Nostradamus was born into a rich Jewish / Catholic family in St. Remi, France on December 14, 1503. Many people suspect that he continued to practice Catholicism throughout his life, however he was fascinated with his Jewish heritage and even learned Hebrew.
In 1555, at the age of 52, he wrote his first collection of prophecies. These are what Nostradamus was most famous for. The Complete Book of Nostradamus is located at the Nostradamus Mabus Project.
The Book of Nostradamus is organized with a very simple layout.
Each of the 10 centuries (or chapters) contain 100 prophetic quatrains (a 4 line poem that is also a prediction), except for Century VII, which has 42 quatrains, for a total of 942 prophecies.
Stepping back however Nostradamus was not only a prophet, he was a medical doctor at the most urgent of times.
Nostradamus received his Medical degree from the Mont Pellier School of Medicine. During the black plague of Europe. His unconventional approach to treatment was almost unheard of at the time, however now it would be common practice. To wash and clean yourself to keep the germs away. At the time doctors used to "bleed" the sick to release the germs. Though he was known as very good doctor, he was unable to save his children and his wife from the plague.
Nostradamus was also an excellent businessman. The sales of his book were substantial, even at a time when most people could not read.
He was also a poet, something that most people overlook. The Centuries, (The Book of Nostradamus) is written in a very interesting way. It's not a clear cut writing, but rather it's a cryptic jumble of French and Latin as well as references to areas using their biblical or even pre-biblical names.
No one currently walking the earth has ever met Nostradamus, so there is no possible way they could really know 100% what those quatrains actually mean. It's all our best try however to publish the book online, and use our collective intelligence to figure them out.
There are thousands upon thousands of rumors surrounding Nostradamus. If you have a question regarding it, I would suggest you post a message here regarding it. The chances are it would be answered in a matter of hours.
The Nostradamus Mabus Project does not try to interpret the quatrains. Though our members (and even the founder sure do try).
The official stance of the Nostradamus Mabus Project is that there are no experts.
If you read the book of Nostradamus, The same book that the Nostradamus Mabus Project has posted online for free and use historical references to try to figure out what they mean, you instantly become a "Nostradamus Expert".
The Nostradamus Mabus Project has also included a forum where everyone can discuss what they understand from the quatrains. In actuality, it's the closest you will ever get to fully understanding what he wrote since it is filled with people that have read the book and many consider them very well versed in the Book of Nostradamus.
I hope you have found this helpful.
Questions? Just post a message in the forum.