1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Deux reuolts faits du malin falcigere,
De regne & siecles faict permutation,
Le mobil signe à son endroict si ingere
Aux deux egaux & d’inclination.

Two revolutions developed by the malign sickle-bearer,
Interrupting the ordinal ranking of centuries past,
The leading Sign that so swallows a second helping
Is then of equal astral influence over both circuits.

Waging wars or garnering strength from surprising moves – breaking with convention – has a value in competitive advantage much as hybrid vigour comes with a departure from the norm.

Line 1, ‘falcigere’ is directly from Latin ‘falciger’, a sickle-bearer. OF ‘malin’ most probably makes this malignant Mars or death-dealing Saturn, the Malevolent Planets, the ‘two infortunes’ of William Lilley. The OF word ‘faux’, a scythe and the symbol of Saturn, usually used by Michel Nostradame has been avoided. I would say that this means either or both planets.

As Nostredame prophecized in the Preface to Cesar, “even as the planet Mars finishes its time at the end of its last turn so it will take it again” and “according to the celestial signs, Saturn’s reign will make a return”.

Copernicus pointed out that though the planets are travelling in orbital motion, even mobility may become fixed. But here a ‘ruling planet’ sidesteps the orthodoxy and enjoys a second astrological helping, heaven help us all.  In Astronomy the planets undergo continuous movements in repeating cycles that drift a little out of phase with each other as the years go by, like any other machine, but in Astrology the cycle in question here is a revolving circuit of ‘leadership’ or ‘dominance’ whereby one planet takes to the throne over the other six planets in their club of influences and the royal succession is by an accepted sequence based on yearly cycles.

Line 3, OF ‘Le mobil’ in geocentricity was the sphere in the Ninth/Tenth Heaven that included and led all others. Otherwise, that which moves; a rootless mendicant or ‘traveller’, the motion of an object. OF ‘endroict’ is a variation of ‘endroit’, a place or the momentum towards it, the locus or directus. OF ‘si’ has various English translations including ‘if’ and ‘so’. OF ‘ingere’ is from ‘ingerer’ to ingest.

The second couplet might also be translated as;
The ‘traveller’ signifies by ingesting his estate
That two-in-one may be achieved by a natural movement.

In our second couplet’s sub-plot the figurative tramp who devours all he has and so carries his whole ‘estate’ within his person is a signal to us that the two-in-one is achievable. The internal and external can come to meet and opposites contain each other. Even our Sun and Moon eclipses (ingestions?) always occur in alternating pairs, about two weeks apart. Although the modern astrologer sees them as a chance for happy revolution, ancient astrologers feared them as symptomatic of disasters. In May 1453 the Moon, even as it was being darkened by an eclipse, rose over a beseiged city that stands astride Europe andAsia. In the same way that the Sun symbolized Rome to Westerners, the Moon has been the very symbol of Constantinople since it was known as Byzantium (today, Turkish Istanbul). Total failure of the Byzantium Empire – standing for a thousand years – was felt to have been badly signed by this eclipse and it did indeed fall soon after.

Nostredame knew that the two End Time astrological rulers – Mars which he considered detestable and Saturn which he had described as evil – would each hold their own for two terms. How could he foresee something astrologically unthinkable? Well he was an amazing if eccentric prophet, a remote viewer at least, who lived by the motto that

… times are conformed by eternity, revolution holding the case of past, present and future: ‘All things are naked and open’ …   Preface to Cesar

                                                 Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012