If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that the future is unpredictable. The amount of major world-changing events we’ve recently endured has almost made us numb to surprise. While it may feel as if we’re living amidst the end of times, we must remember that unexpected tragedy has marked every point in human history.
However, perhaps some of these calamities didn’t have to be so surprising, as they had been foretold by self-proclaimed psychics long before their occurrences. Are such accurate predictions of the future merely the results of dumb luck? We’ll let you decide that for yourself as you read through our list of psychic predictions that actually came true.
Sylvia Browne’s Prediction of Covid-19
Sylvia Browne was a self-proclaimed psychic who authored around 40 books covering a wide range of paranormal topics. Her 2008 work End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World is considered her magnum opus, with original hardcover editions of the book nowadays usually selling for ~$300. It is most notable for containing the following passage:
“In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes… almost more baffling than the illness will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again 10 years later and then vanish completely.”
Obviously, with the exception of the vanishing “as quickly as it arrived” detail, the illness that Browne is describing here is eerily similar to Covid-19. Is this evidence of Browne’s legitimate psychic ability? Or was she merely throwing darts at the board, one happening to hit the bullseye?
It should be noted that Browne had a history of making false predictions, some of which had dangerous consequences. For example, in 2004, she told the mother of missing child Amanda Berry, “She’s not alive, honey.” This statement was the catalyst for the mother’s death two years later. However, Amanda Berry was found alive in 2013. Despite her innumerable mistakes, believers in psychic predictions point to Sylvia Browne’s Covid prophecy as proof of the existence of supernatural powers.
Jeane Dixon’s Prediction of the Kennedy Assassination
The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy is undoubtedly one of the United States’s most shocking events. To this day, it is plagued by unanswered questions and conspiracies. Why did Lee Harvey Oswald kill the president? Did more powerful forces hire him? However, if the nation had listened to a prophecy foretold by self-proclaimed psychic Jeane Dixon, perhaps the entire tragedy could have been avoided.
Even before the Kennedy assassination, Jeane Dixon had made a name for herself as one of the world’s most well-known mediums. However, a prediction written in the May, 1956 issue of Parade Magazine truly cemented her legacy; she stated that the 1960 presidential election would be won by a Democrat, who would “be assassinated or die in office…”
After Kennedy’s death, Dixon’s popularity exploded. However, many embellished the details of her prediction. For example, people spread a false rumor that she had prophesied that specifically Kennedy would be assassinated. She didn’t do much to expel such gossip, as it generated interest in the book she was writing, Jeane Dixon: My Life and Prophecies.
A lesser-known fact about Dixon’s prediction is that in 1960 she actually went back on it, claiming that Nixon would win the presidency.
Nostradamus’s Many Accurate Psychic Predictions
Did you think we’d not mention Nostradamus? Undeniably history’s most famous seer, Nostradamus published his best known work Les Prophéties in 1555. To his followers, the book contains psychic predictions of nearly every major historical event that has occurred since its publication. From our perspective, many of the book’s details are a bit too vague for us to consider them accurate predictions. However, even we admit that there are some gems, which we will discuss below.
The Great Fire of London
The prediction: “The blood of the just will be demanded of London, burnt by fire in the year ’66.”
London was indeed “burnt by fire in the year ‘66.” In September of 1666, the Great Fire of London spread throughout the city, displacing roughly 70,000 residents.
Hitler’s Rise to Power
The prediction: “From the depths of the West of Europe, a child will be born of poor people. He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; his fame will increase towards the realm of the East… Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers. The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister. Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn, when the child of Germany observes nothing.”
It’s hard not to draw parallels between this prophecy and the rise of Nazi germany. The figure Nostradamus refers to as “Hister” bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler. Hitler was a Western European who was “born of poor people” and whose intense public speaking would lead the world to war. (“He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop.”)
The French Revolution
The prediction: “The oppressed people in his native France would one day rise up and demand justice. The elite would fall in a bloody revolution which would shake the nation to its core.”
The French Revolution of 1789 indeed saw the elite “fall in a bloody revolution” after France’s oppressed classes rose up and demanded justice. However, considering just how disenfranchised the lower classes of France were becoming, perhaps a revolution was inevitable. What’s perhaps more interesting is that Nostradamus went on to predict that a figure referred to as “Pau, Nay, Loron” would rise to power in Europe and “refuse entry to the Piuses” and imprison them.
Followers of Nostradamus believe that “Pau, Nay, Loron” refers to Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte was the French military commander and political leader who did indeed imprison Popes Pius VI and Pius VII.