I thought I'd share a few of Nostradamus's prophecies. Do any sound familiar? Have any come to pass? Quatrains - Century I
1 Sitting alone at night in secret study;it is placed on the brass tripod.A slight flame comes out of the emptiness and makes successful that which should not be believed in vain. 2 The wand in the hand is placed in the middle of the tripod's legs. With water he sprinkles both the hem of his garment and his foot. A voice, fear: he trembles in his robes. Divine splendor; the God sits nearby. 3 When the litters are overturned by the whirlwind and faces are covered by cloaks, the new republic will be troubled by its people.At this time the reds and the whites will rule wrongly. 4 In the world there will be made a king who will have little peace and a short life. At this time the ship of the Papacy will be lost, governed to its greatest detriment. 5 They will be driven away for a long drawn out fight. The countryside will be most grievously troubled. Town and country will have greater struggle.Carcassonne and Narbonne will have their hearts tried. 6 The eye of Ravenna will be forsaken,when his wings will fail at his feet. The two of Bresse will have made a constitution for Turin and Vercelli, which the French will trample underfoot 7 Arrived too late, the act has been done. The wind was against them, letters intercepted on their way. The conspirators were fourteen of a party. By Rousseau shall these enterprises be undertaken. 8 How often will you be captured, O city of the sun ? Changing laws that are barbaric and vain. Bad times approach you. No longer will you be enslaved. Great Hadrie will revive your veins. 9 From the Orient will come the African heart to trouble Hadrie and the heirs of Romulus. Accompanied by the Libyan fleet the temples of Malta and nearby islands shall be deserted. 10 A coffin is put into the vault of iron,where seven children of the king are held. The ancestors and forebears will come forth from the depths of hell, lamenting to see thus dead the fruit of their line. 11 The motion of senses, heart, feet and hands will be in agreement between Naples, Lyon and Sicily. Swords fire, floods, then the noble Romans drowned,killed or dead because of a weak brain. 12 There will soon be talk of a treacherous man, who rules a short time, quickly raised from low to high estate. He will suddenly turn disloyal and volatile. This man will govern Verona. 13 Through anger and internal hatreds, the exiles will hatch a great plot against the king. Secretly they will place enemies as a threat,and his own old (adherents) will find sedition against them. 14 From the enslaved populace, songs, chants and demands, while Princes and Lords are held captive in prisons. These will in the future by headless idiots be received as divine prayers. 15 Mars threatens us with the force of war and will cause blood to be spilt seventy times.The clergy will be both exalted and reviled moreover, by those who wish to learn nothing of them. 16 A scythe joined with a pond in Sagittarius at its highest ascendant. Plague, famine, death from military hands; the century approaches its renewal. 17 For forty years the rainbow will not be seen. For forty years it will be seen every day. The dry earth will grow more parched, and there will be great floods when it is seen. 18 Because of French discord and negligence an opening shall be given to the Mohammedans. The land and sea of Siena will be soaked in blood, and the port of Marseilles covered with ships and sails. 19 When the snakes surround the altar, and the Trojan blood is troubled by the Spanish. Because of them, a great number will be lessened.The leader flees, hidden in the swampy marshes. 20 The cities of Tours, Orleans, Blois, Angers, Reims and Nantes are troubled by sudden change. Tents will be pitched by (people) of foreign tongues; rivers, darts at Rennes, shaking of land and sea.
Nostradamus Quatrains – Century I
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