Bet He Didn't See This Coming
edited: Monday, July 22, 2002
By Johnny Phoenix
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2002
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This was a review of John Hogues Nostradamus Prophecies.
Following the events of 11 September 2001, the world was on the brink of chaos. The terrorist attacks were horrific and the world was put in a state of shock. However, the worst part was not knowing how America would respond. It could have responded with nuclear weapons, chemical warfare or anything and so the world held its breath.
There was also an air of perverse excitement, for so long nothing had happened and now history was being made. It was horrible from the point of view of the loss of innocent lives, but there did exist a nervousness of what was going to happen, an impatience if you will - to see what would happen next.
The tabloid papers made it worse printing gloomy headlines - striving to outdo the dramatic attempts by their rivals. "The End of the World" - "Apocalypse", etc...all sought to attach to the hysteria and sell as many papers as they could to people hungry for news. They started quoting sections of the bible and more commonly quoting or I should say mis-quoting Nostradamus. They did this to add weight to their overly dramatic front page stories, carrying pictures of Nostradamus with quotes from his prophecies.
People went out in their droves to buy the complete prophecies some to look for other things, some to see it for themselves. The book sales for the prophecies sky rocketed and book stores ran out not just here but in America as well. All because the media selected a few choice quotes and attached them to the ongoing events. So i bought a copy - just to see what all the fuss was about.
The first thing i noticed was that all of the papers had either entirely changed the text of what he had written or rather what had been translated from what he had written. They also combined several prophecies and merged them to make it sound more relevant.
The book is actually ten books each known as the centuries not because of any chronological reasons but purely because there are 100 prophecies in each of the ten books. The prophecies were written as Nostradamus saw them, not in chronological order, i.e. one night he might have dreamt about the second world war, the next night about the moon landing then about his own death. So he wrote them down in the order that he saw them and not in the order that they were supposed to happen.
This makes the prophecies difficult to read if you want to find a specific time frame such as the late twentieth century as he very rarely dates his prophecies. Instead the centuries have been shuffled around into what the "experts" believe is some semblence of chronological order. This is not to say that they are right so you could read a prophecy and decide it is more relevant to the twentieth century than the seventeenth.
They are so wishy washy, i cannot believe that anyone of intelligence would give them as much credit as they have been given.
Ask anyone who hasn't read the prophecies who Nostradamus was and they will confidently tell you that he was the man that predicted the assassination of JFK, the rise and fall of Hitler, his own death and the events of september 11, oh and of course the end of the world.
His prophecies are usually only a few lines in length in their translated form, but we have to consider that they have been translated many times to reach modern english over hundreds of years. So maybe we should give a little leeway in that some of the meaning may have been lost in a transitory chinese whispers type of way.
But the papers will still quote them everytime something bad happens. To take the most recent events of September 11, The Sun and the Mirror quoted something along the lines of "Two Twin brothers will be separated by fire". The experts that have translated the prophecies had already earmarked this for a war between two brothers in the 18th century and the word twin appeared as if from nowhere just to associate the prophecy with the "Twin Towers" - now the twin towers were "brothers" to bring more relevance to the prophecy.
Interpretation is a wonderful thing, if you don't mind abusing it to make the prophecies more relevant.
One of the more famous prophecies is Nostradamus's prediction of Hitler's influence in the second world war. I have read and re-read the phrophecies which only mention a person called "Hister" and aren't specific at all about any war caused by him.
The best way to explain his prophecies and their effects is to make a prophecy of my own and then explain how it could be interpreted. First a Nostradamus type prophecy....
"A commoner will become a king and shame his subjects."
Like many of Nostradamus's prophecies it is undated, now if we re-read this in five thousand years it may have been translated into a development of the English language to;
"A king will rise from the common man and lead his people to shame"
See? two different prophecies the first one says he will become a king whereas the translated version could be just a guy who's name is "King" who might become prime minister or president of the United States or even a director of a company.
Ok, now for accuracy, lets assume that my prophecy has been translated and what are the chances that in five thousand years someone by the name of King has made an impact somewhere and made some mistakes...because it is so general the chances are pretty good. So the prophecy will be attributed to him and i will be proclaimed a master of the future with a second sight.
Then one day a president of the United States Mr John King starts a war for political reasons and thousands possibly hundreds of thousands die. Suddenly, because this is more relevant some paper will dig out my translated prophecy and five thousand years after my death i am the new nostradamus.
Nostradamus, in my humble opinion, was nothing more than a bad poet assisted by people wanting to believe in his prophecies and finding a way whenever possible to give credence to his predictions.
His prophecies are general and assisted only by the balance of probabilities over time and some stretching and misquotation to attach his prophecies to history making events.
If Nostradamus, could have seen the future and the effect that his prophecies would have on a sometimes desperate and hysteric new world, he would have laughed.
If you read the book look for a passage that says "And Nostradamus was filled with mirth as he saw his words twisted to aquire meaning that wasn't there".
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|Reviewed by Darlene Caban
|I've always had a soft spot for Nostradamus, since my last name is the same as a group of French peasants who harassed him and forced him to write incomprehensible quatrains so he wouldn't be burned as a witch... I guess this is really my family's fault! A thousand pardons!|
|Reviewed by Janet Caldwell
|I've read the book and the Book. I ditto Mel's comments. ;)
Peace, JC xoxoxo
|Reviewed by Dens Dreamweaver (Reader)
|This is great. It has always amazed me how people can read something and apply meanings to them that are so far away from what was meant to begin with. We, as humans, can take just about anytyhing and make it mean what we want. Nostradamus is a great example of this.. The Bible is another.