3.25 Natural disasters – Climatic catastrophes due to human interference


A thing existing without any senses
will cause its own end to happen through artfice.
At Autun, Chalan, Langres and the two Sens
there will be great damage from hail and ice. (Ι-22)


This is an event in the future. Mankind will have developed some devices to moderate the weather and be able to have some say as to how the weather will be. The machines that are in charge in these computations and calculations will become too clever for their own good, for they will not have common sense. Common sense is what is gained through the experience of living. Consequently, through the fault in their programming, which will not be spotted until too late, they will accidentally cause the weather to misfunction so as to cause a great deal of damage through unseasonal ice and hail.

The men running this will not realize that if one tries to force the weather to do one thing for too long that the natural pattern will finally overcome the interference and perhaps cause some unseasonal weather in the process of trying to get things back in balance again. As a result, these computers, while trying to overcome the natural forces that are trying to get things back in balance, will blow a fuse, so to speak, and become damaged beyond use.

The names in the quatrain mean places that will suffer the worst damage from the unseasonal weather.

I knew that the translators couldn’t understand this quatrain at all so I wrote it down fairly clearly. They were not thinking of machines at all. They thought because I am a doctor that this was referring to something medical, like a petrified embryo removed from a woman’s womb.  That would be a thing existing without any sense. However man’s devices such as computers and such have no senses either.


I foresaw a time of dramatic and violent geological earth changes. The end of the 20th century will see a rash of terrible devastating earthquakes all over the world, as well as the awakening of long-sleeping volcanoes, flooding, drought, changes in the level of the oceans and the different amounts of glaciers and such. USA will be one of the hardest hit by the earthquakes.


The trembling of the earth at Mortara,
the tin island of St. George half sunk;
drowsy with peace, war will arise,
at Easter in the temple abysses opened. (ΙΧ-31)


The earth, after a period of peace, as indicated in the line «drowsy with peace» -, will suffer some particularly severe earthquakes. So severe that the crust will rip open all the way through the mantle and the hot lava will spew forth. That particular earthquake will be so disastrous that it will set off earthquakes all over wherever earthquakes happen. They will be so large and dangerous they will be destroying things right and left. «St. George» is a clear reference to England. As for the words «Mortara» and «Cassich» they are anagrams of names referring to the major fault lines that will be crucial in this event. Half of the English Isle will be ripped away and buried into the sea.


As a result of all this disaster, famine will set in almost right away and people will start fighting over the few resources of earth that will be left after this disaster. There won’t be enough food to go around, and people, from countries who are starving, will be marching upon the people of countries who have surplus food. America will be fortunate in that it is protected by oceans. But even at that, the country will just barely survive because it will be one of the hardest hit by the earthquakes.

Since it has a surplus of food it will not be hit by the famine. It will just be a problem of distribution. Other countries, such as India and China, will also be ripped up with earthquakes but they have too many people and not enough food. And they will turn and march on Russia and eastern Europe where the corn and wheat fields lie.


The world will be very thirsty. They will be thirsty for water and comfort – spiritual comfort; because the religious fanatics will offer no spiritual comfort, only power plays. The priests are not able to come up with a comforting explanation for these things for the people; they will lose credit with the people and the abysses will open up in the foundation of religion «At Easter in the temple abysses opened»: Christianity will falter on the shards of its own foundation.


In the year that Saturn and Mars are equally fiery,
the air is very dry, a long meteor.
From hidden fires a great place burns with heat,
little rain, a hot wind, wars and raids. (IV-67)


When «Saturn» is in a fire sign and at the time the sun moves into a fire sign, there will be a very bright, easily-seen comet. But it will be perhaps previously unknown. This coincides with the time of great geological troubles. There will be earthquakes and volcanoes erupting, and this will mess up the weather systems so there will be great famine and drought. This will causes social upheaval in unexpected places. Nations that are considered prosperous and powerful, particularly western nations, will be revealed as being not as prosperous as everyone had thought.


And they will be torn with civil strife and rioting as people try to move out of the areas of drought toward areas that still have some water and where they can grow food. The social upheaval caused by this will assist the Anti-Christ in gaining power in certain areas of the world. It will be one of the contributing factors of things being weakened and ready for the takeover by the Anti-Christ. It will be a very fiery time, very dry and very hot and fiery astrologically. The common every-day people will feel mentally and spiritually battered because of all of these cosmological disasters coming one right after the other from all directions, beating them down.


This quatrain sounded very similar to the «Rainbow Quatrain» (I-17). One of the signs that the Anti-Christ was coming would be a whole year without a rainbow. This sounded symbolic rather than actual. There would be droughts with little rain until this dramatic year without a rainbow, indicating extreme dryness. That year would be the sign that the Anti-Christ had come and the predictions concerning him would start to come to pass.


Mars and Saturn conjuncting in Sagittarius would also show us some type of religious-type of strife or some type of religious fervor or fanaticism that could be very harmful to others. These will contribute to laying the way open for the Anti-Christ to take over. The social and political structure of certain countries will be turned totally upside down. And religious fanatics – I’m not referring to spiritual people but to religious fanatics: I’m making the distinction: poles apart, this is very definite and clear.

So religious fanatics will come into power and believe that they are doing what should be done. There have been other groups coming into power believing they were doing what should be done, even if it takes drastic means, and they’ve always come to a bad end. This religious fervor affects the Anti-Christ’s side of things, too. It helps him to come into power for he has a very guileful tongue. And the people whom he influences will venerate him as a religious figure, as well.


«Toward the south there will be a great drought» refers to the drought in Africa. A major earthquake will hit China killing many people. There are always geological troubles going on in the eastern Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey:


Mars, Mercury and the Moon in conjunction towards the south
there will be a great drought.
An earthquake will be reported from the depths of Asia,
both Corinth and Ephesus then in a troubled state. (ΙΙΙ-3)


In central Europe, southern Europe and in the Near East, particularly around the eastern end of the Mediterranean, there’ll be several severe floods :


Because of the overflow of the Ebro, Po, Tagus, Tiber and Rhone
and by the lakes of Geneva and Arezzo
the two great and chief cities of the Garonne
taken, dead, drowned. Human booty divided. (III-12)


Humanity suffers starvation:


The child will be born with two teeth in his mouth;
stones will fall like rain in Tuscany.
A few years later there will be neither wheat nor barley,
to satisfy those who will weaken from hunger. (ΙΙΙ-42)


Children will be born hungry, ready to eat, but will have no food. That is the symbolism of the «two teeth in his mouth». The description of Tuscany is symbolic since in my time it was a very great center of agriculture. I saw pictures of hailstorms destroying the food-producing areas of the United States, Russia, Europe, Central America and Australia.


As a result of the disruption of local governments and such due to the natural disasters, the Anti-Christ will move his troops in under the disguise of helping the people restore civil order in the wake of these disasters. He will use that as a device to take over the countries, and use population like slaves and such as this. That’s why they are referred to as «human booty».

This will also be a time of economic problems, and this will be one of the things contributing to the time of troubles. With things being in great unrest, with things not working right and failing all over, this will contribute to the ease with which the Anti-Christ comes to power. It will be a time when dynamic young men with golden tongues can sway the populace to their way of thinking because the populace is wanting something to hope for.


At the fourth pillar which they dedicate to Saturn
split by earthquake and by flood;
under Saturn’s building an urn is found
gold carried off by Caepio and then restored. (VIΙΙ-29)


America, one of the four major nations in the West – «the fourth pillar» – that comes under the auspices of Saturn, will have some great natural disasters, earthquakes and flooding. It will rend the nation from end to end, and there will be great crying out. Also there will be the breakdown of general services that will cause much conflict and pain.

It’s a rich nation but these natural disasters will empty its coffers in the process of its trying to deal with these disasters - «an urn is found gold carried off and then restored». After it has exhausted its own resources it will turn to other nations for help. And the other three pillars will send aid to restore the coffers so that the people may survive.


Another meaning for this last line refers the gold plundered from Central and South America by Spain during the colonization age. Some of it was taken to Europe and some of it went to the bottom of the sea.


In the future, as technology advances there will be greater successes in finding these treasures that have gone to the bottom of the sea. These treasures and artifacts will be restored to the countries they were stolen from.

Note: it becomes obvious that Nostradamus has once again used symbology based on an event in Roman history: Caepio was a Roman consul who plundered Toulouse in 106 B.C.E. However, the treasure never reached Rome and Caepio was impeached and expelled from the Senate.


At the place where HIERON has his ship built,
there will be such a great sudden flood,
that one will not have a place nor land to fall upon,
the waters mount to the Olympic Fesulan. (VIII-16)


One of the largest hurricanes of the century is going to hit Cape Canaveral also known as Cape Kennedy. The wind will be so high with so much flooding that there’ll be a great deal of damage to repair at NASA when the storm is over. Much of the equipment used with rocket launches and such is going to be damaged and bent up and blown around.

Note: Hieron was a character in Greek mythology, a master shipbuilder, used in the quatrain to represent the space vehicles and such. The symbol of Olympus represents the great amount of flooding, to Olympic proportions, so to speak.


The great city of the maritime ocean,
surrounded by a swamp of crystal;
in the winter solstice and the spring
will be tried by a dreadful wind. (ΙΧ-48)


The city «surrounded by a swamp of crystal» refers to Los Angeles. The swamp of crystal refers to all buildings of glass with the great many windows. One gets lost in a swamp and one can get lost in these cities. Due to a shift in the wind patterns, a very hot, dry wind will blow and cause great drought and forest fires; it will be unprecedented. In south America, a similar phenomenon is called «El Nino» but this will be ten times worse than any they’ve had before. It will happen in the spring when they get the spring rains for the crops. It will be declared a national disaster area, and countries all over the world will send aid. 


As I have said «three cities on the West Coast that form a triangle would be hit by earthquakes.» You can very easily ascertain, that two of the points of the triangle are in the place called "California."

There would be earthquakes in New York City too. That will be part of the more drastic earth changes that will be taking place later. The ones in California will happen first. They will be closer to the more natural order of things because that place is prone to earthquakes as it is. And then the places that should not have earthquakes will also have them.

The shift of the axis is not a gradual thing like some would say. It happens suddenly. And when it happens it could be very catastrophic.





In the part of the earth the Anti-Christ is in (Middle East), there will be less damage sustained than in other parts of the earth. These changes will affect his land but they won’t devastate it like some lands will be. So he’ll be able to turn this to his advantage. At a little later time when other countries are still trying to recover, he offers assistance. And once they accept assistance, it is too late for them, for he will eventually end up stabbing them in the back.
United States will have its problems too, but it will be in a state of strong martial law so they will already be organized and can pull together, whereas other countries will be under civilian law at the time of the earthquakes. After the disaster strikes, martial law is declared to bring order to the streets and stop the looting.