The Eerie Predictions of Nostradamus: Did Nostradamus Really Foresee the Future?

Michel de Nostrdame, more popularly known as only ‘Nostradamus’ is perhaps the most famous seer/prophet the world has ever seen.

But in addition to being a seer, Nostradamus, born on December 14, 1503, in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France was also an astrologer, writer, and physician.

His most acknowledged and popular work is his book Les Prophéties, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains that are said to predict numerous future events.

The first collection of prophecies appeared in 1555 as a collection of poems, quatrains, which the French seer united in ten sets of verses (“Centuries”) of 100 quatrains each.

The Portrait of Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus), a French Renaissance Medicine & Astrologer, painted by his son César de Nostredame (1553-1630?). Wikimedia Commons.

The predictions penned down by Nostradamus do not seem to follow chronological coherence and were written in a mixture of French, Greek, Latin and Occitan languages.

The work of Nostradamus was a massive code. A mysterious code.

It is believed that his predictions contained anagrams, mythological and astrological references, penned down in a subjective language that makes it very difficult to understand.

Scholars who have studied his work argue that Nostradamus did this on purpose in order to evade the Holy Inquisition, for fear of being persecuted for heresy because of his ability to foresee the future.

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In other words, he made his work extremely difficult to understand, and ever those who understood it would have a hard time trying to extract its true meaning.

Nostradamus and his journey into Occultism

Despite being a Catholic, after a few visits to Italy the French prophet would steer away from medicine and dive into the occult. In 1550, he wrote an almanac where we see his Latinized name, Nostradamus, appear for the first time.

Ii was a very successful almanac.

Eventually, he would write one or more almanac on an annual basis.

Summa Summarum, the almanacs are believed to have contained nearly 6,400 different prophecies penned down by Nostradamus.

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His Predictions (resumed)

Although there are many people who remain skeptical of his work and alleged predictions of the future, there are millions of people around the world convinced that the French prophet had the mystical ability to foresee the future.

It has been claimed that Nostradamus accurately predicted the Great Fire of London, the French Revolution, and the rises of NapoleonAdolf Hitler, and Donald Trump. Nostradamus is believed to have predicted both world wars, and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, among other things.

A skeptical point of view

Numerous skeptics and scholars have suggested that Nostradamus’ reputation as a prophet is largely manufactured by modern-day supporters who twist and turn what Nostradamus had penned down to events that have either already occurred or are so imminent as to be inevitable, something known as “retroactive clairvoyance” (postdiction).

In fact, as noted by Peter Lemesurier in his book “Nostradamus, Bibliomancer: The Man, The Myth, The Truth,” not one  quatrain is written by Nostradamus is known to have been interpreted as predicting a specific event before it occurred, other than in vague, or general terms that may have been applied to any number of different events.

Skeptics argue that Nostradamus’ most famous work, The Prophecies is not more than an anthology of known prophecies originating in the past, which were adopted in order to fit in present and anticipated circumstances in the wake of known historical events that were projected into the future.

One such example is the Notredame fire, which we covered in this article.

Alleged predictions by Nostradamus people see as evidence

The French prophet is said to have accurately predicted the death of Henry II.

Prediction:

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.

The above is said to foresee the death of Henry II who in the summer of 1559 prepared to joust Gabriel, Comte de Montgomery. In the final run, Montgomery’s lance tilted upwards bursting the king’s poorly secured visor and piercing his eye. King Henry II died 11 days later.

Nostradamus supposedly foresaw Hitler as well.

Prediction:

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.

Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in Austra, Western Europe to a middle-class family. Due to his oratory abilities, Hitler quickly rose to power and eventually initiated the Second World War by invading Poland.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Prediction:

Near the gates and within two cities There will be scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.

In August of 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki–the two cities.

Assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy

Prediction:

The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt, An evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction, another falls at night time. Conflict at Reims, London and a pestilence in Tuscany.

Former U.S. President John Kennedy–the Great Man– received a number of death threats during his time in the office. He visited Dallas in November of 1963 when he was gunned down–a thunderbolt.

On June 5th, 1968, his brother Bobby Kennedy was assassinated after midnight–another falls at night time.

September 11, 2001

Prediction:

Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth Will cause tremors around the New City. Two great rocks will war for a long time, Then Arethusa will redden a new river.

On September 11, 2001, the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York collapsed after terrorists hijacked passenger airplanes and smashed them into the buildings. The Twin Towers are supposedly the ‘two great rocks’ mentioned by Nostradamus, and the New City mentioned by the French prophet is the city of New York.

The Conclusion

Whether or not Nostradamus really managed to foresee the future is up to a personal point of view.

It is the belief of many scholars and skeptics that most of the quotes we see popping up on the internet and prophetic books are quotes that have ve been re-interpreted and fittingly adjusted in our times retrospectively to fit a historical event.

Having that said, many people argue that Nostradamus was no more an astrologer and seer then he was a doctor.

Nonetheless, millions of people around the world argue that what Nostradamus penned down hundreds of years ago are crystal clear predictions of the future, pointing to the above predictions as evidence of his success.