Nostradamus is credited with accurately predicting dozens of historical world events, including the bombing of hiroshima, Japan, in 1945; the space shuttle Challenger accident in1986; the French Revolution in 1789; the Apollo moon landing in 1969; the death of Princess Diana and both world wars, among others. Some have called Nostradamus “the greatest prophet that ever lived” Others view the prophecies of the 16th century author with much suspicion as they have questioned the source of his professed prophetic insight. The debate has raged for four hundred years. The prophecies of Nostradamus range from events in his own day to anticipated future events, including “the end of the world,” which he dates at 3797 A.D. Four hundred years ago he wrote: “I have composed books of prophecies, each containing one hundred astronomical quatrains comprised of prophecies from today to the year 3797.” These books have never been out of print.
Nostradamus is very clear about his methods and declared open that he used the “aid of astronomy other methods and even the Holy Scriptures” to bring himself into the place where these revelations were available to him. He prophesied the date of his own death too, ordering that a plaque with the date 1700 be placed in his coffin. 134 years later, in the year 1700, his body was exhumed and placed in a more prominent resting place. Nostradamus’ Centuries contained over 900 “predictions”: descriptions of events that would occur from his current time until the end of the world, considered to be AD 3797. (We’ll have to wait and see if he was right about that one.) The book was popular enough that he published an expanded version three years later.
He was a man ahead of is times. The essence of his powers is laid in his understanding of the ancient art of intuition, as is evident in this preface to his son Cesar: “I emptied my soul, brain and heart of all care and attained a state of tranquillity and stillness of mind which are prerequisites for predicting by means of the brass tripod human understanding being created by intellect cannot see secret things unless helped by voices from a void which is helped in turn by the thin candle flame . . . from which comes a clouded vision of great events, unhappy and important, cataclysmic adventures arriving at the right time.” What seems to have been lost is the spirit of prophecy, that which seers and visionaries through the ages have claimed to have had. The above passage is a translation of the first quatrain of the Prophecies of Nostradamus. As the spirit of prophecy is needing more popular attention now, the prophetic works of Nostradamus warrant another look.
Nostradamus also talked of using different crystals to focus on various telepathic frequencies. So he refers to staring at fire or water (such as in a bowl on a tripod) as a way of focusing his mind. He had access to some lost works of mysticism from his travels (apparently to some Moslem lands). He communicate with other expert astrologers and mystical teachers. However it is possible that some of his notes about and explanations of his techniques were a means of throwing the Inquisition off track.
Some have wondered about Nostradamus’ healing capabilities. He talks about a sort of holistic approach to health and reveals that he was skillful in avoiding the shock that was induced in many patients of surgeons at the time using psychic approaches. He talked about the importance of the “aura” of the person in determining the health of the patient and criticized the practice of treating symptoms.