We have recently seen a four-line quatrain prophecy about a village idiot becoming the next U.S. president. The prophecy is a fraud attributed to Nostradamus. There is, however, an authentic quatrain that bears closer scrutiny in the coming years. It could be applied to the future presidency of George W. Bush. It is Quatrain 13 of Century 6 of his prophetic masterpiece, “Les Propheties.”
(First in 16th-Century French)
Vn dubieux ne viendra loing du regne,
La plus grand part le voudra soustenir:
Vn Capitole ne voundra point qu’il regne,
Sa grande charge ne pourra maintenir.
A doubtful one will not come far from the realm,
The greater part will want to support him:
A Capitol, will not want him to rule at all,
His great burden he will not be able to maintain.
This “doubtful one” could stand for the intellectually lightweight president-elect George W. Bush. The “doubt” could imply some ongoing suspicion throughout his presidency that Bush cheated Al Gore (who won the majority of the popular national vote) out of the popular vote in Florida by shady tactics. A fraud in the Florida vote count effectively gave Bush the necessary electoral votes to “legally” win the election. Nostradamus’ use of “doubtful one” could also indicate that with time an ever larger shadow of illegitimacy will cast itself across a Bush presidency.
The second line might describe a period of attempted healing during the aftermath of the election. A time when a majority of the people of America will try to rally around their “doubtful” new president.
Line three may hint to us who President Bush’s real political enemies are. By the way, it may not be the Democrats in the deadlocked Congress. My sense is it will be the right wing elements of his own Republican Party. But the obstacles do not end there. Those who “will not want him to rule” could be those men behind the scenes that may have put this malleable man into office to be their rehearsed puppet spokesman for their agenda.
How could those who put him there turn against him?
Looking at Bush’s natal astrological chart I see the potential for great self-delusion and a predilection for substance abuse. The abuse in this case comes from the drug called “power.” (I will speak in detail about his astrology in a forthcoming bulletin.)
At some time in his presidency Bush will rebel against his handlers. As his presidency becomes more besieged with problems and credibility, he might strive to be his own man and cease to listen to his advisers, causing even greater problems and greater strains upon himself. The last line, therefore, may describe what I fear is some nervous breakdown or health problem coming from the overwhelming pressures put upon a basically good, yet emotionally and intellectually immature man.
Now, with this interpretation said, I wish to caution you all that there is an even stronger application for this quatrain for an earlier Republican president; one respected by the French people. It must be remembered that Nostradamus saw the future through the perception of a Frenchman. If foreigners come into his vision it is because they are in some way appreciative of, or are influencing the future of, France. We do not know how the French will ultimately regard Bush. Indeed the early signs point to present day and future ridicule. Be that as it may, on page 448 of my book Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies, I applied this prophecy to Richard Nixon back in 1997. Here is what I said:
“This is [about] Nixon. Nostradamus would not overlook a man who did so much to change the course of 20th-century history. But our prophet, ever the pessimist, had Nixon to “kick around” long before the controversial American president was born.
“In line 1 Nixon is the ‘doubltful one’ who is regarded warmly in France. Even the querulous Charles de Gaulle was an admirer. After Nixon’s fall following the Watergate scandal, he could still find respect and honors during his visits to the ‘realm’ of France. Perhaps Nostradamus is saying that Nixon is ‘not far’ from being a Frenchman. In line 2 the ‘greater part’ supporting Nixon during the 1968 presidential elections was what he called the Silent Majority. He declared himself the champion of normal, middle-class Americans who were not represented in the turbulent political arena of the late 1960s. Line 3’s ‘Capitol’ represents Washington DC, and the Democrat-controlled Congress of the United States. Their fierce political rivalry with the Republican president finally led to their vote for his impeachment, forcing him to resign from office. Line 4 depicts a Nixon burdened with the cover-up over Watergate, unable to maintain power and fulfill his far-reaching geopolitical dreams to end the Cold War.”
Time and events will tell whether Nostradamus’ Quatrain 13 of Century 6 describes the tragedy of a president past, or president future.
(21 December 2000)