A 16th-century edition of predictions by Nostradamus, the first book to be digitised by Google from a collection of 500,000 at the Municipal Library of Lyon, is displayed by a librarian in this January 15, 2010. Reuters/Robert Pratta

There has been debate about whether or not the teachings of Nostradamus are to be believed, but there is no doubt that there is a lot of public interest surrounding the same. And for those that do follow, 2017 is supposed to be an interesting year.

As noted by Express UK, Nostradamus’ teachings suggest that 2017 will see a shift in the policies of Latin America. More specifically, that the region will steer away from its current left-leaning guidelines, which will lead to a potential situation of civil unrest. Whether or not these changes in policy are meant to be a reaction to the current threat of US President Donald Trump’s administration was left out of the statement

However, The Sun did specifically mention tat Trump’s United States might reach a point of political unraveling. The publication noted that the US is expected to become ungovernable and resistant to change. “The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws,” the particular prediction read. The trumpet mentioned has been likened to Trump, while Byzantium -- an Ancient Greek colony -- has been compared to the current influx of refugees through Greece.

Meanwhile China is suspected to make some bold moves that will cure the “economic imbalance” in the world. It is highly believed by the followers of Nostradamus that China will rise to become the world’s new superpower this year. Whatever these actions will be, it is believed to have far reaching effects on the world as a whole.

It was also mentioned that Nostradamus said 2017 would be the year that space travel will become commercially available. It is unlikely to be affordable to most individuals, but the idea of commercial space travel is not a new one. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX have already made their plans of this public. It is possible that the technology will become a reality this year.

Critics have often ridiculed Nostradamus’ followers for believing his predictions. It has been argued that any statement can be correlated back to a point in history when considered under the right situations. Nevertheless, Nostradamus remains one of the world’s most trusted and popular clairvoyants.

Nostradamus was born in December 1503 in France and died at the age of 63. His career began as a doctor, and he spent several years traveling France in order to spread his skill and mastery of medicine. He has been credited by some for predicting the death of King Henry II, the Great Fire of London, the French Revolution, the atomic bomb and the assassination of former US president John F. Kennedy.


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