Sixteenth century astrologer Michel de Notre-Dame, popularly known as Nostradamus, published in the year 1555 a book called Les Prophéties (The Prophecies). In his collection of 942 poetic quatrains, he predicted various future events that experts, and many amateurs, find a way of interpreting into related events occurring in the present day.

Among the great historical events that supposedly were anticipated by Nostradamus are the great fire that devastated London in the year 1566, which took place 10 years after the publication of the book, and the assassination of Henry IV of France in 1610.Other events such as the atomic bombs that the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the assassination of JFK, Hitler’s rise to power and the French Revolution, were also aligned rather neatly to his often vague musings.

Nostradamus predictions for 2023

The most recent episode linked to his book was the death of the Queen of England in September and the coronation of Charles III.“After the sudden death of the first character, it will be changed and they will put another in his kingdom”, his words roughly translate to. Therefore, as we head into the new year, our attention once again turns to the famous book.

Among the most relevantpredictions for 2023, the following stand out:

  • Resignation of Pope Francis: during the next few months of 2023, Pope Francis will leave his post. The prophecy indicates that his place would be taken by a very dark and dangerous man who will cause “a scandal”. Like the catholic church hasn’t had enough of those already!
  • Explosion of a nuclear bomb and climate change: this will cause a great depopulation in many countries, especially in Europe. “For forty years the rainbow will not appear. For forty years it will be seen every day. The dry land will become drier and there will be great floods.” We can continue to copy/paste that one every 12 months!
  • Mission to Mars: in a fragment of a quatrain of his prophecies, he suggests that “a light would fall on Mars”. It should be remembered that the American businessman, Elon Musk, has stated publicly and on several occasions, that he hopes to land on Mars in 2029. And with NASA’s renewed movements towards the Moon and onwards…
  • Great crisis in the United States: the seer is said to have predicted more conflicts in 2023, as well as instability and social discontent in the great country of the north.
  • New world order: he refers to the union of two forces, one masculine and the other feminine. In his words, “their alliance will be short-lived, as will its good effects.” Expect numerous examples tying this to news stories across the year.

Who is Nostradamus?

Nostradamus was a passionate traveler who, during his many tours of France, contacted witches, healers and fortune tellers, who transmitted their knowledge of the stars to him. Starting in 1555, Nostradamus began to write his forecasts in the form of quatrains, a four line, often rhyming, stanza. Since each book contained exactly one hundred of these four-verse combinations, he called them ‘centuries’.

After his death in 1566, and to this day, Nostradamus has always been remembered as the quintessential astronomer and soothsayerand his works have attracted multitudes of readers in search of supposed predictions of events that occurred years later. His name has transcended for centuries and continues to generate mystery and expectations in the face of each event that shakes and revolutionizes the world.

Predictions for year 2022

The Queen’s death

Earlier this year Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96. While there was no direct mention of the monarch’s passing in Nostradamus’ writing, a recent interpretation predicted that this would be the year in which the Queen died.

Mario Reading’s 2006 book ‘Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies for the Future’, claimed to have found a prediction in Nostradamus’ original book that others had missed.

He claimed that quatrain 10/22 – supposedly relating to the tenth month of 2022 – forecasted the Queen’s death. It read:

“Because they disapproved of his divorce / A man who later they considered unworthy / The People will force out the King of the islands / A Man will replace who never expected to be king.”

In his book, Reading wrote, “Queen Elizabeth will die, circa 2022, at the age of around 96.” He added that the passage relates to a further prediction that the new King Charles will quickly abdicate from the throne, due to “resentments held against him by a certain proportion of the British population, following his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales”.

This prediction then is, at best, only half right as it stands. However, the accuracy of the prediction of the Queen’s death in the autumn of 2022 sparked fresh interest in Reading’s book. In the week before she died only five copies were sold; before selling close to 8,000 copies in the week that followed.

The great future teller also made some predictions about end of British monarchy. “At the end of the war, the great powers change. Near the shore, three beautiful children are born. Ruin to the people when they are of age. To change the country’s Kingdom and see it grow no more.”

There you have it. Clearly what he was referring to in the sixteenth century was the end of the British monarchy altogether, which would be the second time that this has happened. The Falklands War fought against Argentina ended in 1982, and seven days later, the late Princess Diana, gave birth to William (the first of the Queen’s three grandchildren). Prince William is readied to take over from his father Charles, who is already in his latter years, potentially quite soon. With the much-admired Queen gone, and the world a very different place these days, talk has grown that a republic could be on the horizon for the UK, and William – when he is of age – could be the one to make that a reality.


One of the defining economic stories of 2022 has been the sharp inflation felt in countries across the world. This, a consequence of post-pandemic reopening and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was also supposedly foretold in Nostradamus’ work.

One passage reads:

“No abbots, monks, no novices to learn;

“Honey shall cost far more than candle-wax”

“So high the price of wheat,

“That man is stirred

“His fellow man to eat in his despair”

This grisly prediction starts by predicting that the price of various essentials will rise, before taking a dark turn into cannibalism in the final line. Another that is, at best, half true, but the myth of Nostradamus will live on into 2023 as we grapple for meaning in an increasingly unpredictable age.


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