Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Andy_Euph, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    Anyone else read anything about him or interested in anything like this?

    I bought a little book a while ago of selected prophecies and while reading it came across a one that doesn't sound all too different to whats happening in the world at the minute.

    The terrible war being prepared in the west
    Will be followed, one year later, by a plague
    of such virulence it spares neither young old or animal
    Blood, fire, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter in France

    Apparently this refers to a war waged by western powers followed a year later by an epidemic...and the date is 2004.

    Could be *******s but you never know.
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Washington, DC, USA
    The problem with this quatrain, as it is with almost everything from Nostradamus, is that there are many events that could fit the profile. Nothing in the quatrain itself identifies the year (except perhaps the reference to planets "in France", and that's an obscure reference even for astrology) - so who's saying that the date is 2004?
  3. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    It could also refer to World War 1 and the Spanish Flu...
  4. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah exactly. As with most astonomers and suchlike he is a master of the vague referance which can be interpreted in any way you want to. The power of suggestion can be a very persuasive thing, as Darren Brown's recent TV expliots show. Nostradamus was no more than a very early Darren Brown as far as I'm concerned.
  5. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    In much the same as WoodenFlugel has said, Nostradamus is very similar to our modern day horoscopes. They often seem to be correct simply because they are so vague and can apply to a seemingly endless number of events in a persons life. You can interpret such things whichever way you want to.

    Nostradamus's 'prophecy' about a great war followed by a 'great plague' isn't the most original prophecy anyway. It stands to reason that following a great war (to which Nostradamus doesnt give a date and so applies to any war) 'plague' and disease will more often than not be rife because of the conditions war creates (this applies especially so to any war pre 20th century where medicine and disease control were primitive compared to today); notably destruction of living conditions and thus sanitary conditions, open burial sites where the dead are just left, lack of effective medical care for all survivors and the conditions for 'plague' and disease to spread are optimum.
  6. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Schloss Dachstein
    One theory about Nostradamus is that he wasn't even predicting the future, he was writing in code about his own times. The things he writes about can all be linked to events in the 15th century.

    Sceptical Badger...
  7. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    I thought that it was Nostradamus that predicted the end of the world in 2000 which didn't happen. Quite how the 'experts' have suddenly changed their interpretation is a bit suspicious.
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