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Nostradamus: Prophet, seer... UFO investigator?

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A report from the Files of the River Journal's Surrealist Research Bureau

Most people know the name of Michel de Nostradamus through his famous book of murky “predictions” of coming events “The Centuries,” first published in 1555. Personally I find it all borderline gibberish, for reasons I’ll leave for another time. However, there’s one relatively unknown aspect of his life and correspondence that does interest me: that of Michel de Nostradamus, UFO Investigator.

On the evening of February 1, 1554 Dr. Nostradamus and a thousand other citizens of Salon de Province, France witnessed a “bright, burning rod” that flew leisurely over their town and the surrounding area, appoximately 200 yards in the air, changing course twice and throwing off countless silver sparks and sometimes changing to a crescent shape before disappearing slowly over the Atlantic. The object remained in view for some two hours.

The nominal ruler of that region, the Duke of Tende, heard many hysterical accounts of this new wonder in the skies and wrote to Nostradamus himself, as a noted physician and astronomer, asking him to investigate the matter and to send him a full report, a fortunate request since Nostradamus himself had a ringside seat to the strange procession in the heavens.

Nostradamus, in preparing his report, interviewed over 100 witnesses before sending in his observations on the 19th of March, stating the sighting began approximately 7 pm on February 1 and that the object was in full view for some two hours (apparently ruling out a slow-moving meteor) and a local curate had said that if the object were any lower to the ground it would surely have set the entire region ablaze due to the many silvery sparks it emitted. Shortly before changing direction and heading out over the Atlantic the bright rod took on a rainbow-crescent shape, still emitting innumerable silver mercurial sparks before slowly disappearing.

The entire report by Nostradamus can be found online here. Excerpts as well can be found at the Sandpoint Library in “Wonders in the Sky” by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck.

As long as we’re on the subject of medieval sightings you might be interested to learn of another celebrated UFO witness, the famous sculptor/artist Michelangelo (1475-1564) who reported a large, triangle-shaped flying object with three bright lights shining from its rear. This was on an otherwise calm and tranquil night and according to the Benedictine chronicler Lushino, Michelangelo actually painted a picture of the sighting. Regrettably it has become lost to us in the mists of time. It’d be cool if it was rediscovered someday hanging on a monastery wall somewhere. 

I’m reminded of the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich who traveled in 1930s Tibet and painted what he described as a metal flying saucer. When he asked his guides what the strange object in the sky was they replied it was what they called a vimana, a conveyance used to transport monks and lamas long distances. 

‘til next time, All Homage to Xena!

Portrait of Nostradamus used courtesy of WikiCommons.

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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UFOs, Nostradamus, The Centuries, Salon de Province, Michelangelo, Lushino, Nicholas Roerich

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