The enigmatic legacy of Michel de Nostradame, commonly known as Nostradamus, continues to captivate the world nearly five centuries after he penned his notorious book “Les Prophéties.” In these ancient verses, Nostradamus foretold 942 predictions, many of which have eerily foreshadowed pivotal moments in human history, from the onset of the Second World War to Hitler’s rise to power and even the tragic events of the French Revolution.
While skeptics may view Nostradamus’ work as mere conjecture, there is no denying that some of his prophecies have manifested with astonishing accuracy. Notably, his predictions appear to have foreseen the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the horrific 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and, more recently, the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to some reports, over 70 percent of his forecasts have already come to fruition, casting a shadow of intrigue over his predictions for 2023.
Here are some of Nostradamus’ enigmatic visions for the year 2023:
The Great War
One of the most ominous predictions for 2023 is the looming specter of “a great war.” Nostradamus ominously warns, “Seven months into the Great War, people dead of evil-doing. Rouen, Evreux shall not fall to the King.” This particular prophecy strikes a chord as the world grapples with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, heightening concerns about a potential World War III. In a curious twist, the ancient verses suggest that the French city of Rouen may somehow escape the calamities of this impending conflict.
Nostradamus’ gaze into 2023 also hints at an escalation of global warming, with rising temperatures and sea levels threatening unprecedented consequences. In his cryptic verses, he writes, “Like the sun, the head shall sear the shining sea: The Black Sea’s living fish shall all but boil. When Rhodes and Genoa, half-starved shall be, the local folk to cut them up shall toil.” These words appear to foretell a distressing future marked by environmental turmoil.
Amidst the backdrop of a global cost-of-living crisis and escalating climate concerns, the year 2023 could witness a surge in civil unrest. Nostradamus prophesies, “Sooner and later, you will see great changes made, dreadful horrors, and vengeance.” He further warns, “The trumpet shakes with great discord. An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven: the bloody mouth will swim with blood; the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground.” These cryptic verses suggest a potential uprising against the privileged as society grapples with a deteriorating economy.
The next prophecy reveals that the year 2023 may usher in a new Pope to succeed Pope Francis. Nostradamus previously predicted that Pope Francis would be the final true Pope and that his successor would be a source of controversy. His verses read, “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will be Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”
Nostradamus also glimpsed “Celestial fire on the Royal edifice.” Interpreters believe this could allude to a new world order rising from the ashes of civilization, signifying the “end of times” or the dawn of a new era.
Intriguingly, Nostradamus cryptically mentioned “the light on Mars falling.” This could be a reference to the retrograde motion of the planet in the sky, or it might allude to humanity’s endeavors to inhabit the Red Planet. Elon Musk’s predictions of a human Mars landing by 2029 lend credence to this prophecy.
Lastly, in a world still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, economic turmoil is on the horizon. Nostradamus predicts, “So high will the bushel of wheat rise, that man will be eating his fellow man.” This chilling forecast implies that a looming economic downturn could breed desperation and discord, driven by soaring living costs.
As the world collectively grapples with these tantalizing but foreboding visions from a bygone era, Nostradamus’ enduring mystique continues to captivate those who seek to unravel the enigmatic tapestry of our shared future. Only time will tell whether these prophecies are mere conjecture or a window into the untold chapters of human history.