What interpretations have been put forward?
Once the correct translation has been established, we next look at the meaning and possible interpretation. We have some event occurring in the seventh month of 1999 (line 1). Firstly, the seventh month may mean:
- July 14th – Aug 13th (seventh month in Nostradamus’ Julian calendar)
- September. Sept = seven in French (the root of the name comes from the Latin as September was originally the 7th month) and also the Holy Year started in March in Nostradamus’ time making September the seventh month of the Holy Year.
- The seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, Ethanim–“Tishri” in the Hebrew civil calendar–which begins September 11, 1999 and runs to Sunday, October 10 (till sunset).
- The astrological seventh month Libra, September 23rd to October 22nd.
Since 1 and 2 have now passed without major incident, we can conclude 3, 4 and 5 are the only possibilities remaining for a successful conclusion to the prophecy. Allowing for the Gregorian/ Julian discrepancy (13 days) gives a full window of July 1st to November 4th.
The event will cause great terror and come from the sky (line 2). It’s effect is to revive or bring to prominence an empire/ kingdom in the East (line 3). War will be underway BEFORE and AFTER (line 4). The BEFORE part would seem to be the Kosovo war, the first major conflict in Europe since the 2nd world war.
So what is this ‘King Of Terror’? Some proposed candidates include a nuclear exchange, an air attack, an alien landing, the Cassini space Probe crashing etc.
Some deep thinking may reveal a little more. Something ‘great’ comes from the sky. It is visible for a long enough period of time to create terror (terror take time to develop, unlike fear). The degree and visibility of the event seem to rule out a man-made source, except for nuclear war. However, in the case of nuclear war there would be many ‘Kings’ (nuclear missiles) and not just one. A Cassini probe crash may also appear to fit the bill – yet it would hardly have time to promote fear, it would simply crash with no warning (and if there were such a warning counter measures could be taken). It can now be ruled out in any case. Is there anything else?
Is there a connection with the total solar eclipse which was visible throughout much of Europe this year? This eclipse occurred on the 11th August, hitting the south-western coast of England at 11.11 am and proceeding through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Romania, Bugaria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and India (many other areas will see a Partial Eclipse including eastern North America). The 11th August falls within the seventh month according to the Julian calendar.
Additionally on August 18 1999 – a Grand Fixed Cross occurred, formed by the four fixed signs of the Zodiac – Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius (all the planets will be in these four signs). With surgical precision, the planets of the eclipse formed a powerful Grand Cross formation in all four ‘gates of power,’ or middle of the fixed signs of the zodiac: Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, and Scorpio (representing the four Sacred Beasts of the Apocalypse — the Bull, Lion, Man, and Serpent/Eagle, of Ezekiel’s chariot, of the Sphinx, and of the final card of the Tarot, the World). This directly links the energy of the conjoined Leo new Moon and Sun in opposition to Uranus in Aquarius, with each body squaring Mars (in Scorpio) and Jupiter (in Taurus).