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Prophecies of Nostradamus

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  80 reviews
This New Albion Press edition contains all ten "centuries," or groups of 100 quatrains, that make up the Prophecies, is illustrated with contemporary paintings and woodcuts, as well as later illustrations, and includes Nostradamus' letters to his son César and to Henri II King of France.
Paperback, 438 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Berkley (first published May 4th 1555)
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James Swenson
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: started
Let's take a page at random. There are 168 pips in a set of double-six dominoes, so we turn to page 168. On that page, we select quatrain 69, because 1+8=9, so that page 168 indicates 69 hermetically, and because the digits in the number 69 are symbolic of Cancer, astrologically:

Cancer astrological symbol

The psychic significance of this quatrain thus established, we discover a genuine prophecy!

The great one shall be no more in a false sleep,

The restlessness shall take rest,

He shall raise an army of gold and azure

He shal
Clay Davis
Not a good book cover. The poetry of the quatrains is very descriptive but the images are often too confusing to understand. There are some quatrains that the translators admit they can not interpret.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
A very interesting book to say the least. This is a volume that needs to be reissued to fit modern times.

This translation of Nostradamus' prophecies came at a time when the stated date of his armageddon was nigh. More than a decade has passed, but people should still be wary. The French mystic had an uncanny ability for prognostication and though he wasn't a hundred percent accurate it was still scary close. That was reason enough for people in the centuries after his death to study his more ob
Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
I had been really looking forward to reading this book for sometime and I'm sad to say that I was slightly disappointed.

I enjoyed the introduction that Nostradamus wrote for his son and King Henry as they gave me an insight to Nostradamus as a person and to a small extent the way in which he came up with prophecies and how he himself did not consider himself a prophet. What was surprising to me was the prophecies themselves as they are written in verses like a poem which I didn't expect. While
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
spooky!...i used to read this book all the time when i was little...basically i was trying to see if nas (his street name) had prophecized about stuff like what day my schoolbus would be late, or when my teacher would call in sick so i wouldn't have to study for the exam scheduled to be given that day--you know, that kinda stuff...looking back on it now that i'm (much) older and (somewhat) wiser, i realize the guy was just talking to jinn...big deal...
J. Kahele
Rambling...way too much. I was very disappointed.
Nandakishore Varma
I think the predictions are silly, and the interpretations far-fetched; but some of the quatrains are spooky. So as a horror afficionado I enjoyed it!
Arvind Kulkarni
If the proffecies hold true, I personally feel humanity is going to experience lots of horrifying events...
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ohhlallaaa back to the future, there and here again! amazing alchemist,
mon bien-aimé sage, michel de nostredame
Patrik Sahlstrøm
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Urgh, finally done with this incredibly boring book. Please note that this review is of Cheethams version. A boring but educational read. The education comes from seeing how silly it is to pay heed to these prophecies. I have to admit I am almost impressed by how creative and desperate some people have been to make some of these prophecies fit historical events. No need to dwell on how tenous the relation between the events the prophecies are in most cases, but it laughable to read Cheethams own ...more
T Campbell
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
This has got to be one of the greatest examples of people reading into what isn't there that I've ever seen, even greater than what people do to the Bible, horoscopes, and Shakespeare. Any reasonable reading would find these prophecies far too specific and irrelevant to the modern day to be useful, but the desire to make sense of our chaotic world is so strong that thousands sort of will themselves to believe one guy with no particular other talents could foresee five hundred years of human hist ...more
Israa Gamal
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read and i liked his style in describing future events. A clever style, he used the expressions and details of the sixteenth century to reflect future events, especially how he described the events of the twentieth century. However, there is some ambiguity in his style, either a weakness in his astrological and occultism ability to prove the accuracy of details either as a means of escaping the reputation of a "magician" and thus escaping from the Inquisition.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Now that I have read the quatrains, I am persuaded that these lines can be applied, interpreted, and re-interpreted any which way the reader wishes to 'bend' the meaning. For example, we can construe the prophecy of a bride offended by the mother-in-law and husband and turns out more pitiable than the latter to Charles/Diana or many other European marriages.
özge E
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I don’t know what I was expecting, but Nostradamus has so much hype as to how he predicts the future, but these predictions are SO vague, obviously you can twist it around to fit the events. Much like any religion IMO
Paula Siekman-Seinen
Loved the book. I got an insight about his work and how it made me think about certain topics. Which are true and will become a real situation. You can read, some of the great moments of history written in that book by Nostradamus in 1555.
Jacqueline Damm
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hitting the Nail on the Head

Nostradamus predicted many years ago (in the 1500's) what would happen in the future. He hit almost every event that happened on the head. Makes you really think about things and getting your life straight with God before it's too late.
Cheri Flake
This is not the easiest read, especially when you are con- reading it with a nine year old but it is a quite remarkable read, just not that fun.
Lila Laird
Rating: 3/5
Sharye Fabbri

It’s okay if you are into Nostradamus, this was written in 1555. Interesting to see what he wrote down back then
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a tome written by and for the true believer in Nostradamus.
There is not the slightest attempt to be in any way impartial, at one point going so far as to include in writing that the original editor (the current revisions grandfather) had it in his mind that he was the reincarnation of Michel.

I think these kinds of books can be interesting if approached with the right mindset. Who hasnt had a curiosity about the occult, and wondered if there was anything to it, or even just wanted to e
University of Chicago Magazine
Stephane Gerson, AM'92, PhD'97

From the coeditor: "The first major literary presentation of Nostradamus's Prophecies, newly translated and edited by prizewinning scholars.

"The mysterious quatrains of the sixteenth-century French astrologer Nostradamus have long proved captivating for their predictions. Nostradamus has been credited with anticipating the Great Fire of London, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Today, as the world grapples with financial meltd
Joel Mitchell
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only managed to struggle through about half of this. Nostradamus' predictions, all in the form of quatrains are mostly so vague that they could apply to just about anything. When one or two lines of a quatrain vaguely match something in later history (make enough predictions about conflict in Europe and some of them are bound to match up with the next few hundred years of history) the other two or three lines and any contradictory details are ignored and it is hailed as a "fulfilled prophecy." ...more
Steven Belanger
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I started writing Apocalypse after reading this book, when I was 14. Very creepy at times; puzzling at others. For those who think that anyone can write gibberish and then readers can "see" in it whatever they want, I urge a review of the book's--and author's--history. The guy could certainly see something. If he could, it proves that history (aka fate and time) is interconnected and linear. That view led to my (so far only) published short story, "Hide the Weird." Cheetham does a good job trans ...more
I actually had a version from the '70s, and it's really funny to look at the translations and what they actually are supposed to mean, and then compare that to the zeitgeist of the times that it was edited. There was one in the 10th decade where he mentions something about a king returning around the time of the "apocalypse", and the word he uses refers to an Eastern influence, and the translator/editor is wondering if this is a Chinese attack, a Russian, or something like that, and here we are ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wierdness
Remember picking up this book way back when just to see what all the hub-bub was about Nostradamus and his "amazing predictions". My overall impression: meh... Not that it isn't kind of fun to read the quatrains and imagine what they might mean. But imagine is all you really can do. Claiming to know with some authority that they mean anything specific is pretty laughable.

What does kind of amaze me is that I still have this darn thing in my possession after all these years. Is it possible that I
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe people actually believe this crap. The "prophesies" are extremely vague and could apply to any time in any era. He claims they're vague so people don't try to avoid them coming true and change the future. Yeah, I'm sure that's it. It has nothing to do with the fact that you're a QUACK. It's the same technique used by modern psychics: Make a bunch of vague predictions, hope most come true, and claim the rest are yet to come. This is why he gave a 2000 year window for his predictio ...more
Melisa Blankenship
They all started to sound the same to me. My copy had possible interpretations that (while some seemed spookily real) mostly came across as ghost story hype in that the poems of Nostradamus are so vague they could be applied to anything, but they're being applied to the Kennedy assassination and other American events.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nostradamus's "predictions" are way too obscure to actually pull events/dates/times out of them. Most of the interpretations in the book are far-fetched and many don't make sense at all. While it was an interesting read, the author's supposed interpretations/explanations didn't really do much to clear up the confusion surrounding Nostradamus's actual verses.
Mike Foley
A fun look at the most famous collection of prophecies. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is that it's a bit dated, written in 1973. the author does excellent research in how the prophecies relate to historical events but I don't know enough history for most of them to be interesting to me. Some seem a bit obscure.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about hiding in plain sight. Nostradamus was a wanted man and so he changed his last name. In Latin, Nostradamus means our ladies so the actual title of this book would be The Prophecies Of Our Ladies. Read The Book Of Love by Kathleen McGowan.
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Michel de Nostredame (14 December or 21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566), usually Latinised to Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties ("The Prophecies"), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of ...more

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