1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Religion du nom des mers vaincra,
Contre la secte fils Adaluncatif,
Secte obstinée deplorée craindra,
Des deux blessez par Aleph & Aleph.

Religion of the name of the seas will win,
Son Adaluncatif against the sect,
Stubborn lamented sect fearful,
Of the two wounded by Aleph & Aleph .

At first sight this seems altogether too complex and deep to be some Rigaud fakery. Unless ‘mers’ is simply Mary, First Lady of Catholicism, but even so …

What if ‘mers’ = the Pacific Ocean = Peace? Will pacificism outdo the more warlike religions? As ‘the sea’ or ‘ocean’ often symbolizes the mass of people, this could be telling us that some form of pacifism will outrun a religious sect. Of course, the early Jesus-worshippers were pacifist and Christianity was only jerked out of it by the Roman General and Emperor Constantinus (who beatified his own mother but did not convert personally until lying on his deathbed.)

The Occitan or Provençal family of languages familiar to Michel employed the stressed ‘a’ sound of Latin and used ‘mar’ for sea, from L. ‘mare’. As ‘Religion du nom des mars vaincra’ this quatrain might shift direction.

In my translation of Epistle to the King there is a commentary upon the word beef:

The alphabet started at the cosmopolitan city port of Ugarit in North Syria where Phoenicians added the ABC to Ugaritic, the first cuneiform language suitable for common communication. All semitic languages descend from Ugaritic and this transmitted the Ugarit Canaanites religious myths also. Aleph (A) is Ugaritic for ox.

Adaluncatif and Fesulan are two of the most distressingly difficult names in the Centuries to adjudge a fit meaning for. To-date, all attempts seem far-fetched. Is there a link between them? Superficially, they both appear Middle Eastern. ‘Calif’ and ‘Fez’ may come to mind. ‘Captif’ and ‘Fete’ may also loom out of the darkness.

Adaluncatif might be a tortuous anagram for Nostredame’s contemporary and fellow-astrologer Maistre (or Calif) Turrel d´Autun. He went a tad further than Michel by predicting both a beginning and an end for revolution in France (the 25 year span from 1789 to 1814).

Or ‘Ada’ could be Adad, the king of the gods, leaving the sons as being Nimrod, Janus or Jesus although there are many more competing claims for the title ‘only son of god’ and many mentions of various Sons of God groups in the literature, let alone the ancient notion that the gods were, like the rest of the Universe, a manifestation of the one Great God.

Fesulan could be Fiesole, Italy, or even Farsala. A kabbalistic association has been suggested for Adaluncatif. We could stop there and offer that these strange words will either appear sensibly in their own time or are tortuous literary corruptions almost beyond comprehension.


Line 4. If this ‘Des deux’ should really have been ‘Des Dieu’ (or any other ‘D & D’) and that is breached by ‘A & A’ to make ‘ADAD’ then here is the storm-god, the feared force demanding placation, the god named both ‘the Lord of the earth’ and ‘the Lord of the heavens”, i.e. only one short step down from the Sky Father. Adad is Hadad or Ba’al or Ba’al-Hadad, ‘the Lord god’ of the Canaanites’ religious mythology. His symbol is the bull. (Aleph = ox)

In the Ba’al Cycle of ritual stories, discovered comparatively recently, there are candidates for A and A in two close pairs. Either Anath, a virgin war godess, and the lady Athirat, who walks upon the sea, or Anat (the same as Anath, young and vicious yet strongly protective) and Athtart (a little older than Anath, perhaps like Aphrodite or Venus, a counterpart to Anat and sometimes called the Consort or Face of Ba‘al). There is also a youthful god Athtar but he appears to be incidental to the main story as if his may be another story for another time.

The discovered texts for the ‘Baal Cycle’

The discovered texts for the Baal Cycle seem to be for performance like scenes in a play with an occasional narration. It’s kicked off with we-know-not-what but we get seated just as Yam (Sea, Chaos, son of El) is desirous to be the most powerful of all the pantheon and rule over the other gods.

Ba’al-Hadad is the Lord, son of El his Heavenly Father yet also son of his father Dagon who could see simultaneously in opposed directions and whose symbol was a fish. Ba’al is very powerful yet anxious about his ability to defeat Yam but then slays him with the help of supplied technology.

Ba’al-Hadad wants El (the father of all who lives at the confluence of rivers by the two oceans and who as ‘Elohim’ was the forerunner of YVVH) to allow him a palace of his own like other gods as Ba’al lives with Athirat and El. He asks the god of all crafts Kothar’wa’Kasis (the carpenter of furniture for Ba’al to gift to Athirath) to construct it. Travelling beneath the waves he arrives from his home in Egypt and assures Ba’al of victory and that he will win a kingdom without end. Then Athirat is doing her work by the seashore when she sees Ba’al and sister Anat coming. She calls for a net to be cast for fish so that they may be feasted properly. Anat is reminding anxious Ba’al that he will have an eternal kingdom. At El’s house she makes the case for his palace construction and eventually wins a reluctant assent from El. Ba’al insists that it is made windowless partly for reasons of worry over Yam. He eventually blasts window spaces through the walls by making thunder. He wonders who could resist his great power? If they can do so then he presumes that he could send for Mot to devour them.

Mot is Death – “mate” in chess, son of El, lion-like with a pit for a throne – who constantly hungers for flesh and blood. Upon Ba’al inviting Mot to a meal of bread and wine instead of flesh and blood, Mot threatens to cause the heavens to fall and break Ba’al to pieces which Mot will then eat one by one. (He will consume all the Lord’s satellites.) Shapash the sun-goddess advises Ba’al to find a substitute that looks like him to be slain by Mot. She, the Sun, promises to cover over his body and advises Ba’al to go to the mountains at the entrance to the underworld and make them move, then go down into the earth to hide there awhile. Soon Mot kills Ba’al, or so it seems. The text says that Ba’al impregnated a heifer (or virgin) to give birth to his exact likeness (or son) who he dressed in his own robes (kingly regalia) so that the dreaded Mot eats the son in his place. Both El and the virgin Anath are deeply affected by news of Ba’al’s death and she searches the world for him. Mot says he ate him up. Anat/Anath kills Mot brutally, scattering his burnt remains. (This section uses the language of winnowing, sowing, and grinding grain – a part of the fertility cycle.) “Flesh cries out to flesh” though some remainders are eaten by birds.

Anat returns to El’s place of palaces and tells Athirat’s family –  sometime supporters of Mot – that they can celebrate as Baal is dead. But El has a dream that Baal is alive. (As El is the Great God He is Truth and cannot conjure a lie for if He does then it must become Truth.) Baal-Hadad visits their compound of fort-palaces on Mount Sapan. Mot, who is likened to a desert lion, then resurrects and comes there to challenge the regnance of Ba’al who dreads him. A messenger tells him that Ba’al consents to be his eternal slave. Mot rejoices. But another response comes that Ba’al rejects the demands made by Mot and banishes him, with the concession that to assuage his hunger he may eat the servants of Ba’al. (Humanity.) Mot and Ba’al finally fight on Mount Sapan until they both collapse with exhaustion. Shapash the Sun arrives and gives Mot a warning that fighting Baal is pointless as El favours Baal and would simply destroy Mot’s absolutist rule absolutely. At that Mot retreats for fear of El and makes obeisance to Ba’al-Hadad as King, so preserving his own deadly power and position whilst effectively enthroning Ba’al over the other gods.

1) I need to say that the above is a précis of an abbreviation of a summary and as such my added observations are superficial yet airing the truly profound implications for New Testament Christianity that I feel exist in this text which is certainly pre-Jesus and most probably pre-biblical. The actual document has missing sections and textual holes and is quite a long task for anybody who is brave enough to tackle the translation of Ugaritic poetry. Mark S. Smith in The Ugaritic Baal Cycle reveals virtually non-stop comparative texts he has found within the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

2) Eventually Hadad the Lord of the heavens obscured El in the public mind to become the Sky Father and only Ugarat’s priests could utter Hadad’s divine name with impunity. In the Hebrew Bible/OT the Lord Ba’al was equally revered and disparaged or his name got misapplied to allsorts, later to be demonized by Christianity as Beelzebub and the Lord of the Flies. Ba’al – who as the god of fertility must die each Autumn and resurrect each Spring – was then subsumed in Israel by YVVH who lives eternally without intermission.

3) The following 4 sub-plots were omitted by me above as distractions from the main action. The first is about El’s high regard for Yam whereby El calls for the crafts god to build Yam a royal palace but Yam somehow takes the matter too far and Athtar perhaps tries to torch it. Shapash appears to tell him that opposition is pointless as El is to give Yam royal authority. Athtar complains that he has no home (“no place to lay my head” said Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas) and he fears defeat at the hands of Yam, an echo of Ba’al’s own preoccupation. Ba’al meets the messengers of the god Yam at Lel, abode of El, and would kill them but Anat and Athtart restrain him. The second is about Athtar being appointed in Ba’al’s place after his death. He’s too small for Ba’al’s throne and has no wife so is probably too young and weak to wield power over the gods and is removed. The third is Anat taking Baal to find the secret of lightning on Mount Sapan because she wants to see lightning accompany Ba’al’s thunderbolt. The fourth is a vital ingredient of human history that has found its way into this myth. When Kothar’wa’Kasis comes to build Ba’al’s palace he brings with him new and advanced weapons technologies and demonstrates them destructively on Yam, then inviting Ba’al to finish him off. (A lot can be laid at the doors of the backroom boys.)

4) Ba’al is the Lord and the probable source of our word ‘bull’. His substitute son is a re-creation of his full-grown father but is actually a new-born. Most all creatures new to the world are innocent, harmless and easy to love, some kind folk being susceptible to loving deeply such helplessness and inexperience, and the audience must be divided between those who see this sacrifice of the strangely wise yet totally innocent ‘copy king’ as a good literary idea and the rest who ache with what would be the real-life tragedy of such a loss. Regaining innocence is the highest personal achievement of all and will influence the whole world. Better to lose your personal history, no matter how dazzling, and restart somehow. Such a missed opportunity! (‘He who would save his life will lose his life’, Jesus.)

The Baal Cycle could explain NOSTRADAMUS QUATRAIN X 96 Lines 1 and 4 quite well (and several other entries in the Centuries too).

What about Adaluncatif? Ada + luna + catif = Adaluncatif? Ada sounds Hebrew (Adah, meaning adornment). Luna is Moon. Anglo-Norman ‘catif’ is from Latin captivus, held captive. A moon symbol captured as an adornment? The crescent caught on canvas? The fundamental Islamic flag described as a captive image of the Crescent Moon?

The religion of the name of the seas will win out
Against the sons of the Islamic flag:
A sect incorrigible, deplorable, fearful,
ADAD, god of storms, the Lord of the heavens.

The quatrain appears to be in two connected couplets with the effect that the incorrigible sect are likely those members of the Canaanite religions at Ugarit, worshippers of Adad. Though family-minded, they were doubtless orgiastic ritual attendees like most fertility worshippers.

It seems frivolous to point out that YVVH in our spelling could represent Yam, Mot and Hadad, the sons of El the Sky Father, i.e. Y churned, M overturned and H held upright.

(Of course, as the letter Shin the middle section could be V & V rather than W, these being a pair of fangs or two cutting blades as would have been used by Mot and Anat and as recommended by Kothar’wa’Kasis to Ba’al.)

The rather childish yet aggresively experienced virgin called Anat/Anarth is both nurturingly protective and excessively brutal. During her try at bullying-out a palace for Ba’al, she even upturns El by an earthquake that exposes his sanctum. She is the only god of this monolatristic pantheon (El was the sole true and full God) to involve human beings in her extremely violent wars. Ba’al, as king of the gods, felt compelled to rein her in for her brutality. Pharaoh Rameses II proudly displayed his assumptive relationship with the goddess Anat at every opportunity, calling Anat and Athirat his shield and Anat his sword. (‘Aleph & Aleph’) Such is the dangerously non-innocent and yet childish aspect of all our attempts at human dominanation.

This quatrain is about a war (‘the sons’ are combatants) but the parties to this war are out-of-time with each other historically. Unless the ‘religion of the name of the seas’ (the god personified by a an aspect of Nature) lives on today under another guise.

The elite troops of Ugarit cosmoplitan city port were called ‘marynum’ from which we might deduce both Mary and Marine. Ugaritic foreshadowed all semitic languages from Phoenician through to Hebrew and even Latin. Akkadian has ‘rabium’ for ‘leader’ and that diplomatic language was also from Ugaritic. Is this where the title Rabbi comes from? Fanciful? The first time I saw ‘rp’im qdmym’ I thought of the word ‘requium’ and found one translation that meant almost the same; the music addressed to departed ancestors. Several Psalms are adapted direct from Uragitic-Phoenician lines. Baal is described as the ‘rider on the clouds’ in Ugaritic and the same is said for Yahweh in Psalm 68. Ba’al’s consort also gets named as Yahweh’s consort in the Bible. (Asherah is Athtart.) Adherents of Yahweh worshipped Asherah up through the Third Century B.C. The Ugaritic deities El Berith, El Elyon and El Shaddai are also assimilated names for Yahweh in the Old Testament. Hephaestus (Vulcan) was the Greek equivalent of Kothar’wa’Kasis, a designer-architect-artist-craftsman-smith, a conjurer and magician, a robotics technologist and the carpenter of furniture in Olympia. The Olympians were thought fond of the smells of beef and lamb roasting but not the taste so humans happily ‘sacrificed’ cattle and sheep to them. The ancient stone palace at Ugarit on Ras Shamra Mound in Syria is, surprisingly, entered through a narrow gate.


1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Au lieu que HIERON feit sa nef fabriquer,
Si grand deluge sera & si subite,
Qu’on n’aura lieu ne terres s’aracquer
L’onde monter Fesulan Olympique.

Ba’al-Hadad foreshadowed Zeus, Yam became Poseidon and Mot was to be Hades, the members of the Greek Olympian triad. Bearing in mind that Mot was also the Hebrew word for Death and Yam was also the Hebrew for Sea, it would not be surprising if Ugaritic Phoenician, the origin of all the semitic languages, had a story akin to Noah’s flood and indeed it does, one both predating the biblical account and fitting well to it.

The Ugarits were a seagoing, shipbuilding people in distinct contrast to the Hebrews who applied little resource to ship-making and showed even less interest in distant voyaging.

Instead of Noah gently constructing his vessel,
This deluge will be so great and so sudden,
That no person will have the spot on the fundament that is not tearing itself apart
The wave risen high as the ‘Olympian Sapan’ OR the ‘Greek Fesulan’.

Line 1, OF ‘feint’ is the adjective ‘gently’ or ‘softly’, here in a craftsmanly sense.

Line 3, OF ‘s’arracher’ means tearing itself apart.

Line 4, ‘L’onde’, the wave, is a mega-tsunami here.

Fesulan Olympique looks strangely like the Olympic Games.

Fesulan may have component parts. OF ‘fes’ could be derived from ‘festre’, similar to fester or ‘festir’ which can mean to cover or possibly to festoon the top of a high structure. OF ‘festure’ meant the edges of a roof. I will guess that ‘Fesulan’ indicates a demi-godly festivity or a mythical place (like the Ugarit’s Mount Sapan) where divisional rights (a little like the Medeval ‘festulage’ raised on seasonal grain) are allotted to individual gods by the Great God. Either way this wave will reach to the upper edges of their home located above Mount Olympus.

Nostredame may have known the origin of the Greek Olympians in Ugaritic myth. Mount Sapan was home of the gods, a mythical version of Mount Cassius (Al-Jabal Al-Aqraa) above Ugarit in Northern Syria. The Greeks later set their pantheon on Mount Olympus in Thessaly and mythologized it as a vast structure above the clouds and stretching from Athens to Macedonia, entered from a mountain peak. It never rains or snows there, wrote Homer. This wave does not only reach the earthly Mount Olympus, it rises up to mythical Olympus over the peaks and clouds up to the edges of the roofs.

It is impossible to imagine the full extent of damage done by this tsunami wave. A simple circular spread from its oceanic centre would drown all in its path, possibly driving deep into several continents. Many hundreds of cities would be flattened by solid walls of water. The sudden cause of such a gigantic wave would of itself destabilize the planet. This does not seem credible to our inner normalcy bias. Krishnamurti once said that only the human mind that is completely still can know the incalculable immensity of its own movement. This quatrain sounds like its diametric opposite: a force of Nature minded like a raging young god.


Nigel Raymond Offord © 2011


al-andalus-2(meaning and copyrights, if any, unknown)

The so-called IS/ISISIL/jihadist/mujahedeen/funded foreign legions overwound by Turkey, leading Gulf States and the West have produced a map of their intended fantastical caliphate which includes Andalusia, a large part of Spain which was once a Medieval Moorish stronghold. ‘Adaluncatif’ need not necessarily be a straight anagram and requires only a tweak or two to give us ‘Andalus’ and ‘Calif’. (Although ‘catif’ might be ‘al-Quatif’ an ancient region of Eastern Arabia and the name of the most important Arab trading port in the Gulf. Andalus-Quatif would then be a sea trade route.)

The suggestion in ‘Fesulan’ might be that it is a merger of the parts ‘Fez’, ‘USE’ (United States of Europe?) and ‘land’ otherwise ‘USE, land of the Fez’. Farfetched? A feature of the massive wave of immigration is that Islamic leaders have been boasting, it seems, that Arab Moslems are more fertile and productive of children than White Europeans and may outnumber them in time. To emigrate in order to spread Islam may be considered almost a holy task and that might include by deliberate intermarriage and repeated impregnations.

Nigel Raymond Offord © 2015