I think we can all agree that 2023 has been a rough year.
But unfortunately for us, the bad times are set to continue, at least if Nostradamus has anything to say about it.
Almost half a millennium after his death, Nostradamus remains one of history’s most famous astrologer and reputed seer.
In his 15555 book, Les Propheties, he lays out his visions for the future in the form of cryptic poems known as quatrains.
And, as is often the case, his predictions weren't very good.
The prophecies set out in the book have been re-read and re-interpreted for centuries, with some believing that Nostradamus' writings have eerily accurate predictions, claiming that he prophesied the attacks of September 11, the assassination of President Kennedy and Hitler's rise to power.
And, in his predictions for 2023, he seems to have predicted the cost of living crisis that has affected everything, writing, "So high will the bushel of wheat rise / That man will be eating his fellow man."
Thankfully the bit about apparent cannibalism has remained largely metaphorical at least (phew).
So, what can we expect from the upcoming year if Nostradamus' predictions prove to be right again?
In one quatrain, he writes: "The dry earth will grow more parched and there will be great floods," warning elsewhere of a 'very great famine through pestiferous wave."
If this is anything to go by, then we could be facing catastrophic events, like tsunamis, in the new year - which doesn't sound very good.
He also appears to have predicted a confrontation with China, writing a quatrain that opens with a vision of 'combat and naval battle,' and says that the 'Red adversary will become pale with fear / Putting the great Ocean in dread.'
Some believe that the 'red adversary' refers to communist China and that the rest is a reference to a confrontation at sea.
Given that China is a global power boasting the largest navy in the world - 350 ships and submarines to be exact - the results of a confrontation could be catastrophic.
And, in a book published in the 2000s, Nostradamus commentator, Mario Reading, interpreted some of Nostradamus' writing to refer to our current King.
In another quatrain, he refers to someone he calls the ‘King of the Isles,’ who has had a controversial divorce and who is ‘driven out by force.'
Interestingly, he is replaced by ‘one who will have no mark of a king.'
Reading interprets the passage as pointing to King Charles III being forced to abdicate the throne due to ‘persistent attacks on both himself and his second wife,’ and Prince Harry – the man who has ‘no mark of a king’ – taking the crown.
Given the reported relationship between Harry and the rest of the Royal Family, this is probably not likely to happen, but just like Nostradamus' other predictions, only time will tell.
And, if that's not enough doom and gloom, Baba Vanga, who also has a pretty good track record for predicting the future, also gave her predictions for 2024 - and it's pretty terrifying.Featured Image Credit: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images/Getty Stock Photos