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Nostradamus commences his count of time from the date of the first Council of Nicaea. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia "The year A.D. 325 is accepted without hesitation as that of the First Council of Nicaea." Most sites listed below say that his calendar is of by two years, assuming he used the Julian calendar.

In his seeing, did he also see the dates of our calendar today?


"It should be noticed that there are some definite repeating themes; namely, most predictions are likely to be attributed to Biblical interpretation first, Nostradamus second, Edgar Cayce third....." -[by Garth Haslam; Anomalies]-

When a momentous catastrophe occurs, people react in a variety of ways. One popular response is to seek out prophecies of the event. These forecasts can be comforting because they suggest that the horrible incidents were inevitable, that they happened as part of a larger plan. Through the course of human history, there have been hundreds of notable prophets, but in the wake of modern tragedies, one name seems to pop up more than any other: Nostradamus.

According to the work's preface, a letter from Nostradamus to his son Cesar (a child from his second marriage), the verses were intended to be mystifying. Nostradamus said he was afraid he would be persecuted and his work would be destroyed if authorities in his time fully understood his predictions. According to him, his cryptic prophecies would be better understood by enlightened people in the future.

Nostradamus' major work of prophecies, now referred to as "The Centuries," was published in installments over the course of several years. The work consisted of about a thousand quatrains, four-lined verses, collected in groups of a hundred. The title "The Centuries," which refers to the organizing structure of the work, not to periods of time, was apparently added after Nostradamus' time. His original title was simply "The Prophecies of Michel Nostradamus."

According to the work's preface, a letter from Nostradamus to his son Cesar (a child from his second marriage), the verses were intended to be mystifying. Nostradamus said he was afraid he would be persecuted and his work would be destroyed if authorities in his time fully understood his predictions. According to him, his cryptic prophecies would be better understood by enlightened people in the future.

Skeptics ascribe the apparent accuracy of these quatrains (and others) to two major factors: problems with translation and simple coincidence. This is a lot like modern horoscopes. Horoscopes typically detail things a wide range of people experience regularly, such as "conflicts at work," "happiness in relationships" or "exciting new changes." Chances are, these predictions will line up with your life, at least some of the time.

Before accepting any of the so called translations, ask which calendar the translator is using. There are only a few quatrains that mention a date. One of the more popular verses is:

Century 10, Quatrain 72:

L'an mil neuf nonante neuf sept mois,
Du ciel viendra un grand Roid'effrayeur:
Ressusciter le grand Roi d'Angolmois,
Avant apr'es Mars regner par bonheur.

The year 1999 seven months
From the sky will come the great King of Terror.
To resuscitate the great king of the Mongols.
Before and after, Mars reigns by good luck.

According to "The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus", New Revised Edition, Nostradamus commences his count of time from the date of the first Council of Nicaea (A.D.325). Simple math tells us 1999 + 325 = 2324.

Upon examination of century VI Quatrain 2 and using the key figure 325, we see that it fits and a very important date appears in the first half of the quatrain (1914). [589 must be interpreted as (1)589]

I have wondered why most who claim to have interpreted Nostradamus have left out of their interpretations of Century VI Quatrain 0:

INCANTATION OF THE LAW AGAINST INEPT CRITICS
Let those who read this verse consider it profoundly,
Let the profane and the ignorant herd keep away:
And far away all Astrologers, Idiots and Barbarians,
May he who does otherwise be subject to the sacred rite.

Nostradamus Sites, Articles, Directories and Guides
Nostradamus Society of America    [New Window]
The 1999 Prophecy Examined - Quatrain 10 - 72

This page the author suggests a different interpretation...
"Could the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s airplane in July of 1999 fulfill the line "in the seventh month from the sky will come the great King of Terror"? Could the human fear of death and bodily injury be the intended definition of "the great King of Terror"? It might be possible! Since Nostradamus made several predictions about the death of President Kennedy (and Robert F. Kennedy), could a prediction about the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. fit into a familiar Nostradamian theme?" -[copyright by Victor Baines and the Nostradamus Society of America 1997 - 2001]-

Nostradamus' Writings - includes original text    [New Window]

Words in the writings are updated from A to Iaunes for all centuries, letters, presages and sixains. The variations and the punctuations have been checked in the Letter to Csar and Centuries I to IV-100 for the orignal text and the text in modern French and in Centurie I for the English Translation.

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Snopes.com   [New Window]

False Prophecy: Nostradamus predictions of September 11, 2001

Nostradamus: Prophecies of Our Century   [New Window]

End of the world   [New Window]

It's still on its way, says expert on Nostradamus

As Smoke From Terror Attacks Clears, Urban Legends Spread    [New Window]

Hogue Prophecy    [New Window]

Nostradamus - A Letter to his son Cesar   [New Window]

Morgana's Observatory    [New Window]

Prophecy: A History of the Future    [New Window]

Nostradamus & WTC Bombing   [New Window]

Nostradamus and the 20th Century   [New Window]

Nostradamus called it!   [New Window]

A Brief History of the Apocalypse   [New Window]

Nostradamus: The Great Visionary   [New Window]

The Skeptic's Dictionary: Nostradamus   [New Window]

The Straight Dope   [New Window]

Was Nostradamus really able to predict the future?

Life and Prophecies of Nostradamus   [New Window]

Offers biographical information and selected quatrains.

The End of the World   [New Window]
The Legend - Chronology - Bibliography

A chronological list of end of the world predictions, listed in order by the predicted date. Their orded is Biblical interpretation first, Nostradamus second, Edgar Cayce third...

Nostradamus - Secrets of Prophecy   [New Window]

A linguistic analytical technique that applies to prophetic language. Of necessity, covers cosmology, judicial astrology and alchemy, as well as Christian mysticism. Currently displays an universal prophetic calendar with which to date all prophecy.

Nostradamus and the New Prophecy Almanacs   [New Window]

With the aid of Nostradamus and my new system of numerology, discover what is in store for the world during the next 13 years.

Nostradamus   [New Window]

Anecdotal Stories (Morgana's Observatory)

Nostradamus   [New Window]

Apocalypse? (Morgana's Observatory)

Nostradamus   [New Window]

Biography

Nostradamus Material   [New Window]

(Morgana's Observatory)

Nostradamus   [New Window]

Desecration of His Tomb (Morgana's Observatory)

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Final Popes? (Morgana's Observatory)

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Fulfilled Prophecies (Morgana's Observatory)

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His Gloomiest Predictions (Morgana's Observatory)