Nostradamus was a 16th-century French astrologer, physician, and prognosticator whose full name was Michel de Nostradamus. He died on July 1 or 2 in 1566, after forecasting his death. Since then, the name Nostradamus has been shrouded in mystery and a mysterious aura.
A viral social media post indicates or instead claims that the Covid-19 epidemic was prophesied by Nostradamus 500 years ago. The seer has recently been in the spotlight again, just before his death anniversary.
Here’s the quote that numerous Facebook users have been posting, citing Nostradamus’ book as the source:
“There will be a double year (2020) from which will issue a queen (corona) from the east (China) who will spread a disease (virus) in the darkness of night, on land with seven hills (Italy), and will turn men’s twilight into dust (death), to demolish and wreck the globe. The world economy as we know it will come to an end.
So, how did his forecast turn out? Let’s have a look:
According to Reuters, Stephane Gerson, Professor of French Studies and History at New York University, stated that the viral text’s source is not from Nostradamus’ “Prophecies” and does not come from any of his previous prophecies.
The viral text deviates from Nostradamus’ 942 lyrical quatrain collections (a style of poem that comprises four lines).
When his works were searched online using keywords, none of them matched the material in his book.
In his book “Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom,” Gerson discusses how man’s prophecies are esoteric and thus have the capacity to “hint/suggest at anything.” Because of their mysterious character, it is easy to draw one’s deductions or inferences and disseminate false Nostradamian prophesies when something unexpected happens.