhem and will be a demagogue who makes false claims. The old world for trumpet is Trump.
Nostradamus died in Salon, France, in 1566. A statue, mural, and a museum are dedicated to him in Salon.
His predictions are, of course, just that, but we must remember, it is all in interpretation. His biggest predictions end in the year 3797. Yes, his predictions are vague and cryptic and hopefully, they won't be as catastrophic as it seems.
Little did he know his predictions and his fame would still be talked about 500 years after his death.
fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on February 28, 2021:
Pamela, thanks for reading and I enjoy your comments. All is up to the interpretation of course.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 28, 2021:
This is a very interesting article, Fran. I did not know some of those facts about Nostradamus.
I guess as a Christian I don't put much stock in the occult, but he is hard to ignore. Since Trump is not in power right now I don't think he is the one to watch, by who knows?
fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on February 28, 2021:
Chitrangada, thank you for your visit and comments. I truly appreciate it.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 28, 2021:
Interesting to read about Nostradamus. I have read a lot about him and his predictions.
Whenever, something unfavourable or unwanted happens, we turn to predictions, forecasts and things like that. This is human nature. I find all of this interesting to read, though what exactly will happen, we really don’t know.
Thank you for sharing this interesting information.
Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 27, 2021:
Very informative article about one of the most mysterious personalities who ever walked on this planet. This man was bizarre as well as uncannily true in his predictions. Great write Fran.
Rosina S Khan on February 27, 2021:
This is an interesting account of a man named Nostradamus whose fame and predictions for 2021 are being revalued. Amazing article, Fran.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 27, 2021:
Though I’ve heard of Nostradamus, I haven’t investigated him or his predictions before. Thanks for sharing the interesting information, Fran.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 27, 2021:
Nice article thanks for sharing. I have read Nostradamus a number of times. Almost all his forecasts are vague and can be interpreted in a number of ways. Mostly people correlate his forecasts after the event. To impute that he referred to Donald Trump is not at all correct; he probably referred to president Xi of China.
DW Davis from Eastern NC on February 27, 2021:
"He predicts the third antichrist, the first two being Napoleon and Hitler. He goes on the say this antichrist will turn into a supervillain. He refers to a trumpet causing mayhem and will be a demagogue who makes false claims. The old world for trumpet is Trump."
This part certainly seems to be happening, and the supervillian made reference to now has a golden statue his followers are bowing to and worshipping down in Flordia this very minute.