The Prophecies of Napoleon

I write this with one hour left to 7 September. I dedicate this blog to a past life memory of possibly dying on this day, on a battlefield in Russia 198 years ago, fighting to sustain the hubris of the First Antichrist foreseen by Nostradamus (see Mabus).


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was more than a military, political and logistical genius with an estimated I.Q. of 143. When on hiatus from the first turbulent years of the French Revolution, the then newly minted artillery officer relaxed on his native island of Corsica writing a heroic romance novel of surprisingly good quality.

Napoleon’s interest in classical history and the antiquities of Egypt during his military expedition there in 1799 not only brought to European civilization’s attention the Rosetta Stone, which delivered the means to translate Egyptian hieroglyphs, but his team of scientists also uncovered and translated into French an Egyptian papyrus best known and published today as the Egyptian Book of Fate. It is said Napoleon carried and consulted it privately before important campaigns and battles to add a little occult spice to his strategic decisions. It is known that his mistress, then wife, then Empress, Josephine, delved into tarot cards and other divination techniques. It is believed she read the prophecies of Nostradamus; however, there is no indication in the writings of or about Napoleon that he was aware the 16th-century prophet had pinned him as the first of three Antichrists under the code name PAUNAYLORON (a code for Napaulon Roy = Napoleon King. Learn more about it here: Antichrist).

A movie still of Napoleon at Borodino from the Moscfilm production of War and Peace, 1968 -- history's most expensive film ever made. It took six years to make and hired 120,000 extras for the battle sequences. At the present US-dollar value it cost 1 billion bucks to make.

Hubris saddled to an insatiable desire to keep conquering others blinded him to any oracular Egyptian warnings, if they could be had in the Book of Fate, or the warnings of Josephine’s tarot readings, not to plunge deep into Russia in 1812. Napoleon did so and destroyed an army of a half-million men. The following year he rebuilt an army of another half-million (teenagers mostly) and destroyed that in lost campaigns across the German states in 1813. He abdicated his throne as Emperor of the French in 1814 and was exiled to Elba after fighting and losing a campaign against a formidable coalition of Austrian, English, Prussian and Russian armies. He would escape Elba in 1815, return to France, fight and dramatically lose one last battle at Waterloo with the British and Prussians, after which Napoleon Bonaparte, was exiled for good to the South Atlantic island of St. Helena

In the last six years of life left, he had a lot of time to reflect on the past and predict how his actions would cast a giant shadow on the rest of the 19th century. Hidden within his memoirs and apologies to history are a number of accurate forecasts. He said the “19th” would be “a century of revolutions” foreseeing the fall of monarchies. France did mark two monarchies fall to street revolutions in 1830 (Charles X) and 1848 (Louis-Philippe). Revolutions would rage across Europe in 1848-49. There would be Garibaldi’s red-shirted revolution that eventually led to the fall of many principalities and monarchies with the unification of Italy. Greece fought more than one revolution to free themselves of the Turks and with the fall of Bonaparte’s cousin, Emperor Napoleon III, a bloody socialist revolution known as the Paris Commune consumed itself and much of Paris in 1871.

Napoleon Bonaparte on St. Helena predicted the crowded patchwork of little German states would soon resume and achieve their unification. This they did in 1870-71 when the Second Reich was established. (The First Reich being the Holy Roman Empire and the Third Reich being that of Adolf Hitler).

Napoleon foresaw the French people freed of the Bourbon yoke. That happened in 1830 with the fall of Charles X.

Nostradamus’ First Antichrist describes the worldwide spread of the French Revolution with a phrase one might expect from the prophet himself: “from this tripod [its] light will burst upon the world.” It is known that Nostradamus practiced his theurgic-spirit conjuring rites while sitting of a brass tripod like a Delphic oracle.

The Battle of Borodino was the bloodiest single-day clash of arms of the 19th century. It is estimated that in 12 hours of exceedingly violent combat up to 70,000 men were killed or wounded in a three-square mile area (and I may have been foolish enough in a past life to be caught in the cross-fire). Famous last words: "Beau feu!" (Good shot!)

Nostradamus savaged Napoleon in many remarkably accurate prophecies, but overlooked his more positive legacies. In the last prophecy above, Napoleon played his part in self-fulfillment. Though he was a dictator, he had spread the core values of the French Revolution across the continent and though at last defeated, these tenets endured forcing the victorious monarchies to adapt and reform their governments to embrace more human equality and freedom. Even the popes ruling with a Catholic fundamentalist hand tried to rescind Napoleon’s code of laws that prevented discrimination against all minorities, especially the Jews. They succeeded to force Jews back into ghettos only until the unification of Italy, inspired by the French revolution at last erased the Papal States.

Sorry Nostradamus, sometimes it takes an Antichrist to teach a Pope how to be a good Christian.

John Hogue

(07 September 2009)

PS–My next blog will mark the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack by fashioning an essay based on Jihad Messiah, the seventh chapter of Nostradamus and the Antichrist: Code Named: MABUS.

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