Monday, November 3, 2008

Seeing the Future

Michel de Nostredame.

Most of us have heard of this historic prophet. His most famous book, Les Propheties (The Prophecies) first appeared in 1555. He has seemed to be incredibly accurate in the prediction of world events, the circumstances of which he could scarce have imagined during the 16th century.

Organized into quatrains, the prophecies range from highly specific to vague and so abstract they could be interpreted to mean almost anything. One of his most specific prophecies was not written down, but he is alleged to have predicted the date of his own death, telling his secretary they would not find him in the morning. Usually identified after the fact, it is said that Nostradamus predicted the Great Fire of London, by way of the rise of Napoleon I of France and Adolf Hitler, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, but only ever in hindsight.

Enthusiasts also claim he predicted both world wars, and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Believers also maintain that that he predicted the Apollo moon landings, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Well now, it seems that the French prophet has predicted the outcome of the coming election. The following article appeared on the internet today:

CAP NEWS - "Conventional wisdom picks Obama. Nostradamus, four and a half centuries ago, picked John McCain," said Dr. Hubert Evans, professor of Renaissance Studies at Yale University and author of the best-selling Nostradamus: Prophesize This!
Quatrain 78, Century X in particular seems to indicate that Obama had better not be measuring the White House windows for curtains quite yet, at least by my interpretation," said Dr. Evans.

The quatrain to which Dr. Evans refers - Quatrain 78 - is located in the grouping of stanzas known as Century X. Originally published in 1555 in Nostradamus' still-popular Les Prophecies, Quatrain 78 reads in full:

At the war's end:
The Feeble Kept One will strike down the Night
And his Imbecile Queen will rise from the snow
Bedecked in finery and the pelt of a wolf.

Well, who ever you are voting for tomorrow the important thing is that you vote. Democracy, even Democratic Republics like the US, work best when the voices of all of us are heard.

And since I included the McCain pics, here's one of Obama.


Molly Daniels said...

Hahaha...I love that Obama picture! We'll see if Nostradamus was right or not tonight.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to read McCain and Obama in that quatraine and I just don't get it. Color me stupid, but huh?

Anny Cook said...

Well... Here we are. In four more years we'll get to do it all over again.