The Idiot Heir

An Internet Hoax

"Come the millennium, month 12
In the home of greatest power
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader."

Shortly after the US Supreme Court selected George W. Bush as president in 2000, this quatrain made the Internet Rounds. After receiving many e-mail messages asking whether it had truly been written by Nostradamus, I used this site's Nostradamus Search Engine to investigate. The following quatrain, which refers to an "Idiot Heir" -- not "Village Idiot" -- is perhaps the origin of the hoax. Scroll farther down this page to read comments made by John Hogue, author of many fine books concerning Nostradamus and his prophecies.

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Century 1, Quatrain 78

D'vn chef vieillard naistre sens hebeté
Degenerant par sçauoir & par armes,
Le chef de France par sa soeur redouté,
Champs diuisez, concedez aux gens gendarmes.


To an old leader will be born an idiot heir,
Weak both in knowledge and in war.
The leader of France is feared by his sister,
Battlefields divided, conceded to the soldiers.
[Found through this site's Nostradamus Search Engine]


To an old chief will be born one with dull senses
Degenerate both in knowledge and in weapons:
The chief of France feared by his sister,
Fields divided, conceded to the soldiers on horses.
[From: Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies by John Hogue]


To a leader will be born an idiot heir,
Weak both in knowledge and in warfare.
The head of France is feared by his sister,
Battlefields divided, conceded to the military.
[From: The Final Prophecies of Nostradamus by Erika Cheetham]


A Quatrain by "Hoax-tradamus"

by John Hogue

"In 1555, Nostradamus wrote:
Come the millennium, month 12
In the home of greatest power
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader."

What a wonderful prophecy! Too bad it is a bald-faced hoax.

Can any of you see why? Or better, can any of you see which important element is missing in this quotation?

Notice that this four-line prophecy attributed to Nostradamus does not contain his Century and Quatrain indexing numbers?

I believe Nostradamus knew people would try to write prophecies under his name. That is why he indexed all of his quatrains in his original editions of "Les Propheties" -- his ambitious 941 quatrain history of the future. If you have an authentically quoted prophecy's indexing number you can find it in its original 16th century French. You can then compare the translation in question against the original French text for its accuracy and authenticity.

Rest assured. This is not a prophecy from Nostradamus. Only a hoaxer writing for some yellow rag like the National Perspirer would avoid such scrutiny by leaving out the index number.

By the way, I have cross-referenced every application of the over 36,000 words Nostradamus used in his prophetic works and none of them combine to make this prophecy. This quatrain should be thrown in the same garbage heap of non-indexed hoaxes like the famous "bloody glove of O. J." quatrain. (Chuckle...)

There is, however, an authentic quatrain that bears closer scrutiny in the coming years. It could be applied to the future presidency of George W. Bush. It is Quatrain 13 of Century 6 of his prophetic masterpiece, Les Propheties.

(First in 16th-Century French)

Vn dubieux ne viendra loing du regne,
La plus grand part le voudra soustenir:
Vn Capitole ne voundra point qu'il regne,
Sa grande change ne pourra maintenir.

(In English)

A doubtful one will not come far from the realm,
The greater part will want to support him:
A Capitol, will not want him to rule at all,
His great burden he will not be able to maintain.

This "doubtful one" could stand for the intellectually lightweight George W. Bush. The "doubt" could imply some ongoing suspicion throughout his presidency that Bush cheated Al Gore (who won the majority of the popular national vote) out of the popular vote in Florida by shady tactics. A fraud in the Florida vote count effectively gave Bush the necessary electoral votes to "legally" win the election. Nostradamus' use of "doubtful one" could also indicate that with time an ever larger shadow of illegitimacy will cast itself across a Bush presidency.

The second line might describe a period of attempted healing during the aftermath of the election. A time when a majority of the people of America will try to rally around their "doubtful" new president.

Line three may hint to us who President Bush's real political enemies are. By the way, it may not be the Democrats in the deadlocked Congress. My sense is it will be the right wing elements of his own Republican Party. But the obstacles do not end there. Those who "will not want him to rule" could be those men behind the scenes that may have put this maleable man into office to be their rehearsed puppet spokesman for their agenda.

How could those who put him there turn against him?

Looking at Bush's natal astrological chart I see the potential for great self-delusion and a predilection for substance abuse. The abuse in this case comes from the drug called "power."

At some time in his presidency Bush will rebel against his handlers. As his presidency becomes more besieged with problems and [lack of] credibility, he might strive to be his own man and cease to listen to his advisers, causing even greater problems and greater strains upon himself. The last line, therefore, may describe what I fear is some nervous breakdown or health problem coming from the overwhelming pressures put upon a basically good, yet emotionally and intellectually immature man.

Now, with this interpretation said, I wish to caution you all that there is an even stronger application for this quatrain for an earlier Republican president; one respected by the French people. It must be remembered that Nostradamus saw the future through the perception of a Frenchman. If foreigners come into his vision it is because they are in some way appreciative of, or are influencing the future of, France. We do not know how the French will ultimately regard Bush. Indeed the early signs point to present day and future ridicule. Be that as it may, on page 448 of my book Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies, I applied this prophecy to Richard Nixon back in 1997. Here is what I said:

"This is [about] Nixon. Nostradamus would not overlook a man who did so much to change the course of 20th-century history. But our prophet, ever the pessimist, had Nixon to "kick around" long before the controversial American president was born.

"In line 1 Nixon is the "doubtful one" who is regarded warmly in France. Even the querulous Charles De Gaulle was an admirer. After Nixon's fall following the Watergate scandal, he could still find respect and honors during his visits to the "realm" of France. Perhaps Nostradamus is saying that Nixon is "not far" from being a Frenchman. In line 2 the "greater part" supporting Nixon during the 1968 presidential election was what he called the "Silent Majority." He declared himself the champion of normal, middle-class Americans who were not represented in the turbulent political arena of the late 1960s. Line 3's "Capitol" represents Washington DC, and the Democrat-controlled Congress of the United States. Their fierce political rivalry with the Republican president finally led to their vote for his impeachment, forcing him to resign from office. Line 4 depicts a Nixon burdened with the cover-up over Watergate, unable to maintain power and fulfill his far-reaching geopolitical dreams to end the Cold War."

Time and events will tell whether Nostradamus' Quatrain 13 of Century 6 describes the tragedy of a president past, or president future.

Agree? Disagree? Send your message to the author, John Hogue -- not to Morgana, who is simply the news carrier.

[Reprinted with express permission granted by John Hogue. Visit his website: Hogue Prophecy. You can listen to this "Rogue Scholar's" January 3, 2001 interview with Laura Lee by clicking here. (Windows Media required)]


Two Chiefs Elected

Century 9, Quatrain 4

L'an ensuyuant descouverts par deluge,
Deux chefs esleuz le premier ne tiendra:
De fuyr umbre à l'un d'eux le refuge,
Saccagee case qui premier maintiendra.


The year following discoveries out of a flood,
Two leaders elected, the first one will not hold:
For one of them refuge from fleeing a shadow,
Plundered [will be] the house which [the] first will maintain.
[From: Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies by John Hogue]


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