Result #224: I read The Prophesies of Nostradamus, and other than finding he may have predicted the Chris Benoit murders it all seemed like nonsense to me.

#224: Read The Prophesies of Nostradamus to try and find a prediction to an upcoming event.

Date: 8-12-2014

Due Date: 8-12-2015

Resolution: When I was a kid I saw a documentary about Nostradamus hosted by Orson Wells. I was alone when I saw it so there was no one around to answer my fears.

I spent the rest of my childhood believing the world was going to end as soon as one of these prophesies came to fruition.

It seemed every couple months there was a prediction that California would sink or the Russians would attack.

My world always seemed to be on the verge of destruction.

I think this is partially to blame for my weird outlook on life.

When I grandpa died I found a leather bound copy of The Prophecies of Nostradamus. I have yet to read it and think it time.

Over the next year I will read The Prophecies of Nostradamus in an attempt to find at least one prediction of an upcoming event.

Update #1: The Conclusion.

Date: 8-12-2014

Tonight I read The Prophesies of Nostradamus in an attempt to find any insights about the future. Just like a fortune cookie or a horoscope everything seemed to be written to be accurate if you are willing to do the work in order to make it make sense.

I wasn't willing to do the work.

Instead, I was just waiting for things to pop out and other than Quatrain VIII. 63:

The adulterer will be wounded without a blow
He murders his wife and son for spite
Wife knocked down, the child strangled
Eight captives taken, choked without respite

I took that to be a prediction of the Chris Benoit murders. I know some of it doesn't match but that's how things seem to go with Nostradamus interpretations. For the most part, the rest of what I read seemed like loose predictions of war, corrupt politicians, and natural disasters which are so common it seems like you can find a fit every couple decades.

In fact the book I read was published in 1975 and noted the popular interpretations from the time. Not only did some of the interpretation seem to better fit future predicaments there was a big focus on events dealing with communism that I'm sure would have a terrorist lean if published today.

It was interesting to read though. I'm sure if I had more knowledge of history and how to interpret time based on astrology I would have gotten way more into finding the connections and can see why people are so into using Nostradamus as a novel tool to predict the future after the fact.