VII 8 THE ROMAN FESULAN
1557 Lyon Du Rosne
Flora fuis fuis le plus proche Romain,
Au Fesulan sera conflict donné:
Sang espandu les plus grans prins à main,
Temple ne sexe ne sera pardonné.
Line 3, OF ‘espandu/épandre’ means streaming or spread.
Line 4. As the tenor of this quatrain is fearful, the second ‘ne’ in ‘ne sexe ne’ is possibly an expletive and not a further negative indicator. This is a tricky area of OF translation as in Modern Fr. the ‘ne’ expletive is mostly literary and follows vague rules but with OF I simply don’t know what these rules were and, anyway, Michel Nostredame tended to write in the spoken voice. Its effect here would be to make OF ‘sexe’ or gender an appropriate ‘ne-expletif’ verb which it clearly wasn’t, so I’ll opt for ‘neither … nor …’
Flora flee flee the Romans are most near,
At the Fesulan will the conflict be given:
By their hands the blood of the greatest ones spills,
Neither priesthood nor gender will be granted mercy.
Flora is not Florence (Firenze is fair not flowery) but is the Roman goddess of flowers who could be linked to the rose in II 97 (‘Roman Pontiff beware … when flourishes the rose’). These Romans could be more modern citizens of Rome who’ve got it in for the Vatican for some reason. However, the ancient Floralia festival around Mayday is most probably the Fesulan here. As it happens, all of Fesulan’s letters but one are to be found scrambled in the Latin name for the festivities, Ludi Florales.
Ptolemy’s ‘Epistle to Flora’ was about gnosticism. Some Christianized sects strangely offended Tertullian, Ireneaus and were declared ‘gnostic’ and heretical. It is not commonly known that flower displays in church came into a rather strict and grey Christianity from colourful paganism – in Rome, of course.
Faesulae/Fiesole is more commonly taken as being Nostredame’s ‘Fesulan’. The first of the Medici patrician villas was built on a high hill here around 1455. It’s deep inland in Tuscany and as unlikely a place for a tidal wave to reach as any, an idea surrounding VIII 16, but who knows?
Note: It is believed that the geological structure of the beds of the great oceans differs from that under the landmasses. It is possibly somewhat easier to tear apart (such as by a large impact) perhaps releasing magma for a time. The actual geographic relationship between adjacent continents could come under severe stress. In an ocean impact a vaporization would occur at first but then both solids and liquids would fall into the aching pit, perhaps rapidly. Steam storms may then be present that trigger tsunami-type waves ahead of them, as may be seen in miniature in the popping of hot mud pools. We cannot know surely what land will rise or fall in consequence. Otherwise VII 8 and VIII 16 seem to be about separate occurrences and even separate places – yet ‘Fesulan’ is a strange comported noun found only in these two quatrains
(Also see the Nostradamus Quatrains X 96 ADALUNCATIF the BAAL CYCLE and VIII 16 FESULAN and the Article ADDENDUM TO TEXTS ON THE MYSTERY PLACENAMES ADALUNCATIF AND FESULAN)
Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012