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…Today is Nostradamus’ birthday!

He was born in 1503, so, he’s dead.

Now, this is a know it all!

He was a French apothecary (drugist) and supposeded seer who published collections of prophecies that are famous, very famous, as in world famous.

Born in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, which is in the south of France,  Michel de Nostredame was one of at least nine children of Reynière (or Renée) de Saint-Rémy and grain dealer and notary Jaume (or Jacques) de Nostredame.

Like a Duggar child, I’m sure he lacked for attention.

After being forced out of school by an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, he roamed the French countryside for eight years looking for herbal remedies and avoiding the plague, like the plague.

He went to the University of Montpelier, but was expelled after the deans found out that he was an apothecary, a “manual trade” which was a total no-no and banned by the university statutes.

Apparently, weed was frowned UPon then too!

He did contiune working on a cure for the Plague, and came UP with the rose pill which supposedly protected people from the plague.  Since nearly 75 MILLION people died from the plague, I’m thinking it was a scam.

Just like most of his quatrains.

Prophecies?

Most academic sources maintain that the connections made between world events and Nostradamus’s quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations, sometimes deliberate,  or are just so sketchy that they render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power.

None of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyone has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus’s quatrains specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event in advance.

Recent research suggests that much of his prophetic work paraphrases collections of ancient end-of-the world prophecies, generally Bible prophecies.  He supplemented them with references to historical events and his interpretations of “omen” reports, and then he projected them into the future with the aid of horoscopes.

Yeah, that’s real!

Many predictions involving ancient figures such as Sulla, and Nero, the drunken fiddle playing Emperor of Rome, and a few others, added along with his descriptions of “battles in the clouds” and “frogs falling from the sky”, appear in his “predictions’.

Astrology itself is mentioned only twice in Nostradamus’s Preface and 41 times in the Centuries themselves.  Recent discoveries of his letters, especially one to Henri II have one as well.

Oddly enough, In the last quatrain of his sixth centurie he specifically attacks astrologers.

A walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction as Kris Kristofferson said in one of the greatest poems ever written;  The Pilgrim-Chapter 33.

Most of his historical sources are as transparent as mine, anyone could find them.

The vast majority of his works are based on historical precedents.  In other words, things that already happened, and could happen again.

Lightning does strike twice you know.

Most of the quatrains deal with disasters, such as plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles – all undated and based on foreshadowings.  They could happen anytime.

The major underlying theme is the impending invasion of Europe by Muslin forces from the East.  Charles Martel, or Charles the Hammer, had already fought them off 900 years earlier, and they were on the rise even as Nostradamus wrote.

Even I could come UP with that.

He also mentions the Antichrist, which St. John The Divine wrote about 1,400 years before.  It’s in the Bible, look it UP.

He never mentions the end of the world although most of his content is a supposed reference to it.

Some people say that he predicted the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon, the rise of Hitler, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the moon landing, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and the death of Diana, The Princess of Wales.

I think he got lucky.

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