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Background Information on Nostradamus
Is it possible to see into the future? Many believe that a man named Michel de Nostradamus could. His predictions of the future have mystified scholars for over four hundred years. Nostradamus made over one thousand predictions and SOME historians say that over half of them have already come true.
Michel de Nostredame was born on December 14th, 1503 in
St.-Remy-de-Provence, France; the first son of a large and educated
Jewish family. During this era, Jews were persecuted and often
practiced their beliefs in shadows. His family converted to
By the time he was 16, Michel was ready to enter the university in
Avignon. His beginning studies were in classical grammar, rhetoric and
logic along with basic sciences, but these were interrupted by the
plague of 1520 and Michel took his place as physician among many other
educated healers of the day. But Michel became known, even in this
early time, as a miracle worker. It wasn't until after he spent many
years of traveling around Europe that Michel actually enrolled into
medical school at the famous Montpelier medical facility in October
His medical education was not without trouble however. His vast
experience during the plague and through his travels boosted Michel's
knowledge, in many cases, above those of the scholars doing the
teaching. Michel was often at odds with his instructors over the causes
or affects of illness in patients. He studied medicine in Montpellier
and started a practice about 1525. Soon after, he began to treat
victims of the plague in communities of southern France. Nostradamus
used innovative methods of treatment, and his success in curing
extremely ill patients earned him a reputation as an especially gifted
healer. Unfortunatly, he lost his first wife and daughter to a plague,
and was devestated. Even WITHOUT all of his 'visions' and 'prophecies,'
Nostradamus would still have been a noteworthy for his medical
After this loss, he focused more on Astrology and began to see his
Before we move on: why are the Nostradamus
prophecies so obscure?
Nostradamus explains that this was done to
avoid persecution from the Inquisition. He also gives this as the
reasoning why the quatrains are not in chronological order.
Nostradamus left his predictions in the form of several letters, almost
1000 4-line verses called quatrains (the Centuries), and a collection
of 6-line verses called sixains. The prophesies are not sequential by
date. Some interesting coincidences have been observed between the
quatrain number (in the Centuries) and the last two digits of the year
of the corresponding event, but this is not uniformly true. Nostradamus
almost always concealed his meanings in anagrams, symbolism, and
mythological allusions, and to top it all off Nostradamus wrote
primarily in "early Modern French," with a mixture of archaic words
mostly derived from Latin and Greek. Confusing huh? He also
incorporates words from the "Languedoc" or Provencal dialect of
southern France. That is why so many of his prophecies are left wide
open to interpretation.
To put it in simple terms, he combined 3 languages, mixed it all
together with symbolism and cryptic messages, and then put them into
4-line "verses" or "quatrains." Sort of like prophectic poetry I guess.
Another possible explanation for the obscurity of the quatrains has to
do with the dynamics of Nostradamus' visions. His visions seem to span
thousands of years. It was proabably difficult for him to interpret
20th and 21st century technology using 16th century French. He simply
lacked the vocabulary. Also, it is possible that a single quatrain
could refer to several events. The incorporation of 'links' to several
different events would further increase the obscurity of a quatrain. I
would also like to point out from my studies:
-use of language that was, even when written, archaic and chaotic
-use of anagrams and unknown names (symbolism) locations and objects
-use of astrological or mythological references (references to
planetary alignments and other phenomena).
-nonstandard word order, and sentence structure that seemingly doesn't
Death of Henry II & Other well documented
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.
(Century 1, Quatrain 35)
This quatrain foretelling the death of King Henry II of France in a
jousting accident is one of the most famous, predocumented, and perhaps
one of the most studied.
In June 1559, Henry II ignored all warnings that Nostradamus gave him
and participated in a jousting tournament against the Comte de
Montgomery. Both men used shields embossed with lions. Montgomery was
six years younger than Henry. A tournament is a field of ritual single
During the final bout, Montgomery failed to lower his lance in time. It
shattered, sending a large splinter through the king's gilded visor
(golden cage). Along with minor punctures in the face and throat, there
were two mortal wounds. One splinter destroyed the king's eye; the
other impaled his temple just behind the eye. Both penetrated his
brain. Henry lingered for ten agonizing days before dying a cruel
The London Fire of 1666
The blood of
the just will be demanded of London,
Burnt by the fire
in the year 66
The ancient Lady
will fall from her high place
And many of the
same sect will be killed
(Century 2, Quatrain 51)
The Great fire destroyed London in 1666. This is one of the rare
prophecies in which a date is given. Even many skeptics look at this
one and realise it's accuracy. The fire itself burnt down nearly 3/4 of
The French Revolution
chants, and refrains of the slavish mob,
Whilst the Princes
and King are captive in prison,
Shall be received
in the future as oracles divine
By headless idiots
deprived of judgment.
The husband, alone
afflicted, will be mitered;
Conflict will take
place at the tile works by 500.
One betrayer will
In this quatrain, Nostradamus writes of a place he could not have even
known of.. The Twilleries was the palace of King Louis. But this palace
did not even exist in Nostradamus' day. In 1791 a gang of angry
Frenchmen calling themselves the Marsi'es, meaning 500, attacked King
By night he will
come to the forest of Reines,
A devious rout, the
white Queen of stone
And the gray King,
Scholars suggest this quatrain refers to the flight of King Louis and
his Queen Marie Antoinette. Taking the odd and out of way route through
the Forest of Reines, the king was dressed in a gray cloak posing as a
monk. The two royals attempted their escape by carriage to Varennes.
taken over, will convict the king.
A new king invites
guests to a wedding,
but others plot the
as well as that of
The people of France did convict King Louis and sentenced him to death.
The Queen was tried by a jury chosen by lot and was also sentenced to
death along with the King's mistress. The royals were taken to a square
in Paris and beheaded at the guillotine.
The three Anti-Christs
Throughout Nostradamus' quatrains he speaks of
three powerful and tyrannical leaders that he calls anti-Christs.
He said they would lead their people through reigns of terror after
first seducing them with promises of greatness. Napoleon is
thought to have been the first of these anti-Christs. Of
Napoleon's rise to power and years as Emperor Nostradamus wrote:
An Emperor shall be
born near Italy.
Who shall cost the
They shall say,
with what people he keeps company
He shall be found
less a Prince than a butcher.
Napoleon, who was considered a butcher even by his supporters,
certainly cost the Empire dearly in both manpower and political
From a simple
soldier he will rise to the empire,
From the short robe
he will attain the long.
Great swarms of
bees shall arise.
After becoming Emperor, Napoleon adopted the beehive as his imperial
crest. He was born near Italy on the island of Corsica, a most
unlikely place for a ruler of France to come from. Some scholars say
that Nostradamus was referring to Napoleon's destruction of Moscow when
A great troop shall
come through Russia.
The destroyer shall
ruin a city.
Napoleon's forces attatcked too far into the country, and got trapped
in the Russian winter. The following verse resembles what could
have been Napoleon's retreat across the icy part of Russia.
The rear guard will
The exhausted ones
will die in the white territory.
Nostradamus made other predictions of Napoleon's fate:
The great Empire
will soon be exchanged for a small place.
Which will soon
begin to grow.
A small place of
tiny area in the middle of which
He will come to lay
down his scepter.
The captive prince,
conquered, is sent to Elba;
He will sail across
the Gulf of Genoa to Marseilles.
By a great effort
of the foreign forces he is overcome,
Though he escaped
the fire, his bees yield blood by the barrel.
Napoleon was exiled to the small island of Elba but escaped for 100
days. After a defeat at Waterloo he relinquished all power for
exile on tiny St. Helena.
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