Theo van Berkel (De
Meern) writes sensational book
about famous French astrologer
made by Nostradamus 500 years ago
were never fulfilled'
by Gerda Wapenaar
photo: Johan Maaswinkel
MEERN - Not one of the dated predictions, done five centuries ago by the
famous French physician and astrologer Michel de Nostredame, better
known as Nostradamus, has ever become fulfilled. This conclusion is
drawn by Theo van Berkel (46) from De Meern, who published privately the
book 'Nostradamus, astrologie en de Bijbel' ('Nostradamus, astrology and
the Bible') on the occasion of the 500th birthday of Nostradamus
(1503-1566). Van Berkel bases his conclusions on numerous years of
research, in which he used the most advanced astrological software.
are more than sixhundred books written about Nostradamus", Van
Berkel tells in his house in the Dr. Arienslaan, in which he lives with
his wife and two children. "But there are only a few authors who
can do the right analysis. Now, it is for the first time that it is
shown that many things, written in the 'Prophecies', are not right. The
'Prophecies' were published in 1555. It is a book in which Nostradamus
gives predictions in a series of 942 quatrains about war, disasters and
epidemics until the end of times, which he dates on April 25, 3827.
Until today, with every disaster, there is always a reference to it. He
is supposed to have predicted the French Revolution and World
War II, as well as the outbreak of aids and the attack on the World Trade
Center in September 2001. The French physician was convinced that he had
the gift of prophecy and got revelations from God about various kinds of
disasters. Averagely, once a week he got a vision, and erected a
horoscope in order to determine where and when this revelation would
occur. In most of the quatrains - four line verses - the clues are so
vague that place and time of fulfilment cannot be established.
Nostradamus himself said that most of the quatrains are too complicated
to be interpreted by other people. But now, fulfilment dates are known,
according to his own calculations, of about 40 quatrains. And from those
quatrains which are expired, I have established that they never became
For the rest, the investigation of Van Berkel shows also that the
astrological structure of the Prophecies cannot be used, which means
that the Prophecies simply cannot be fulfilled. Also other arguments
Nostradamus gave regarding the fundaments of his predictions, are not at
Nostradamus published the Prophecies in phases in the period
1555-1558. The publishing of the first four chapters was accompanied by
a letter to Cesar, his oldest son. The publishing of the last three
chapters was accompanied by a letter to the French king Henry II, with
whom he was very acquainted. His message to humanity is that between
1555 and 3827 God will execute his judgment over the world. This takes
place by a thousand disastrous events between 1555 and 3797. In 2828,
the biblical kingdom of 1000 years begins and Satan is chained for a
period of 970 years. After this period, in November 3797, he makes war
with the heavenly armies for the last time. In 3827, he gets the worst
Before Nostradamus wrote his Prophecies, he already was a famous
astrologer, because of the almanacs he wrote every year, from 1550. In
these almanacs, there were also political predictions for each month.
He was a famous physician because of fighting the plague. He traveled
through tie infected areas and applied with success medication that was
quite uncommon for his time. This versatile man, who mastered four
languages, also wrote books with gastronomical, medical and beauty
The way in which Theo van Berkel did his longtime investigation, is
like advanced mathematics for the average layman. Sitting behind his
computer, he shows on the monitor complicated models and graphics,
larded with names of planets. The reason that he is so acquainted with
such complicated things, is the tremendous experience he acquired in the
period 1980-1994. In this period, he practiced astrology and one of his
activities was explaining birth charts. "I did this on only the
fundament of calculations. I am not a clairvoyant." He was also a
freelance correspondent of the astrological magazine Sagittarius.
Astrology is not recognized as a official science, but there is the
Dutch Society of Scientific Research to Astrology (NVWOA). Van Berkel
hold a lecture for this society of professionals, and their reactions
were very positive.
Van Berkel, in daily life dialysis nurse in the University Medical
Center in Utrecht, started his investigation of the value of the
predictions of Nostradamus in 1980. In the beginning of the
investigation, he concluded that astrology is the key to the predictions
of Nostradamus. He writes in both his letters to Cesar and Henry II
about prediction systems, based on astrological calculations.
During the investigation, Van Berkel applied astrology as it was
practiced in the Renaissance, the era in which Nostradamus lived. He
compared biblical data in the quatrains and letters with the Old and New
The investigation revealed a valuable set of data regarding the practice
of astrology in the Renaissance and the ideas of Nostradamus and some of
his contemporaries about the moment the world ends.
Van Berkel: "His time frame does not match with the present-day
knowledge about the history of the world. He stated that the world would
exist 8000 years, but in his lifetime there were no archeological
findings from which it became clear that the world is millions of years
old. Also the biblical arguments of Nostradamus are insufficient."
In short, maybe the book of the Meern author is the book about
Nostradamus which makes all other books superfluous.
Newspaper De Brug,
volume 34, November 27, 2002
De Brug (the bridge) is published every Wednesday in Vleuten, De Meern,
Haarzuilens and Leidsche Rijn. Circulation: 14.500.