Did Nostradamus Predict the Russia-Ukraine War Way Back in 1555?
Nostradamus has been credited with predicting numerous world events including The Great Fire of London, the rise of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Napoleon, the John F. Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre. Nostradamus also predicted that the Russia-Ukraine War would occur sometime this year 2022.
The last few years have been a bag full of surprises. There has been many major events and various predictions which are not just scary but hit you differently. Shockingly, the French astrologer and seer, Nostradamus was said to have written things of the future in his book "Les Propheties" . The 1555 book features 942 forecasts, including the prediction that there would be a war in Europe in 2022.
The seer predicted that World War III, an earthquake, and a Third Antichrist may take place soon. In a series titled "Nostradamus: End of Days", British Nostradamus expert Bobby Shailer who also appeared in the series was quoted saying, “If the French seer is correct, the Earth will be destroyed during a cataclysmic event he called “The Final Conflagration.” But it won’t happen for another 1,772 years.”
("(...) one and the same will be the first and the last, and one and the same will be the final Antichrist, the mankind liberator, he who has to come, The Vindex, but only if he gains enough power, and just like me, Satan, we, The Satan, are one and many, he will be one and three, The Third, and The Seventh, last and with no faith, he will name The Nine. (...) " -Satania to Noctula Vyxen 2013 Revelations)
Bobby also talked about the volcanic eruption in Yellowstone National Park and a massive solar flare that can happen in the coming years.
“Nostradamus does talk about something he calls The Final Conflagration, fire from the heavens, extinction-level events, two or three, which would probably happen close to 3797, but he does mention several conflagrations before that,” he told The Sun.
Shailer also said there is a possible breakout of a Third World War. According to his predictions, if humans get through the Third World War, then we can experience 1000 years of peace, which is known as: The Age of Saturn. (*Note the relation to Falciferism)
Nostradamus in a 19th century print.
Will the events in Ukraine trigger a World War III?
"Yes!", some prophecy buffs tell us, based on predictions by Michel de Nostredame, French astrologer still known today by the Latinized name of Nostradamus (1503 - 1566).
(*Image above: Adolf Hitler)
Well, do you remember how World War II began? Yes, after the "Spanish Flu" Pandemic (1918-1920), A. Hitler claimed and obtained Austria as German territory via propaganda, psychic seduction etc., and then Germany invaded Poland (1 Sept, 1939). Then, other countries got involved.
Some may even find during this time an opportunity to make some money. The publicity on Amazon for an old book on Nostradamus’ and other prophecies has been quickly updated to state that:
“The current and gathering crisis pitting the United States and the European Union against the Russian Federation over Ukraine may have rewound the doomsday clock and started it ticking out… That time is today.”
But did Nostradamus really predict that World War III is now at hand and will start in Ukraine?
Those who answer "yes" point to several predictions about devastating wars (yet to come) and a conflict between “Three Kings,” whom they identify as Putin, Biden, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (perhaps the latter is noted because the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is a “Queen,” a woman). Of course, none of these characters is really a king.
The “Prophecies” of Nostradamus are divided into “centuries”. In the eighth "century", we find references to “three kings” and also to “three brothers.” That “brothers” and “kings” are the same is already a matter of interpretation.
We read in 8:17 that:
“Par les trois frères le monde mis en trouble. Cité marine saisiront ennemis. Fain, feu, sang, peste, et de tous maux le double,” “Through the three brothers the world will get into trouble. The enemies will take a maritime city. Hunger, fire, blood, plague, and a double dose of all disasters.”
The “Maritime City” would be Odessa, Ukraine, taken by the Russians, combined with a new outbreak of the “plague” (identified with COVID-19) would be a “double dose of all disasters”, which may be as interpreted as World War III.
Nostradamus also predicted that widespread, religious persecution would even compel the Vatican to “move to another place.”
These interpretations, however, point to general problems about Nostradamus. Many have heard his name; few really know anything about him.
Michel de Nostredame was an esteemed physician, who became advisor to the French Kings Henry II (1519 - 1559) and Charles IX (1550 - 1574). Passionate about Astrology, starting in 1555 he published his “Centuries,” each composed of one hundred quatrains, except the seventh, which includes only 42.
(*Left: First incomplete edition of Nostradamus’ Prophecies (1555)).
In 1559, one of these was read as an exact prediction of the death of King Henry II for the consequences of a wound he received during a jousting match, and the doctor-astrologer became very famous.
Even the prediction of his own death “on his return from an embassy, near a bed and a bench (banc)” seemed to come true. Nostradamus died at home on the night of July 1, 1566, he was returning from having represented his city, Salon-de-Provence, in Arles, and although he had no bench in his room, he used a “bench” (banc) to climb onto his bed.
Everything else is much more uncertain. He is supposed to have prophesied the French Revolution, World War II, and many other events. However, if you are to believe it, you should lend faith to this or that “Nostradamologist,” who offers interpretations of the quatrains. The quatrians in themselves are rather obscure and open to a plurality of different meanings.
Today there is only an embarrassing number of choices. Thousands of Internet sites, hundreds of books, magazines, movies, and even cartoons and comics are dedicated to Nostradamus.
The latter come often from Japan, the country where the Nostradamus craze is strongest. The Provençal seer is the subject of a much more copious literary production in Japan than in his native France.
There are, by now, many different Nostradamus: and a map is necessary to orient oneself.
(* Left: Another 19th century portrait of Nostradamus.)
First, there is "The Academic Nostradamus". A few academic-level historical studies of Nostradamus do exist. There is, however, a difference between specialists of sixteenth-century history and local scholars of Provence, on the one hand, and academics who are themselves enthusiasts of esotericism or who approach Nostradamus with curiosity (but coming from different fields of study), on the other.
The two parties confronted each other at several conferences in Salon-de-Provence, the city where Nostradamus died and which hosts a museum dedicated to him. From these conferences emerged in 1992 the volume edited by Robert Amadou (1924 - 2006) "L’astrologie de Nostradamus". It remains an important reference, although Amadou was a typical scholar-come-esotericist.
Historians urge that Nostradamus be read as a character of his own century. They believe that most of his predictions had precise references to characters and events of his era, which may easily escape the modern reader. Some esotericists and scholars from other fields, including philologist Georges Dumézil (1898 - 1986), on the other hand, believe that Nostradamus represents a genuine case of prediction of the future through astrology.
Second, there is a "Nostradamus of Magicians". Professional soothsayers and psychics, not to be confused with scholars of esotericism, often use Nostradamus to predict in detail their clients’ future and even the broader future of politics and economy. Every time an international crisis breaks out, there is also a battle among magicians, each of whom claims that “I interpret Nostradamus better than anyone else.” The claims sometimes border on the ridiculous, but delight a certain popular press.
Until 2014, which was when she died, prominent in these battles was Dolores Cannon (1931 - 2014), a hypnotist from Arkansas who claimed not to need interpretations because, through her hypnotized patients, the spirit of Nostradamus himself explained the "Centuries" to her.
(*On the left: Dolores Cannon. From Facebook.)
Thirdly, the "Skeptics’ Nostradamus". In a difficult battle against the believers and the gullible, the professional skeptics and apologists for modern science try to convince us that Nostradamus never got anything right. Their bible is the book wherein Nostradamus was demolished as a charlatan by the stage magician and “professional skeptic” James Randi (1928 - 2020: "The Mask of Nostradamus", Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1993). Their followers, in these postmodern times of the return of the marvelous, are not that many.
Fourth, let’s not forget the "Catholic Nostradamus". An old book, constantly reprinted and still popular in circles interested in Marian Apparitions and private revelations, was written by Raoul Auclair (1906 - 1997), whom in his old age joined the Canadian new religious movement Army of Mary. Auclair’s book "Les Centuries de Nostradamus ou le dixième Livre Sibyllin" (Paris: Nouvelles Éditions Latines, 1975) combined Nostradamus with the Marian Apparitions of Fatima and La Salette, and various Catholic prophecies of 19th century France.
(*Above: Marian places of worship -due to Virgin Mary´s "apparitions")
The historical reconstruction was bold, but perhaps Nostradamus would not have protested. His orthodoxy might have been dubious but he wanted to call himself a Catholic, and the Church put his prophecies on its Index of forbidden books only in 1781.
Fifth, there is the "Commercial Nostradamus". Both in the United States and in Japan there have been attempts at copyrighting the image, or one image, often derived from comics, of Nostradamus and sell it for commercial purposes. Some of these ventures fared quite well.
(Left: Lupin III, one of the most famous characters of Japanese comics, also looked for the “real” prophecies of Nostradamus."
There is also a sixth, "Anticlerical Nostradamus", a more recent invention of German novelist Manfred Böckl. He claimed that the Centuries should be read as metaphors, cleverly hiding (in order to escape prosecution) a denunciation of the evil and even Satanic character of the Catholic clergy and the French aristocrats who supported the Church.
In fact, however, bishops and aristocrats were Nostradamus’ most generous patrons.
The seventh, more interesting, character is the "Nostradamus of The New Religious Movements". Shoko Asahara (1955 - 2018), the leader of the Japanese movement Aum Shinrikyo, who was executed in 2018 for the nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway in March 1995, did not base his apocalyptic predictions on the end of the world only on esoteric Buddhism.
He had a public controversy, followed at that time with great interest in Japan, with Ryuho Okawa, the leader of another Japanese new religion, Kofuku No Kagaku. Both of them believed Nostradamus, correctly interpreted, supported their claims. Nostradamus or not, to his credit Okawa also predicted that Asahara would be implicated in criminal activities and that it would not end well. Of course, mobilizing Nostradamus on behalf of the claims of new religious movements does not happen in Japan only.
(Above: Nostradamus speaks about what will happen in 2022 through Ryuho Okawa.)
Who is right?
The question is misplaced. By its nature, the text of Nostradamus lends itself to the game that Umberto Eco (1932 - 2016) called the “Infinite Interpretation.” It is a game wherein interpretation is much more important than any original reality of the text. Perhaps herein lies the most interesting aspect of Nostradamus. All interpret him as they wish and he regularly comes back into fashion whenever events evoke anxieties about the future much more strongly. Of course, scholars can search for a “Nostradamus of History.” But in the collective imagination today, Nostradamus is not so much a historical figure. He is a cultural icon, a mirror that reflects our anxieties and magnifies our fears.
Nostradamus predicted a “rapprochement” between Russia and Ukraine in 2022?
This famous French visionary believed that all European countries would support this union, but the United States would suffer from attempts to prevent the reunification.
The French alchemist, Nostradamus, although he lived in the 16th century, is familiar today even to the youngest people all because he could predict the future. How could we not remember such an eccentric?
Of course, not all the prophecies of the genius came true, but he was still able to predict something. The sorcerer’s statements even touched on politics. Here, for example, is what he said about the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. According to Nostradamus, 2022 is the year of Global Changes. According to the alchemist, Russia and "The Independent" (Country/Ukraine), despite all the troubles, will be able to “make peace” and truly get closer. However, when exactly this will happen and under what conditions, the magician did not report.
It seemed to Nostradamus that the entire European Union, first of all Germany, would support the reunification of the two countries. However, it also seemed that the United States will try to break off relations and undermine trust, friendship and cooperation between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, which is not beneficial to the Americans.
As Need Magazine clarifies, the United States will still suffer from its obstinacy and it will happen pretty soon. It seemed to Nostradamus that the government of such power would make a fatal mistake, after which the entire system would collapse.
Just mind Nostradamus and see. Time will reveal all truths.