A second blizzard of the kind I predicted would presage a record breaking hot summer in North America and Europe is hitting the mid-Atlantic United States. (See snow storm.) Time to go south for the winter in focus back to the question many of you ask: Did Nostradamus foresee the Haiti Earthquake that the Haitian government now claims killed over 231,000 people?
Earthquake prophecies in Nostradamus are frequent. To what times they apply are equally and frequently obscure. Take for example the famous prophecy from Century 9 Quatrain 83:
Sol vint de Taurus si fort terre trembler.
Le grand theatre rempli ruynera,
L’air, ciel & terre obscurcir & troubler,
Lors l’infidelle Dieu & saincts voguera.
The Sun in 20 degrees Taurus there will be a great earthquake,
The great theater full up will be ruined.
Darkness and trouble in the air, on the sky and land,
When the infidel calls upon God and the Saints.
The Sun transits the sign of Taurus hitting the 20-degree mark around 10-11 May every year. Here we have a detailed prophecy about a great temblor leveling either a crowded theater or stadium teaming with people. Power goes out (darkness) and chaos follows. We’ve grown used to infidel being used by Islamic terrorists as a label to mark their human targets. The earthquake, then, could be metaphorical for some earth-shattering explosion of weapons of mass destruction on a May 11th in the future. Given jihadist fascination with the number 11 as a date — World Trade attack on 9/11; the Madrid train bombings on 3/11 — all should be vigilant for an earth quaking explosion any time the Sun is 20 degrees Taurus.
There are other possibilities. Infidel in Latin usually means those who are non-Christians and therefore unbelievers. Thus, Nostradamus could here speak of a catastrophic earthquake so terrible and biblical in proportions that it scares sinners back to God and saint worship.
The mention of saints intends a future quake hitting a predominantly Catholic location. Though no large-scale theater or stadium fell upon the predominantly Catholic citizens in Port-au-Prince on 12 January 2010 (not 10 May) all the other details might match what is going on in Haiti, as they would match any other region undermined and unmanned by the chaos of a large-scale earthquake: the land upended. Great clouds of dust obscure the sky. The air made foul by the stench of the dead. Darkness, the land (country) in trouble and confusion. And so the augury goes…
One of my earliest television interviews held on the roof of the Griffith Park Observatory overlooking the smoggy sprawl of Los Angeles in April 1988, had me fly in from Seattle to debunk growing hysteria and TV ratings-ramping rumors that Nostradamus predicted Los Angeles would be ground flat by a superquake on 10 May that year. I am sure that a number of my colleagues who make their living getting people upset over 2012 cut their teeth and undercut credibility as interpreters of Nostradamus scaring Angelinos not just on 10 May 1988, but 1989, 1999 and a half dozen other Mays throughout the 1990s, requiring my refutation of their claims in the media. None of these predictions for LA’s “Big One” ever happened. None of these interpreters milking press and panic ever explained how they could get it so wrong.
Anyway, as for our interests today, the 10-11 May time window excludes Haiti. We will have to watch what happens on the next 1,787 May 10ths up to the year 3797, when Nostradamus predestined the end of the world. (Sorry Roland Emmerich and Chicken Little, no bang bang in 2012. That year is not even mentioned in Nostradamus.)
The name Haiti was never mentioned in the prophecies; however, there may be other word leads in Nostradamus to find a prophecy about Haiti’s recent quake. As I stated in my last blog, the Arawakan-speaking Taino Indian name for Haiti (Ayiti) means “mountainous land.” Search that phrase or search all usages of mountain, montaignard or mountainous through the 36,000-plus words of Nostradamus and you get many of Nostradamus’ most famous fulfilled predictions, such as 10 Q49′s “hollow mountains” falling in the “new city.” A popular interpretation presents that one for the two towers falling on 11 September 2001 to terrorist attack. A future natural or cosmic disaster in 1 Q69 describes a “mountain,” between 500 and 1,000 feet in circumference, flying down from the sky hitting the ocean and undermining locations where Mediterranean civilization got its start. Other prophecies with related information mark the Aegean Sea east of the Island of Euboea as the impact zone. Again, Nostradamus gives no date, so the jury of 1,787 years is still out.
No mention of “mountainous land” exists in any possible stretch of translation that would fit Ayiti/Haiti.
Next, I search all references to earthquakes. There are many! They mostly play on the French tembler (temblor, trembling, shaking, quaking, etc.). Nostradamus will use other poetic references to temblors and earthquakes, such as travail. After sweeping all possible shake-ups foreseen, this is what I found for Haiti: Nothing.
There are many quake prophecies in Nostradamus with clearly defined geographic locations. Even 3 Q3 locates and perhaps astrologically dates the quake “at the bottom of Asia” responsible for the tsunami in December 2004. None match any locations in the Caribbean.
We’re down to our last French word clues. Could we find evidence for the Haitian quake searching the word Porte or Prince in Nostradamus for the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince?
How about Saint-Domingue, Haiti’s colonial name from 1659-1804?
What about au Prince for Porte-au-Prince?
I can’t find a thing in Nostradamus about Haiti. If any of you would like to try it. Be my guest. I will post your attempts in my comments section below the article.
Be mindful that this Rogue Scholar will grade your attempts and later insert a review of your interpretations in your comments, in the hope that I can share some of the Nostradamus-deciphering skills acquired over the last 30 years. Good luck and happy hunting.
(10 February 2010)
PS — Natural disasters accelerate in the Caribbean region with a 5.0 or 6.0 temblors hitting the region nearly every day in the first nine days since the Haitian quake bulldozed Porte-au-Prince and its environs. Yesterday a powerful 6.1 aftershock brought more structures down. Before 1 November 2009, I predicted Mother Nature was about to wage war on humanity, starting with the new year. See Predictions for 2010.