Here are some of his predictions.
"I find that learning shall be at a great loss, and that so many great floods shall happen before the universal conflagration, that there shall scarcely be any land that shall not be covered with water, and this shall last so long that except from what lives on mountains and in waters, all shall perish. Before and after these floods, however, there shall be such scarcity of rain and such a great deal of fire, and burning stones shall fall from heaven, that nothing unconsumed shall remain. The world shall be so diminished, and so few men shall be left unearth, that not enough will be found to plow the fields, and these will stay in fallow as long as they had once been tilled."
"For seven days the great star shall be seen, As if two Suns in the sky should appear. The big Mastiff shall be howling all night, When the Pontiff shall go into exile. (The Comet, the earthquakes) … During the time the hairy star appears . . . Struck from heaven, shaky peace, shaking earth ... (The Rain of Stones) … New downpour, sudden, impetuous, Unexpected, shall hinder two armies. Stone, Heaven, Fire, shall fall over the sea …"
"... plague, long famine and wars, and still more floods from now until the stated time. Before and after these, humanity shall several times be so severely diminished that scarcely anyone shall be found who wishes to take over the fields, which shall become free where they had previously been tied. This will be after the visible judgement of heaven..."
"… because now the sword of death approaches us, with pestilence and war more horrible than there has ever been - because of three men's work - and famine. And this sword shall smite the earth and return to it often, for the stars confirm this upheaval and it is also written: I shall punish their injustices with iron rods, and shall strike them with blows."
"The Great Star will blaze for
Seven days, The Cloud will cause two
suns to appear.
The Huge dog will howl at night
When the great pontiff will
"During the appearance of
The Bearded Star, the three
great princes will be made
enemies. The shaky peace on
earth will be struck by fire
from the skies. Po, The
winding Tiber, a serpent placed
on the shore."
"MABUS will soon die,
Then will come a horrible
slaughter of people and animals
At once vengance revealed coming
from a hundred hands
Thirst and Famine when
The Comet shall pass"
"After a great misery for
mankind, an ever greater approaches
The great cycle of the centuries
renewed, it will rain blood, milk,
famine, war disease
In the sky will be seen a great fire
dragging a trail of sparks."
"The great mountain, one mile
in circumference, After peace,
war, famine flooding...
It will spread far, drowning
antiquities and their mighty
"Then shall there be against the Church a greater persecution than ever was. And thereupon such great epidemics shall develop that more than two-thirds of the world shall perish, so much so that no one shall know the owners of the fields and houses, and grass shall grow in the streets of the cities knee-high and even more.
"In those days of desolation the largest cities will be depopulated, and he who would return therein shall be struck by the wrath of God. And the Sacred Place shall be turned into a stable for cattle, large and small, and put to profane uses. O what a calamitous time shall it be for women with Child! (Cf. Matt. 24:19).
"And during the said astrological computations, in harmony with Holy Writ, the persecution against the clergy shall have its beginning in the power of the North united with the East, and it shall last eleven years, or a little less, when the chief northern ruler shall fall, and his southern ally shall persecute the Church even more for three years by the apostolical seduction of one who has absolute power over the militant Church of God.
"The holy people of God, the keepers of His law, and all the religious orders shall be grievously persecuted and afflicted, so much that the blood of the true ecclesiastics shall flow all over. One of these horrible temporal rulers shall be highly praised by his followers for having spilled more of the innocent ecclesiastics' human blood than anyone could do with wine. The said ruler shall commit incredible crimes against the Church, and human blood shall run in the streets and in the churches as water after a heavy rainstorm. And the rivers shall also be red with blood."
"The Communists will at first try to deceive, but as soon as they think they are masters of the whole world they will know no restraint and will begin to liquidate people by the million. However, a stupendous phenomenon will thwart their plans. Taking advantage of this, a number of military leaders will rebel and will deprive Communism of its "two swords", leaving only the symbols of these. These symbols will make a last attempt to arouse the people's enthusiasm, but in vain. The Great King to be will then be known, and the people will follow him in order to free themselves from the slavery they had themselves consented to. They will take up arms, and the uprising will begin in a city astride two rivers. Finally, the supreme Communist ruler himself will be unseated and put in the pillory.
"Then, within the same year and through the following years, a most horrible epidemic of plague shall break out, caused by the preceding famine, and such great tribulations as never have happened since the foundation of the Christian Church in the Latin regions, not even in Spain where traces remain. Thereupon, the third ruler of Aquila, hearing the cries of anguish of the peoples of his principal title, shall raise up so great an army, and shall retrace the steps of his ancestors in order to put most nations back on their feet again. "Then, shall the Great Vicar of the Cope be restored in his former estate."
"For God's mercy will be poured forth only for a certain time, my son, until the majority of my prophecies are fulfilled and this fulfillment is complete. Then several times in the course of the doleful tempests the Lord shall say: Therefore I shall crush and destroy and show no mercy; and many other circumstances shall result from floods and continual rain of which I have written more fully in my other prophecies, composed at some length, not in a chronological sequence, in prose, limiting the places and times and exact dates so that future generations will see, while experiencing these inevitable events, how I have listed others in clearer language, so that despite their obscurities these things shall be understood: When the time comes for the removal of ignorance, the matter will be clearer still."
Nostradamus was a French seer living in the 16th century. His predictions of the future are some of the most famous in history, and continue to enjoy widespread popularity to the current day. With the exception of Biblical prophets, his visions are by far the most well-known of the many seers who have existed over the past few centuries.
Nostradamus was born Michel de Nostredame at the dawn of the 16th century, to a notary and grain dealer. In his early adult years, Nostradamus practiced as an apothecary. He attended medical school for a period, but was expelled when his past as an apothecary was discovered. The next few years of his life were spent battling the plague in France and Italy.
As a physician he came to specialize in the Plague, on which he was recognized as one of the foremost experts: in his 'Traité des fardemens', though, he frankly admits that none of his cures actually had much effect on the disease - not even the bleeding that some commentators insist that he never used.
He was also famed as a mathematician and astrologer. On his semi-retirement in around 1550 he turned to writing. Apart from a highly popular cookbook (actually, a 'Treatise on Cosmetics and Conserves') and a number of academic works, his main fields were astrology (with which, as a contemporary doctor, he was of course already fully conversant) and prophecy. This brought him into great public prominence, and he became particularly influential at the French court. He also invested heavily in local public works - notably the irrigation of the vast Plaine de la Crau just to the west of his adopted home-town of Salon-de-Provence, a scheme whose results (like his house in the town) can still be seen today. Twice married, he had two children by his first wife Henriette d'Encausse (all three died) and six by his second.
In his late forties, Michel de Nostredame changed his name to the Latin Nostradamus, and began publishing tracts. He began writing yearly almanacs, which contained among them thousands of prophecies. These almanacs began to do quite well commercially, and their success prompted many distinguished people to request individual astrological consultations from Nostradamus.
Nostradamus was notably not much of an astrologer, however, and charts he prepared are consistently riddled with simple factual errors. Generally he requested his clients supply their own astrological charts for him to interpret. The success of his almanacs and private consultations led Nostradamus to undertake a more ambitious project, in the form of a massive book of prophetic quatrains, the remains of which are the work for which he is most well known.
Nostradamus had a positive relationship to the Church. Nonetheless, he was always wary of inciting the wrath of the Inquisition, particularly once his prophecies started attracting attention. Although he was clear that he used no magic to make his prophecies and the Inquisition had no suspicion about him, people nevertheless began to accuse him of being in league with the Devil to tell the future.
As a way of dealing with this, Nostradamus obfuscated his prophecies somewhat. The majority of the prophecy found in his major collection are in the form of quatrains, often using word play and various Classical languages to hide their meanings. This additionally allows a number of interpretations to be placed on each quatrain, helping to ensure that those who wish to find truth in them can match them to actual events as they occur.
Nostradamus drew heavily on Biblical allusions and prophecies to make his own predictions of the future. As well as adding a certain amount of weight to his writing, this also helped bolster his claims that his insights were spiritually guided, rather than being the work of the Devil. Many of Nostradamus' prophecies reference events that occur in the Old and New Testaments, and draw upon characters from the Bible as well.
Throughout his work, Nostradamus rejected the label of "prophet," holding that in reserve for the Biblical prophets who he viewed as truly inspired by a direct connection with God. His work he instead presented as rationalist, looking at planetary alignments in history, and correlating future events with events that happened in the past. Nostradamus never claimed to use any special forms of trance or mysticism to do his work, but rather presented it as an exercise of the mind, similar in form and function to the other natural sciences of the age.
Nostradamus died of gout in 1566, at 62, after supposedly predicting his own death to his secretary the night before. His works continued to be fairly popular for a time after his death, with the majority of the prophecies published together in 1568. Although most of his other works, such as the Almanacs which led to his fame in his lifetime, or the Orus Apollo, soon fell into obscurity, the Prophecies themselves saw a massive resurgence in the wake of the 19th century. The Prophecies by Nostradamus continue to be applied to major world events, and will likely continue to be applied to events well into the future.
1503 December 14
Michel de Nostredame born at St-Remy-de-Provence, allegedly at noon.
1501 September 2
Michel's father, Jaume, enrolled as notary of St-Remy.
1510 July 8
Jaume recorded as 'notary and merchant'.
1517 March to June
Jaume recorded as 'notary and scribe'.
Michel's brother Bertrand baptized.
Michel starts his studies at Avignon.
Plague sweeps Provence, the university closes, Nostredame commences nine years of wandering and medicinal research, eventually becoming an apothecary.
1522 February 19
His brother Jean baptized.
1523 April 27
His brother Antoine baptized.
1529 October 23
Nostredame enrolls in the student body of the Medical Faculty at Montpellier. October (?) He is expelled from the student body again on the grounds that he has been an apothecary and, as such, has been rude about doctors. October 23 Having presumably got himself reinstated, he enrolls in the Medical Faculty itself to study for his doctorate.
1530 September 17
The ex-monk and scholar François Rabelais joins him at the Montpellier Medical Faculty to take his baccalaureate.
Having gained his degree, Rabelais leaves again.
Nostredame travels in the south-west, sets up practice alongside Jules Cèsar Scaliger at Agen and marries Henriette d'Encausse.
Rabelais publishes Pantagruel.
Rabelais publishes Pantagrueline prognostication.
Rabelais publishes Gargantua.
After losing his wife and two children to an epidemic, Nostredame quarrels with Scaliger, is engaged in litigation with his wife's family, provokes the interest of the Inquisition of Toulouse with an unwise remark and leaves Agen for a new period of wandering 'through many lands and countries'.
His father Jaume and uncle Pierre, originally of Jewish ancestry, officially naturalized as Frenchmen.
Michel's brother Bertrand marries Thomime Rousse.
Michel studies the plague and its treatment at Marseille under the eminent physician Louis Serre.
His brother Jean recorded as a lawyer at Aix-en-Provence.
His brother Hector marries Anthonete Morguete.
Nostredame summoned to Aix to fight a major plague outbreak. Summoned to Salon-de-Provence to fight a further outbreak there, he seemingly meets his future second wife.
Summoned to Lyon to combat an unidentified epidemic, he quarrels with local physician Philibert Sarrazin, who apparently retires in disgust to nearby Villefranche. February Michel's father Jaume dead. Michel's brother Jean becomes official Solicitor, then Attorney to the Parlement of Provence at Aix. November 11 Nostredame, back in Salon, marries Anne Ponsarde, known as Gemelle ('the Twin').
Nostredame leaves for Italy, where he is eventually seen in Venice, Genoa and Savona.
Still in Italy, possibly heading south for Sicily.
Back in Salon, Nostredame publishes his first annual Almanac as Nostradamus. His brother Antoine recorded as official tax-collector at St-Remy.
Nostradamus's second annual Almanac published. His first child Madeleine born.
1552 April 1st
His cosmetics manual and cookbook, the Trait‚ des fardemens et confitures finished, but not published. His Almanac for 1553 published in Lyon.
Almanach for 1554 published in Lyon. Nostradamus supplies facetious Latin inscription for new public fountain at Salon.
1554 March 10
He observes falling meteorite and writes to the Governor of Provence about it. April 1st He reaches Century I.42. Two-headed infant brought from nearby Senas for his inspection. Two-headed kid brought from nearby Aurons for his inspection. Almanac for 1555 published in Lyon. His first son Cèsar born.
His Trait‚ des fardemens et confitures published by Volant of Lyon. April 30 Royal privilege for first edition of Propheties granted. May 4 First edition of Propheties (first 353 verses) published by Bonhomme of Lyon and Roux of Avignon. May 20/ Having been summoned by Queen Catherine de Mèdicis for July 27 consultation, Nostradamus passes through Lyon on his way to the court in Paris. August 15 Arrives in Paris and is allegedly escorted by High Constable Anne de Montmorency to the royal castle of St-Germain-en-Laye. After an attack of gout, he is dispatched to Blois to examine the seven royal children: allegedly reports back that 'All your sons will be kings'. September/ Having allegedly been advised that he is about to be investigated in October by the Paris justices, he hurriedly returns to Salon.
His brother Bertrand starts building works at the Mas de Roussan, just to the west of St-Remy. Inscription over doorway at Turin claims that 'Nostradamus stayed here'. July 27 Nostradamus signs legal document investing 200 crowns in Adam de Craponne's local canal-project. First edition of Propheties republished in Avignon. The Trait‚ published in Paris and Lyon. October (?) Almanac for 1557 published in Lyon and Paris.
Almanac for 1557 republished in Paris. March 14 Nostradamus in middle of writing to King Henry II the dedicatory letter to the final section of his Propheties. July Almanac for 1558 published in Lyon. Italian translation of Almanac for 1558 published in Milan. His brother Antoine Attorney for the town of St-Remy. Nostradamus's free translation of Menodotus's Paraphrase de Galen published by Du Rosne of Lyon. His Trait‚ republished in Antwerp. September 6 Second edition of Propheties (first 642 verses) published by Du Rosne of Lyon. November 3 The seer's second son, André, born. November 13 Pirated version of second edition of Propheties (first 639 verses only) published under the name of Du Rosne of Lyon, with a notable decline in quality.
Almanac for 1558 republished in Lyon and Antwerp. June 27 Nostradamus finishes dedicatory letter to King Henry II to accompany the now-completed thousand prophecies. His brother Antoine one of three consuls for St-Remy. His translation of Menodotus's paraphrase of Galen published by Du Rosne of Lyon. Last three Centuries published by De Tournes of Lyon. October (?) Almanac for 1559 published in Lyon. Pirated edition of 1559 Almanac published in London. Nostradamus's second daughter Anne born.
Two official English translations of the 1559 Almanac published in London. August His Les Significations de l'Eclipse qui sera le 16 Septembre published in Paris and, in translation, in London. His Paraphrase de C. Galen republished by Du Rosne of Lyon. December Marguerite de Valois, on her way back from the funeral of her brother King Henri, arrives at Salon and is welcomed in words composed by Nostradamus. A consultation ensues.
Almanac for 1560 translated and published in Germany. Nostradamus invests 200 more crowns in Craponne's canal. Trait‚ des fardemens republished by Volant of Lyon. October/ Almanac for 1561 published in Paris and, in translation, in November London. December William Fulke publishes a violent denunciation of Nostradamus in England in the course of his Antiprognosticon.
1561 April 14
Nostradamus temporarily leases a house in Avignon to avoid peasant disturbances in Salon. July 15 He returns with his family to Salon. The Propheties plagiarized by Barbe Regnault of Paris. Le Remede tres utile contre la peste..., an extract from his Traité, published in Paris. Nostradamus, summoned to Turin, predicts a son for Duke Emmanuel Philibert and Marguerite de Valois, as well as the Duke's death 'when a nine precedes a seventh'. Sixains possibly started. September Diane, Nostradamus's youngest daughter, born. October (?) Almanac for 1562 published in Lyon and Paris. October 31 He writes to Jean de Morel in Paris, at last repaying him debts incurred during his Paris visit of 1555. December 16 Having published his 1562 Almanac without the required authorization from a bishop, he is arrested by his friend Claude de Tende, Governor of Provence, thrown into jail at Marignane, but then quickly released again.
1562 February 4
He replies to the Canons of Orange, advising them how to recover their lost treasures and enclosing a horoscope. February 13 He invests 100 more crowns in Craponne's canal. Almanac for 1563 published in Lyon and Avignon and, in translation, in Italy.
English translation of Almanac for 1564 published in London.
1564 October 17
The young King Charles IX and his mother Catherine de Médicis, reaching Salon on their two-year progress through the country, are welcomed by Nostradamus and entertain him and his family at the castle. October 18(?) He 'spots' the future Henri IV among the vast royal retinue and, after examining the boy for tell-tale moles and birth-marks, prepares his horoscope. October (?) Almanac for 1565 published in Lyon and, in Italian translation, in Genoa. November (?) Summoned for further royal consultations at Arles, he recommends the proposed marriage of Charles to Elizabeth of England, is awarded 300 crowns and appointed Councilor and Physician in Ordinary to the King, with a pension to match.
Almanac for 1565 republished in Lyon. Anne Ponsarde, Nostradamus's wife, invests 100 more crowns in Craponne's canal. November Almanac for 1566, published in Lyon, predicts a 'strange transmigration' for July 1st. December 21 Nostradamus writes to the Queen in his capacity as Royal Councilor, predicting some auspicious piece of good fortune for the kingdom.
Almanac for 1566 published
in Italian and English. English translation of Almanac for 1566
published in London. June 15 Royal privilege granted for publication
of the 1567 Almanac. June 17 Nostradamus, mortally ill with dropsy
(edema), draws up his will, leaving everything (including cash
amounting to 3444 crowns and 10 sous) to his wife in trust for his
children. June 20 He adds a codicil bequeathing his ring and
astrolabe to Cèsar and some furniture and effects to
Madeleine. June 30 (?) He writes in Latin 'Death is close at hand' on
a copy of Jean Stadius's recently-published astronomical tables. July
1st He tells his secretary Chavigny 'You will not see me alive at
sunrise.' July 2 Nostradamus is found dead and almost cold in his
room: subsequently buried in the local Franciscan chapel with full
civic honors. October (?) Almanac for 1567 published in French,
Italian and English.
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