His last words were: “Tomorrow at sunrise I will no longer be here”, and from all his predictions, many have come true.
Nostradamus (December 14, 1503 – July 2, 1566), by his real name Michel de Nostredame, was a famous French physician, kabbalist and pharmacist. Its celebrity is due to the work Les Propheties, whose first edition appeared in 1555. Since its publication, it has become very popular all over the world, creating a cult around it.
In the literature of all times he was given the title of forerunner of all the great events that were taking place or were going to happen in the world.
The works of Nostradamus are made of string, many of them have been misinterpreted or translated over time. Nostradamus is a prominent figure of the French Renaissance and his prophecies are closely related to the application of the Bible Code, as well as other works on the prophecies. At the threshold of a civil war, France offered a favorable ground for the cryptic and cryptic prophecies of Nostradamus, published in 1555, the first 100 of the nearly 2000 that he will publish until 1557.
These Centuries were immediately successful and they introduced the author to the Court.
Nostradamus enrolled at the University of Avignon in 1519 at the age of 15, but was forced to leave a year later when the city was hit by the plague and the university closed its doors. Later, he spent eight years traveling to France, Italy and Spain, researching herbal remedies while working as a doctor and trying to help the plague victims.
And if it comes to this gross disease, much has been said at the time about the fact that despite his knowledge, he could not help his (first) wife and two children escape the clutches of death.
In 1529, Nostradamus enrolled at the University of Montpellier (one of the oldest medical institutions in the world, still in operation today), but was expelled shortly, because he exercised functions similar to the medical ones, without having a diploma.
The expulsion document signed by prosecutor Guillaume Rondelet, however, still exists in the faculty library. One of Nostradamus’ oldest publications was entitled “The Treatise on Cosmetics and Preserves”.
In addition to providing instructions on how to get bleach hair, laxatives, toothpaste (using crushed cuttlefish bones and sea snails, a tablespoon of rose oil to treat the plague), the book provided recipes for marzipan paste, candied orange peel, jam, cherry jam, canned pears and jelly “suitable for sitting in front of a king”.
Oh, and a love jam (made from mandrake apples, spider blood and octopus arm eyes, among others) so powerful that it would induce “burning his heart to achieve the act of love” when it comes in combination with saliva during a kiss.
Although the perception of Nostradamus as a prophet with an unusual ability to accurately predict the future has persisted since the sixteenth century, the researchers believe that it is not about a supernatural power to see into the future, but rather the ability to see to design past events in the future.
According to Peter Lemesurier, a former Cambridge linguist and professional translator who wrote at least 10 books about Nostradamus, he was neither an astrologer nor a clairvoyant; he simply believed that history would repeat itself.
Using an old technique, dating back to the biblical era and known as bibliomania, Nostradamus randomly selected extracts from older sources and then used astrological calculations to plan their future comeback.
One of the major sources used for his most famous work, “The Prophecies”, was “Mirabilis Liber” from 1522, an anthology of the prophecies of the greatest connoisseurs of the time, while “Books of the state et mutations des temps ”Written by Richard Roussat provided the basis for his astrological references.
Until the first edition of the “Prophecies” was published in 1555, Nostradamus had gained notoriety through its almanacs, which it had begun publishing annually, five years ago.
The texts provided useful information for farmers and forecasts for the following year, and in those finally, they attracted the attention of the queen of France, Catherina de Medici, who summoned Nostradamus to Paris to explain her predictions and make horoscopes for her children. However, not all the attention he received was positive. Professional astrologers of the time criticized the incompetent methodology and the failure to adjust the forecasts according to the date or place of the client’s birth. Laurens Videl published in 1558 a booklet entitled “
Declaration of the Abuses, Ignorances and Seditions of Michel Nostradamus”, in which he criticized both the content of Nostradamus’s predictions and the lack of basic astrological competences, stating: “I can confidently say the truth astrologers understand less than anything, as is evident not only to the learned, but also to those who learn in astrology, as your work shows in detail, you who cannot calculate the smallest movement of any heavenly body. “
Nostradamus is said to have practiced hydromechanics (the art of guessing in water movements), and the measurements obtained in this way were quite accurate. Recognizing that he consciously chose a cryptic expression, Nostradamus wrote in obscure language, starting from his contemporary French, but sprinkled with expressions and words from Italian, Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Latin. Each prediction consists of four verses, one quadrene, but none brings poetry.
The visionary argued that this style protected him from the punishment of the powerful, who did not always seem to be pleased with what he predicted. But other skeptical observers are of the opinion that the vague style is consciously adopted to leave the writings open to interpretation.
As a result, there are probably nearly 400 different interpretations of the Centuries, each trying to reveal the secrets of the prophecies, which continue until 3797. “My writings will be better understood by those who will come after my death,” the clairvoyant wrote. For 3 years, Nostradamus wrote over 900 chains and belts about predicting the future.
Nostradamus wrote his first book in 1555, entitled “Les Propheties”, and his predictions remained a hot topic of debate to this day. Here are some of the prophecies of Nostradamus that some say are fulfilled.