|From Lost Book of Nostradamus|
shown above: original portrait of Michel de Nostradame (Nostradamus) by his son Cesar
The Vaticinia Michaelis Nostradami de Futuri Christi Vicarii ad Cesarem Filium (prophecies of Michel Nostradamus on the Future Vicars of Christ (Popes) to Cesar his son), in short, Vaticinia Nostradami, (Prophesies of Nostradamus) is a collection of eighty watercolor images compiled as an illustrated codex.
A library card, filled out by Carthusian fathers, that was attached to the manuscript states that the 80 images belonged to the French seer Nostradamus (1503-1566). This card indicates that the codex was brought to Rome by Nostradamus' son César de Nostredame in order to be donated to cardinal Maffeo Barberini, who would later become Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644).
The book contains cryptic and bizarre images, and is more than 80 pages long and seems to link the prophecies of Nostradamus to unfolding events in this current earthly timeline. For example, there's one drawing (and remember these were done in the 1500's) of a tower with flying things coming at it, flames leaping from the sides and people tumbling out. Along with that photo is the famous Nostradamus' quatrain that mentions, "Earth shaking fires from the World's Center roar around New City."
As one historian says, "To a 16th century guy, our history - how we live now - is totally unrelatable." So the pictures and the quatrains would have made no sense to anyone way back then. They do now. And face it, World's Center and New City, are pretty close to the 'real' thing.
Massa and the other historians work on both dating and authenticating the book and find that while it is a 16th century manuscript, the renderings probably weren't created personally by Nostradamus because he wasn't an artist, although his son was. Nonetheless, they believe the predictions are most certainly his and are based on his prophesies.
Even more startling than the discovery of the book, though, are the warnings it contains, which were so blasphemous and frightening in their time that they may have been intentionally suppressed until now. In the Lost Book, there are images that strongly hint at future trouble for the Catholic Church, and even one image that appears to portray an assassination attempt on one of the modern era's most beloved popes.
There are other images that are said to depict World War I and II, and political movements such as Communism and Fascism. Current global conflicts are also presaged, including the rise of fundamentalism, in particular the current surge of radical Islam.
And there is of course, his famous prediction of the date of the final end of this world...2012...and whether that means the physical end of the world, or just a new world enlightenment (which would create an altered state of consciousness, the end of one world and the beginning of a new.) It doesn't help, however, to know that the Mayan calendar also ends in...2012.
Whether you are open to any belief in prophecy or not, Nostradamus, has uncannily described, even predicted, many events throughout time. The fact that Pope Urban VIII, seemingly kept this document from public knowledge, has opened up a world of questions and possible explanations.
Are the current issues like terrorism, global warming, and a resurgence of deadly disease and natural disasters, bearing witness to the last days? And if so, do other cultures and writings around the world, including the Holy Bible, arrive at a similar conclusion to what Nostradamus suggests?
In the Preface to the Lost Book: Nostradamus tells his son, Cesar ,why he will not reveal more about important changes to come, or make the predictions more clear:
"Since governments, sects, and countries will undergo such sweeping changes, diametrically opposed to what now obtains - that were I to relate events to come, those in power now - monarchs, leaders of sects, and religions - would find these so different from their own imaginings that they would be led to condemn what later centuries will learn how to see and understand."
--Michel de Nostradame (Nostradamus)
Illustrations below: 40 Images from The Lost Book of Nostradamus
See the images up close:
The Quatrains Of Nostradamus:
Nostradamus completed a total of 942 quatrains which he organized into Centuries - groups of 100 quatrains (one Century only had 42 quatrains).
The rhymed quatrains of Nostradamus were written mainly in French with a bit of Italian, Greek, and Latin thrown in. He intentionally obscured the quatrains through the use of symbolism and metaphor, as well as by making changes to proper names by swapping, adding or removing letters. The obscuration is claimed to have been done to avoid his being tried as a magician.
THE NEW CITY
Additional linked posts on Nostradamus:
All of my 47 varied graphics used, 40 from book, itself:
The Lost World of Nostradamus
Nostradamus: Strange and Unusual Facts
Ellie's World and CRYSTALINKS EZINE
UPDATED! Last Book of Nostradamus: Images and Quatrains
Of 2012 and the end of the world interest:
'Web-bot project' makes prophecy of 2012 apocalypse