NOSTRADAMUS is believed by many to have predicted many world events and some conspiracy theorists now believe he predicted the coronavirus.
Nostradamus is the 16th-century mystic and physician whose writings have inspired conspiracy theories for decades. Many people have flooded social media in recent weeks with claims the French prophet supposedly predicted the coronavirus crisis. Although there is no evidence to back claims of Nostradamus’ divinity, some people are convinced Nostradamus was the real deal.
One person said on Twitter: “This is #WorldWar3 #coronavirus vs the rest of the world #nostradamus might have predicted just this.”
Another person said: “If you never read or even heard of the book of Nostradamus you should look into it… he’s predicted so many things… including the coronavirus.”
A third person Twitter user said: “I have to dig out my Nostradamus books and check but I’m sure he predicted Trump being president and Kushner speaking about Coronavirus as a sign the end of the world is around the corner. #Coronavirus #apocalypse2020”
Nostradamus penned his supposed prophecies in the form of quatrains, or four-lined poems.
Here are three quatrains that mention plague.
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Century V, Quatrain 63
Nostradamus wrote: “From the vain enterprise honour and undue complaint,
“Boats tossed about among the Latins, cold, hunger, waves,
“Not far from the Tiber the land stained with blood,
“And diverse plagues will be upon mankind.”
The passage comes from Les Propheties, which is a collection of prophecies published by Nostradamus in 1555.
The book is divided into chapters called Centuries, each containing 100 quatrains.
Century II, Quatrain 19:
Nostradamus wrote: “Newcomers, place built without defence,
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“Place occupied then uninhabitable:
“Meadows, houses, fields, towns to take at pleasure,
“Famine, plague, war, extensive land arable.”
As with all Nostradamus prophecies, the passage is incredibly vague and does not mention any specific details.
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Century II, Quatrain 6:
Nostradamus wrote: “Near the gates and within two cities
“There will be two scourges the like of which was never seen,
“Famine within plague, people put out by steel,
“Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
Nostradamus’ naysayers do not believe any of these passages hold clues about the future.
According to Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, people have only linked Nostradamus’ writings to specific events only after they happened, never before.
In his opinion, anyone who claims to have interpreted Nostradamus’ writings has done so with a great deal of hindsight.
He said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”