Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French physician and astrologer who lived in the 16th century.
According to his followers, he predicted a lot of things that have actually happened in the last few centuries; including the French Revolution, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and 9/11.
There is even evidence of him predicting Trump’s presidential win, whom he referred to as “the great shameless, audacious bawler”.
His prophecies, which he wrote in four-line verse, are of course open to interpretation – but here are some verses that could possibly shed a little light on what we can expect in 2017:
1. Floods and drought
“For forty years the rainbow will not be seen.
For forty years it will be seen every day.
The dry earth will grow more parched,
and there will be great floods when it is seen.”
2. Thunder and conflict
“The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt.
An evil deed, foretold by the bearer of a petition.
According to the prediction another falls at night time.
Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.”
3. A battle at sunset
“Shortly before sun set, battle is engaged.
A great nation is uncertain.
Overcome, the sea port makes no answer,
the bridge and the grave both in foreign places.”
4. A little break
“Pestilences extinguished, the world becomes smaller,
for a long time the lands will be inhabited peacefully.
People will travel safely through the sky (over) land and seas:
then wars will start up again.”
5. A royal scandal
“Letters are found in the queen’s chests,
no signature and no name of the author.
The ruse will conceal the offers;
so that they do not know who the lover is.”
6. A weird version of Animal Farm
“A fox will be elected without speaking one word,
appearing saintly in public living on barley bread,
afterwards he will suddenly become a tyrant
putting his foot on the throats of the greatest men.”
7. A weakened West
“Twice put up and twice cast down,
the East will also weaken the West.
Its adversary after several battles
chased by sea will fail at time of need.”
After a year full of surprises and political upsets, believers have looked once again to Nostradamus’ writings to try to predict what the new year will bring. On the world stage, China could make bold moves to cure the “economic imbalance” in the world with far-reaching effects, according to believers.
Italy could face financial hardship with rising unemployment and loans making it the “epicentre” of a fresh eurozone crisis.
The country looks set to experience economic turmoil and a deepening banking crisis in the wake the Italian referendum result and Matteo Renzi’s decision to resign.
The “current superpower”, believed to be a reference to the US, is expected to become increasingly ungovernable and incompetent in the year that Mr Trump enters office.
Another prophecy is said to predict a new truce between Russia and Ukraine, which will be opposed by the US but embraced by the EU.
In Latin America, Governments are forecast to move away from left-wing policies, which will help set the stage for potential civil unrest.
The most terrifying of the alleged prophecies is a “Hot War” over global warming and diminishing resources, with the greatest threats said to be biological warfare and terrorism.
In terms of technology, Nostradamus predicted that cloud computing would simply become known as computing, solar power would become more widespread, and commercial space travel would take off with orbital flights around the Earth.
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