ADDENDUM TO NOSTRADAMUS QUATRAIN V 53 THE LAW OF THE SUN:
Space is motion and Time is the ordering of it, say I. Contemplation upon the subject of Time exposes the failure of Twenty-First Century Science to comprehend in the slightest this most intimate of dimensions. How can they claim straight-faced that the universe is expanding purely by use of analogous explanation, that most Body-Swerving method of argument? The painted apple that falls vertically through and the dull perfect globe rolling around an imagined dip in a featureless rubber sheet seem incompatible illustrations. As each law of science equally may be applied in reverse gear, perhaps the universe is even contracting – the far border only seeming to expand as we compress toward the short end of our funnel vision – and one day the heavens will roll up like a scroll, i.e. reveal the final spiral wave as we exit the distant spectacle of space and time altogether.
The camera has provided graphic proof that time is a sequence of moments, smoothed perceptions based upon a science presumption that what is eternal is secondary to the punctual world. The physical is viewed as ‘real’ and the eternal is publicly bowed to but privately it’s seen as one of those dismissible mystic notions: such was the attitude of many or most ‘Enlightenment’ physicists and it still permeates our schoolrooms today despite that ‘Quantum Mechanics’, the most successful branch of science theory, has needed some incompatible and ‘otherly’ points of view to complete its configurations.
In our daily human lives are we simply Nature’s contrarians somehow sending confirmations of opposition to each other, unlike ant hills and tree clumps which are socialized more uniformly by general messaging? The Buddhists warn us not to harm ants for they might develop into us given multiple lifetimes. What if these pliant pagoda-people have been misdirected by commonsense – scourge of discovery – and eventually the ants will return to live as plants instead? What if soft tissue becomes tough and hardwoods develop through the Ages into those sleeping monks we call rocks? Be still and know?
I did not grasp how real Great God was until my early 30’s. Nor the Devil who I could not believe existed at all until I reached my early 60’s. Neither realization, one from experience and the other an unavoidable deduction, had anything to do with religion. Both of these, and different as they may seem they are not polarized, would still have been here with us all if religions were somehow absent and if anything they have been obfuscated by the propagation of mass belief about them.
“You are the one, my shining star” (a popular lyric which manages to illuminate our relationship with light at least as lucidly as the UN’s IYL 2015)
Regarding the Latin Vulgate’s reference to Lucifer as the Morning Star, tradition has it that Lucifer is the Angel of Light who fell from heaven and is connected in a way to Adam. Lucifer seems rather like Prometheus, the bringer of light, and may even have existed in a sense. Some say Lucifer was unearthly in origin and gave early mankind secrets of agriculture (and in places may have inspired hot air flight, light explosives, low-voltage batteries, vertical levitation of weights and so on). As such he would have started the decline of the hunter-gatherer and the rise of metalworks and basic capitalism (mining and farming for surplus storage with fenced boundaries and armed protectors) that was to lead to the use of gold and silver bullion as exchangers and facilitators for rewards and placations – money. Lucifer was the root of all evil?
Used as a proper noun ‘Lucifer’ also doubles for another Latin proper noun ‘Venus’ although in modern English Lucifer is the double of Satan. But wait, the prophet Isaiah never wrote the Hebrew Bible’s only reference to ‘lucifer’. It was inserted by some Latin scribe in the Fourth Century AD overwriting Isaiah’s verse about hated Baylonian King Hêlêl/Heylel, being a Hebrew proper noun which in English is DayStar/Son of the Dawn. Lucifer is the Latin for it and Eosphoros is the Greek but employed figuratively it translates as Morning Star.
The Roman word ‘lucifer’ later occurs in the widely distributed King James Bible, a beautifully crafted yet ill-begotten edition exclusively beloved as ‘the true word of God’ by Anglo-Saxons. Joseph Smith on translating his ancient record included Lucifer in the Book of Mormon just as if he were copying directly from the King James Version. ‘O Day Star’ was used only metaphorically in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible as its etymology was held to be unsure. Actually, it has been strongly disputed that Isaiah even intended this to be the Babylonian king as it fits better, apparently, to the obscure Canaanite myth of Athtar (as distinct from the Canaanite Athtart a lady like the Greek Aphrodite who in turn was identified with the planet Venus and was the forerunner of that Roman goddess, (See the Nostradamus Quatrains X 96 ADALUNCATIF, THE BAAL CYCLE AND VIII 16 FESULAN)
Christian tradition has blurred ‘lucifer’ with ‘Satan’, very nearly confirmed by Jesus in Luke 10:18
I was beholding the Adversary, as lightning from the heaven having fallen (I always employ ‘Youngs Literal Translation Bible’ – other Bible translations such as “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning” may seem more convincing.)
Back to Motion, Space and Time. The searching Renaissance mind must have rested for many moments upon the nature of a flame swaying above a candle (by degrees of heat and airflow and shaped by gravity for without gravity it would form a globe – let’s hope the new Hadron Collider with its truly gigantic magnetic field does not pull the Sun into a shape like a candle-flame!).
Bearing in mind the ‘Norwegian Spiral’, the nativity star of the East (Matthew 2:1-3) the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night (Exodus 13:21) and Michel de Nostredame’s observations on candle flames (for example the Nostradamus Quatrain I 1 A SLOPING FLAME) I now wish to consider the Latin Flammas.
The following investigation has been constructed with little more than a distant memory of pupil chants of ‘amo, amas, amat’ et cetera, so many thanks to those altruistic contributors liking to pool their Latin knowledge on the Internet and my apologies to any true scholar who I may have innocently distressed.
The Flammas, the Flames or Flame, is at the close of the Praeconium Paschale or Prayer for the Emperor. It links with the Passover and the Covenants, a candle representing the Pillar of Fire, “cérei huius laudem implére perfíciat” (Official Translation: that I may sing this candle’s perfect praises).
Flammas eius lúcifer matutínus invéniat:
ille, inquam, lúcifer, qui nescit occásum.
Christus Fílius tuus,
qui, regréssus ab ínferis, humáno géneri serénus illúxit,
et vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum.
May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.
The candle also used to serve as a kind of burnt offering until the ritual affixing to it of incense grains (representing the wounds of Jesus) was banned by Pius XII. Before 1955 the Exsultet or Exultet was rounded of with a prayer for the Holy Roman Emperor. (The Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is called the Lucernarium.)
Today, allegations based on re-translations of the Flammas purport that the Church of Rome is entertaining a veiled version of devil worship although at first sight such an outrageous thing is unsupported by this prayer. Accusers (a loaded word in Christianity) say that the official translations express only a Catholicized and sanitized version of the original, both inaccurate and deceptive.
Now I guess they’re not saying that Catholic congregations invoke the ‘dark side’ in their prayers, but
“I have no doubt whatever that the Devil is tempting the upper levels of the Church, above all, just as he tempts every upper level – political and industrial”
Fr. Gabriel Amorth remarking upon Pope Paul VI’s stunning lamentation that
“We have the impression that through some cracks in the wall the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God” soon after his ‘Vatican II’ Council teaching was held up to ridicule apparently by clergy.
Some people, probably active Protestants, observe a kind of mass hypnosis of the congregation during this Easter Week Prayer and say that this disturbs them. Others point out the link to Isaiah who had used the ‘lucifer’ metaphor (drawing upon a Canaanite myth) to point up a foreign king who once held Israel captive.
Is this about Jesus as the Morning Star, one aspect of the shining planet Venus also known by the Romans as lucifer, or is this the worship of Lucifer by stealth? Well, that depends on what or who we perceive is lucifer/Lucifer! Just to muddy the waters, here’s both an OT human and an NT devil with each being described as a lucifer/Lucifer and neither of them lamented for his inevitable fall:
Old Testament, Isaiah 14:12-16
12 How hast thou fallen from the heavens, O shining one, son of the dawn! Thou hast been cut down to earth, O weakener of nations.
13 And thou saidst in thy heart: the heavens I go up, Above stars of God I raise my throne, And I sit in the mount of meeting in the sides of the north.
14 I go up above the heights of a thick cloud, I am like to the Most High.
15 Only – unto Sheol thou art brought down, Unto the sides of the pit.
16 Thy beholders look to thee, to thee they attend, Is this the man causing the earth to tremble, Shaking kingdoms?
New Testament, Paul’s letter 2 to the Corinthians11:14
… for even the Adversary doth transform himself into a messenger of light
By contrast the Flammas translates as meaning that the subject knows not how to fall (cannot fail). Should the candle flames be interpreted as not implying Jesus but rather the whole human race then we move closer to the modern notion of Lucifer driving the Anti-Christ with the associated fear that an organized religion will once again be given dominion over forced believers.
The dead language of Latin (though clinging on in a rather Italianate spoken form in some corners of the Vatican) has many quiet enthusiasts who may each bring fresh understandings of the complex grammar in its contextual interpretibility. (Though not the Roman pronunciation).
Here’s a word-for-word rough guide to “Flammas eius lúcifer matutínus invéniat: ille, inquam, Lúcifer, qui nescit occásum. Christus Fílius tuus, qui, regréssus ab ínferis, humáno géneri serénus illúxit, et vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum” drawn mainly from other people’s attempts to translate it properly and a little from my own:
Flammas (a feminine plural accusative noun, here the direct object, meaning flames/the flames on the ritual candles)
eius (in the genitive case it is the noun that is doing the possessing, his)
lúcifer (lucis ferre, the Morning Star/the light-bringer/Lucifer, a masculine singular noun so it cannot be modified by ‘flammas’)
matutínus (a masculine singular nominative adjective meaning early in the day and modifying ‘lucifer’ – matutinum being the direct object. In the Vulgate’s Book of Revelation, Jesus is called “stellam matutinam”)
invéniat (commonly used in prayers, the third person singular present active subjunctive of inveniō/invenire, meaning finds/proceeds. Latin ‘invéniat’ can require an implied noun for translation purposes, such as “May one…?”)
(matutínus invéniat may have as its meaning the unfolding dawn?)
ille (he/that man of renown … a demonstrative pronoun which, if there is not a further noun, may become ‘that one’)
inquam (inquire/I say)
nescit (ne/non scit/scio, he knows not)
occásum (occasum may be an accusative noun. Latin ‘oc’ suggests down or away from. The perfect passive participle of ‘cadō/cadere’ to fall, together with ‘oc’ gives occasum, perhaps ‘the site of the setting’ – the Morning Star having never had such a place – or else this is meant as the supine of the verb occido, ‘I fell/was felled like a tree cut down to earth’ or, arguably, the West as ‘Occido’ or ‘occidere’ which in terms of the Sun and the planets suggests ‘to set’ *)
Christus (Greek for Messiah)
Fílius (Son, son)
Tuus (Your, of yours)
ab (by, from …)
ínferis (the underworld)
géneri (species, the race)
illúxit (probably from il and lux, the search engines give this as ‘dawning’, which seems wrong. Illuminate?)
et vivit (and living)
et regnat (and regnant/reigning)
in sæcula sæculórum (in the Age of Ages/for ever and ever)
(*depending on lucifer being a star and not a person excepting as used figuratively, the manner in which most religious instruction is indeed put across)
So, the first line should be something suitably supplicatory such as “May the early morning star find his flames” which seems imperfect as a translation. How might the sentence then be reformed? It has occurred in the Nostradamus Centuries quatrains that a one-word overhang from Line 1 which would meaningfully complete that line was actually the opening word of Line 2 the meaning of which was not at all changed should we then deduct it from that second line. (See the Article ADDENDUM TO ‘TREASURE AS YET UNFOUND’ IN ‘MARBLE TOMBS AND TREASURE’) Suppose we should take ‘ille’ as ‘that one/that great man’ we could then arrive at Flammas eius lúcifer matutínus invéniat ille or May that great one light the unfolding dawn for the first line with the official second line Morning Star who never sets or else we could adopt a more literal translation I say, he, Lucifer, who knows not how to fall instead. Both preclude Lucifer from going down below the horizon, which in my opinion is the very origin of the traditional myth of descending into the unknowable Underworld, some more explanatory Body-Swerving that later became the religious notion of Hell.
A deadpan search engine translation of the Flammas verse (apparently demoting ‘invéniat’) reads:
Its flame dawning:
he, I say, O Lucifer, who does not know the going down thereof.
who, returning from hell, serenely shone forth upon mankind,
and now lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Not too bad a bid, say I, but to re-direct the subject towards a more Christian ritual manner, and given that ‘eius’ can link ‘flame’ to ‘Morning Star’, we could reinstate ‘invéniat’ rather than ‘lucifer’ as the subject, as follows:
May one discover the flames of this, I say, the Morning Star,
OR May that great man bring to the Morning Star his flames,
OR (if invéniat had been used here as an indicative, Latin word order being relaxed)
May the early Morning Star come to find his candle-flames,
He who knows not where the Sun sets.
Your Son the Christ,
Who returns from the underworld, shining brightly over the human race,
and, with You, living and ruling forever.
For experiment’s own sake, let’s go at it ‘the whole hog’
May Christ Lucifer come to find these candles,
I say, the light-bringer, who knows not how to fall,
Christ Lucifer Your Son, who, returning from Hell,
is the bright light upon all mankind,
and He is alive and He reigns over this universe forever
which contrasts somewhat with this more measured attempt
May the early lightener find His (pasche candle) flames,
that is He, I say, the light-bringer untouched by going down,
the Messiah Your Son,
the serene one who having returned from the depths illumines all the people,
and lives and reigns over all the Ages.
As this is a religious tract, an incantation, it is easy for translator-interpreters to emphasize their own emotional responses to it rather than the plain facts. The shining hour may dawn poetically upon the lustrous day to come but a bod simply gets up from a bed. The word ‘fall’ somehow seems inappropriate to worship Jesus even though He first failed by His trial and crucifixion. The Christian Bible can give us the Fall of Adam otherwise the Devil being cast down to Earth but it has the feet of Jesus steadied by angels to prevent Him from even stumbling. The Roman word lucifer has brought problems with it, especially the personification as Lucifer who most folk immediately associate with the dark-as-night Devil or the adopted Hebrew hegemonist Satan. In the Flammas ‘he/she/it’ shines like a star that never drops below the horizon (although Venus looks quite close to it sometimes and, conversely, the Sun does not always set fully when viewed from Labrador!).
We should remember that the Church once forbade the reading of the Bible by the laity and the language of Latin was known only to a few scholars who mostly were promoted in their educations by the Church. Coming more up to-date,
“Suddenly it became unarguable that now during this papacy, the Roman Catholic organization carried a permanent presence of clerics who worshipped Satan and liked it; of bishops and priests who sodomized boys and each other; of nuns who performed the “Black Rites” of Wicca” ‘Windswept House’, Fr. Malachi Martin (who puts it at perhaps 10% of Church officials who seem to have granted themselves indulgences).
According to John of Patmos, writing while channeling, these unworthies will very probably not be among those to be given the Morning Star by Jesus:
Revelation 2:26 27,28 and he who is overcoming, and who is keeping unto the end my works, I will give to him authority over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron – as the vessels of the potter they shall be broken – as I also have received from my Father; and I will give to him the morning star.
29 He who is having an ear – let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies.
There is no reference to the Devil here and it is difficult, though not impossible, to slide the literary Satan into the Flammas but the point remains, who or what exactly is Lucifer the light-bringer? Peter in his second letter says it is Jesus or else the good effect of Jesus:
2 Peter I:19 And we have more firm the prophetic word, to which we do well giving heed, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, till day may dawn, and a morning star may arise – in your hearts
All Christians believe in the Alpha and Omega, the One transcending Time itself. The ancients also tended to vaunt the one among their demi-gods who alone was greater than their god of Time (and the jolly belly of Jupiter looms larger than belted Saturn, Kronos hisself.)
The Christian Bible makes it clear that Jesus was a humble man, meek and latterly broken by his first and Venus-like incarnation but He will return in glory next time around to destroy his enemies like Mars in a vigorous spirit of victory. But Mars can appear low in the morning sky just like gentle Venus which can also appear in the late evening. Confused? The Spirit will tell all to the Assemblies in due course.
The other verses of the Praeconium Paschale include these lines
Hæc ígitur nox est,
quæ peccatórum ténebras
colúmnæ illuminatióne purgávit.
This is the night
that with a pillar of fire
banished the darkness of sin
which could’nt possibly refer to Lucifer – could it? Once again it depends upon religious faith and who or what is lucifer/Lucifer. What’s in a name? Watch this space. Time will tell.
NigelRaymondOfford © 2015