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Collapse of the World Trade Center

Did Nostradamus predict the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11? The question is open to debate, partly due to interpretations of the French prophet’s cryptic messages, but also due to bogus verses circulated to email boxes after the events of September 11th 2001.

“In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,While the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb”,

– Nostradamus 1654

Though the style is very much in keeping with Nostradamus, there are some fundamental flaws in the above verse. For starters it is attributed to Nostradamus in 1654. The Frenchman died in 1566. Secondly, the verse does not categorically refer to New York. The City of God for example has more of a connection with Mecca or the Vatican than the Big Apple.

Needless to say then, this alleged quatrain was not written by Nostradamus, but by Neil Marshall, a student at Brock University. He was writing an article titled, “A Critical Analysis of Nostradamus” and was making a valid point that the interpretations of Nostradamus´ quatrains are so vague they are open to any interpretation that can be attributed to a specific event after it has occurred.

So let´s take a look at some quatrains that were written by the French seer that have subsequently been linked with the attack on the World Trade Center and consider whether the predictions offered by Nostradamus relate to the 9/11 attacks. The most notorious quatrain reads:

Century 6 Quatrain 97

At forty-five degrees the sky will burn, Fire to approach the great new city: In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up, When one will want to demand proof of the Normans.

The reference to the ´Great New City, ´ can of course apply to many cities, though New York is undoubtedly one of them. New York got its name in the mid-17th Century when the British traded the peninsula with the Dutch who themselves had only acquired the land in 1604. It is located 41 to 45 degrees north of the equator.

The third line needs no explanation as flames leapt up instantly when the planes hit the towers, but it is the fourth line in this quatrain that courses the most perplexity – but also the most interesting.

“When one will want to demand proof of the Normans”

Normans originated in France and the Knights Templar was founded by a Frenchman by the name of Hugues de Payen, and many other French noblemen were part of the order. The order spread its wings across Europe and their legacy is still evident today, particularly in France as well as Great Britain and Italy.

How this fits into the quatrain and the subsequent events of 9/11 is that the Knights Templar are said to have excavated the site of King Solomon´s Temple. The bible states that when God asked King Solomon for anything he wished, he was so pleased by Solomon´s request for wisdom that he gave him all the wisdom in the world. This event is considered to be the origins of esoteric wisdom. Given the Knights Templar also practiced esoteric wisdom which we must presume they stole from the Holy Land during the crusades against Muslim enemies, is there a link to the present day friction between the West and Muslim countries. Consider also that esoteric wisdom is the Holy Grail and things make a little more sense.

Another common link is found in Century 10 Quatrain 72:

Century 10 Quatrain 72

The year 1999, seventh month, From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.

To the untrained eye, the date in the first line does not fit 9 11 01. Scholars that are trained in codes however tell a different story. Cryptanalysts say that in code breaking terms the numbers can be reversed so that the 9 becomes a 1 and vice versa. Therefore 1999 becomes 1 11 9. This figure is then reversed to become 9 11 1 (9/11/01).

The reference to the seventh month has also been interpreted to mean Sept, the French word for seven and the English abbreviation for September and the King of Terror coming from the skies is self explanatory. So what of the latter part of the quatrain?

King of the Mongols can only refer to Genghis Kahn who founded the Mongol Empire in the early 13th century. Has his spirit been brought back to life or has the idea of re-building an Empire being ignited in someone of Mongol descent – perhaps the third antichrist?

Again the final line poses a problem though Mars could clearly mean war, Mars being the Roman God of War. In that case we are looking for a leader who came to power by “good luck,” before the war – and is expected to come to power again after the war. Presuming Mars is the war in Iraq, God help us if George W. Bush comes into power again! That Bush is unlikely to be voted in by American citizens (please America) the only way he will regain the presidency is by luck.

Another quatrain that appears from time to time is:

Century 1 Quatrain 87

Earth shaking fire from the center of the Earth Will cause tremors around the New City.
Two great rocks will war for a long time, Then Arethusa will redden a new river.

This is a direct translation taken from French, and at first glance it doesn´t seem relevant. Some scholars though exchange the word “Earth,” for “World” and the centre of the world or World Trade Center has more relevance.

Two great “rocks” or mass of land, obviously refers to countries. One is undoubtedly the USA. The other could be any number of candidates. Iraq and Iran is the area habited by Mesopotamia where civilisation began with the Sumerians. China has a long history of greatness and is currently returning to greatness. If World War III breaks out we can assume it will last for a long time, and will undoubtedly be sourced from the 9/11 attacks.

Another quatrain we can tie to the collapse of the World trade Center is:

Century 2 Quatrain 70

The dart from the sky will make its extension, Deaths speaking: great execution. The stone in the tree, the proud nation restored, Noise, human monster, purge expiation.

It´s not difficult to see the connection to 9/11 in the first two lines, but what does Nostradamus mean by “The Stone in the Tree”? Some scholars suggest this is a visual reference to throwing a stone into a tree causing fruit or conkers to fall as debris fell from the twin towers. The Proud nation can only be America whereas the “Noise” coming from the 9/11 movement are seeking atonement (expiation) from the “human monster” that is the US government for killing their own citizens and trying to blame it on Muslim terrorists.

Century 2 Quatrain 35

The fire by night will take hold in two lodgings, Several within suffocated and roasted. It will happen near two rivers as one: Sun, Sagittarius and Capricorn all will be reduced.

Here again there is an obvious connection to the fatal attacks on the twin towers in New York as Manhattan stands between the Hudson River and the East River, though several thousand fatalities amounts to substantially more than “several.”

Then we have the concluding line. It is a clear reference to astrology and tenuous links have been made to Sagittarius – the archer – which could appear like a plane, and Saturn representing finance. Nostradamus was a master of astrology, but most people aren´t so why would he need to disguise astrological references so densely. He would surely have mentioned Mercury which NYC was in at the time of September 11th.


Compelling evidence there may be, but none of the quatrains conclusively indicate the collapse of the World Trade Centers without liberal interpretation. Which is exactly what a certain Neil Marshall was trying to establish before his argument was used as a hoax Nostradamus prediction.

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