53. Alois Irlmaier ~
Alois Irlmaier was a dowser and well digger who lived in
Freislassing, Bavaria. He was famous for his psychic abilities, and
after World War II, many people sought his clairvoyant skills to
locate their families and friends. Because of his fame, Irlmaier had
a few enemies and was ridiculed and accused of being a warlock. But
after appearing in court, the charges were dismissed, Irlmaier told
the judge exactly what clothes the judge’s wife was wearing that day
and what she was doing. Even though he had never seen her, he proved
to be completely correct, and the judge released him. (3, 5)
The future appeared to Irlmaier as in a movie, with only numbers
appearing veiled, coded, or incomplete. He predicted his own death
in July 1959. His last words were: "I am glad that I can go now,
because I won’t have to experience what I see." Here are his
accounts of the extraordinary visions he received:
"The Third Great War comes, when three high-ranking men will be
"While the Bavarians sit at a card game in Wirthaus, the strange
soldiers will look into the windows and doors. A totally black column
of people will come from the East. Everything goes quite quickly.
From the Golden City (Prague) it moves out. The first worm goes from
the blue waters of the Danube northwest to the Swiss border. By
Regensberg there stands no more bridge over the river, but southerly
from the blue water they will not come. The second great push will
come over Saxony westward against the Ruhr. The third army column
from the northwest will go westward over Berlin. It all goes very
quickly and fast. From the Danube to the coast will be controlled by
the Grays. Two fleeing refugee groups will cross the river; the
third is lost and encircled by the enemy. Munich, South Bavaria, and
Austria need not have fear.
"The enemy headquarters will be a red-roofed monastery, whose altar
faces north [Freyung?].
"I see the earth like a ball in front of me, above which only white
clouds fly. Ten thousand doves rise out of the sand [Africa] and fly
over us, but they do not drop down. But there where the headquarters
of the others are, they throw black boxes, 25 centimeters high;
there everything is wiped out.
"Then the movement moves to the north and cuts off the third army.
"Then it rains a yellow dust in a line. The golden line. The Golden
City of Prague will be destroyed; it starts there. It continues in a
straight line to the sea by the bay [Hamburg, Lubeck, or Stetin].
"The tanks drive, but those who sit inside are covered with death.
There where it falls, nothing will live. No trees, no flowers, no
animals, no grass. Everything will wither and turn black. The houses
"What it is, I don’t know and cannot say. It is a long line. He who
crosses it dies. The soldiers of the east cannot cross to the West,
and the soldiers of the West cannot cross to the East. The wind
blows the deadly cloud to the East. Suddenly the eastern armies
collapse. They throw away everything they carry with them and try to
escape to the North. But none of them will return.
"But by the Rhine things will be finalized. From the three army
movements not one soldier will be able to return home. There will be
so many dead... thousands of bodies black, the rotting flesh falls
from the bones.
"Then comes a single aircraft from the East. It throws a
"neutralizer" in the great water by England. Then the water lifts in
one single piece as high as a tower and falls back down. It makes an
earthquake and a giant wave and everything will be overflooded.
Almost all of England and the European coast to Berlin will sink
except for a few mountain peaks.
"Simultaneously, a new land will arise which existed earlier
[Atlantis]. Three great cities will sink. One through water
[London]. The second will sink [New York], and the third just falls
apart [Rome]. The city with the steel tower [Paris] will be set on
fire by its inhabitants and will be leveled to the ground.
"Also in Italy it will be very bad. All priests except six will be
murdered. The Pope will flee.
"Whoever lives south of the Danube need not worry about the
Russians. The people between Watsman Mountain and Wendelstein need
not worry and will be isolated.
"Then from "K" [Koln?] flies out the flaming tongue up to the
Northwest, West and South. Only once will the tongue fly so shortly,
then burns a small town north of Saurisel [near Berechtsgarten].
"The Munich people will not have much happen to them, but there will
be a little distress. But a great famine will come and will take the
animals from the farmer. Then the farmer really has to set himself
to the task, for they will try to steal the very underwear off of
"Simultaneously, there will stand up a large man, and at that point
the war stops. The whole thing does not take very long.
"The bearded people of seven yesterdays will finally end and their
enemy will flee. On the riverbank they will camp and fight with
desperation. There, however, their might will be annihilated, their
power broken, so that hardly one will remain alive to return home to
report their defeat.
"I see three things, be they three days, three weeks, or three
months, I don’t know.
"In Russia a new revolution will break out, and a civil war. The
dead bodies will be so numerous that they will have difficulty
removing them from the streets. The Russian people will begin to
believe in Christ and the Cross will be honored once again.
"The leaders will kill themselves, and in the blood the blame will
be washed away. I see a red mass mixed with yellow faces. I see a
total uprising and a horrible massacre and plunder. Then they will
sing the Easter Song and burn candles before pictures of Mary.
Through the power of the prayers of Christianity, this Monster out
of Hell will die, and even young people will begin to believe again
the Virgin Mother of God.
"It will become dark on one day during the year. Then a huge
thunderstorm will appear with bolts of lightning and thunder and an
earthquake will move the earth. Do not go out of the house. No
lights will burn except for candle lights. The stream of people
stops. Whoever inhales the dust will develop cramps and die. Do not
open the windows. Hand the windows with black paper on the glass.
All open water will become poisonous, and all open food which has
not been canned. Also all foods in glass will not make it.
"Outside, the dust moves. Many people will die. After seventy-two
hours everything will be over. But I will say it you again, do not
go outside, do not look out of the window. Let the candles burn,
keep watch, and pray. Overnight more people will die than in the
combined two world wars.
"Thereafter the Pope will return and the first great "Te Deum" will
be sung in the Dome in Cologne. Then he will crown three kings, a
Hungarian, an Austrian, and a Bavarian. The Bavarian is an old man
with white hair, and he wears lederhosen. In the beginning there
will be famine, but then the Danube returns to its level, thereafter
there will be so many groceries brought up the Danube that all will
"During this time the climate will change. It will become warmer,
and the southern fruits and grapes will grow very well in Bavaria.
And people will move there, who want to, and everybody can live
where they want to and have as much land as they can handle. The
land north and east of the Danube will be resettled. There are only
a few people left. Then the traveling salesmen will say, buy my
wares, or I will go crazy. The sausages will spill from the plates,
there will be such an abundance. There will come a long, happy time,
and those who live to experience it will be very happy...
"The year 1999 will bring destruction, followed by peace. A darkness
of 72 hours will precede peace. The time of the year may be autumn,
for there will be snow on the mountains, but not yet in the
lowlands. The sign if the Cross will appear in the heavens. The war
will end as quickly as it began, and a natural phenomenon will end
it. The last battle will be near Cologne, and it will be won by the
"The "Great City" of the United States will be destroyed by rockets,
and the West Coast will be invaded by Asians, but they will be
"The Third World War will come, but I cannot predict the year. It
will be preceded by signs in the skies, which will be seen by
millions of people. War will begin on a rainy night, shortly before
harvest time, when the ears are full. War will begin after the
assassination of an eminent politician in Czechoslovakia or in
Yugoslavia. An invasion from the East will follow..."
Shortly before his death (July 29, 1959),
Alois Irlmaier added to
his legacy with these details of World War III:
"Nothing has changed. Indeed, events have come even closer and I can
see them even better. I see two men who will kill the "third
high-ranking person." They have been paid to do so. One of the
murderers is a small black man, the other is a somewhat taller white
man. It could possibly happen in the Balkans, but I’m not sure about
it. Prior to the war there will be a fruitful year with good
vegetable crops and plentiful fruits. After the murder of "the
third" war will erupt without warning during the night. I see dust,
and I see three numbers, two 8s and a 9. I do not know what the
numbers mean, nor do I know the date and the time. "
54. The Birch Tree Prophecies ~
Just as it did in the First and Second World Wars, Germany is
destined to play a key role in the Third. Several German prophets
have named Westphalia as the area where the final battle of the war
will be fought. After the collapse of the Russian attack on Europe,
the surviving invaders will escape to an area about sixty miles
northeast of Cologne, defined by the towns of Unna, Hamm, Suest,
Werl, Holtum, and Kirsch-Hemmard.(5-7, 17)
The original Birch Tree Prophecies were transmitted orally for
centuries. The Name "Birch Tree" probably is a mistranslation of the
German word "Kirch" (cherry); The old German letter "K" looks like a
"B". The earliest known written description was recorded in 1431 by
Eberhard Windecke, the court historian of Kaiser Sigismund. It tells
of a vision of a horrible battle between two "men" lasting two days
In 1545, a chronicler from Lunen also recorded a vision of a battle
of this scale. Another anonymous prophecy, dated 1701, was recorded
by Beykirch in his Prophetstimmen (1849):
"There will come a time when the world become very godless. The
people will become self-reliant from the king, and there will be a
general loss of respect for authority and those who are no longer
true to their masters or to their relief will become the rulers.
There will then be a general uproar, so that father will fight
against son, and son will fight against father.
"There will come a time when one will no longer respect the beliefs
of the church and the school. New books will be introduced. There
will come a time when the Catholic religion will feel very crowded,
and there will be an attempt to get rid of it. People will enjoy
play and joyous occasions about this time, and be generally
fascinated by entertainment. But then it will not take very long for
a change to step in. There will be an incredible war... On one side
stands Russia and the entire North. And on the other side is France
and the whole South under one first. This knight will come from
Midday. He wears a white cloak with buttons that go down to his
feet. He carries a Cross on his chest, and rides a donkey. He will
be lame afoot. This knight is so together that no one tries to stop
him. He is also a peacemaker. Great is his strength. He manages to
get rid of all dance music and unnecessary clothes that people might
"The chief of the Prussian Army will be stopped in a place that is
designed to make horse bridles.
"The enemies who are strangers to Germany will be put to flight and
they will not have time to take with them what will nourish them
during their flight.
"The barbarian peoples of the northern bear will come to conquer but
their enemies will take courage and they will battle with the fury
of despair. Then their power will be broken, its force will be
annihilated and then some few people will be at pains to survive in
order to carry home the news of their defeat.
"The prince who will deliver the great combat will go to a church at
Bremen to hear the Mass. From Bremen he will ride. From there he
will see with his telescope toward the region of the Birch tree to
observe the foes. Thereafter they will go up to Holtum, an area near
Werl... By Holtum there stands a Crucifix between two linden trees.
Before these linden trees he will kneel down, and for a long time he
will pray with arms outstretched. Thereafter he will lead his
soldiers, who are dressed in white, to the meeting. He will then
remain after a bloody battle. He will be the victor. On a stream
that flows from West to East near Berdberg and Sondberg there will
be the most murdering and killing. There, after the battle this
victorious master of the field, this Prince, will collect the people
into the church of Schaffhausen near Werl and give them a talk."
Another version of this prophecy is given in
The Proceedings of the
Heavenly Renewal from the Unknown Who Became Illuminated (Cologne,
"When the time is near, people will not know how to dress. Women
will wear hats like men, and pants like men. Then will follow a
tragic and unlucky time like our Creator has spoken of before us.
People will fear themselves on earth, and fear things that are to
"Father will be against son, and son against father. Dogma will be
perverted; men will try to overthrow the Catholic church! Mankind
will become lovers of pleasure. The true and believing will not be
found anymore, after which the independent peoples will fight wars
against each other for a long time. Thrones will have collapsed, and
kingdoms will collapse. And through this process, the unaffected
East against the West will resort to heavy weapons. Then it is no
longer over fatherland, language or belief. A war will follow after
a winter which really was no winter, when there will be a soulless
snow that will fall. The flowers will bloom very early in this year,
and the cows will be up to their knees in grass by April. The first
soldiers that come will wear cherry blossoms on their helmets. The
rye will be brought in before the battle but the wheat won’t. The
soldiers are animals and will eat the wheat in the fields.
"On the east field by Gravenstein, the soldiers will kill a red cow.
However, they won’t have much time to eat from it.
"The citizens flee from the town. A young lass with a red skirt who
is the last to cross the small creek will be shot. In the middle of
Germany they will meet. Towns and villages will be destroyed. After,
it will be necessary for the people to hide in the mountains and in
In the nearby lower Germany, the battle will be decided. There will
be battles like the world has never seen before. This terrible
battle will begin by the Birch Forest near Bodberg. For three days
they will fight; covered with wounds, they will fight until they
stand in blood"... (3)
55. Johannes Lichtenberger ~
In 1488, Johannes Lichtenberger, the court astrologer of Frederick
III, published his popular encyclopedia Prognostico in Latino, which
contains predictions of World War III, the Grand Monarch, and the
"There will come a time when the people of the desert will assemble
in German lands and will conquer the circle of the earth. They will
destroy cities and empires. They will drink from the holy vessels,
and priests will be strangled in holy places. But they will be
destroyed near Cologne...
"It says in The Book of the Frankish Kings that it will be from the
Carolingian, that is from the race of King Charles of France, that
an emperor names P will arise in the last days. He will be a prince
and a monarch and will reform the churches of all Europe. After him
there will be no other emperor...
"Afterwards a hermit will arise, known for his great sanctity, as
Joachim says in his Booke of Concordance, "A man in great sanctity
lifted up to the Roman throne like an apostle" God will do miracles
through him; no one will obey his laws. He will condemn plural
benefices and incomes and will command that clerics live from tithes
and offerings. he will forbid ostentatious clothing and all unseemly
choruses and songs. He will command women to be without gold and
jewels, and will bid the gospel to be preached. He will be Pope only
for a brief time --- when four years are up, this most holy man will
go happily to God.
"Immediately after this, God will raise up three other very holy
men, one after another. They will be alike in virtues and miracles
and will confirm the decrees and deeds of their predecessor. Under
their rule the Church will be renewed. They will be called the
56. Spielbahn ~
In 1940, records were discovered of a lawsuit filed in 1772 against
a weaver who was called Spielbahn or Lugnebahm (Liar-Path or
Fool-Path) by his detractors. He appeared before the Elector’s Court
in Honnef, Germany, to account for these predictions:
"A small people will arise and bring war into the world. When they
build a bridge across the Rhine River near Mondorf, it would be
advisable to be among the first to cross over it to the other side.
A great barbarian country will sink down. With it will sink many
false prophets. Many foreign people will be murdered here. Poison
will fall as rain upon the fields, which will bring great hunger
into Germany. Finally, a foreign king will rise and win victory for
the just cause. The survivors of the adversary armies will flee as
far as the Birch Tree; there the last battle will be decided for the
good cause. Those who have been hiding in the mountains will return
to plant the fields. Those brothers who have escaped the holocaust
will return from abroad with their children and they will live again
in peace at home. It will be a good and happy time."
57. Bernard Rembold ~
Bernard Rembold was a German monk who lived from 1689 to 1793. Here
is his prophecy concerning the Birch Tree:
"The beginning of a terrible time of blood will come when there will
be a fierce battle near Cologne. It will be impossible to prevent
this horrible devastation; gruesome war and destruction cannot be
turned away. People will walk in blood up to the ankles. At last a
foreign king will arise and gain victory for the just side. The
remaining enemy will retreat to the Little Birch Tree, and there the
last battle will be fought for the righteous cause. The foreigners
have brought black death with them; whatever is spared by the sword,
will be eaten by the pestilence. The land will be deserted and
"At that time France will be divided. The German Empire will select
a simple man as the Emperor, who will rule for a short time. His
successor will be the man for whom the world has longed. He will be
called a Roman Emperor and give peace to the world. He will restore Siegberg and Heisterbach. He is the Grand Monarch foretold by
Holzhauser. At that time there will be no Jews in Germany and the
heretics will admit their error. A good and happy era will follow.
God will be praised on earth and war will be no more... Then the
fugitive brothers and their children will return and continue to
live in peace in their native land.
"When the Emperor of Germany flees for his life a man who carries
his crown for him will be the man the world has long expected."
58. The Prophecy of Mayence ~
The Prophecy of Mayence is dated to 1854, and gives a detailed
description of the Battle of the Birch Tree:
"Woe to thee, great city; woe to thee, city of vice! Fire and sword
shall succeed fire and famine. Courage, faithful souls! The reign of
the dark shadow shall not have time to execute all its schemes. But
the time of mercy approaches. A prince of the nation is in your
midst. It is the man of salvation, the wise, the invincible; he
shall count his enterprises by his victories. He shall drive the
enemy out of France, he shall march from victory to victory, until
the day of divine justice. That day he shall command seven kinds of
soldiers against three to the quarter of Bouleaus between Hamm,
Woerl, and Padenborn. Woe to the people of the East, thou shalt
spread afar the cries of affliction and innocent blood. Never shall
such an army be seen. Three days the sun shall rise upwards on the
heads of the combatants without being seen through the clouds of
smoke. Then the commander shall get the victory; two of his enemies
shall be annihilated; the remainder of the three shall fly toward
the extreme East."
59. The Monk of Werl ~
An anonymous Franciscan monk of Werl recorded this prophecy, which
he received in 1701. It was first published in 1849:
"There will be a terrible war. On one side will be peoples of the
West, on the other those of the East. They will" arrive with a
multitude of soldiers. The war will be fought for a long time with
indecisive results until they reach the Rhine. There they will fight
for three days until the waters of the Rhine will be all red. Then
the affair will be decided at the Battle of the Birch Tree, where
white, blue and gray soldiers will fight with such might and rage
that those multitudes will be completely rubbed out. Then there will
be peace and calm everywhere. The time will come when there will be
general malcontent and contempt of religion. When persons will obey
no more, when they will not be able to distinguish the rich and the
poor, believe that the time is near. The whole north of Europe will
wage war against the whole south led by a strong monarch. This man
will restore divine order in the Church, state, and family, thus
giving true peace to the nations."
60. Wessel Eilert ~
Another Westphalian seer, a farmer named Wessel Dietrich Eilert
(also known as Old Jasper), left us more details about the Battle of
the Birch Tree. Eilert lived in Huckarde near Dortmund, Germany,
from 1764 to 1833. This prophecy was first published in 1848:
"In the year when the war begins, it was possible to bring the corn
in already, but not the wheat. Before this war there will be a time
of general disloyalty; men will take evil for goodness and honor,
deceit for politeness... There will be a general collapse of the
fiber of society. This war will begin in the East. The war will
break out very quickly. In the evening, one will want to say "Peace,
Peace," but there is no peace, and in the morning the enemy will be
at the door and all will resound with the din of war. It will last
but a few days, and those who can hide for a few days will be safe.
Also, the pull-out will be quite fast. One throws wheels and
carriages into the water or the fleeing enemy will take everything
with them. The people of over half the world will stand against each
other. God will scare the two enemies with all His might. Only a few
Russians will be able to return home to be able to take care of
their situation there. The land will lose a lot of population so
that women will have to work in the field, and seven girls will
brawl for a man. The priesthood will be so rare that one will have
to walk seven hours to hear the mass.
"The Poles will in the beginning go under through the invasion. They
will, however, fight against the invaders and will receive a king.
France will be divided in three days. Spain will not be involved,
but however the Spaniards will invade the areas and help to
reestablish order with the churches. Austria will be spared; in
fact, it will be pretty good there. The Roman Chair will stand empty
for some time... This will not however be a war of religion, but all
who believe in Jesus Christ will have a common cause... A principal
sign of the times in which the war will break out will be the
general indifference in matters of religion and the general
corruption of mores in many places. At that time they will give
believers the name of fools, and the faithless will pretend to be
men of light.
"There will be one religion that will unite all except for the Jews
who will show their old stubbornness. On the Rhine stands a church
that is built by all peoples’ will. From there, where the next great
war will break out, is what the people are supposed to believe. All
confessions will be compatible.
"Germany receives a new King and then follows a fortunate time."
61. Antonius ~
A German immigrant named Antonius, who was born Cologne in 1820,
prophesied the final battle of World War III thus:
"I saw a new war in Alsace. Suddenly from the French side out of
Metz and Nancy, large troop transports, where after the battle
began, which lasted two days, and which ended by winning over the
Prussian commander. The French follow the Prussians over the Rhine
in many directions. In a significant battle by Frankfurt, the
Prussians were beaten heavily. They pulled back to Siegburg, where
they ran into the Russians. The Russians treated the Prussians
badly. It appears to me that the Prussians helped the French. The
battle by Siegburg has never been equaled for horror. After several
days the Russians and Prussians disengage and begin to pull back
below Bonn on the west side of the Rhine River. The city of Cologne
was shot at; only a quarter of the town was unaffected. They left
shortly afterwards and the people were glad and clapped and their
62. Peter Schlinkert ~
Another mention of the Birch Tree occurs in a German prophecy by
Peter Schlinkert (born 1730). During the Seven Years’ War, Schlinkert also had a vision that saved the life of Duke Clemens of
Westphalia. He wrote this about the Birch Tree:
"At the Birch tree the armies of the West will fight a terrible
battle against the armies of the East, and after many bloody
sacrifices be victorious. The soldiers of the East will retreat over
the Haar, and when the villagers see Rune in the Werler and Haar on
fire, they must quickly flee into the Armsberger Wood. Another
battle will be fought near the Ruhr Bridge by Obenheimer, but here
only with artillery. A few days later the last great battle on
German soil will be fought and that by the village Schmerleck on the
so-called Lusebrink. The armies of the East will be completely
annihilated and only a few will escape to return home with the news
of defeat. there will be terrible lamentations.
"After these days of mishap and misery, happiness and peace will
return to Germany, even though in the first year women will have to
march behind the plow."
63. Brother Anthony of Aix-la-Chapelle ~
In 1871, the French Brother Anthony recorded his vision describing
the final battle near Cologne and the aftermath of the war:
"Some day war will break out again in Alsace. I saw the French in
Alsace with Strasbourg at their rear, and I saw Italians fighting
with them. Suddenly great transports of troops arrived from the
French side. A two-day battle ended with the defeat of the Prussian
army. The French pursued the Prussians over the Rhine in many
directions. In a second battle at Frankfurt, the Prussians lost
again and retired as far as Siegburg, where they joined a Russian
army. The Russians made common cause with the Prussians. It seemed
to me as if the Austrians were aiding the French. The battle at
Siegburg was more horrible than any before and its like will never
occur again. After some days the Prussians and Russians retreated
and crossed, below Bonn, to the left bank of the Rhine. Steadily
pressed by their opponents, they retired to Cologne, which had been
bombarded so much that only one-fourth of the city remained intact.
Constantly in retreat, the remainder of the Prussian army moved to
Westphalia, where the last battle went against them. The people
greatly rejoiced because they were freed from the Prussians.
"Then a new emperor, about 40 years old, was elected in Germany, and
he met the Pope. Meanwhile, an epidemic broke out in the region
devastated by the war, and many people died. After the battle in
Westphalia, the French returned to their own country, and from then
on there was peace between the French and the Germans. Industry and
trade prospered, and many convents were founded. All the exiles
returned to their homes. When I begged God to take the terrible
vision away, I heard a voice saying: "Prussia must be humiliated and
in a manner that it never again will bring sorrow to the Church." In
the following year the Russians will war with the Turks, driving the
latter out of Europe and seizing Constantinople. The new German
Emperor will mobilize for war but the Germans will not go beyond
their border. When afterward I was shown France and Germany I
shuddered at the depopulation that had taken place. Soon after the
Russo-Turkish War, England also will be visited by war."
64. Paracelsus ~
Theophrastus von Hohenheim, also known as Paracelsus, was a great
Swiss physician, alchemist and occultist of the 16th century. His
extraordinary mind was one of the most brilliant ever to grace
humanity. He was a prolific writer; his publications revolutionized
medicine in Europe. He made major contributions to Western
mysticism, including a small book of 32 prophecies called Prognosticatio eximii doctoris Theophrasti Paracelsi (ca. 1530).
Though the predictions were written in symbolic terms, several of
them have been satisfied by history. Several others can be
reasonably interpreted to give some understanding of his view of the
Paracelsus associated the 4th Monarchy (the millennial new age) with
the rediscovery of the alchemical Philosophers’ Stone by the Grand
Monarch, as suggested by the following section of a longer prophecy.
"... The people of the earth shall then be in commotion, and no ties
of brotherhood, marriage, or friendship will be respected.
The lion will join himself to the fishes.
And the crown will be subject to the fine hat.
Then will the rue-wreath be soiled with milk.
And the pelican shall be devoured by his young.
But the phoenix shall be consumed in the fire, and when the dew
moistens the ashes he will revive again according to his nature.
But he will become a noble phoenix, and will press hard upon the
toad, and he will take to the lion and give him a choice.
The lion will select the best and no more.
Upon the other wild horse this phoenix will place a bridle and will
ride it with spurs but without a saddle.
Then a new generation of beasts with various strange heads shall be
born. They will have many mouths and stomachs, but only one natural
The most profligate will maintain his magnificence, and his angels
will be clothed in blood. They will be intent upon one work alone.
A pair of horses will appear and in all places the wail of the
fugitives will be heard.
The dragon of sleep will cause the eagle to become weary of all
The fountain of life will commence to flow.
And a white eagle will be changed into black.
Milk and blood will decrease, and the animal tree will begin to
An old lion will be bound and a young lion will become free. He will
please all those animals which the old had vexed.
He will do even more, for he will change his mane and hair into
The bear will lay snares, and the ox-head will seek to gore him.
The griffin will fly over him but will not harm him.
Then shall the pearl, so long lost, be found by one of humble
estate, and will be set, as a jewel, in gold.
It will be given to the prince of all beasts, that is, to the right
He will hang it around his neck, and wear it with honor.
He will resist the bear and the wolf, and rend them asunder; so that
the beast of the forest shall be safe.
Then will the old art flourish and no heed will be given to the new.
Then will the New World begin, and the white and black shall
All vain glory will be ended, and the plumes of the bird of the East
shall be burned by the sun of the south.
How then will it be with thee, oh thou lion and earthly one who art
painted and bound with gold?
All thy doing shall be changed, and the seven heads shall become one
head. Out of this one, a head shall be born that shall be armed with
This horn shall bruise all that which has so long brought sorrow to
And the great city shall be the head of the less and shall become
free from servitude.
Europe shall be the head, Asia the crown, but Africa shall be the
This prophecy is difficult to interpret, but some of the symbols are
obvious: the phoenix is the alchemist king, who will be graced with
the Philosophers’ Stone, "the pearl, so long lost." The toad is
France: that animal was the glyph from which the present
fleur-de-lys was derived. The bear is Russia, the lion is
and the griffin might the USA. The ox represents
Several of Paracelsus’ 32 prognostic figures have been fulfilled by
historical events. The following seven figures are relatively clear
and seem to pertain to our future:
"Figure 7: Bishop Surrounded by Spears --- Because from time to time
thou hast been self-willed, thou art predestined to be surrounded by
much adversity. For thou hast not considered of thyself how thou art
prefigured magically under the symbol of a stone, as both fat and
lean. Thou dost not know it, therefore thou hast fallen beneath the
punishment that hath broken up all empires. Had thine pretended
wisdom and understanding been thine own thou would have taken thee
as a mirror. But it is not so; therefore thy wisdom proveth to be a
folly at this time.
"Figure 8: Sword & Crown --- Who is he that knoweth on whom the sun
shines, or whom it shall give, what man by himself can in no wise
take? Therefore, because it is in the hand of God and He giveth it
to whom He wills, thence it follows that man’s resistance is in
vain. For the hour hath come that thou shalt cease to be,
notwithstanding thy strength, thy allies, thy power. For all thou
hast established shall fall with thee. Thou shalt delude thyself and
others to thy own pity."
In the 1666 Strassburg edition of his works, Paracelsus offered some
"Elucidations" to the figures:
"Elucidation 7: They will seek much assistance from strangers, and
bind one chain into another, and will erect and again let fall,
break and make, and seek hither and thither where shelter from the
heat may be found.
"Elucidation 8: But the eighth symbol shall gain victory and
"For if that were not to come to pass it would be impossible that on
earth there should ever again be peace or rest so long as the world
"So totally will everyone act according to his will and forget why
they are on earth, but only declare: Thus I will, thus I do."
Here Paracelsus is
condemning the Catholic Church for its
pretensions, bigotry, and persecutions. The Church will be made to
suffer in like wise for the past 2,000 years of superstitious
suppression committed in the name of Jesus Christ. The weather will
be terribly hot.
"Figure 11: Bear Sucking His Paw --- Although the sun did once shine
upon thee, and thou hast glutted thyself with food and plunder, yet
thou hast not wisely considered the end, and hast forgotten the
winter; therefore he taketh away thy pleasure, and will compel thee
to suck thine own paws. For thou art bear-like, and have no further
reason. Magic hath driven thee into the toils that thou shouldst be
known. But if the wit of man had been thine, the winter wouldst not
have overtaken thee.
"Elucidation XI: To munch the paws is a meager diet, and it is
painful to freeze after sunshine. But what one does of one’s own
choice, one must one’s self have."
The bear is Russia or
Germany; Hitler’s invasion of Russia can be
inferred here, or else the collapse of the Communist regime.
"Figure 26: "F" on a Rose in a Crown --- The Sibyl hath been mindful
of thee when the placed the "F", and right well art thou not
standing in the rose; for thou art ripe and time hath brought thee.
What the Sibyl saith of thee shall be accomplished and even more
shall be said of thee. The summer that bringeth roses is that
contrary time where in all things are divided; which is an
indication that man was building on sand. This must pass away, and
thou shalt set it upon the rock that many shall be astounded. For
when the time cometh, also herewith cometh that wherefore the time
"Elucidation 26: For the sun shall enlighten him that will be the
judge of himself."
This prophecy probably refers to
the Grand Monarch. The letter "F"
may represent France, or a Quabbalistic initiation. The other
references to the seasons, sand, rock and roses are alchemical
symbols, though they may well have other meanings.
"Figure 27: Five Swords --- It hath been forgotten that many heads
rule badly, and that , but that each one should serve the other also
only one should rule and not more. This is the cause that they have
split up and parted, each one seeking his own opportunity. But it is
not right to seek one’s own opportunity, but that each should serve
the other, and seek to be useful to the other and leave his own, as
doth indeed but seldom happen, for this reason they will be put
down; and to whom it is destined to be united, he shall be foremost,
and under him shall rejoice those who have been long afflicted and
"Elucidation 27: And neither alliances nor chains shall there be
strong enough to hinder each from being harnesses to his own plow,
even as is ordained for him.
"Figure 30: Monk, Preacher & Mystic --- Thou hast often assembled,
and much congregated, but the enemy was not with thee, therefore all
things thou hast resolved were to no purpose and in vain. It must be
alone that thou wilt forego thy claims, and what thou wouldst do if
thou were to turn aside, and wouldst acknowledge thyself and others;
then wouldst thou cease. But as thou desireth to be what thou
shouldst not be, and wilt sit upon the chair of St. Peter, and
whereas the same must fall; therefore thou mayst not continue in thy
plots, for he shall turn aside thy design who is thy master.
"Figure 31: Four Dancing Children --- There shall be such a total
renewal and change that they will be as children that know nothing
of the cunning and intrigue of the old. This shall be when they
count LX, a little less, but not more [when LVX, Lux, Light comes].
Therefore it is well that we should remember that the time appeareth
to be a long time according to a man’s lifetime, but as a short time
should we observe and consider it. For to cause so much to fall and
to be overthrown, with such a raging and roaring lion that has so
long grown, this cannot be done in a moment. But how well shall it
be with him that shall be as a little child, for human knowledge
causeth but unrest and grief.
"Elucidation 31: And as little children without cunning or guile
shall they appear."
65. Alchemy & Prophecy ~
In Chapter 8 of his treatise De Minerabilis, Paracelsus predicted
the advent of Elias Artista (Elias the Artist), Master of Alchemy.
Elsewhere in the literature of Hermetic science, Elias Artista is
referred to as "a symbol of the ripeness of the age! He is the great
day to come when all secrets shall be brought to light, and things
now rooting in the dark earth shall be brought to light, and things
now rooting in the dark earth shall come forth to full growth and
flower and bear a treasure, which is for the healing of nations... a
symbolic representation, the collective breath of generous
vindications. Spirit of Liberty, of science and love which must
regenerate the world!" (18)
Paracelsus, Glauber, Thomas Norton, Alexander Seton and other
alchemists wrote of Elias as if he were an individual. Paracelsus
"What is small and humble, God has revealed, but the more
important is still in the dark and shall likely remain so until the
arrival of Elias Artista... One shall come after me whose splendor
is not yet in this life, and who shall reveal much." According to
Glauber, "This Elias Artista shall restore the true spagyric
medicine of the old Egyptian Philosophy which was lost over a
thousand years. He shall bring it with him and show it to the
The 15th century alchemist Thomas Norton transmitted a poetic
prophecy about Elias Artista in his Ordinal of Alchemy:
"Arise by Surname when the change of Coin was had,
Made some men sorry, and some men glad:
And as to much people that change,
Seemed a thing new and strange;
So that season befell a wonderous thing,
Touching this Science without leaving.
That three masters of this Science all
Lay in one Bed nigh to Leadenhall,
Which has Elixirs perfect White and Red,
A wonder such Three to rest in one Bed,
And that within the space of days Ten,
While hard it is to find one in Millions of Men.
Of the Dukedom of Lorraine one I understand
Was born, that other nigh in the middle of England,
Under a Crosse, in the end of Shires three,
The third was borne; the youngest of them is he.
Which by his Nativity is by Clerks found,
That he should honor all English ground;
A Man might walk all the World about,
And fail such Three Master to find out;
Two be fleeting, the Youngest shall abide,
And do much good in this Land at a Tide.
But sin of Princes shall let or delay
The Grace that he should do on a day.
The eldest Master changed of him a song,
And said that he should suffer much wrong
Of them which were to him greatly beholden.
And many things more this Master told,
Which since that time hath truly befall,
And some of them hereafter shall,
Whereof one is truly (said he)
After Troubles great Joy shall be
In every quarter of this Land,
Which all good Men shall understand:
The younger asked when that should be,
The old Man said when men shall see
The Holy Cross honored both day and night,
In the Land of God in the Land of Light;
Which may be done in right good season,
But long delayed it is without reason:
When that begins note well this thing,
That Science shall draw towards the King;
And many more Graces ye may be told;
Grace on that King shall descend,
When he old Manners shall amend:
He shall make full secret search,
For this Science with dulcet speech;
And among the Solitary,
He shall have tidings certainly.
So sought King Kalid of many men,
Which helped Kalid at his need,
His virtues caused him to speed. "
The eminent British occultist
Arthur E. Waite reprinted the prophecy
in interpretive prose form in The Hermetic Museum:
"This knowledge would often have been the glory of England’s kings,
if their hopes had been firmly placed upon God. One who shall have
obtained his honors by means of this Art, will mend old manners, and
change them for the better. When he comes, he will reform the
kingdom, and by his goodness and virtue he will set an everlasting
example to rulers. In his time the common people will rejoice, and
render praise to God in mutual neighborly love. O King, who are to
accomplish all this, pray to God the King, and implore His aid in
the matter. So the glory of thy mind will be crowned with the glory
of a golden age, which shall not then be hoped for as future."