This meme is NOT true…
Michel de Nostradame was an astrologer who lived in France in the 1500s and is most famous today for the poetic quatrains he wrote for his book, “Les Prophéties,” which many enthusiasts now claim foretold various significant historical events. Nostradamus wrote a lot of stuff so general (and obscure) that with the help of a little imagination (and some liberal interpretations from the original French), people have claimed he has “predicted” nearly every event of significance since the mid-16th century.
But this particular viral prediction was not expressed in quatrain form, nor could can you find anything like it published in “Les Prophéties.” There is also found no mention of this supposed prophecy prior to the events of early 2020, which generally indicates it is a modern hoax.
Some details about the real man and he was indeed a real man.
Michel de Nostredame (depending on the source, 14 or 21 December 1503 – 1 or 2 July 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus was a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Prophéties,
This is a collection of 942 poetic quatrain allegedly predicting future events. The book was first published in 1555 and has rarely been out of print since his death.
Nostradamus’s tombstone is at the Collegiale St-Laurent at Salon-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.
The headstone, written in Latin and composed by his wife, reads as follows: “Here lie the bones of the illustrious Michel Nostradamus, alone of all mortals judged worthy to record events of the entire world with his almost divine pen, under the influence of the stars. He lived 62 years, 6 months, and 17 days. He died at Salon in the year 1566. Let not prosperity disturb his rest. Anne Pons Gemelle wishes her husband true happiness.”
On the eve of his death, he was talking to his secretary Jean de Chavigny, when he told him: “You will not find me alive at sunrise.”
Lo and behold, the next morning when Mr de Chavigny returned to see Nostradamus, the astrologer was lying dead on the floor next to his bed.
1. Nostradamus was expelled from medical school. Nostradamus enrolled in the University of Avignon in 1519 at the age of 15, but was forced to leave a year later when the town was stricken by plague and the university closed its doors
2. In addition to prophecies, Nostradamus published a cookbook. One of Nostradamus’ earliest publications was entitled “Treatise on Cosmetics and Conserves.” In addition to providing instructions on how to make blonde hair dye, laxatives, toothpaste (using ground cuttlefish bone and sea-snail shells, or—if your teeth are really rotten and decayed—blue clay) and a ‘rose pill’ lozenge to treat the plague, the book offered recipes
3. His predictions were based on events from the past. Although the perception of Nostradamus as a prophet with an uncanny ability to accurately predict the future has persisted since the 16th century, scholars now believe that he didn’t actually possess a supernatural power to see into the hereafter, but rather the ability to project past events into the future. According to Peter Lemesurier, a former Cambridge linguist and professional translator who has written at least 10 books on the enigmatic figure, Nostradamus was neither an astrologer nor a seer; he simply believed that history will repeat itself.
4. His contemporaries criticized his astrological skills. Prophecies” was published in 1555, Nostradamus had already garnered quite a bit of notoriety from his almanacs, which he had begun to publish on an annual basis beginning five years earlier. The texts provided useful weather information for farmers and predictions for the coming year, and eventually caught the attention of the queen of France, Catherine de’ Medici, who summoned Nostradamus to Paris to explain his predictions and draw up horoscopes for her children. However, not all of the attention he received was positive.
5. Nostradamus’ prophecies were used as propaganda during World War II. Shortly after Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Magda Goebbels, the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister, stumbled upon a passage in the book “Mysterien von Sonne und Seele” (Mysteries of the Sun and Soul) in which one of Nostradamus’ quatrains was believed to predict that crises would develop in England and Poland in 1939. After bringing the passage to her husband’s attention, Joseph Goebbels ordered the creation and distribution of a brochure that would convince those living in neutral countries that a Nazi victory was inevitable, as Nostradamus had predicted it centuries earlier.