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The Atomic Bombing of Japan (August 1945)
Is it possible that Nostradamus foresaw the atomic destruction that befell Japan and marked the end of World War II? Though writing hundreds of years prior to the events, and in a world where the cannon and gun were fresh innovations on the field of war, could he have conceived of weapons that could wipe out entire cities? Strange but true, it appears he did in Century Fifth, Quatrain 8 which reads:
There will be unleashed live fire, hidden death,
Horrible and frightful within the globes,
By night the city reduced to dust by the fleet,
The city afire, the enemy amenable (5:8)
To demonstrate that this quatrain is to be legitimately equated with the atomic bombs an interpretation revealing the secrets of these prophetic words will be made. As with the best of Nostradamus’ prophecies, however, this interpretation will prove to be quite simple and shall reveal as a plain fact how well the esteemed sage could see into the future.
Beginning with the first line, we have talk about the unleashing of “live fire” and “hidden death”. That these two concepts should be united in one thing is most intriguing as it seems to imply that the object in question will have a dual aspect of both having a fire-based effect and one which deals death while yet remaining hidden. That this fits so well the description of a nuclear bomb is that this sort of weapon deals damage by two methods, namely, the blast itself which is composed of an extremely violent (live) fireball, and also the copious amount of deadly radiation that it releases both immediately (with the blast) and later as fallout from the fission material (uranium and plutonium) at its core. Radiation is an invisible, tasteless, intangible threat that is so dangerous precisely because it cannot be detected but by instruments designed for that purpose, and as such radiation is well described as a “hidden” aspect of the weapon. Pair this notion of “hidden death” then to the aforementioned fireball, and one sees clearly that an atomic bomb is a very likely candidate for what is being described.
The second line describes the effect of the unleashing of the object’s power as “horrible and frightful” and as emanating from within “globes”. The identification of globes is extremely fit to how nuclear explosive devices were contained at the time within large, rounded bombs. Both Little Boy (Hiroshima) and Fat Man (Nagasaki) were of such a design, with both explosives being housed in a rounded style, with Little Boy closer to a cylindrical torpedo shape and Fat Man more equivalent to a large football (American) or rugby ball. Likewise, their power, when released, was unlike anything ever seen by man and was undeniably “horrible and frightful”. Speaking of the prototype atomic bomb first exploded at the Trinity nuclear weapons test, the father of the atomic bomb, Robert J. Oppenheimer, remarked that he was moved to quote from the Bhagavad Gita (a Hindu holy scripture) upon witnessing the raw power of the device, reciting, “I am become Death, destroyer of worlds”. It suffices then to say that the second line seems to fit well with the notion of a frightful power contained with a globe.
A problem arises when we get to the third line. Here we seemingly have a complete disconnect with the actual events of August, 1945, when the power of this weapon is described as being unleashed at night by the fleet. As history shows us, the weapons were actually deployed in the early morning. However, we may be rescued from dismissing the interpretation by noting that the bombing missions forHiroshimaandNagasakiboth began in the dead of night. As the bombers had to fly hundreds of miles from American bases on theislandofTinian, about six-hours of flight time away, both bombing missions began in total darkness well before dawn. Moreover, though the atomic bombing of Nagasaki occurred relatively late in the morning (11 o’clock) it did so because of adverse weather conditions that forced the pilots to take the secondary target of Nagasaki, whereas originally Fat Man was to be dropped on the city of Kokura. Otherwise, the bomb would have dropped around the same time as it did inHiroshima, which would have been around 8’oclock in the morning.
If we allow for the fact that the bombing missions began under cover of darkness, the third line matches well with the events of the day. The cities were devastated by the effects of the explosions, being “turned to dust” by the explosions that ravaged both cities. Although neither was totally destroyed, death tolls approaching a hundred thousand were reported in both cities, and huge swaths of the cities were utterly annihilated with Hiroshima faring slightly worse than Nagasaki due to geographical features that limited the bomb’s effectiveness in the latter. Furthermore, the identification of the “fleet” matches exceedingly well the fact that the Pacific theatre was fought almost entirely by the United States Navy and Marines. As such, it is proper to speak of the “fleet” – that is, the US Naval and Marine forces – delivering the atomic bomb, even though both planes were under command of the US Army-Air Force.
Lastly, we turn to the last line which identifies the city as being in flames and the enemy being amenable. Both of these features are found precisely in the events. The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasakiquite literally went up in flames with the atomic bombs, with the predominately wood and paper structures of old-style Japanese buildings especially vulnerable to the heat produced by the bombings. As to the enemy being amenable, the Japanese surrendered shortly after the second atomic bombing. Although this is a point of historical contention amongst scholars whether it was the bombs or the imminent invasion of the Japanese islands by the Soviets that prompted the surrender of the emperor, Hirohito himself spoke to the fact that the atomic bombs contributed to his surrender in his initial address to the Japanese nation. As such, a previously implacable foe which gave many indications of being willing to fight even an invasion of the home islands became amenable very quickly by virtue of what was done to them by these weapons of mass destruction.
As this interpretation reveals, the atomic bombings of Japan match exceedingly well to the plain words of the quatrain. Even the one problematic area in the third line’s discussion of “the night” can be made to be fixed by virtue of speaking of the length of the atomic bombing missions. As such, it seems almost impossible to deny that an extremely faithful reading of the quatrain can give us a plain and accurate description of what to Nostradamus was a future event of great and enduring historic importance. Moreover, the ease of this interpretation reveals the power of the sage when working at his most unambiguous. Here Nostradamus seems to peer without obfuscation with his prophetic eye through the sands of time to witness the horror of the bombings, and to demonstrate his power he does not hide his words as he often did behind dense, esoteric terminology.
— Frater Auguror Rex
March 31st, 2012
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