© 2012 Bruce Johnson – Reprinted with permission from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore Newsletter September 2012
by Bruce Johnson
Nearly 300 years before Nostradamus, a visionary genius named Roger Bacon was born in England. As a gifted seer, Roger Bacon made astounding prophecies scrying with an “enchanted mirror” called Almuchefi. In contrast to the obscure quatrains of Nostradamus with their multiple interpretations, Bacon’s prophecies were much clearer, and at times foretold specific inventions.
Born in 1214, Roger Bacon, who some believe was the adept Count St. Germain, has an impressive list of credentials. A young Bacon studied theology, science, philosophy, and languages at Oxford University, and later mathematics and medicine in Paris. Almost the only astronomer of his time, he calculated the positions and sizes of the heavenly bodies and in 1267 rectified the inaccurate Julian calendar in regard to the solar year.
Roger Bacon is called the Father of Experimental Science, and is credited with the invention of gunpowder, which he learned about from the Chinese. His many abilities included those of mystic, occultist, astrologer, alchemist, physicist, and prophet. Bacon’s prophecies anticipated the following inventions:
- sea-going ships that moved at great speeds controlled by one person
- machine driven automobiles
- airplanes and air travel
- hot air balloon
- steam propelled engine
- hydraulic press
- diving bell
- suspension bridge
- construction crane
- anti-gravity technology
The quatrains crediting Nostradamus with foretelling space travel, lasers, and atomic power are far from conclusive when studied objectively.
In recent years, some television channels have aired programs that have erroneously attempted, like various authors, to link Nostradamus prophecies, and The Lost Book of Nostradamus, to the year 2012. I was disappointed to see on one of these programs what appeared to be the promoting of biased interpretations of Nostradamus quatrains to prop up a connection with the Mayan prophecies of 2012. The interpretations given of the esoteric symbols in The Lost book of Nostradamus on this program also seemed slanted and inaccurate from an occult view point. Even allowing for the fact that Nostradamus used the date 325 A.D. as year 1, I can find no reference in his prophecies that clearly mention or indicate the year 2012 in any way, although by some delineations he predicts the end of the world in the year 7000.
The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus -by Henry C. Roberts is a good source to check out Nostradamus’s quatrains for yourself. You can usually find a used copy in the fantastic used book room at the Shining Lotus in Denver.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.