In Regards to Women Physician and prophet Michel de Nostradame lived in the
first part of the sixteenth century. To understand these prophecies one must
first understand the position of women in the sixteenth century. During the
sixteenth century there was very little a woman could do. Men dominated most
aspects of women's social, political, and religious lives. Women were treated
as if they were inferior to men. They were treated like possessions. In religion
the Catholic Church was the dominant force in the Renaissance. The Church was,
of course, run by the Pope, a man. Women were burned as witches "for
?crimes' that could be as minor as a local act of feminine healing, or even
the choice made by a single woman to live alone (9)." The Reformation brought
no relief for women. In fact the Protestant Reformation may have actually harmed
women. Catholic leaders took it upon themselves to start Inquisitions in France,

Italy, and most notably, Spain. Any kind of deviant behavior could be defined as
a crime during this time. Women were considered "flawed" to begin
with?They not only used their sexuality to entice men from the path of God but
they also were the daughters of Eve, the originator of sin. Also many passages
in the Bible were mistranslated to be anti-women. Some believe that this"mistranslation" was a deliberate attempt by the Catholic Church to keep the
society male dominated. Michel de Nostradame was born in 1503 in St. Remy,

Provence, France. His family were originally Jewish until they converted to
avoid persecution from the Catholics. Although they converted, they, along with
many other Christian "converts", were viewed with suspicion. From early
childhood Nostradamus was exposed to "pagan" studies of the occult, alchemy,
and astrology. He understood that he had to be careful because the Catholic

Church didn't approve of these studies. He studied to be a doctor at the

University of Montpellier. After he was done with his studies he decided to try
to find a cure to the dreaded bubonic plague that continually swept across

France. This may have been of interest to him because of the early death of his
first wife, who is thought to have died in one such wave. While he didn't cure
the bubonic plague, he did further medicine with the discovery of natural
remedies such "as dried and crushed rose petals in capsules placed under the
tongue of the sufferer to release Vitamin C into the blood (15)." He wrote a
collection of "prophetic rhymed quatrains, written between 1555 and 1558
(15)" called Centuries. Nostradamus predicted the rise and fall of modern

Communism and other key events in the future including the twentieth century. He
named some individuals such as Napoleon and Hitler. But the real subject of the
paper would have to be how Nostradamus predicted the change of circumstance for
women. Many of Nostradamus' "prophecies are obscurely written and heavily
camouflaged with ancient languages, strange references to contemporary events,
which act as metaphors for future significance, as well as anagrams (16)."

This was mostly done to avoid detection in his own lifetime and probably to
sound more profound. "New law to occupy the new land Towards Syria, Judea, and

Palestine: The great barbarian empire of men to decay, Before the Moon completes
its cycle (47)." -Century 3:97 It is told to us in the book "Nostradamus-

Prophecies for Women" that the term "new land" refers to the Americas. The"new law" can be related to the "barbarian empire of men" as that it
could represent that men will have a different place in the Americas. The
moon's cycle can be construed to have a "feminine" connection. Phrased a
bit more simply: The Americas could be a source of a lunar rising of
consciousness at a time when the male dominated religion and law is at its all
time peak. The rule of men will start to crumble before the evolution of woman
is complete. Nostradamus also predicted that democracy would replace the
autocracies of his time. He also thought that women would start to slowly take
their place in these new democracies and that would influence a new order. These
women would change the laws to be more equal in gender. "With a name so timid
will she be brought forth That the three sisters will have the name of destiny:

Then she will lead a great people by tongue and deed, More than any other will
she have fame and renown (75)." -Century 1:76 During Nostradamus' time until
the earlier part of the twentieth century womankind was