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5 Nostradamus’ Prophecies That Predicted Modern Events


The name of Nostradamus, a 16th-century French astrologer, has long been synonymous with his mysterious foresight. His cryptic verses within “Les Propheties” have fueled speculation about connections to historical and contemporary events. Nostradamus’ allure lies in his enigmatic poetry and the possibility that his words hold prescient wisdom. From attempts to link his verses to 9/11 to claims of foreseeing political changes and technological advances in the 21st century, enthusiasts have sought patterns in his prophecies. However, interpretations remain polarized, with skeptics challenging the validity of these connections.

While Nostradamus’ quatrains may tantalize us with hints of the future, we always need to remember to take it all with a huge spoonful of skepticism. And just to make it clear, aside from one prophecy about 1999 and a couple of much older dates, there are no concrete time frames, which means any passage can be interpreted as “recent events” if you try hard enough. So let’s read some of these prophecies and see if the hype is warranted.

1. World War III?

Some consider this passage to be referring to the war between Ukraine and Russia. Of course, there’s that part about “the land of Brittany,” but it could also mean that NATO will finally get involved. He could also speak about any other conflict the UK had won.

2. Space Travel

“African leader” could reference South African-born tech billionaire Elon Musk and his plans to colonize Mars. Indeed, this quatrain, with a line from another poem, “the light of Mars shall fade,” might indicate that Musk will have to put aside his plans to leave Earth and stay among us until the end of the world. If true, this is disappointing news.

3. Earthquakes

Nostradamus associates earthquakes with Neptune, who shakes the Earth, and this bit is potentially saying about the 2017 disasters. Chile, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, and many other countries have already suffered from the destructive elements. In the next 30 years, Nostradamus predicts terrible geological cataclysms and the formation of a large saltwater lake somewhere in Africa.

4. COVID-19 or Something Worse?

Until recently, it seemed that diseases on Earth were becoming more rare. But the outbreaks of Ebola, atypical flu, COVID, etc. make us doubt such optimistic forecasts. Nostradamus predicted the emergence of new diseases that could cover the whole world. According to him, the cure will take a long time to find, and the terrible disease will affect millions of lives. The prophet also wrote about a serious outbreak of the virus, which will cover almost the entire planet, and that the source of this virus will be in the East. Was it a lucky guess or something more?

5. A Great Fire

Nostradamus also foretold a “Celestial fire on the Royal edifice” in another prophecy. Those who read this prediction feel that it came up a little short if it was referring to big forest fires. However, some claim that life as we know it is coming to an end, and this will be a fiery collapse of our civilization.