One of the most famous clairvoyants of all time is Michele de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, a 16th-century physician who has fascinated thousands of conspiracy theorists for decades because of his writings and predictions. His followers are convinced that he was the one who predicted important historical events that shaped us, such as the Great Fire of London in 1666, the rise of dictator Adolf Hitler in 1933 and even the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Nostradamus' style of righting is different and vague, he used very cryptic, four-lined poems called quatrains. The collection of his prophecies were published in 1555 in his magnum opus, Les Propheties. The book was originally published in old French, and it is in non-chronological order and it is divided into chapters or centuries. Even though his prophecies were difficult to decipher and the terms that he used were vague, a lot of conspiracy theorists believe that they were able to show the events of the future.
Predictions of Nostradamus for 2020
A lot of people are now sharing Nostradamus' prediction for 2020 on social media, and they claim that the clairvoyant knew of the coronavirus 500 years ago. He warned of plague in Century 2, Quatrain 6, he wrote:
"Near the gates and within two cities
"There will be two scourges the like of which was never seen,
"Famine within plague, people put out by steel,
"Crying to the great immortal God for relief."
However, there are skeptics that countered his alleged predictions and they stated that it is impossible for the French clairvoyant to see the future. One of the vocal skeptics, Brian Dunning who hosts the Skeptoid podcast said that Nostradamus' writings are too vague and can easily be exploited in numerous fallacious ways.
Dunning 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."
Nostradamus' predictions that came true
Nostradamus' followers shared his predictions that they believed came true. One of them was the Great Fire of London in 1666. Nostradamus wrote in Century 2, Quatrain 52:
"The blood of the just will commit fault at London,
"Burnt through lightning of twenty threes the six:
"The ancient lady will fall from her high place,
"Several of the same sect will be killed."
Thousands of conspiracy theorists believe that this passage is a reference to the Great Fire of London, which happened 100 years after the clairvoyant wrote it. The fire began on September 2, 1666, at a small bakery on Pudding Lane in the UK.
Many believe this passage is a reference to the Great Fire of London, which erupted 100 years after the prediction was written.
The fire began on September 2, 1666, at a small bakery on Pudding Lane in the UK capital. According to historians, only 6 people died in the fire but it destroyed 70,000 homes.
Another event that Nostradamus allegedly predicted is the rise of dictator Adolf Hitler in 1933. Theorists said that he wrote about him in Century 2, Quatrain 24:
"Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers
"The greater part of the region will be against the Hister,
"The great one will cause it to be dragged in an iron cage,
"When the German child will observe nothing."
In 1933, Adolf Hitler assumed dictatorial power over Germany and he was responsible for the capture, torture, and killing of millions of Jews.
Many believe that he also predicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In Century 1, Quatrain 27, he wrote:
"The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt,
"The evil deed predicted by the bearer of a petition:
"According to the prediction another falls at night,
"Conflict in Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany."
People believed that the great man that he wrote about in the passage is the US President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.