Is it possible to predict the future or are the predictions made by people just mere coincidences? All these questions are asked when the name of Michel de Nostredame comes up in a conversation. Nostredame, belonging to a French catholic family, was a great astrologer, physician and reputed seer. Nostredame is very well known because of his book called ‘Les Prophéties’, which contains 942 poetic quatrains and four lines of rhyming verses, which are said to be predicting future events. The book was first published in 1555 and is still read by people today.
Nostradamus and his prophecies are a topic of debate for everyone. Some support him and the prophecies made by him while others ridicule them. Nostradamus became infamous in his time because of some of the predictions made by him in his book which appeared to come true. Despite creating an element of fear and suspicion in many people of the time, he was also a figure of intrigue. Nostradamus was even invited to the court of Catherine de’ Medici and the queen consort of King Henry II of France. This proves that many nobles were included in the people who believed his writings.
Nostradamus’ predictions were generally about occurring events like natural disasters and world conflicts, etc. His poems included hints towards great events of the world like the French Revolution, rise of Adolf Hitler, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy, Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing and the 9/11 attack among many others. All his prophecies are written in a very vague manner and are open to the reader’s interpretations, which is why most people argue that the prophecies could match almost any event, especially with hindsight.
In conclusion, the prophecies of Nostradamus can neither be labelled as coincidences nor predictions. No one knows whether the astrologist really could have predicted all these events, or if he was just writing general poems which later on turned out to be similar to those events.