I think the next quatrain in Nostradamus's time line of events is about to happen. I believe the quatrain refers to Bird Flu and the first recorded case of human infection in France.
Century 9, Quatrain 55
The horrible war which s being prepared in the West,
The following year will come the pestilence
So very horrible that young, old, nor beast,
Blood, fire Mercury, Mars, Jupiter in France.
My reasons: Europe and America have been ordering anti flu injections since 2005, and this is the preparation against the horrible war. It is not a war in the normal sense, man against man as the term horrible is used again in respect of the pestilence effect. The quatrain mentions young and old just as references have been made to the flu outbreak in 1918. It also refers to 'beast' and we have already seen the transfer to cats in Germany and elsewhere. It is possible that many different types of mammal scavengers will interact with dead birds such as badgers or dogs. There is another obvious mammalian link between animals on farms such as pigs and cattle who will no doubt also investigate dead birds.
As for the planets. Mercury appears on the border of the sun (in the fire) on May 18th 2006. At this time Mars and Jupiter are present in the visible sky, but no other planets. The quatrain says 'blood' which I interpret as a positive blood test in a human for Bird Flu, and mentions the country France. Naturally, anyone can make an assumption this is a likely scenario. But if the date for the first human infection in France is May 18th, it would be an odd coincidence.
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Thursday 09 March 2006