I am reminded of a prophecy by Nostradamus that seems appropriate for this May First, this “Mayday” of pandemic concerns:
Century 9 Quatrain 55:
L’horrible guerre qu’en l’Occident s’appreste
L’an ensuiuant viendra la pestilence,
Si fort horribles que ieune, vieulx, ne beste,
Sang, feu, Mercure, Mars, Iupiter en France.
A horrible war, which is being prepared in the West
The following year the pestilence will come,
So very horrible that young nor old, nor animal (may survive):
Blood (plague?) fire Mercury, Mars, Jupiter in France
Interpretations of Nostradamus evolve with the times they may imperfectly reflect until a perfect match of future history with the present is made.
It has been customary to apply this quatrain to the outbreak of Spanish Influenza of 1918 following World War I. During the heyday years of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s, the verse more easily related to plagues of blood born diseases. AIDS was the obvious first choice, but a second blood disease, caused by the highly contagious Ebola virus, could eventually rain on us from the air through the breath of its victims if it spreads around the world from its isolated pockets in the African rainforests of Zaire. Or worse, since this prophecy ties war plans with blood plagues. If some terrorist organization learned how to militarize the hemorrhagic fever strains, the above may be a related prophecy fulfilling the coda of Nostradamus’ notorious Third Antichrist prophecy where is seems people bleed to death, out through their eyes, mouths and through their skins, like Ebola victims, from manmade plagues delivered by biological weapons in Century 8 Quatrain 77:
The heretics, dead, banished and scattered. Blood-soaked human bodies and a reddened icy hail covering the earth.
(For more information about prophecies of Third Antichrist, click Nostradamus.)
The conjunction of the planets Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, takes place every two to three years on average. The conjunction provides a window for terrible, explosive spreads of plague and war.
Mercury, Mars and Jupiter conjoined in Pisces in February 1998. It just so happens that the first outbreak of Asian H5N1 (Avian flu) virus in Guangdong Province, China, in 1996, killed geese, then spread through live-poultry markets in Hong Kong to humans, killing 6 of 18 infected persons by May 1997. Nostradamus’ conjunction date was just ten months ahead of the first documented bird-to-human contagion.
In this current decade, two significant windows for major global plague events arose during the Mercury, Mars, Jupiter conjunctions of July 2002 and September 2004.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was a respiratory disease in humans, which grew to a near pandemic state between November 2002 and July 2003. Over 8,000 people were known to be infected, of which 774 died. It spread from Guangdong province of China to rapidly infect people in over 37 countries before the spread was contained by May 2006. Nostradamus’ conjunction date is right in the middle of the outbreak time window for SARS.
In October 2004 researchers disclosed that Avian Flu strain had mutated to a far more dangerous infectious disease because wild birds and waterfowl on their migrations around the world were spreading the highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 to farm poultry, crows, city pigeons, and other birds around the world. Findings in October 2004 confirmed the disease was spreading from birds to mammals. Nostradamus’ conjunction happened just one month before this finding, in September 2004!
The Spanish Influenza pandemic does not fit the vision of 9 Q55, because war was not prepared in 1918; in fact, it was ending, even though this conjunction of planets took place, during the Swine flu epidemic. This discrepancy opens the door to the possibility that this is a prophecy for our near future.
The Clinton Administration did prepare an Iraqi occupation plan for 500,000 troops when what I will call the cold No-Fly-Zone War (1991-2003) turned briefly hot at the end of 1998 with 2,000-pound cruise missiles pummeling Saddam Hussein’s palaces after UN weapons inspectors had been thrown out of the country. That terrible war prepared never launched around 1999, though, so we have to look forward to new conjunctions.
The next conjunction of Jupiter, Mars and Mercury in July 2002 DID see the G.W. Bush Administration in full-swing secret preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the invasion of Iraq the following year. In September 2004, the Bush administration prepared for possible aerial assault on 4,000 targets across Iran, yet no war with Iran came in 2005, except a clandestine war in Iranian border provinces waged by CIA and Special Forces.
The most recent Jupiter, Mars and Mercury conjunction was February 2009 (in Aquarius).
The next window of war and pandemic will be in Taurus in June 2011 ‚Äö?Ñ?¨ the closest conjunction to Mayan calendar’s date for the end of time as we know it, a year-and-a-half before 21 December 2012). The conjunction window happens again in July-August 2013 in the sign of Cancer.
It is important to note that the first signs of today’s Swine flu-Avian flu strain (officially called H1N1) in Mexico first emerged right around the most recent conjunction in February 2009.
My sense is the current H1N1 mutation of bird-to-swine is a further dangerous step towards the pandemic plague of “Strange Birds” Nostradamus foresaw marking the beginning of apocalyptic times in his prose prophecy in the Epistle. (See my blog: “One Bird Flu over the Global Human’s Nest” — 26 January 2009).
Bird flu is a kind of blood plague. At present the Avian variant to Swine (H5H1) has killed cockfight aficionados in Asia who got sick and expired after they tried healing the cuts of their prize roosters by sucking blood out of the wounds.
If we follow the Mercury-Mars-Jupiter conjunctions, Nostradamus could be giving us an evolution through astrology of the steps before a full-blown Avian Flu Pandemic to rival the Spanish Influenza spreads across the planet as early as 2011 through 2013. There is still time to find a cure and prevent this from happening.