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April 7, 1999

Hello all,

For the past couple of months people have been asking me/referring to Nostradamus and wondering whether or not he was a man of God. I, personally, don't believe so.

[Taken from "FAQ: the Prophecies of Nostradamus, Part 1" http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/text/faq/usenet-faqs/html/nostrad amus /part1/faq.html]

c. How did Nostradamus do it?

"The D.Cannon books [Conversations with Nostradamus by Dolores Cannon] I-III contain a great deal of information on Nostradamus' techniques, which came from a variety of sources. First, he acknowledges he was born with an inner 'sixth sense', i.e. a strong intuition and great psychic abilities. Secondly he had enormous drive to develop it. His grandfather apparently passed him books on witchcraft that allowed him to experiment with some rituals. He also had access to 'lost' manuscripts handed down outside of the libraries of the time. He talks about guides from the astral plane and from other worlds who helped him. Some pointed him in the direction of esoteric plant recipes and mind-enhancing drugs (but he emphasized they only enhanced his powers and were not the source of them). One apparently bestowed on him a mirror during one of his meditations. The mirror was especially important to his predictions.

"Nostradamus also talked of using different crystals to focus on various telepathic frequencies. Occasionally he refers to staring at fire or water (such as in a bowl on a tripod) as a way of focusing his mind. He had access to some lost works of mysticism from his travels (apparently to some Moslem lands). He communicated with other expert astrologers and mystical teachers. However it is possible that some of his notes about and explanations of his techniques were a means of throwing the Inquisition off track.

"One of the most amazing possibilities explored in various places in the D.Cannon books was that in a sort of 'twist of time' Nostradamus was tapping into the subconscious of the people from the future who contacted him. D.Cannon talks about this in the introduction of II.

"Some have wondered about Nostradamus' healing capabilities. He talks about a sort of holistic approach to health and reveals that he was skillful in avoiding the shock that was induced in many patients of surgeons at the time using psychic approaches. He talked about the importance of the 'aura' of the person in determining the health of the patient and criticized the practice of treating symptoms. He said that a patient will find some other way to make themselves sick if their critical mental attitude is awry. He talked about cancer being caused by deeply ingrained self-sabotaging thoughts. Nostradamus also confirmed what many have speculated, that he was able to see future approaches to treating the diseases he encountered (such as the plague) and adopt key aspects of the techniques."

This faq isn't the only place where his methods are described and it all comes down to occult practices with a "medium" (the most popular being water in a brass bowl perched on a tripod).

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Saul consulted a witch in 1 Samuel 28. [She was the witch from En-dor and I read somewhere that Endora on "Bewitched" was named for her...hmmm, you find references to the Bible in the strangest places.]

"Saul was overwhelmed at the sight of the Philistine army. Instead of turning to God, however, he turned to the occult.

"God had strictly forbidden the Israelites to have anything to do with black magic, fortune tellers, witches, wizards, or anyone who claimed to bring forth spirits from the dead (Deut 18:9-14).

[When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.--Deut 18:9-14]

"In fact, sorcerers were to be put to death (Exo 22:18) [Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.]. Occult practices were carried on in the name of pagan gods, and people turned to the occult for answers that God would not give.

"Practitioners of the occult have Satan and demons as the source of their information..."

(Life Application Bible, Comments on 18:11,12, 18:15-18)

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But, you say, some of his "quatrains" have come true. Maybe, maybe not. Let's take the best case scenario and say that yes, some of them have come true. It makes me think of the magicians and sorcerers of Egypt who could make their rods become serpents just like Moses and Aaron could. I don't know how it was done, but it was possible--and it didn't make them godly men.

[And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.--Exodus 7:8-12]

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These are a few things that came to mind while I was trying to figure it out for myself. There are other areas that could be touched on, but I think the above is just about it for now. It's settled in my mind and I hope this helps someone else who has had the same questions.


Nostradamus' first two quatrains of his first "century" are devoted to his divination methods. According to Erika Cheetham in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Prophecies of Nostradamus, they read as follows:

"1. Sitting alone at night in secret study; it is placed on the brass tripod. A slight flame comes out of the emptiness and makes successful that which should not be believed in vain.

"...Nostradamus used the methods of the 4th Century neo-Platonist Iamblichus, a reprint of whose book De Mysteriis Egyptorum was published at Lyons in 1547 and almost certainly read by Nostradamus...All the ingredients for magical practices are in this quatrain. It is night. Nostradamus is alone in his study reading the secret forbidden books which inspire his prophecies; the brass tripod is a method used by Iamblichus--on it was placed a bowl of water into which the seer gazed until the water became cloudy and pictures of the future were revealed...

"2. The wand in the hand is placed in the middle of the tripod's legs. With water he sprinkles both the hem of his garment and his foot. A voice, fear; he trembles in his robes. Divine splendour; the god sits nearby.

"Nostradamus continues to explain his method. He touches the middle of the tripod with his wand, and then moistens his robe and his feet with the water placed on it. This is the same method as was used to obtain inspiration by the Apollonian prophetess at the oracles of Branchus in Classical times. Nostradamus is afraid of the power he evokes when it comes to him; he hears it, as well as sees it; it appears to speak to him and he writes down the prophecies..."

The mysteries of Egypt and Apollo are the basis for his prophecies. In some cases he quotes line for line the contents of De Mysteriis Egyptorum. Besides these, he was also influenced by Jewish occult literature. Finally, his use of rituals to invoke his prophecies raise the question whether he was manipulating unknown forces for his own benefit through his own will as opposed to them being a Divine gift granted to the seer for a godly purpose.

For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21


"According to the 'Prieure documents,' the Guises and the Lorraines found an ally in a Jew named Nostradamus (1503-1566)...There is abundant evidence to suggest that Nostradamus was indeed a secret agent working for Francois de Guise and Charles, cardinal of Lorraine.

[The House of Lorraine, of the Merovingian dynasty, was one of three royal families fighting for dominance during France's Religious Wars of the 1500's. The Catholic House of Guise was the military branch of the House of Lorraine. They worked together to topple the Catholic House of Valois, the most powerful ruling house at the time. The House of Guise, desiring the French throne for themselves, set out to weaken the House of Valois through civil war between the Protestants and the Catholics.]

"The House of Valois, in ignorance, hired Nostradamus as court physician and astrologer. Not surprisingly, one of his first prophecies was that the Valois dynasty would soon be extinct...

"Before embarking on his career as a prophet to the French throne, however, Nostradamus spent considerable time in Lorraine where he was initiated into some protentious secret. An arcane book on which to base his prophecies was supposedly presented to him at the Abbey of Orval, the same Abbey where the Priory of Sion got its start in 1070...

"...'Many of Nostradamus' prophecies ... may not have been prophecies at all. They may have been cryptic messages, ciphers, schedules, timetables, instructions, blueprints for actions.'"

(Daniel, John. "Scarlet and the Beast," Vol. I, pp. 118-120)


Moza

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