Lloyd (Nostradamus Finally Revealed!, 2011) offers a meditation on images found within The Lost Book of Nostradamus.
When, at the outset of this investigative work, the author explains that one of the eyes in a portrait of Nostradamus is actually a camera shutter (“I believe that this is a self portrait of himself telling us that everything he saw was on television!”), it’s clear that this is a book that follows an unusual path. It provides the author’s interpretations of more than 80 watercolor images, often attributed to the famous French physician. These interpretations are based around the idea that Nostradamus was having visions of the future, and that the images he painted foretold everything from Nazi atrocities to the Oklahoma City bombing to the existence of Marilyn Monroe. On their own, the images are strange and dreamlike, and when coupled with the author’s explanations, they become otherworldly. “Plate 67” shows what can best be described as a disembodied head with long hair and a crown, looking at a book that features a picture of a tree. According to the author, however, the painting is actually indicative of the atomic age, and he offers the intriguing opinion that “ ‘Hairy’ Truman is reviewing the A-bomb test results from the Alamogordo site in New Mexico. The successful detonation of it is commemorated here.” Whether or not one believes the historical Nostradamus to have been a visionary (or that the images here were even created by him), this book provides insight into those who do. Some interpretations here may provide thin soup for the skeptical; for example, does a woman with wings standing next to a seated king really represent Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton? That said, the author writes in a playful style (“She’s still the ultimate sex Goddess!” he says of Monroe) which gives an inherently controversial pursuit an open, friendly feel. Those unfamiliar with these images will be struck by their oddities, even if they aren’t won over by the author’s enthusiasm for their powers of prediction.
An often inviting look at the alleged prophecies of a famous thinker.