By Joseph M. Laufer


A recent cable television special on the Prophecies of Nostradamus, featuring Orson Welles as commentator, mentioned the disasters which would accompany the return of Comet Halley in 1985-86 according to Nostradamus.  Readers who are interested in learning more about Nostradamus and his prophecies are referred to THE COMPLETE PROPHECIES OF NOSTRADAMUS, translated, edited and published by Nostradamus Co., Oyster Bay, N.Y., from which we have gathered this information.


Nostradamus was born in 1503 in Provence (France).  He practiced medicine and gained fame as a “healer” during the plaque.  At one point, suspected of a heretical remark, he was summoned before the Inquisitor.  Rather than appear, he took to wandering for several years.  In 1500 he published an almanac of prophecies for the coming year.  Based on its success, he spent two years writing the CENTURIES – a complete set of prophecies dealing with events from his time to the end of the world in the year 3797.  His prophecies were written in “quatrains,” (verses of four lines).  The CENTURIES are not calendar years, but series of 100 quatrains.  Nostradamus died in 1566 at the age of 63.


          The two quatrains (#43 and #62) referring to Comet Halley are found in Century II.  According to the editor’s commentary on page 57 of the volume cited above, the reappearance of Halley’s Comet in 1985 will again presage profound changes in human destiny:


Quatrain # 43:

          During the time when the hairy star is apparent,

          The three great princes shall be made enemies,

          Struck from heaven, place quaking earth,

          Arne, Tiber, full of surges, serpents cast upon the shore.


Again on page 63, the commentary reads: “The coming of the comet shall occur in the period of reconstruction, and there will be vengeance for wrongs inflicted on humanity by selfish interests”.


Quatrain # 62:

          Mabus shall come, and soon after shall die,

          Of people and beasts shall be a horrible destruction,

          Then on a suddent the vengeance shall be seen,

          Blood, hand, thirst, famine, when the comet shall run.


Whatever your opinion of the prophecies of Nostradamus, his fame lives on today despite villifiers and detractors during his lifetime and in the centuries that have followed.  Nostradamus’ popularity fluctuates from time to time.  His description of Roman Catholic Popes is often cited as an example of his uncanny accuracy.  Some have claimed that his “prophecies” were no mere than “ambiguous guesswork,” but many of his prophecies seem too precise and accurate to be dismissed as mere guesswork.  We leave it to our readers to decide for themselves.  If the mail to Halley’s Comet Watch ’86 is an indication of how people feel about the possible relationship of Halley’s Comet to the unfolding of natural phenomena and human events, then we feel there is probably a large body of support for the prophecies of Nostradamus.




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