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Nostradamus :: On His Prophecies

Updated on July 7, 2012

The other day I picked up a book on one of the most popular topics of all times - NOSTRADAMUS The Complete Prophecies for The Future by Mario Reading. I had heard a lot about Ol' Nostradamus and his prophecies having come true shortly after the 9/11 attack in New York, but this was the first time I really spent time on reading through the book itself.

Not knowing what the fuss was all about, and with casualness, I started to flip through the pages only to get a sad and sunken feeling in my heart - pages after...What struck me was the realisation of the carefully planned human massacare split over a period of time in the world of everyday madness. This feeling of life on this planet being so fragile and cheap is almost so prominent in Nostradamus's verses that whatever humans have achieved so far or would achieve is merely laughable given the fact that everything's going to be cinders one day and be forgotten.

What the book claims is really that Nostradamus's prophecies actually did come true, as interpretators spent ages trying to decrypt his verses and finally matching them with the world's events. Some of the major events in the 21st Century that have already come true include the assassination of a powerful political leader Benazir Bhutto, the 2008 Financial Meltdown suffered by many, the New Orleans floods, the Iraq War, the Twin Tower disaster, and not forgetting the Boxing Day Tsunami. Not stopping here, Nostradamus had also predicted much serious events that are yet to happen, like;

  • 2035 the birth of the Third Antichrist
  • 2040 the demise of the British Monarchy
  • 2062 a worldwide epidemic
  • 2065 the break-up of the european Union
  • 2070 the outbreak of World War II

What's surprising is that a normal looking man called Michel De Nostredame (1503-66) managed to write his prophecies with such accuracy as observed today, centuries later, for us to be forewarned perhaps? It is said that as an alchemist, Nostradamus had mixed together events as a part of his profession and used the same effect in his verses to write his prophecies. Hence, when interpretators read his works, they are often advised to decrypt the complete verse and view it as a whole, rather than decrypting line-by-line that many possibly not have a stand-alone meaning.

I'm leaving you with one of his prophecies to reflect on:


Date - 2008

Quatrain - 28/8

"Les simularchres d'or & argent enflez,

Qu'apres le rapt au lac furent gettez

Au desouvert estaincts tous & troublez.

Au marbre escript prescripz intergetez."

Fake versions of gold and silvers multiply

Such that after the abduction that are thrown into the lake

On their rediscovery, global exhaustion and trouble

All debts are voided.


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    • days leaper profile image

      days leaper 2 years ago from england

      re crossdeb, could that be WW3? didn't he predict a third WW?

      I like the hub and will refer to it on one Im working on! Thanks.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Have heard a lot about Nostradamus but have not read any of his prophecies. I have meant to but never got around to it. Like crossdebs comment I wonder if you meant WWIII in his prediction for the year 2070, rather than WWII which of course we have already experienced.

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Did you know that Nostradamus was widely criticised for his prophecies? He had to put up with threats and nearly burned some of his works to save his life!

      He was not educated, yet had a different level of thinking or should I say, vision. If we look into his life story, he is like anybody else. Its debatable whether his prophecies are real or did he write for money and may be a means to survive...

      What he wrote has come true, but this is a conclusion of interpreters... Not Nostradamus himself! His versers were too crypted and could have meant so many things...

      Until another 'prophecy' comes true... Peace! :)

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      His predictions have always disturbed me, yet I haven't given the time to sit down and read through information about him and how successful he has been in his prophecies. Interesting hub!

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      Lakshmi Murukesh 6 years ago from Kollam

      It is very true that people of yester years(rather centuries) have been able to predict what would happen to the human race! Man's predominant trait of welcoming and creating trouble has been evident even then...!!

      Well written, too good!

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      I watched a presentation about Nostradamus on the History Channel this past weekend. I too find his predictions interesting and whether or not one believes in the is enough to cause one to pause and think.

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      crossdeb 6 years ago from Los Angeles County, California

      Confused by the list of dates for things yet to happen? I wonder why WWII shown as 2070?

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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      Hi Cloudy,

      I must say this is a very well written and interesting Hub, have always listened in on what Nostradamus had to say. I must check out your other hubs now to see what other gems you have written.