IX 100 FIRE AT SEA
1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud
Naualle pugne nuit sera superee,
Le feu aux naues à l’Occident ruine:
Rubriche neufue la grand nef coloree,
Ire à vaincu,& victoire en bruine.
By night a naval conflict will obtain,
Fire to ruin the Western naval vessels:
New trick the great ship colours,
Ire to the vanquished, and victory to the drizzle of Greek Fire/the smog of sea battle.
I once caught a stoic old saying “Worse things happen at sea!” being uttered defiantly in the face of some terrestrial setback but I also heard, sotto voce, “none’s worse than fire at sea”. There have been sea battles and ship-to-shore combat since sail and cannon were first conjoined but modern technology allows ships to be struck decisively with precision from both ground and air.
The identifiers of the conflict in question here are ‘naval vessels’ (the adjective Western implies that they are in the East or otherwise out of place) night, fire, trick, colour and ‘bruine’ (which has various OF meanings).
OF ‘coloree/colorer’ has the literal meaning ‘give something a colour’. Or else a person taking-on a colour in a moment of high emotion. Figuratively it often implied favourable adornment, embellishment. In rhetoric, it would mean the orator adds something powerfully persuasive to their speech, giving themselves greater power by means of their chosen presentation. There was also a fully negative use: to disguise or deceive.
Of course, how a thing is coloured can colour our feelings about it. Grey with a pink stripe is said to be chic but a great block of dull plain grey can be both depressing and daunting.
In both French and English someone flying the colour has held the flag up high for their own side to rally round or take inspiration from or to celebrate. A ‘false flag’ or ‘false colour’ would be the deliberate hoisting of an enemy’s flag over one’s own shameful operation to make them seem the dishonourable party.
In modern Fr. ‘colorer’ can mean to colour a thing so as to deceive somebody or to colour-up a pretext for action, as in “colorer les yeux de la société”. (‘Nouvelles Confidences’ by A. De Lamartine).
Simulation? Dissimulation? Either way colours, shades, hues and tones are superficial yet so effective that they may prove foundational to the perception that motivates or justifies a response.
Line 4, OF ‘ire’ mostly meant passionate anger, a deep taking of offence, an inability to escape severely disruptive feelings of pain, sorrow and suffering mingled with anger (including towards one’s own self and side) so congesting the mind and heart. In religious terms it suggested divine justice, wrath, colère de Dieu. (Was ‘coloree’ in Line 3 a printer’s mistake for ‘colère’, i.e. ‘the great ship of wrath’?) OF ‘en’ can mean ‘with respect to’ when placed before a proper noun. I have ventured to interpret OF ‘en’ as ‘to the’ in this present context. OF ‘bruine’ is most frequently taken to mean a light rain or drizzle, mists or sea fog.
A politic sort of token fight can break out between incursive small ships and large patrol boats on territorial marine surveillance with the water cannons being unleashed as a warning to keep away. That spray could well be ‘bruine’ but wouldn’t explain the rest of this quatrain.
As an alternative damp-air condition ‘bruine’ seems used elsewhere by Nostredame to mean Greek Fire, a fierce and sticky chemical mixture employed especially by Constantinople to cripple invading fleets, rather like American Indians would rain down fire-bearing arrows onto covered wagons but with greater liquidity. Or perhaps this is just the lingering smoke of warfare, billowing smoke or smoke machines mixing with moisture-laden air to create a blanket of ‘smoke + fog’ that produces a disorienting ‘sea smog’.
On the other hand there were drier uses of OF ‘bruine’ that included the hurly-burly or din of troubled confrontation or else plain embarassment.
Finally there is some sort of loose link between OF ‘bruine’ and OF ‘rugine’ or ‘rugire’, a rarity that describes a device that could hook into and expand a hole in something (whereas OF ‘rugir’ is the lion’s roar).
My initial wish in maintaining the websites https://nostradamundus.wordpress.com/ and http://nostradamondo.wordpress.com was to void the prophecies in the Nostradamus Quatrains and help delay, if possible, the End Time that he had clearly foreseen. For instance, I would really hate to see the following scenario actually unfold – the global repercussions alone would be unconscionable – so please consider this as a worried warning about warmongering policies and pre-emptive agendas:
Nostradamus Quatrain IX 100 suggests to me that this is, was or will be a calculated win for the disruptors who fire-off their airborne assault by night across the Occidental fleet. If ‘rugine’ had been used instead of ‘bruine’ I would be more sure that it is connected with the current ‘balance’ or ‘stand-off’ between the US fleet in the Persian Gulf and the militarily superior and Russian-built Iranian coastal missile system.
(The Cold War may have collapsed with America leading in all matters of economic quantity but Russia is up there in weapons technology design and quality and the US military is supposedly beholden for parts whilst NASA has been dependent for foundation rocketry. UPDATE MAY 16th 2014: http://rt.com/news/159304-proton-rocket-crashed-kazakhstan/http://rt.com/news/159304-proton-rocket-crashed-kazakhstan/ a surprising white dot may be seen approaching Russia’s satellite-bearing rocket.)
Here’s a description of Iran’s aerial robotic curs in action above sea-level (they might render redundant the traditional concept of a fighting ship) taken from the Article II 62 MABUS BY NAME
The ‘comet that is fast-moving’ accurately describes lurcher-style Cruise missiles that skim, twist and turn round on their prey in a flash to baffle and avoid computerized defences.
If we add to that thought the quite-impossible-to-grasp current construction by Iran of a very large model of the USS nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CV68 of the Nimitz class, probably the largest warship in the world, then we have that unfolding scenario fit for Nostradamus. This mock-up has been public knowledge for some time and current wisdom holds that it will be and could only be just an empty hulk for towing. Oh, really? Well perhaps so if it is for a covering exercise or a practice drill (hopefully Iran will not take its cue from New York’s 9/11, London’s 7/7 or the Boston Marathon Bombing all of which suffered confusion from simultaneous government drills). Maybe it is no more than a giant hoax to confuse overhead satellites?
For a picture from Space see the March 2014 CNN webpage http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/21/why-is-iran-building-giant-mock-up-of-u-s-aircraft-carrier/
(Also see the the section VI 44 A GULF FLEET MELTS in the Article MOST FORTUNATE OF THE FORTUNATE STATES)
Watery tricks are nothing new.A Mongol invasion supply fleet was lured up the tidal Bach Dang River in Vietnam in 1288. A full-scale attack by the Vietnamese was timed for when the water was going down and the retreating Mongols found their ships impaled upon steel-and-bamboo stakes driven in to the river bed for that purpose. The chief was captured, his army destroyed and the Mongol supply line ruined. But this was probably not by night and neither rain nor fire is recorded.
Alternatively, the British sunk a large portion of the French fleet at Mers-el-KébirAlgeria in 1940. Britain was without fighting allies and ‘in dire straits’. The aim was to disable the French ships before the Germans acquired them. There was voluminous smoke for days from the heavy bombardments. The attack started with distant salvos at 4pm on July3rd but ceased before 8.30pm – they were not equipped for a night assault and it likely grew dark quickly – but then went on spasmodically by day until July 8th.
A stern warning-cum-statement of allegiance-cum-pledge to escort the flotilla safely to the Caribbean had gone unheeded by the French. The British launched its attack to disable the ships – a political decision that was to cause the single biggest loss of French lives during the Second World War. Although this naval action took place across the Med these were Western European ships flying colours of two nations basically in accord with one another. The justification was that France had given-in to Hitler and they had betrayed their friends by surrendering without prior consulation. The jury is still out on this, so to speak.
Also in 1940 President Roosevelt had the American fleet sail from West Coast USA to faraway Hawaii with orders to station themselves there. They were attacked by the Japanese Airforce soon after the most modern ships had gone cruise-about. Most everything remaining was destroyed. The word was that the Japanese had pulled a clever trick as it was received wisdom that no plane existed that could make it all the way to Pearl Harbour from Japan yet they had taken cunning advantage of a lofty jet stream to lift them there. Later this was superceded by a suspicion that tricky Roosevelt had set the Navy up to be attacked so as to overcome the American people’s reluctance to enter the second great war, which it did. (This revived rumour, apparently based on revealed Japanese coded messages, was roundly debunked despite fitting very well to the circumstances.)
A ‘false flag’ suspicion surrounds the 1915 submarine sinking of the great and peaceful merchant vessel Lusitania (presumably as a bait for American action in World War One) after Germany had declared the seas of Britain a War Zone. This strong conspiracy theory actually emanated prior to the sinking of the Lusitania and severely rattled the then Captain who would not co-operate with British naval ships seeking to locate Lusitania for duty’s sake. He stepped down from his post despite Lusitania’s large ‘trademark’ funnels having been repainted dark grey to make her less detectable to the submarines of that age (yet her name was left intact on the ship’s prow). His replacement was no less than the Cunard Lines Commodore who announced to his fairly illustrious passengers that the ship was too fast for torpedo attack (but it sailed with one of its four boiler-rooms shutdown for reasons of economy).
The British Admiralty’s signal decoding was considered akin to a State Secret and a surge in U-boat activity aimed at troop transporters was not advised to the military escorts of civilian ships. A German sub, the U-20, logged that it fired one of its three remaining torpedoes at the Lusitania and this was corroborated later despite claims that she was sunk by two torpedoes. International opinion turned against Germany for this sinking and America was on course to enter the First World War.
It seems that this quatrain may be recording several marine manouevers simultaneously – or this is still a future prediction.
International gamesmanship is driven by the evils of money and the perceived national interest plus the age of a country, its corporate manias and the hubris of the players. Money is not real and that’s becoming common knowledge in the West but land, machinery, property and people are real enough and can be bought or even seized under corrupt financial/legal systems. Corporations are becoming acknowledged as real, as if they were people, which is logical madness. Remove the mask of incorporation out of society, please, and reconsider the distorting effect of intellectual property rights. National interests should no longer include lying and cheating because the Internet will find you out so diplomats try and work from your heart with this new truth and governments don’t try to erase the freedom of information inherent to the webconcept or you will be recreating Frankenstein’s Monster.(The inability of practical politicians to do anything other than ape a predecessor – for ‘president’ read ‘precedent’, for ‘political rebore’ read ‘the pieces rearranged like before’ – is looking very inappropriate in this fast-changing age and real power may yet cede to the more innovative technocrats.) Political egomania is the direct result of humanity’s base ones getting to the top of the heap of social prizes because of the upside down social system we have inherited. Ignore the parrots who speak little from the heart and much from their professional wallets and help start a new world by voiding the Nostradamus prophecies the worst of which our ‘great ones’ are even now steering us semi-mindlessly towards.