The major prophecy pages of my site, otherwise known as the Almanacs, feature predictions I have arrived at using my own personal systems of divination. In a number of instances, these predictions are supported by prophecies from other sources: Nostradamus, the Bible, Edgar Cayce, and others.
This page features prophecies by Nostradamus that may be on the road to being fulfilled or perhaps have already been fulfilled.
January 4, 2005 - UPDATED January 11, 2005 (2:25 AM EST) - An election approaches in the Palestinian territories only a few days from now with the leading candidate running under threat of death, the order for a major attack, probably involving chemical and biological agents, against the United States and its allies has been given by Osama Bin Laden as well as by the Hezbollah organisation, plans have been drafted by the US for massive air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities and other targetsin the country, meanwhile what may yet turn out to be a major comet brightens near the Pleiades at higher expectations ...
is a MABUS ALERT, an important update to my
If Mahmoud Abbas is the Mabus of Quatrain 2.62, then he will not rule in his capacity of leader of the Palestinian Authority for very long. And as we can see, it will not be very long now before Comet Machholz 'shall run.' A final crossroads has perhaps now been reached -- a 'false peace' that may postpone global war for another three years and seven months or a sudden death in January 2005 followed by a dreadful conflict that will ultimately result in total thermonuclear war and the utter devastation of planet earth.
Loud explosions heard near Abbas convoy in Gaza
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jan. 4, 2005 13:46
Palestinian chairmanship candidate Mahmoud Abbas called off a hospital visit Tuesday after two powerful explosions - apparently from Israeli tank shells - went off near his motorcade.
Abbas had planned to visit the survivors of earlier Israeli tank fire and had reached the hospital entrance when the explosions went off, shaking the ground. His security guards urged Abbas to leave the area, and the motorcade sped off.
Palestinian security officials said moments earlier, Palestinian terrorists had fired two homemade rockets from near the hospital toward Israeli targets.
Concern grows for Mahmoud Abbas' safety
ANNETTE YOUNG IN JERUSALEM
Sun 2 Jan 2005
AS THE Palestinian bureaucracy gears up for next Sunday's presidential election, fears are growing for the safety of leading candidate Mahmoud Abbas, while Palestinian officials claim Israeli authorities have done little to ensure a smooth election process.
In the first major elections since 1996, an estimated 1.5 million voters are expected to turn up at more than 1,000 polling booths across the West Bank and Gaza next Sunday, which has been declared a national holiday by Palestinian authorities.
The election will be viewed as an important litmus test for the upcoming Palestinian legislative assembly elections, expected to be held before June.
But with just one week to go, there are growing concerns on both Palestinian and Israeli sides that deemed frontrunner and Fatah candidate Abbas is under risk of assassination from militants. A former prime minister, Abbas, who took over the PLO after Arafat's death on November 11, is favoured as a future peacemaker by Israel and the United States.
"All of us in the Palestinian peace camp believe this to be a serious concern," Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat told Scotland on Sunday. "But there is a limit to what we can do under Israeli occupation."
On Thursday, Abbas attended a rally in Jenin where he was greeted by a group of some 20 Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade gunmen who let off dozens of rounds of bullets. The gunfire was described as a "greeting" by the militants' leader Zakaria Zubeidi, who is also one of Israel's most wanted men.
Although Zubeidi is reportedly suspicious of Abbas's moderate politics and his willingness to negotiate with Israel, he said he will support him.
Still, there is severe worry among Palestinian and Israeli security services that other hardline militants may not be so forgiving and will attempt to kill Abbas on the grounds that his candidacy is a threat to their existence. "We believe the major threat comes from Iranian-backed extremist groups who have made it clear that Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] is fair game," said Ranan Gissin, a spokesman for Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon ...
Meanwhile, escalating violence in the Gaza Strip is also creating concern for those organising next week's election. A missile fired by an Israeli aircraft killed two Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the second day of an operation the army said was aimed at stopping mortar and rocket attacks on Jewish settlements.
Article continued at http://news.scotsman.com/archive.cfm?id=3672005.
It would appear that January 2005 may be the key month that will either see the start of three years and seven months of false peace in the Holy Land and global policing by the US and Russia (or the US and UK) or the Mabus scenario may occur this month or by the dreaded date suggested in my 2002 Global Holocaust dream vision, February 28, 2005.
Alois Irlmaier warns: "Everything calls peace. Schalom! Then it will occur -- a new Middle East war suddenly flares up, big naval forces are facing hostility in the Mediterranean -- the situation is strained ..." This could refer to January or February 2005 -- a time when everyone will believe peace in the Middle East is about to begin.
As for the "the comet," Comet Machholz, it is brightening. It will be at its brightest just two days before the January 9 election. Is that the date Mahmoud Abbas will be assassinated -- January 7, 2005 ???
Comet Machholz and the Pleiades on Jan. 7th. Photo credit- Lionel Bernardi near Nice, France
January 11, 2005 (2:25 AM EST) - The answer to that question was and is "no." Although an eerie yet pretty bauble in small telescopes and binoculars, this comet is yet another feeble disappointment. You can't see it with the naked eye unless you're over 50 miles away from city lights and those "dark skies" are absolutely clear. With all the storm systems in the northern hemisphere, in Canada, the US, and across Europe, I can only guess where you can go where there is no cloud cover.
Unless Nostradamus intended us to understand that "when the comet shall run" it would do so on the internet, in the form of many impressive photos by professional and amateur astronomers, it is difficult to imagine this clunker as being "THE COMET" that attends the death of Mabus.
Comet Machholz to trail across sky this weekend
By Frank D. Roylance
January 8, 2005
A greenish alien object from deep space should be visible this weekend to Marylanders aided by nothing more extraordinary than very dark skies or binoculars. Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz), a dusty ice ball only a few kilometers wide and surrounded by a vast blob of gas and dust, is climbing higher in the sky each night as it passes Earth en route to a whirl around the sun.
This weekend, it is high overhead in the evening sky, moving slowly to the north and passing just west of the Pleiades star cluster.
Amateur astronomer Tim Hickman has seen it from his back yard in Timonium, using binoculars and a small telescope. "I started seeing it in December, before Christmas," he said. "There hasn't been any noticeable tail. It has a bright spot, and then the glow around it is fairly large." While no match for comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp in 1996 and 1997, respectively, Hickman said "it should be interesting, because it's right next to the Pleiades, and they're kind of fun with binoculars."
The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, can be found by facing south and tracing a line extending upward from the three stars that form the "belt" of the constellation Orion, the Hunter. Follow the line to the bright, reddish star Aldebaran, and continue on to a tight cluster of seven tiny stars. That's the Pleiades, a hotbed of young stars 400 light years away. Search with your binoculars just beyond there, and you should find a small, fuzzy object with a greenish glow.
Scientists say the color comes from cyanogen gas and diatomic carbon in the comet's coma, a halo of gas and dust surrounding the nucleus. Both substances give off a greenish glow when struck by solar radiation.
With very clear skies, or a small telescope, you might notice that Machholz has twin tails. An ion tail composed of electrically charged atomic particles is swept away from the comet's nucleus by the force of the solar wind. Ion tails always point away from the sun. The second tail is made of dust liberated from the comet's nucleus as its ices are warmed by sunlight and thrown off as gas. The dust tail forms as the particles are left behind by the speeding comet, and it marks the comet's path through space.
Except for the moon, Comet Machholz is currently the closest celestial object to Earth, a mere 32 million miles away. That's much too far for its nucleus to be visible. What we see is its glowing coma of gas and dust, which has a diameter of 280,000 miles -- a cloud more than three times wider than the planet Jupiter.
Machholz was named for its discoverer, Don Machholz, an amateur astronomer who found it last August, using a telescope on the back deck of his home in California. It was his 10th comet discovery.
(Jan. 11, 2005) - Current magnitude: 3.8
To view related articles, go to The Comet Prophecy.
Still, the unlikely could always happen: Comet Machholz could go into "outburst." If it did, it could easily brighten as much as two, three, or even four magnitudes. Then the little green goblin above would resemble Comet Hyakutake which graced northern skies in March 1996. Yet another outburst and it could become as bright as 1997's Comet Hale-Bopp. If that sounds far-fetched, consider Comet LINEAR A2 in 2001, which went through several outbursts that brought it up from a deeply invisible magnitude 11.0 to a naked eye 3.0 for Aussie viewers. Astronomers eagerly await the time when a dim naked eye comet like Machholz, not hopelessly invisible (and 11.0 is usually quite hopeless) but on the fringe of visibility, goes through a brightening similar to LINEAR A2 -- catapulting it from a technically "naked eye" status to a "great comet."
Machholz reportedly has all of January and February where its magnitude will not change much, keeping it pretty much the same as it is now. That's almost two months where the remote possibility of an outburst or two could occur. Then Mabus may have some problems.
"Everything calls peace. Schalom!"
Abbas: `We are ready for peace'
BY JOEL GREENBERG
Monday, Jan 10, 2005
JERUSALEM - (KRT) - Mahmoud Abbas was officially declared the winner of the Palestinian election to replace Yasser Arafat on Monday, and he promptly reached out to Israelis, saying Palestinians are ready for peace.
His remarks came as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won parliamentary approval for a new governing coalition with the Labor party, formed to carry out a planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this year.
The Palestinian Central Elections Commission announced returns showing that Abbas won 62.3 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections for president of the Palestinian Authority ...
After a meeting with international observers who monitored the election, Abbas said: "We extend our hands to our neighbors. We are ready for peace, peace based on justice. We hope their response will be positive."
Full article at: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10612775.htm?1c
"Schalom" and "peace" bring us to ISRAEL. It does not bring us to Iraq where there are no Jews and there is no peace, but only escalating war and terror.
Where are there Jews and a crying out for peace? Israel and the occupied territories (Palestine). Something happens there and a new war suddenly flares up all over the Middle East. To be certain, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and the US will become quickly connected to it, but it starts in the vicinity of Israel. What could that be? The sudden death of Mahmoud Abbas by assassination? "MABUS WILL SOON DIE."
Another question though. What does Nostradamus mean by "Mabus will soon die?" What does "soon" imply? To me it would mean not very long after being elected or being thrust upon the world stage.
Mahmoud Abbas qualifies since most people in the world have not paid him much mind until this election. Prophecy-watchers have noted him for several years, but not the average person. If he should be shot soon, now that he is known to the world, the entire Middle East will be plunged into war: the start of the great Middle East war Alois Irlmaier and the Seer of Waldviertel says must precede the war in Europe, Russia, and the US.
Yet, for all of it, Irlmaier simply says: "the situation is strained." A war that becomes a global military crisis, in other words. According to Irlmaier, and supported by most prophecy, the "actual firing spark" is "ignited in the Balkans." Something happens there that starts a full-blown world war. An assassination of a "third high-ranked" leader by two men, in fact. "Then impact is on impact."
This works for Miroljub Labus of Serbia, another very good candidate for "Mabus" (and a European, too, like Nostradamus) who most of the world does not yet know and will not unless and until he ascends from deputy prime minister to the office of president. Serbia is in a very dangerous part of the world, the Balkans, because it could easily become a battleground between Russia and Nato. If he should be shot soon after becoming president ...
One can only say, watch the heavens for signs!
Also, there is George W. Bush and the Tecumseh Curse to be concerned about. For more on that, my prediction, and the APRIL 14, 2005 "DEADLINE", go to http://www.newprophecy.net/2005part1.htm.
November 12, 2004 - UPDATED November 29, 2004 (1:58 AM EST) - Sometime during the next few months, we may see our worst fears entertained. With the death of Yasser Arafat, a new personage has been placed as head of the Palestinian Authority: Mahmoud Abbas.
Perhaps not by coincidence, a little-reported event will soon be taking place high in the winter skies of the northern hemisphere. With little fanfare since the announcement of it discovery in August 2004, Comet Machholz will begin to reach naked eye visibility around Christmas and brighten enough, by some accounts, to be seen in suburban skies in January 2005. During that month it will come closest to earth on January 5 at 32 million miles, and then reach perihelion, its closest to the sun, on January 24, moving into the Pleiades star cluster. It is during perihelion that most comets are at their peak brightness (Hale-Bopp on April 2, 1997), unless they are extremely large and come very close to earth (Hyakutake in 1996 at 9 million miles). The comet will be opposite the Sun all during this period and thus should be easily visible from Earth. It will remain visible to the eye until early March, when it will fade out of view after having moved north from the Pleiades to Polaris.
Not expected to shine above magnitude 3 or 4, astronomers warn: "although the script is still being written concerning Machholz's upcoming performance, be advised that comets are notoriously bad actors. As an example, the first brightness estimates for Comet NEAT had it possibly becoming as bright as first magnitude -- easily visible even from cities. Ultimately it became only as bright as third magnitude at best. Comet Machholz could brighten up and give us a real surprise. Comets have surprised on the bright side before. Yet few celestial events have greater false-alarm potential than these interplanetary vagabonds."
And what if Comet Machholz should rise above expectations?
Mahmoud Abbas, like several other figures in the Middle East and in the Balkans, contains the right letters in his name, Mahmoud Abbas or Abu Mazen, to make him the dreaded and long-awaited Mabus prophesied by Nostradamus in the following quatrain:
If Mahmoud Abbas is the Mabus of Quatrain 2.62, then he will not rule in his capacity of leader of the Palestinian Authority for very long. If he is this person, Nostradamus says he will die "soon," his death triggering or coinciding with a "great destruction of people and beasts." And as we can see, it will not be very long now before Comet Machholz "shall run."
I did say "triggering or coinciding with." There is nothing in this quatrain that says the death of Mabus will cause the destruction that follows. One might easily infer this, but it is not necessarily the case. Also, although the word "vengeance" appears in line 3, this does not mean it is revenge for Mabus. There is plenty of "vengeance" already playing out between the US coalition and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and in recent terrorist attacks in Israel, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt -- a "vengeance" that continues to escalate.
It is entirely possible that the death of Mabus, like the comet's passing, is not a trigger, but merely an event that marks the time when this horrific holocaust will commence. Whether or not Mahmoud Abbas, if he is indeed Mabus, dies in a plane crash, from a heart attack, or is assassinated, that is something we do not know.
In any event, I find the timing of this quite alarming. I have predicted that either Israel or the US will launch an air war against Iran in January or February 2005. Missile strikes on Israel I have also predicted for this vector. A major or limited Balkans war may break out in Macedonia in February 2005 as well. Regarding North Korea, it is possible it will launch a massive missile attack against Japan and South Korea in late August or early September 2005, igniting a dangerous confrontation with the United States. This would be the culmination of the ongoing nuclear crisis I predicted would begin in March 2003 (it began a bit earlier -- in October 2002). Russia seems on the verge of spreading the war in the Caucasus elsewhere, possibly to Georgia, and I fear an as of yet unknown provocation in the Baltics could lead to a Russian attack of Latvia or Lithuania in January 2005.
Indeed the timing for both Russian and US wars spreading throughout the world is approaching. What is not clear is whether the two nations will be battling together as allies in a mutual war against terror and rogue regimes or as "New Cold War" adversaries.
However, in a MosNews article released on November 11, 2004, Putin declared "I am counting on the fact that, in the coming four years, based on the solid basis laid down by common efforts, we will continue fruitful joint work to strengthen and expand the multilayered partnership between Russia and the United States," adding he foresaw both nations "building up bilateral cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, ensuring stability and security in the world, and developing mutually-beneficial trade and economic ties as well as contacts between our societies and peoples."
Thus we arrive at a potential crossroads: Mahmoud Abbas could bring a period of peace and stability to Israel and the Palestinian territories they have not seen since 1993-95 whilst Russia and the United States work together to prosecute the war on terror and to keep watch on nuclear rogue states like Iran and North Korea, attacking them in joint military operations if they insist on manufacturing weapons of mass destruction or if they threaten neighbouring nations.
Nostradamus describes such a period of peace and global policing in the following quatrain:
Thus, the death of Arafat, the ascendency of Mahmoud Abbas, the re-election of George W. Bush, and the official endorsement of the Bush war on terrorism and terrorist states doctrine by Vladimir Putin may mark the beginning of an era that will last three years and seven months. After that, in June 2008, Abbas will die and World War III will begin -- due to the actions of two troublesome "vassal" nations (Israel and Syria?).
OR, this era does not apply to the current situation, in which case Abbas may soon die, and the Mabus scenario, battle upon battle leading to World War III, may begin as early as January 2005 with Israeli or US attacks against Iranian nuclear facilities.
If this should be the case, 2005 is the year I feel the wars in the Middle East and the Balkans will merge together, making Turkey and Egypt major battlegrounds, and wars in the Pacific will commence: China and North Korea vs the US and its allies, including as far south as Vietnam, and Islamic warfare conducted from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines against Australia and New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand will quite likely be involved in both Pacific wars.
The October 2004 terrorist attack on the United States, probably the detonation of a nuclear device in Manhattan, has not yet happened, but could at any time, perhaps in retaliation for Iraqi deaths in Fallujah and from other battles in Mosul and elsewhere. If not, the next potential vector for such a major terrorist attack on the US mainland is August 2005. Add to the NYC threat up to 43 Al Qaeda moles living in the United States, up to 20 of them brainwashed university students, each one carrying an atomic, Hiroshima-type warhead in a suitcase. Indeed, "hundred" and "hand" may refer to the missing 100 nuclear suitcases reported by the late Russian General Alexander Lebed in October 1997. The scope of the casualties is great, but how widespread is unknown. Each "hand" could destroy a major US, European, pro-Western Arab, Turkish, or Israeli city. If not, they could just as easily refer to 100 nuclear-armed missiles and ICBMs: Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, Chinese, North Korean, Russian, American, British, French ... the list grows.
So, as we can see, a final crossroads has perhaps now been reached -- a "false peace" that may postpone global war for another three years and seven months or a sudden death in January followed by the same dreadful conflict and reign of terror: one that will ultimately result in total thermonuclear war and the utter devastation of planet earth.
UPDATE (11/14/04): I've a very bad feeling that Mahmoud Abbas may indeed prove to be Mabus ... perhaps much too soon, as Nostradamus has warned!! ALREADY THERE HAS BEEN AN ATTEMPT ON HIS LIFE:
Sunday, November 14, 2004 Posted: 2028 GMT (0428 HKT)
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Palestine Liberation Organization chairmman Mahmoud Abbas escaped injury on Sunday after masked gunmen opened fire near him inside a tent where people were mourning Yasser Arafat. Two Abbas bodyguards were killed, Gaza hospital sources said. Witnesses and medical sources said at least 10 people were injured in the shooting.
The incident began when members of a rival clan within Arafat's Fatah Palestinian nationalist movement entered the tent and opened fire near Abbas and his security guards, witnesses said. The confrontation lasted about five minutes ...
Article continued at http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/14/mideast/index.html.
"Abbas, 69, Arafat's longtime deputy as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has already been named head of the PLO. If elected president of the Palestinian Authority, he would inherit two of Arafat's main titles."
Thus, it would appear that January 2005, and not the current month of November, may be the key month that will see the start of the three years and seven months. Either that or the Mabus scenario may occur by February 2005.
Interestingly enough, regarding the three years and seven months period of Quatrain 4.95, George W Bush does not want to see the issue of Palestinian statehood decided by December 2005 as initially agreed by the US, EU, UN and Russia and would rather see a peace process engaged over the next three to four years:
UPDATE (11/29/04): January may indeed be the start of the three years and seven months: and the "two" who "hold" the "reign" just might be Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas (the reign being over the Holy Land).
The reference to "the two" in Quatrain 4.95 is always uncertain because Nostradamus mentions two brothers of the North holding world dominion in his Epistle to Henry II. Many believe this to be Russia and the United States. However, there the reign lasts "for eleven years or a little less" and is of an anti-Christian nature. Also it occurs only after the renewal of a seven-year reign of three ("triumvirate") which, if applied now, might be Russia, the US, and the EU.
Clearly, the "reign left to two" in Quatrain 4.95 could also refer to the dominant role the US and UK have played in world events since 9/11. If so, the end - and not the beginning - of the three years and seven may be fastly approaching. One of the two "vassals" appears to be rebelling: Ukraine. If true, now we can only await the rebellion of the second vassal (Israel?).
Still, Sharon and Abbas are a possibility. From a base 7 perspective, 2005 holds the same promise for peace talks as 1977 and 1998. One bore fruit in the form of the peace forged between Egypt and Israel at Camp David in 1979. The other, the Wye River accord, an ammendment to the 1993 Oslo agreement, led to the current intifada that broke out in September 2000, in part due to the abrasive relationship between Arafat and Barak.
So, we may either see a period of peace talks and a negotiated settlement lasting three years and seven months, followed by the death of Mahmoud Abbas (if he is Mabus) and world war in the Middle East, or the relationship will never really get off the ground even after a year or two or could end as soon as it begins with the death of Abbas ... in January. Alois Irlmaier warns: "Everything calls peace. Schalom! Then it will occur -- a new Middle East war suddenly flares up, big naval forces are facing hostility in the Mediterranean -- the situation is strained ..." This could refer to January 2005 -- a time when everyone will believe peace is about to begin.
Oh, yes .. and the comet. Comet Machholz. Expect to read more about it in the news in the weeks just ahead. The latest:
Don Machholz discovered this comet, C/2004 Q2, in the early morning of August 27, 2004. Comet Machholz will course through Lepus, Eridanus, and Taurus in December, brightening from magntiude 6 to magnitude 4 during the month. On January 7, 2005, the comet's tail brushes the famous Pleiades cluster -- a fine binocular or telescopic sight.
Mike Holloway of Van Buren, Arkansas, imaged the comet on November 7, 2004.
Equipment used: 4-inch refractor and a ST2000 CCD.
I write this article not on the day of America's most important election in history. That already happened four years ago in the year 2000. The course of US politics and world history was set. Indeed, whoever the president will be the choices made by--or stolen from--the American people in the 2000 election have gained a momentum that will run and reverberate through the history of the next 30 years. The dangling chad high jinks of 2000 has put into power a bellicose and internationally unilateralist, interventionist administration. Bush Corp. consists of former movers and shakers of the fossil fuel industry--the very industry responsible for producing the key ingredient for runaway climate change. Current American policy and fossil fuel consumption are in effect throwing gasoline on the fires of global warming. And, it is a prescient fact that hundreds of prophecies from around the world--including even those recently published by the Pentagon--point to climate disruption as the key trigger for apocalyptic global warfare in the near future.
I believe the terrorist attack on 11 September 2001 would have happened no matter whether Al Gore was president in place of G.W. Bush. The reaction to such an attack may have been quite different though. Thanks to decisions made in 2000, a better future prosecution of the war against al-Qaeda and Usama bin Laden, is gone, and ecologically responsible US economic policies forestalling a global climate war, a dream.
The 16th-century French seer, Nostradamus, foresaw the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. I have commented on two prophecies about the attack in books and articles since 1983. (You can find a detailed account of Century 6 Quatrain 97 and Century 10 Quatrain 49 by linking to: "Nostradamus: A Life and Myth" [3 November 2003]: http://www.hogueprophecy.com/archiv34.htm). My interpretations over the years anticipated a defining incident, such as a terrorist attack on America by Middle Eastern extremists sometime shortly after 1999. This Peal Harbor-style surprise attack would trigger the first world war of the Aquarian Age--a war of international terrorism set to undermine civilization in a conflict lasting 27 years.
Even now, that war can be cut short. There is a prophecy from Nostradamus that could be taken as a positive alternative history. In it, America learns the right lesson from the shock of 9/11, changes policies and greatly diminishes the impact of the 27-year conflict on the world. In previous books and articles, Quatrain 24 of Century 6 dates a time in the summer of 2002 when the American people as well as the president might begin reaping the whirlwind because they did not take stock of their part in the dysfunctional, and hypocritical relationship with the Middle East over the past half-century. Shortly after July 2002 America will wage a ruinous war in the Middle East. A hard and needless lesson unavoided brings a hard lesson learned in four to six years. Thus, when America changes leaders and pulls out of Iraq, a new policy in the Middle East solves the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, revitalizes Arab moderates taking support away from terrorists. The new American president seizes an opportunity to forestall the destruction and horrors of the coming 27 year war and bring peace to the world.
Quatrain 24 of Century 6 reads:
Now let us break my interpretation down line by line:
Nostradamus begins the prophecy with an astrological conjunction of Mars with Jupiter. This took place at the end of June through the beginning of July 2002. TheywereconjoinedonthebirthdateofAmerica--4July.
America was born "under" the sign of Cancer. The current president, G. W. Bush, was also born "under" the sign of Cancer. Astrologically speaking, Nostradamus is clearly pointing to America and its leader. At this time both will already be fighting a war with the "great king of terror" Nostradamus foresaw in Quatrain 72 of Century 10. In that prophecy, he expected this war would begin in 1999, either during the "seventh" month (of Cancer), or "Sept mois" (seventh month) is a code for "September." It would seem that Nostradamus peering into the future back in 1557 got the year wrong but perhaps got the month right--"September" 2001, not "1999."
The cryptic quality of this line also implies that a choice will be made around the early summer of 2002 by the Cancerian president that will propel the Cancerian United States into a disastrous war. This could be the one foreseen in Century 3 Quatrain 61 by Nostradamus in "Mesopotamia" (modern Iraq), wherein, an Islamic rebellion of the Sharia "law" holds firm against a great host of new "crusaders." Link to the following archived article: "New Crusades and Quagmires" (11 July 2003) http://www.hogueprophecy.com/archiv31.htm.
Line three of 6 Q24 reads:
A "short time" to Nostradamus, who wrote a history of the future covering thousands of years can be several years long. Therefore, the anointing or in modern terms the "election" of a new American leader either implies the election takes place on 2 November 2004 with J. F. Kerry becoming the "new king" of America, or Bush is re-elected--as I believe he will be--and the advent of a new leader is delayed until election day, 4 November 2008.
The final line of the prophecy reads:
Whoever this new leader of America is, he or "she" is destined to change the course of American foreign and Middle Eastern policy in a way that could forestall, delay, or greatly diminish the impact of the 27-year war of terrorism.
A full accounting of Quatrain 24 of Century 6 can be read in a HogueProphecy Bulletin archived at the following link: ("A Calamitous War Under Cancer? Or, Peace for a Long Time?" [30 September 2002]: http://www.hogueprophecy.com/archiv27.htm).
Two years ago I closed my interpretation of line four in that article with the following:
"Perhaps the change in leadership comes from the current president dying in office, or more hopefully from a new administration elected in 2004. Only events and time will tell which fate awaits the American presidency.
"There is hope that peace and a new understanding about the Middle East will prevail. It could come from America collectively enduring a hard karmic lesson for its past hypocrisies in the name of democracy, freedom and peace. In 2004, the American electorate might stop the social and economic discord caused by another politically crippled Texan president, stuck in the Middle Eastern quagmire of a new Vietnam. The chastened American people might elect a new 'king' who will bring peace to the earth for a long time. '"
This statement above may engender hope in the Kerry camp. However, I believe that hope is premature. I believe the following passage written a half year ago bears more prescient clarity on what, astrologically speaking, will be the judge in America's fortunes after the election of 2004:
"The 16th-century French seer in Century 6, Quatrain 24 of his magnum prophetic opus 'Les Propheties' predicted that a 'calamitous war under Cancer' would be fought shortly after the conjunction of Mars with Jupiter. The most recent conjunction of the two planets took place in June of 2002. America invaded and occupied Iraq early the following year. America was born under the sign of Cancer, as is its current president. Are they both marked for calamity? Perhaps the planet Saturn will be the judge. Saturn in predictive astrology is the planet of karmic payment (that is, reactions that come home to roost from positive or negative actions committed). Saturn is also the ruler of personal and cosmic reality checks. Resist reality and you will suffer. Accept reality, and Saturn helps individuals and nations evolve and transcend their negative actions."
(IS THE "MABUS" COMET "NEAT"? [1 May 2004]
We can understand why Americans have four more years of travails to suffer by interpreting the astrological influence of Saturn on Kerry's and Bush's birth charts on election day--the astrological "birth day" of the next four-year term.
G. W. Bush's destiny will be karmically magnified--for better or for worse--on election day, 2 November when Saturn transits 27 degrees Cancer in virtual conjunction over his natal Saturn position at 26 degrees Cancer. The good news for Bush is that the US birth chart has Saturn sitting in Libra at 14 degrees. That means Saturn's current transit over Bush's natal Saturn position magnifies an ultimately positive though difficult uphill battle to final victory in the 2004 election. Bush will win but other negative aspects to Bush's natal Saturn in his chart on that day will also magnify all of his limitations and weaknesses as a leader in his second term.
After the baying of lawyers and the re-counts have come and gone, Bush will stand for inauguration in January 2005 over a country bitterly divided. Under his second four-year term America will suffer domestic civil unrest, lose a war in Iraq, and fight new wars in Iran and North Korea. There will be an economic crisis over oil as early as the summer of 2005. There will also be a second terrorist attack on the domestic front, transcending the devastation of 9/11/01. It will most likely take place as early as the high summer of 2005 when Saturn begins its transit of Leo; or, the attack comes in the president's his final year in office--2008.
Saturn will not aid J.F. Kerry's bid for election on 2 November. Here's why.
The contender has his natal Saturn in retrograde and in opposition to his natal sun in Sagittarius. His Saturn is directly conjunct the natal Mars (energy ruler) of America. This gives him a beneficial karmic thrust as a Saturnian reality messenger for Americans. However, the retrograde (inverted and introspective) nature of his Saturn, in opposition to his Sun (the ruler of ego and outer personality) in Sagittarius, inhibits Kerry's ability to communicate that reality to Americans. Add to this Kerry's stellium of planets in Gemini and in layman's terms you have an astrological argument in favor of the Republicans who call Kerry a flip flopper. He is someone who can argue a point 27 ways--all of them tedious and unappealing to the average American, even if he is telling them the truth. Add this impediment to the collective impediment of an American populace, who, under the current negative transit of Saturn through Cancer, generally want to escape from their political reality. One sees this escapism in action in the hysterical Blue liberal battle cry, "Anybody but Bush!" versus the anal retentive Red conservative battle cry, "My Bush, right or wrong!"
Kerry's force of Gemini Saturn, conjunct America's Gemini Mars will definitely see him come on strong at the end of this long presidential campaign. He certainly surged to win the debates in October and tighten the race to a virtual dead heat. However, Saturn in Cancer for Bush, positively aspected with the natal Saturn of the US birth Chart on 2 November, is far more solid (and dare I say it) far more in sync with the present unconscious Saturnian state of Americans citizens who vote more with their gut feelings, and for image, rather than vote on the basis of record and fact. Bush is more like them than Kerry. He is inarticulate but forceful. He makes you comfortable. He prefers a simple bromide to set to rest a complex issue. He is that populist, all-American "good guy," the "white hat," the cowboy. He is a Cancerian blind believer in the Cancerian American dream.
The sign of Cancer rules dreaming--also nightmares. The karmic lesson for Cancerians, be they individuals or whole nations, is to come out of their shells. They need to let go of their dreams, and embrace the bliss of a greater reality transcending their attachments to sweet but isolating illusions. In the next four years, Saturn destines President Bush to personify and reflect back to Americans their dysfunctional understanding of democracy at home and abroad. If Bush is at the helm, they could stubbornly hold onto conceited illusions of America's role in the world and continue denying what needs reform. Saturn transiting through Cancer, Leo and Virgo in the next four years will then reap a nightmare. Only when our dreams become nightmares do we desire to awaken.
That awakening may come with a new leader "anointed" in 2008.
--Nostradamus: A Life and Myth
--Essential Nostradamus: Prophecies for thee 21st Century and Beyond
--Nostradamus: The New Millennium
--Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies
--Messiahs, The Visions and Prophecies for the Second Coming
--The Last Pope: The Decline and Fall of thhe Church of Rome
--The Millennium Book of Prophecy
--1000 for 2000 Startling Predictions for tthe New Millennium
The readers of my article on the effects of the presidential 'contest' between George W. Bush and John F. Kerry, taken from Century I:57 of the works of Nostradamus, have not yet been told if Nostradamus actually predicts a winner of the contest.
Yes, he does. John F Kerry.
First, is the matter of a rather difficult concept for most, the simple fact of Nostradamus' choice of words making it possible to have more than one set of meanings. This might be referred to as 'double layering' of highly significant information, in one sense about Bush, and in another sense, about Kerry.
He actually foretells the circumstances of the 'win' to a large degree. The final winner is to be John Kerry, and in an extemely close and very controversial vote in the State known for 'milk' and 'honey.' The State that decides, finally, the election will be Wisconsin with 10 electoral votes!
The State of Wisconsin has a well known symbol. The official animal of the State is a dairy (milk) cow. Now, strangely enough, another listed State symbol is the honey bee (the official State Insect.) Nostradamus uses these terms.
Does Nostradamus use the name Kerry, and the word: 'win' in the prophecy in Century I:57? Please be aware of the following information. First, in another famed Nostradamus prophecy, regarding the leader of Germany in World War II, Nostradamus is supposed to have refered to Adolph Hitler as the "man of Hister." An older name for the part of the Danube River that runs thru Austria, the actually birthplace of Hitler. In the present case, Nostradamus uses the word, "sol" meaning soil in the French language.
Now, a well known set of synonyms exists for this word, such as: "land," which also can have the meaning of, "to obtain" or even 'win." What is being considered is a permissible one letter changed in the sounds like English pronunciation of the word (synonym) for land-soil earth, that being, in the French, "terre." This is how the name "Kerry" is obtained from occlusion. Also, because of the ability of Nostradamus to relate a double set of meanings in a single word, we can arrive at the word, "land." Of course , "land" can have the meaning, once again, of "win."
But, where does it actually say he wins the vote?
This is how; please follow the information closely, and a step at a time. First, the next two words in the last line of the prophecy mean: "...the face." This is another clever way of saying a "confrontation" or contest, such as this election. Then, the next word in use is: "anointed." In following the sense of this verse interpretation as it relates to George W. Bush, I believe it foretells smeared with 'oil,' and how it is, and has affected, the election and the stock market. However, please consider the effect of a very close race between these two parties, with a highly likely prolonged and bitter scenario following the vote. The effect on the stock market could, and probably will be devastating, and is certainly within the October-November 2004 Stock Market 'plunge' - 'dip' - or, as is nowdayys said: "crash," I find mentioned in this prophecy. (In Line 3.)
As it happens, another meaning of the word, "anointed" is "consecrated," meaning to consecrate. Another well known word can be derived from a single word and synonym: "devote." Please understand, I just wrote, in French, "by" or "of" vote" (de vote.) Another term for "consecrated," is: "inviolate." This can mean NOT to violate, meaning to hold against or anul. Aparently, the message here is 'the vote' will not be put aside or become illegal, but will eventually be considered correct and valid!
All this, just giving enough electoral college votes to narrowly win the election for John F. Kerry. Once again, the fourth line of the verse gives the final truth about the identity of the deciding State of Wisconsin, the State of the symbols (official) of "milk and honey."
Written and interpreted by Robert "NostraBOBus" Egan of San Diego, California at www.nostrabobus.com
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Thank you all for your input. It is most difficult to precisely figure out what Nostradamus' true meanings are in advance of the prophetic events. If you think about it, almost all the prophecies of Nostradamus are truly and fully understood AFTER THE EVENT!
However, that being said, there is a good possibility of at least getting much of the prophecy correctly interpreted ... I do make a honest effort to do so. Here is a good example.
I incorrectly came to the conclusion that the term: "milk and honey" used by Nostradamus in the last line of Century I:57, very likely refered to the state symbols of Wisconsin.
Strangely enough, one of the meanings of this terminology is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary: "a UTOPIA."
Now, for a most strange coincidence ...
It is a possiblity Nostradamus was very right, and I was partially wrong! There is some reason to believe the last line of the prophecy (Century I:57) is saying:
"On land (=syn. 'win' the contest 'de vote' (meaning by-of-from vote) UTOPIA," a name anagram puzzle posed by Nostradamus for the state of OHIO!
30 Jun 2004
Here are some comments about some of Nostradamus predictions that could be relating to recent and future events. The epistle (épître) sent to the king Henry II is the clue for dating the quatrains : a short extract of it figures in the following article.
This quatrain has been unanimously recognized by major exegetes of Nostradamus relating to the war in the Gulf against Irak in 1991. Here is the translation that is made, for example, by Marc Luni in his book « Nostradamus The centuries» published to editions Dervi in 1998 :
It seems to me that this quatrain includes both the first and the last armed intervention against Irak, which have some identical features (fires of petroleum wells « horrible black earth of phisonomie »), and I would translate more simply the third verse («Tous amis fait d'adulterine dame ») as « all allies treated as adulteress women», an insult that was really told by Sadam Hussein regime for the second armed intervention.
The epistle to Henry II is the real driving thread according to which the reader of Nostradamus quatrains can find the historic order of them, that his author had deliberately presented in disorder.
All revolutionary or tragic events that have concerned or will concern the western world are written in this epistle in some obscure way. A very good translation has been done by Marc Luni. Yet, an event as the gulf wars appears nowhere in the translation of the epistle by Marc Luni. I think that those events could be relating to the following extract :
The first paragraph (H28) seems to me to fit to the allies opposition to the master of Baghdad up to the peoples liberation enslaved by the tyrant (« .who liberate people from minor and intentional servitude, looking for Mars protection, despoiling Jupiter of all his honours and dignity, for the free city, constituted and sat in another poky Mezopotamie »)
With respect to the second paragraph (H29), it appears to me as referring more especially to the second armed intervention : the second Trasibulus would be president Bush junior, son and homonym of the precedent (Thrasibule is a character of Antiquity who opposed thirty tyrants placed against him by Spartas in Athena. One can see an analogy with 55 responsible Iraqi searched by allies )
Here are now personal translations concerning a few quatrains that appears to me relating to dramatic recent or future events taking place in the Middle East :
War of the Kosovo March 1999
In February 1999 appeared a quasi-alignment beetween Venus and Jupiter with a very beginning crescent of the moon ; the president Clinton was cleared in the Monica Lewinski affair (the whiteness Neptune means the White House, and Venus is always designated by Nostradamus as a scheming woman). In March will be set off the war of the Kosovo by Nato from which the symbol is a flag with a four branches star (the engraved branch). Mars is also the divinity of war.
11 September 2001 murder attempt
Islamists will come lurking with knives and cutters to strike Florence (which was among the principal targets of the terrorists but was not struck), the Pentagon (Nostradamus designates always the Duke as the armies head) and the Twin Towers (diphlonque comes from the greek diphlongo which means a place fired twice). Al-qaida leaders will be found by moslems and delators (flangnards = sycophants).
Lastly to end, I deliver you an interpretation of a quatrain bringing back to a spectacular event that could happen next :
The ambassador coming on a (war ?) ship will be intercepted to the half of his distance by unknowns. Reinforcements proceeding from four turkish ships (sel refers to sélin and not salt and so would designate a Turkish rescue) will arrive. John Negroponte (ambassador of USA in Irak) will be relieved.
Marc Luni . « Nostradamus Les centuries » Editions Dervi 1998
A Surprising Number of Nostradamus Quatrains May Actually Answer this Question
Also: Nostradamus links the time following Reagan's death with new TERRORISM in Spain, the MURDER of the Tunisian president, and WAR with Iran
Timing, as they say in show biz, is everything. So how ironic it is that the death of Hollywood's first actor-turned-president occurred immediately on the day following the resignations of George Tenet and James Pavitt from the CIA, virtually on the very eve of indictments and probable impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and perhaps the entire Bush cabinet -- "a presidential and constitutional crisis that will ultimately dwarf the removal of Richard Nixon in 1974."
Like the capture of Saddam Hussein and the beheading of Nick Berg, events seemed almost timed to reverse building public condemnation over the war in Iraq and American disgust over the treatment of Iraqi prisoners of war, is it possible that the admittedly inevitable death of former President Ronald Reagan from advanced old age and the ravages of Alzheimer's might have been hastened to distract attention away from a political scandal and an attempted CIA coup d'etat in progress?
Even after the week-long period of mourning and state funeral have concluded, Reagan's death will remain a media topic for some time to come, because it has rallied the nation once more to reflect upon the earlier conservative ideals the United States embraced during the 1980s. It is an event the Bush administration is hoping and calculating will cause America to reaffirm the Reagan legacy -- to reassess the Republican Era and its current standard-bearer, George W Bush, in a favourable light.
A number of you may know of the recent CIA developments. For those who do not, here is an excerpt and link from "COUP D'ETAT: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA on June 3rd and 4th - Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming" by Michael C. Ruppert and Wayne Madsen of The Wilderness Publications, www.fromthewilderness.com:
"JUNE 8, 2004 1600 PDT (FTW) - Why did DCI George Tenet suddenly resign on June 3rd, only to be followed a day later by James Pavitt, the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations (DDO)? The real reasons, contrary to the saturation spin being put out by major news outlets, have nothing to do with Tenet's role as taking the fall for alleged 9/11 and Iraqi intelligence "failures" before the upcoming presidential election.
Both resignations, perhaps soon to be followed by resignations from Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage, are about the imminent and extremely messy demise of George W. Bush and his Neocon administration in a coup d'etat being executed by the Central Intelligence Agency. The coup, in the planning for at least two years, has apparently become an urgent priority as a number of deepening crises threaten a global meltdown.
Based upon recent developments, it appears that long-standing plans and preparations leading to indictments and impeachment of Bush, Cheney and even some senior cabinet members have been accelerated, possibly with the intent of removing or replacing the entire Bush regime prior to the Republican National Convention this August ...
There were two things we didn't get right. One was the timing. We predicted the developments taking place now as likely to happen after the November election, not before. Secondly, we did not foresee the sudden resignations of Tenet and Pavitt. Understanding the resignations is the key to understanding a deteriorating world scene and that America is on the precipice of a presidential and constitutional crisis that will ultimately dwarf the removal of Richard Nixon in 1974 ..."
For entire article go to:
The question one must ask is: did anyone from the Bush camp have access to Reagan's residence so as to hasten along the inevitable ... to make a well-timed "mercy killing" appear to be a death from natural causes? If not, then this entire idea is nothing more than another half-baked conspiracy theory.
As much as I generally resist conspiracy theories, this is one time where Nostradamus may actually have the answers .. and they suggest foul play and portend other events too horrific to contemplate:
Gorbachev Honors His Enemy and Friend
The only kind of "enemy" who would mourn the death of his adversary would be an enemy-turned-friend. Nostradamus predicted the rapproachment and new friendship between two "great ones" -- Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, leaders of the two greatest powers on earth in the 1980s: the Soviet Union and the United States.
Gorbachev attended the state funeral for Reagan and openly mourned the passing of his friend and former adversary.
Yet, Nostradamus is clear: Reagan's death was not due to natural causes, but from poisoning. Once again it seems, the Bush administration required a major distraction from new allegations of wrongdoing being made by the Central Intelligence Agency.
What is more, this quatrain alludes to a few other events yet to occur or in progress:
1) a major war that will see numerous heads-of-state ("sovereigns") toppled from power and
2) a storm of meteoric debris and asteroids ("stones raining") many believe has been predicted to strike the earth this summer, perhaps as early as this month.
The recent sightings by thousands of people in the American Northwest, Australia, Spain, and Iran of extremely large and very bright meteors accompanied by deafening explosions may only be precursors of what is to come. If so, then the mass destruction by fiery rocks and firestorms prophesied by the Seer of Waldviertel may take place this summer. Then again, perhaps it is to these very sightings mentioned, similar events from the latter portion of last year, and more to come that Nostradamus is referring to. If true, the line concerning the rain of stones is already fulfilled.
The final line suggests that the attempt to vindicate Bush's policies by resurrecting the Reagan Era in people's minds will ultimately fail.
Meteor Smashes Through House in Auckland, New Zealand
non mort apopletique,
Again, we have a great leader, placed in a shroud. The shroud has two meanings: it is the flag draping the president's coffin and it may also refer to the sheet placed over Reagan's body when he was transported from his home to the hospital morgue or funeral home. We do not know for certain if there was an autopsy - but it is standard procedure for victims of Alzheimer's and the only way to make a definite diagnosis.
Nostradamus raises the frightening possibility that President Reagan was not dead, but comatose when he was embalmed for his funeral. This would tend to support the poisoning theory.
The distraction gamble by the Bush team will not pay off in the end. The city (Washington DC) will condemn the heretical policies of the Bush administration that "changed their laws" by introducing such unpopular legislation as the Patriot Act.
The above quatrain further amplifies the theme of "the good old man" being declared dead, but still technically alive and in a coma (the embalming process would, however, rectify this problem). Reagan will not be buried near the Potomac River, but the procession ran along the river and he lie in state in the Capitol building. Again, the fate of George W Bush, the new old man, appears to be most unpromising.
La pestilence l'entour de
pestilence around Capellades,
The great act of terrorism which occurred at Madrid, Spain on March 11 will apparently not be the last. It occurred on the watch of George W Bush and, according to this quatrain, worse things will happen during the remainder of the Bush administration in the mountainous region of Sagunto and near the Capellades. "Pestilence" and "famine" in this context, can only mean a biological or chem-bio terrorist attack -- one that not only kills outright, but leads to food shortages as well.
Bush is called "knightly" because of his crusader-like policies in the Middle East. Like a true crusader knight, he now calls the Islamic fanatics who have beheaded four civilians since May "barbarians" (as well he should). However, "barbarian" is now a word to be heard more and more often, regardless of the context.
On February 18, 2004, Bush also met with Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to discuss issues of regional concern, including Iraq, Middle East peace, cooperation in the global war on terrorism, positive developments in Libya, and President Bush's vision for the Greater Middle East. Apparently, by bringing Tunisia into the US war on terrorism, Bush has placed Ben Ali's life in postive danger, perhaps from Al Qaeda cells in neighbouring Algeria. According to the French seer, the leader of Tunisia will quite literally lose his head. After the grisly beheadings the world has witnessed of one Italian , one South Korean, and two US civilian hostages, we should know better than to think the French seer intended anything other than the literal meaning in line 4.
Although it is true that Nostradamus wrote of various eras of America's history, he was especially fascinated with the current era ushered in by Ronald Reagan, highlighted at its beginning by a new friendship between the United States and Russia and the apparent death of the Cold War, which he elsewhere calls "the half-war enclosed." At some point, one which may have already been reached or has yet to happen, Russia and the US will enter into a pivotal thirteen-year period in history. The above quatrain demonstrates the continuity of this new chapter of America as she shifts from the ideological proxy conflicts against Soviet-era communism towards religious conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East.
President Ronald Reagan, therefore, was the "first" leader of a "new world order" led by the United States and her allies and his successor, President George Herbert Walker Bush, was the "second." Both leaders witnessed the transition from Cold War battles in places like El Salvadore, Nicaragua, and Grenada to "crusades" in Libya, Lebanon, and the Persian Gulf.
In Nostradamus' time "the barbarian empire" was Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. The "barbarian empire" that was usurped by the "third" man, President William Jefferson Clinton, was likely a confusion of various conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East. Bosnian Muslims were "ethnically cleansed" by Orthodox Christians and aided by Iranian and Arab mujahadeen. Kosovo and Bosnia were probably viewed as one long war. Meanwhile Saddam Hussein's Iraq required a show of military buildup, as it did during a second half-hearted attempt to invade Kuwait in 1994, and a number of punitive air strikes in 1993, 1996, and 1998. In 1996, northern Iraq was seized and placed under a strictly enforced "no-fly" and "no entry" regime by the US and UK. Air wars escalated in the region between December 1998 right up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Air strikes were also required against Afghanistan and Sudan for the August 1998 East Africa bombings conducted by Osama bin Laden.
Note that all of these territories comprise a significant part of the future "barbarian empire": Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan, and the Balkans. Clinton's control of these regions was largely from the air.
Still, the true seizure of Afghanistan and Iraq, at least, fell to the "fourth" leader: President George W. Bush. Future military operations against Iran grow increasingly more likely.
Initially emailed to me on April 14, 2004 6:43 PM, I could not immediately post this. When I was finally ready to, I noted it was already on Bob's own website! However, on June 5, I was given permission to publish.
Robert NostraBOBus Egan has been a longtime contributer of articles here at Nostradamus and the New Prophecy Almanacs: at this section, Nostradamus NOW, and elsewhere before this section existed (such as the Pope John Paul II and the Rose Prophecy Email Forum, the Early 21st Century Email Forum, and also on VISIONS). I still have material that will eventually be published on Past Celebrity Predictions of Nostradamus and elsewhere ... including a few surprises Bob probably trashed or forgot he wrote!
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The following verse (only) is quoted from, Nostradamus and His Prophecies by Edgar Leoni.
The commentary and cryptic analysis following the verse is presented by Robert B. Egan using an Amplified Nostradamus method of presentation. (aka NostraBOBus). E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a combined commentary on the first two lines of the Quatrain. Lines 3 and 4 will be separately analyzed using cryptic decoding techniques often found in works of Nostradamus.
It is my intention to relate a somewhat hidden meaning in the last two lines involving the 2003-4 Athena Mission now unfolding itself on the planet Mars, with the landing of the identical rovers, Spirit and Opportunity; also called the MER Mission (Mars Expedition Rover). The question of whether there is evidence of possible life being found during this planned 3 month (or more) Mission is very definitely answered in this presently unfolding Nostradamus prophecy.
Line One :
For five hundred years more one will keep count of him
De cinq cents ans plus compte l'on tiendra.
Who was the ornament of his time:
Celui qu'était l'ornement de son temps
So much for a first site reading of a rather typical opening lines of a Nostradamus verse. It is only when one comes to understand and look for the veiled meanings hidden within the very words of the verse, in a varying array of what is now, sometimes called, green language techniques and methods will many of the prophecies become reality.
David Ovason in his book, The Secrets of Nostradamus, reminds us of a stark, and often overlooked reality regarding the majority of Nostradamus verses. It is true, most of predictions have only been fully understood and decoded after-or occasionally, during- the event taking place over a period of time. (This potentially can include a period of time before the actual event takes place.) Ovason reminds us of Nostradamus use of the occult blind in foretelling the events of the future. This simply means the 16th Century seer would purposely use words and phrases with hidden meanings not easily understood upon a casual reading or interpretation of his verses. It is highly suggested to the sincere reader of Nostradamus prophecy to become familiar with the green language methods used by Nostradamus.
Mr. Ovasons book provides an excellent source for such a study. Frankly, there is little understanding or use of this subject in the majority of books regarding Nostradamus and his works.
Now, back to a brief commentary on the first two lines of the quatrain.
Almost all interpreters of this piece of information believe it refers to the person of Nostradamus. This is based on the historical fact of December 14th of 2003 marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nostradamus. Some scholars state the actual date is December the 23rd, if we have to account for a different calendar system in use in the 16th Century. The term ornament can truly relate to a luminary person, one who gives light to his time.
Nostradamus uses the strangely placed word more, which also carries the meaning of the synonym for the word, plus. Notice in the English translation the following word one. It is highly possible Nostradamus is cleverly referring to not only the year 2003, but also the added one year of 2004.
The question becomes why this particular emphasis on the dating of the years 2003 and 2004? A first sight reading of the final two lines of the verse seems to indicate some sort of sudden light or revelation should be expected at, or following this period.
However, the wording on a surface reading appears vague. Some have pondered about the December 2003 release of the television History Channels new 100 minute production of the video available film recording, Nostradamus: 500 Years Later.
This film gives a both sides presentation on the veracity of Nostradamus prophecies, and is certainly highly recommended for viewing. However, the film does not give any really startling new discoveries regarding Nostradamus or his works. However, the opening lines seem to relate a highly significant event will occur in the mentioned time period 2003-2004.
The question becomes, what event will be of such momentous importance?
The commentary and cryptic word analysis will be much deeper than presented for lines 1 and 2. Many of Nostradamus arcane coding methods will be put to use.
Then suddenly great light will he give,
Puis à un coup grande clarté donra
First, notice the entire quatrain is actually only one ongoing sentence. Also, Nostradamus was capable of relating layers of meanings by a careful choice of the words in use, particularly when approached as a multi-linguistic puzzle. There is also the potential of concurrent meanings and interpretations.
I would like to think of this as an amplified approach to the understanding of Nostradamus prophecy. This is a very key concept and is often missed by interpreters and commentators on analyzing the lines of the prophecies. This would include the use of phonetics, meaning a sounds like of a particular word.
Numerous words in our languages contain what is called hidden, or better put, unpronounced letters. In addition, Nostradamus would often insert, and/or remove a letter, or even syllable in the veiling of the true meaning contained in the verse lines. The first opening word in line three is, then.
In older English forms of spelling it, we find thene, and another was thane. Even if only a single letter was added to then, such as an a, it portends an entirely different clue to the veiled information in this line.
Notice the word, Athene appears. This happens to be an older Greek form of spelling of the now used Roman civilization word, Athena. In mythology of old this was one of the well-known archetypes for Mars!
The simple fact of our very present time - in the years 2003-04 - is it being involved in a mission to Mars with the given name of the entire projects instrumentation package being Athena. This appears to be more than just mere coincidence. Indeed, this would include Mars and the two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity and their indentical instruments being developed under this rather strange name, Athena.
Moving on to the very next word in use by Nostradamus:
suddenly. The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) relates the meanings of this word, to suddenness, with great verve, such as in the use of energy in relation to quick movement. Strangely enough, the words, verve and energy are used synonyms for the word, spirit.
Further, the term gives the more popular meaning of out of the blue" - or, "from out of the blue. (As Mars is often referred to as the red planet, Earth is called the blue planet.) Suddenly of course, can be referring to quickness in speed and/or arrival as in regards to time taken. Then Nostradamus extends the ongoing word puzzle with the French words, grande clarite donra.
The entire concept and the abilities of the Spirit and Opportunity and their very advanced instrumentation is to give greater clarity (light) with the Athena mission, especially in regards to the 9 various cameras aboard each rover craft which are said to be identical. (Incidentally the small word, personal pronoun he in the line could just as easily be it.)
To continue, the noted Nostradamus scholar, Edgar Leoni in his classical book Nostradamus and His Prophecies, notes a glaring supposed error occurring in the spelling of the French word, donra. The spelling, to be accurate should have been donnra.
However, I find in addition to the surface meaning there are actually two words put into use here:
As has been noticed in the works of Nostradamus, he would at times hide meanings by either removing or inserting a letter in a word actually to be in use. At times, there is just a phonetic - sounds like - potential of meaning inferred. Then, there is always the potential of an older and former spelling.
Here, is an excellent example of another green language veiling method in use, and comes under the heading of orthographic inversion of the actual formation of a letter itself. (Here, the d has been orthographically changed to a b by inversion, another known veiling method of Nostradamus.)
The three letters, bon with a certain phonetic sounding, when used for these letters is the phonetic pronunciation for the English word bone. The dictionary relates the Greek spelling and meaning for the word meant, at the end of a leg, or a more definitive term, an appendage. (Also, by the simple Nostradamus veiling technique of a single added or missing letter it becomes the word bone. (Once again, notice the inversion of the d to b.)
There is another word in a partial spelling in use here, thus giving the high potential for even more layers of meaningful, and very detailed truth and revelation. Once again, the word is don. With certain sounds like phonetic pronunciation the letters stand for the word, done. Also, by the Nostradamus veiling method of only adding a single letter, it is possible to arrive at the word done.
Further, the irregular verb done has the potential of three forms: done, do, and did. Please notice the three letter word:
D I D
When these letters are rearranged to:
I D D
There now becomes a further layer of hidden meaning: This just happens to be an official NASA name identification method of referring to the Instrument Deployment Device. (IDD) This appendage happens to hold much of the extremely clarifying Athena instrumentation package, including the all important abrasion drilling device referred to as the RAT.
It is now; we find the next of the parted word donra split into two, leaving the two letters ra. By the simple addition of a single letter, the word becomes,rat. Once again, it was not all that unusual for Nostradamus to veil a true meaning by the method of inserting or removing of a single letter.
To repeat, the rather extraordinary, but pertinent to the direct observation instrumentation of the identical paired rovers, both Spirit and Opportunity is the at the end of the leg instrumentation device referred to as the RAT. This is an abrasion tool used to shear away the outer part of a surface, exposed to the elements part of a rock. Strangely enough the word shear" and "sheer have similar spellings listed under both separate words in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary.)
For the purpose of aiding the reader in understanding and reviewing the rather difficult to follow, cryptic style of analysis and commentary, the verse line is now repeated. (Note the continuing of a single sentence.)
Then suddenly great light will he give,
Puis à un coup grande clarté donra
The ongoing 4th and final line of the quatrain is now ready for analysis.
He who for this century will render them very satisfied.
Qui par ce siècle les rendra très contents.
The French letters qui, translated here as he who has other very possible meanings, such as they, "that or even the word which. (Please notice the verse is actually one continuous stream of information.)
Then, the next word in the last line, in French, is par. However, when an older obsolete English meaning is applied for the three letter word, the hidden definition is match. Also, when a single letter is added, an i, the word becomes the word, pair. (Nostradamus is well known for his hiding of true meaning by either inserting or deleting a letter, and at times, a syllable from a word.)
The next word in the line is supposedly the English word, this. In the French, ce. However, when only a phonetic (sounds like) meaning is used, the English word Sea comes into use. I believe this multi- linguistic approach to the verses of Nostradamus will often lead to the true veiled meaning contained within the words themselves.
As it happens, the French spelling for the English word sea is mer. The well known fact regarding the Athena packaged Rovers, the two are an exact match a pair. It just so happens the initials of MER appear on the official emblem of this particular mission to Mars, the Mars Expedition Rover with the year of the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Nostradamus appearing as the year 2003. One other multi-layered additional meaning is possible for the French word, ce. The Italian language gives the word as questa.
Now, with the use of the letters involved, another hidden possibility is revealed. The term quest in English means mission, or possibly, a mission. Yes, a change of language is necessary to arrive at the true meaning of the prophetic line.
This, indeed verifies the first two lines of the prophecy where Nostradamus cleverly dates (2003 + one) as the event of such historic significance for mankind, the United States Athena MER mission to Mars involving the exact matching rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
To continue, the very next word in the line of the prophecy appears in the English as Century. Other meanings for the French word, include the word: (in English)
Nostradamus appears to be veiling the term:
Which match (pair) MER cycle (also possible: mission)
Here, the word ce is considered a phonetic clue for sea, the French word: mer. Incidentally, another potential layer of meaning occurs when considering the English word see. (Once again, I refer to this method of interpretation, a variation of the green language manner of language analysis, as the amplified Nostradamus technique.)
The dictionary meaning of to view, look at and find can possibly be inferred here. The Athena MER mission could certainly fit this most apt description with the multiple cameras in use.
The question now becomes what exactly was found by these viewing devices on the matching MER cycle? (Another term, by synonym: rove.) The answer lies hidden in another method of Nostradamus, in simply reversing the letters of a supposed word in use.
To continue to the next word in the line: les.
Seemingly, if a first sight interpretation is used, the word him is meant. However, the veiled meaning could easily be referring to another word, the French word, when inverted, sel rendra. The word, now becomes the English word salt. This word, especially when considered in English, can have the meaning of the element substance, sodium chloride. This certainly would be definite proof of not only of water, but of sea water existing on Mars. Take notice of the very next words, will render.
A given meaning can denote render, as a display or even a picture. (In this case, possibly referring to cuttings - shearings - from a rock.)
Please notice the last two words in closing line 4:
This last seeming puzzle, as to true hidden meanings is partially contained in one of the well known definitions and a synonym for the word very.
The word is:
Shear. (also sheer is given in the Oxford English Dictionary as a possible spelling, and flushes out even further potential meaning. However, it makes little sense until the very last word is brought into consideration:
It was the display of the shear (also: sheer) contents. In this case, and by English meaning and spelling, with the definitions of matter and/or substance, the true meaning finally comes into light.
One more possible clue as to further veiled information can be found by simply inverting the m in the word matter to a w. An alternative spelling of the word water is then revealed.
Thus, an additional potential coding method used in Nostradamus prophecies.
In closing, the methods for the analysis and interpretation of the works of Nostradamus are now, and will always be of a very controversial nature. The above interpretation is offered, as David Ovason states in the full title of his work on the subject, as a "radical interpretation of the works of the Master Seer."
At this time, various selections of modern day verses of Nostradamus can be viewed on the following website: www.mainstreetwebcentral.com
April 28, 2004 (3:19 AM EDT)
Libyan leader embraces West
would like to declare that Libya is determined and
committed to play a leading role in achieving
The Libyan Prince, powerful
in the West,
In a break with convention, EU commission head Romano Prodi personally met Colonel Gaddafi after he walked off the plane in trademark fez and flowing brown robes. The Libyan leader's crack team of female bodyguards in striking blue uniforms accompanied his convoy into Brussels, as he made his way to talks and a lunch date with EU dignitaries.
Cheered on by up to 200 chanting supporters and African drummers, he gave a clenched-fist salute as he entered the European Commission headquarters. A smaller group of Libyan exiles and human rights activists protested a few hundred metres away, chanting "Gaddafi terrorist" and holding a banner saying "Gaddafi is a wolf in sheep's clothing".
In a wordy 45-minute speech which included bursts of his familiar firebrand style, Colonel Gaddafi said he was ready to work for peace after years of advocating armed struggle ...
Continue article at: Libyan leader embraces West - BBC
Daniel 11:5 --
And the king of the south [Moammar Gadhafi] shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he [Gadhafi's son] shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
The solar ones by sea will
not pass impudently,
This new Africa, along with the Arab Middle East, will one day be closely allied with Western Europe, and possibly even the United States. But a very special relationship will exist between the peoples of Libya and France.
Will Moammar Gadhafi be the first "king of the south" prophesied by the Bible prophet Daniel? Will relations remain as warm as they appear to be at this time or is this relationship something that yet awaits Gadhafi's son: Saef al-Islam?
April 29, 2004 (1:58 AM EDT)
New Iraqi Flag Meets With Public Disapproval
Monday, April 26, 2004; 3:33 PM
BAGHDAD, April 26 -- It was supposed to be the perfect symbol for a new and unified Iraq: an Islamic crescent on a field of pure white, with two blue stripes representing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and a third yellow stripe to symbolize the country's Kurdish minority. But the new national flag, presented Monday after an artistic competition sponsored by the Iraqi Governing Council, appears to have met with widespread public disapproval here -- in part because of its design and in part because of the increasing unpopularity of the U.S.-appointed council.
In interviews in several Baghdad neighborhoods, a variety of residents expressed strong negative reactions to the flag, which was reproduced in most daily newspapers. In particular, people objected to the pale blue color of the crescent and stripes, saying it was identical to the dominant color in the flag of Israel, a Jewish state.
"When I saw it in the newspaper, I felt very sad," said Muthana Khalil, 50, a supermarket owner in Saadoun, a commercial area in central Baghdad. "The flags of other Arab countries are red and green and black. Why did they put in these colors that are the same as Israel? Why was the public opinion not consulted?" Other residents objected to the removal of the phrase, "God is greatest," which adorned the previous national flag, and said there was no need for a new one until national elections are held next January and a new constitution is written.
Hamid Kifaie, the chief spokesman for the Governing Council, said Monday night that the winning design, designed by an Iraqi artist named Rifaat Chaderchi, was chosen from among 30 entries. A committee of council members felt it best represented the major values and attributes of Iraq, Kifaie said. "This flag represents the democracy and freedom of the new Iraq, where the old one represented killing and oppression and dictatorship," he said. "We are not imposing this flag on the people; it was chosen by the legitimate representatives of Iraq. When a new national assembly is elected, it can decide whether to keep it or change it."
To a large extent, however, public objections to the new flag seem to be intertwined with broader unhappiness with the 25-member Governing Council, which many Iraqis closely identify with U.S. interests. Criticism of council members, and disputes among them, have sharply increased with the approach of the June 30 deadline for U.S. authorities to hand over power to a new interim government, which is to remain in office until elections are held early next year. Some members have made it clear they want to be part of the new government. But both U.S. and U.N. officials here have suggested a clean sweep may be in order.
A proposal by Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. special representative to Iraq, calls for the council to be scrapped and replaced by what he described in an interview Friday as a government composed of technocrats who are "acceptable to the Iraqi people." He said the United Nations would insist on qualities of "credibility, honesty and expertise" but also seek a balance among major ethnic and religious groups ...
Iraq changes controversial flag
Thursday, 29 April, 2004, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council has modified the new national flag after criticism that it looked too much like Israel's. Like the version announced on Monday, it is white with a blue crescent and has two blue stripes along the bottom, with a yellow stripe between them. However, the stripes and crescent are now a darker shade of blue.
The Governing Council's Massoud Barzani said it was important to replace the flag of Saddam Hussein's regime. "We cannot raise the flag of a party that committed many crimes against the Iraqi people," he said.
Continue article at: Iraq changes controversial flag - BBC
New Iraq flag: Designer speaks out - April 29, 2004.
Comment: Good luck, Mr Chadirchi. Hope your dream for Iraq comes true -- and we all get out of this bad time in one piece.
apparent unpopularity among Iraqi civilians of the
proposed design for Iraq's new flag, especially after US
air attacks in Fallujah, there is a chance it will still
be accepted. It was, after all, designed by an Iraqi
artist and approved by a committee of council members
representing the Shia', Sunni, and Kurd factions.
There are of course two men with black beards to be concerned about, Muqtada al-Sadr and Osama bin Laden, but only al-Sadr currently poses any danger of taking control of Iraq -- a nation that may soon have a lunar crescent on its flag. It is unlikely either bin Laden or al-Sadr will one day rule Algeria, Turkey, or Pakistan which also bear the lunar crescent on their ensigns, although there is a slim chance bin Laden and his Al Qaeda could gain control of Pakistan. Yet Pakistan does not figure prominently in the prophecies of Nostradamus. Also, bin Laden is more likely to wish to be associated with the "black banners" of Afghanistan if he is the al-Mahdi prophesied in the Islamic hadiths.
If the lunar crescent banner warned of by Nostradamus does stand for Iraq, it will likely be a Shiite Iraq closely allied with Iran unless al-Sadr's ever-growing Medhi army and Badr militia are defeated. Thus, Babylon (Iraq) and Persia (Iran) will lead the "crescent" war against the Western and pro-Western nations. However, eventually, both nations will be defeated and partially destroyed by a French-led EU and its leading personage: Chiren (probably French President Jacques Chirac). Ironically, Chiren (Chirac?) will later be the best friend the Arab world ever had from the continent of Europe.
May 1, 2004 (12:42 AM EDT)
Bush Names Negroponte Iraq Ambassador
Apr 19, 4:12 PM (ET)
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush named John Negroponte, the United States' top diplomat at the United Nations, as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Monday and asserted that Iraq "will be free and democratic and peaceful." Bush announced the nomination in an Oval Office ceremony. At the United Nations, Negroponte, 64, was instrumental in winning unanimous approval of a Security Council resolution that demanded Saddam Hussein comply with U.N. mandates to disarm. While the resolution helped the Bush administration make its case for invading Iraq, the Security Council eventually refused to endorse the overthrow of Saddam, opting instead to extend U.N. weapons searches.
"John Negroponte is a man of enormous experience and skill" and "has done a really good job of speaking for the United States to the world about our intentions to spread freedom and peace," said Bush. Regarding Negroponte's new post, the president said there is "no doubt in my mind he can handle it, no doubt in my mind he will do a very good job, and there's no doubt in my mind that Iraq will be free and democratic and peaceful ..."
If confirmed by the Senate, Negroponte would head a U.S. embassy in Baghdad that will be temporarily housed in a palace that belonged to Saddam. When up and running, the embassy will be the largest in the world. Negroponte would become ambassador in Baghdad when the United States hands over political power to an interim Iraqi government by a June 30 deadline. The current top U.S. official in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, is expected to leave the country once the political transition is completed. Thousands of U.S. troops will remain in the country even after the political transition is complete ...
Continue article at: Bush Names Negroponte Iraq Ambassador - MyWay.com
Negroponte Confirmed as Ambassador to Iraq - May 6, 2004.
|I find it
astounding that this man's name appears in two quatrains.
In Q2.21 Negroponte is correctly identified as an
"ambassador." What is not clear is when
he will be taken hostage: enroute to his new position in
Iraq or sometime later during a crisis involving Iraq and
possibly Iran and Syria against the Nato nations of
Turkey, Greece, and Italy. The "unknown ones"
may be Al Qaeda, but it will not be certain.
The US reaction to the hostage drama will be a terrible one. The unleashing of heat like the sun over the Eastern Mediterranean may echo the titanic nuclear naval battles that will occur when World War III breaks out in the MIddle East as warned of by Alois Irlmaier and the Seer of Waldviertel.
(22 April 2004)
An interpreter of prophecy and a forensic scientist share many things in common. Sometimes they both spend decades tracking down clues derived from sparse evidence to solve a mystery by trial and error. The forensic scientist may eventually solve a crime, while a prophecy interpreter may at last grasp a seer's intended vision of tomorrow. Today I wish to review for you a prescient forensic search that has spanned the past eighteen years-and-counting. It concerns the right interpretation to a famous prophecy about "Alus sanguinaire" (bloody Alus) and the "black one" in Century (Volume) 6, Quatrain 33 of "Les Propheties" by Michel de Nostradamus. If we can unlock this 16th-century French visionary's enigmatic clues we just might see what is coming next in America's occupation of Iraq. Since writing my first book "Nostradamus and the Millennium" in 1986, my intuition has guided me along a prescient theory that a black robed Ayatollah of the Shiite sect of Islam is the catalyst to the violent spread of Islamic extremism across the Middle East. Then as now, I believe Century 6, Quatrain 33 (below) points to Iran and the fundamentalist Islamic revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini as the source:
Back in 1986, Iranian armies under Khomeini's command launched their largest human-wave offensive against entrenched Iraqi troops in the Iran-Iraq Gulf War (1980-1988). This is what I concluded about it then. Please note that I inserted the bracketed comments from today:
"Nostradamus called this contender for the third anti-christ 'the black and angry one.' This implication of blackness may relate both to Khomeini's form of dress and his well-known dark character.
"Further, in the quatrains about 'the black and angry one' Nostradamus speaks of the one who is the inspiration for an attack across Iraq all the way to Egypt with a force of one million men, the date being set astrologically for August 1987.* During 1986, Iran boasted close to one million men at the front fighting Iraq."
["Nostradamus and the Millennium" (1987 edition), p.128].
*[NOTE: the prophecy displayed by the side of the text relating to C6 Q33 is C5 Q25, reads: "The Arab Prince...Inclined towards Persia [Iran], Very nearly one million men will invade Byzantium (Turkey) and Egypt." The astrological aspect is "Mars, the Sun, Venus (in) Leo." The next time the sun and these planets were in was August 2000. It will happen again August 2019, and August 2032.]
My 1986 interpretation aside, what actually happened?
Ayatollah Khomeini's massed infantry offensive on the approaches of Basra and across Faw Peninsula ground down in bloody ruin in the following year. Saddam Hussein's dictatorship survived. The war ended in 1988, and when Khomeini died shortly after, it appeared that the trail to identifying the "black one" as Khomeini hit reality's brick wall.
The path to understand this prophecy was waylaid by controversy during the Gulf War of 1991. My publisher at the time (Labyrinth Press) announced their desire to rush a reprint of "Nostradamus and the Millennium." They went ahead and made an unauthorized cut of my passage about Ayatollah Khomeini. This led to a decade-long quack attack from James Randi accusing me of dropping the segment on Khomeini because I didn't want to publicize a failure. Recently, the Las Vegas magic act, Pen and Teller, dug up Mr. Randi's accusation for Showtime Channel's new skeptical inquiry show, crudely entitled "Bullshit."
If I may, I would like to set the record straight about the missing Khomeini entry.
I found a new publisher, Element Books, after the legally binding terms of Labyrinth's contract had ended. Element reinserted my updated Ayatollah Khomeini comments. I might add that these are the same comments I had planned to insert in the 1991 Labyrinth edition. They appear in my authorized second edition of "Nostradamus and the Millennium" under the new title, "Nostradamus: The New Revelations" (Element Books, 1994). You can find my Khomeini commentary on page 184 of that and all future reprints. The most recent, and third, edition came out in 2001 under the new title "Nostradamus: The New Millennium" (Thorson/Element, 2001). This book updates my interpretations as seen in the new light of events after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack on America. (See http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007140924/hogueprophecyc0d).
I want to make it clear that an explanation for my mistaken Khomeini interpretation has been published and readily available for over ten years. I can only conclude that professional slight-of-hand-and-intellect artists like James Randi, Pen and Teller base their "scientific" and "skeptical" conclusions on lazy research and idle skimming through one botched 1991 reprint of my first book. That makes the data for their accusation more than 13 years out of date.
Here are pertinent excerpts come from my explanation, published in 1994. I have inserted statements in brackets from today:
"In the summer of 1986, I warned incorrectly that Saddam Hussein might face military defeat in the following year [of the Iran-Iraq War]. I suggested this possibility in the light of the dating in Quatrain 25, Century 5 of the final Iranian offensive of almost one million men set to overrun Mesopotamia and defeat the 'Arab Prince' (Saddam Hussein) in August of 1987...Looking back at this interpretation, it can be argued in my defense that August of 1987 did prove to be a significant turning-point in the war; it was not, however, in Iran's favor...American covert military actions between August 1987 through July of the following year had the effect of turning the tide of the war in favor of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
"Although the Iranians had unleashed their, initially successful, final offensive of nearly a million men in the previous year (February 1986), and had seized the Faw peninsula and fought their way to the approaches to the city of Basra by April 1987, my interpretation that they would overrun the Arab world all the way to the borders of Turkey and Egypt was a classic example of a prophet scholar's weakness for hyperbolic exaggeration.
"At least for the present time.
"With an increase of arms and intelligence support provided by the United States, Saddam Hussein was able to push the Iranians out of the Faw peninsula the following year...Ayatollah Khomeini died in 1988, to be replaced not by another 'black and angry' Shiite mullah, but by the more moderate Rafsanjani who was to steer Iran away form confrontations...Iraq is poised to break up any time around the mid-90s. By that time Iran will have quietly amassed an armed force to match that of Saddam Hussein's prior to Operation Desert Storm and may yet fill the political void by uniting with Shiite Iraqi Arabs to form a new Pan-Shiite state. Although there are now increased numbers of Ayatollahs supporting more radical Shiite fundamentalism, Rafsanjani's re-election keeps them somewhat at bay till the mid-90s.
"If the Third Gulf War should take place at that time, Iran's priests of the Jihad will show the world that they have learned lessons from Saddam Hussein's blunders: Do not take the border dispute bait before you have achieved the means to arm your regional ballistic missiles, your superguns, and your bombers with nuclear weapons.
"In a third and final Gulf War, waged during a time of dreadful astrological aspects, a 'black and angry' Ayatollah could sweep across the Middle East with the sound of jet engines and nuclear-tipped missiles to do battle with Israel and the forces of the West led by the United States. "
["Nostradamus: The New Revelations" (1994), p 184;
"Nostradamus: The New Millennium" (2001), p. 184.]
It would appear my predicted date for the fall of Saddam and breakup of Iraq in the mid-1990s was a bit hasty. Saddam fell in 2003A breakup of Iraq could still happen --my bad dating forecasts aside. It is believed by US intelligence that Iran is moving quickly to create and arm itself with nuclear weapons for a future war. The Iranian government denies this. The apocalyptic spread of militant Islam across the Middle East from Iran to Iraq, then to Egypt and Turkey may be a destiny taking its time. My 1986 interpretation that Ayatollah Khomeini will physically lead a militant Islamic revolution westward across the Middle East from Iran was a dead end, but a revolution lead by the myth of Khomeini is still quite alive. Go to southern Iraq and walk through the Shia towns and cities. You will see Khomeini's grim face, bracketed by his distinctive black turban and robes, posted everywhere. He remains a patron saint and a rallying symbol for a future militant rebellion of Islam. Is he, or an Ayatollah heir to his revolution invoking his name, the "black one" or Nostradamus' "bloody Alus"?
I returned to my investigation of Century 6, Quatrain 33 in 1997. It appears in the first complete translation of all of Nostradamus major prophecies since the Leoni edition in 1962. Here is the prophecy again:
His power finally through bloody Alus,
He will be unable to protect himself by sea.
Between two rivers he will fear the military hand,
The black one will make the angry one repent of it.
"The quatrain implies that Saddam Hussein ('the angry one') is the man who is 'unable to protect himself by sea' (his defenses proved useless against sea-launched cruise missiles both during and after the Gulf War of 1991). Saddam, the Mesopotamian leader 'between two rivers' (the Tigris and Euphrates) who fears the 'military hand' of the West, may also need to fear the hand or power of bloody 'Alus,' the 'black one,' who is someone other than Abu Nidal. He could be a future black-robed Ayatollah from Iran."
["Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies," (Element 1997) p. 459.
Six years later, my interpretation of 6 Q33 evolved again in the aftermath of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. I wrote the following segment in a HogueProphecy Bulletin for 1 August 2003:
"Saddam's sons have been killed. He will follow them shortly. What transpires in the months or a year ahead is a new insurrection fomented by a black robed and angry Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah. Whether his anger or US imperialist interests in Iraq are justified only history will tell. Prophecy tells us that a new guerrilla war is coming. It may not be solely a war waged by those between the two rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates in the 'Sunni' Muslim 'Triangle.' The vast majority of Iraqi's of the Shiite faith will, for better or worse, choose to establish their own political destiny without edicts from Viceroys of an American occupation. The Shiites may push aside the Americans if they do not step aside."
[HogueProphecy Bulletin, 1 August 2003:
"Who is Nostradamus' Third Antichrist?
A Post-Iraqi Invasion Update."]
Unfortunately, my prediction about a Shiite rebellion against American occupation starting in 2004 was correct. At the end of March, American coalition forces banned a newspaper published by Ayatollah Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of a sect of young and radical Shiites. He launched an uprising in a half dozen cities with up to 10,000 militia from his own al-Mahdi private army, assisted by Sunni guerrillas. So far (22 April) the fighting has killed 102 US troops and over 1,000 Iraqi civilians and fighters in bloody urban street fighting primarily in Fallujah, al-Kut and along streets in the Shia slums around Baghdad. US wounded are in the several hundreds.
The Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini never set foot again in Najaf, the holiest city of the Shiites but a black robed Iranian cleric has lived there for 40 years. A majority of Shias in Iraq, as well as many in Iran and the world over, acknowledge him as their Grand Ayatollah. I speak of Ayatollah Ali Husaini Sistani. So far, he has been a moderate cleric, respected even by the administrator of the US occupation of Iraq, Paul Bremer. Sistani's leads 15 million Iraqi Shias through the practice of quietism. It would be good for the US viceroy and his soldiers not to believe Sistani's silence stands for acquiescence to US occupation. The Grand Ayatollah wants Iraq to be a democracy, but he has made it quietly clear that he prefers Iraqis use their self-determination to fashion a democracy that is Islamic in attitude--not Western American. It is also clear from his polite but pointed statements that he expects the US occupiers to leave soon after the 30 June deadline--the date when they promise to hand over sovereignty of Iraq to an Iraqi interim government. Sistani expects national elections will ensue, and the Shia majority will help elect and later dominate a new democratic government by the end of 2004, or by early 2005.
Sistani lives in Najaf, the most sacred city of the Shiite sect of Islam, the site of the martyrdom of their founder, Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. It is their Vatican, and in many ways the Grand Ayatollah, born in Iran, but residing there for over 40 years, is their pope. With Saddam gone, the Shias from outside of Iraq, from Iran and all over the world, expect Najaf will again become their center of religious pilgrimage, learning and theocratic power. Sistani patiently waits while younger, more violent, clerics like al-Sadr use violence to accomplish this dream. They do not have Sistani's blessing in this.
|Is the dark
eyed and black bearded rabble-rouser, Ayatollah Muqtada
al-Sadr, Nostradamus' "black one"?
During the Saddam Hussein dictatorship his much revered father, the Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr oversaw the al-Hawza (the main school of Shia instruction) in Najaf. He became so popular that Saddam Hussein had him assassinated in 1999. After the fall of Saddam, al-Sadr the son attempted to take his father's place leading the al-Hawza in Najaf. He did so with an added malevolence his father may have never condoned. The Aljazeera web site states:
"His followers surrounded the home of Grand Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani, an Iranian citizen, asking him to leave the country soon after occupation. This followed the murder of the prominent Shia cleric Abd al-Majid al-Khoei who had returned to Iraq with US forces after years in exile returned to Iraq."
Al-Sadr the son has neither his
father's theological knowledge or authority, though his
passionate oratory has inspired the younger and unemployed
followers of his father, many of whom joined the younger
al-Sadr's al-Mahdi militia. Al-Sadr's newspaper, al-Hawza, made
it abundantly clear that he rejected the US occupation and their
idea of a provisional Iraqi governing council. He did foment
passionate yet non-violent resistance to the US occupation until
US authorities shut down al-Hawza the end of March 2004, alleging
it was inciting violence. Mass demonstrations of al-Sadr's
followers ensued until 5 April 2004--the day he concluded that
non-violent protest was useless and urged his followers and
militia to "terrorize their enemies."
There is a clear and present danger this rebellion will spread beyond al-Sadr's small movement and ignite an insurrection across two thirds of Iraq, among the Iraqi Shias. And yet, it may well turn out that the al-Sadr rebellion in itself will be impotent unless the US forces gathering their tanks around Najaf should use heavy handed tactics to seize al-Sadr hiding inside the holy city of all Shia factions. Even if the US occupiers show restraint in the 11th hour, there may yet be a terrible rebellion brewing, beyond their worst nightmares. It could come from a command or a statement of displeasure from Sistani if he thinks the US forces aren't pulling out of Iraq fast enough after 30 June.
Even though al-Sadr is not the "Iranian" Ayatollah I foresaw in the verses of Nostradamus it is a well-known fact that Iraqi Shia militias receive arms and financial aid donated by militant Iranian ayatollahs smuggled across Iraq's 900-mile border with Iran. This April, the former Iranian president, Rafsanjani, went as far as praising al-Sadr's uprising, calling his al-Mahdi militiamen "enthusiastic, heroic young people." Ayatollah Sistani who condemned the actions of al-Sadr also publicly condemned the heavy handed US military response for the devastation and suffering it caused innocent citizens of Shia towns and cities across Iraq.
The stage is set for the "black one." The names of Ayatollahs have changed, but the source of their rebellion still leads to my first choice back in 1986, the founder of a militant Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini. Back in the 1960s, Khomeini lived in the holy city of Najaf as an exile of the Shah of Iran, an American backed dictator. The rise of another American backed dictator in Iraq, Saddam Hussein, in the 1970s forced Khomeini from Najaf into exile in England. There he planned the Iranian revolution that overthrew the Shah and brought his triumphant return to Iran in the late 1970s. Then came the Iran-Iraq War. Saddam's invasion of Khomeini's Iran faltered, and US supply of chemicals and expertise for manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and daily intelligence reports from US satellites aided Saddam's successful defense against Iranian counterattacks. What seemed imminent to me for 1987 was wrong. The Iranian revolution didn't topple Saddam Hussein, break up Iraq and spread its brand of Islamic radicalism as far west as Egypt as far north as Turkey. And yet, Khomeini's revolution is still alive and waiting.
It could topple a new government and break up post-Saddam Iraq, and it could happen and very soon.
An Islamic fundamentalist party rules Turkey at this moment. For now they pledge to respect and uphold the secular Turkish constitution. What will happen in Turkey if Iraq falls into chaos, the Iraqi Kurds declare their independence, and the eastern third of Turkey, populated by Kurds fights to secede from Turkey?
What of Egypt? At this moment the ailing president, Mubarak, has long and brutally suppressed a volcano of Islamic militancy in Egypt. What happens if Iraq falls into chaos, and Mubarak should pass away? A Shia rebellion against Western occupation in Iraq might galvanize Egyptians to overthrow the pro-Western government of Mubarak, or his successor, as Century 6 Quatrain 33 may infer.
Let us again see examine the riddles of "bloody Alus" and the "black one" framed in the light of volatile events in early 2004:
Line one's "Alus"
anagram is rich with decoded potentials covering both sides of
the conflict. The line, "his power finally through bloody
Alus," could point to the power a black robed Ayatollah
extremist has rekindled to incite a Shiite rebellion against a
draconian occupying force Nostradamus calls "bloody
Alus." A rudimentary use of the laws of anagram easily
transforms the riddle "Alus" into "l'usa"
(or, "the USA" in English)!
One can also drop the "u" in "Alus" and replace it with an "i" to imply (Ali S)istani. In that case "his power" stands for al-Sadr's "power" to incite rebellion beyond his own small movement infecting Sistani's followers "through" a union with the "bloody Ali" Sistani. Taking this farther, perhaps Nostradamus qualifies "Alus" as "bloody" because he saw visions of Shia men in these parades of devotion ritually slicing their foreheads and thus bathing their heads and shoulders in blood; or, he saw them flogging their backs to a "bloody" mess while they celebrated the martydom of their founder, Ali ("Alus").
Line two in previous interpretations stood for Saddam Hussein's inability to defend himself from US coalition cruise and jet aircraft attacks from the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Given Nostradamus' predilection to hide multiple meanings in his quatrains, one might also add that the forces of the bloody "l'USA-Alus" occupation will find their supply lines to the Persian Gulf cut in a future rebellion. If all southern Iraq rose in rebellion the US convoys strung along hundreds of miles of lonely roads would be under constant attack from Baghdad all the way to the port of Um Qasir. ("He will not be able to protect himself from the sea.")
Line three describes the "two rivers" of Iraq--the Tigris and Euphrates. This line first applied itself in earlier interpretations to the "fear" Saddam Hussein felt when pitted against US forces in the Gulf Wars of 1991 and 2003. A deeper layer of prescient meaning might denote an Ayatollah leading a future rebellion of Shiites in a far more heavy handed battle to come in the streets of cities across southern Iraq after 30 June.
The "black one" should fear the military hand of the Bush administration. Iraq will suffer a bloodbath--one that line four implies. One that even a "black" robed Ayatollah as moderate as Grand Ayatollah Sistani might unleash if he challenges the "angry one"--a frustrated President Bush--to "repent" his escalating military violence by ordering a general strike and rebellion of 15 million Iraqi Shias.
Nine months ago I wrote the following warning in a bulletin about a prophecy of Nostradamus related to 6 Q33. I concluded that Century 3, Quatrain 61 described a disastrous future Christian Crusade in modern-day Iraq:
I'll close the bulletin with what I said in July 2003. It appears more pertinent than ever:
"The final line seen in the light of the 2003 invasion, becomes more ominous for America. Indeed, a clearer picture arises of just what Nostradamus might intend for the 'law' that will 'hold for the enemy.' Saddam's dictatorial 'law' survived the Gulf War of 1991 only to be replaced by a new tyranny--the 'Sharia' law of Shiite fundamentalism.
"The law of the Sharia will hold Iraq because the American president's preemptive war and occupation is the cataylst. A force-fed Iraqi puppet democracy will radicalize the country. The guerrilla insurrection will grow in strength long after the US captures or kills Saddam. This insurrection may be the match setting the fires of a 27-year war foreseen by Nostradamus in his famous 'Mabus' and 'Third Antichrist' prophecies [2 Q62 and 8 Q77]."
[HogueProphecy Bulletin, 11 July 2003,
"New Crusades and Quagmires"]
It would appear that forces are in motion. Without a dramatic and more thought out Iraqi occupation policy enacted soon, Alus--or "L'usa" (the USA)--will face a future quagmire in Iraq after 30 June that is very "bloody."
Thursday, March 18, 2004 11:46 PM
In Nostradamus Prophecy in Century 7:26
The 9/11 of Europe, The horrific event in Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2004 prophecy as written by Michel Nostradamus of the 16th Century, born in France.
The War of the Mortal in Europe.
Nostradamus reveals highly accurate details, even including the 7th hour of the attack and shipments, as well as the use of the death telephone connections and there being shipped on train tracks transport systems, actually stating (Chief) Central Madrid (Spain) as the target of the wound and the method of placement of the blows.
Due to coup of the wires.
All foretold in amazing details, even the possibility of the 5 brought to the country and captured is potentially mentioned in the last line of the prophecy. He also foretells of the two who get free. There is some possibility he is referring to the 2 Spanish Citizens detained during the very early start of the investigations, and at the same time the arrest of the 5 others, all who were identified as foreigners! It is even possible there is a hidden reference to al Qaeda mentioned in one of the lines.
The following Nostradamus quatrain (only) is quoted from Nostradamus and His Prophecies, by Edgar Leoni.
The verse will be followed by a Green Language cryptic commentary. A scholarly and highly explanatory book on this method has been recently written by David Ovason, and is called The Secrets of Nostradamus, A Radical New Interpretation of the Masters Prophecies. I have been recently referring to a variety of these methods as Nostradamus Amplified.
It is important the readers of this commentary to keep a somewhat open mind. It is indeed difficult to understand at times, and is based on all the 4 lines being considered before final revelations can be properly understood. The verse seems to offer perplexing and vague information when first read, as do most Nostradamus verses.
The truth is, most of Nostradamus is not all that understandable until the event predicted is over, or is unfolding into present day reality. As new techniques are understood, some introduced only recently by David Ovason, will we be able to more easily read the hidden occult blinds Nostradamus wrote into the lines of his verses. It is a difficult and controversial subject at best, but advances are being made.
Please consider what you are about to read, as David Ovason states in the title of his book mentioned above: A Radical Interpretation of the Masters Work.
I have expanded some of the techniques after several years of study and ongoing research. I have come up with a new term for what I am attempting to do:
The Amplified Nostradamus
The following is a cryptic commentary and analysis of the words and terms used in the verse, presented by Robert B. Egan, in San Diego, California, sometimes called:
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Now, starts the cryptic analysis and commentary by NostraBOBus Egan:
The word foist(s) is shown in the Oxford English Dictionary as akin to the word fist(s). Two of the given meanings from the Dictionary for this word are: blow and strike. Further, a listed definition for the word foist includes the following: to introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant (permission).
Then, Nostradamus connects the first term with a simple and galleys , however, please note the spelling in the French: galeries. A hidden meaning is introduced here, as the Older English spelling for the word, gallery has the exact same spelling as galerie(s).
One of the synonyms and meanings for gallery (ies) was the word: corridor. The word means passage or passageway and even holds the additional meaning of way and has the further potential definition and synonym:
track. The plurals are in use here, thus: tracks.
Nostradamus is potentially foretelling of a supposed event(s) involving the placement (insertions) of something(s) on a secretive basis and without permission. Further, the event(s) involve corridors, or passages, with the possibility, by definitions given, of tracks.
Even the meaning of trains could be potentially deduced, especially those on tracks. Nostradamus, certainly is found to able to give layers of meanings in his choice of the words in use. The related information given here could also be including the multiple meaning of blows and strikes. This could be alluding to the explosions and the strikes on a secretive basis and certainly with no permission and or knowledge involved as to the placement of the insertions.
The rest of the opening line, on a casual surface reading, seems to be: around (about) seven ships. However, there is so much more veiled in the choice of these few words. Consider the term, around seven (or about seven). It is now known by the investigators of the Central area of Madrid, Spain track terror event(s) that the explosive insertions were placed at approximately (around) the time of 7:00 A.M. in the morning, Madrid, Spain time. Also, the track [train] terror followed, all within the hour of seven (about, around 7).
However, the next and last word in the verse is: ships
The definitions of a ship(s) is fairly well known.
Except, it can also mean:
To transport by rail. or even, to package for shipping. Also, to transport.
Please notice the meaning given is plural, ships and can include the definition of actual movement in regard to the shipping involved. (Also, notice the quatrain verse is essentially one ongoing single sentence of revealed information.)
To sum up the revealed information in just this one line using what I refer as an Amplified Nostradamus method involving a cryptic multi-linguistic approach the following Information is obtained.
Blows (strikes), done with secrecy and without permission, then, and, (which can have the meaning of including) passageways (tracks=trains). Around (also can take on the meaning of a round which hold the potential of meaning, a series), then, seven (basically the hour of the event(s), basic time of the hour of seven, then ships as in transport(s), including movement(s) of package(s).
To continue with more Amplified Nostradamus analysis and commentary.
The line standing by itself, with no further explanation of additional meaning could be said to be somewhat prophetic. It certainly could be said the war of the present day terrorists involved in Madrid, Spain (March 11, 2004) is being fought as an all mortal war.
The unborn and mere babies, the mothers and the fathers, the children and the aged, the family and the single individual person, of both sexes and all ages and backgrounds were indeed taken in this apparently opening, first, The 9/11 of Europe War. Certainly well put by Nostradamus:
A Mortal War.
However, the information once again seems somewhat vague, or certainly incomplete when first read and does not seem to be all that definite in regards to the Madrid, Spain track terror event.
The reader has just experienced a first reading of a rather typical line of Nostradamus prophecy. However, when put to a further analysis, detailed information regarding the event begins to surface.
First, the French word, Sera, can mean:
It will be
Then, the word livree is actually exact older English spelling for the word, now spelled livery, and is also found with the same spelling [livree] in old French and Middle English. The word meant originally meant: delivery.
So, the meaning given becomes:
It will be delivery
The next word, une, in the French, usually is translated into English as the single letter word: A. However, une in the Spanish language, comes from the verb: unir
The word means: Unite, an acceptable definition & synonym would be connect. Strangely, the Oxford English Dictionary gives the single word meaning also of, unite.
Unite (synonym being connect)
Now, the information becomes:
It will be delivery (shipment/s) connect
The very next word, in the French: mortelle, usually and correctly meaning, mortal.
But when the word is seen as two words:
The three letter word mor is Old French for death. The remaining word telle is an older way of saying the English word:
Now, the very last word in this amazingly accurate, but never understood before prophecy is the word: War.
After 9/11, and now 3/11, and exactly 911 days apart, the word war needs no further explanation.
Nostradamus has written here:
In a Amplified Nostradamus style of commentary and presentation:
It will be delivery (shipment/s).
Now, the word connect means such things as to send a wire, a message, even call, and can infer a completed message connection by telle phone.
However, this seems to be saying: It will be the delivery of the Death Phone of War (or, War Death Phone).
The next question to be answered, if this Amplified Nostradamus truly aids in a better comprehension of the veiled prophecies of the master seer, is exactly where the location would be of such an attack?
Did Nostradamus tell us? Yes, he did. Please continue with the very next line of the quatrain, Line Three.
Once again, it will be necessary to use a multiplicity of languages, and amplified for potential meanings, and even layers of truth. At times this calls for a simultaneous approach to the words involved, meaning they can have more than just one understanding, especially when used in a multilanguage fashion.
Notice first, the unusual spelling of Madrid, given in the French as, Madric. This is just a frequent ploy of Nostradamus way to cause an occult blind as to the true meaning.
Then, think of the multiple choices for the simple word Chief as far as meanings are concerned. Two of the words easily arrived at would be main, or even the word center or central.
A highly accurate way Nostradamus is to relate the now fact of current history?
Consider the amount of train track(s) in the attack was just 9 miles, at three train stations and in four trains. All connected by the use of 13 phones wired to detonators with explosive attached (only 10 exploded). The site of the attack was predicted by Nostradamus to occur in the main center, the central area of Madrid, Spain. Indeed, the chief area of Madrid was the target of the attack.
The center, or central area, or main part of Madrid (obviously, Spain is inferred here also)
Then, Nostradamus uses the French word, coup.
Two of the meanings of coup are to receive a forceful blow, or even possibly a strike. Of course the word blow can infer a powerful explosion(s). Strangely enough, and this is just a side, but then again, Nostradamus could use a few words, and put a great deal of meaning in them.
It just so happens, the word coup is often used in another meaning: to tell of the overthrow of a government, or a ruling body. I will try to make it clearer by simply pointing out the use of word Madrid can portend the meaning of the Country of Spain. Nostradamus is capable of a multi-layer of, at times, hidden meanings in the choice of his words.
Indeed, the Government of Madrid, Spain has just received a coup.
However, the term coup is used by the interpreter of this Nostradamus translation, Edgar Leoni, to obviously mean the term wound, as he gives in the translation. This comes from the meaning of the word, a blow.
Also, one more pertinent definition of the word, coup, it has an alternate and older spelling possibility, and a phonetic (sounds like) spelling of coupe. This opens another layer of veiled truth and revelation. The term has the synonyms and definition of wagon and car.
It just so happens, the blows the explosions, all took place In the wagon(s) of the 4 trains involved, sometimes referred to as the wagon cars of trains.
For convenience of the reader in better comprehending the Amplified Nostrasdamus cryptic commentary and analysis, the 3rd Line of the verse, is repeated here:
The end two words of the third seem to be something about of arrows, or, in French, de vires.
The method of solving this particular Nostradamus seemingly vague and perplexing wording is to look into the Latin language of old. Some scholars believe Nostradamus wrote his predictions in Latin before putting them into French. A Latin word, with only a single letter missing, a favorite language veiling method of Nostradamus, provides the needed answer.
It is the Latin word:
The definition of this word in Latin meant:
wire or, in this case plural, vireres
Nostradamus, in this verse line appears to be foretelling of the blow, coup, (coupe) and wound, (or, plurals of) of/or from: wires. This word opens up a new, and multiple layered possibility of meanings doors to understanding, when using the Amplified Nostradamus approach to delving into what is truly meant.
Central Madrid will receive
(Then add: )
The blow(s), explosions, injuries, wound(s) received of/from the messages (wires) (sent and received messages). (Even, the coup, or, the overthrow of the Government was potentially caused by the messages received.)
The cars, wagon, car wagons receive the blow, the explosion over/from/of the wires.
Now, the very end:
Caution: This last line is difficult to comprehend, at this time. It is possible events are still to be unfolded. This could cause the last line to be possibly in need of a more clarified evaluation.
(A reminder, Nostradamus prophecies are usually not all that clear until the event has transpired, or nearly to transpire.)
In this last line of the verse, Nostradamus may well have focused on only the very early beginnings of an ongoing investigation with multiple detentions for questioning and/or arrests all in regards to the case, and even related cases.
First, the last line opens with Two escaped
It is indeed a fact of the very first opening of the investigatons, a hurried announcement was made of the picking up and detaining of two Spanish citizens of Indian descent, supposedly for questioning. They were not detained. They were let go, or another way of stating they were let free.
The OED Dictionary defines the word escape as: to get free in one of the meanings given. It is highly possible Nostradamus chose this opening, yet somewhat trivial piece of information for a very good reason.
Because, at the very exact time of the detaining of the two, five others were being detained (brought in), and consequently arrested. The 5 arrested were not citizens of Spain. So, when Nostradamus writes: five brought to land, it is possible he is referring to the fact of the five being foreign (not citizens of Spain.) Nostradamus could easily be referring to another potential definition of the term to land. It can mean to be caught, with the further meaning of arrested. Or, to be put another way: to land in jail. Nostradamus could be veiling these two layers of information in his choice of words.
(Please be reminded: This does not rule out, in any way, further results of what will be a prolonged investigation with the very high possibility of further detentions and arrests.)
One more matter of concern to the authorities: Is there a possible mention of al Qaeda, and/or Bin Laden in this last line of the prophecy? It would certainly appear so, after a thorough investigation and analysis of the words used by Nostradamus.
First, observe the single word:
It comes from the irregular verb: bring (to bring)
When investigating this word in the Oxford English Dictionary, I find the word bring, can include the definition of:
Another English word with the definition of bring down, is the word:
As it just happens, the meaning of the Arabic term, al Qaeda, in English is:
(Please notice the al becomes la when reversed, which can mean the.)
Thus, it becomes possible to consider the high potential of an Al Qaeda connection to the Madrid, Spain event of March 11, 2004.
Is there a possibility of his name actually being mentioned? Just perhaps.
Consider the following:
There is a German word, spelled landen with the meaning of to catch (Or, as in English, with the meaning of: to land.)
When the first n of the German spelled word is orthographically inversed in the word, it is possible to arrive at:
When phonetics is considered, meaning the sounds like of a word in use, we very likely can arrive at the way the English speaking person pronounces the name of:
Remember, the use of orthographic formation of letters, meaning the formation of the letter itself, and the use of similar sounding pronunciations (sounds like) of words was somewhat a standard method for Nostradasmus in the veiling of his true meanings.
Thank you for taking the time, and needed effort to try and comprehend the Amplified Nostradamus approach in unveiling the prophecies.
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March 19, 2004
PRELUDE: On March 9, 2004, former PLF terrorist leader Mohammad Abu Abbas, who orchestrated the infamous Achille Lauro hijacking and murder of invalid Leon Klinghoffer in October 1985, died of heart-related problems while in US custody in Iraq. He was 55.
Was Mohammad Abu Abbas the one Nostradamus named Mabus in his highly controversial prophetic verse, Quatrain 2.62? Or was he only one of several Mabii? "Mabii?," you ask, what is that?"
Mabii is a term I invented, which is simply a plural form of Mabus. The idea behind this is that there are, and were, a number of men with names that could easily be converted into the enigmatic anagram inked by Nostradamus in Century 2. The theory is that each time one of the Mabii dies, a smaller scale version of "the great destruction of people and beasts" occurs almost immediately afterwards, usually in a year when a comet appears. Ultimately, we will reach the final Mabus and then Quatrain 2.62 will unfold in all its horror.
The first of the Mabii to die was Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Afghan Northern resistance against the Taliban. Massoud had all the letters required: M, A, a reversed D for a B, U, and S. There was also a cast-away O and an extra S. However, in another spelling, Massoud was Masood.
Like Abbas, Massoud died on the 9th day of the month, which in his case was September 9, 2001. In June and July 2001, a naked-eye comet (Linear C/2001 A2) reached perihelion, and was a spectacular sight in the southern hemisphere (but barely visible in the north). Six months after his death, Comet Ikeya-Zhang appeared low on the western horizon in dark skies for northern viewers. Neither comet even approached the spectacle that comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp were in 1996 and 1997 respectively. But they did count as naked eye comets and looked great to those lucky enough to live far away from city light pollution.
On September 10, 2001, I determined that if Massoud was Mabus, and depending on whether the comet in question was Linear A2, events described in Quatrain 2.62 might soon trigger a holocaust of unimaginable proportions: an event that might have broad and dire consequences not only for the Middle East, but for Russia, the US, and the Nato member countries. So, I posted a "Mabus Alert" on this website in the early evening of September 10, warning that "his death may simply be a clue as to the timing of a terrible war in the Middle East, an opening salvo of World War III, a harbinger, a dead canary signaling the time is now at hand." I also warned that what was to come might only be days or hours away.
The following morning, September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists caused the deaths of thousands in NYC and triggered the start of the ongoing "War on Terror." More deaths would follow, of both people and animals, when America launched its war against Afghanistan inOctober. My website received so many thousands of hits on 9-11 and for the next few days, I was forced to pay nearly $200 for the additional data transfer in order to keep my site running -- and that only bought about three and a half days. After that, I could not afford any more extra data transfer to keep my site going and it was shut down for ten days. By the time all the madness ended in October, many people forgot I even posted the warning the day before 9-11 happened.
So, once again, another Mabii has died. The second Mabus, Mohammad Abu Abbas, died on March 9, 2004. This time I never thought of giving a warning. There was no comet visible in the sky and would not be until late April or May. Also, Abbas himself was "yesterday's news." Nevertheless, on March 11, commuter train bombings in Madrid, Spain, killed 200 and injured thousands. So devastating was the attack that it had a dramatic impact on the major elections held several days later and altered the public's view on Spain's Iraq policy.
The story of my experience with the Mabus quatrain, and my perception of Mohammad Abu Abbas, goes back to August 1985. It was at that time I began reading all of Nostradamus' prophecies for the very first time in Erika Cheetham's first book, The Prophecies of Nostradamus (1973). A few months later, in October 1985, the Achille Lauro hijacking occurred. I immediately made the following simplistic connection: Mohammad Abbas = M Abbas = Mabus. And Comet Halley was coming, due to make its brightest approach in early April 1986 (Halley turned out to be a fizzle). As it turned out, Abbas did not die, so there was no great destruction of people and beasts (as described in the Mabus quatrain, Q2.62).
But what would happen if he did die? The idea of nuclear terrorism was being discussed in news and magazine articles even in those days, albeit in futuristic terms. Also, the Cold War was still on, and Gorbachev and Reagan were not yet friends. The USSR actively supported nations like Syria, Libya, Iraq, and the PLO. So, if not terrorism, World War III was always a possibility if Abbas died.
Of course there was no internet in those days and I didn't yet know enough about prophecy to write a book about it. But a young writer named John Hogue did.
Two years later (1987) I would read John Hogue's first book on Nostradamus. At that time he also made the Mabus/Abu Abbas connection. The big difference was that he saw Abu Abbas as an anagram ("Abus") with the letter "M" added. Hogue also included another terrorist, Abu Nidal, as a possible candidate. I saw Mohammad Abbas (as his name was reported by the media at that time) as "Mohammad" contracted to an "M" added to "Abbas." Thus, "Mabus" was a phonetic approximation for "M. Abbas."
Those were Hogue's public, and my private, theories on the identity of Mabus for a time. The Persian Gulf Crisis of 1990 and the Gulf War of 1991 changed both our points of view, causing us to see Saddam Hussein, as well as Abbas and Nidal, as the possible Mabus. As the years passed, Abu Abbas and Abu Nidal became less and less important as the focus shifted to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
So, now that Abu Abbas is dead, and Spain has had her 3-11, what is next? If I am right, plenty. I feel strongly that Italy and Greece will know terrorism greatly this year, as will the United States like it has never known it before. There may be an escalation of terrorist attacks in Iraq and other places, like Italy or Japan, until a tremendous loss of life occurs when "the comet shall run."
Two comets are coming soon (LINEAR T7 and NEAT Q4), both reportedly becoming visible to the naked eye in late April and May, with NEAT Q4 becoming extremely bright in mid-May. NEAT Q4 will still be visible in June when a visible transit of the sun by the brilliant planet Venus occurs.
Will China invade Taiwan after the March 20 election tomorrow, triggering a larger, catastrophic war in the Pacific with the United States and her allies (as I have warned may happen for a long time now) when one or both comets are apparent ? This will certainly result in the deaths of millions by nuclear weapons.
Yet there remain more Mabii: Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, George Bush, and another discussed below. For the greatest loss of life to man and beast, a destruction that could result in billions dead, is the darkest heart of World War III: when Russia invades!
In the meantime, for those of you wondering about the current status of my European candidate for "Mabus," Miroljub Labus: he has been re-instated into the Serbian government.
Kostunica cabinet finalised | 18:23 | Beta
Mar 01 2004
BELGRADE -- Monday After two months of negotiations among parties which won seats in Decembers parliamentary elections, Serbia will finally have a new government tomorrow, headed by Democratic Party of Serbia leader Vojislav Kostunica.
G17 Plus leader Miroljub Labus will be deputy prime minister with responsibility for European integration ...
So, as Deputy Prime Minister, Labus is a very high-ranking official of the Serbian government, answerable only to Vojislav Kostunica. He is also responsible for facilitating Serbia's eventual membership in the EU and with any near-term dealings with Nato. Expect to hear more of him and his name in the near future.
Therefore, I still insist that since the former Yugoslavia figures so prominently as a "trigger" in the Irlmaier, Stieglitz, A Sister of Order of Queen Brigette, and Waldviertler prophecies concerning an invasion of Europe by Russia and her eastern allies, that it is quite likely that an assassination of Miroljub Labus may be the true Mabus event foreseen by the French seer.
And now, with Kosovo again at the brink of war and chaos, what role might Labus ultimately play ... and Russia too ... when the comet shall run?
Tuesday, November 04, 2003 1:25 PM
Everyone in the West, from statesman to crossing-sweeper, is aware of the fame of NOSTRADAMUS, the French-Jewish seer who died more than 400 years ago. The reason for his extraordinary popularity is quite simple. Many predictions published by Nostradamus in 1555 have been completely vindicated by the passage of time. Writing more than 400 years ago, he not only foresaw the two World Wars of the 20th century, but also came close to mentioning Hitler by name! Earlier on, the French Revolution reached elimination in 1792, as predicted by him.
Incredible? Well, it is almost unbelievable. But even the most strident critics have been silenced by the phenomenal accuracy of the French seer. Of the approximately 2,500 forecasts that he published in his poetic "Centuries", no less than 800 have been precisely fulfilled so far. The remainder covers the period up to the year 3797. The track record of Nostradamus is so perfect that there can be no doubt that the others too will be realized. His "Centuries" are absolutely amazing.
For Hindus especially, Nostradamus ought to be a hero of immense cheer. The Frenchman never visited India. In point of time, his forecasts were published well before Akbar became the Moghul ruler in Delhi. But, despite the great distance of time and space, Nostradamus clearly foresaw the rise of a mighty all-conquering Hindu nation. Its birth is close at hand. The seer predicts that a resurgent India will burst forth upon its former oppressors and destroy them completely. The beginning of this terrible revenge will be in the seventh month of 1999.
Meanwhile, he predicts, after seven years of furious warfare, the Moslems will be totally wiped out. There will be no trace left of either Mecca or Medina. Somanath will be avenged a billion times over. The creed of Muhammad will vanish forever.
The European countries who despoiled India will not be let off either. Flames will engulf Rome as Hindu soldiers advance on Paris overcoming the barrier of the Alps. The Pope will fly from his lair. Much of Europe will repudiate the false tenets of Christianity. The ancient sway of Hinduism will be restored. Vedic chants will again fill the air.
Does this all sound like a fairy-tale? To convince the skeptics it is best to quote the prophetic quatrains of the "Centuries". It must always be borne in mind that they were first published in 1555. Two copies of that edition are still preserved in the French National Library in Paris. Their genuineness cannot be disputed.
Moslem murderers and their Western patrons will find the following forecast particularly hard to stomach:
As if this were not a sufficient warning to fanatics, Nostradamus makes his meaning still more explicit in the following:
This prophecy need a little explication. In geography, one finds the Hindu Maha Sagar (the Indian Ocean in English). Hinduism is the only religion with a sea (an ocean, rather) named after it. The Moslem fanatics believe that the Shariat or Koranic law with its sexual licence is God-given or Khalif's adalat. The Koran itself opens with the letter alef (A) in Arabic. Both Hindus and Christians have suffered at the hands of Moslems and seek revenge. Lebanon is a foretaste of things to come. The Nostradamian quatrain spells the doom of the creed.
If this interpretation should sound far-fetched, consider yet another prophetic quatrain:
South India is the only peninsula in the entire globe where three seas meet a point and stretch away. The great Hindu leader who will wipe out our enemies will hence be a south Indian who offers worship on Thursdays. It is easy to see why Nostradamus specifically mentions Thursday as the holy day. It is only Hindus who consider Thursday sacred. Moslems pray on Friday; Jews bow before God on Saturday; Christians bawl hymns on Sunday at church. Nostradamus is making it clear here that the conqueror will be a Hindu from South India. He will bind Asia together under his rule.
The Hindu leader, however, will not be a tyrant. He will be ruthless with the Moslem fanatics. But he will win over the communists by persuading them of the timeless varieties of Hinduism. Russia will become India's ally:
The Moslems are often called Moors by Europeans owing to the nearness of Morocco with its Moslem faith. Incidentally, the Dutch who landed in Ceylon also called the Lankan Moslems as Moors. Even today, the Lankan Moslems are officially designated as Moors.
The Dnieper is a great river in southern Russia. The seer's forecast seems to suggest that Russia will be the first among Communist countries to abandon Marxism in favor of Hinduism. The Red comrades in our midst will doubtless throw up their hands in horror at the mere idea. But Riencourt, the French writer, quotes a prophecy made by Ramakrishna Parmahamsa shortly before his death which strongly supports the French seer's prediction. Shri Ramakrishna declared that his next birth would be to the north-west of India. In other words, he will be reborn in Russia as a Hindu holy man! Communism is certainly a more popular creed than Islam. But both will be alike vanquished by resurgent Hinduism.
Russia will be greatly benefited by its alliance with the Hindu Rashtra. Nostradamus describes Russia's good fortune :
As the Hindu troops sweep through the Middle East avenging former wrongs, the Russian army in the Caucasus mountains will link up with them. The paltry ideological guide who will be abandoned is Karl Marx. The sea to be crossed is either the Mediterranean or the Black Sea.
Inevitably, the question crops up: Are such things possible? Here is a convincing reply to prove the seer's clairvoyance :
This event took place exactly 172 years after the publication of the forecast by Nostradamus in 1555. Afghanistan and Turkey made an agreement in October 1727, dividing up Iran. Christian communities which came under Turkish misrule were brutally treated in Georgia and Armenia (both now in U.S.S.R). Nostradamus had never been out of France except for a brief visit to next-door Italy. Yet he foresaw what the Afghans and the Turks would do in Iran in October 1727! This is truly an amazing prediction by any reckoning. None of the parties concerned had ever heard of Nostradamus.
Let us now return to the Hindu holy war.
Interestingly, in his prose-introduction to the "Centuries", the seer dwells at some length on the destruction of Islam and Mecca. The city will be smashed up in such a way that all those who enter it will sicken and die. The only interpretation of this forecast is that there will be radioactive fall-out in the area. Nostradamus declares that the Hindus will be engaged in the task of revenge for seven years from the seventh month of 1999. Interestingly, even Islamic texts predict doom in the 15th century of their religion.
After the destruction (annihilation would be the exact word) of Islamic power, the Hindu leader will march on the Europe. Both Egypt and Israel will rally to his standard.
This tremendous onslaught will be bloody. In yet another forecast Nostradamus remarks that the Hindu army will lose 2,50,000 men. But victory will be attained. It will be decisive.
The atrocities and fraudulent conversions by Christian missionaries will thus be avenged in the total destruction of Rome.
The Pope and his canting clergy will seek refuge in Paris. They will be assisted by a Scottish leader who is called Hadrian in the "Centuries". This is a reference to Hadrian's Wall to isolate Scotland built by the Roman emperor Hadrian, 1,800 years ago.
Hitherto there has been no mention of America in this narrative. Nostradamus mentions it by name only once. It is time to consider the implications of his incredible forecast :
It has been already noted that the Scottish leader nick-named Hadrian will join hands with the Pope against the Hindus. Amazingly, the United States will side with India in the war! The Americans will nominate a leader in London who is intriguingly called Boss Reb. He will be a veritable fox in cunning. He will defeat to Scots thoroughly and bring down the Christian alliance around the Pope.
Judging by the "Centuries", the climateric war of 1999 will find India, Russia and America ranged on one side as allies. Is this at all likely? For answer, let us turn to the famous American seeress Jeane Dixon, whose forecasts have been collated in a best-selling book. Its title is "The Gift of Prophecy", authored by Ruth Montgomery.
Jeane Dixon correctly foresaw the Partition of India in 1947, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi shortly afterwards. She was frequently consulted by American presidents. She told President Roosevelt in 1944 that America and Russia would be in alliance in 1999 against China. At that time (1944) Communists had not yet seized power in Peking. But in 1949 they were victorious. Incidentally, Jeane Dixon forecast Sanjay Gandhi's death in 1980.
At present, America and Russia seem set on a collision course. Can they ever make up heir differences? Recent history proves that such about-turns are not impossible. Only 15 years ago, China and America were enemies. Today, they are allies. It would be utterly unwise to pooh pooh even bizarre possibilities. Truth is often stronger than fiction.
While the America take over the government of Britain through their nominee Boss Reb, the Hindu leader will advance upon Paris, where the Pope is holed up.
Paris will be taken after a fierce siege. Hadrian will be killed in a vain defiance. At this juncture, Nostradamus makes a curious observation. He predicts that a tree in the center of Paris will crash down. What tree? Could it be the Eiffel Tower, built more than 300 years after his death? From a distance the Eiffel Tower rather resembles a giant oak-tree.
What of the date of the beginning of the titanic fight which will send India on a holy war? Nostradamus provides a precise answer
The classical name for the Chinese emperor was "Son of Heaven". A Chinese leader will therefore, launch a terrible war in July (Nostradamus says seventh month) of 1999 in imitation of Genghis Khan, the great Mongol conqueror. Mars is the seer's nick-name for a French statesman who will resist China in 1999. He will be exiled from Paris till the Hindu army rescues him and restores him.
What is one to make of the predictions of Nostradamus? Will they come true? The seer himself admits that the "Centuries" were written in a mystical trance. The conscious mind did not produce them. When it is remembered that more than 800 of the forecasts have already been fulfilled in the last 400 years, skepticism seems unwarranted and inept. In quatrain 42, Century X, the seer predicted that the British empire would collapse in 1942. In that year, the Quit India movement gave the death-blow to British imperialism. What makes the forecast truly breathtaking is the fact that there was no Britain and no empire when Nostradamus published his predictions in 1555. England joined up with Scotland to form Britain only in 1603. The battle of Plassey was fought in 1757, heralding British rule in India.
Nostradamus saw far beyond both these events to forecast the end of British hegemony in 1942. This alone should make clear that the French-Jewish seer possessed divine provision.
When Nostradamus published the "Centuries" in 1555, the title referred only to the arrangement of quatrains in groups of 100 years. It was not an allusion to the hundreds of years that the predictions actually span. There are 10 centuries in all, making a total of about 1000 quatrains. But Century (7) is incomplete with only 44 verses. The short-fall is adequately made up by additional quatrains include later. Ever since their first (1555) appearance, the Centuries have been a perennial best-seller.
The first English translation of Nostradamus's great work was made in 1672 by Theodore Garencieres. The second translation came in 1715 from the pen of a priest who called himself only by the initials D.D. The next translation was in 1891 when Charles Ward made a scholarly attempt to interpret the often-obscure quatrains. Ward's translation was reissued in America in 1940 by the Modern Library. At that time, the Second World War had been started by Hitler.
Hitler and his Nazi Germany made a clever attempt to misuse Nostradamus for propaganda purposes. A New edition of Centuries was printed in Germany giving a totally false interpretation of his prophecies. But Nostradamus himself had not the slightest doubt about Hitler's ultimate fate. He predicted that the Nazis would be annihilated (Quatrain 77, Century VIII) after murdering countless Jews.
In 1982, President Mitterand of France let it be known that he was an avid reader of the Centuries. In 1983, the well-known actor Orson Welles produced an immensely popular American television show on the forecasts of Nostradamus. There have ben so many English translations of the Centuires in the recent past, that the British journalist Taya Zinkin wryly remarked that Nostradamus would top any popularity poll. Mrs. Zinkin is no stranger to India. She spent many years in Delhi as a correspondent. Nostradamus predicts a glorious future for India. Yet he is hardly known to our people.
Actually, I am convinced that Islamic militants will be the one to conquer the Vatican and not Hindu army. It is all logic. Please let me explain. It is either one of the two scenarios:
From my research, Hindus, Christians, Jews, and Russians will fight Muslims & Chinese. Why would Indian army attack there Allies? It is not logical. It does not make sense. What I think will happen is that after Mecca & Medina gets bombed and gets wiped out, the muslims will have no reason to do Namaz 6 times a day. Since their place of worship will be destroyed, muslims all over the world will declare bonefied "Holy War" and will go to Vatican, Jerusalem, and Hindu holy cities and start descerating it. Remember, Vatican is very close to North Africa and Middle East. It won't take much to go to Rome.
We all know about St. Melechy's prophecy and Fatima's 3rd secret prophecy regarding fall of Catholicism. So, after the current Pope dies which some people say will be in few months, and if indeed the last two Pope really mess things up causing people to abandon Catholicism, and lose complete faith in it and surrender to Hinduism, It will be a different story. I also remember reading somewhere about Nostradameus predicting problems with Catholic Church in America which will be beginning of the end.
Scenario 1 is more plausible then Scenario 2. Muslims will definately will take revenge.
Today I would like to share with you the introduction for my newest book, "Nostradamus: A Life and Myth."
03 November 2003
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An Eccentric Man for All Seasons
The 16th-century French doctor Michel de Nostradamus, and his obscure yet hypnotic prophecies, have cast their spell on the world over the last four-and-a-half centuries. He has become a wellspring for wisdom and waggishness for a broad range of diverse historical figures and colorful characters. He is a brunt of jokes by Jay Leno of NBC's Tonight Show and was the theatrical device of a cigar-waving Orson Welles, giving one of his better melodramatic performances as the host in a documentary, uttering facts, fables, and smoke rings as captivating and cloudy as Nostradamus' own writings. Nostradamus has been the inspiration for something as benign and silly as the Nostra Doormouse of holiday cards, while others exploited his prophecies for deadlier purposes. Josef Goebbels used the prophecies of Nostradamus as a Nazi propaganda weapon during World War II, while Britain's legendary prime minister Winston Churchill retaliated with his own platoon of interpreters, until even Louis B. Meher, the movie mogul of MGM Studios, put Nostradamus on the silver screen in his film shorts to boost American morale.
Today, many dismiss Nostradamus as a freak of urban legends and reject his interpreters and avid students as victims of another reconstituted alluvium of New Age sewage. Nonetheless, he has had (and still has) millions of admirers and defenders. Some of them were kings and queens of France, including such rulers as Henry IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, and Emperor Napoleon's wife--the Empress Josephine. Respected literary giants such as Victor Hugo have tried to decipher him. World leaders have invoked his name to change destiny.
Nostradamus and his prophecies just won't go away. At the moment when it seems as if the tangle of biographical fact and myth about the man and the chaos of his cryptic prophecies should drive one away, lightning bolts of what appear to be prescient genius cut through his nebulous narrative of tomorrow.
Was Nostradamus a fraud or a true prophetic savant?
One thing is certain: it is safe to say that the man who launched the Nostradamian phenomenon has made good on at least one of his 1,500 or more predictions--that greater and lingering fame would come after his death. Indeed, after his passing in 1566, his "afterlife" has made his name far more famous and enduring than when he was alive. It cannot be denied, even by his greatest debunkers, that Nostradamus is one of the best-known historical figures of the past millennium.
When we, and the controversy of Nostradamus, entered a new millennium, many interpreters and dilettantes of Nostradamus mistakenly believed his prophecies foretold the end of the world--a strangely popular but patently unqualified myth, since Nostradamus had dated the end of the world 1,797 years ahead in the year 3797. Nevertheless, a peaceful turning of New Year's Day 2000 exposed Nostradamus in the minds of many believers and skeptics as a prophetic failure and charlatan. Then on 11 September 2001, the debate about this man and myth came back before global scrutiny. No sooner had the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed into billowing, apocalyptic clouds of debris, than Reuters News Agency broadcast across the planet a prophecy attributed to Nostradamus about "hollow mountains" falling in the "City of York." The lines of the purported prophecy--much like what we know about the man Nostradamus--were a blend of myth and fact. Fake lines like "the city of York" drew people in, yet these were sewn together with stolen lines of two actual Nostradamus prophecies--the same prophecies that for decades many interpreters, including this author, believed forecast a future nuclear or terrorist attack on New York's lower Manhattan financial district.
A prophetic hoax about an attack on the "City of York" rode on the back of these real quatrain (four-line) prophecies about what many believe is an attack on New York:
(Quatrain 97, Century 6 and Quatrain 49, Century 10, THE PROPHECIES OF M. MICHEL DE NOSTRADAMUS.)
When you have two prescient-sounding yet general provocations that include images like "fire approaching" a "new city" at "forty-five degrees latitude" in the "path" of "hollow mountains" near a "garden of the word," the hackles can rise--especially if you apply present-day facts to conveniently join together the dots of a 450-year-old prophetic rant to see what you want to see. Does one brush it all off as a coincidence that the city of "new" York is near latitude 45 degrees, or that the first Boeing 757 hijacked by terrorists cut into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in "a huge, scattered flame" at a 45-degree angle? Is it just the law of chance fooling a prophetically sympathetic mind when the second hijacked airliner passed over New Jersey (also known as the "Garden" state) and swerved at high speed toward the South Tower of the "world" Trade center building exactly over the "Path" subway tunnel before slamming into the second man-made peak of "hollow mountains"? And when Nostradamus describes his vision of "hollow mountains" being "seized and plunged" into a "boiling cauldron," are we conned yet again by a new generation of sycophants tagging events of their time on to cryptic ravings; or is it more than a coincidence that each tower as it fell looked as if it were seized by the hand of an invisible force and plunged into the boiling cauldron of its own debris cloud? Are the "Normans" some retroactive allusion to the people of Normandy, or is this, as Nostradamian scholars believe, a code name for the French, whose intelligence agents on 10 September were indeed frantically warning their opposites in Washington D.C. that a terrorist attack on America was imminent?
Do we have a 16th-century charlatan catching us in our projections when the multiple meanings of Renaissance French can satisfy what we want to see? The word Nostradamus uses for "cauldron" is cuue (spelled cuve in Modern French). It can mean a number of things beyond "cauldron" such as "tank" or "tub." Is the skeptic right when he brushes off any application of this word to the fall of the twin towers? Is the skeptic right to suggest waggishly that we might as well say Nostradamus is predicting some future disaster in a jacuzzi; or, is it not a little disturbing to one's flippant reason to discover that the World Trade Center was built on a huge, rectangular cement box of watertight floor and walls known as "the tub"?
Welcome to the debate.
It could be said that Nostradamus the man planted the seed of Nostradamus the Myth in April of 1554 (on Friday the Thirteenth, no less) when it is believed his secretary began transcribing his bizarre history of the future.The Myth was born 12 years later, in 1566, when family and friends lay his lifeless body behind the wall of his favorite chapel outside of town.
Ever since that day, Nostradamus has enjoyed an afterlife.
In life, he painstakingly manufactured a literary chaos that would turn the cloudy quatrains and half-page-long sentences of his prophetic prose narratives into a tabula rasa upon which each generation of interpreters could project their hopes, fears, and expectations. Moreover, for centuries now, biographers, blind believers, debunkers, and "prophegandists" have helped it along, with accurate and inaccurate dissemination of his prophetic legacy.
In the process the man and his life has all but disappeared in the giant shadow cast by his own controversial prophecies.
So just who was Nostradamus?
The new millennium and the "9/11" attacks have sparked the greatest debate yet about the efficacy of this man and his prophecies. There could be no better time to release a book that reassesses what we know about Nostradamus, the man.
The present book is the first complete and full-bodied biography and historical reassessment in over sixty years. This publication celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the birth of history's most famous and controversial prophet.
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