Nostradamus and the Comet SW3 – Part III

In previous blogs, I described two examples where Nostradamus indirectly referenced the Comet 73(P) Schwassmann-Wachmann; first in quatrain 2-15 and then in 10-50. In 2-15 he describes its movement across the heavens and in 10-50 he describes the “three” being found with Saturn in the urn by an observatory. How does “three” pertain to the comet, you’re probably asking? 73(P) Schwassmann-Wachmann is also known as Schwassmann-Wachmann 3. 

Upon the realization that Nostradamus was using stars, planets,the constellations, and other heavenly body references as clues to SW3’s whereabouts and future, I began searching his quatrains for anything that could lead me to find additional affirmations, even if the references were on the fringe and subject to the interpretation of the reader.  

 Before I go any further, I want to acknowledge that the meaning of Nostradamus’ quatrains, taken by themselves, are very subjective and could mean anything. Further, based on the printing techniques of the time, some believe that some of his quatrains may have even been changed (either purposefully or by accident) by the typesetter giving a different meaning to the lines. A misplaced or deleted comma or semicolon for example could potentially change his intended meaning. That said, my interpretation is contingent upon using SW3 as a reference point while acknowledging the possibility of unintended typesetting/translation mistakes.

 When I discovered what I thought was a Schwassmann-Wachmann reference in 2-15, I was determined to verify whether Nostradamus could have also identified SW3 in 10-50 which was next on my list. So began my research into the comet. I gleamed all I could from the internet and finally landed on a press release describing how astronomers Hermann Boehnhardt and Hans Ulrich Kaeufl sighted SW3 on January 31st, 1996. Centering on SW3 in the Starry Night program and moving to that January date, I found it in the Aquarius “urn” with Saturn just like Nostradamus had written. You can imagine my excitement upon discovering SW3 now corresponded to another quatrain.

 Quatrain 1-69

 When Arnold Schwassmann and Arno Arthur Wachmann discovered the comet in 1930 it was originally estimated to be 1100 meters in diameter before braking up. To give you a sense of its magnitude, SW3’s diameter would have been equal to 11 football fields across. Its diameter is significant as it’s indirectly referenced in another Nostradamus quatrain, 1-69. Again, bear in mind I’m using SW3 as a reference point allowing an otherwise random quatrain to have specific meaning.


The great mountain, seven stadia round, after peace, war, famine, flooding. It will spread far, drowning great countries,  even antiquities and their mighty foundations. 

 A stadion is an ancient Greek unit of measurement, specifically length, which has been equated to between 157 and 207 meters, depending on which source you choose to believe. It’s difficult to say which length Nostradamus used during the quatrain’s formation. In any event, a “great mountain” that’s seven stadia in diameter could be 1103.9 meters. For me, the similarity of SW3’s size and the quatrain seemed to be more than coincidental.

 Now, I know what you’re thinking. Nostradamus wrote, seven stadia round. Assuming this translation was correct, most would assume he meant the comet was seven stadia in circumference. Here’s where I take a little liberty with what I had referenced earlier. My supposition is that it’s plausible that he paused in his description of the great mountain, meaning it was seven stadia and round, and not necessarily seven stadia round. There are no firsthand accounts of someone watching as Nostradamus penned his thoughts. So we really don’t know if he penned them or dictated them while in a trance. Taken with the context of line three, which further describes the comet’s current condition as being strung out (which is factual) this seems to add validity. 

 It will spread far….because SW3 has broken up into over 66 pieces, as it hits the planet, its strike points would spread out across the globe because of the Earth’s rotation much like that of the Shoemaker-Levy Jupiter impact in 1994.

 As for “drowning great countries, even antiquities and their mighty foundations.” I interpreted this to mean Europe and Christianity. My next blog will point to other quatrains adding further proof to my postulations.  

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