Unnumbered Quatrain from Nostradame’s 1557 Annual plus Quatrain IV 68

Unnumbered Quatrain from Nostradame’s 1557 Annual plus Quatrain IV 68: 

1557 Ianuier.

L’indigne orné craindra la grand fornaise.
L’esleu premier, des captifs n’en retourne,
Grand bas du monde, L’Itale non a’ l’aise.
Bar. Hister, Malte, Et le Buy ne retourne.

The decorated unworthies
(of Italian fascism and Nazi miltary occupation)

will fear the great furnace
(Vesuvius ominously erupting 1944)

The chief elected, those deprived of liberty not coming back:
(Hitler was first elected to power but then cancelled democratic elections: many of the fascist state’s captives, many many millions of their own citizens, were sent to concentration camps never to return.)

The great not high in the world, Italy not at ease.
(In the West we boast of ‘the great and the good’ to describe our National Executive and Officers of State but the ancients in the East had a moral dimension: they too said that the great and the good are the same but they meant that whoever is not good is not great.)

Bar.Hister,Malta, ‘Et le Buy’ ne retourne/not returning.

Line 4 as a stand-alone, OF ‘Bar.’ could be a fish or else it’s an imported word as in the bars of a prison. ‘Hister’ is a section of the Danube river but we may also find this transcribed as ‘Barb.Ister’ which could then mean barbarique or barbarian (or facial hair) on the Ister or Hister (or Hitler).

Malte is the island of Malta– ever a magnet to empire builders and a staging post for Italian-occupied Libya– proved pivotal in the Second World War. There was a major air and sea siege of Malta conducted by Germany and Italy with heavy losses, 1940-1942.

‘Buy’ is English for ‘achat’ whilst ‘et le achat’ is an anagram of  ‘à  châtelet’, to a gatehouse, small prison or siege fort. In 1945 Hitler was finally driven back by the Soviet advance on Berlin into a fortified bunker, presumed to be the scene of his last violent act.

Line 4 does nothing to sustain the syllabic rhythm of the quatrain unless Nostredame – who seems to have rendered his quatrains phonetically – had presumed that his readers would drop the final sound of any imported name.

Alternatively, this could be the Winter of 2011’s earthquake-tsunami-meltdown in East Japan that plunged the country into its greatest crisis since Nagasaki-Hiroshima brought WWII to an end. It drew severe criticism upon parts of the wealthy nuclear industry and their damaged and damaging nuclear establishments. (The TEPCO president resigned.) The Eastern Japanese state of Itate felt especially threatened as a result.

OF ‘eslu’ is an adjective that fits to ‘whosoever is chosen’. It is often remarked that natural disasters seem almost wilfully selective, destroying a man yet leaving his companion unharmed or leaving one house untouched in the middle of a flattened neighbourhood. The earthquake reduced some rooftop skylines to ground level. The tsunami smashed or snatched thousands who were never to be seen again.

Line 4 “Bar. Ister, Malte, Et le Buy ne retourne” is where my Twenty-First Century interpretation falters as it seems to lack a connection with Japan’s (and the world’s) greatest nuclear disaster. Unless the capital B is for Bastiment, the capital I is for Isolé (or else H for Hiver) M is for Masse, E is for Énergie and B is for Bäater (to turn to left and to right or run around in circles, losing time).


Some other ‘Hister’ and ‘Malte’ references by Nostredame include part of a quatrain from the 1557 periodical, Line 3:

‘A Sardinian up for it, Malta, Palermo, Corsica’

(Palermo is in Sicily. Corsica was liberated by resistance fighters in 1943 and subsequently housed 17 US airfields)

and one from Michel Nostredame’s 1558 periodical of presage which reads

‘Rain, wind, forces, Barbarossa Hister, the Tyrrhenian Sea’

All these locations are to the West of mainland Italy (although Operation Codename Barbarossa was Hitler’s advance on Greece and Turkey).

Nostradamus Quatrain IV 68

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

En l’an bien proche non esloigné de Venus,
Les deux plus grans de l’asie & d’Affrique
Du Ryn & hister qu’on dira sont venus,
Crys, pleurs à Malte & costé ligustique.

Line 1, OF ‘an bien’ seems to be a metonym for ‘year’ as in ‘a good one’. However, the old Occitan ‘ans’ or ‘anz’ could also mean ‘before’. OF ‘esloigné’ appears frequently in Michel’s astrological quatrains. The usual meaning is to be parted far away from, located at some distance from, in the sense that a physical distance separates two persons or objects. But to me ‘esloigné’, which shortens to ‘eligné’ by the normal French spelling compressions, looks very like a variant of ‘alignés’ or aligned. Astronomy also uses elongation (‘élongation’) to mean when a co-linear planet, say Venus, is at a tangent to the Earth and its degree is held to be the angle between it and the Sun which in turn gives us its ‘great eastern’ elongation after sunset but ‘great western’ elongation before sunrise .

Line 4 ‘costé’ reduces to ‘côté’ which is not ‘côte’ or coast but something very close to that word. It can mean either kinship or partisanship in the same camp or otherwise it’s the idea of space management on either side of a line.

This reminds me of ancient Chinese culture many thousands of years ago where one of the first big intellectual ideas was the significance of the straight line, drawn to represent their world. Next came discourse on what should be located above or below this horizon. Fine thoughts.

Line 4, OF ‘costé ligustique’ is not ‘proper’ but we can see well enough that it refers to the Ligurian coastline or seas and islands West of Italy.

Line 3 refers to “Ryn & hister”, presumably Rhineland or the Rhine and the hister or ister (or Hitler) and “Maltaand the Ligurian coast” or seaward to the West of Italy.

This Nostradamus Quatrain IV 68 reads very much like Roman imperial manouevres. On the other hand, the Allies incursions on Italy from the South in World War II was a very striking piece of warfare that needed Malta to stay unoccupied by the Axis and this cost its inhabitants so dearly that all civilians received Britain’s George Cross medal for personal bravery.

Well before (the Sun, Earth, a planet) not very far from Venus,
In the good year near to the one (that some heavenly bodies are) aligned with Venus,
The two most elevated of Asia andAfrica
Via the ‘Ryn’ and ‘hister’ people shall say they came,
Cries, tears at Malta and off the Ligurian coast.

Well before (the Sun, Earth, a planet) not very far from Venus

Both Mercury and Venus are co-linear with the Earth and Venus is never very far from the Sun, so could ‘an bien’ in Line 1 be a reference to the Sun or even to ‘before the Sun’? (Venus transits the face of the Sun in June 2012.)

In the good year near to the one (that some heavenly bodies are) aligned with Venus

Among the Solar System’s dwarfs like former-planet Pluto and the asteroids of Astronomy’s Oort Cloud/Kuiper Belt is one called Orcus that astrologer Nick Anthony Fiorenza has studied. (Others have concentrated more upon Eris, and Sedna not to mention the major asteroid Ceres or the important Centaur Chiron.) They are ‘trans-Neptunian’. A recent increase in technological powers generally has enabled this level of study: these, like the mightierNeptune, should have been unknown to Michel de Nostredame. Popular astrologer Jonathon Cainer maintains that their influence starts from when they are discovered – no retrospective horoscopy allowed.

(See the Nostradamus Quatrain  IV 28 and IV 33 NEPTUNE VEILED, ABBOTTABAD, 2nd MAY 2011’)

The relevance here is that Nick Fiorenza has applied synodic Astrology to reveal that a Saturn-Orcus 32-year synodic cycle renews just days after the short Earth-Venus synodic cycle so that they will ‘synchronize’ in their heliocentric opposition.


He fixed the last Saturn-Orcus renewal date as the Planetary Alignment of Earth, Venus, the Sun, Saturn and Orcus on 18th-20th August 2007 which suggests that this also could have occurred 2 cycles before in 1943 during World War II. Nick indicates that this is an astrological moment to confront our fears in the face of oncoming paradigm change. And as good a time as any to re-establish the Sovereignty of the Higher Self.

                                                Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012