There are strange numerical coincidences afoot in Nostradame’s Centuries. I put it no higher than that, from a researcher’s viewpoint. One of the latest is the numeric similarity between the US legislation HR 1966 for governmental inquisition of the Internet to hold down its smears, inconvenient revelations, bad attitudes etc. and Quatrain 1 96 THIS IS HIM which is about uplifting Truth itself.

Here’s other quatrain examples plus full analysis:

Nostradamus Quatrain X 27

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Par le cinquieme & vn grand Hercules
Viendront le temple ouurir de mains bellique,
Vn Clement, Iule & Ascans recules,
Lespe, clef, aigle n’eurent onc si grand picque.

Through the fifth and a great Hercules
Will come to open the temple with hands of war,
One Clement, Jule and Ascans knocked right back.
The sword, key, eagle, no-never one so grand piked/picqued.

Line 3, OF ‘recules’ signifies a forced retreat or recoil in a dispute over dominance.

Clement, Jule and Ascans were Clement VII (d.1534), Paul III (Ascans = Alexander Farnase of Canino, d.1549) and Julius II (d.1555) who were successive Popes.

Line 4, OF ‘Lespe’ =  épée, the sword as symbol of violent combat. OF ‘picque’ as a noun is pike, as a verb it is to pierce or burst with a point, literally or figuratively.

As this very accurate quatrain is first seen in the Rigaud 1568 edition it could possibly be a fake insertion or otherwise ‘after the event’. Even so, Canadian Nostradamus researcher Karen Linneberg has spotted something notable about this and other quatrains, to which I have applied my own variation of completing the missing number from a verbal clue:

In May of 1527 there was the sacking of Rome whereby HRE Charles V (“the fifth”) and the Duke of Alba (“Hercules”) took their revenge on the disloyalty of Pope Clement VII.

= 10 + “cinquieme” = 15 which with 27 = 1527 (and May is month 5, cinquieme mois)

Visit http://www.fire-star.org/ (opens new window) for further examples of relevant dates appearing in Nostredame’s numerical indexing, usually in part.

I have worked through this idea of partial fuflfillment by numerals and have found that it roughly works – with my variation of completing the four numbers from a verbal clue – for other Quatrain years. For example,

Nostradamus Quatrain VII 11

This quatrain’s about the Regent Queen Marie de Medicis and her rebellious son King Louis XIII; the slaying at the Louvre of her Italian advisor Concini and the cutting-off of his personal treasury by Achilles, Mayor of Paris (Nostradamus Quatrain I 7) in the year 1617. (Linneberg sees the numeric connection between I 7 and 17.) Concini died in the Louvre quadrangle and a mob then hung his body upside down on a public gallows. The next step by the previously sidelined young King would be to banish his Regent mother (and later her Minister Richelieu) to Blois. Bloody local insurrections were to follow for years to come.

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

L’enfant royal contemnera la mere,
Oeil, piedz blesses, rude, inhobeissant:
Nouuelle à dame estrange & bien amere,
Seront tués des siens plus de cinq cens.

The mother will be contained diminished by her royal child,
Eye, foot injured, uncivilized behaviour, disobedience;
Something new to the estranged and well-deceived lady;
There will be put down more than five hundred of her own supporters.

Line 1, OF ‘contemnera’. This verb appeared in the Fourteenth Century as ‘contempner’ and ‘contemner’ (‘Poésies’ and ‘Ménagier de Paris’, Le Muisit) as meaning ‘held to be negligible’. It was an underused word that had considerable age, probably derived from Latin. In the Thirteenth Century it is found to mean ‘containment’ in Anglo-Norman. Here, I feel the best translation is ‘contained diminished’, especially as the opening word of Line 2 is ‘Oeil’ which looks and sounds much like ‘Oil’, the name of Northern French, as if a clue.

Line 2. I have come across the act of deliberately damaging a woman’s feet as a political punishment in the late Twentieth Century. But it could be figurative here as in a restriction of where she can be, where she can walk. Unless Nostredame saw what is not in the history books. It’s even possible, I suppose, that the eye and foot were actually part of Concini’s dead body, dragged by the crowd and strung up head-down by the feet like a punchbag. OF ‘inhobeissant/inobéissant’ is the same as OF ‘désobéissant’ and would refer both to broaching the regency of Queen Marie and showing filial disobedience. In this instance they amount to the same thing.

Line 3, OF ‘amer’ can mean a leveret, a hare, but as the equivalent of OF ‘chagrin’ suggests deceit.

Line 4 is “more than 5 hundred” and so 6 hundred which with 17 could suggest the year 1617.

Linneberg of the aforementioned website (‘Nostradamus Arch of Time’) who is a keen historian, goes further in the events touching upon Marie Medicis’ extra-worriesome life after 1617. I notice that he locates the night of February 21 1619 as significant for the Queen Mother having started his tracking of the main event from Quatrain IX 21.

Nostradamus Quatrain IX 21

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Au temple hault de Bloys sacre Solonne,
Nuict pont de Loyre, prelat, roy pernicant
Curseur victoire aux marestz de la lone
Dou prelature de blancs à bormeant.

At the high church of Saint-Solenne, Blois,
Loire bridge by night, prelate, king passing the night
A lone runner (messenger) succeeds (victoire, victor) over the water margins (along the river)
Crushing the Royalist prelate’s hope of dignified office./The Royalist high prelate at his grinding.

Line 2, ‘pernicant’ = pernoctare/pernuiter = passing the night (but in later French it could mean killing outright)

Line 3, OF ‘curseur’ = runner, messenger. OF ‘marestz’ is probably OF ‘marais’, marshes, wetlands, water margins.

OF ‘lone’ is one alone = 1 which with the 9 and 21 in the quatrain identification IX 21 can yield up 21 19, but sadly no ‘février’ unless ‘dou’ was also a local expression or echo for ‘deux’ or ‘deuxième mois’: day 21 of month 2 in year ’19. 

Line 4, OF ‘dou’ =  OF ‘du’ by/with/of the. OF ‘bormeant’ = OF ‘broiement’ = the act of crushing or grinding.

A nocturnal ‘spy-on-spy adventure’ from unrecorded history. In Marat’s Pamphlets of 1790 the ‘blancs’ are Royalists and we can also find ‘noirs’, “le fil de tous les noirs complots des ennemis de la révolution’.  But the idea here in this quatrain, according to Linneberg, is that the reds are those prelates loyal to Rome as opposed to the whites who are prelates loyal to the King.  This seems basically right to me, although in the various text selections where it might apply I’ve expanded this to Rome-ists on one side and any patriotic priest on the other.

Richelieu (Cardinal-in-the-making, ‘king of Blois’) initially refused any monitoring position for the Court that involved spying on the Queen Mother. However, he was probably loyal to whomsoever it suited him to be and is very possibly the ‘prelate, king’ in Line 2. Did the running messenger do something or prevent something being done? Richelieu was primarily determined to get his cardinal-hood from Rome (yet sensitive to the French King’s wishes) and regain ministerial control of France. (But the reconciliation of mother and son following the Treaty of Angouleme was brokered by Luynes.)

It is likely that the lively mind of Michel de Nostredame knew exactly how any quatrain number and its content were linked but treated his randomly-applied methodologies quite lightly and kept them internalized even to his death, as he did the oral tradition generally. As he says, in the Preface to César

“the parlance of mystical prediction, transmitted down the ages will stuff my innards     

There are other links with index numbering and actual dates of relevant events, often supported from within the verse by numerals in word form, they do exist – but there is no consistent application of this method.

                                       Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012