by John Hogue
The HogueProphecy Archive Website
1 May 2004
For a few years-in-counting, some of you have been desperate to get
my prescient gut feelings about whether a cosmic disaster falling
from the skies will pulverize human civilization. Since 2001, I have
received hundreds of letters inquiring whether Comet C/2001
Q4 - better known as "NEAT" from its acronym for the
Asteroid Tracking team of amateur and professional astronomers who
discovered it - is a comet foreseen by Nostradamus that will
the earth in May 2004. Rest assured, I will eat Nostradamus’ hat if
NEAT even comes close to planet Earth. Its expected "near miss"
May will be over 30 million miles.
The inspiration for many of your frantic doomsday inquiries about
this comet stem from a book published by Llewellyn in 2001, and
authored by R. W. Welch, entitled "Comet of Nostradamus."
have based this book’s theory that a comet would crash into the
Aegean in mid-2004 on early - and faulty - trajectory calculations of
astronomers of that day.
Let me reiterate what I said recently about Welch’s book first in an
article posted on Whitley Strieber’s
Unknowncountry.com web site,
and later for Strieber’s subscriber cyber radio show Dreamland on 24
April 2004. A great comet - be it NEAT or any other that might
surprise us unannounced - WILL NOT crash into the Aegean in mid-2004.
This is just another Chicken Little tale fomented at the expense of
Nostradamus’ prophecies. I predict that Welch’s theory will lay an
It would appear that some of my interpretations of Nostradamus
influenced Welch’s cometary disaster theory. Back in 1994, I
referenced an interpretation based on several prophecies about a
future comet or meteor strike in the Aegean Sea, off the Greek
island of Ebboea. It is important to remember that Nostradamus
gave a date for this event. There is only one astrological time
window openly given by Nostradamus for a cosmic disaster in the
future. Century 10, Quatrain 67 in Nostradamus’ book "Les Propheties"
describes an apocalyptic rain of hail stones larger than an egg in
May of some future year. The astrological configuration described in
10 Q67 is quite rare. It will take place in May of 3755! The sky may
be falling someday, but not today! We may have to wait for a cometic
or meteoric hammer fall in the Aegean, or anywhere else on earth,
1,751 years from now.
The sky will not fall on us, but in the second week of May it might
illuminate a significant portent Nostradamus foresaw for America,
its president, and their future in Iraq. It all depends on how
bright Comet NEAT shines. According to the Central Bureau of
Astronomical Telegrams, people in the Northern Hemisphere in early
May will see it rise in the western skies after sunset. It should be
at its brightest in the second week of May, when it transits the
constellation of Cancer. Current projections from the NEAT team
forecast a brightness of the first magnitude - about as luminous as
one of the brighter stars in the evening sky.
It will not be alone in Cancer when it makes its cosmic statement.
Saturn is there also. Because of this, the passing of NEAT may have
far more prophetic significance.
The 16th-century French seer in Century 6, Quatrain 24 of his magnum
prophetic opus "Les Propheties" predicted that a "calamitous war
under Cancer" would be fought shortly after the conjunction of
with Jupiter. The most recent conjunction of the two planets took
place in June of 2002. America invaded and occupied
Iraq early the
following year. America was born under the sign of Cancer, as is its
current president. Are they both marked for calamity? Perhaps the
planet Saturn will be the judge. Saturn in predictive astrology is
the planet of karmic payment (that is, reactions that come home to
roost from positive or negative actions committed). Saturn is also
the ruler of personal and cosmic reality checks. Resist reality and
you will suffer. Accept reality, and Saturn helps individuals and
nations evolve and transcend their negative actions.
Saturn is transiting Cancer since early June of 2003. It entered
Cancer a little more than a month after the Cancerian president Bush
declared principal military action in Iraq successfully prosecuted.
He made this announcement with bravado, wearing a Navy flight suit,
standing upon a US aircraft carrier flight deck under the shadow of
a sign declaring "Mission Accomplished." There was reason to
celebrate. A risky offensive into Iraq had only cost the lives of
117 US soldiers. America had overthrown an evil dictator, Saddam
Then came Saturn into the sign of Cancer a little more than a month
later. Its passing marked the sudden and unexpected rise of guerilla
war in Iraq. The Iraqi celebrations in the streets of liberation
from Saddam soon became demonstrations of frustration at bungled US
occupation promises, and worse, open protest. As Saturn’s shadow
crossed over the birth sign of America and its president, the
Iraqi’s started calling liberators occupiers and US casualties
steadily mounted after major military action they were told was
over. One-hundred and nine US soldiers died before 1 May 2003. After
1 May 2004, America has occupied Iraq under the aspect of Saturn in
Cancer and to date has lost 638 dead and over 3,500 wounded.
Astrologically speaking, Saturn is in its detriment in
means many karmic road bumps ahead for America in Iraq and a rising
polarization of the American public into liberal and conservative
camps. The Cancerian president struggles against attacks hurled at
his credibility. Saturn, the reality giver, exposes his grounds for
going to war. Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction
poised to strike America. Saturn exposes detrimental revelations
about President Bush’s decision-making process in one exposé book
after another first from the released Secretary of Treasury,
O’Neil, then a book from a fired national security adviser,
Clark. Bob Woodward recently published an implied revelation that
the President makes many of his key decisions more from the
instincts of his religious faith rather than gathered facts from
intelligence. The other day, photographs appear showing US male and
female soldiers taunting and torturing naked Iraqi prisoners. The
actions shame Americans and enrage the Islamic world. All of this is
a product of the Saturn-in-Cancer effect in the president’s and the
country’s astrology. And it will not be getting any easier any time
soon. Both America and the president have 18 months to endure
Saturn’s crawl through Cancer.
If Saturn is often seen as a portent of tough times,
believed to be messengers of great and often catastrophic change.
Comet NEAT just happens to reach its brightest as it intersects with
Saturn in Cancer from 14 to 17 May 2004. Nostradamus foresaw a comet
that marks the onset of his 27-year war of the Third Antichrist
global conflict fueled by international terrorism. If that comet is
NEAT then it must do more than shine brightly enough to be
recognized clearly with the naked eye of amateur astronomers. It
must also produce a cometary tail significantly dramatic to rival
the great comets of the past that anyone other than star gazers
could not help notice. Thus, a bright cometary embrace of Saturn
with the Comet NEAT in Cancer could date a descent into
America and its president in Iraq. A bright comet’s tail could light
the match of the next world war.
NOSTRADAMUS’ COMET PROPHECIES
Nostradamus referred at least ten times in his prophecies to cosmic
portents. What follows is the index number of the prophecy with a
short interpretation. For a full examination of the prophecies and
my detailed interpretations, please read
Nostradamus: The Complete
Nostradamus mixed his prophecies out of sequence to hide their
meaning from those who would do worse with our future if they
understood and acted upon them. Still, it often happens that
prophecies describing a shared theme end up relatively close
together in the ten Centuries (Volumes) of "Les Propheties." Note
how five of the eight direct references to comets concentrate in
Century 2. Could they be about one event?
(Century) 1 Q (quatrain) 69 --A
meteor or comet "4,247 feet 3 inches
in circumference" (500 to 1,000 feet in diameter) crashes into the
Aegean Sea, "drowning great countries..."
2 Q15 --A
comet passes when a financial scandal afflicts the rule of
a twin-named pope. The passing of Halley’s Comet in early 1986
probably fulfilled this prophecy when Pope John Paul II endured the
Vatican Bank Scandal.
2 Q41 --A comet or supernova blazes for seven days during a future
nuclear war or act of nuclear terrorism that forces a future pope to
change his abode. A number of other quatrains describe what sounds
like a natural disaster or nuclear terrorist attack on Rome.
2 Q43 --A comet ("bearded star") appears when three great princes
will be enemies. This was fulfilled in 1577 when a comet appeared
just as Catholic King Henry III of France, and his off-and-on ally,
Henry de Guise, leader of the Catholic League, fought the
(Protestant) forces of Henry of Navarre during the final year of the
Sixth War of Religion. A shaky peace followed but soon collapsed.
Later the three Henry’s fought a three sided civil war for the
throne of France.
2 Q46 --After a great misery (possibly World War II) a greater
approaches around the time of the millennium. This might be
referring to what Nostradamus calls elsewhere in his prophecies a
27-year war of the Third Antichrist. This catalytic figure igniting
the war he also calls "Mabus."
2 Q62 --This by far is the most famous comet prophecy because it
foretells the emergence of the Third Antichrist - "Mabus" - at the
time when a "comet will pass." The comet in question has to be a
significant portent in the sky - not some little speck swallowed by
the sun that only an astronomer sees in a telescope. Everyone has to
see this comet in the skies! So far only two comets in recent
history have matched this prerequisite: Halley’s Comet in 1986 and
Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. One prophecy implies that
27-year war begins near or shortly after the "seventh" month of
"1999." He might have meant the right "seventh" month (September)
for the wrong year. If the terrorist attack on America on
September 2001 was be the "Pearl Harbor" event of the next world
war, then the appearance of Hale-Bopp in 1997 is near enough in time
to be the prime candidate for the comet of Mabus for now. In which
case "Mabus" may be decoded as "Usama b"in Laden. Use
laws of anagram to scramble the first name "Usama" to get "Maaus"
Laden. Replace the redundant "a" with the "b," and you get "Mabus."
Perhaps there will be another comet coming in the future that shines
in skies over which the war has already begun. Perhaps Nostradamus,
ever the prescient poet, metaphorically implies the fall of a
cometlike portent, rather than a literal comet as the marker for
war. The Space Shuttle Columbia fell out of the skies just a few
weeks before the Iraq War of G.W. Bush began. Is he "Mabus"? The law
of anagram allows you to turn a "g" and a "w" upside down to make
"m" and "a." Add "bus" with a silent Latin "h" and you get "Mabus."
2 Q96 --A comet or a description of a missile falls out of the sky
near the Rhône river estuary in S. France at a time when "Persia"
(Iran?) invades Macedonia (the modern day Balkans). The wording of
this prophecy is vague enough to cover wars between Greece/Macedonia
and Persia in the past or a conflict in the future.
4 Q67 --A "long"
comet is seen in the skies when the world’s climate
heats up, and "fires" of war and terrorist "raids" multiply.
Astrological hints in this prophecy foresee such a comet appearing
when Mars and Saturn are in Leo from June through July of 2006.
6 Q6 --Another reference to the destruction of Rome when a
appears not far from the constellation of Cancer.
Presage 52 from the Almanac for the year 1560. The reference here
concerns near-future events for France in the year 1560.
Taken as a group, one could derive the following future scenarios:
One related to a natural or cosmic disaster.
The quatrains describe a comet or meteor striking the eastern
Mediterranean Sea sending thousand-foot tidal waves sloshing back
and forth across the coasts of the Near East, North Africa and
Southern Europe. Thus the references to Rome’s future destruction
from fires and "floods" might infer a tidal wave toppling
Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. There are other astrological
prophecies loosely hinting this for a time as far ahead as 3755 A.D.
[For a detailed explanation of the Aegean meteor or comet strike
interpretation, please read Gaia’s Cosmic Shock Syndrome, pp.
Nostradamus: The New Millennium]
TERRORIST ATTACK ON VATICAN WHEN A COMET PASSES:
future connotes a terrorist attack on Rome around the time of a
comet’s passing. Indeed the "comet" itself may be
labored attempt to describe the fiery plume of a missile falling out
of the sky like a comet.
COMET APPEARS AT THE DAWN OF WORLD WAR III:
The appearance of
Halley’s Comet in 1986, Hale-Bopp in 1997 may portend that the world
war of Nostradamus’ Third Antichrist is at hand. It is popularly
believed that he dated the onset of war for July or September 1999.
The war may have begun in September of 2001. A near miss but close
enough, when one considers that the future, like the present, is not
static. It is dynamic. Changes happen.
A DISASTER THAT "LOOKS" LIKE A COMET TO NOSTRADAMUS PORTENDS WORLD
Nostradamus was human and often misread his symbols.
Therefore we cannot rule out the Columbia Shuttle disaster as the
comet falling out of the sky foreseen to mark the beginning of the
27-year war of the Third Antichrist. Columbia fell out of the sky in
the month before the US invasion of Iraq. The US occupation in Iraq
could turn out to be the catalyst of an escalation and spread of a
global terrorist conflict. Therefore, Columbia’s fiery fall like a
comet over Texas (the home state of the president waging such a war)
is the cometary omen foreseen by Nostradamus.
COMPOSITE COMETS MISTAKEN BY NOSTRADAMUS AS ONE COSMIC EVENT:
often happened that Nostradamus’ prophecies came to him like a
traffic backup of visions on the freeway of time. For instance, his
prophecies about an invasion of France from Germany incorporate
details from both the 1914 and 1940 invasions. He incorrectly saw
them as one. The appearance of Halley, Hale-Bopp, the comet-like
fall of the Space Shuttle Columbia - and perhaps a dramatic near
future appearance of a new comet, maybe Comet NEAT - could all be
concentrated in the mind of Nostradamus as one cosmic portent for
the Third World War of terrorism.
WHAT ABOUT COMET NEAT?
If NEAT would surprise us with as spectacular a display of fiery
tail as Hale-Bopp in 1997 we could call it the comet of
stunning Comet NEAT, like the cometary fall of Columbia over Texas,
would portend something significant and ominous for President Bush
and America in their future. Conjoined with Saturn, it would be a
significant portent, given that the American president and Usama bin
Laden are the current prime candidates for Nostradamus’ fearsome "Mabus."
Since 1986, I have been saying that the greatest danger of a Third
World War comes from Iraq and the Middle East falling into civil
strife and chaos. The flash point of this is American mishandling of
the Shiite majority in occupied Iraq. The first significant Shia
rebellion of Ayatollah al-Sadr’s Madhi militia is but a foretaste of
worse things to come after the light Comet NEAT fades.