I have read a few of these “quatrains” and I find them totally devoid of any meaning (that I can decipher). My question is, when did people decide that these verses were prophecies of the future? They don’t make any sense at all-perhaps they are coded in some way?
Anyway, Nostradamus was very well regarded during his life-he was (I believe) fairly well off. So we must accept that either:
- his prophecies made sense to the people of his time
OR 2) his verse were not intended to be prophecies; they were instead some kind of political commentary, relevant to his time and place.
To me, you have to be extraordinarily creative to find anything resembling predictions in this stuff-I mean “Hister” = “Hitler”?? Or identifying Napoleon with this one :”…he raises and depresses the priests like water a sponge”.
I know that these criticisms are widely known-I’m just wondering if the people of his time were as foolish as today-clearly the “Quatrains’ were meant to mean something, but just what isn’t clear.