Nostradamus : Renaissance Astrologer Who Predicted The World Wars – Biography

Nostradamus was someone who could see things much ahead of his time. His prophecies seemed unbelievable to people who thought him to be a madman or a worshipper of the devil. But the French Renaissance prophet took it as his duty to make everyone aware of the upcoming dangers. Though many of his prophecies came true, the researchers are still in doubt about the accuracy of his riddles. Nostradamus’ life is also full of mysteries; we don’t get any accurate answers while describing some of his life events.




Childhood and Family


The year was 1503. Michel de Nostredame was born in Saint-Remy-de Provence, France on 14th December(some sources also state that he was born on 21st Dec).* He was the son of Jaume de Nostredame and Reyniere. Michel’s grandfather was a grain trader and he worked also as a notary in the city of Avignon. He converted the religion
from Judaism to Catholicism to escape oppression. He then adopted the surname ‘Nostredame’.The Latinized form of Nostredame was Nostradamus. The Nostredames had a family coat of arms which depicted two black eagle heads and two wheels with eight spokes each on a red background. Their motto was ‘Soli Deo’ (Latin-“God only”) . Michel had many siblings; one of them was Jean who later became a poet. At a very young age, the modern prophet predicted the fate of two pigs. He said that a wolf would eat the white piglet and they would be served the black
one for lunch. The cook later confirmed this prediction.




M. Nostradamus’ maternal grandfather, Jean de Saint-Remy, was an astrologer and philosopher. Young Michel learned Latin, Greek, Hebrew, astrology, and mathematics from him. Because of his love for astrology, he was called ‘the little astrologer’ at his school. In the year 1518, Nostradamus entered the University of Avignon where he studied grammar, rhetoric, philosophy, logic, geometry, music, astrology, etc. After some months, the university closed its doors as the plague broke out in that area and Michel had to leave the place. In 1525, the prophet joined the university of Montpellier to learn medicine and pharmacology. Soon after his admission, he was expelled because the authority found out that Nostradamus used to work as an apothecary before. However, some critics also said that he was not expelled.


As a Doctor


The outburst of the plague in France occurred in the year 1526. Doctors of that time used to apply bloodletting and klasterov methods on the patients. Michel rejected the conventional way of healing and invented a famous remedy against the disease. He created the ‘rose pills’(enriched with Vitamin C); he recommended low-fat diet and exercise to his patients. The prophet also asked people to remove infected bodies from the infected parts of the town. He gave new life to many and became famous among people. He tried to tell everyone about the importance of cleanliness.

Nostradamus traveled some European countries and treated local patients too. He assisted the physician, Louis Serre in 1545 and got the opportunity to work with famous humanist and leading Renaissance scholar Julius
Caesar Scaliger in Agen.


Interest in Mysticism


From his childhood, Nostradamus was interested in occultism and kabbalism. At first, his maternal grandfather and then a collection of Mirabilis Liber made him curious to know more about the topic. Later in his life, Michel started depending more on occultism than medicine. He believed that inner power could heal the body and mind. The doctor made some comments on the Virgin Mary and revealed some predictions which were based on the astrological calculations and the visions he got. Because of all these, the churches called him the gift from the devil. They made the life of the prophet difficult. But in 1546, the situation changed. Nostradamus saved many lives from the disease plague. People again started considering him as their savior and the church had to abandon their idea to persecute Michel.



Marriage and his New Family


Nostradamus married a lady from whom he had two children but in the year 1534, his wife and children died of some
disease( it was possibly plague). After their deaths, he traveled to many places. At last in 1547, the seer married a rich widow whose name was Anne Ponsarde and settled down in Salon-de-Provence. From this second union, he got six children, three sons(Caesar, Andre, Charles) and three daughters(Magdalene, Anna, Diane). His son Caesar who was an excellent artist. We also get to know about his son from the book titled ‘Preface to Caesar’ written by Nostradamus.


Book and Predictions


Nostradamus wrote a book titled Les Propheties (The Prophecies) in 1555.

It was a collection of 942 poetic quatrains that predicted major incidents that would happen in the future.

There were 9 official centuries each of which contained 100 and one contained 42 quatrains.


Some of the prophecies were-


a)“The blood of the just will be lacking in London,
Burnt up in the fire of ’66:
The ancient Lady will topple from her high place,
Many of the same sect will be killed.”(The Great Fire of London)

b) “ Songs, chants, and demands will come from thee enslaved
Held captive by the nobility in their prisons
At a later date, brainless idiots
Will take these as divine utterances.”( The French Revolution)

c) “ Pau, Nay, Loron, more fire the blood,
Swimming in praise, the great man hurries to the confluence
He will refuse entry to the magpies,
Pampon and Durrance will confine them.”( The Reign of Napoleon )

d) The Invention of Electricity

e) The collapse of the Soviet Union

f) 9/11 incident

g) natural disasters

h) End of the world etc.

Nostradamus also wrote books on medical science. The Almanacs were published annually. These books also brought him fame.


Decoding the Predictions


Some critics believed that Nostradamus could really see the future while others said that these were just his imagination. His predictions mostly depicted the threats of the future. Maybe the prophet wanted us to decode his riddles or prophecies in order to avoid those problems but could not write in simple language because of any
unknown danger or because he thought that his contemporary men would think him a madman. The first important prediction of Michel Nostradamus was the death of Henry 2 during combat.


He wrote:

“ The young lion will overcome the older one,
On the field of combat in a single battle;
He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage,
Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death.”


Here the old lion was King Henry 2; his eyes were wounded during a fight in July 1559; he suffered ten days before his death.


“Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers.
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
Into a cage of iron will be drawn.
When the child of Germany observes nothing”


Many people believed that ‘Hister’ was Hitler only. This prediction referred to World War 2 and the beasts could be the Axis power who fought against the Allies.

The seer also made predictions about the atomic bombs and addressed them as heavenly darts.

Michel Nostradamus foretold the outbreak of World War 3 between two great world powers and the war would continue for 27 years.

He also predicted climate change and said that the world leaders would take measures to fight against pollution.
The end date of the events he predicted was 2242 or 2243 years which coexisted with the date of 6000 years from the Creation according to the Jewish calendar.

But the world would come to an end in 3242 years (according to Nostradamus).

According to Dolores Cannon, Nostradamus “did not have the ego of wanting to be proven right. He wanted us to negate the horror he saw, and to prove him wrong. This is the greatest reward any psychic can have, that his disastrous prophecies do not come true.”


Interesting Facts


(a) Nostradamus lived in a monastery for two years.

(b)He wrote a cookbook on how to prepare jams and many excellent

(c) Germany used Nostradamus’ prophecies as propaganda during the
Second World War.

(d)While writing his prophecies, he used a mirror. For practicing astrology, he used to keep a tripod, astrolabe, etc with him.

(e) According to him, the world will get a new Pope and England will have a new king in the same year.( maybe in 2020 but the critics are not sure about it.)


Death of the Prophet


Michel Nostradamus suffered from gout for a long period of time. Gradually the disease took the form of edema. He
understood that it was his turn to leave the world; he called his lawyer and left the majority of his estate to his wife and children. The day before his death, the astrologer told his secretary that he (Michel) would not be alive the
next morning. And the next morning(2nd July 1566) he was found dead next to the bed in his own room. ( There is a confusion regarding this date too)


People are still trying to solve the riddles of Nostradamus. Not only the riddles but also his life has always been an inspiration for many a writer. It has been depicted in many films and books such as- The Man who Saw Tomorrow
(movie,1981), Conversation with Nostradamus(three volumes, book by Dolores Cannon), The Omen, Deception(novels written by Valerio Evangelisti), The Best Crew of the Sun(book). In one novel by Alexander Dumas, Nostradamus appears in an episode. These are some of the events associated with the French soothsayer.

The prophet once predicted,

“The man who opens the tomb when it is found
And who does not close it immediately
Evil will come to him
That no one will be able to prove.”

The soldiers who tried to prove the prophecy wrong were killed. Even after the researches of several years, Nostradamus remains a mystery for the world.


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