To understand the secrets of the prophecies of Nostradamus, you need to understand his personality and the time in which he happened to live.
The forecaster was born in France at the beginning of the 16th century. The description of the life of the famous Frenchman is a lot of incomprehensible.
Even the name Nostradamus is not real, but the present is Michel de Nostradamus.
He came from the family of Jews who converted to Catholicism. Adversaries will later point to the Jewish roots of Nostradamus and call him a secret Jew.
There are legends that already in early childhood Nostradamus began to make accurate predictions.
In his youth, Michel de Nostrdam chose medicine as the main focus of his activities. In 1529, he entered the University of Montpellier, at the Faculty of Medicine.
Despite a difficult relationship with teachers, Nostradamus managed to complete the school.
Already in 1534, he received a doctorate. Rumor has it that his family tree played an important role in the success of the training. Allegedly, the ancestors of Nostradamus were famous doctors and served at the ducal court.
Nowadays, this theory can neither be confirmed nor disproved. It is likely that eminent ancestors existed only in the imagination of a talented hoaxer. Be that as it may, one thing is for sure: Nostradamus was an intelligent, educated and versatile person. In addition to medicine, he was seriously interested in astrology and alchemy.
And in the sixteenth century, these pseudosciences were perceived quite differently than in our time. Of course, if you were considered an alchemist, then your chances of being burned at the stake by the Inquisition significantly increased.
But in the XVI century, there was no definition of “pseudoscience” in the usual sense.
People of that time did not see the big difference between chemistry and alchemy, astronomy and astrology. Nostradamus was born in 1503 in the family of a notary.
According to legend, his ancestors were healers who served at the court of the Duke of Lorraine, Rene the Good, as well as the Duke of Calabria. If you believe the legend, the great-grandfather of Michel de Nostrdam was the royal physician Abram Solomon.
It is only known for certain that the doctors were his maternal ancestors.
Nostradamus lived in a really difficult time. Famine, war, disease, the fierce Inquisition – all this was an integral part of the life of France of the XVI century.
One of the biggest troubles of the time was the plague. In 1537, the wife of Nostradamus and his two children died from this disease.
All this could have a decisive effect on him, forcing him to seriously engage not only in medicine, but also in the occult sciences. However, this is just a hunch.
With confidence we can only say that Michel de Nostrdam decided to devote himself to the fight against this disease. Nostradamus advocated the idea of disease prevention, which helped to prevent an epidemic in the city of Aix-en-Provence.
He also sought to invent a cure for the “black death”, but these experiments did not have much success. But who seriously became interested in his work is the Holy Inquisition. In order to avoid explanations with church representatives, Nostradamus left France and hid in Germany and Italy for several years.
Returning to France, he continued the practice of healing and even received recognition. Soon Nostradamus married for the second time to Anna Ponsard Gemmelier, six children were born from this marriage.
In the first half of the 16th century, the plague was no longer something new for Europe. The worst epidemic erupted on its territory in the middle of the XIV century.
Then about a third of the European population died from this disease. Nevertheless, in the sixteenth century there were no effective methods of combating this disease. Mystical Heritage
Surprisingly, the glory of the foreteller awaited Nostradamus during his lifetime.
In 1555, he was able to publish his first work, Prophecies. This book was a collection of the so-called Centuries. There are ten Centuries in the book, each uniting one hundred quatrains – quatrains, written in poetic form.
Speaking of form. Quatrains were written in a language that even contemporaries of Nostradamus understood with great difficulty.
The language of the messages was extremely florid. By virtue of this, any word from quatrain can have several meanings and be interpreted differently. It is not entirely clear why Nostradamus needed to clothe his thoughts in such a shell.
Rumor has it that the only way Michel de Nostrdam could avoid unnecessary attention from the Inquisition. There is also a simpler version. Nostradamus could use a language that was difficult to understand on purpose, so that the predictions looked as vague as possible. One important fact speaks in favor of this theory.
A characteristic feature of the works of Nostradamus is the almost complete absence of specific dates for the predicted events. Not only Centuries brought fame to Nostradamus. In addition to them, he published astrological calendars-almanacs.
The first such almanac was published in 1550. It is noteworthy that in the almanacs Nostradamus made his predictions not in poetic but in prosaic form. Unfortunately, none of these prophecies have survived.
Fate was favorable to the author of the prophecies. In 1555, Nostradamus was invited to royal monarchs and was appointed personal astrologer of King Henry II.
One of the most famous predictions of Nostradamus is associated with the name of this monarch. In 1559, the celebration of the double wedding took place. The marriage of daughter Henry with Philip II and sister of Henry with the Duke of Savoy was celebrated.
On the occasion of a momentous event, a knightly duel was arranged. The king himself took part in it, his rival was Count Gabriel de Montgomery. During the fight, Earl of Montgomery’s spear broke, and his fragment pierced Henry’s skull through the visor of his helmet. The injury was fatal, and after a long agony, the monarch died.
Nostradamus was destined to perpetuate this tragic event. The thirty-fifth quatrain of the first Century of Nostradamus says:
The young lion will surpass the old,
On the battlefield in a single fight
He pierces his eyes through a golden cage,
Two wounds in one,
then he will die a
There are several more versions of the translation of this quatrain, but their meaning is very similar. The tragic death of the king turned out to be a great success for Nostradamus. After predicting the death of Henry II, many people believed in the supernatural abilities of Michel de Nostrdam.
So what conceals the famous quatrain? Indeed, the Earl of Montgomery was somewhat younger than the “old lion” – Henry II, but their age difference was no more than two years.
Much attention was drawn to the mention in the quatrain of the “golden cage” and “eye”. It is known that during the competition Henry II fought in gilded armor, but the spear struck the king not in the eye, but entered the skull a little higher than his right eye.
There is another reason not to pay too much attention to this prediction. Even in the sixteenth century, knightly tournaments were not uncommon, and many of them ended tragically. The message of Nostradamus, if desired, can be applied to any of these fights.
Another famous prediction was the prophecy of the king of France. Nostradamus maintained good relations with Queen Catherine de Medici. During a meeting with her, Nostradamus foresaw that in the future the king of France would be a relative of the ruling dynasty of Valois – Heinrich of Navarre.
At that time, such a prediction seemed almost unbelievable, since Catherine de Medici had her own sons. But many years later the prophecy came true, and in 1589 the new king of France, Henry IV of Navarre, ascended the throne. However, this prediction exists only in the form of a beautiful legend.
The latest prediction of Nostradamus was widely known. On July 1, 1566, Michel de Nostrdam said to his pupil Jean-Emé de Chavigny: “At dawn you will not find me alive anymore!”
The next morning the prophet died. Were his words a premonition, a manifestation of supernormal abilities or a pure coincidence? We probably will never know.
The works of Nostradamus contain apocalyptic prophecies. Appealing to religious subjects does not seem strange, if we recall the time in which he happened to live. At the same time, in the predictions of Nostradamus you can find a lot of unusual things.
Unlike traditional religions, Nostradamus predicted the advent of not one, but three antichrists. “Pau Nay Oloron has more fire than blood in his veins,” reads one of his messages.
It is believed that Pau Nay Oloron is an anagram hiding the name of one of the Antichrists. If you rearrange the letters in places, you can see the phrase Napaulon Roi (Napoleon Roi) or Napoleon.
The mention of Napoleon contains another quatrain of Nostradamus. It says:
An emperor will be born near Italy ,
who will cost the empire a high price.
They say, looking at the people with
whom he surrounds himself,
That he is more likely a butcher
then a prince.
Indeed, Corsica (the birthplace of Napoleon) is much closer to Italy than to France. It is also known that Nostradamus was a royalist, and the self-proclaimed emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte could hardly arouse warm feelings in him. However, all this makes sense only if we take for granted the thesis about the prophetic gift of Nostradamus.
Among scholars, there is an acute problem of the authenticity of the works of Nostradamus. It is likely that some quatrains were written by the followers of the author after his death. In addition, it is possible that Nostradamus himself could rewrite part of his messages after the events. According to the French historian Peter Lemesure, Nostradamus was not a predictor.
Based on the works of Nostradamus, the researcher concluded that these predictions are based on the theory of cyclicality (repetition) of history. Researchers also do not exclude the possibility that Nostradamus could borrow predictions from earlier authors.
The most incredible of all the prophecies is described in the twenty-fourth quatrain of the second Centuria. It is about the coming of the second Antichrist.
Beasts, fierce from hunger, cross rivers.
Most of the camp will be against Hister`a.
In the iron cage they drag the great,
When the Rhine will pay attention
to the child of Germany.
So says one of the quatrain translations. In the image of the mysterious “Hister”, many are inclined to see the leader of the Third Reich Adolf Hitler. However, according to critics, we are talking about the ancient name of the Danube River – Istr.
Be that as it may, the true meaning of this quatrain is almost impossible to understand, since there is no exact translation. The only people who unconditionally believed in the veracity of this prediction were the Nazis themselves. Year 1999, seventh month.
The greatking of horror will come from heaven ,
To resurrect the great king
Angolmua Both before and after Mars
The date 1999 has an obvious mystical connotation, because if you flip three nines, you get the number 666. Based on the prophecy of Nostradamus, the Antichrist will be destroyed after twenty-seven years of bloody confrontation.
In his prophecies, Nostradamus also names the name of the Antichrist – Mabus. Inexplicably, many see him as the name of Saddam Hussein (if we read the word Mabus on the contrary, we get Subam). In defense of this theory, it says that twenty-seven years have passed from the moment the Iraqi leader came to power until the day he died.
True, it is not entirely clear how the ordinary dictator of the banana republic suddenly became the Antichrist. With the same success, the servant of the devil can be called Idi Amin, Pol Pot or Kim Il Sung. There is a point of view that the messages of Nostradamus should not be taken literally.
According to supporters of this hypothesis, the predictions of Nostradamus contain a certain astrological code. Today, there is no consensus on this theory.
Nostradamus is also credited with predicting the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the September 11 attack, and even the Kennedy assassination. While there is at least some logic in predicting the death of King Henry II, there is hardly any explanation for the Kennedy assassination. It is hard to imagine that in the 16th century the assassination of the American president was on the agenda.
So why is so much attention still riveted on the predictions of Nostradamus? Obviously, the answer lies not so much in his predictions as in the human mind. Perhaps the main feature of his work was a negative connotation of predictions.
The works of Nostradamus touch on the themes of wars, killings, destruction and cataclysms. Such topics are of most interest to society.
There is another reason to take many predictions with skepticism. Perhaps supporters of Nostradamus make one characteristic mistake. In their opinion, the writings of Nostradamus describe the events of the distant future.
But it would be much more reasonable to perceive the messages of Nostradamus in the context of his time. The prophecies could well have been veiled attempts to predict the phenomena characteristic of that era. Hardly a person who lived in the 16th century was very worried about the events of the 19th or 20th century.
Not the last role in the fact that Nostradamus became known throughout the world was played by ordinary chance. After the death of Nostradamus, his disciple Jean-Aimet de Chavigny did everything so that the works of his mentor were published and made public.
They say that history does not tolerate the subjunctive mood, but we will move away from the traditions of historical science. It is likely that if it were not for the efforts of de Chavigny, Michel de Nostrdam would have remained in memory only as a court astrologer.
With a request to comment on this issue, we turned to the famous researcher of the heritage of Nostradamus, candidate of historical sciences, writer Alexei Penzensky:
– Of course, for its time, Nostradamus can be considered a scholar. His interests covered a variety of aspects.
Among other things, Nostradamus was interested in the interpretation of hieroglyphs and cooking. But his name was not destined to be next to the names of prominent Renaissance figures such as Leonardo da Vinci or Nikolai Copernicus.
Nostradamus was at the mercy of a cheap sensation. In his prophecies, people still vainly trying to find something that he never meant. Nostradamus, like many of his contemporaries, was esoteric, he believed in mysticism.
But there is hardly something supernatural in his works, in the usual sense for us. Nostradamus was convinced of the correctness of his forecasts. He realized that history is developing cyclically, in a spiral. This helped him anticipate future events.
I believe, that Nostradamus also had powerful intuition. However, the intuitive concept is a debatable issue, so far no one has been able to identify algorithms of intuitive cognition.