Michel de Nostredame (1503–1566), usually Latinized to Nostradamus, was a French apothecary. According to many in the popular press, he was a great seer who prophesized future events. Nostradamus wrote four-line verses (quatrains) in groups of 100. Some claim that Nostradamus predicted the Challenger space shuttle disaster on January 28, 1986. Of course, they didn't recognize that he had predicted it until it was too late.
The writings of Nostradamus are so cryptic that they can be interpreted to mean almost anything. If we have some imagination, we can shoehorn just about any event to some passage in Nostradamus.
One thing Nostradamus didn't predict was that he would become a one-man industry in the 20th century. Publishing houses will never go broke printing the latest predictions culled from the manuscripts of Nostradamus.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The prophecies of Nostradamus have a magical quality for those who study them: They are muddled and obscure before the predicted event, but become crystal clear after the event has occurred.