I am going to appear extensively on a rerun of a 2-hour Discovery Channel special on 21 December. Read more about it here: Nostradamus Predictions. I believe it will air in your US time zones starting at 5 pm. I have been holding this three-part series in my blog stock file since March 2009. With the show coming on Monday, this might be a good time to begin posting it.
The Heirs of Nostradamus, Part 1
There are clues left by the 16th-century prophet of Provence that many Nostradamian fans bandy about in heated debates because they suggest just “who” will be his best interpreter in the 21st century. The so-called “heirs” Nostradamus may have foreseen could be contemporaries of our day.
Who, therefore, measures up to his criterion?
Two quatrains provide the parameters for legitimacy’s litmus test. We will take on each quatrain a blog at a time. After which, I invite you all to “divine-chime” in with your conclusion who in your opinion is the heir of Nostradamus and why in an email that, with your permission, will join the summation of others in future bulletins. Let the “Mr. Nostradamian Universe” contest begin:
Century 3 Quatrain 94:
De cinq cens ans plus compte l’on tiendra,
Celuy qu’estoit l’ornement de son temps:
Puis à vn coup grande clarté donra,
Que par ce siecle les rendra trescontens.
For five hundred years more they will take notice of him,
Who was the ornament of his time:
Then suddenly a great revelation will be made,
Which will make people of that century well pleased.
Nearly all scholars of the seer wave this quatrain around like some kind of banner of validation for their particular interpretation. Obscurity of the grammar comes to their aid. The quatrain is a grammatical flytrap laid to expose the delusions of grandeur of most interpreters of Nostradamus to date.
A linguistic test must be passed: How do you decipher which people of which century will be well pleased by their finest interpreter’s commentary?
The answer may be too obvious for the self-possessed Nostradamian scholar to divine. Counting five hundred years from the publication of his major work Les Propheties in 1555 gives us until 2055 C.E. to cry over spilled beer in bar room debates on whose occult understanding of Nostradamus is right.
David Pitt Francis, on page 277 of his book Nostradamus: Prophecies of Present Times? makes a good observation that Nostradamus may not have intended that we count 500 calendar years. Francis expected the end of the world as we knew it and the advent of a Messianic new millennium with the Second Coming of Christ by the year 2000. Had that have happened Nostradamus’ true interpreter and dispenser of revelations would appear 55 years after Jesus Christ established his world dictatorship of the forgiven, with 945 years left in Christ’s Reich to rule. Despite this rather Judeo-Christian prejudice for doomsday at the Millennium, Francis considered Nostradamus, being a Christianized Jew, would have counted lunar rather than solar years; namely, years with 12 months of 29.3 days each for a total of 354.3 days.
Five hundred lunar years equal 484.5 solar years.
“Calculating from Nostradamus’ birth in 1503, this gives a terminating date of about 1987,” says Francis. “The most appropriate date for an ‘inspired’ interpretation of the Centuries is therefore shortly before 1987/88, too late for the many claimants of the past, but just before Nostradamus’ date for the end of the world.”
That means the lunar calendar dates Judgment Day for the year 1997. Hmmm… Woops.
When all interpretations fall like an angel of the abyss on its demonic face, one can look to the quatrain indexing to salvage a possible date. Was there any important revelation or book published in the year 1994?
Maybe? What about 1987?
(20 December 2009)