Prophecies of Mother Shipton


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Below you can read the complete prophecies of mother Siphon. I especially note you on the last part (named as The following are prophecies on our future). The additional interpretations made by Sean David Morton. I think it also clearly mirror the results of the investigations by Laura...

Dateline: 1559, Yorkshire, England

Ursula Sontheil reputedly was born in 1488 in Norfolk, England. From an early age she exhibited stunning psychic gifts of foresight and prophecy. She was a contemporary of Nostradamus, but, being a woman, was not allowed his level of education and lacked his medical and astrological training and the forbearance of royal friends at court to nurture and protect her. At the ripe old age of 24 she entered a difficult marriage to Toby Shipton.
She correctly predicted the dissolution of the Catholic Church under Henry VIII, the fall of Cardinal Wolsey, the untimely death of Henry's son Edward VI, the horrific reign of "Bloody" Mary I, and the ascent of Queen Elizabeth to the throne of England. Many of her visions came true with shocking and specific clarity within her own lifetime and then in subsequent centuries as she peered down the corridors of Time to view the fate of Earth and all mankind. She became the feared and revered prophet of Tudor England. Her name was spoken in low, hushed whispers, as if the very mention of her name would bring the disasters she spoke of down upon the head of he that spoke them. She eventually became known to serf and lord alike as Mother Siphon.
Like Nostradamus, to capture the public imagination and most likely to also avoid persecution for the crime of witchcraft, she published her prophecies in rhyme and verse. Still, she saved her penultimate work for her later years just before her death. And so in 1559 she published an epic poem for which she would become best known down through the ages. She died in Clifton, Yorkshire, in 1561, five years before Nostradamus.
This rare collection of Mother Shipton's prophecies was published thirty years ago. They were found by a woman who painstakingly transcribed them and managed to smuggle them out of the Mitchell Library, in Sydney, Australia (now the State Library of New South Wales). The originals were kept in a locked room, along with many other volumes of prophetic writings deemed unsuitable for viewing by the general public. In light of recent world events these rare verses from Mother Shipton seem to have prophetic indications for our times, but, of course, are open to interpretation. My brief interpretations and explanations are in { }:

And now a word, in uncouth rhyme of what shall be in future time:

Then upside down the world shall be And gold found at the root of tree All England's sons that plough the land Shall oft be seen with Book in hand The poor shall now great wisdom know Great houses stand in far flung vale All covered o'er with snow and hail.

{The advent of the printing press and the mass distribution of books, a dearly expensive rarity in her day, seemingly to herald an age of knowledge and enlightenment even for the very poor. But this also leads to the mass migration into festering cites, leaving the great houses of the countryside bare and forlorn.}

A carriage without horse will go, Disaster fill the world with woe. In London, Primrose Hill shall be In center hold a bishops sea.

{Motorcars and trains and their accidents, and the formation of the Church of England by Henry VIII as its sole head.}

Around the world men's thoughts will fly, Quick as the twinkling of an eye. And water shall great wonders do, How strange, and yet it shall come true.

{Telephone, radio, television and the internet. The building of massive dams and the harnessing of waterfalls, like Niagara, for hydroelectric power which then lights the world.}

Through towering hills proud men shall ride, No horse or ass move by his side. Beneath the water, men shall walk, Shall ride, shall sleep, shall even talk.

{Cities with canyons made of skyscrapers. Submarines, the aqua-lung and SCUBA gear allowing man to work and even live beneath the sea. Aquatic cities in our future, maybe.}

And in the air men shall be seen, In white and black and even green. A great man, shall come and go For prophecy declares it so.

{Modern aircraft. There have been many great men since Mother Shipton's time. But she points to a great prophet that may be yet to come.}

In water, iron then shall float As easy as a wooden boat. Gold shall be seen in stream and stone, In land that is yet unknown.

{Ships made of iron and steel and probably a description of America and its wealth. Certainly an accurate description of California in the Gold Rush days.}

And England shall admit a Jew, Do you think this strange? But it is true! The Jew that once was led in scorn, Shall of a Christian then be born.

{Help in creation of Israel in 1948 by the British and the United Nations.}

A house of glass shall come to pass, In England. But alas, alas!
A war will follow with the work Where dwells the pagan and the Turk.

{Describes the building of a gigantic glass atrium in London called The Crystal Palace for The Great Exhibition of 1851. It was a huge iron Goliath with a million feet of glass housing over 13,000 exhibits. It was destroyed by fire November 30, 1936. The rest could describe any number of British wars or adventures in the Mid and Far East after that, and the massive expansion of the British Empire under German Queen Victoria Hapsburg. The Afghan, Indian and Boer wars.}

These states will lock in fiercest strife, And seek to take each other's life. When north shall thus divide the south An eagle build in lion's mouth Then tax and blood and cruel war Shall come to every humble door.

{Probably describes a war between the Northern & Southern countries as above, describing joint US (Eagle) and British (Lion) forces. It could also allude to the American Civil War.}

Three times shall lovely sunny France Be led to play a bloody dance. Before the people shall be free Three tyrant rulers shall she see.

{The different French Republics. The French Revolution under Robespierre, however Napoleon had two successors, Napoleon II and III.}

Three rulers in succession be Each springs from different dynasty. Then when the fiercest strife is done.

England and France shall be as one.

{World War II - England & France as allies}

The British olive shall next then twine, In marriage with a German vine. Men walk beneath and over streams Fulfilled shall be their wondrous dreams.

{Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were German Hapsburgs, who later changed their name to Windsor, supplanting the rightful heirs of the House of Stewart. Post Second World War scenario}

For in those wondrous far off days, The women shall adopt a craze To dress like men, and trousers wear And to cut off all their locks of hair. They'll ride astride with brazen brow, As witches do on broomsticks now.

{Craze in women to dress like men, wearing trousers and cutting their hair, adopting various hairstyles and riding horses, and bikes straddle instead of side-saddle (Nice description J )}

And roaring monsters with men atop, Does seem to eat the verdant crop. And men shall fly as birds do now, And give away the horse and plow.

{Crop harvesting machines & tractors, and the mass exodus from farms into cities}

They'll be a sign for all to see Be sure that it will certain be.

Then love shall die and marriage cease And nations wane as babes decrease.

{Failure of marriages and divorce. Decrease in population (in Europe) and wholesale abortion in America. Could be a future time when birth rates plummet due to radiation, earth changes or volcanic ash.}

And wives shall fondle cats and dogs And men live much the same as hogs.
{Sounds like a very female point of view here!}

Mother Shipton's next prophecies continue on the outer wrappings of the scrolls.

I know I go, I know I'm free, I know that this will come to be, Secreted this, for this will be Found by later dynasty.

{Describes how her prophecies written on scrolls will be discovered at a later date after her death.}

A dairy maid, a bonnie lass, Shall kick this tome as she does pass And five generations she shall breed Before one male child does learn to read.

{For five generations these scrolls will be held by a family of a girl and then the fifth generation male child will learn to read and understand them.}

This is then held year by year, Till an iron monster trembling fear, Eats parchment, words and quill and ink, And mankind is given time to think.

{Nice description of a printing press, which "eats" papers, "words" and ink. With the burden of manual copying of books removed, this brings about a new age of learning and enlightenment when man can devote more time to thinking.}

And only when this comes to be Will mankind read this prophecy. But one man sweets another's bain So I shall not have burned in vain.

{After the invention of the printing press her prophecies will be printed and man will read this.}

Mother Shipton's next set of prophecies are found on a scroll in another jar.

The signs will be there for all to read;
When man shall do most heinous deed Man will ruin kinder lives;
By taking them as to their wives.
And murder foul and brutal deed:
When man will only think of greed.
And man shall walk as if asleep;
He does not look - he may not peep And iron men the tail shall do;
And iron cart and carriage too.

{The greed of modern man}

The king shall false promise make;
And talk just for talking's sake.
And nations plan horrific war;
The like as never seen before.
And taxes rise and lively down;
And nations wear perpetual frown.

{False promises by politicians, wars between nations, increase in taxes and perpetual tension among nations.}

Yet greater sign there be to see;
As man nears latter century.
Three sleeping mountains gather breath, And spew out mud, ice and death. An earthquake swallow town and town;
In lands as yet to me unknown. And Christian one fights Christian two And nations sigh, yet nothing do. And yellow men great power gain;
From a mighty bear with whom they've lain.

{Volcanoes, earthquakes (in unknown land - America?) destroying town after town, fighting between nations. Speaks of a Chinese (yellow) - Russian (bear) alliance against the west. Most of China's current weapons have come in deals with Russia.}

These mighty tyrants will fail to do, They fail to split the world in two. But from their acts a danger bred;
An ague, leaving many dead.

{Failure of this Russian/Chinese alliance, indication of war leaving many dead. The word "Ague" means flu plague or epidemic of disease.}

And physics find no remedy;
For this is worse than leprosy.
Oh many signs for all to see;
The truth of this true prophecy.

{No remedy in science for this coming plague.}

Mother Shipton's last prophecy:

In nineteen hundred and twenty-six Build houses light of straw and sticks. For then shall mighty wars be planned And fire and swords shall sweep the land.

{Mistimed prophecy for World War I or WWII? Of course she may still be correct, as this is the period of time in which the NEXT great war is being PLANNED. In this same approximate time-frame, Hitler and Rudolph Hess are in jail together writing MEIN KAMPF.}

When pictures seem alive with movements free, When boats like fishes swim beneath the sea. When men like birds shall scour the sky. Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.

{Television ! Submarines, aircraft and then death through War.}

The following are prophecies on our future:

For those who live the century through In fear and trembling this shall do. Flee to the mountains and the dens To bog and forest and wild fens.

{After the 20th century is over, people will live in fear and flee to mountains, dens & forests for refuge.}

For storms will rage and oceans roar When Gabriel stands on sea and shore, And as he blows his wondrous horn Old worlds die and new be born.

{The Last Trumpet. The Biblical Revelation. The destruction of this civilization and creation of a new one - the so called "End Of The World".}

A fiery dragon will cross the sky Six times before the earth shall die. Mankind will tremble and frightened be For the six heralds in this prophecy.

{Appearance of a series of six comets and a probable collision with earth as indicated in the Bible and by Nostradamus. In the last 20 years alone we have seen at least four spectacular comets or "fiery dragons": Halley's, Kahoutek (a bit of a dud), Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp. But it appears here that she is referring to a SINGLE OBJECT that grazes the atmosphere before a collision, like the near asteroid miss we had last week, looping around us six times over seven days before a collision with Earth.}

For seven days and seven nights Man will watch this awesome sight. The tides will rise beyond their ken. To bite away the shores and then The mountains will begin to roar And earthquakes split the plain to shore.

{After asteroid hits in the oceans, huge tidal waves will strike followed by awakening of volcanoes and earthquakes.}

And flooding waters rushing in, Will flood the lands with such a din That mankind cowers in muddy fen And snarls about his fellow men.

{Tidal waves and wars continue.}

He bares his teeth and fights and kills And secrets food in secret hills And ugly in his fear, he lies To kill marauders, thieves and spies.

{Continuation of wars in spite of disasters. The storing up of secret food supplies in underground bases.}

Man flees in terror from the floods And kills, and rapes and lies in blood And spilling blood by mankind's hand Will stain and bitter many lands.

{Continuation of the World War}

And when the dragon's tail is gone Man forgets and smiles and carries on. To apply himself - too late, too late For mankind has earned deserved fate.

{War and natural disasters will abate for a brief period of time after the dragon's tail of a comet or asteroid disappears from the heavens. Peace will seemingly return but man's fate is already sealed.}

His masked smile, his false grandeur, Will serve the gods their anger stir And they will send the dragon back To light the sky—his tail will crack. Upon the earth and rend the earth And man shall flee, king, lord and serf.

{When peace has returned and man is complacent, suddenly an even greater disaster happens.

But slowly they are routed out To seek diminishing water spout And men will die of thirst before The oceans rise to mount to the shore. And lands will crack and rend anew Do you think it strange? It will come true!

{More earthquakes, floods and death.}

And in some far—off distant land Some men—Oh, such a tiny band Will have to leave their solid mount And span the earth, those few to count.

{Survivors coming out from their hiding places underground - the Biblical phrase "dead will come out of their graves."}

Who survives this (unreadable) and then Begin the human race again.
But not on land already there, But on ocean beds, stark, dry and bare.

{Survivors start a new civilization, not on lands which are poisoned due to war and nuclear radiation but on lands rising out of the sea after the Great Tribulation.}

Not every soul on earth will die, As the dragon's tail goes sweeping by, Not every land on earth will sink, But these will wallow in stench and stink, Of rotting bodies of beast and man, Of vegetation crisped on land.

{The existing lands will be littered with bodies of humans, animals and burned vegetation, although all humans will not die during the "Judgement Day".}

But the land that rises from the sea Will be dry and clean and soft and free. Of mankind's dirt and therefore be, The source of man's new dynasty. And those that live will ever fear The dragon's tail for many year But time erases memory You think it strange? But it will be!

{Land rising from the sea will be clean and free of all these and this is where the new civilizations will be started. Slowly the memory of the disasters will fade away as time passes and fear will subside.}

And before the race is built anew, A silver serpent comes to view And spew out men of like unknown. To mingle with the earth now grown Cold from its heat and these men can Enlighten the minds of future man. To intermingle and show them how To live and love and thus endow The children with the second sight A natural thing so that they might Grow graceful, humble and when they do The Golden Age will start anew.

{The arrival of extraterrestrials in their space ships who will enlighten the men starting the new civilization. Children will be gifted with special (mental) powers which becomes a naturally occurring phenomenon. Then The Golden Age of man will begin again.}

The dragon's tail is but a sign For mankind's fall and man's decline. And before this prophecy is done I shall be burned at the stake, at One. My body singed and my soul set free.
You think I utter blasphemy? You're wrong! These things have come to me THIS PROPHECY WILL COME TO BE!

{Asserts that this prophecy will come true even though people might think of her prophecy as blasphemy.}

ADMIN NOTE: Changed spelling in subject field from "Siphon" to "Shipton"


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...and if some of you interested in examples about that where will be safe palces in the time of the catastrophe that prophecied by Mother Siphon I can give you two links as an example:



... not to mention the rumored super-constuctions under the earth of the USA (in the Appalache mountains region)


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Nice article, Athanasius.

I remember my grandmother telling me about Mother Shipton (not Siphon) when I was young, and I'm a grandmother myself now. This is her fame; that she became a folk legend, with people still remembering her in the second half of the 20th century. What an obituary!


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For storms will rage and oceans roar When Gabriel stands on sea and shore, And as he blows his wondrous horn Old worlds die and new be born.
Hmm Gabriel could be an "angel", or it could be the hurricane Gabrielle which is due in 2013.


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And what occurred to me was that the 'ague, leaving many dead' could be radiation burns.


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Well, "ague" is an old-timey word for flu. So, if you think about bio-weapons, this makes sense:

But from their acts a danger bred;
An ague, leaving many dead.


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The "silver serpent" looks like new-age prophecies. But usually "serpent" means for "deceiver", In popular langage at least (in the Jungle Book, the serpent Kaa does hypnosis). Does the silver serpent refer to "deceiving grays"? (with psychic abilities I would add?)


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Compare some finishing sentences from the Hopi Prophecies (see below the link to it) with the final part of the Prohecy of Mother Shipton:



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Hi Athanasius,

Be cautious when reading...let alone taking seriously...anything purported to be from a Hopi or Native American prophecy, especially from an alleged "Native American" named Robert Ghostwolf. If you do an internet research regarding Ghostwolf, you will find that he may not be what he claims to be. His real name is Robert Franzone. He also has used the names Robert Parry, Robert Wolf, and Robert Wolfe. According to some reports, he has government connections. Type in "Robert Ghostwolf...scams" on any search engine.

Having worked with a respected Hopi elder whose name pops up in news articles advising against the destructive Indian casino industry, a conversation came up regarding the proliferation of fake Hopi knowledge imparted to the world via equally fake Hopi wise men. The elder commented to me that it had become fashionable to co-opt and misrepresent the Hopi religion to justify certain ideas and/or make a fast buck. Because of his status as a Hopi cultural preservationist, he had been contacted many times to verify this or that "belief system." The Hopi Nation's web page has a warning and disclaimer about such bogus teachings. Aside from a few cultural activities they present to the public, most Hopi higher teachings are reserved strictly for those mature Hopi who have passed certain tests and, as a rule, do not share them with outsiders.

Sure, there were prophecies and spiritual teachings told to scholars years ago documenting Southwest Indian traditions before the New Age explosion. The legendary return before the end of the age of the Hopi "Hasoqata ", or soul-stealing gambler spirit "Noquoilpi" to the Navajo, is included in anthropological literature; along with a Hopi prophecy of "cobwebs appearing in the sky, and the return to the underground of their people before the fire consumes the earth aboveground." Unfortunately, a lot of major embellishments (and out right falsehoods) have been added to the mix by over enthusiastic New Agers, Cointelpro types, and just plain con-artists/grifters.

The Ojibwa tribe to which my late father once belonged to has the same problem with bogus New Age ancient Indian practices, although not on the same scale as the Hopi have. Even members of the Ojibwa or other Native American tribes can be fooled into believing falsehoods and gain an unhealthy sense of their "superior spiritual self-importance" if they're not aware. And who's to say that corruption and loss of ancient knowledge hasn't occurred even to those Native Americans elders and shamans whose job it is to preserve the traditions?


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Athanasus said:
This rare collection of Mother Shipton's prophecies was published thirty years ago. They were found by a woman who painstakingly transcribed them and managed to smuggle them out of the Mitchell Library, in Sydney, Australia (now the State Library of New South Wales). The originals were kept in a locked room, along with many other volumes of prophetic writings deemed unsuitable for viewing by the general public.
These prophecies are based solely on something published 30 years ago? What was the name of this woman who painstakingly transcribed them? How did they get to Australia?

I found the following website, which casts a lot of doubt these prophecies were ever penned by Shipton, and that a stuff has been made up over the last several hundred years.

Notice the date in the following prophecy (dated 1862) and at the end proclaming the world will end in "eighteen hundred and eighty one". (I quite like the way that that date rolls of the tongue, especially if you say it in an olde yorkshire accent by replacing the word 'one' by 'wun'.)

It's funny how when prophecies don't pan out on the specific date, another previously unknown prothecy is miraculously discovered with a newer end time date, puported to be by the same prophet, and always talking about contempary or cutting edge technology, and seemingly always bound up with end times beliefs existing at the time of the 'find', such as rising sea levels and aliens landing.


The Result of a Critical Examination of the Extant Literature Relating to the Yorkshire Sibyl.
by William H. Harrison

Mother Shipton (1488-1561) is a traditional English character with a reputation as a prophet. Among the most startling predictions attributed to her is a short poem which predicts that:

"Carriages without horses shall go,
And accidents fill the world with woe.
Around the world thoughts shall fly
In the twinkling of an eye.
The world upside down shall be
And gold be found at the root of a tree.
Through hills man shall ride,
And no horse be at his side.
Under water men shall walk,
Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk.
In the air men shall be seen,
In white, in black, in green;
Iron in the water shall float,
As easily as a wooden boat.
Gold shall be found and shown
In a land that's now not known.
Fire and water shall wonders do,
England shall at last admit a foe.
The world to an end shall come,
In eighteen hundred and eighty one."

Alas, this is a forgery written in 1862. In the 20th century an expanded version of this was circulated (revised to exclude the 1881 apocalypse, and include world wars I and II). Today, variations of this are uncritically posted at various websites, just as bogus Nostradamus prophecies circulated in the wake of the events of 9/11/2001.

This essay about Mother Shipton was written in the year 1881; it gives the text of the earliest Mother Shipton prophecies, which primarily concern events from the reign of Henry the Eighth. As it turns out, these were also spawned after the fact, penned by a notorious plagarist. The three earliest texts mention nothing about horseless carriages, submarines, the telegraph, iron boats, let alone predict the year the world will end.

So if there is any kernel of truth to the Mother Shipton legend, it can't be determined from any verifiable documentation. Mother Shipton belongs in the same category as Robin Hood or King Arthur: a legendary figure, possibly based on a real person, whose narrative has been enhanced by time and retelling.

John Bruno Hare, April 8th, 2004.
The website then goes on with six chapters describing his research.
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