In recent weeks, a French seer has become a very common name in American households. This
In recent weeks, a French seer has become a very common name
in American households. This is primarily a result of an
earthquake that he supposedly predicted to occur in California
during the month of May. But what is the story behind the man who
is sending Californians running for cover?
Michel Nostradamus was a sixteenth century French astrologer
and physician. His Centuries (an assortment of brief rhymed
prophecies call quatrains), have been interpreted as predictions
of the French Revolution, the Second World War, and many other
events ranging over half a millennium. Nostradamus is perhaps the
most respected occult prophet of all time.
In Italy, Nostradamus reportedly predicted that Felix Paretti,
a young swine herder who had become a monk, would one day be
Pope. Two years after Nostradamus's death Paretti became Pope
Sixtus V. Many other accurate predictions of events in his own
era are attributed to Nostradamus.
Nostradamus's more astonishing prophecies, however, are those
that seem to foretell major European events that occurred 200-400
years after his death. It must be admitted that some of his
predictions do seem to fit certain events well, such as the
flight of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette from Paris,
their capture in Varennes, and their ultimate execution. However,
most of his predictions are vague and open-ended. As it is
observed in _Man, Myth and Magic - An Illustrated Encyclopedia of
the Supernatural:_ "Generation after generation of Nostradamus
enthusiasts have supposed that the quatrains, no mater how
obscure their contents, must be regarded as genuine prophetic
messages. It is conceivable, however, that Nostradamus composed
them with tongue in cheek, and that he was well aware that there
is an enduring market for prophecies and particularly for veiled
ones." (Vol.15, p.2017).
The prediction of a giant earthquake to occur in California
actually gets its base from a film about Nostradamus. In the
Orson Welles narrated film "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow," the
details about the prediction are made.
Nostradamus bases his predictions on the alignment of planets
and constellations particularly Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter,
Mercury in Taurus, Venus, Cancer, and Virgo. Unfortunately for
his prognostitions, the planets are not lined up according to how
they were predicted to be.
The possibility of an earthquake occurring in California
around the time of Nostradamus's prediction is likely. The
primary reason though is that California is earthquake country.
Particularly over the past several months, earthquakes have been
happening on a regular basis.
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