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MOTHER SHIPTON'S PROPHECIES
QUESTION: Do you consider Mother Shipton's prophecies authentic? (Vol. II,
ANSWER: Half a century before America was discovered, "Mother Shipton," the
Yorkshire seeress, prophesied the discovery of an unknown land in which gold
would abound. She saw the automobiles and railroads of today with the many
accidents they would cause, the telephone and the telegraph, divers,
submarines, airships, and the great iron ships which have superseded vessels of
wood. She foresaw the great political upheavels in the world, notably in
France, her alliance with England and an amalgamation of the Anglo-Saxon
races which may yet come to pass, notwithstanding their present strife. She
beheld the emancipation of the Jew and his preferment to positions of
prominence, and unprecedented spread of knowledge among those of even the
most lowly estate, ending with the prediction of certain upheavals of the
Earth's crust whereby old lands will become submerged and new land appear,
and in 1991 she foresees the end of the world.
The last named prophecies will probably cause most of us to shake our
heads in a skeptical manner, but if we give the matter a little thought the
idea may not seem so farfetched. We know that upheavals of the Earth have
taken place in the past, and earthquakes and volcanic outbursts show us that
the subterranean activities are not suspended by any means. The writer (Max
Heindel) has seen for a number of years great subterranean caverns filled with
oil and gas which run in a general direction from Maine across the American
continent in a southwesterly direction, beneath Southern California and far
out into the South Pacific Ocean. Their explosion would make a great gap in
the Earth. At the same time he sees an archetype in the process of
construction which shows the shape the Earth will take at that place when a
cataclysm or series of cataclysms have broken up the present shape of this
continent and the adjoining ocean. Perhaps it is hazardous to set a time
when this remodeling of the Earth will begin, but the archetype or matrix
molded in mind stuff, and representing the creative thought of the Grand
Architect and His builders, seems to nearly complete that judging by the
progress made during the years the writer has watched its construction, it
seems safe to say that by the middle of the present century (1950), if not
before, upheavals will have started. It is not at at all incredible that
they may be one of such magnitude in 1991 that the ancient seeress was
justified in judging it the end of the world. However, perhaps the writer is
premature in judging that the upheavals will start in the middle of the
century. They may be deferred to the end. Only time can decide, but certain
it is that preparations for a great change have been going on forcenturies
and are now nearing completion in the invisible world. Therefore, we may
expect soon to see Mother Shipton's prophecy concerning this matter
fulfilled as the ones mentioned in the beginning of our answer have been. We
append the prophecy so that our readers may judge for themselves:
"Carriages without horses shall go,
And accidents fill the world with woe;
Primrose Hill in London shall be,
And in its center a Bishop's See;
Around the world thoughts shall fly
In the twinkling of an eye;
Water shall great wonders do.
How strange! yet shall be true,
The world upside down shall be,
And gold found at the root of trees;
Through hills man shall ride,
And no horse or ass by his side
Under water men shall walk,
Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk.
In the air men shall be seen,
In white, in black, and in green.
A great man shall come and go!
Iron in water shall float
As easy as wooden boat,
And gold shall be found
In a land that's not now known.
Fire and water shall more wonders do,
England shall at last admit a Jew;
The Jew that was held in scorn
Shall of a Christian be born.
A house of glass shall come to pass
In England, but alas!
War will follow with the work
In the land of the Pagan and Turk,
And State and State in fierce strife
Will seek each other's life.
But when the North shall divide the South,
An eagle shall build in the Lion's mouth.
Taxes for blood and for war
Shall come to every door.
Three times shall lovely France
Be led to play a bloody dance,
Before her people shall be free,
Three tyrant rulers shall she see--
Three rulers in succession see,
Each sprung from different dynasty;
Then shall the worser fight be done,
England and France shall be as one;
The British olive next shall twine
In marriage with the German Vine.
Men shall walk over rivers and under rivers.
All England's sons that plough the land
Shall be seen book in hand;
Learning shall so ebb and flow,
The poor shall most wisdom know.
Waters shall flow where corn doth grow.
Corn shall grow where waters doth flow;
Houses shall appear in the vales below.
And covered by hail and snow.
The world then to an end shall come,
Nineteen hundred and ninety-one."
This article was adapted from "The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions
and Answers, Vol. II," by Max Heindel, published by The Rosicrucian Fellowship.