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Review of Secrets of Nostradamus

Whenever it's time for a visit to my friendly neighborhood doctor, by way of preparation I bring along a book for entertainment purposes during the inevitable wait. On one particular trip my companion book happened to be Secrets of Nostradamus: Radical New Interpretation of the Master's Prophecies written by David Ovason.

My ever curious doctor, noticing my choice of reading, commented he'd lost faith in good old Nostradamus. Yep! The Millennium had come and gone... and the end of the world had not yet come.

Sadly, I couldn't blame my skeptical doctor for his mistaken belief that Nostradamus had predicted the end of the world at the Millennium. Dozens of books had been published over the previous several years, written in preparation for the turning of the Millennium, many seeming to promote (and cash in on) just such a false idea.

However... as I explained to my doctor, according to David Ovason, Nostradamus does not predict the end of the world; and furthermore, his prophecies continue on through at least the 27th century AD.

Here's The Skinny
For over 40 years, author David Ovason has taught astrology and studied the life and writings of Nostradamus. As such, he brings with him a wealth of new and uniquely different information and/or techniques when examining and interpreting the quatrains of Nostradamus.

In the introduction to the book, astrologer and author Ovason points to what he sees as three important factors that must be recognized (and utilized) whenever attempting to interpret any of the Nostradamus' quatrains:

1. When Nostradamus wished to pinpoint a specific time, he utilized astrology. This should not come as a surprising and/or shocking revelation; since, along with being a mystic, Nostradamus was an astrologer. However one must also keep in mind that the astrology used by Nostradamus was a specific type of astrology practiced in France during the 16th Century.

2. When Nostradamus spoke in terms of a general period of time, he utilized an occult system of astrological planetary periods that was familiar enough to astrologers in 16th Century France, but is now virtually unknown.

3. Nostradamus, in purposely hiding the meanings of his quatrains, utilized an "occult blind" language that was popular among 16th Century esoterists.

Therefore... in order to take a proper look at the mysterious Nostradamus quatrains... it calls for knowledge of astrology as practiced in 16th Century France, familiarity with the planetary periods that Nostradamus appears to have used, and being versed in deciphering the 16th Century "Green Language." (It also doesn't hurt to be quite knowledgeable of the history and geography of France.)

Fortunately, for the reader, Ovason is the one and only Nostradamus author out there that fits the bill.

Hold on to Your Seats
As the subtitle of Ovason's book predicts, Secrets of Nostradamus is a "Radical New Interpretation of the Master's Prophecies." Ovason is no respecter of people and/or of popular interpretations. So readers should be prepared to (at times) have their previous conceptions regarding the prophecies of Nostradamus dashed and smashed into smithereens (or at the very least "challenged").

One example of ideas "smashed into smithereens" is the quite common belief that Nostradamus predicted the 20th century rise of Hitler and called him by name. To somewhat soften the blow, the author is quick to point out many of the places where Nostradamus did correctly place an exact name on people and/or places.

The author, likewise, points the reader toward the places where Nostradamus spoke of 20th Century W.W.I and W.W.II. The author, however, convincingly dispels the popular belief that a quatrain using the word "Hister" was referring to the dictator Adolph Hitler.

According to the author, Hitler (being a fan of the occult and being convinced it was his spiritual destiny to rule the world) was quite honored about the possibility that Nostradamus had seen fit to name him (Hitler) in a quatrain.

Ovason doesn't come out and say it, however one is left with the rather eerie feeling that Hitler, himself, may have been the one primarily responsible for promoting the now popular idea that Nostradamus had named him in the "Hister" quatrain.

Caveats To Consider Before Buying

This Ovason book (sometimes dry as dust) is definitely not an easy breezy read, but it's a worthwhile read.

Aficionados of all the other Nostradamus material out there will likely get seriously steamed, call it rubbish, and then call Ovason a "pinhead." I admit it... this is a controversial and challenging book that you'll truly either love or hate.

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