By Melissa Waller
“In the City of God there will be a great thunder, two brothers torn apart by chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb. The third big war will begin when the big city is burning on the 11th day of the 9 month…”
As a result of Tuesday’s cataclysm, a conglomerate ruse of e-mails and rumors is circulating attributing fabricated predictions to Nostradamus’ writings from century 10, quatrain 72 and century 6, quatrain 97 of his writings.
The French physician and astrologer Nostradamus (1503-1566) was most famous for his centuries, a series of 942 verses, grouped in sets of 100, describing future events.
A single verse is commonly called a quatrain. His writings were in French and according to the “Scholar’s Nostradamus” they were written in code to prevent his persecution during the Inquisition. The manifested “quatrains” ascribed to Nostradamus actually originated with a Canadian student named Neil Marshall. His original essay was written in the 1990’s from Brock University which appeared on a web page essay, “Nostradamus: A Critical Analysis.”
Marshall used a fictitious version of quatrain 72 to illustrate that Nostradamus’ ability to tell the future could be interpreted and crafted through the use of abstract imagery. Marshall also indicated the terms Nostradamus used were so deliberately vague, they can adapt to fit any mixture of catastrophic events.
In reality, Nostradamus’ original quatrains stated,
“The year 1999 seven months, from the sky will come the great King of Terror…The sky will burn at forty-five degrees, fire approaches the great new city…”
The truth is that the fabrication is composed of a collection based on the original quatrains. In some cases, the e-mail has been altered so drastically that it does not contain any relation to the original prediction.
As described in the newest e-mail version of “Nostradamus’ Prediction” of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy: “In the City of God there will be a great thunder, two brothers torn apart by chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb. The third big war will begin when the big city is burning on the 11th day of the 9 month that…two metalbirds would crash into two tall statues in the new city and the world will end soon after – Nostradamus 1654.”
The result? Citizens across the nation fear the coming of WWIII and in some cases, the end of the world.
“When I heard the comparison between Nostradamus’ prediction and what happened in New York on Tuesday, I had this eerie feeling run up my spine,” stated Bryan McKissick, a sophomore at Glendale Community College. “I wasn’t sure whether to run out and buy emergency supplies, or go enlist for the next big war.
Steven Wagner, a writer, editor and researcher of the paranormal for more than 20 years discredits the hoax, “The prophecies of Nostradamus — even when he’s more specific than usual — can be interpreted in any number of ways, depending on the interpreter’s background, beliefs, and agenda. Considering his high dubious track record, and those of other doomsday millennial prophets, there’s very little to worry about.”
For more information regarding Nostradamus’ original prophecies, visit http://www.nosrepos.tripod.com.