Introduction: Conversations with Nostradamus
This is a compilation and consolidation of key information from the books in the trilogy, Conversations with Nostradamus by Dolores Cannon. Volumes I and II are available from America West Publishers, P.O. Box 986, Tehachapi, CA 93581, ph (805) 822-9655. Volume III is available from Ozark Mountain Publishers, P.O. Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740-0754. A good introduction to the overall project and relationship between D. Cannon, her subjects, Nostradamus, and the quatrains can be found in chapter 7 of I.
This first version of this FAQ paraphrases the first book in her trilogy. Subsequent versions will incorporate material from the second two books. The FAQ consists mainly of paraphrases from the books (which are almost entirely the verbatim, directly channeled material from the D. Cannon subjects) with some "overview interpretations".
I have dealt exclusively with D. Cannon's books because they appear to me to be the utmost authoritative reference of all accumulated literature on the subject and at the same time its apocalyptic messages beg for further exposure beyond its current semi-obscurity. In particular I've tried to focus on future events, the "warnings", the secret conspiracies, plans, and weaponry of the Cabal and the Antichrist, and the relationships to electronic communications (although the latter is covered in the second and third books of the trilogy, not yet incorporated into this FAQ).
In this FAQ, the books of the D. Cannon trilogy are abbreviated in this text as "I-III" with page numbers. Quatrains are abbreviated "c[x]-[y]" where 'c' stands for "Century", [x] is the book, and [y] is the quatrain number. In some cases, particularly in the second and third books, Nostradmus went into a sort of "free association" mode where his messages were not directly related to particular quatrains, and in this case the page number in the trilogy alone is given. I have not included the quatrains themselves in this version of the FAQ, future versions may incorporate them directly.
This is only a reorganization of material given elsewhere. I have strived to organize it into a more streamlined version than given in the original books. However, I strongly advise the serious reader to read the D. Cannon books. The major possibility for misinterpretation in this FAQ is in the time sequence of events, which Nostradamus tends to be obscure in defining, even in these new, direct, translations (he does not appear capable of discriminating the time resolution under a few years, and the dates he does give are given in terms of maddeningly unfocused astrological alignments). A significant deal of guesswork is still involved in dating the precise sequence of events.
I am explicitly renouncing any rights to this work. You are free to redistribute it in any way, in whole or in part, under no restrictions. I do ask that you try to retransmit it in whole form if possible, or at least include the entire table of contents.
However, be aware that much of this FAQ is a very close paraphrase of the books that some may argue would border on copyright infringement. I personally think the data is far to important to be subject to petty feuds about ownership and that the whole idea is contrary to intellectual freedom (and I intend that the ultimate effect be that far more people are exposed to her works than would have otherwise occurred, and that this will lead to greater sales and distribution of them). But on the other hand I condemn anyone who redistributes this FAQ with the sole intent of alone profiting from my own intense work on it. Let your conscience be your guide, email me if you have doubts, and if you don't have a conscience, we'll both be far better off if I *don't* hear from you.
My Note to Enemies
Just as D. Cannon wrote that she fully expected to be accused of perpetuating a massive hoax, and actually published the books at great personal risk under her real name, I fully expect to be subject to vicious attacks for this "exercise in conscience". I have absolutely no use for close-minded, ignorant people jamming my mailbox with naive and uninformed vitriol. However, if you must have an outlet, feel free to post it to alt.prophecies.nostradamus, and everyone else will feel free to ignore you.
I expect to see many variations of veiled or direct attacks on these predictions. However, those that most upset me are by people who consider themselves "skeptics" or of "scientific" background. Many would argue that the burden of proof is on D. Cannon and others (such as myself) who promote the material to defend it. This is certainly true to a point, but I think the idea that skepticism is at the core of science is somewhat erroneous.
The essence of science to me is skeptical *inquiry*, not mere skepticism. The skepticism is the conservative aspect of science, and the inquiry is the enthusiastic, passionate, exploratory phase. There cannot be true progress unless the two are in harmony. With only pure skepticism, one becomes paralyzed from further progress. With only enthusiasm, one becomes overly gullible and credulous. So to those of you who challenge these predictions on scientific grounds, I challenge you to explore them before you dismiss them, to at least read the books and build an informed opinion that is not based on a merely vacuous "knee jerk".
A famous quotation by Newton on his deathbed went along the lines, "All my life I have felt as if I have been exploring a shore and looking at a few pretty shells here and there, while the whole ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me." Arrogant scientists may disagree, but I think Newton was right on. I believe that those who think that science in its present state has largely conquered reality, with a few uncooperative islands of the unexplained remaining, are mistaken. To the contrary, in my opinion, our science has mastered only tiny pockets of truth in a vast landscape, and Nostradamus' capabilities and predictions are (or will be) bone-jarring evidence of our astonishing overall ignorance of the universe.
Nostradamus and his "quatrains"
Nostradamus was a physician and prophet of the 16th century living in France at the time of the Inquisition. He was recognized as a brilliant physician who knew effective measures against the plague victims of the time, a rarity in his profession. Nostradamus as a seer wrote about 946 "quatrains", or four line poems, about his visions collected over his lifetime. The quatrains are enveloped in deeply obscure, twisted, nested symbolism and encryptions (such as anagrams, different languages, etc.) that is virtually impossible to untangle by a casual observer. Perhaps the greatest difficulty was that he intentionally scrambled them in terms of their historical order. For an excellent biography of Nostradamus see ch. 30 of II, "Research into Nostradamus' Life". Other glimpses of his life are especially prevalent in II.
Quatrains I have found particularly evocative and masterful in symbolism and interpretation, and serve as examples of Nostradamus' intents and talents, are I p 140, cIII-13, microchips and electricity, cIV-29, p 283, the dichotomy of technology vs. spirituality in the 20th century, and cII-75, I p 257, a plane lands on the deck of an aircraft carrier in a pivotal moment of WWWIII.
How did Nostradamus do it?
The D. Cannon books I-III contain a great deal of information on Nostradamus' techniques, which came from a variety of sources. First, he acknowledges he was born with an inner "sixth sense", i.e. a strong intuition and great psychic abilities. Secondly he had enormous drive to develop it. His grandfather apparently passed him books on witchcraft that allowed him to experiment with some rituals. He also had access to "lost" manuscripts handed down outside of the libraries of the time. He talks about guides from the astral plane and from other worlds who helped him. Some pointed him in the direction of esoteric plant recipes and mind-enhancing drugs (but he emphasized they only enhanced his powers and were not the source of them). One apparently bestowed on him a mirror during one of his meditations. The mirror was especially important to his predictions.
Nostradamus also talked of using different crystals to focus on various telepathic frequencies. Occasionally he refers to staring at fire or water (such as in a bowl on a tripod) as a way of focusing his mind. He had access to some lost works of mysticism from his travels (apparently to some Moslem lands). He communicated with other expert astrologers and mystical teachers. However it is possible that some of his notes about and explanations of his techniques were a means of throwing the Inquisition off track.
One of the most amazing possibilities explored in various places in the D. Cannon books was that in a sort of "twist of time" Nostradamus was tapping into the subconscious of the people from the future who contacted him. D. Cannon talks about this in the introduction of II.
Some have wondered about Nostradamus' healing capabilities. He talks about a sort of holistic approach to health and reveals that he was skillful in avoiding the shock that was induced in many patients of surgeons at the time using psychic approaches. He talked about the importance of the "aura" of the person in determining the health of the patient and criticized the practice of treating symptoms. He said that a patient will find some other way to make themselves sick if their critical mental attitude is awry. He talked about cancer being caused by deeply ingrained self-sabotaging thoughts. Nostradamus also confirmed what many have speculated, that he was able to see future approaches to treating the diseases he encountered (such as the plague) and adopt key aspects of the techniques.
D.Cannon & regression hypnosis
Dolores Cannon is a regression hypnotist, meaning that she uses hypnotism as a technique for past-life regressions wherein the subject can recall details from an earlier incarnation on the earth plane. One of her subjects recalled a past life as a student of Nostradamus and helped interpret his quatrains. Through the student, Nostradamus gave D. Cannon the task of translating the quatrains into modern language free of the convoluted symbolism he wrapped them in to avoid persecution under the Inquisition.
For the books, she used multiple subjects as channels, giving them a first name pseudonym in the books. "Elena" was the first subject through whom contact was made; she was Nostradamus' student Dionysis in the past life. See the early chapters of I.
"I have never been in doubt that I am truly in contact with the physical Nostradamus while he is alive in his lifetiem in France during the 1500s." (I p117)
D. Cannon has written other books, _Keepers of the Garden_, _A Conversation with a Spirit_, _A Soul Remembers Hiroshima_, and _Jesus and the Essenes_.
"Simultaneous time" is a difficult concept that refers to the illusion of earthly time seen from higher spiritual planes. Between lives, the soul has the capability to review lifetimes free of the constraints of time. This state of consciousness is also achieved in hypnoregression subjects who are highly "sonambulistic", i.e. conducive to deep trance states. They can review not only past lifetimes but future ones. But beyond this, it is as if they are actually living them at the moment they describe them. So, for example, the student of Nostradamus that D. Cannon regressed would see herself and Nostradamus as actually living, and Nostradamus would be communicating directly from his own time to ours as a living person. D. Cannon describes this subject in ch.2 of II.
Ways to view Nostradamus and the prophecies
One can view the interpretations "channeled" by the D. Cannon subjects as the actual pronouncements of a living Nostradamus during his time, sent to us via circumstances bordering on the miraculous, as a channeling of Nostradamus from the afterlife (although the "Nostradamus" personality in the books insists this is definitely not the case) or merely as a new interpretation of his quatrain from "some source" (for a skeptic the "source" might be the "imagination of subject's subconscious"). Either way the interpretations given by D. Cannon are the most clear and striking of all available in the literature, and the least permeated with confused speculation.
A scathing work of criticism and ridicule has been leveled at Nostradamus by the famous "debunker", James Randi. Nevertheless, buried in the unparalleled close-mindedness and vitriol, Randi makes some reasonable points, the most damning of which, reiterated by the skeptics through the centuries, is that Nostradamus' "predictions" are veiled in such obscure symbolism that they could mean anything, and that interpretations are impossible in the absence of precision in language. He has a very valid point.
But the works of D. Cannon give us a renewed, fresh perspective into the matter. Not only are the past predictions laid bare, but so are all the future ones. These books give a very *precise* vision of the future, with a rigor bordering on the quality of even scientific papers (which themselves contain speculation and a lack of confidence and absolute specificity at times). Perhaps the skeptics can argue that the "fulfillment" of all his prior prophecies were merely due to the creative interpretations or vivid imaginations of enthusiastic supporters. But they will not be able to deny the reality of these explicit visions as (or "if", as the case may be) it unfolds before them.
If one takes the D. Cannon books as truly channeling Nostradamus, the ultimate measure of Nostradamus' true talents will be revealed shortly for us all to personally witness and attest to the presence or lack thereof. And even if one ignores the Nostradamus aspect, leaving aside for a moment the question of the "source" of the predictions, the D. Cannon books contain a treasure trove of specific, "falsifiable" predictions about our near future. Here is something that is not buried in mysticism or obscurity and is open to any one who has an open mind.
Free will vs. Fatalism
Nostradamus' preponderance of bleak and horrid prophecies sometimes have the effect of causing people to adopt an attitude of resigned nihilism or fatalism. "What's the use?" But this is precisely the mental attitude that he was fervently attacking. The earth history-flow has a kind of "inertia" that he learned to read through his highly refined and developed mental concentration. If we continue on our present path, i.e. the "course of least resistance", the worst of the horrible, apocalyptic visions will be realized. But through focused thought and determination the most severe scenarios can be avoided.
In the D. Cannon book Nostradamus repeatedly emphasizes the urgency of his mission and his frustration with man's apathy in the face of his predictions. In one channeling, the subject said that "his psychic abilities are so profound and developed that had he lived in other times he might have been revered almost as a God, but in the Inquisition his talent was wasted." Nostradamus was something like a psychoanalyst for the entire human race, and was quite frustrated with his patient's continual tendency to sabotage and destroy himself in spite of the doctor's--literally--divinely inspired advice.
Another interesting theme is that Nostradamus, in II, seems to indicate that the Antichrist is the embodiment of all evil in mankind since the time of creation. In other words, our own evil thoughts and deeds contribute indirectly and directly to the terrible crescendo his horrible nature. The grisly earthly drama with him in the starring role, foretold for centuries as far back as the Old Testament of the Bible, is actually a lesson of the highest order for us to clean our own mental and bodily temples of the encrusted pollution of ages. The awesome power of our own thoughts will confront us face to face. Just as the atrocities and genocide that Hitler perpetrated under the name of the Reich are the logical conclusion of insane fascism, racism, intolerance, and imperialism, the shrieking crescendo of WWWIII is the embodiment of all our hidden and concealed crimes against our fellow humans.
I would like to bring out an example of the importance and interpretation that should be attributed to Nostradamus' prophecies. In I p 141 (cVI-34) he correctly foresees the Challenger shuttle disaster. But in his interpretation, he also indicates that NASA would coverup the source of failure and not reveal it to the general public. This arguably occurred, but because of the dynamic efforts of one man in particular *outside* of NASA, the truth of the disaster has probably in fact been revealed.
The man is the eminent physicist Richard Feynman, who wrote about his experience on the Challenger investigation committee in his book, "What do you care what other people think, Mr. Feynman?" Throughout his great work one can see very directly the efforts of NASA administrators to put up a smokescreen to the public and defy his determined, heroic efforts to find the truth. Did he indeed thwart one of Nostradamus' many uncanny and depressing predictions? Can this be regarded as a case of the power of an individual to defy the smothering inertia of foretold negativity? Of the power of each one of use to untangle and defy secret conspiracies, and those who derive their power through the concealment of truth, and greedily, madly clutch it?
Nostradamus refers to many different dark secrets of our times, ranging from the Cabal that manipulates the world economy and military conflicts to the unspeakably horrible secret military weapon researches. Are we to assert that we have no influence over those who attempt to conceal truth from us? Or would the world be a far better place if we all had the dogged determination and curiosity that Feynman embodied? The courage to defy and transcend people who say "you don't know what you're doing and you have no place in this matter"? Or not be bludgeoned into silent submission by keywords like "matter of national security"? as our governments develop the most grisly weapons of destruction ever conceived in the history of (in)humanity?
Nostradamus' underlying, "golden" message is that every individual contributes to the flow of history, that free will exists and can avert disaster through sensible use--but apathy is perhaps the most negative and lethal contribution of all.
-- I. p 66
"There is free will. He wants you to know about them so the worse effects can be avoided."
-- I. p 57
"Do not feel that civilization as we know it--or to be more correct--as you know it, has a hopeless future. He says that with the ability to understand what can happen with a planet and to have new awareness within yourselves, that could always change the event of things."
"Even a shift in the axis?"
-- From the jacket of I, D.Cannon:
"Nostradamus believed, as I do, in the theory of `probable futures', of nexus on the lines of time with many possible courses branching off in all directions. He believed that if man had the knowledge he could see which time line his future was headed down and reverse it before it was too late."
FAQ Compiler's note
What is my motivation for writing this "FAQ"? In short I find these books absolutely mesmerizing. They have opened up whole new exhilarating research avenues for me, and I have seen deeply receptive curiosity to the ideas out in cyberspace. However, the books, from the perspective of pure prophecy, have exceedingly scattered organization and superfluous and irrelevant detail and are in desperate need of further editing, condensing, cross reference, and interpretation. (This is not to criticize the fantastic trilogy as it is intended, i.e., in addition to imparting the formal interpretations, to paint the fascinating, shining, previously-unknown personality and life of Nostradamus.)
But more generally I believe Nostradamus stands above humanity as a man of the highest caliber and integrity. His sheer *gift* for prophecy is repeatedly reinforced by the occurrence of truly foretold events as unparalled in history. I want to help spread the brilliant light of his prophecies into our tumultuous, critical era of "The Shift".
The elements that most disturbed me of Nostradamus' prophecies were the predictions of an apocalypse for civilization. Like most people, I generally think we live in a great society unparalleled in history. What is the future of cyberspace if the entire world and its current massive communications infrastructures will be devastated?
The predictions that related the Antichrist's mad massacres for world power as involving the manipulation and debasement of international communications networks utterly stunned me. But it fit in with my beliefs that we are forging these vast electronic networks with very little concentrated thought, planning, or understanding, with no concept of the vast power of the psychic energies we are tinkering with and unleashing, like an uncontained and uncontrolled explosion, and that Murphy's law that "if anything can go wrong it will" could apply on a cataclysmic global scale. But the most psyche-shattering revelation in these books for me, that the biblical Beast alluded to is referring to *computers*, above all else has convinced me of the absolutely cosmic significance of Nostradamus' prophecies and the cut-to-the-bone relevance to *our* times, *now*. (See II, chapter 14: "666: the Secret Number of the Beast").
Finally, Nostradamus seems to allude to a sort of future Inquisition and period of martial law during which materials conflicting with the Antichrist's philosophy and agenda of world conquest will be suppressed. So I am "seizing the moment" and consolidating a large amount of material for maximum distribution in a short amount of time while cyberspace is still healthy, innocent, robust, and unadulterated. I encourage you to help redistribute this document as widely as possible in any form in any forum or medium. I also encourage you to buy D. Cannon's trilogy for the ultimate reference, a sort of "Handbook for the Global Apocalypse".
Above all, I hope that you will help play a positive role in the cosmic drama that is unfolding before us. Will you be "another brick in the wall" of the Antichrist? Or will you help to bring a new era of peace, prosperity, and spiritual advancement to yourself and your fellow man? Nostradamus emphasized that we still have free will, that his prophecies are only based on a sort of "momentum" that the world course is taking and that can be reversed by the awesome force of personal, conscious, thoughtful, focused, virtuous choices and actions.
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