A chemist and apothecary named Michel de Nostradame publishes an almanac titled The Prophecies. He writes more than a thousand four-line poetic verses called “quatrains,” verses that seem to predict the future. ‘Nostradamus –as he is famously known– began to have visions at a very early age. He would stare into a bowl with water and while staring at the water for some time he would “receive” visions of the future.
According to his followers, and numerous historians, the French apothecary managed to predict a lot of things that have actually happened in the last few centuries; including the French Revolution, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and 9/11.Not only that, it is believed that the 16th-century prophet even managed to predict Trump’s presidential win: “The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention. The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.”
However, it is important to note that his prophecies, which he wrote in four-line verse, are greatly open to interpretation and many people claim that nearly all of his past ‘accurate’ predictions are nothing more than modern misinterpretations. Interestingly, there are those who argue that there are some verses that could possibly shed a little light on what we can expect this year. Let’s take a look at 7 for 2017:
- Floods and drought
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.
- Thunder and conflict
The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt.
An evil deed, foretold by the bearer of a petition.
According to the prediction another falls at night time.
Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.
- A battle at sunset
Shortly before sun set, battle is engaged.
A great nation is uncertain.
Overcome, the sea port makes no answer,
the bridge and the grave both in foreign places.
- A little break
Pestilences extinguished, the world becomes smaller,
for a long time the lands will be inhabited peacefully.
People will travel safely through the sky (over) land and seas:
then wars will start up again.
- A royal scandal
Letters are found in the queen’s chests,
no signature and no name of the author.
The ruse will conceal the offers;
so that they do not know who the lover is.
- A weird version of Animal Farm
A fox will be elected without speaking one word,
appearing saintly in public living on barley bread,
afterwards he will suddenly become a tyrant
putting his foot on the throats of the greatest men.
- A weakened West
Twice put up and twice cast down,
the East will also weaken the West.
Its adversary after several battles
chased by sea will fail at time of need.