1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Le parc enclin grande calamité
Par l’Hesperie et Insubre fera/sera.
Le feu en nef peste et captiuité
Mercure en l’Arc Saturne fenera OR senera (OR s’en era).

Translation (Lines 1 and 2 are combined):

The sloping enclosure, great calamity will be done through Hesperia and Insubria.
OR The place of stop-over will be inclined towards great calamity to the West and to the East.
OR Great calamity will come to the dispirited region from the Lands to the West through to Lombardy.
OR The great park will be made prone to the calamitous by West and East lands.

(The above suggestions are as interchangeable-extendable as you wish)

Fire, in the hull of the ship OR in the nave of the church, pestilence and captivity

Mercury in Sagittarius, Saturn reduces/reaps/enchants/completes its term/brings its usual influence to bear.

Line 1, OF ‘enclin/anclin’ represents the idea of inclination. Properly, it means not only inclined but also enclosed and can suggests either a tilted or a closed-off landscape. OF ‘parc’ so equates to OF ‘lice’ as in ‘la lice en champs close’, the tourney lists upon closed-off grounds.

Or else to bow by inclining one part of the body. Or to meet with a physical reversal, a sad slaughter

‘‘le chef enclin pour souffrir la mort’’, the prone chief to suffer death (Bouchard, 1532)

Figuratively it meant prone to happen or else sad and morally spent, dispirited. It seems quite close to ‘enclinar’, to reverse, or even ‘enclaustrar’ meaning to be placed in a convent, to encloister. (The English ‘enclin’ was an encyclical letter sent to bishops by the Pope.)

OF ‘parc/parcq’ (parricus/park) was a pound or animal pens or some other enclosed space, even a reserve or closed range or great gardens or a fenced woodland. The word can suggest that a location is closed-off, say, for playing bowls including temporarily or provisionally such as for a fortified encampment or the field for jousting or duelling. It was also a defined area in front of a scaffold. As ‘parquet’ it suggests a court or deck whereas ‘parcer’ means to abstain or refrain from and ‘parçon/parsó’ was legalese and meant a common possession whilst ‘parçonièr’ follows on from this to mean a co-proprietor or co-seigneur.

(Similar English words are ‘park’, a purposefully enclosed space, ‘parclose’, an interior church rail and ‘paracme’, the period after reaching the acme or zenith.)

Line 2, OF ‘Insubre’ is Insubria, a geographical region once inhabited by the Insubres. The name would refer suitably to the historical Duchy of Milan. Over the Fourteenth to Nineteenth Centuries it named the defined region stretching between the River Adda in the East to the River Sesia in the West, from the San Gottardo Pass in the North to the River Po in the South – Milan and all its surrounds.

OF ‘l’Hesperie’ could be as wide as ‘the West’ – possibly the British Isles but most probably the Americas – or as narrow as Spain-Portugal. It is probably Spain and Italy (unless written from the point of view of Roman Constantinople in which case ‘Hesperia and Insubria’ would suggest Italy).

‘Hesperies’ is the plural of the feminine case for ‘Hesperus’ which meant ‘of the evening’ or ‘of the West’. In Nostredame’s time to exclude the final ’s’ did not make the decisive difference in OF that it did in other languages such as English and he could have used ‘Hesperie’ either for ‘the Western land’ or as an inclusive group noun for ‘the West’.


OF ‘fera’ or OF ‘sera’? Well, we have a recurrent print problem to contend with as ‘f’ and ‘s’ are indifferent in the antique type used for early editions of the Centuries.

OF ‘fera’. There were innumerable local word meanings attaching to OF ‘faire’ especially causal phrases such as ‘shall make happen’ or ‘will act so that’. There is also a strong sense of transforming what is, or making real what has previously existed only in potential, so as to give something a new condition or status. But if this were derived instead from OF ‘ferrer’ it would imply ironware and could mean to pierce or strike with weapons. OF ‘sera’ is of course ‘will be’.

Line 3: see the Nostradamus Quatrain IX 100 FIRE AT SEA

Line 4: Sagittarius is a mature mutable Fire Sign given to some adventurous following, like a good soldier, and appears here with the artful dodger Mercury in detriment (opposite of in domicile) which may suggest exaggerated talk and expansive reactions.

Mercury in Sagittarius and Saturn ‘withering’ is an astrological position that apparently occurs next on November 25th 2015 and then on November 23rd 2016 returning again on December 7th 2044, so we are informed. Could the upcoming period 2015/16 be one of highly disturbing events erupting in Italy, France and Spain or further West?

Again we have the recurrent print problem to contend with as ‘f’ and ‘s ‘ are indifferent in the antique type used for early editions of the Centuries. OF ‘fera’ or OF ‘sera’?
OF ‘fenera’, OF ‘senera’ or a mistaken OF ‘s’en era’?

OF ‘fenera/fener’ is to enchant, bewitch or put the mind under a spell. But the symbol of Saturn is a scythe for reaping and the OF for hay is ‘le foin’ (L.‘faenum fenum’) whilst OF ‘faner’ meant to make hay generally and particularly to spread the dried withered grass. It could even be analogous with meanings like ‘the comet dessicates’ or ‘Saturn reduces’). OF ‘fener’ was the means of collecting the hay. (More specific than OF ‘finir’, to finish, OF ‘finer’ was to complete a fixed term but usually this was a debt repayment schedule).

OF ‘senera/saner’ is to recover integrity or restore the nature of something, healing the mind or the body or sanitizing a wound.

My rather wild suggestion of OF ‘s’en’ with OF ‘era’ could be a pairing like ‘gets to happen’ or ‘happens to get’ although the same thing again – being whatever we should expect to transpire under Saturn – would fit as well.

OF ‘era’ translated alone would mean instantly, without delay. Figuratively it meant ‘acting’. Saturn’s influence acts immediately? I’m not sure whether all astrologers plot in terms of dramatic game-changes but I know that they often deny the popular Sun Sign concept “on the cusp”. The secondary meaning of OF ‘era’ would mean to err from the truth or deviate from the standard or to malfunction (although ‘tough uncle’ Saturn is most known for the opposite cases).

‘Le parc enclin’ is pretty idiomatic and could mean anything from a promontory to a long wave to the relatively gentle curving of the Earth to the tilted astrological plane assumed for planetary orbits to those hillsides and sloping plains of some national park.

Yellowstone Park In the USA has been considered ominous for some time now and more or less permanently threatens a huge swathe of American land. Many commentators also fear the exent of damage that could result from activity along the USA’s Madrid Fault which touches Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. “We are seeing increased earthquake activity in the central US. That is an area we are focusing on even more … a few weeks ago, we participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” the Senior Director of Emergency Management at Walmart Stores Inc. said recently.

Sloping battlefields of great historical interest are virtually two-a-penny (picked for purpose) as are the sloping lawns of super-sanitized cemeteries fit for heroes. Same with public and private parks. Paris has three, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Parc de Belleville and the Jardins du Trocadéro.

The Trocadero gardens were created on the slope between the Palais de Chaillot and the River Seine subsequent to the 1937 World Exhibition which occupies a timespace between the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent World War with the Axis for which Spain had been a trial run.
Nostradame’s France is addressed geophysically by the Article NOSTRADAMUS GEOGRAPHY and with nearby Italy by the Article POVERA ITALIA! MAGGIO 2012 whilst Lusitania in Iberia features in the Article IX 60 A BARBAR WAR. Here is an excerpt:

“There was a four-sided patch of pre-Celtic Iberia called Lusitania. It is possible that ‘la Cornere noire’ was Lusitania, originally an Indo-European region forming the Hispania Ulterior section of the old Roman Republic and thought especially brutal by their troops. It covered most of Portugal and bits of Spain. It became the Roman Empire’s Province of Lusitania or Extreme West.”

As it happens the Lusitania was the name of a passenger ship torpedoed under suspicious circumstances that drew the USA into World War I. (See Line 3 above, the Nostradamus Quatrain IX 100 FIRE AT SEA)

Finally, the Vatican houses an entire State. Again this is not a perfect fit to the idiomatic ‘parc enclin’ but Vatican Hill is close enough to give pause for thought. Although the Vatican curators may prefer to link their name to vaticinations (prophecies) the Mons Vaticanus is a slightly indiscrete reference to the Mound of Vatica belonging to a pagan godess of death. (This seems masked over by the many attributions to Cybele, a goddess whose son Attis was crucified.) Caligula placed an obelisk on it, somewhat unnaturally I would imagine, which Nero turned his inhuman Circus around. It was an old Roman cemetery aligned with Capitol Hill and the St Peter’s Basilica was built over that. (The much-loved St. Peter’s Square is in the same shape as the Krishnan Shiva Linga, by the way.) Some texts, however, place Vaticanus Mons as the Janiculum, a fairly even field of Rome leading down to the Tiber that was home to the dead, dying or destitute.

If this is a future prophecy as yet unfulfilled then we appear to be facing ‘fire in a ship’ (a deathtrap) involving a plague of some sort and its subsequent quarantines. Maybe a petrifying pandemic launched from a ship of the line or some other defined space, with concurrent catastrophes in the Americas/Iberia and Italy it seems, starting someday soon? We should will it is not so.

Nigel Raymond Offord © 2014