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Prophetic Claims: Did Nostradamus And Baba Vanga Predict the COVID-19 Coronavirus?

It has been suggested that both Nostradamus and Baba Vanga foresaw the outbreak of the Coronavirus, but did they really have the ability to predict future events?

It has been claimed that “prophets” such as Baba Vanga and Nostradamus foresaw the Cornoaviurus outbreak long ago and warned the world in their prophecies. But did Nostradamus or Baba Vanga predict the future and the rise of the Coronavirus? Or are we victims of mistranslations and misinterpretations of their “work”?

Millions of people around the globe are convinced that superhuman powers such as foreseeing the future are uncommon, although existence among us. These people believe that a very selected group of people has been “given” the gift of predicting future events before they happen. Throughout modern history, there have been quite a few “prophets” that are said to have had the gift of seeing the future.

Prophets and their prophecies

A woman from Bulgaria, Baba Vanga, is one such prophet. Nostradamus is perhaps the most famous “seer” in the history of humanity, although others such as Edgar Cayce are also said to have had the ability to foresee future events. But can a person foresee something before it happens? Does that mean that superpowers are more than just science fiction? Scientifically, no one can foresee the future, and you can’t see events that have yet not happened. Furthermore, so far, scientists maintain that traveling into the past or the future is impossible.

Although logic, commons sense and the rules of (known) physics tell us that we can’t see the future nor travel to it, many people are inclined to believe that certain literary works, written hundreds of years ago refer to events in the history of humanity that only happened in recent history.

One such example is the book written by Michel de Nostredame—more popularly known as Nostradamus—and published in 1555 called Les Propheties. The book published by Mace Bonhomme was Nostradamus’ most famous work and is a collection of cryptically written poems, quatrains, united in ten sets of verses—called Centuries—of one hundred quatrains each. Nostradamus’ work does not seem to follow a particular chronological coherence. He wrote the book using a combination of French, Greek, Latin, and Occitan and contains anagrams and mythological references.

His quatrains were written in a way difficult to interpret, and the messages he conveyed were masked within a subjective language that makes it hard to comprehend. Experts who have analyzed his work argue that Nostradamus purposely did this in order to evade the Holy Inquisition, for fear of being persecuted for heresy. By analyzing his work, we find that most of what he wrote down in his book makes reference to global disasters, and many of his quatrains have been interpreted as predictions of the future, making Nostradamus the most famous prophet ever to have existed on Earth.

Although his work is anything but clear, people claim he got many things right and predicted some of the most important events in the history of humanity. One quatrain written by the French seer seems to predict the Apollo Moon landing. The French seer wrote in his book, “He will come to travel to the corner of Luna, where he will be captured and put in a strange land, The unripe fruits to be a subject of great scandal, great blame, to one, great praise.”

In the above quatrain, “He” is interrupted as the astronaut(s) who traveled to the “corner of Luna” (Luna is Moon in Latin). “He” will be captured and put in a strange land (the surface of the Moon?). The astronauts of the Apollo Mission were captured—on film—as the Moon landing was recorded for the whole world to see.

Supposedly, it has been claimed that Nostradamus also predicted the assassinations of JFK and RFK hundreds of years before they happened. Nostradamus quatrain making supposedly reference to those particular events reads: “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.” In this case, the Great Man is believed to have been U.S. President John Kennedy, who received various death threats while in office.

In November 1963, he visited Dallas, where he was gunned down, and the thunderbolt Nostradamus referred to is interpreted by many as the shot that assassinated JFK. On June 5, 1968, his brother Bobby Kennedy was assassinated after midnight: On June 5, 1968, his brother Bobby Kennedy was assassinated after midnight; “another falls at night time.”

However, Nostradamus never made specific reference by name to anything, which means that his alleged predictions can be interpreted in more ways than one.

Furthermore, since his writings are very “vague,” they can be mistranslated and refitted to probably fit more than one event in the history of humanity. These vague descriptions of the future events also apply to Nostradamus’ alleged predictions of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It has been claimed that various quatrains written by Nostradamus are a reference to the disease that has taken over the world since it first appeared in November 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

As of writing on March 28, 2020, there are 601,520 confirmed total cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 around the world.

Electron micrograph of coronaviruses. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Electron micrograph of coronaviruses. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

But was the deadly disease foreseen by Nostradamus in his book Les Propheties hundreds of years ago? People who believe in Nostradamus’ “supernatural powers” say yes and point to the following three quatrains penned down by the French seer. Century V, quatrain 63 reads: “From the vain enterprise honor and undue complaint, Boats tossed about among the Latins, cold, hunger, waves, not far from the Tiber the land stained with blood, And diverse plagues will be upon mankind.”

The above quatrain is supposedly a reference to the Coronavirus outbreak but refers to its appearance in Italy after the epicenter of the Virus moved from China to Europe. The Tiber River runs through Rome, Italy has recorded thousands of deaths from the Coronavirus. The plagues Nostradamus mentions are supposedly the many mutations of the Virus. Just as many other of his quatrains are vague and bear minimal resemblance to an actual event, so is this one.

The French seer never makes actual reference to the Virus, its name, or where it originated. Nonetheless, another quatrain penned down by Nostradamus is believed to make reference to the Coronavirus. In Century II, Quatrain 6 Nostradamus wrote: “There will be two scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”

Again, the above quatrain is extremely vague, and Nostradamus never actually makes reference to the coronavirus outbreak. The supposed plague that he mentions in the quatrain can be interpreted, and fittingly and accordingly adjusted to fit specific historical events. In other words, we can interpret what Nostradamus wrote to make it appear that he foresaw every plague in history with that quatrain.

You can read through the quatrains written by Nostradamus and translated into English by visiting this Wikisource link.

Baba Vanga and the Coronavirus

Another “prophet” that may have foreseen the Coronavirus outbreak was Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova (1911-1996), popularly known as Baba Vanga, the Prophet of the Balkans or the Nostradamus of the Balkans. She became famous for her supposed accurate predictions of the twentieth century, such as the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the attack on the Twin Towers. “Horror, horror! The American brethren (believed to be a reference to the two ‘brother’ towers) will fall after being attacked by the steel birds (thought to be the two hijacked passenger planes).

“The wolves will be howling in a bush (believed to be a reference to then U.S. President George Bush), and innocent blood will gush.” The above is the alleged prediction Baba Vanga made about the Terrorist attacks on the United States on 9/11. It is assumed that as much as sixty-nine percent of the alleged predictions of the future were accurate. According to The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal, Baba Vanga also foresaw the Chernobyl disaster, the correct date of Stalin’s death, the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk as well as Topalov’s victory in the world chess tournament. However, not everything she allegedly predicted came true.

An infographic showing details about COVID-19. Shutterstock.
An infographic showing details about COVID-19. Shutterstock.

One example is her wrong prediction of the 1994 FIFA World cup Final. She is said to have foreseen that the final of the tournament would be played between two teams whose names start with B. One finalist was Brazil. Italy eliminated Bulgaria in the semifinals. With everything going on with the Coronavirus, it was expected that sooner or later, a claim connecting Baba Vanga with the Coronavirus would appear. It has been reported that a woman called Neshka Stefanova Robeva, 73, heard about the Coronavirus shortly before the death of Baba Banga. It has been claimed, according to the daily star, that Baba Vanga said that “the Corona Would be all over us…”

This supposed prediction is perhaps even vaguer than what Nostradamus had written down. But unlike Nostradamus, there aren’t any written accounts of the alleged predictions made by Baba Vanga, so it is nearly impossible to verify what—if anything—the Blind Mystic predicted.

According to the Daily Star, at the time, Robeva didn’t understand what Baba Vanga had revealed. Still, now with everything going on in the world, it has become clear, Baba Vanga foresaw the coronavirus outbreak, it has been claimed. Since all the above predictions are so vaguely written and described, it is impossible to suggest that they bear a resemblance to specific world events. It is unlikely that Baba Vanga and Nostradamus predicted the Cornovartius outbreak.

Since Baba Vanga’s “prophecies” are lost, it is impossible to analyze what she predicted. On the other hand, Nostradamus’ work is so cryptographic and shrouded in mystery that most of what he wrote down can be fitted to make reference to practically any major world event.

Nonetheless, and despite the fact that neither Nostradamus or Baba Vanga predicted the Cornovanirus, some of their alleged predictions arouse the imagination and interest of countless writers, evidence of which are countless articles published about the subject on the internet, and numerous books some of which have become best-sellers. I guess that people do love a mystery, and Baba Vanga and Nostradamus are evidence of that.

Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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