The Prophecies of Nostradamus - their present-day significance
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The Prophecies of Nostradamus - their present-day significance

Who was Nostradamus? Why is he so famous and why are his predictions still read after more than 400 years? How were these predictions compiled? Which of them are fulfilled? In the lecture The Prophecies of Nostradamus - their present-day significance, an answer will be given to all of these questions. You will meet with Nostradamus, his work and research on his life and work.

The lecture The Prophecies of Nostradamus - their present-day significance has a varying character, which makes it interesting for a variety of groups: astrological societies, ESP-societies, schools, religious groups, students etc. The information is the leading feature, but technical aspects are not lacking and the confrontation with common ideas about the oeuvre of Nostradamus is not avoided. The contents of the lecture are clarified with sheets, which contain surveys, illustrations and horoscope figures.

Lecture Studium Generale, Delft, NL
De ProfetieŽn van Nostradamus - hun betekenis voor onze tijd
Studium Generale, Technical University, Delft, NL 
November 17, 2009
(photo: A. Verhallen)

By means of data regarding the number of daily visitors of the website Nostradamus, astrology and the Bible, it is explained in what way the Centuries, 400 years after their compilation, still are topic of interest.
A brief exposure of research fields regarding Nostradamus and his work.
The lecture deals with the life of Nostradamus, his publications, the compilation of the Centuries, the most early dated French editions and Dutch translations. The geographical span of the Centuries and their time span is also discussed, as well as the construction of the predictions and the characteristics of a quatrain.
After a discussion of the reputation of the Centuries and a summing up of predictions by Nostradamus which, according to some commentators, are fulfilled, these predictions are critically investigated. The establishing of their prediction value is the result of looking at fulfilment data, sources, moments on which the world is supposed to come to an end, geographical spreading, time structures and biblical arguments.
In the last part of the lecture, some kinds of abuse of the nostradamian oeuvre are exposed. There is a discussion of Les Significations de líEclipse qui sera le 16. Septembre 1559, according to some Century-scholars meant as a reply of Nostradamus to his critics, according to other
Century-scholars a counterfeit, meant to show that in 1558 he predicted the decease of the French king Henry II in 1559. It is also explained how in 1939 dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, minister of Propaganda in Nazi-Germany, came to use the Centuries for psychological warfare. Some Dutch national-socialist comments on Nostradamus, published in 1940-í41, are exposed, as well as post-war comments on Nostradamus which contain texts, silently copied from national-socialist comments, published during the war.

In the lecture The Prophecies of Nostradamus - their present-day significance, material is presented which has been published in 2002 in Nostradamus, astrology and the Bible, completed with findings of mr. Van Berkel in the later years of research; findings which he published on the website Nostradamus, astrology and the Bible ( 

The lecture The Prophecies of Nostradamus - their present-day significance lasts about 2 hours, including a break and the opportunity to ask questions or give remarks. 
Sheets are used in order to clarify the contents of the lecture. These sheets contain surveys, pictures and horoscope charts.



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