There are many articles and many opinions about the failure of Nostradamus to predict anything in our time (or for the last twenty years or so for that matter). Amazingly enough, a number of Nostradamus quatrains have actually been fulfilled in our century ... prophecies I wondered about but didn't do enough research to confirm, as well as prophecies I failed to take note of at all, forgot about, or dismissed as "almost but not quite."
The quatrains I am about to discuss were fulfilled in their entirety, every sentence, every line ... every word. In some cases I did not know they were fulfilled because some of the events in them were NOT reported by most news services until YEARS later.
Masked and Solitary: The Negative Impact of Novel Coronavirus on Society
Avant long temps le tout sera rangé, nous esperons un siecle bien senestre,
L'estat des masques & des seuls bien changé. Peu trouveront qu'à son rang veuille estre.
Before long all will be set in order, we anticipate a very sinister century, the state of the masked
and solitary ones much changed. Few will be found who want to be in their place.
A time when everyone is wearing a face mask or being coerced into wearing one, staying alone as much as possible, separate from loved ones, even dying loved ones, due to a pandemic and new government policies to deal with it ... not only in the US but in most nations in the world?
Let's face it ... if even as late as 2019, even only a few months before the first reports of the virus emerged, we could have seen a photo from 2020 of nearly all of us, even our leaders, walking about, biking, hiking, shopping, conducting what businesses have been allowed to operate (or able to remain in business), wearing surgical-style face masks we would have thought it was a very bizarre and gruesome joke.
Prior to the current novel coronavirus pandemic, most of us had seen photos from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic or at least glanced at them. But often what we had seen documented were the interiors of large hospitals with many beds filled with the sick and dying and nurses scurrying about. Unless we had some reason to dig deeper into the subject, we never saw the people wearing masks on streets and in trolley cars. And if we did, often it would be a percentage of people wearing them, despite the mask mandates that were put into effect at the time. We shrugged the sight of it off and thought "how odd."
Mask wearing now is nearly universal and far fewer are the "slackers" of today.
The pandemic and mask comparisons aside, there are other major differences between life in 1918 and 1919 compared to life in 2020 and, thus far, 2021.
To put it bluntly, the people of America in 1918 did not have a radical leftist revolution in the making in their major cities nor was the nation a nation divided. This extra element makes the times of this pandemic much worse than the times of the Spanish Flu.
Our lives are indeed being set to order, organized, by medical experts and by policies enabled by the local, state, and federal governments, here in the US, and by governing systems in other countries such as the UK and Canada.
This makes the many of us who are widowed, divorced, or single and un-partnered not only masked, but truly "solitary." Families and couples are "isolated" from other people ... or they are supposed to be. Together we are all "masked" or "masked and solitary." For the purposes of the quatrain this is still properly stated as "masked and solitary" (it covers everyone).
For centuries, Nostradamus commentators, myself included, who attempted to interpret the above prophecy all believed that the quatrains containing references to "des seuls" or "the sole ones" or "the solitary ones" were religious orders of monks or nuns. But even with that understanding, "masked" never made any sense. As a result this prophecy was always somewhat left up in the air as to its real meaning.
But no longer.
Here is what one historian has to say about our time:
There are no words. Wretched, vile, appalling don't cover it. Grim, ghastly, abominable are weak. When it comes to 2020, the year of COVID, of quarantine, of unemployment, of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, of forest fires and hurricanes and nonstop election madness, of closed schools and shuttered restaurants and 3,000 dead every day — the equivalent of a new 9/11 every 24 hours — the English language fails us.
Even with all the bad years in history to choose from, 2020 ranks right at the top, (Professor of History) Philip Dolce believes. The masks, the isolation, the loneliness, the nonstop parade of death, natural disaster, and political stridency, is something new under the sun. "Not only is there the pandemic, but we're divided as a nation," he said.
The key to 2020's unique awfulness is not just the dire nature of the catastrophes, one after the other. It's the cumulative numbness, the hopelessness. "When there's a horrible event like 9/11, you want to scream," he said. "The impact is immediate. But I watch the news, and 3,000 people died the other day, and there's no reaction. Because tomorrow, 4,000 people will have died."
In one quatrain he stated that a "diabolical assembly" would come to power on March 23 ... with no year given:
Le dix Calendes d'Auril de faict Gotique, resuscité encor par gens malins:
Le feu estainct, assemblee diabolique, cherchant les os du d'Amant & Pselin.
The ten Calends of April of Gothic deed, resurrected again by evil people:
The fire is extinguished, assembly diabolical, seeking the bones of Amand & Psellus.
Modern calendars count the number of days after the first of each month; by contrast, the Roman calendar counted the number of days until certain upcoming dates (such as the calends, the nones or the ides).
To calculate the day of the calends of the upcoming month, counting the number of days remaining in the current month is necessary, then adding two to that number. For example, April 22 is the 10th day before the calends of May (ante diem decimum Kalendas Maius), because eight days are left in April and both end dates are included in the total.
That could not be the French Revolution which began on May 5, 1789. The "French Revolutionary Calendar" itself started on July 14, 1789, but was later changed to January 2, 1792, then finally September 22, 1792 was agreed. It was then called "the calendrier républicain" as well as "the calendrier révolutionnaire." Either was appropriate. But as you can see, nowhere is "the tenth day before the calends of April" (March 23) to be found in any reckoning created by the French Revolution.
Therefore, Quatrain 1.42 is NOT about the French Revolution. It is about a revolution that has not yet happened ... or, if it is happening, it has not yet succeeded.
March 23, 2020, began the period of lockdown in the United States, the way led by state governors such as New York's Andrew Cuomo. On that day and thereafter, America was weakened, not only by fear but by policy. Most of its businesses were closed and its population in virtual quarantine, free only to go out to purchase essential goods and supplies. Mass unemployment followed and continues to this day. Phased reopening of some businesses began in May, then most by July. Many businesses opened but could not operate effectively under severe restrictions put into place. Some businesses were closed again and then allowed to reopen, sometimes a number of times. Many of these are now closed ... forever.
In a weakened national environment, those committed to anti-government revolution grew stronger. When George Floyd was murdered by a bad cop, an anti-racist movement called Black Lives Matter (BLM) grew powerful. During the anti-racial protests, the anti-government revolutionary forces infiltrated BLM and soon BLM was no longer BLM. BLM had been cannibalized by Antifa and other groups ... all dedicated to the overthrow of our government, our culture, and our history.
Quatrain 1.42 above is not yet fulfilled, but is still under consideration, because the success of the revolution remains in some degree of doubt. We sincerely hope success eludes these people who riot, destroy, deface, loot, burn, rape, and murder.
If the radical left revolution prevails, then it will become a very sinister century indeed, much more than it already has been.
The state of us "masked and solitary ones" will change, according to Nostradamus, but how will it change? That is the only part of the quatrain that remains to be fulfilled. Otherwise, the entire quatrain has been fulfilled.
As to the last line, "few will be found who want to be in their place" pretty much sums it all up. No one in their right mind would want to go through what we have since March 2020.
Few indeed would disagree.
The Execution Of Saddam Hussein
At the Selin port the tyrant put to death, freedom not yet recovered:
The new War by vengeance and remorse, Lady honored by force of terror.
Therefore, the tyrant is unnamed.
But when taken together with all the other elements of the quatrain, we know the tyrant was Saddam.
Selin is a Greek word and can also be spelled "Celin." Selin means "moon" (the Moon). It is closely related to the Greek name "Selena" (Goddess of the moon). Thus the "Selin port" is the "Moon port."
Rather than an execution at a future lunar colony, it has been accepted that the moon in this case is the crescent moon as symbol.
In ancient times it was a symbol for the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and also for the Roman goddess Diana (Greek goddess Artemis). In Roman Catholicism the moon crescent was instead applied to the Virgin Mary and also to The Woman of the Apocalypse found in Chapter 12 of Revelation.
Later, however, the crescent moon began appearing at the tops of many Ottoman era mosques and also as an emblem on military flags by Islamic armies during the late Middle Ages and into the Renaissance period. The crescent moon was adopted as a symbol by the Ottoman empire and in the official emblem a star was added to the crescent. Europeans and others in the West began making associations between Islam and the crescent moon in the 20th century. This symbolism was eventually embraced by movements of Arab nationalism and Islamism, although rejected to this day by Muslim scholars.
Although Nostradamus does refer to "Diana" and "Artemis" in some of his prophecies, "Selin" is often used as a symbol for the crescent moon of the Ottomans or of Islam. Thus the port could either be Turkish or Mesopotamian.
In this case, the "Selin port" where the tyrant Saddam was hanged was the port of al-Kazimiyah (also Kadhimiya or Kazimain), a northern neighborhood of the city of Baghdad, Iraq. It is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city's center, on the west bank of the Tigris. It is a Tigris River PORT.
US troops were reintroduced by President Obama in June 2014 to aid the Iraqis and the Kurds who were being systematically slaughtered by ISIS ... and have remained there under the Trump administration with one eye on Syria's Bashar al-Assad and the other on Iran and Iranian actions in Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, and the Gulf.
But what of the last line? Who was or is the "lady?" Here is a subject that was not heavily reported at the time of Saddam's execution or for some time after.
The "lady honored through force of terror" was his daughter, Raghad Hussein, also known later as "Terror Godmother."
Hussein is listed on Iraq's most wanted list of individuals alongside 59 others. It also features 28 ISIL fighters, 12 from Al-Qaeda and 20 from the Baath party, giving details of the roles they play in their organisations, the crimes of which they are suspected, and, in most cases, photographs."
It was there all the time but could not be seen. And this, sadly, has turned out to be a problem with other Nostradamus prophecies: the problem of the seemingly missing element. Another related quatrain continues the tale between two rivers, this time including both Syria and Iraq, ISIS and Raghad Hussein once again.