Sept 11, 2001: Was It Prophesied?

By Stephen Wagner

Was the unspeakable horror of September 11 foretold by prophets and psychics? While the best-known names of prophecy seem to have failed, some eerily accurate visions and predictions have come from unexpected sources.

After the initial shock of the deeply tragic and violent attacks of September 11 on New York and Washington turned to grief, confusion and anger, many who believe in ESP, psychic predictions and prophecy were asking: Where were the psychics? Why didn’t they predict this monumental act of terror and loss of human life?

Perhaps the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon were foreseen, but apparently not by Nostradamus:


Very soon after the terrorist attacks, Internet e-mail and certain websites were flooded with “prophecies” that were said to come from the writings of the famed 16th century French astrologer, Nostradamus. Whenever some great tragedy strikes, it seems, Nostadamus’s quatrains (four-line verses) are scrutinized to see if some significance can be found. Some interpreters of his writings believe he has successfully predicted the rise of Hitler, the assassination of President Kennedy and other significant events of the 20th century. Sure enough, a quatrain widely spread by e-mail was purported to be a clear reference to the destruction of the WTC:

In the City of God there will be a great thunder,
Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,
while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb,
The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.

The only problem with this prophecy is that Nostradamus never made it. It was entirely fabricated by some Internet prankster whose identity will probably never be known.

David Emery,’s Guide to Urban Legends and Folklore, has written an excellent article on this Net hoax, similar false Nostradamus writings and other rumors related to the Sept. 11 event – Did Nostradamus Predict the 9/11 Attacks? As David points out, the circulated quatrains were either completely made up or were highly imaginative and liberally revised translations of actual verses.

One actual verse – the so-called “King of Terror” quatrain – has been applied to the WTC disaster, but as you can see, it bears little relevance to the events of that day:

The year 1999, seventh month,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror.
To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.

From the sky came terror, for certain, but the year is wrong and the month is wrong. And what the last two lines might mean with regard to WTC is anyone’s guess. The bottom line is that Nostradamus apparently has struck out on this one.


Psychic Joyce Keller believes that a colleague predicted the fate of the WTC. “During the time that the WTC was being built, around 1973,” says Joyce, “I was in a NYC meditation class conducted by a pretty well-known psychic, Irwyn Greif. He was also employed by New York City as a building inspector. During one of his classes, he said, ‘Do not go into the WTC after it is constructed. It will come down in our lifetime. It is cursed!’ Mr. Greif currently lives in Florida. I e-mailed him after 9/11 to congratulate him on his accurate but extremely tragic prediction. I was in the WTC quite a few times, and knew that his prediction would be correct, but did not know the time. I was in the WTC a few days before 9/11 and became extremely nauseous and upset, and felt the attack would be imminent. I also realized that there was no way it could be prevented.”


In July, 2000, astrologer Louis Turi posted some predictions on his website about disastrous events that would take place in September, 2001. Turi, who claims to make “predictions in the art of Nostradamus,” made this forecast, in part:

Bad news ahead for any and all denominations where religious figures will “pass over.” In 1998 the same type of celestial energy produced a murder in the Vatican followed by a suicide, which forced the Pope to address to the world in sadness. The Middle East “US surprising bombing attack” on Saddam Hussein forces in Iraq also took place under these circumstances. This energy can affect sophisticated electronic equipment and produce a bad aeronautic accident. Deception, illusion and secret affairs are on the agenda. The same Neptunian energy produced the Valdez disaster and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Expect a general feeling of hopelessness plaguing the media and the church authorities. Deceiving news will take place and affect many of us; some desperate souls will fall for Neptune’s suicidal tendency and some will end up in jail or a mental institution. This trend will be very difficult for some, but do not lose faith in yourself and trust the Universe; get all the help you can to fight Neptune’s depressive tendencies; amuse yourself, keep busy and let go of the past. Life must go on. Expect anything surprising, even incredible to take place soon and see the real power of both Uranus, the planet of sudden release of energy in action and Saturn forcing the government to take drastic actions.

It’s easy to pick out many of the key words and phrases that can relate to the WTC attack. Was the tragedy foretold in the stars and planets, or is this just another remarkable coincidence?


It is inevitable when some great tragedy strikes that by coincidence a previously created work of art, fiction or music will be seen as a foretelling. One of the most famous examples of this was a short story called “Futility” by Morgan Robertson that eerily foretold the sinking of theTitanic. In the story, written 12 years before the Titanic disaster, Robertson wrote of a ship called the Titan that met its fate by striking an iceberg on its starboard side and sinking. In size and capacity, along with many other parallels, theTitan‘s resemblance to Titanic is uncanny.

Similarly, song lyrics and an album cover have been cited as being predictive of the WTC attack. A song called “Mesias” (Messiah), written and performed by Guatemalan pop artist Ricardo Arjona, contains lyrics that have some interesting similarities to the WTC case:

The Messiah was born in New York
He drives an armored car out of precaution
The Pope fears some massive loss. …
[The Messiah] is preparing a blow, and no one knows the date. …
He has an associate in Japan, another in Afghanistan
He speaks with God daily through the Internet
He promotes change and he’s made enemies.

The Church accuses him of heresy
And the Pentagon [accuses him] of [being a] terrorist. …
It’s on the front page of the New York Times
And a cloud of doubt casts a shadow on the sun.

An album cover that was planned for an upcoming release by the hip hop group The Coup is far more disturbingly accurate. The cover art for the album “Party Music,” created a few months before the attack, depicts two members of the group posed in front of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, which are exploding. The fire and smoke billowing from the buildings in the artwork are startlingly similar to the photos and video taken shortly after the second terrorist-controlled plane struck the towers. The coincidence – or foreshadowing – is astonishing. The label, 75 Ark, has decided not to use the artwork on the album cover.


Another disturbing prediction came from the mouth of a fifth grade student in a Dallas suburb. On September 10, the before the attack, the boy, whose name was kept confidential because of his age, made an incredible, unexpected statement to his teacher. The boy said that World War III would begin the next day. “It will begin in the United States,” he said, “and the United States will lose.” On the day of the attack and the following day, the boy was absent from school. After the attack took place, school officials notified the FBI of the boy’s statements, although the boy and his family are not suspected of having any special advance knowledge of the events.

What prompted the boy to make such a declaration to his teacher? Was it just a coincidental child’s fantasy? Or did he have a special vision of the terrorist act? Thankfully, the attack was not an advent to a third world war.


Where were the psychics with regard to the WTC tragedy? Perhaps she was in the UK. Valerie Clarke, a psychic from Lancashire, UK appeared on the BBC’s Kilroy Show in June, 2000. On that program, which was recorded, Clarke told host Robert Kilroy Silk that she had received a vision of a massive explosion caused by an aircraft crashing into the second tower of the World Trade Center. She told the BBC TV audience:

I had this dream awhile ago and I thought it was a bombing at the World Trade Center. In my dream I was at the World Trade Center wandering the streets – I was in some sort of barricade when the building blew up. At the same time this plane went down behind it. In my dream I was not sure if the plane had gone into the building.

Clarke’s nightmare will undoubtedly be regarded as the most accurate psychic premonition of the devastating WTC attack.


Why did all of the other well-known psychics – those we know from their frequent television appearances and websites – fail to foresee the events of that awful day? Does their failure mean they do not truly have psychic powers? Perhaps not. Whether they are really psychic or not may be open to argument, but failure to predict doesn’t necessarily mean they are fakes. A psychic cannot be expected to be able to predict any given future event, no matter how significant it might be. The nature of such gifts, which we do not fully understand, itself seems to be unpredictable.

2 thoughts on “Sept 11, 2001: Was It Prophesied?

  1. Nostradamus is not failing either. It’s the translations from Middle age French to English that fail: one example:


    L’an mil neuf cens nonante neuf ƒept mois
    Du ciel viendra un grand Roy d’effrayeur
    Reƒuƒciter le grand Roy d’Angoulmois .
    Avant apres Mars regner par bon heur .

    The year 1999 seven months
    From heaven will come a frightening king
    To reincarnate the great king of Angoulmois
    Before and after mars to rein by good luck

    Nostradamus tried to predict the year and month of birth /reincarnation of King Francis I , the father of King Henry. King Henry was a good friend of Nostradamus. He was the king from province Angoulmois and apparently a frightning person in that life, not said in this one. Not said he will be king again. He would not be reincarnated the months before the 7th month and not after the 7th month of 1999 because planet mars would then reign by good luck.

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