1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Au révolu du grand nombre septiesme

apparoistra au temps Ieux d’Hacatombe,

non esloingé du grand eage milliesme,

que les entres sortiront de leur tombe.

 (the slanting letters were written by an unknown hand upon this copy of the edition)


Gone round to the great seventh in number

he/she (or perhaps ‘it’) will appear at the time of the Games Hacatombe,

not so very far from the great millennial age,

during which those interred will go out from their graves.

 (This quatrain may be read sensibly in the usual two distinct couplets or by reading the lines in the sequence 1,3,2,4)

 Nothing in Nostradamus amounts to an extrapolation of historical trends. In his Epistle to the King, the visionary Nostredame rhetorically requests permission to reveal the accuratetiming of events in a manner that recognizes not only the power of regal permission but also the necessity of prohibition. Trying to construct clouded timeframes would be pretty clueless unless the prediction involved was, in fact, a concrete prophecy. Even so there must come some traditional cloaking of hard facts by Michel, part as prophet and part as puzzle-setter. And then there is the diverting nature of modern Fr. which creeps in when attempting to comprehend OF like ‘les entres’. Today’s French could bring to mind those in-between (entre-deux) or the entered/housed (entrait/entrepôt) or even the entries (les entrées) sooner than those interred (enterré) as we cycle around to where we came in.

 Other than my usual gripe that ‘s’ is the same as ‘f’ I have no comment to make on the printer’s typeface used (it seems the same for every Sixteenth Century Nostradamus edition facsimile) as I have not viewed the originals, a luxurious business full of holiday fun but rather lacking in content. (Although Line 4 clearly intends us to read the verb ‘sortiront’ there was also an OF verb ‘fortir’ that had meant ‘to remove’ and might give us ‘fortiront’ here.)

 Line 1, OF ‘septiesme’ is whatever ranks seventh.But OF ‘nombre’ refers to quantity. As metonym ‘nombre septiesme’ might mean ‘the things that together produce the fixed quantity 7’ which could then be ranked in order with similar sets. Otherwise OF ‘nombre septiesme’ means here a numeral like 1 or greater taken to seven places, i.e. in the millions, orelse this isthepoet exercising his licence to arrive at the best contextual meaning, ‘the seventh round of a thousand years’.

Line 2, OF ‘Ieux’ is a plural of ‘jeu’, game. In OF ‘jeu’ could also express the pronoun ‘je/moi’ while ‘Jou’ were the Emperors of Busance and Lords of Greece. ‘Ieux d’Hacatombe’ is ‘Games of Hacatombe’ and for the Athenians the seventh month July was their hécatombian or hékatombéon month (directly from the Greek ‘hekatombê’ or ‘hekaton’, one hundred beef cattle) which was the opening month of their particular calendar year and marked by their original creation: the Olympic games. The word ‘hecatombe’ in ancient Greece conveyed the sacrifice of a hundred oxen, literally, but came to mean massacre or destruction of a great many people or animals, a very large death-count such as by the deliberate slaughters of World Wars I and II. If we should interpret this as ‘the Sports of Hacatombe’ then this might be a proper noun (for instance Hecatomnus King of Halicarnassus, see VIII 34 below) or else it is a pseudonym for some bloody tyrant and so could range from the Royal Hunt, archery, charioteering and so forth to the Roman Games in arenas arranged for deadly designs.

 Games of Death could equally apply to contrived imitations of enemy actions, from word games in the War Room to complete reenactments of enemy attack under field conditions. Massed representatives of the British Army crossed to the Black Forest every year to act out their defence to a phantom Russian invasion. Military exercises near unstable regions often coincide with real political threats. Special Forces train with live ammunition. False Flag attacks are a ‘game of let’s pretend’ but using real weapons and one’s unaware civilian population as living targets. It’s another example of the bizzareness/evil that emanates under cover of the “it’s regettable, but its for the common good” mentality and the extraordinary urge to test everything, from desk-top procedures to limits of endurance to raging radioactive fireballs. Drills have been ongoing during all the major terrorist attacks in the West of this millennium. The 117th Boston Marathon bombing killedtwo adults and a child at the height of a joyous occasion:

 “On Saturday, the area will host Urban Shield: Boston, a 24-hour training exercise that simulates large-scale public safety incidents in the metro-Boston area” announced the City of Boston

“As a result residents in the area may hear simulated gunfire, observe officers responding to simulated emergencies, or see activity in the Boston Harbor. Each scenario will be run multiple times, and organizers urge residents not to be alarmed … The drills are intended to be strikingly lifelike. Urban Shield has worked with Strategic Operations, a Hollywood effects company that also helps prepare army medics for the battlefield. (Their disaster scenario staff, Baker says, include an amputee.) With a generous helping of moulage, their drills aim to force officials to confront both the logistical and atmospheric challenges of a disaster…”

 N.B. The word ‘moulage’ is from proto-French wherein it had two meanings (a) turning a pair of wheels and (b) various aspects of arbitrary charges levied on the peasants by the elite and paid in kind, especially the measures involved to ensure that they yielded fully.

“Annually, the region conducts Urban Boston Shield, a continuous 24-hour exercise, during which first responders are deployed to and totated (?) through various training scenarios … a national model, full-scale exercise, designed to assess and validate the speed, effectiveness and efficiency of capabilities, as well as test the adequacy of regional policies, plans, procedures and protocols … all aspects of emergency response including intelligence, law enforcement, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Units … The overarching goal of Urban Shield will be to provide a multi-layered training exercise … it will also test the region’s ability to integrate multi-discipline entities, including EMS first responders, fire department personnel, EOD, and law enforcement tactical response teams in a large consolidated event” Excerpted from a publication by the Metro Boston Homeland Security. (USDHS funds all such exercises in America.)

 The aftermath surprised most people. First, a total clampdown on an entire great city, trapping folk inside their homes but randomly invading and dragging residents onto the streets at gunpoint, conducted by law enforcers dressed-up as the military-class, bearing military-class weapons and riding military-class vehicles. Second a pursuit (after twice announcing the capture of totally different main suspects but then going quiet on those) of two brothers. The older ended-up naked under a vehicle’s wheels. Responding to a call from the public, the law surrounded the younger brother who had entombed himself in a covered hull. A hail of bullets eventually had him climb out still looking in good condition. He was put on the ground and his throat operated upon in some way. It seems he lost the power of speech. All this is on video.

 The lockdown of Boston must have required a lot of planning, pre-practicing at who-knows-where and quartermaster/armoury activity, let alone costing a fortune to finance. According to the DHS their 2013 ‘doctrine’ for such games of slaughter (known in planning as HSEEP) was spearheaded by the decision that all such activities be “Guided by elected and appointed officials” i.e. the good shepherds nominated by the sheep together with their obediently hectoring work-dogs. Actually, HSEEP is the frame that ensures required events take place in the planned sequence while the play proceeds and produces its desired conclusion. These ‘big event’ production teams demand Master Scenario Events and their Injects acted-out by dedicated players, controllers, simulator personnel, evaluators, observers, so-called ‘crisis actors’ (or volunteer victims) and optional media contributors.

 According to the Boston Herald, the previous 2012 drill had featured IED backpack bombs being detonated near the marathon race finishing line and on 15th April 2013 the Boston Globe tweeted “Officials: there will be a controlled explosion opposite the library within one minute”. fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com

‘Zombies’ are the fashionable living dead but why should we speak here of such childish invention? The USA seems currently to be celebrating/fearing zombies as if they were a reality. According to the Washington Examiner the DHS may have reimbursed federal contractors for attending a 2012 live war game based on a zombie apocalypse replete with no less than forty painted actors in full zombie roar. The CFR magazine ‘Foreign Policy’ actually uncovered a 2011 military training document that included plans for ‘a zombie attack’. But not really, they said, it’s all part of a training exercise. Later the armed forces insisted it was only ‘in-house’ and not an exercise that would involve shooting at a civilian zombie population, perhaps inadvertently acclimating troops and officers to the shooting dead of fellow Americans seen for the first time as a new kind of enemy that must be destroyed.

Back to the Nostradamus Quatrain X 74 Line 2 and the elephant-in-the-room persists – what was, is or will be the he/she/it that appears at about the same time? The Antichrist? The Messiah?

(see the Article What Time Is The Sinister Interloper Due Before The True Masih-Mashiach-Messiah-Christ Arrives?)

We are left to find out the answer to the elephant by ourselves, a tactic that leaves us perhaps over-anxious to search it out in our own times.

Line 3. Looking a lot like ‘non-aligned’ or ‘non-aligning’, OF ‘non-esloingé’ as a noun and written ‘non-eloingé’ could mean near (non-elongated) a something-in-nothing ‘non-excuse’ or else without delay. It’s possible that ‘esloingé’ was arcane and probably astrological in meaning, for instance the alignment of two planets on a zodiacal chart. (Oppositely, modern Fr. ‘éloigner’ means ‘to move away’.) Otherwise ‘esloingé’ once positively meant the axle-piece joining two parallel wheels that effectively describes the axis of rotation.

OF ‘milliesme’ meant ‘millenial’ and it is noticeable that the Jewish Torah “civil” year dated 6000 is upcoming. At the time of writing, end of May 2014, it is the 2nd month of the “spiritual” year 5999 and we are not yet gone so far from the turn of the colloquial millennium in 2001AD (allowing for the Gregorian calendar system’s lack of a year zero.) The ‘Millennial Reign of the Christ’ is thought to accord with the Second Coming of Jesus and a resurrection of those ‘dead in Christ’.

 Omitting the optional ‘s’ as if a printer had erroneously inserted it we could rearrange this as the Latin ‘e lo inge’ which is exactly what a clever webpage contributor has suggested elsewhere. My rather odd Latin-English computer program unremittingly gives me that as ‘fire from heaven’ (although I don’t see how) and although this sounds sparkily nostradamusing it still doesn’t fit to the handwritten ‘non’ that we are relying on in Line 3. We might follow that same route and split ‘sortiront’ into ‘sor tiront’ forming Sister Cadet according to my slightly dotty Latin helper although I feel that OF ‘sœur tyran’ probably has greater import. Generally I don’t have a feel for the ‘Latin base’ theory of Nostradamus interpretation so I won’t pursue this line of enquiry – maybe somebody superior in Latin could find a way to ‘translatinate’ this quatrain meaningfully.

 Line 4 ‘que les entres sortiront de leur tombe’ has many possible interpretations. Those chosen through accident of religion who will rise from the dead, as they say, or those deliberately hidden within underground locations abandoned because of incompetent air or water systems? These latter tombs for the living are said to exist across the USA and elsewhere and are nothing new. Cappadocia, Turkey, had one for 25,000 people which connected to other underground cities before being sealed-up a thousand years ago. Adventure writers have researched suspected purposeful continental tunnels. Legends of a network of broad subterranean highways and massive caves with a form of light and water supply are abundant.

Could some modern crowds appear so huge to a Medieval ‘remote viewer’ that he could only suppose that centuries of long-dead persons were now supplementing the ranks of the living? Will there be a crucial point where the number of living equals the number of all those who have ever lived? Will that mark the end of humanity’s time? This would need to be far off from today. All those who have lived in the whole round world up to now would not bodily fill a small corner of the Grand Canyon. Will it be these very ‘games of slaughter’ which take us finally to that fateful point at the end of the road when reincarnation must fail, at least mathematically?(Joking apart; a virus replicates by engineering the host cell so that it produces multiple copies of it. Within its host it is an animate life-form but otherwise it is entirely inanimate defying the circular principle of life and death.)

In summary, what are the ‘games of hecatombe’? The most common interpretation is the lurid ‘Games of Slaughter’ and this fits well enough to close the case although there is no saying that Michel was not expressing how struck he was by the very late revival of the Olympian games first played-out by the Ancient Greeks long ago and that breed now long-gone as if exterminated from the face of the Earth (we can say exactly the same today about the Romans) and how these contests have acquired international political importance and such high anticipation-cum-trepidation from the nations in competition.

 Does Michel mean his choice of ‘jeux’, games, to be taken literally? (cf. Nostradamus Quatrain IV 36 CHAMPAGNE AND OLYMPIAN SYMMETRY BREAKING)Wrestling is a game with rules but war is really not. Or is ‘games’ employed because of its light-and-shade contrast to ‘hecatombe’, massacre? The phrase ‘Grand hecatombe, triomphe’ occurs simply and obviously in Nostradamus Quatrain II 16 but this quatrain X 74 seems somehow to be more linked with the following,

 VIII 34

 1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

 Apres victoire du Lyon au Lyon

Sus la montaigne de IVRA Secatombe

Delues & brodes septieme million

Lyon, Vlme à Mausol mort & tombe.

After the victory OR Informed of the victory of the Lion/of the Lion in Lyon/of the Lion over the Lion

(Sus) Above OR (Sous) Under or (Sur) Upon the mountain of Jura (IURA) ‘Secatombe’

Reads into & marks (compiles a profile and decorates) the seventh million

In Lyons, Ulm and at Mausol the deceased & their tombs.


Entombed in a Mausoleum the dead of Lyons, Ulm.

IURA when de-capped is Latin for ‘the Court’ or for Rights. Who or what is this Secatombe? Seca is from the Latin ‘siccare’ the root meaning of which is to cut off, exhaust or drain completely. As a variation of hecatombe/Hacatombe we could be facing a mass Sacrificer or mass Slaughterer of human beings. ‘Iura Seca tombe’ could suggest something akin to ‘the Court that cuts off Rights and sends detainees to the tomb’ – a Death Panel without Appeal.

 Line 1. Although it makes little or no difference here, OF ‘apres’ when without an acute accent is mentioned on my Home page as follows: ‘apres’ which as the past participle of OF ‘aprendre’ and Occitan ‘apendre’ can mean informed or well-apprehended

 Line 2, OF ‘sus’ is susceptible to a variety of simple printer discrepancies, as shown in my translation, yet with little effect on the meaning it seems.

 Line 3, OF ‘Delues’ is likely ‘De lues’ and ‘lues’ could mean ‘reads’ or as a metaphor ‘guesses from signs’, alternatively OF ‘lue’ or ‘lieu’ would mean an estimation or a domain.

 Line 4 could join Line 3 in enjoying a play on words that produces other meanings with Mausol being either a place in Provence that was well-known to Nostredame since his youth and which he mentions elsewhere (see nostradamus Quatrain V 57 in the Article https://nostradamundus.wordpress.com/articles-general/tracking-and-tracing-multiple-references-in-nostradamus/) or else any other mausoleum. This noun was taken from the great white marble-clad tomb of old King Mausolus in Halicarnassus – now Turkey’s Bodrun – huge for the time and guarded by several stone lions but later wrecked by earthquakes with what little was left being ransacked or recycled by the Crusaders for their own purposes around 1522AD.

(See the Nostradamus Quatrain IX 84 in the ArticleMARBLE TOMBS AND TREASURE).

I guess it could just mean that after the death of Mausolus in 353BC a high and stately tomb was constructed (the first of its size and beauty, recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and a great number of similarly artistic above-ground tombs in a variety of sizes were to follow including at Lyons, Ulm and Mausol. The king’s father was called Hecatomnus and Mausol’s devoted wife Artemisa, who undertook to build this massive monumental edifice to his memory, was also his sister as was the custom. She then ruled alone for a couple of years as a successful war queen.

 Yes, here it is. I’ve found it in Nostradamus Quatrain V 18

 1557 Lyon Du Rosne

 De dueil mourra l’infelix profligé,
Celebrera son vitrix l’heccatombe:

Pristine loy franc edict redigé,
Le mur & Prince au septiesme iour tombe.

The unfortunate bereaved (who) will die overcome by grief,

Will celebrate the song of OR the sound of a victorious massacre:


The victorice will become a celebrant/the celebrity of this tomb of her huge sacrifice:

The premier noble sovereign decree drafted/issued,

At/In the tomb of the Seventh Day the Prince and his ghost OR the Prince and his walled edifice.

 Line 3, OF ‘pristin’ equates to ‘précédent’, previous, or ‘premier’ meaning the first

 OF ‘loy’ = justice, leisure, permission, an act of obligation issued by a sovereign authority demanding obedience under penalty, a natural or moral rule, a strict custom, a Church decree/commandment of a religious faith/godly principle, a service or product requirement imposed and, by metonym, the person or institution enforcing ‘the Law’

 OF ‘franc’ suggested the good qualities of those noble and free or without controls or that which meets expectations or else is provided freely

 OF ‘edict/édit’ is an ordinance promulgated by one powerful, especialy the sovereign

 OF redigé/rédiger is to bring back, to reduce into or else something related to written documents

 Line 4, OF ‘mur’ = masonry used to enclose or support, a separating wall. In its descriptive plural ‘the walls’ this is the enclosure that protects a city, a castle or a fortress. There was a secondary sort of meaning, the opening like an enlarged door or window in a wall that made a dwelling shop-like. Also OF ‘mure’ was to repair or strengthen and install an upright. The great tomb of Mausolus featured many columns on two floors spaced to display stunning statuary and behind this front of columns was a strong central block which held the heavy pyramidic roof of two dozen ‘steps’ which took up one third of the structure’s 140 foot height. (As did the royal tomb itself.) Incidentally, OF ‘lémure’ wasthe spectre or ghost of a dead person that had set out to torment the living and ‘Le mur’ may even be a play on words.

OF ‘au’ describes the point of co-incidence of two movements (towards and away) with ‘à’, a very old word, having had various meanings equating to in, at, to and on. By the Fourteenth Century they used both ‘en forêt’ and ‘au bois’ making only a small if penetrating difference between them.

OF ‘septieme’ is seventh rather than 7. This was the very first tomb in the Mausol-eum style and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Nostredame seems to have lined it up with the Sabbath or Seventh of the Seven Days of Creation, when God rested, perhaps making this the Seventh Wonder of the World (although our traditional #7 is the Lighthouse at Alexandria). Or being great and seventh in number could point us to the final 7 years of the Bible’s Millenial age (featuring 7 trumpets, 7 vials and 7 seals). As it happens the wheels of the sculpted stone chariot adorning the roof were 7 feet in diameter.

The tomb was probably started before Mausol’s death and may even have been intended for their father Hecatomnus as well, who knows? It was completed after Artemisia’s early demise by famous sculptors from other lands who had undertaken it for art’s sake according to Pliny the Elder (the Plinys were favourite authors of Michel Nostredame). She did not last long after her husband’s death (so grieved she mixed his ashes in her drinks) but she packed a lot into a couple of years. Under her direction the mausoleum construction maintained its superb high-quality. At the same time Rhodes sent a fleet to attack them but, by one account, Artemisia’s fleet which had been hidden waited until the troops disembarked then seized the Rhodes fleet and towed it away to where the Rhodians, on seeing their own fleet returned, welcomed them home to port with open arms and the city was easily recaptured. However, as a satrap of Persia, Queen Artemisia II would have been a supporter of the Rhodes oligarchy which makes that whole story a bit odd, I think.

An exact representation of Mausol’s mausoleum is not known but I would guess that the Masonic Temple of the Scottish Rite in Washington DC resembles it in basics. It was a ‘first’, a tomb above ground surrounded by shining walls higher than a Greek temple which could serve a family or dynasty and was plentifully furnished with sculptures, not of gods but of people and animals, all to the highest artistic standard.

 Now to close I’d like to show you all the letters from the principle names, jumbled up into their specific lines or couplets, together with a few others I happened to hit upon while checking these out:

 Hecatomnus First couplet (de Mylasa Second couplet )

Artemisia Line 2 (de Caria Second couplet )

Antipater de Sidon  identifier of the Seven Wonders, Second couplet

Satyros the architect Second couplet

Scopas de Paros famed sculptor Second couplet

Bryaxis famed sculptor Middle couplet

Leochares famed sculptor Line 2

Pythus de priene famed sculptor and co-architect, Second couplet

Timotheus famed sculptor First couplet

Halicarnassus  Lines 2 and 4

Mausolus  Line 4

sépulcre de splendeur  Second couplet

Satrape de Perse  Second couplet

oligarchie  Middle couplet

Rhodes  Middle couplet