Was Tsunami Foretold? ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
Byline: JAMES BLACK
QUESTION Did Old Moore, Nostradamus or any other soothsayer predict the Boxing Day tsunami?
A RANDOM look at Nostradamus's quatrains attracted me to Century V, Quatrain 11, where I came across: The sea will not be passed over safely by those of the Sun, Those of Venus will hold all Africa: Saturn will no longer occupy their realm, And the Asiatic part will change.
I then took a look at Century X, Quatrain 49, which notes: Garden of the world near the new city, In the path of the hollow mountains: It will be seized and plunged into the Tub, Forced to drink waters poisoned by sulfur.
'Those of the sun' could be tourists and this could foretell the beginning of a change for Asia as a whole. The 'new city' could be Singapore and the 'hollow mountains' the earthquake, 'plunged' into the Indian Ocean 'Tub'. The 'waters poisoned by sulfur' could be the tsunami itself.
Believe this and you'll think Nostradamus has a word or two for every event.
Old Moore's 2004 Almanac had no note of the Boxing Day events but suggested a risk of earthquakes, tidal waves or maritime disasters in India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Mexico - in August!
These unsure astrologers and soothsayers are in good company - with Winnie the Pooh, whose 2004 desk calendar advised for Boxing Day: 'Hello, Eeyore,' said Christopher Robin. 'It's still snowing,' said Eeyore gloomily. 'And freezing.' 'However,' he added, brightening a little, 'we haven't had an earthquake lately.'
J. H. Hargreaves, Cambridge.
FORMER Cambodian king Prince Norodom Sihanouk posted a message on his website saying his country had been spared the effects of the tsunami due to a prediction by an astrologer.
This warned 'an ultra-catastrophic cataclysm' would strike but his country would be spared if proper rituals were conducted. …