In the 16th century, Nostradamus, a French astrologer, made numerous accurate predictions about global events that have come true even today. Specifically for the year 2022, he foresaw a range of events such as natural disasters, war, and major economic changes.
As the year 2022 unfolds, Nostradamus’ predictions seem to be coming to life. The American economy has hit a rough patch, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 10% between November 2021 and May 2022. This reflects a general decline in the stock market, and many experts compare the situation to the 2008 financial crisis.
Stock Market Faltering
Cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, has gained popularity due to the unstable economy. Nostradamus may have even hinted at the arrival of cryptocurrencies in his prophecies. However, the crypto market faced a significant crash in the spring of 2022, with the cost of Bitcoin dropping from $60,000 to $30,000. This was caused by the Luna Foundation Guard, a cryptocurrency company, using most of its bitcoin reserve to try to save the business.
Nostradamus predicted that rising financial uncertainty would have negative effects on people all over the world. In fact, that is exactly what has occurred over the past few years. Due to a lack of labor and a supply of materials, businesses all over the world will be forced to close their doors in March 2020, which will further harm the retail sector as a whole.
The initial decline of the American stock index sent shockwaves throughout the world, and in 2022 the market was still as erratic and volatile as ever. Many experts have compared what’s to come to the 2008 financial crisis in terms of severity.
Popularity of Cryptocurrency
The financial landscape has been anything but predictable in the aftermath of the global shutdowns of the past two years. This unpredictability has led many individuals to turn their attention towards Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, a trend that has been on the rise since 2020.
There is speculation that even Nostradamus, the famous 16th century prophet, may have foreseen the rise of cryptocurrencies in his writings. He writes, “The copies of gold and silver inflated, which after the theft were thrown into the lake, will be wiped out,” which could be interpreted as a reference to the new financial reality brought about by cryptocurrencies.
While the cryptocurrency market was experiencing tremendous growth, it took a major hit in the spring of 2022. In November 2021, the value of one bitcoin was around $60,000, but by May of the following year, it had plummeted to just $30,000.
The reason for this decline was the revelation that the Luna Foundation Guard, created by cryptocurrency company Terra, had used nearly all of its $3 billion worth of bitcoin in an attempt to save the business. This resulted in the market crash and raised serious concerns about the future of the organization.
Gas Prices Surging
One of the biggest challenges that Americans will face in 2022 is the rapidly rising cost of gasoline. With more and more people returning to their office jobs on a full-time basis, the unaffordable price of fuel has become a major source of worry for millions of people. The national average price of a gallon of gasoline reached a record high of $4.52 in May, breaking the previous record set just earlier in the same month. This sharp increase in fuel prices is linked to the European Union’s efforts to impose oil sanctions on Russia due to their invasion of Ukraine, as well as the record-high inflation rate.
Supply Chain Issues
Another area of concern is the shortage and increased cost of basic household essentials. Nearly a third of common grocery items were out of stock as of April 2022, a 10% increase from November 2021. Some states, such as Texas, New Jersey, and Washington, reported over 40% of products being unavailable in stores. To make matters worse, the cost of groceries increased by 9% in March 2022 compared to the same period the previous year.
Baby Formula Shortage
The supply-chain shortage affecting the country has caused several critical issues, including a shortage of baby formula. The FDA curtailed production of a specific type of Similac formula in February 2022, leading to 43% of formula being out of stock at various stores across the nation by the first week of May. This shortage has particularly affected those with lower incomes, who can’t afford to stock up on formula or pay the inflated prices from secondary sellers.
Many experts predict that the current supply-chain issue and shortage of baby formula is just the beginning of even greater challenges ahead. If current trends continue, there could be severe food shortages in the United States and around the world, leading to more people struggling to afford basic food supplies. Nostradamus, too, writes of a time when the “price of wheat” and other necessities would rise, with “man…stirred to eat in his despair.”Currently, there are 10% of people in the world who are hungry, but this percentage appears to be rising. Nostradamus predicted that the price of necessities like these would also go up.
In addition to the economic and supply-chain challenges, the world is also focused on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The ongoing war between the two countries, which began in February 2022, has raised concerns about the potential for a global conflict. The Russian president has allegedly warned NATO members that the Ukraine crisis could result in “everyone being turned to radioactive ash.” Nostradamus wrote of a time when the “East will also weaken the West,” potentially referring to the current situation.
China At Odds With The West
Nostradamus is known for his predictions regarding the decline of Western powers. It is not surprising, then, that China’s rise to become the leading economic superpower is a topic of discussion, as Nostradamus had foreseen it. In the coming years, many economists predict that China will surpass the United States in terms of economic strength and success. Despite a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing due to concerns about China’s human rights record, many countries, including the United States, still sent athletes to participate. Some believe that China may even invade Taiwan as a result of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Space Isn’t Just For Astronauts Anymore
Humans have always been fascinated with space and the possibilities of what else exists in the universe, as seen with the invention of the telescope and the first manned space flight. Nostradamus also predicted that space exploration would become more accessible to the general population, and not just reserved for professional astronauts. This prediction has come true, with wealthy individuals such as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson taking private space flights in 2021, and even comedian Pete Davidson having a scheduled space flight in 2022. Elon Musk’s plans to launch his starship in 2022 with the ultimate goal of taking people to the Moon and Mars further solidifies Nostradamus’s prediction.
Artificial Intelligence Makes Monumental Waves
In addition to advancements in space travel, Nostradamus also predicted the development of artificial intelligence, as seen in Elon Musk’s plans to speed up the creation of AI. The Tesla Bot or Optimus humanoid robot is set to be released by Musk in 2022, with the aim of having some human workers replaced by robots. Nostradamus’s words, “The moon in the full night over the high mountain…the new sage with a lone brain sees it…by his disciples invited to be immortal,” allude to the development of AI in the coming year.
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The United Kingdom Falters
In addition, Nostradamus foresaw the fall of the United Kingdom, starting with their vote to leave the European Union in 2016. Brexit is a significant historical decision because it has repercussions for the rest of Europe as well as the world’s superpower.
There have been rumors of division within the ranks of Parliament, despite the fact that the timeline is not entirely accurate. Other nations, including Poland, have also raised the possibility of leaving the EU in a manner similar to that of the United Kingdom.
A New Leader Emerges
Nostradamus also foresaw the downfall of the United Kingdom, starting with the vote to leave the European Union in 2016. The consequences of Brexit have far-reaching impacts, not just for the United Kingdom, but also for the rest of Europe and the rest of the world. Despite rumors of division within Parliament, Nostradamus’s timeline for this prediction may not be entirely accurate. Other countries, such as Poland, have also raised the possibility of leaving the EU like the United Kingdom.
A Huge Power Shift In North Korea
For many years, the Kim Jong-Un family has ruled the country with an oppressive regime that relied on fear and intimidation. Upon the passing of Kim Jong-Il in 2011, his son, Jong-Un, rose to power and continued the same tactics as his father.
In 2020, Nostradamus may have foreseen a significant event that would lead to Jong-Un’s downfall. While this has not yet come to pass, the dictator did experience a mysterious illness in 2021 that sparked rumors and concern about his health. Despite this, there have been some noticeable changes in North Korea, leading many to speculate about Jong-Un’s future, including whether he would be overthrown by an uprising from the oppressed people or by external forces, such as Russia. Whether Nostradamus’ predictions will come to fruition remains to be seen.