The Nostradamus Global Warming, Drought, Famine and Cannibalism Predictions

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We’ve had a hot summer in North America this year (2012).  It’s been a record breaker.  Last year in 2011 Texas suffered a drought, now it is spreading across North America.  People might wonder…is this the result of global warming and man induced climate change?  Is this weather a sign of the times?

According to Nostradamus this is only the beginning.  Nostradamus predicted a global famine of such an extent that mankind will become cannibals.  He speaks of a famine turning from one place to another until it becomes worldwide.  It really won’t take much to turn North America into a desert.  A decade without much rain would do the trick.  We had a dust bowl in the past without any climate change. What now?

Century 2, Quatrain 75:

  • The voice of the unusual bird is heard,
  • In the pipe of the breathing floor:
  • Bushels of wheat will rise so high,
  • That man will devour his fellow man.

This quatrain above hints at something so terrible that people will be unable to afford food.  The first two lines are a mystery to me.  The second two lines are unambiguous.

Century 1, Quatrain 67:

  • The great famine which I sense approaching
  • will often turn (in various areas) then become world wide.
  • It will be so vast and long lasting that (they) will grab
  • roots from the trees and children from the breast.

Above is a quatrain that spells out our destiny.  Is global warming a hoax invented and perpetuated by tree-hugging environmentalists?  Nostradamus seems to have an opinion on the topic.  Time will tell, but by then it’ll be too late to change things.  I think it is already too late.  This is one of Nostradamus’ least ambiguous quatrains.

Anybody seen the Viggo Mortensen movie “The Road”?  That is our future according to Nostradamus, except from being cold the world will be arid and dry.  The smart people will have stocked up on bags of rice, beans and canned goods.  The rest of us will be somebody’s dinner.

Nostradamus on Hurricane Irene, the Virginia earthquake and the Washington Monument

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On August 23rd an earthquake struck the state of Virginia 100 miles away from Washington DC. The quake was felt across the east coast, but did little damage. However, the earthquake did crack the Washington Monument. A few days later on August 27 hurricane Irene struck the eastern coast of the United States, flooding the area with heavy rain.  I suggest a synchronicity occurred matching the damage to the monument with America’s current political state of affairs:  a nation split and damaged.

Hurricane Irene churns its way north

Nostradamus had a possible prediction concerning these events.  He had a prediction about a pillar split by earthquake and by flood.  Could this have been the Washington Monument?

Century 8, quatrain 29:

At the fourth pillar which they dedicate to Saturn

split by earthquake and by flood;

under Saturn’s building an urn is found

gold carried off by Caepio and then restored.

The first line describes a fourth pillar dedicated to Saturn. In astrology Saturn ruled over matters of law, government and civilization. The monument’s cornerstone was laid with a ceremony sponsored by the Freemasons on the 4th of July.  The Washington Monument could be this pillar dedicated to Saturn (law and governance).

The second line is “split by earthquake and by flood”. The Washington Monument was split, cracked by the August 23rd earthquake. It had to be closed indefinitely until repairs could be made. This line also mentions a flood. A few days later hurricane Irene arrived, flooding the area with rainwater.

The next two lines are an enigma.  They have yet to happen but seem to follow the events of the first two lines.  “Under Saturn’s building an urn is found.”  This is not the pillar of the first line, but I suggest a government (Saturn’s) building. What is this urn, and what is its significance?

The last line speaks of Caepio, a general and statesman during the Roman Empire. Historically, Caepio was said to have plundered a fortune in gold and silver from ancient temples, so I assume this line refers to him. The stolen silver was sent to the Roman Empire, but the gold vanished (supposedly stolen by Caepio). Caepio had a disastrous military campaign and suffered greatly for his folly, being punished by the Empire. What does this mean in the modern day? As a metaphor it could represent many things, from monetary policy to the fate of politicians. Assuming the quatrain refers to America in 2011, the third and fourth lines remain to be fulfilled.

Below is a segment from a documentary about the esoteric architecture of Washington DC. This section discusses Sirius & the Washington Monument:

Earthquake cracks in the Washington Monument: an omen for America’s Future?

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Cracks in the Washington Monument

Cracks in the Washington Monument

An earthquake struck Virginia on August 23, about 100 miles from Washington DC. The tremor was widely felt but did little damage. However, the quake did damage DC’s great obelisk, the Washington Monument. The monument has been closed to visitors indefinitely.

More Cracks in the Washington Monument

On the surface this event doesn’t seem significant. However, it has the feel of some dark portent. When an earthquake cracked the great monument, could it have been an omen for America’s future? America is now struggling with a dire economic situation and bitter political acrimony. Political gridlock threatens to bring America to its knees. The crack in the Washington Monument could symbolize the crack in American society. We have been split asunder.

Benjamin Franklin famously said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Today’s politicians seem determined we hang separately.

The Nostradamus Sea Monster Prophecy



There was a story about a dead “sea monster” beached in China.  The decaying carcass is likely a whale.  The story and photo is here:

Fishy business: Mysterious 55ft ‘sea monster’ washes up in China

Sightings of sea monsters are as old as sailing.  When an unrecognizable giant carcass is stranded on a beach, there is the natural impulse to imagine it is the remains of a sea monster.  The creations of legends are often the result of such misunderstandings.

Nostradamus has a prophecy about such a sea monster stranded on a beach:

Century 5, Quatrain 88
Through a frightful flood upon the sand,
A marine monster from other seas found:
Near the place will be made a refuge,
Holding Savona the slave of Turin.

sea-monsterHis quatrain implies a storm or the tides carried a marine monster onto the sands.  Centuries ago this would seem odd, if the locals were not very familiar with whales.  His quatrain mentions Savona, a seaport in northern Italy.  This quatrain likely refers to a beached whale in the Mediterranean Sea, which likely happened in the past and will yet again in the future.  Yet Nostradamus also mentions it is from “other seas”.

Why bother to make a prediction about something like this?  I have a theory.  Genuine clairvoyance might use unusual events as an omen to foretell greater events soon to occur.  If something odd happens before a monumental event, the strange occurrence could be considered a signpost.  Since unusual events happen all the time, it comes down to the prophet picking the right notable event coinciding with a future event.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it really happen?  It didn’t matter.  If a tree falls on someone’s house, the account might appear in the local newspaper if nowhere else.  If a falling tree/unusual event gets worldwide attention, it may reverberate in the collective consciousness.  It gets noticed.  These peculiar if unimportant instances may get picked up by a clairvoyant, assuming clairvoyance responds to the collection attention of millions or even billions of individuals.  The falling tree is unremarkable until it gets noticed by the masses.  If it is unnoticed, why bother using it in a prediction?

Nostradamus suggests something will happen when a sea monster is stranded on a beach.  That does not give us much to work with.  Unless the last two lines come in to play afterwards.  I don’t suggest this story of the decaying whale is necessarily part of this particular quatrain.  However, we should pay attention to any stories of beached sea monsters that gain wide attention.  We never know when any sea monster will be the Nostradamus sea monster.


Loch Ness monster-like beast filmed in Alaska

A video of a sea monster!  Could an actual sea monster have been caught on video?  If this video is not faked, then it looks like a geninue sea serpent.


Did Nostradamus predict Osama bin Laden?

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Did Nostradamus offer any predictions related to Osama bin Laden?  There are a number of intriguing interpretations concerning 911 circulating.  I will offer another possible reference as well.  I previously wrote about this quatrain, and it seems the third line may have come to pass in short order.  It is quite curious.

Nostradamus wrote the following in Century 9, Quatrain 73:

The Blue Turban King entered into Foix,
And he will reign less than an evolution of Saturn:
The White Turban King Byzantium heart banished,
Sun, Mars and Mercury near Aquarius

“The Blue Turban King entered into Foix”

I speculated the first line referred to Hosni Mubarak, the former ruler of Egypt who was forced to resign by the protests of the Arab spring.  He was originally an air force officer, and their uniform and hat were blue.  Foix is in France, and Mubarak visited France 50 times as the president of Egypt.

“And he will reign less than an evolution of Saturn”

Mubarak resigned as president after ruling Egypt for 29 years, 3 months and 29 days.  The orbit of Saturn around the sun takes just barely under 29.5 years.

“The White Turban King Byzantium heart banished”

Here is where Nostradamus may have suggested Osama bin Laden was the White Turban King.  Osama bin Laden was not really a king of anything, except possibly his predicted Great King Of Terror (Century 10, Quatrain 72).  Bin Laden certainly wore a white turban.  “Byzantium heart banished” is curious.  Was the White Turban a king of Byzantium?   Byzantium could represent modern day Turkey.  Or does Byzantium symbolize the long extinct eastern Roman Empire, which projected forward into the present day would be our current world empire/power system.  “Heart banished,” could suggest the White Turban was killed/defeated by Byzantium.  Yet banished is a curious phrase.  Could Nostradamus suggest bin Laden was subject to rendition (banished)?  Could bin Laden have been taken prisoner with a cover story of his death?

“Sun, Mars and Mercury near Aquarius”

The sun, Mars and Mercury were near Aquarius from February 3 until February 21, 2011.  Mubarak resigned February 11, 2011.

Osama bin Laden was killed less then three months after Mubarak resigned.  That is pretty tight timing.  If Mubarak was the blue turban, then it appears bin Laden was the white turban.  That Nostradamus thought all of this worthy of prophecy means this is not the end of the story.  This is just the beginning.  These events are a harbinger of world changing events soon to arrive.

How to Interpret the Prophecies of Nostradamus

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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.

The Nostradamus Asia Earthquake Prophecy. Was it Japan?


nostradamus_01Japan 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

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.

Nostradamus Predicted the Historic 2011 Japan Earthquake?



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.

Previously I wrote about a prediction by Nostradamus where I suggested he connected solar flares with an earthquake:   Nostradamus, Solar Flares and Earthquakes

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:

Video: Minnesota Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis

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.

The cloud will cause two suns to appear

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China TV

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.

‘Two suns’ spotted in China defy explanation

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.

Nostradamus, Solar Flares and Earthquakes


“>nostradamus-solar-flareSolar Flare 2011: Biggest Sun Storm in Four Years Passes Earth

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.


Aurora Borealis

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.

Solar Flare

Solar Flare

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. 

Some stories about this event:


Shields Up: Why Last Week’s Solar Storm Was a Dud

Another giant flare followed on February 24.  The sun is entering into an active cycle.   ‘Monster’ Solar Storm Erupts On the Sun

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!


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. 

The Aurora peaked at the same time the earthquake  8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, as reported here:

I don’t know if this was the exact solar flare/earthquake event predicted by Nostradamus.  This could be a rolling prediction that reappears over and over.  This may happen again.

UPDATE:  The blog Burnt Food Dude suggested this video.  Burnt Food Dude It made me rethink what Nostradamus might have meant by “earthquake”.   Scary stuff.