There was a story about a memo reputed to concern the famed Roswell UFO crash. As described in the memo: “An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture.” Secret FBI File Exposes Roswell UFO — Or Not?
What to make about this story of the recovery of crashed UFOs at Roswell? I have my doubts. I don’t reject the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life. I just can’t buy into 3 feet tall humanoids in metallic cloth uniforms in flying saucers.
What would actual alien explorers look like? We humans are already exploring our solar system with robots. We have many probes hurtling through the void of space gathering information. We have moving probes traveling the surface of Mars. Sending human beings into distant space to accomplish the same would cost an untenable fortune in resources.
One day we’ll send probes to visit other stars. With the known barrier of the speed of light, it could take hundreds or even thousands of years for a probe to reach distant stars and send back information. But what is the hurry since future generations will await the signals. Robots and artificial intelligence don’t require air, food or water, just energy. If we eventually send probes to the stars, then perhaps an alien civilization is doing the same. Even at close to the speed of light, aliens won’t send organic life to do the job.
I imagine technology will someday develop genuine artificial intelligence. Thinking machines would be like living beings without the need for life support. Indeed, artificial intelligence may one day replace organic life. If an alien craft ever crashed on earth, we would find no pilot in the craft. The UFO itself would be the alien. We may have such crafts watching us now, alien intellects vast and superior…watching invisibly from deep, dark space. Not 3-foot tall gray aliens in tin foil suits.
Does this mean sightings of organic aliens are only phantoms of our imagination? They may not be imagination, but actual phantoms. Encounters with alien “life” may be something entirely different then extraterrestrial.
Premonitions and precognition are often lifesavers. There are many instances where someone acted based on a premonition and avoided getting involved in a catastrophe. As a child, my own father’s premonition saved our family from dying in a horrific tornado.
However, sometimes a premonition may be an unwelcome event, if it is a portent of an unavoidable disaster. In such an instance, is having a glimpse of the future desirable? Which begs the question…is any fate unavoidable?
Here is a true story of a premonition told to me by the family members involved. Jane and Tom was a married couple. One day Jane had a vision, a premonition. It was an awake, daytime vision. In her brief vision, she saw her husband in church. And he was with another woman. Jane described the woman as short, wore glasses, was bowlegged, much younger then Tom, and with a family. He was very happy and smiling.
If I had a vision of my spouse happily with another person, I’d be concerned. Jane told her husband about her vision, knowing Tom used to be a bit of a ladies man. However, he found God and gave up his past and was now a devout, active Christian. This vision/premonition was put aside as imagination.
Two years after her vision, Jane had a heart problem. She went in for surgery. However, after the surgery, there was a complication and the doctors recommended she return for further surgery. For reasons we can only guess at, she didn’t want to go back to surgery. She thought she was fine. Well, she died not long afterwards.
Tom was now a widower. He was an active churchgoer, which helped. Two years after his wife’s death, he met a woman at church. She was short, perhaps five feet tall. She wore glasses and walked a little funny because she was bowlegged. She had a family from her previous marriage and was 15 years younger then Tom.
Yes, they eventually married, and he was happily married again. His second marriage surpassed his first. They remained together for nearly two decades until Tom passed away recently. Tom never told his new wife the story of Jane’s vision, even after they married. I can understand it might have seemed awkward. But Tom’s daughters heard the story long ago. All were stunned when Tom had a relationship with the very woman described in Jane’s vision.
Of course, such stories aren’t kept secret long. Tom’s daughters told his second wife about the vision. And Tom’s second wife personally told me this story.
There is a lesson here. If we have a vision of our spouse happily with another person, then it means either the relationship will end, or we’ll die. Jane’s premonition was a death premonition…her own. She foresaw her husband in his future without her. That is a pretty damn scary vision. Maybe Jane could’ve prevented her own death, if she would’ve gone for that second surgery. Perhaps her premonition was a warning for herself, which she didn’t heed. True premonitions are rare and spontaneous events, and should not be ignored.
There has been an intriguing discovery. Ancient codices inscribed on lead plates and bound together may describe events from the earliest point in Christianity. I’m skeptical. If these were discovered by archeologists, I’d be happier. Instead, there is a story of these being found by a Bedouin in Jordan who then passed it on across into Israel. Sounds suspicious, and there have been forgeries of religious artifacts in the past.
However, assuming this is the real thing, we can speculate that these small codices may be the books mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
“Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.”
Could this artifact actually be the book described in Revelation 5:1-4?
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
Since these are made of lead, I assume we’d have to break the seals to open and read them. We can’t use an X-ray. The problem is in Revelation, breaking the seven seals will lead to the apocalypse as expressed by the metaphor of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As described in Revelation 6, break the first seal and the White Horse appears, break the second seal, the Red Horse arrives, the third seal, the Black Horse, and so on.
Is this discovery a Christian Pandora’s Box? In Greek myth Pandora’s Box contained the world’s evils, all its devils, and when Pandora opened the box this evil was unleashed on the world. If one of these sealed codices is actually the book mentioned in Revelation, could breaking the seals usher in the end of the world?
One of the sealed books pictured has seven rings sealing it, along with rings acting as a hinge on one side. Let’s hope they are forgeries! If not, then the appearance of these codices may not be a literal Pandora’s Box, but instead may be a sign, a portent, and an omen of doom. To break the seals may be a fulfillment of prophecy! If so, I suggest we don’t break the seals, and let the books remain sealed, mysterious artifacts.
I’d like to pass on another story of the paranormal. If these are actually paranormal events or tricks of the mind, I can’t say. But the experiences are true. Martha is an older lady who has been widowed for over a decade. After people got to talk about strange stories Martha told us her own experience.
Martha’s husband was Michael. They were married for their entire lives. Martha said her husband, when he was tired, often took a nap. Michael would not undress. He’d take off his shoes and lie on the bed fully dressed. He would just lie down on his back with his hands over his midsection and fall asleep for 45 minutes or an hour.
A decade ago Michael became ill. He had a stroke, and afterwards their life changed as she took care of him. He died around a year after his stroke. During a long marriage, the final year was difficult, but it was the only really bad year in a long life together.
Martha recalled one night a few months after her husband’s death. She was asleep still lying on her side of the bed. A bright light, which filtered through her eyelids, awakened her. She looked at the source of the light. She was astonished to see her deceased husband Michael in bed next to her!
He was surrounded by a bright glow, which lit the formerly dark room. He was lying down on his back, with his hands clasped over him. He was fully clothed, but did not have his shoes on. He was asleep and did stir or make any sound. His eyes were closed as he lay on his side of the bed.
Martha was now fully awake. This was not a dream. She looked at Michael for what seemed like a couple of minutes. She even remembered the clothing he was wearing (his plaid shirt). He did not look sickly like he did before he died, but appeared as when he was healthy.
Finally she reached over to touch him, and when she tried, he disappeared and the light faded away. She was back alone in her darkened bedroom. It was almost dawn and she got up amazed at what she had witnessed. She was wide-awake. A glowing ghost in bed next to me would have sent me screaming. But she felt peaceful and there was no fear whatsoever.
Martha never had any experience like this before or afterwards. She thought her husband visited her so she’d know he was at peace. Everything was ok. I offered the idea the ghost of Michael may have visited her many times in bed, and that night was the only time she became aware of him lying beside her. Who can say?
I found the bright glow that initially awakened her interesting. I suspect what she saw was not physical light (photons), but astral light. Astral light often accompanies encounters with the otherworldly. Religious visions and apparitions, UFOs and their “aliens”, and other spirit visitations are often accompanied by astral light. It is a light not seen with the optic nerve but seen within the soul. Astral light is the doorway to communication with the spirit world. It is the same light (or senses) which allows people experiencing the out-of-body phenomena to clearly see even in absolute darkness. It seems our physical senses are matched by similar spiritual senses.
How to interpret the prophecies of Nostradamus? First, we can thank the great scholarship offered by past writers on Nostradamus for allowing his writings to be easily available for anyone to examine. However, a few scholars suggested without intimate knowledge of linguistics from his era, one was unqualified to understand his writings and hence his predictions. They cited Nostradamus’ own “Incantation of the Law Against Inept Critics”:
Those who read these verses, consider them with maturity
Let not the profane, vulgar, and ignorant attracted
All astrologers, fools, and barbarians stay afar
He who does otherwise, subjected to the sacred rite.
Some commentators of Nostradamus created elaborate systems in an attempt to interpret his cryptic quatrains. In the 21st century, I disagree with an elitist approach towards understanding Nostradamus. Thankfully we have the scholarship already in place. Now the task is solving the puzzle presented in his quatrains.
I suggest the secret to understanding Nostradamus is to understand clairvoyance. Genuine clairvoyance is usually a rare and spontaneous experience happening once or twice in a lifetime (if we are lucky). It has been reported as visual, audible or both. It can also be a feeling, an emotion like a panic when someone feels their loved one is in danger.
The prophecies of Nostradamus are murky, vague, and frustrating. Nostradamus was said to use vagueness on purpose. We assume to protect him from the inquisition. Successful predictions could have been considered witchcraft, a dangerous sin in his era. I suppose if a quatrain came true in his lifetime he’d have reason to worry. But why care for future predictions after he had passed away?
Skeptics say he was hedging his bets with his predictions. It’s an old trick…make hundreds of predictions, make them vague, and hope a few works out, taking credit for successes while ignoring all the misses. Still, Nostradamus stood the test of time. His few bull’s-eyes are truly uncanny.
I suspect much of Nostradamus’ murkiness was not intentional, but a natural result of clairvoyance. Nostradamus was not all knowing. No human can possibly be. Even the greatest possible prophet may have only brief glimpses of the future. Can they be so elaborate they translate into incredibly ingenious riddles?
It depends if a clairvoyant intellectualizes his visions. Suppose someone had a vision, and then tried to make sense of it. Instead of only expressing his experience, he used his intellect. Perhaps Nostradamus used his logical mind to understand his visions and then write down his quatrains. He was likely no wiser in comprehending his visions as we are today when examining them.
But when he stuck with describing what he witnessed in his visions, we have an undiluted look into his clairvoyance. Sights…sounds…clairvoyance…clairaudience. Even his anagrams may be based on sound…hearing something that sounded familiar to him. Hister…Hitler. Or using the anagram “Pax Ney Loro” as his way to describe the sound of Napoleon’s name.
Here is the quatrain that informed my understanding of Nostradamus. Century I, Quatrain 64
At night they will think they have seen the sun,
when they see the half pig man:
Noise, screams, battles seen fought in the skies.
The brute beasts will be heard to speak
It reads like gibberish.
Written in the 1960s, Edgar Leoni in his “Nostradamus and His Prophecies” described the quatrain this way:
“No commentator has gotten any really bright idea as to the identity of the pig-man. Fighting in the sky sounds very modern, perhaps Nostradamus had “signs in the heavens” in mind. Or perhaps scientific developments of the 1960s offer a solution: A Soviet illuminated, giant, propagranda-transmutting satellite balloon constructed in the image of porcupine big brother of the soviet animal farm, Nikita Khrushchev.”
Later, Erika Cheetham in her “The Prophecies of Nostradamus” described the same quatrain:
“This seemingly nonsensical quatrain is one of the most interesting. Nostradamus describes a vivid picture of a battle in the air. The sun, appearing at night, is the searchlight piercing the sky, or possibly bombs exploding. The pig-like man, which no commentator to date as ever deciphered, seems a clear picture in silhouette of the pilot in Oxygen mask, helmet and goggles.”
Ms. Cheetham hit the nail on the head with her interpretation. Instead of using logic, she used her intuition and imagination to finally see what Nostradamus must have seen.
Nostradamus likely didn’t comprehend everything he saw. How often did Nostradamus try to interpret his own predictions, instead of only transcribing what he witnessed? Or mix the two together? How often did he use his imagination thinking it was precognition? We don’t know. I believe if even 10% of his quatrains contain true clairvoyance, then his words are worth examining. The problem is we don’t know which quatrains offer clues to the future, and which don’t. Part of the trick is to think like a clairvoyant.
Japan suffered historic, catastrophic disasters: a 9 magnitude earthquake, a horrific tsunami and then a nuclear crisis. Did Nostradamus have any quatrains that specifically referred to an Asian earthquake? There is such a line. Did it refer to Japan? You decide.
Century: 3 Quatrain: 3
Mars and Mercury, and the silver joined together,
Towards the south extreme drought:
In the depths of Asia one will say the earth trembles,
Corinth, Ephesus then in perplexity.
Mercury and Mars were in conjunction on February 20, 2011. However, this conjunction occurs nearly every year, so it is not very helpful.
“Towards the south extreme drought” This may mean the deprivation the people of Japan suffered as their nation tried to regain its footing. In the news: “Millions of people faced a fourth night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures along the northeast coast devastated by Friday’s disasters.”
This line may also refer to the nuclear crisis. The nuclear reactors in crisis were just south of the earthquake’s epicenter. Water was desperately used in an attempt to cool the nuclear reactors. Even helicopters were spraying water in an attempt to dowse the reactors. There was not enough water to do the job.
“Extreme drought” could also refer to the effects of radiation poisoning south of the nuclear reactors. If farmland were contaminated by radioactivity, it would be unusable, as if in a drought. Japan radioactivity could enter food chain
Epicenter and aftershocks
In the depths of Asia one will say the earth trembles.
This is the line that made me consider this quatrain referred to Japan. The “depths of Asia” suggests a place deep inside Asia, far away from Nostradamus’ homeland of France. The “depths of Asia” may also refer to the location of the epicenter of the earthquake, which was in the ocean off the coast of Japan. “Depths of Asia” even hints at a tsunami.
Corinth, Ephesus then in perplexity.
This line is perplexing. I’m not certain what it means. Corinth was an ancient city in Greece, which shared a certain fate with Japan. Through history ancient Corinth was destroyed numerous times by earthquakes, in the years 375, 551, and 856. In 1858 the town built on ancient Corinth was totally destroyed by an earthquake. Yet, it has always been rebuilt. Perhaps the city is a metaphor for the future or Japan? That is a hopeful sign.
Why has the 11th day recently become so significant? There are always historic events, but few truly rivet the world’s attention. One such terrible day was when terrorists flew the airplane Flight 11 into the twin towers of the World Trade Center (1_1 ?) on Sept. 11. Forever after this terrorism became known as simply 9/11.
Now, in the 11th year of the new century, the 11th day is again taking on uncanny significance.
After the Egyptian uprisings, Hosni Mubarak resigned from the leadership of Egypt on February 11, 2011, changing the future of the Arab world. The world’s attention was intently focused on events in the Middle East. It felt like the opposite of the 9/11 was taking place.
Then on March 11, a historic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, followed by nuclear reactor leaks. Again, the world watched the images of the destruction with shock, dismay and sympathy.
Perhaps great and terrible events on the 11th day are only coincidence, part of humanity’s natural attempt to find meaning in random events. Yet, this all has the feel of something important occurring outside of direct human perception.
The symbolism of the number 11 is loaded with dire significance.11…is one after another one…1, 1. 11 is repetition, something destined to repeat itself. The term the “11th hour” suggests a time for reckoning. The number has been considered a corruption of the perfect number ten, as if to add something to perfection makes it imperfect, a symbol of disorder. Then there is the 11:11 phenomenon, where for some find certain numbers appearing regularly in their personal lives.
The question going forward: will the 11th day continue to have outsized significance?
Some comments to my blog offer insights into the future using the numerology of 11.
From Susan: The Quake was on 3/10/11 + 9/11/01 = 12/21/12. The exact date predicted to be the end of days on the Mayan calendar. Fate or Chance? It is eerie regardless.
From Raj Check this terrorist attack on Mumbai (India) Dates:
26/11/2008 = 2045
2 + 0 + 4 + 5 = 11
Angel wrote me an email:
“My sister and me were talking about this strange date coincidence on your blog site and she brought up the fact that she feels that something might happen on the date of 7/11 after seeing your blog about the strange date coincidence concerning 9/11/2001 and 2/11/2011. When she said 7/11, I immediately recalled a verse from the bible:
Genesis 7:11, which deals with the story of Noah and the great flood. The verse says “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened”.”
“This is from the New American standard Bible. Different bibles have different ways of saying it but the main point is that this is where the flood begins.”
It is curious how the bible seemed to almost emphasize numerology by stressing the exact day of the flood. Did Angel and her sister have a personal premonition for our near future? Are we due for another great event on July 11? I may not take numerology overly seriously, but I do believe in the power of premonitions. Premonitions are worth reporting.
APRIL 11 UPDATE: ANNIVERSARY EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN
CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – A Japan earthquake today and a tsunami warning, later cancelled, struck on the one-month anniversary of the March catastrophe. Today’s Japan earthquake was being reported by local news as a 7.1 magnitude while U.S. officials are reporting it as a magnitude 6.6. Today’s earthquake was located in the same general vicinity as the March quake, off the east of coast of Honshu.
On March 11, 2011 (05:46:23 UTC), a historic 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, creating a massive tsunami. It was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. It created a 23 foot tsunami, which was even more dangerous then the earthquake.
Previously, on March 9 (23:23 UTC), a solar flare erupted, aimed straight towards the Earth. The Coronal Mass Ejection arrived shortly afterwards striking our magnetic field on March 10. A bright aurora borealis was visible that night in the northern United States. It was daylight in Japan, when at the same time the earthquake and tsunami struck.
Century: 1, Quatrain: 46
Very near Auch, Lectoure and Mirande
a great fire will fall from the sky for three nights.
The cause will appear both stupefying and marvelous;
shortly afterwards there will be an earthquake.
The quatrain mentioned areas in southern France (Auch, Lectoure and Mirande) and a fire in the sky for 3 nights. I understood this to mean the aurora borealis would be visible in an area where it’s rarely seen, farther south. Only a huge solar flare could create an aurora borealis great enough to light up the sky like fire at that latitude.
The aurora borealis occurred the same time the earthquake hit Japan, as reported here:
Their firsthand account: “The Aurora event peaked about the same time as the earth quake in Japan before Midnight local time in Minnesota.”
From the start of the solar flare until the earthquake…March 9, March 10, march 11…three nights. That the sun may have caused this would be stupefying and marvelous. Shortly afterwards, the earth will tremble, in French “la terre tremblera”.
Did the solar flare actually trigger this awful earthquake? Or was it only a coincidence that Nostradamus used as a signpost, an omen, to predict what was to happen? If the sun actually had something to do with this earthquake, then we had better beware. We are entering an active solar period, and we can expect more such flares.
I give the people of Japan my greatest sympathy for their losses.
There was a curious story in the news from China about the sun appearing as double. It was a strange optical effect, and the cause was not immediately understood. When I read this story, I thought of a Nostradamus quatrain that included the line “The cloud will cause two suns to appear:”
Century: 2 Quatrain: 41
The great star will burn for seven days,
The cloud will cause two suns to appear:
The big mastiff will howl all night
When the great pontiff will change country.
Nothing else in this quatrain seems relevant today. The quatrain suggests some disaster would cause the Catholic Pope to flee Vatican City. However, we now know a cloud can actually make two suns appear. If this quatrain is not related to current events, we can appreciate such an event is a literal possibility in the future.
Nostradamus was big on omens in the sky as signposts preceding great events. A great star burning for seven days could be a comet or a star going supernova. The big mastiff howling sounds like events in the sky would cause dogs to bark, but it could be symbolic for something else.
Below is a prediction from Nostradamus, the famed 16th century prophet. What might this cryptic quatrain mean for our future? The prediction nearly came to pass recently, and may yet do so. We need to watch the skies, for a celestial event will precede a great earthquake.
Century I, Quatrain 46:
Very near Auch, Lectoure and Mirande
A great fire will fall from the sky for three nights.
The cause will appear both stupefying and marvelous;
Shortly afterwards there will be an earthquake.
Auch, Lectoure and Mirande are in southwestern France, suggesting a light (fire) will be visible in southern France for three nights. Perhaps a meteor shower? I don’t imagine any meteor shower could be described as a “great fire”. I’d suggest the “fire fall” will be the northern lights, the aurora borealis. Nostradamus’ description is an apt one for the aurora borealis. The northern lights rarely appear as far south as southern France, but it does happen. To appear for three nights suggest a powerful light show. Nostradamus foresees this event as an omen of doom.
Line 3: The cause will appear both stupefying and marvelous;
What would cause the aurora borealis to appear in a spectacular display over France? A giant solar flare that scored a direct hit on the earth could. The flare’s charged particles could potentially cause a massive aurora borealis display that would reach far south. Monster solar flares are certainly both stupefying and marvelous.
Line 4: Shortly afterwards there will be an earthquake.
Soon after this northern light display will be an earthquake worthy of predicting. I assume a very disastrous one. Perhaps Nostradamus suggests the solar flare, or disturbances on the sun, will be the cause of the earthquake.
We are now entering a cycle of increased solar flare activity. On February 14, 2011 we had our first Class X solar flare in 4 years. The Class X flares is the largest. However, a widespread aurora borealis display did not happen.
Shortly after the Class X solar flare on Feb. 14 but before the Feb. 24 flare, we had a tragic earthquake in New Zealand. On February 22 the deadly 6.3-magnitude Christchurch earthquake struck with a death toll surpassing 200.
Can the sun cause earthquakes? According to Nostradamus, we can expect an earthquake worthy of prophecy after a solar flare lights up the northern hemisphere with a spectacular three night light show. Watch the skies, and beware the ground beneath us.
MARCH 10 UPDATE: Major Solar Flare Erupts, May Make Auroras Visible in Northern U.S. “The solar flare erupted at 6:23 p.m. EST (2323 GMT), letting loose a wave of charged particles that is aimed straight at Earth and should arrive in the next few days. The sun unleashed another major solar flare Wednesday (March 9), a solar storm so powerful it could spawn dazzling northern lights displays that could be visible from even New York City.”
This story demonstrates how a solar flare predicted by Nostradamus may happen soon. We are due for an extended period of wild solar flares. Watch the skies!
MARCH 11 UPDATE: 8.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS JAPAN!
On Friday, March 11, 2011 On Friday, at 05:46:23 UTC, a historic 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, creating a tsunami.
On March 9, at 23:23 UTC, a solar flare erupted, aimed straight towards Earth. The Coronal Mass Ejection struck our magnetic field March 10. A bright Aurora Borealis were visible in the northern United States.