Michel de Nostredame, better known by his Latinized name Nostradamus, was a French philosopher, physician, and a reputed seer. He is known for his 1555 book Les Prophéties, which contains 942 poetic quatrains that some believe predicted future events. So what did Nostradamus think we have in store for us in 2022, and will he prove to be correct in his predictions?
According to Nostradamus’ text: “The par full of rocks and great disaster, through the West and Lombardy, the fire in the ship, the plague and captivity, Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading. People have interpreted this to mean that California is the land in the West, and that there will be a strong and powerful earthquake, which wouldn’t be so farfetched as they are pretty common in the state.
Rise Of The Living Dead
Nostradamus claimed that a virus will accidentally be unleashed onto the world from a Russian scientist and would cause people to become half dead monsters. He continues: “the disease makes them a monster, the ruler will be no more, the whole world must end.” So will this be a zombie apocalypse?
The CDC’s Guidelines
Some viral posts have circulated around the web, claiming that the Centers for Disease Control has provided guidelines on how to deal with the supposed upcoming zombie apocalypse. However, while the CDC does have a “Zombie Preparedness” page on its website, it is merely a tongue in cheek approach to provide a practical guide for hurricane, earthquake, flood, and other natural disasters preparedness.
Nostradamus also predicted that this year will include a struggle between major world religions, more specifically Christianity and Islam. Though there seems to be a hint at an ethnic struggle, there is no specific direction as to how this would go down. Many experts have disagreed about this specific prediction.
Finally A Cure
Many have interpreted Nostradamus’ line: “humanity will put an end to its great flu, the day is coming when we will no long be tied down by the medical black, the great east and west will come together and pave the way to a healthy future” means a cure for cancer. What’s more likely is that we will be rid of coronavirus, or at least enough to be able to open up the world again.
According to Nostradamus: “We shall see the water rising and the earth falling under it.” He predicted that solar flares will impact the earth. It’s not so farfetched to imagine, as climate change has severely impacted many areas of the earth, causing natural disasters previously not imagined, and increased extinctions in nature.
A Great Famine
In 1959, the Great Leap Forward Famine took place in China, lasting until 1961 and resulting in between 15-55 million deaths. This was the worst famine in history. Nostradamus has predicted that another great famine will take place, and that it will surpass any that may have preceded it.
An Asteroid Close Call
Another one of Nostradamus’ 2022 predictions is that an asteroid or comet will come uncomfortably close to hitting the earth. This could lead to natural disasters and “in the sky, one sees fire and a long trail of sparks.” In 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor hit the earth in Russia, causing about $33 million worth of damage and injuring nearly 1500 people.
A New Kind Of Currency
In another of Nostradamus’ quotes, he says that people will refuse paying taxes to a “king.” Many have interpreted this as a prediction about the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Perhaps thanks to investment in Bitcoin, many will become wealthy, and there will be a transfer of wealth in the world. Still, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that he predicted this.
Catholic Church Disaster
Another of Nostradamus’ quatrains says: “By March will be thwarted the monarchy of the great fisherman will be in ruinous trouble.” Some have interpreted as meaning that the Pope will be in grave danger and perhaps even hurt, causing social unrest an riots, and maybe the fall of the Catholic Church.
The Third Antichrist
He also predicted the coming of the third antichrist: “the antichrist very soon annihilates the three, twenty-seven years his way will last.” Allegedly, religious extremists will consider him a religious leader and will blindly follow him.
Another Ice Age
Another quatrain reads: “the earth and air will freeze a very great sea.” Perhaps he predicted climate change, but many have interpreted this as a prediction of another ice age is coming. Some have even claimed that solar activity may be reduced by 60% at around 2030.
Nostradamus predicted: “from the enslaved populace, songs, chants, and demands, while princes and lords are held captive in prisons, these will in the future by headless idiots be received as divine prayers.” The French Revolution took place in 1789, when the peasants took over and the aristocracy was toppled, locked in the Bastille, and later behead the the guillotine.
Did Nostradamus predict the rise of Napoleon? He wrote: “PAU, NAY, LORON will be more of fire than of the blood, to swim in the praise, the great one to flee to the confluence. He will refuse entry to the Piuses, the depraved ones and the Durance will keep them imprisoned.” If you rearrange the capitalized letters, you get Napualon Roy, French for Napoleon the King. The line about fire and blood could possibly refer to his non-noble lineage.
Nostradamus predicted the success of microbiologist Louis Pasteur in his quatrain: “The lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries. Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure.” Pasteur is best remembered for his many accomplishments including the principles of vaccination, pasteurization (which is named after him), and fermentation.
Many people believe that Nostradamus predicted Hitler’s birth and actions with the quatrain: “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.” Hitler was born to poor parents in Germany and was known for his oratory skills that convinced his followers to do his bidding.
Charles De Gaulle
Nostradamus wrote: “Hercules King of Rome and of Annemark, three times one surnamed de Gaulle will lead, Italy and the one of St. Mark’s to tremble, first monarch, renowned above all.” Charles de Gaulle was a leader in France three times: as leader of the Free French Forces, as prime minister of the post-WWII government, and as the first president of the French Fifth Republic.
The Atomic Bomb
Nostradamus wrote: “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 1945, the United States unleashed the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
JFK & RFK Assassinations
Nostradamus predicted: “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.” John F. Kennedy, who had received many death threats, was assassinated during the afternoon of November 22nd, 1963. Meanwhile, his brother Bobby was killed after midnight on June 5th, 1968.
Debunked – The Challenger Explosion
Nostradamus wrote: “From the human flock nine will be sent away, separated from judgment and counsel, their fate will be sealed on departure, Kappa Thita, Lambda the banished dead err.” The Space Shuttle Challenger blew up when it was just 73 seconds into its flight on January 28th, 1986. Though it seems like Nostradamus predicted this, his prediction is quite generalized. Also, only seven people were aboard the shuttle, not nine.
Debunked – Princess Diana’s Death
Many have tried to link Nostradamus’ quatrain: “God the Last but First the nickname of Nostradamus of the 90’s, takes the Goddess of the Moon for his Day and movement, a frantic wanderer and witness of Gods Law, in awakening the worlds great regions to Gods will,” to Princess Diana’s death. There are many theories about this, but there is no clear link that can prove this predicted her death.
Debunked – September 11th
Although this Nostradamus quote went viral: “Two steel birds will fall from the sky on the Metropolis, The sky will burn at forty-five degrees latitude Fire approaches the great new city Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up Within months, rivers will flow with blood The undead will roam the earth for little time.,” he did not actually predict the attacks on September 11th, 2001. It turns out that this specific quatrain blended some of Nostradamus’ words with someone else’s, in order to show how predictions can be twisted to fit any event.
One of the main issues with Nostradamus’ prophecies is that experts often disagree about what his writings actually mean. There tends to be little to no agreement about the meaning of his works.
The other issue is that Nostradamus’ writing, which was written in Middle French, often uses vague wording, metaphors, and obscure references. Every translation of his Centuries book is so different, it is really difficult to determine what exactly he meant in each of his quatrains.
True Or False?
Since so many of the interpretations are different and varied, this helps “prove” that his predictions are true, since any interpretation can be used as support for the historical evidence. The problem is, it’s still just an interpretation, not a fact.
Scholars who dedicate themselves to understanding Nostradamus’ work cannot come to an agreement on what his writings mean. While many regard him as a prophet and a seer, many scholars believe that most of these prophecies are a combination of poor linguistic and historical scholarship.
History Repeats Itself
As Peter Lemesurier explained in his book Nostradamus, Bibliomancer: The Man, The Myth, The Truth, “Nostradamus was neither a doctor nor an astrologer, nor even (by his own admission) a prophet. He merely believed that history repeats itself, and thus projected known past events into the future. ”
Lemesurier continues: “Most of those who make such [predictions] — including the English-speaking authors of many popular books on the subject — know next to nothing either about Nostradamus, the texts, or even the sixteenth-century French in which they are written. Few of them have ever seen an original text, or even know sufficient French…. As a result [such predictions] are the result of not reading what the texts actually say, but of shamelessly twisting half-understood words retrospectively to fit the proposed event, or in some cases even twisting the event itself to fit the words.”
As Vague As Needed
Since so much of Nostradamus’ writings and predictions are written in vague terms, people can interpret them any way they please, especially after the fact. He did not predict, but made “post-dictions,” which are statements that seem true after events have already taken place.
Had Nostradamus actually predicted disasters like September 11th, the atomic bombs, World War II, and more, then there is a huge chance that we could have prevented these terrible events and saved many lives. However, since these predictions don’t make much sense before they happen, they’re not actually predictions.
Nostradamus’ prediction books, or almanacs, were printed every single year starting from 1550 and lasted until 1566, the year that Nostradamus passed away. Perhaps this was a form of entertainment, much like astrological readings are for us today.
Though Nostradamus was quite prolific, he is definitely best known for his work Les Propheties, which was published in 1555. In this book he wrote his predictions in poetry form, following the quatrain format.
No Two The Same
It is quite rare and difficult to find two editions of Nostradamus’ book that are exactly the same. Each of them were made using different forms of printing, with varying dictation and different printing presses.
Original Or No?
Due to these varying methods of creation, it is tough to figure out whether the publication is an original one or not. The huge variety of different editions makes it quite tough to know if an edition is an original copy or not.
Although we don’t know which editions are original, all of the editions of Nostradamus’ works have become very valuable. One copy, which was thought to be one of the earliest surviving editions of the book, was sold for $13,200 at an auction in 2007.
Brain Chips For Soldiers
Another quote from Nostradamus reads: “The newly made one will lead the army, almost cut off to near the bank.” Some people think this means American soldiers will have brain chips implanted. So does this mean artificial intelligence will control them? It’s more likely that no brain chips will be involved, but the use of AI will continue to increasingly be used in all militaries.
The Rise Of Islam
One of Nostradamus’ quatrain reads: “In the Danube and of the Rhine will come to drink the great Camel, not repenting it.” Many have interpreted this to mean the rise of Muslim immigrants to Europe, and that the religion may take over the continent. Additionally, Europeans are having fewer children, so there may be a shift in the population in the future.
His Previous Predictions
While he has plenty of predictions in store for 2022, Nostradamus has had plenty of other predictions in his book. While many of them seemed to have come true, still a vast majority have not. Here are some of his other predictions.
Death of Henry II
In summer 1559, King Henry II of France was killed when Comte de Montgomery (who was 6 years younger than him) lanced him through Henry’s vistory, piercing one of his eyes and in his temple. Both had lions on their shields Nostradamus predicted: “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 Great Fire of London
Nostradamus wrote: “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.” A small fire in a bakery broke out in London in September 1666, and it grew to become a fire that blazed on for three days, destroying much of the city.