ADDENDUM TO TEXTS ON THE NATURE OF PROPHECY

ADDENDUM TO TEXTS ON THE NATURE OF PROPHECY

(general comments on prophecy are scattered around this website particularly the latter half of the Article BY WHAT STRANGE FACTOR IS NOSTRADAMUS STILL BEING READ? THE NATURE OF PROPHECY)

A peek into the future has happened to many folks and is often dismissed as ‘only a dream’ even when it aubsequently comes true. Who wants to be thought of as a a freak? Such is the irrational nature of socialized rationales. A vivid vision though unreasonable could be deeply unnerving. The biblical Prophets – with the honourable exception of Moses – received the future as a truly awe-inspiring divine inspiration and tended to be helped through this experience by what they recognized as an angel.

(Islam’s Great Prophet Mohammed, PBUH, encountered the Angel Gabriel in a cave.)

“Prophecy is, in truth and reality, an emanation sent forth by the divine being through the medium of the active intellect, in the first instance to man’s rational faculty and then to his imaginative faculty.”
from ‘Guide to the Perplexed’ by Maimonides and translated by Friedländer (Chapter 36)

The Medieval theorists and practitioners of things ‘otherworldly’ constructed certain prerequisites to perfect prophecy. Although Michel Nostredame always remained his own man, some such are touched upon by him here:

The following are sequential extracts from my translation of the PREFACE TO CESAR’

… those Prophets by the intervention of immortal God and the good Angels have received the spirit of vaticination, through which they see things at distant places, and have suddenly envisioned the futures to start: because nothing can be complete unto perfection without Him. Moreover so great is His power and bountifulness to His subjects, that while they abide in them they are still the subjects of His other accomplishings, as in the the case of one’s aetherial guardian

The text word ‘genius’ represents not so much the abstract Roman meaning as that classical-pagan superstition-tradition which endures to this day; a guardian spirit or personal angel.
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… a Prophet proper, my son, is that one who sees things in places far away from the natural cognizance of any creature
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… the understanding that is created intellectually cannot see mystically (clairvoyance) if it is not made by the voice (clairaudience) with the limb (dowsing), with the aid of the small flame in that on making the future cases appear it will have suddenly sloped (Changed yet unchanged in an adiabatic trance)

(see the Nostradamus Quatrain I 1 A SLOPING FLAME)

The initial causes for gravity and light, not to mention figuring-out the mechanics of human chronothesia – mental time travel – remain largely unsolved mysteries.
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… as for the judgement which comes to completion, this thyself intend to manifest it, with the help of celestial judgement: by the which to have cognizance of the future cases, projecting anew the fantastic faraway imaginings which shall come to be
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… also at no time did God the Creator by the ministeries of his messengers of fire, in flaming despatches, come to set something before the external senses, so our eyes, in the cases of future prediction, the significations of the future case to the augur who must dutifully manifest the auspice
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Because the presage which was made with exterior light is come to judge infallibly the parties along with and by way of that external light

God, the only infallible judge, perscrutates both the prophetic intermediary and the other players alike, scrutinizing all.
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There follow two extracts in sequence from my translation of the EPISTLE TO THE KING’

Rather, I have dedicated to a very prudent and very wise Prince my nocturnal and prophetic extrications of days – an assemblage construed immediately from my astrological penchants and accompanied by a poetic flurry

Translation note: ‘fureur’ really means ‘rage’ which is difficult to contextualize here without softening it considerably whereas the similar ‘forrëure’ was OF for a warm lining attached under a vestment. Fury or a furry underlay? I think I’ll opt out and go for ‘flurry’ (effarer) which fits surprisingly well. (But see the entry for ‘Nabu’ in II 62 Mabus By Name)
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It is well true, Sire, that regarding my astrological bent, my own subtle spirit has given me this; as for my family forebears they never considered the making of prognostications; and adjusting and granting hereunto natural instinct united with my lengthy computations, evidenting the spirit and the soul plus that courage (needed) in all purifications, in solicitude masking-out the world by inward meditation, and any negative reactions by repose and peace of the spirit. All in accordance with presagings by the one of the wrought alloy saddle. (stool, tripod)

(see the Nostradamus Quatrain I 1 A SLOPING FLAME)
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Maimonides detailed odd rules of thumb for both prophets and prophecy in his ‘Yesodei Ha Torah’ to be found translated here:

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/904991/jewish/Yesodei-haTorah-Chapter-Seven.htm

The Bible has frequent words of warning about false prophets with their successful words appealing to a fanciful world. Ezekiel XIII:3 sums it up succinctly, apparently quoting Jehovah directly:

Wo unto the prophets who are foolish, Who are going after their own spirit, And they have seen nothing.

(Youngs Literal Translation Bible)

Nigel Raymond Offord © 2015

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