Biography of Nostradamus
The renowned prophet Nostradamus (Michel de Nostradame) was born on December 14, 1503 in St. Remy, Provence, France. Nostradamus came from a long line of Jewish doctors and scholars. His family had converted from Judaism to Christianity in 1502, as a result of persecution on the ascension of Louis the XII. After a classical education he studied medicine, herbalism and astrology. During Nostradamus' lifetime the Black Death (today known as the bubonic plague) wiped out over a quarter of Europe. It is no wonder that a sense of apocalyptic terror fills Nostradamus' quatrains.
Nostradamus can indisputably be said to have been ahead of his time, at least in terms of medical practice. His treatment of the Black Death involved removal of the infected corpses, fresh air and unpolluted water for the healthy, a herbal preparation rich in Vitamin C, and (in contravention of contemporary medical practise) not bleeding his patients.
Nostradamus was successful in lessening the impact of the Black Death in the capital of Provence, Aix. The grateful citizens gave him a stipend for life.
Nostradamus began to write his prophetic verses in the city of Salon, in 1554. They are divided into ten sections called Centuries (which refers to the number of verses in each section, not to a unit of 100 years). The Centuries were published in 1555 and 1558, and have been in print continuously ever since.
Nostradamus had the visions which he later recorded in verse while staring into water or flame late at night, sometimes aided by herbal stimulants, while sitting on a brass tripod. The resulting quatrains (four line verses) are oblique and elliptical, and use puns, anagrams and allegorical imagery. Most of the quatrains are open to multiple interpretations, and some make no sense whatsoever. Some of them are chilling, literal descriptions of events, giving specific or near-specific names, geographic locations, astrological configurations, and sometimes actual dates. It is this quality of both vagueness and specificity which allows each new generation to reinterpret Nostradamus.
Nostradamus is said to have predicted his own death. When his assistant wished him goodnight on July 1, 1566, Nostradamus reputedly pronounced, "You will not find me alive at sunrise." He was found dead on July 2, 1566.
Nostradamus was interred standing upright in the Church of the Cordeliers of Salon. However, his story does not end there; he was disinterred twice, once on purpose and once maliciously.
In 1700, his body was moved by the city to a more prominent crypt. When a necklace was found on his skeleton bearing the date '1700', his body was hurriedly reinterred.
During the French Revolution, in 1791, some drunken soldiers broke into his tomb. The mayor quickly placated the mob by describing how Nostradamus had predicted the revolution, and they replaced the bones in the crypt.
However, Nostradamus had the last laugh. In Century 9, Quatrain 7, he had written:
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.
Reputedly, the soldiers who desecrated his tomb for the final time were ambushed on their way back to base and killed to the last man.
Nostradamus and 2012
Recently the lost book of Nostradamus has been discovered and analyzed. It contains several tables illustrated with enigmatic drawings that, according to experts, point to the date 2012.
His drawings cover the alignment of our solar system with the centre of the galaxy that takes place every (approx) 13,000 years. Last time was 11, 000 years before Christ, the date when the last glaciation ended inexplicably and when Plato estimates the disappearance of Atlantis ….
There are many other coincidences: erosion by water of the Sphinx, the pyramids' alignment with the three stars of Orion's Belt, the alignments of Angkor Wat, all can be dated to approx. 11, 000 years before Christ.
Now we get additional confirmation by science which witnesses sudden extinctions, prophecies by ancient peoples like the Mayans and Egyptians, ancient legacy of a perhaps unknown and lost civilization…. These are only theories - or they will become reality?
There are many websites devoted to the multitude of prophecies of Nostradamus. The following sites are just a few of them:
Nostradamus and the New Prophecy Almanacs (1999 to 2243)
by Michael McClellan, author of Nostradamus and the Final Age
Nostradamus predictions and year 2012 prophecy
Revelation of Nostradamus Predictions for 2012