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Friday, October 26, 2007
The Lost World of Nostradamus
In a week filled with synchronicity, magical anticipation, and a glorious full moon, what can be more exciting than to open up to new understandings and the blurring of all that is finite knowledge and the world of infinite possibilities?
I start out every day with my usual cup of coffee and Ellie's World and CRYSTALINKS EZINE , a magical entrance beyond the veil...to a realm where all worlds meet. This week, Ellie Crystal is shining her intuitive spotlight on the prophecies of Nostradamus and the release of The Lost Book of Nostradamus.
Buried away for centuries, most likely by Pope Urban VIII, the book was re-discovered in 1994, by an Italian journalist, Enza Massa Roberto Pinotti in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma (Central National Library) in Rome, Italy.
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 author's name Michel de Notredame, was not only written on the inside, but written in indelible ink. There is evidence to suggest that it is the final work of the most famous and controversial prophet in the history of the world, Nostradamus.
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?
As the creator and write of Ellie's World, an online mega-empire, known as Crystalinks, Ellie is not only giving a workshop on the subject of this discovery in New York City but is part of a panel participating in the History Channels special on the Lost Book of Nostradamus.
The History Channel is airing this special and Google Video Sneak Peak gives you a taste of the magic. If you are so wired.....you might want to check out the program as Nostradamus speaks again, on History Channel for a bit of enticing Halloween magical thought! If you're really into this stuff, check out the entire book at: http://www.history.com/genericContent.do?id=56131
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)
See my complete collection of images now located at:
The Lost Book of Nostradamus:Images and Quatrains /The Lost Book/Pictures
And check out: Nostradamus: Strange and Unusual Facts
Of 2012 and the end of the world interest:
'Web-bot project' makes prophecy of 2012 apocalypse