Standard shipping included to most countries. Thanks to realtruth.org for the following info: Michel De Notredame—or Nostredame—was born in southern France in 1503 to Jewish parents, who later converted to Catholicism. Europe had been undergoing the Renaissance. Here is his description of this strange ritual: “Sitting alone at night in secret study; it [the bowl of water] is placed on the brass tripod. A slight flame comes out of the emptiness...The wand in the hand is placed in the middle of the tripod’s legs. With water he sprinkles both the hem of his garment and his foot [all of this is speaking about himself]. A voice, fear; he trembles in his robes. Divine splendor;the God sits nearby” (The Prophecies of Nostradamus, book I,verses 1-2, emphasis ours). During these sessions, Nostradamus would have visions. After returning to his senses, he would record them. He began including them in hisAlmanacs. The first was published in 1550. These contained predictions for every month of the year. HisAlmanacswere so popular he produced them annually for the rest of his life.