April, 1912: The Sinking of the Titanic
One evening in 1897 Morgan Robertson, retired sailor and writer of short stories, began to unravel the mental knots of his all-day writer’s block. As he relaxed, he felt the familiar presence of what he called his “astral writing partner” take the helm and cast him adrift in an ocean of images. A vision for a new story coalesced through the imagined fog and icy waters of the North Atlantic. A great ocean liner on her maiden voyage, her three twisting screws pushing 75,000 tons at 25 knots, cleaved the chilled waters on a collision course with an iceberg!
Robertson saw the name Titan on her bow, and knew this 800-foot ocean liner would have nineteen watertight compartments, giving both passengers and crew the illusion that she was unsinkable. The folly of such a claim would reveal itself when, on slicing her bow against the unseen iceberg, Titan would sink and three-thousand of her passengers would drown because there were only twenty-four lifeboats.
Robertson set to writing The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility his fictional chronicle of the ultimate maritime disaster, which was to take place in the mid-Atlantic on a moonless April night. Fiction became reality fourteen years later. On her maiden voyage, the Titanic cut the icy waters of the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, her three propellers churning 66,000 tons at 23 knots toward an unseen iceberg. There were only twenty-two lifeboats aboard, since the 883-foot ocean liner was considered unsinkable. In spite of her designer’s arrogant claim, the collision with the iceberg had sliced open three of her sixteen watertight compartments–one too many to survive. The Titanic and a majority of her 2,224 passengers faced an icy death on the moonless night of 14 April 1912.
1 August 1914: World War I
When in the outskirts of the forest the iron road will be finished, and there the iron horse will be seen, a war will begin, to last for twice two years. It will be fought with iron fortresses that move without horses, and with powers that come from the earth and fall from the sky.
Stormberger (eighteenth century)
The day World War I began was pinpointed two centuries before it happened by a simple and reclusive cowherd in the Bavarian forests bordering Czechoslovakia. On 1 August 1914, a new railroad line between Kalteneck and Deggendorf (running on the edge of Stormberger’s forest) officially opened–the day the hostilities began. The war did last four years and saw the introduction of terrible new weapons such as mines from the earth, poison gas falling from the sky and tanks–iron fortresses that move.
1917: Rasputin and the Death of the Romanovs
Grigory Rasputin, mystic hypnotist, faith healer and womanizing monk, had great influence over the Czar and Czarina because of his miraculous cure of the young heir to the Russian throne, the hemophiliac Prince Alexi. As the year 1916 drew to a close, the “mad” monk sensed his own impending death. A prophecy made eleven years earlier, when he met the palm reader Count Louis Hamon, must have fed his own premonition. The English count, better known as “Cheiro,” was also a master hypnotist. After fighting an unsuccessful battle of hypnotic wills, Cheiro broke off, declaring that Rasputin would be poisoned, stabbed and shot. He also saw the monk being thrown into the icy waters of the Neva river and left beneath the ice to die.
In a letter written to the czarina in December of 1916, Rasputin predicted his own murder would take place before New Year’s Day 1917. He promised the czarina that her family would flourish if he was killed by peasants, but if he was killed by princes she and all her family would die within two years.
Around Christmas time, Rasputin was poisoned, shot and thrown beneath the ice of the Neva by Russian princes. Czar Nicholas II, the czarina and all their children were shot by Bolshevik guards on 16 July, little more that a year and a half after Rasputin’s murder.
1929: The Stock Market Crash
Right after this horrible war there will come a time when money will have no value. For 200 guilders not even a loaf of bread will be available, and yet there shall be no famine. Money will be made of iron, and gold shall become so valuable that for a few gold coins a small farm can be bought.
Stormbeger (eighteenth century)
After World war I, Germany experienced a catastrophic economic depression. For a time, the German mark was almost worthless, inspiring the more eccentric to paper their walls with bank notes. Stormberger had prophesied the use of baser metals for the minting of money and inflation two-hundred years before anyone had a clue about such things, let alone an eighteenth-century cowherd.
[He] will have a great amount of moneys to care for. In the adverse forces that will come then in 1929, care should be taken lest this, without the more discretion in small things, be taken from the entity.
(a trance reading made in 1925 for a businessman)
In the spring of ’33 will be the real definite improvements. (No311-8)
(a reading made in 1931 about the Depression)
Though Edgar Cayce was known as the “sleeping prophet” for his habit of giving trance readings while reclining unconscious on a couch, most of his clients didn’t take his sage advice about the future lying down. Many fortunes were saved through his advice prior to the Stock Market Crash of 1929. He was also correct about the economy improving by 1933. That spring, a new president, Roosevelt, and a New Deal for the United States were inaugurated.
(14 May 2007)
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