Nostradamus and the Year 2012
“After a great misery for mankind, an even greater approaches. The great cycle of the centuries renewed, it will rain blood, milk, famine, war, disease. In the sky will be seen a great fire dragging a trail of sparks.”
Did Nostradamus predict the end of mankind – doomsday – to coincide with the end of the Mayan long count calendar on December 21st, 2012? One of Nostradamus’ many, many predictions seems to indicate a giant catastrophe as the result of a comet or meteor at the time of the renewal of a great cycle of the centuries. With the following information, you will be better equipped to decide for yourself.
Nostradamus does indeed speak of some sort of horrible disaster. He claims that following a “great misery for mankind, an even greater approaches.” The problem with this statement by itself is that it is both ambiguous and relative. I realize that prophecies are not an exact science and I don’t mean to debunk anything merely on its inability to be crystal clear about the future 1500 years in advance. However, no one can pin this part of the prophecy down. Furthermore, there is no way to quantify either “great misery” or “greater misery.”
It is when Nostradamus speaks of “the great cycle of centuries renewed” that the Mayan long count theorist do gain some credence. The descriptive term Nostradamus uses could clearly and appropriately be used to describe the culmination of the long count calendar. Nonetheless, I must point out that this exact same prophecy was widely used to point towards the Y2K disaster scenario that never happened. I am not claiming that Nostradamus is not referring to December 21st, 2012, I am just pointing out that there could be other explanations.
Finally, Nostradamus says, “In the sky will be seen a great fire dragging a trail of sparks.” I must say that a comet or meteor could clearly be described in this way, but so could a missile launch. To say definitively that Nostradamus predicts a calamity due to a comet or meteor in this passage is assuming too much. I personally think it makes a great deal of sense, but I can’t claim this as a fact.
So does Nostradamus claim that a comet or meteor will cause greater misery to mankind on December 21st, 2012? It is understandable why so many people have drawn that exact conclusion, but ultimately you must weigh the information for yourself.
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