Mother Shipton’s Last Prophecy and Nostradamus’ King Of Terror – A comparative study.
Some question the authenticity of these verses. They were published in Nexus magazine 1995. The source claimed that thirty years ago she had painstakingly transcribed them and managed to smuggle them out of the Mitchell Library, Sydney (now the State Library of New South Wales). The originals were kept in a locked room, along with many other volumes of prophetic writings deemed unsuitable for viewing by the general public. Nexus comment that this was the first time they believed the translation was made available to the public. However, my copy of Charles Berlitz ‘Doomsday 1999’ published in 1981 has the second paragraph of the Last Prophecy. Some claim the verses were forged by Charles Hindley in 1881, but even if so the events described seem remarkably accurate.
see http://www.m-m.org/~jz/shipton.html for more about Mother Shipton and the full set of prophecies.
“In nineteen hundred and twenty-six build houses light of straw and sticks. For then shall mighty wars be planned and fire and swords shall sweep the land.”
“When pictures seem alive with movements free, when boats like fishes swim beneath the sea. When men like birds shall scour the sky. Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.”
“For those who live the century through in fear and trembling this shall do. Flee to the mountains and the dens to bog and forest and wild fens.”
“For storms will rage and oceans roar when Gabriel stands on sea and shore, and as he blows his wondrous horn old worlds die and new be born.”
A reference to Revelations perhaps? Recall what occurs when the second angel sounds his trumpet [Rev 8:8-9].
“A fiery dragon will cross the sky six times before the earth shall die. Mankind will tremble and frightened be for the six heralds in this prophecy.”
Line 1: fiery dragon – clearly a poetic description of a comet.
In line 2 she seems to contradict herself by discussing the death of the earth. It must be a figure of speech, since in the previous paragraph, she talks of ‘new worlds being born’ – perhaps a ‘cyclic’ death then. Is the mention of six comets a literal number? This may refer to the passing of the most famous periodic comet: Halleys comet (orbital cycle approximately 76 years). Mother Shipton died in 1561, with the comet passing in 1530 during her lifetime.
It has returned six times since:
- 1986 – Most recent passing of Halley’s
Or perhaps she refers to the number of so called Great Comets that will be seen in the 20th century (or after 1926)? This is difficult to judge – one astronomical site reckons Hale Bopp as the 8th of the century, although a list is lacking. What is certain is that two of the Greatest comets (and brightest) in the 20th century appeared in 1996 and then in 1997 after a period of relative inactivity (Halleys comet was disappointing in 1985) following Comet west in 1976.
- Halleys comet 1985
- Hyakutake 1996
- Hale Bopp 1997
Also, would Shoemaker-Levy9 be counted? Probably not, since it was not bright from the earth. In any case, the important point is given in line 4: a comet will herald in the prophecy and again notice the fear of mankind!
“For seven days and seven nights man will watch this awesome sight. The tides will rise beyond their ken. To bite away the shores and then the mountains will begin to roar and earthquakes split the plain to shore.”
Line 1-2: So we have a comet which appears to put on a celestial show for 7 days. An amazing correspondence with quatrain II.41 (‘The great star will burn for seven days and the cloud will make the sun appear double’).
Line 3-6: Flooding, earthquakes and disaster. Agrees with many quatrains presented in 1999 FAQ.
“And flooding waters rushing in, will flood the lands with such a din that mankind cowers in muddy fen and snarls about his fellow men.”
Line 1:2 The close passage causes tidal waves and flooding (effects of secondary body/ bodies?)
“He bares his teeth and fights and kills and secrets food in secret hill and ugly in his fear, he lies to kill marauders, thieves and spies.” “Man flees in terror from the floods and kills, and rapes and lies in blood and spilling blood by mankind’s hand will stain and bitter many lands.”
These verses would seem to describe the resulting barbarity and warfare.
“And when the dragon’s tail is gone man forgets and smiles and carries on. To apply himself – too late, too late for mankind has earned deserved fate.”
A verse which seems to indicate a period of time passing. Once the troubles described in the preceeding verses are resolved (after years, decades or even centuries?) civilisation is rebuilt. But it appears man has not learnt his lesson:
“His masked smile, his false grandeur, will serve the gods their anger stir and they will send the dragon back to light the sky – his tail will crack. Upon the earth and rend the earth and man shall flee, king, lord and serf.”
The comet returns…
“But slowly they are routed out to seek diminishing water spout and men will die of thirst before the oceans rise to mount to the shore. And lands will crack and rend anew do you think it strange, it will come true.”
Here we see the lack of fresh water described as one of the main problems. Again we have tsunami and earthquake described.
“And in some far – off distant land some men – oh such a tiny band will have to leave their solid mount and span the earth, those few to count.”
Some survivors seem to have the technology to live for a time in safety…
“Who survives this (unreadable) and then begin the human race again. But not on land already there, but on ocean beds, stark, dry and bare.”
This seems to indicate the rising of new lands from the ocean…
“Not every soul on earth will die, as the dragon’s tail goes sweeping by, not every land on earth will sink, but these will wallow in stench and stink, of rotting bodies of beast and man, of vegetation crisped on land.” “But the land that rises from the sea will be dry and clean and soft and free. Of mankinds dirt and therefore be, the source of man’s new dynasty. and those that live will ever fear the dragon’s tail for many year but time erases memory You think it strange. but it will be.”
The verse confirms the source of the new land.
“And before the race is built anew, a silver serpent comes to view and spew out men of like unknown to mingle with the earth now grown cold from its heat and these men can enlighten the minds of future man to intermingle and show them how to live and love and thus endow. the children with the second sight. a natural thing so that they might grow graceful, humble and when they do the golden age will start anew.”
Seemingly a description of interaction between mankind and alien visitors, who bring the knowledge of new mental and spiritual technologies.
“The dragon’s tail is but a sign for mankind’s fall and man’s decline. and before this prophecy is done I shall be burned at the stake, at l My body cinged and my soul set free You think I utter blastphemy your wrong. These things have come to me this prophecy will come to be.”
This section was kept apart from the other and it appears to have been written together yet was in a separate jar.
What is the timeline in this case? It would appear to run in parallel…
“The signs will be there for all to read When man shall do most heinous deed Man will ruin kinder lives By taking them as to their wives.” “And murder foul and brutal deed When man will only think of greed. And man shall walk as if asleep He does not look – he many not peep And iron men the tail shall do And iron cart and carriage too.”
A general description of man’s inhumanity. Note the description of iron ‘cart and carriage’ though – dates the prediction to the 20th century.
“The kings shall false promise make And talk just for talkings sake And nations plan horrific war The like as never seen before And taxes rise and lively down And nations wear perpetual frown.”
Line 3/4 is the most telling – nuclear warfare?
“Yet greater sign there be to see As man nears latter century Three sleeping mountains gather breath And spew out mud, and ice and death. And earthquakes swallow town and town, In lands as yet to me unknown.”
Line 2: Seems to indicate a similar time period to the century described in the previous sequence. Now she details some signs:
Line 3/4: Three volcanoes are described. Since the previous verses describe just before the end of the 20th century it would seem useful to examine (say) the 90’s for volcanic activity.
1996 and 1998 Grimsvotn
Note the reference to ice. The Grímsvötn subglacial volcano (Vatnajökull ice cap in Central Iceland) eruption penetrated through the Grímvötn subglacial caldera lake and its ice shelf in 1998. On the initial day of the eruption, a continuous eruption plume extended to elevation of 10 km. On that day, the eruption plume could be seen from large distances. The eruption occurred 10 km south of the 1996 eruption in Vatnajökull that caused a catastrophic outburst flood from the Vatnajökull glacier.
Scientists estimate a major eruption of Etna is imminent – probably within 6 months or less (the last major eruption was in 1928 when two villages were almost completely buried by a flow of lava).
Line 5/6 – massive earthquake are also predicted.
“And christian one fights christian two And nations sigh, yet nothing do And yellow men great power gain From mighty bear with whom they’ve lain.”
Line 3/4: More recently, the strategic postioning between Russia and China.
“These mighty tyrants will fail to do They fail to split the world in two. But from their acts a danger bred An ague – leaving many dead. And physics find no remedy For this is worse than leprosy.”
Lines 3-6 seem to indicate biological/ nuclear weaponry.
“Oh many signs for all to see The truth of this true prophecy.”