As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough for humanity, several close readers of Nostradamus’ work claim that he predicted an even more gruesome 2021.
Who was Nostradamus?
Nostradamus (1503 to 1566) was a 16th-century French mystic that has fascinated conspiracy theorists all over the world for decades. Nostradamus’ predictions were divided into 10 chapters called century and took the form of four-lined poems called quatrains. The astrologers’ predictions rarely mention the specific places, locations, or dates but many believe that he accurately predicted the death of John Kennedy in 1963 and the Great Fire of London in 1666.
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President Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963, by Harvey Lee Oswald. The following verse from Nostradamus in Century 1, Quatrain 26 is believed to be pertaining to Kennedy’s death:
"The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt.
"An evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition.
"According to the prediction another falls at nighttime.
"Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany."
Here are some of the predictions by Nostradamus for 2021 that make 2020 look like a walk in the park.
1) A Famine of Biblical Proportions
While the COVID-19 pandemic can be looked at as one in a sense, the French mystic prophesied that there will be a great famine along with earthquakes, diseases, and epidemics. Nostradamus predicts that a large population of the world will be wiped out by these events.
“After great trouble for humanity, a greater one is prepared,
The Great Mover renews the ages:
Rain, blood, milk, famine, steel, and plague,
Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running?”
2) Massive Earthquake in the West
Nostradamus’ book predicts a powerful earthquake will hit the Western lands. California seems to be the obvious place. The quatrain predicts the time as “Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading”, and the date when the planets take this position will be on November 25, 2021.
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“The sloping park, great calamity,
Through the Lands of the West and Lombardy,
The fire in the ship, plague, and captivity.
Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn fading.”
3) An Asteroid will hit the Earth, or come very close
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The quatrain: “In the sky, one sees fire and a long trail of sparks” is interpreted as an asteroid approaching the earth and even hitting it resulting in natural calamities. The students of Nostradamus’ work suggest that this will happen on May 06th, 2021, after NASA’s announcement that an asteroid called 2009 KF1 has chances to hit earth on this date. According to NASA, the asteroid could hit the Earth with power equivalent of 230 kilotons TNT explosive, 15 times more force than the ‘Little Boy' atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima. However, NASA predicted that the chance of that asteroid actually hitting the earth is 0.026%.
4) Soldiers turned into Cyborgs
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Also predicted by several sci-fi movies, Nostradamus predicts that the soldiers will be getting chip implants in their brains. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnology, this prediction seems like a close possibility. The quatrain states,
“The newly made one will lead the army,
Almost cut off up to near the bank:
Help from the Milanais elite straining,
The Duke deprived of his eyes in Milan in an iron cage.”
Unfortunately, there is no real evidence that Nostradamus accurately predicted the future. The skeptics suggest that the writings are too vague, and no one has ever been able to use Nostradamus’ quatrain to accurately predict the future. All the writings have been linked to actual events after they have happened following an inaccurate interpretation of the quatrain to fit the event.
Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast said, “Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”