It’s fairly safe at this point to say that 2020 has not been a good year. In fact, it’s been a bit of a disaster, and the running joke at the moment is that everyone will be staying up till midnight on December 31st not to see the new year in but to make sure the old one leaves.
But, of course, no magical reset is going to occur in January. Things will probably continue to be tough for some time. Or, if some famous prophecies are to be believed, 2020 might just be as good as it’s going to get for a while and will pale in comparison to what lies ahead.
The reality is no one knows what the next 12 months will bring. People are generally optimistic at this time of new beginnings and fresh starts, and that’s all good and well. But, these prophecies, taken in the context of the state of the world at present, should serve as a cautionary reminder, if not an outright warning, of what the future could hold.
10 Celebrity Heartbreak
Given what’s to come, it’s perhaps a good idea to ease into things and start on a lighter note. 2021 might be a challenge for the human race in general, but certain celebrities have been specifically singled out for a rough time by self-professed psychic Nicholas Aujula.
Aujula rose to fame when he predicted the current Coronavirus pandemic two years before it struck, and he’s been at it again, claiming that he’s had psychic visions of romantic turmoil in the near future for certain celebrities, namely Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, and, surprise surprise, Kim Kardashian. He’s also predicted continued drama for the British Royal family.
Is he psychic or perhaps just playing it safe, trying to cement his prophetic reputation by ‘predicting’ the highly likely? Who can say for sure? One certain thing is that if even some of his guesses hit the mark, Aujula will be the first to say, “I told you so.” A book will probably follow. Maybe a movie. Or, considering our next entry, maybe not.
9 Goodbye California
Cruise and Co are not the only A-listers due for a bumpy 2021, according to the legendary physician, astrologer, and seer, Nostradamus. The Frenchman’s well-known 1555 collection of prophetic poetry contains hundreds of future forecasts, and, if his predictions prove correct, as they so often have before, then 2021 could very well see the destruction of the entire state of California.
As with all of Nostradamus’ prophecies, this one is subject to interpretation. But, since it references ‘great calamity in the lands of the west,’ there are quite a few out there who believe the man was speaking about the obliteration of the Western seaboard of the United States. And with California’s precarious position, perched on several major faultlines as it is, the logical conclusion here is that said calamity will arrive by way of a massive earthquake.
More disturbing still, Nostradamus seems to give us an exact date. The astrological references in his text make it clear that we can expect to bid the Golden State goodbye on November 25th, 2021.
8 World Leader Woes
Nostradamus was not the only well-known prophet to make predictions for 2021. The blind Bulgarian mystic commonly known as Baba Vanga had quite a bit to say about the year ahead as well. And, since so many of her foretellings have already come true, her words are not to be taken lightly.
Deceased for nearly a quarter of a century now, Baba Vanga nevertheless singled out soon-to-be-ex US President Donald Trump and Russian head Vladimir Putin for a torrid time in 2021. She claimed that Putin will face an attempted assassination, most likely from an enemy within the Kremlin, and Trump will be struck by a mysterious illness that will render him deaf.
Whether or not either, or both, of these things will come to pass remains to be seen, but there would be an interesting synchronicity in the mutual demise of two world leaders who’ve been so closely linked these last few years. Amazing that these predictions were made decades ago, then.
7 Worrisome Weather
So far, 2021 isn’t looking too bad, as long as you’re not a politician, celebrity, or resident of California. But, just before the rest of us breathe a sigh of relief, both Nostradamus and Baba Vanga provided unpleasant weather forecasts for the year ahead.
Along with earthquakes, the French seer told us we can expect widespread flooding and solar storms. Baba Vanga, too, was of the general opinion that we will see severe weather-related occurrences with some frequency throughout 2021.
These predictions may have seemed outlandish at the times they were made, but you can’t watch the news these days without hearing the words, ‘climate change’ and ‘sustainable development.’ So much so, that the general consensus is that, unless we make drastic changes now, disaster is a certainty down the line. According to our prophetic pair, that ship has already sailed and we had best learn to do the same if we’re to survive the rising tides soon to descend.
6 The Fall of Europe
One of Baba Vanga’s previous accurate predictions involved the rise of Islamic extremism and, according to her, things will reach a climax in 2021 when the Arab population conquers the continent of Europe.
Nostrodamus weighed in on the matter as well, and while the specifics differ between the two predictions, they both seem to strongly suggest that the year coming will see the obliteration of Europe.
Again, these forecasts become all the more chilling when one considers the ongoing refugee crisis in the region and general rising racial and religious tensions the world over. The recent conflict between the predominantly Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan could have been just a small taste of things to come.
5 Cyborg Soldiers
Once the topic of science fiction stories and far-fetched fantasy, human-machine integration has become a reality and is rapidly on the rise. Remarkable, then, that Nostradamus appeared to predict the advent of cyborg soldiers in 2021 nearly 600 years ago.
As disturbing as the notion of an army of cyborg soldiers is, there is some good news here. According to the French astrologer, they will come to save us. However, he seems to suggest that they will be American and, given the country’s history of unwanted military intervention, such ‘saving’ is perhaps something the world could do without.
What’s truly remarkable here is that there is currently rapid advancement in human-machine hybrid technology and that its military applications are the ones being most aggressively explored. It stands to reason that America will be among the first nations to unleash cyborgs on the battlefield so, once again, it would seem as if Nostradamus’ prediction is set to come true.
4 Asteroid Encounter
There sure is a lot to worry about for 2021 and, in case you’re keeping track, you can add in a potential asteroid strike. Potential, because the man who made the prediction, Nostrodamus – yes, him again – isn’t clear on whether or not the celestial body will actually strike the earth, saying only, “In the sky, one sees fire and a long trail of sparks.”
That doesn’t sound too bad. But then, the event is not necessarily a disaster in itself but rather a kind of harbinger of the general doom and gloom we can expect in 2021. But if a giant asteroid was heading our way, wouldn’t we already know about it?
Why, yes, we would. And we do. NASA is currently tracking a large meteor called 2009 KF1, and current trajectory analysis projects a decent chance that the comet could collide with our poor planet on May 6th, 2021.
3 Biblical Famine
The takeaway message from many of the above predictions seems to be that we’re heading towards the end of days. Nostrodamus predicted that along with these many trials and tribulations we can expect famine on a biblical scale, and the bible itself, in the book of Revelation, claims the same. We’ve already been visited by pestilence, after all, so the next horseman due is famine.
It’s easy to laugh off these apocalyptic predictions. They’ve been made many times before, after all, and that is sure to continue. But, as we see the devastating effects of climate change on global food production and the ever-growing reports of pandemic related supply chain disruptions and shortages, you would be forgiven if this laughter is of the nervous, uncertain variety. And, as the shelves in the grocery stores grow ever emptier, the laughter may well soon cease altogether.
2 Return of the Messiah
So, it seems the world is set to end in 2021. If you won’t take Nostrodamus’ word for it, fear not, an unlikely collaboration between mathematicians and biblical scholars bears out this dire forecast.
Richard Shaw’s documentary film The Torah Codes: End to Darkness popularized the Davinci Code-like idea of finding hidden signs and symbols in ancient texts, and one interpretation of the apparent prophecy hidden within the writings of the old testament is that 2021 will see the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
Rabbi Galzerson has taken this idea and run with it, becoming somewhat of a minor Youtube celebrity in the process. He claims that the end of days began in 2016 and will culminate in 2021 with the second coming of Christ. This would be good news if it didn’t mean the end of the world as we know it. But, then again, anything would be preferable to the final entry on this list.
1 Zombie Apocalypse
Oh yes, just in case you thought 2021 couldn’t get any worse, we have zombies to worry about as well. If one interpretation of a certain quatrain in Nostrodamus’ prophetic writing comes to pass, then we are soon going to find ourselves living out an episode of The Walking Dead.
While the text merely references ‘half-dead young people’ and the ‘end of the world’ and can be read in several ways, there are those who take it literally and believe the Frenchman was warning us of a biological weapon that would turn the majority of the human race into the living dead. Popular fiction of late has so inundated us with depictions of this scenario that it’s perhaps not too surprising that we leap so readily to this conclusion.
Fortunately, should a zombie outbreak occur, we have some technological support. The Survival Manual mobile app is a great tool for staying alive in difficult situations and, according to The Irish Times, the advice it offers would be well suited to safely navigating an undead invasion. So, we can scoff at Nostradamus’ prediction, but it might be prudent to download the app at the same time. You know, just in case.