(Inc. Quatrains VI 6, V 92, VI 26, VI 57, VIII 46, VI 82, I 4, VIII 99, II 41, V 56 and others)

The following are a few of Malachy’s Popes, as I see them through the lens of Nostradamus

Quatrain VI 6 Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903)
The legend ‘Lumen in caelo’ or ‘Light in the sky’.

Apparoistra vers Septentrion,
Non loing de Cancer l’Estoille cheueluë:
Suse, Sienne, Boece, Eretrion,
Mourra de Rome grand, la nuit disperuë.

There will show towards the North,
Not far from Cancer the bearded star:
Susa, Siena, Boeotia, Eretria,
The grandee of Rome will die, the night over.

In the Line 2, ‘Cancer l’Estoille’ yields ‘caelo’ and in the proper letter sequence. The line almost yields ‘lumen in’ but fails by not providing the letter ‘m’ although it could render ‘lune in caelo’ as a mixture of French and Latin. However, ‘Lumen in’ does occur in the lettering of Line 4. This last line describes the death of a Pope and links this to the night becoming dispersed. The penultimate line seems a haphazard assemblage, probably the predicted path of the ‘bearded star’ or comet in Line 2.

Leo XIII’s coat-of-arms featured a shooting star.

Quatrain V 92 Pope Pius XII (1939-1958)
The legend ‘Pastor angelicus’ or ‘Angelic Shepherd’.

Apres le siege tenu dix sept ans,
Cinq changeront en tel reuolu terme:
Puis sera l’vn esleu de mesme temps,
Qui des Romains ne sera trop conforme.

After taking the See-Seat (the Papacy) seventeen years,
Five terms changing within that cycle:
One from during the same period will be elected after that ,
One with whom the Romans will not be too consistent/compliant.

Line 1. Pope Pius XI (d.1939) held the seat for 17 years.

Line 2. We are not told exactly which cycle this is so must presume it to be a circle of five Popes. His four immediate successors were Pius XII (d.1958) John XXIII (d.1963) Paul VI (d.1978) and John Paul I (d.1978).

Line 3. This group of five were succeeded by Pope John Paul II (1978-2005)

Line 4. OF ‘conforme’ here means ‘consistent’ in French but ‘compliant’ in Italian.

(Lines 3 and 4 seem prescient about the internal workings of Pope John Paul II’s reign.)

Pius XII held his papal power 1939 to 1958, through the Second World War. In the last line ‘sera trop’ will yield ‘pastor’ and the second line gives up ‘angelique’ or “Cinq changeront en tel reuolu terme: Puis” will give up ‘angelicus’.  And ‘pasteur angelique’ may be found in the last line.

These can be made to equate to the legend ‘Pastor Angelicus’ by an admix of French and Latin.

Quatrain VI 26 Pope John XXIII (1958-1963)
The legend ‘Pastor et nauta’ or ‘Shepherd and navigator’.

Quatre ans le siege quelque peu bien tiendra,
Vn suruiendra libidineux de vie:
Rauenne & Pise, Veronne soustiendront,
Por esleuer la croix du Pape enuie.

For four years the Papacy will be held with some little good,
One with lust for life (worldly aware) will occur:
One aware of the world unexpectedly intervenes on that subject:
Ravenna & Pisa, Verona will endorse,
Hostility through holding high the Papal cross.

Line 1. Pope John XXIII, 4 years 218 days.

Line 2. OF ‘surviendra’ is from ‘survenir’, one meaning of which is to intervene or occur. Another suggests ‘to arrive unexpectedly or briskly’.*

Line 3. OF ‘soutenir’, to support, in the meaning ‘to endorse’.

This line contains the legend ‘Pastor & nauta’ in its letters. (He hailed from Venice.)

Line 4 OF ‘esleuer’ can mean to elect (a Pope) or to elevate (connotations of the Cross). OF ‘envie’ can mean feeling unwell, feeling hatred or feeling rancour. The Spanish ‘por’ is substituted for the French ‘par’ suggesting that this line be scrutinized for a concealed message in all its lettering and here is one without any duplication;

Line 4, ‘Por esleuer la croix du Pape envie’ = “léser, Papa, police, revenue, droix”

OF   ‘léser’, to harm or prejudice someone

OF   ‘Papa’, universal diminuitive term for father/for the Pope

OF   ‘police’, Twelfth Century, good order or good administration

OF   ‘revenue’, the monitoring of returns (Fifteenth Century ‘Traictié des monnoies’, N.Oresme)

Latin  ‘droix’ = OF ‘dreit/droit’ = right  in the sense of an exactitude; a true and just account. (‘Alexis’, ed. Storey, Eleventh Century)

As ‘pur ço quer’ is synonymous with ‘por ce que’ (Twelfth Century, ‘Saint Brendan’, ed. Waters) this ‘por’ could mean ‘pure’.

In fact, the surface meaning of Line 4 is ambiguous. If Nostredame intended ‘elect’ and also inferred ‘elevate’ then we could stretch to ‘the elected one outrages by officiously taking up his cross’.

*In fact, Good Pope John called a surprise ecunemical council, stirring the official pot and steering the Church to address the world better.

Quatrain VI 57 Pope John Paul I (August-September 1978)
The legend ‘De medietate lunæ’ or ‘Half of the Moon’

Celuy qu’estoir bien auant le regne,
Ayant chef rouge proche la hierarchie
Aspre & cruel,& se fera tant craindre,
Succedera à sacree monarchie.

Line 1, OF ‘estoir’ is either OF ‘histoire’, chronicle, or OF ‘estour’, compete, assault, charge.

He who is well in the vanguard of competing for the realm,
Having a red chief close to the hierachy
Harsh and cruel, and will be much feared,
Will succeed to the sacred monarchy.

It’s not totally clear whether it is the subject of Line 1 who ‘has a red chief’ or the red chief hisself  who will succeed  to the religious throne eventually. Likewise, which of the two is harsh and feared? It seems to me that Lines 1 and 4 are linked and it is the red chief who is harsh and cruel. However, identifying which hierarchy – the Vatican or whatever – seems intrinsic to solving this Quatrain. For example, Hitler’s regime doubtless had an insider at the Vatican.

The jumbled letters of ‘De medietate lunæ’ are to be found in the lines of this quatrain.

None of these Quatrains is an exact fit to its hidden Pope and this one seemingly won’t do at all. But Nostredame always reveals some detail that has escaped the history books, so who knows? Even so the fact that John Paul I was found dead sitting up in bed just before the dawn does fit to Line 4 of Nostradamus Quatrain VI 6 above and Line 4 of VI 26  above (‘the elected one outrages by officiously taking up his cross’) would be a likely recipe for the suspected murder, manslaughter or untimely death by misadventure that took place on the very eve of Pope John Paul I shaking out the contents of somebody’s pockets onto the Vatican floor at his financial showdown scheduled for that morning. He reigned from half-moon to half-moon, approximately.

Quatrain VIII 46 Pope John Paul II (1978-2005)
The legend ‘De labore solis’ or ‘From the toil of the sun’

Pol mensolee mourra trois lieus du rosne,
Fuis les deux prochains tarasc destrois:
Car Mars fera le plus horrible trosne,
De coq & d’aigle de France freres trois.

‘Pol mensolee will die’ three regions/three leagues from the Rhône/from Rome,
The two nearest the oppressive Tarasque flee.
Because Mars will take up his horrible throne,
Of the Cock and of the Eagle of France three brothers.

Line 1. ‘Pol mensolee’ spoken as if ‘Paul man sol est’ could suggest ‘Paul is the handwork of the Sun’. His reign lasted 27 years.

The use of OF ‘lieu’ is very vague as fundamentally it meant a geographic place but it could also refer to measuring out a distance by the writer’s unrevealed choice of unit. Three steps? Three leaps? Three leagues? (Another Medieval vaguery.) Castel Gandolfo?

(We also find a similar beginning to Nostradamus Quatrain  X 29: see ‘Tracking and Tracing’ Multiple References In Nostradamus’)

Line 2. The Tarasque of Port Tarascon is a “fabled monster of the legends of Provençal” (‘Histoire de Provence’, Cesar de Nostredame, 1614, Lyon, possibly extracted from ‘La Chronique de Provence’ by Jean de Nostredame) described as a ravenous raiding sea-dragon with the body of an ox! Sea beef! The late-Fifteenth Century Order of the Knights of the Tarasque, initiated by the King of Languedoc, ensured the correct observation of the beef-bodied marine monster. It appears on the civic shield of Tarascon, a port-town with a bridge over the River Rhône near its mouth out to the Mediterranean.

(See ‘sea beef’ in the Epistle to the King. Also Pope Alexander VI, 1492-1503, had the Malachy legend ‘Bos Albanus in portu’, Alban bull in the port, from his Cardinalship of Albano and Porto)

The letters of the words ‘fera le plus horrible trosne, De’ in the Lines 3 and 4 contain ‘De labore solis’.

Also, the last two lines superficially fit to the doomed trio of terrorizers Marat, Robespierre and Danton of Revolutionary France in the Eighteenth Century.

Alternatively, once we separate out ‘Pol mensolee mourra’ from the rest of this quatrain, as if a complete sentence in itself, then it serves as a time-marker for other events.

Presumably ‘rosne’ is not ‘Rosen’ and so this leaves Rhône or else Rome. If the latter then the three brothers are possibly three regions out from the Ligurian coast, say Sardinia Corsica and Sicily. In Nostredame’s day there were several permutations available to the North West, being Italia and the South East of France. Line 2 seems to refer to the hinterlands either side of the River Rhône, perhaps linking to the ‘End Time Deluge’ confirmed by other Nostradamus Quatrains.  (See the Article STORED UP IN THE NORTH WIND) Three brothers might be three rivers. (See NOSTRADAMUS GEOGRAPHY) Either way, Nostredame is telling us that before and after the millennium, as spanned by this Pope’s 27-year reign, we are influenced the most by terrible Mars. And so it has been.

Israel’s Operation Litani against South Lebanon happened in 1978 followed by Operation Peace In Gallilee in 1982. The Lebanese Civil War went beyond 1992 and ran alongside the Ethiopian Civil War. The Afghan Civil War has run from 1978 to the present day. In fact, there is a full A-Z list of countries experiencing wars, invasive attacks, military coups and ethnic-religious conflicts or forced expulsions since 1978.

(For more on Nostredame’s 27-year war see the Nostradamus Quatrain VIII  77  THE EXTENDED VERSION)

Quatrain VI 82 A POPE’S NEPHEW is an interesting oddity, not yet solved:

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

Par les desers de lieu, libre & farouche,
Viendra errer nepueu du grand Pontife:
Assommé à sept auecques OR avec ques lourde souche,
Par ceulx qu’apres occuperont le cyphe.

Through the desertedness of the free wild place,
The nephew of the great Pontiff will come:
Felled by seven with a strong ‘tree’,
Stunned by the strain of seven heavy questions,
By those who by seeing and touching/afterwards will take over the Chalice.

Followers of St. Benedict were once named ‘Olivetans’, a reference to the tree-covered hillsides of Tuscany. The letters of the Nostradamus Quatrain VI 82 give up ‘De gloria oliuae’ or ‘olivae’, Malachy’s legend of the current Pope Benedict. (But so do VIII 99  and II 41 below …)

Line 1, OF ‘desers’ means a wild and uninhabited place.

Line 2, OF ‘errer’ is to wander but in its form ‘sous-errer’ would mean walk below. OF ‘nepueu’ is either nephew or ‘little son’.

Line 3, OF ‘lourde’ is either like ‘sottise’, stupidity, or OF ‘lourdement’ which means something falling seriously heavily, suddenly with all its weight. The latter fits to this ‘choir’ or ‘club’ of seven so I think this ‘lourde’ is an abbreviation for reasons of verse (as ‘errer’ in Line 2 may also be). OF ‘souche’ is the foot of a tree including roots, analagous to who is the source of offspring, the root of a family tree.

Line 4, ‘apres’ could be the preposition ‘après’, after, but as the OF adjective ‘âpres’ means to have felt something, perhaps poetically, as in ‘seen and touched’. OF ‘occuper’ means to have or take over something. OF ‘cyphe’ is more difficult to place, the closest words meaning anything from a child’s game to a nonentity. Or it could be a sign-bearer, such as a Cardinal or Pope, in which case it could be a substitute for ‘siege’, seat. Or the Holy Chalice, perhaps suggesting the Church itself. In English we have cypher meaning a cover-over device used in cryptography. To the Medieval mind, once encumbered by the Roman numbering system, the cypher/sifr – Arabic for zero – was something remarkably far-fetched. (And for me too, except when used conditionally.)

(Also see the Nostradamus Quatrain II 92 of 1555 about murder from on high of a great one’s nephew)

Nostradamus Quatrain I 4

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Par l’uniuers sera faict vng monarque,
Qu’en paix & vie ne sera longuement:
Lors se perdra la piscature barque,
Sera regie en plus grand detriment.

There will be one global monarch,
Who will not be long in peace and life:
Then it will be lost, the fishing bark,
Being ruled to such great detriment.

Line 1 is ambiguous. Either, ‘Out in the world somewhere there will be a monarch who … ’ or ‘There will be one universal monarch who … ’, most likely the latter.

Line 2, ‘paix & vie’ seems like a toast, salute or greeting to a King. But things do not work out well.

Line 3, ‘piscature barque’ is the Catholic Church, although here it might expand to include all Christianity under a general rulership.

Line 4, ‘detriment/détriment’ is not far from ‘détritus’ and so pejorative. From the Latin ‘detrimentum’. Usually it means prejudicial, damaging or blighted but figuratively it can mean remains or some relics worth a reverent bow for their historic associations.

Lines 3 and 4 still work with their order reversed.

Nostradamus researchers often link this with the papal predictions of Malachy (his visions on a trip to Rome) particularly at the end whereby “the city of seven hills destroyed, and a fearful Judge will judge the people”.

Jerusalem – cited in Revelation and Nostradamus as being the major city at End Time – is built on seven hills but there are at least 50 other famous cities so inclined including Athens, Budapest, Prague, Barcelona, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Moscow and Mecca.  A prior Malachy reference to “Peter the Roman” (who has no given number but we may know it is 112) should clinch this as being Vatican City, Rome.

Yet Rome City in Georgia U.S.A. also reflects Rome Italy in this topographical respect and the hilly sites of Washington DC are where before was a large estate that some say was once known as Rome, watered by its own River Tiber, and others have called New Troy, especially those heights now known as Capitol Hill.

The Catholic Papal claim to unique attributes has always fascinated the world. The Jesuit Society and Opus Dei are not so sanguine towards each other yet the current Pope Benedict works hard to bring together disparate parts of his Church. All popes have been aware of their Malachy legends to the extent that ‘Peter Roman’ may be hard to find within the Vatican’s walls. Maybe the most critical damage to the Church as a symbol was done from 1933 to 63 yet their far-flung flock remain pious and devout and the Church is still the wealthiest international organization in the world with amazingly flexible communication capabilities.

Other Nostradamus Quatrains touching upon the Papacy include III 65 (Line 1 ‘sepulcre du grand Romain trouvé’ yields up ‘Peter Romanus’) IV 11 (‘under murder, murder’) V 46 (‘Quarrels & new schism by the red hats’ with Line 4, ‘Et sera Rome lesee par Albanois’ yielding ‘Pietro Roman/Petre Romain’) V 56  (‘an older Roman .. incisive activity’) and VI 12 (‘In the Vatican the Royal blood will hold fast’, Line 2 ‘le sang royal tiendra’ contains ‘de gloria’ and Line 3, ‘Anglois, Espaigne avec’ yields ‘oliuea’ or ‘olivae’).

 (Also see the Papal section ending the Article ‘TRACKING AND TRACING’ MULTIPLE REFERENCES IN NOSTRADAMUS and the Quatrain IX 16  FRANCO AND RIBIERE)


Par la puissance des trois Roys temporels,
En autre lieu sera mis le saint siege:
Où la substance de l’esprit corporel,
Sera remis & receu pour vray siege.

Through the power of three temporal kings,
The sacred seat in another place:
Where the substance of the body and the spirit:
Will be given and received for the true seat.

Unusually OF ‘siege’, seat, is repeated in the rhyming scheme.

This quatrain could record a retrospective vision applicable to one of the old anti-Popes with special information contained in the second couplet which could describe a possible ‘intermingling’ of Self with the Highest Power or probably something much more basic. The secular kings were likely the electors of a separate ‘pope pretender’ to an ’empty chair’ in whom they became convinced. In recent years there have been others like this. Then there’s the Jesuit Black Pope, so-called. And extreme right-winger Giuseppe Siri was twice considered the papal conclave’s choice – 1958 and 1963 – only to be vetoed for religio-political reasons, we are told.

Blind Antipope ‘Gregory XVII Glory of the Olives’ demanded the succession to Pope Paul VI at his death in 1978. He claimed to have met Jesus in a vision who called him ‘my sub-Vicar’, a curiously technical Church term of sorts that effectively ensured the future papacy for Gregory. He was crowned August 1978 in Spain by four Cardinals of his new College and promptly canonized the fascist leader General Franco. Declared to be the last Pope he was predicted to be crucified in Jerusalem.  In 1997 he was successfully accused of sex with both priests and nuns. His anti-papacy period paralleled Pope John Paul II and he died aged 58 in March 2005 to be succeeded by Manuel Corral the anti-pope Peter II. Amusingly, the letters of ‘Manuel’ may be found in Line 1 and ‘Corral’ in Line 3 of Nostradamus Quatrain VIII 99 plus his name reveals the letters for ‘Roman’.

The letters of ‘De gloria olivae’ are available from this Quatrain VIII 99 and II 41 and others as aforementioned.  It seems that the pontifical verses in the Centuries may be a body deserving close and detailed investigation. Inclusion of some of Malachy’s papal legends jumbled in the letters of these quatrains seems pertinent to some overall plan perhaps but not necessarily to the verse where they are found, it seems.
(To Be Continued … )

Gone from the Vatican!

Nostradamus Quatrain II 41 A POPE DECAMPS

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

La grand estoille par sept iours bruslera,
Nuée fera deux Soleils apparoir:
Le gros mastin toute nuit hurlera,
Quand grand pontife changera de terroir.

The great star will burn for seven days,
The cloud will cause two suns to appear:
The great mastiff will howl all night,
When the great pontiff leaves his territory.

At first I thought this would be Pope Benedict XVI (2005- ) because of the legend ‘De gloria olivae’ (‘From the glory of the olive’) in its letters. But why the olive? Perhaps because Olivarus is a Spanish family name, closely connected to the Jesuit College in Madrid. Or that the victor’s olive wreath was part of the original Greek Olympic Games and a proof that these athletes competed for honour and not for gold.

Actually, this quatrain appears to align more closely with Thirteenth Century Pope Celestine IV, Goffredo Castiglioni, as his legend ‘Leo Sabinus’ is entirely contained within Line 1.

However, the gist of the text appears to be fully apocalyptic and so located more towards End Time.

Update: please see the blog Penultimate Pope Benedictus XVI, the man who knows so much …posted on our sister website

Finally, a stirring discovery made upon  following an investigative hunch:

The complete Malachy list goes to 112 popes.

Here are them all , a hell of a squeeze and yet all to be found – some conditionally – as jumbled letters in Nostradamus Quatrain II 41:

1. ‘Ex castro Tiberis’, Celstine II, d.1144

2. ‘Inimicus expellus’, Lucius II, d.1145

3. With an extra ‘m’ – but there isn’t one – we would have ‘Ex magnitudine montis’, Eugene III, d.1153

4. Abbas Suburranus (needs two extra letters ‘b’)

5. De rure albo

6. Ex tetro carcere (needs ‘nuit’ in Line 3 to be spelt ‘nuict’ with a letter ‘c’ as elsewhere in the Centuries)

8. De Pannonia Thusciæ

9. Ex ansere custode

11. Sus in cribro

12. Ensis Laurentii

13. De Schola exiet

14. De rure bouensi

15. Comes Signatus

16. Canonicus de latere (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

17. Auis Ostiensis

18. Leo Sabinus (contained entirely within Line 1)

19. Comes Laurentius

20. Signum Ostiense

21. Hieruſalem Campaniae (but short of one ‘m’)

22. Draco depressus

23. Anguinus uir

24. Concionator Gallus

25. Bonus Comes

26. Piscator Thuscus (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

27.Rosa composita

28. Ex teloneo liliacei Martini

29. Ex rosa leonina

30. Picus inter escas

31. Ex eremo celsus


32. Ex undarum benedictione

33. Concionator patereus

34. De fessis aquitanicis

35. De sutore osseo

36. Coruus schismaticum (even with ‘nuict’ spelling it needs extra letters c and m)

37. Frigidus Abbas (but short of one ‘b’)

38. De rosa Attrebatensi

39. De montibus Pammachii

40. Gallus Vicecomes (changing u to v, as was normal)

41. Nouus de uirgine forti

42. Decruce Apostolica (with the ‘nuict’ spelling it still needs an extra letter ‘c’)

43. Luna Cosmedina

44. Schisma Barchinonium

45. De inferno prægnanti

46. Cubus de mixtione

47. De meliore sydere (changing i for y, as was normal)

48. Nauta de Ponte nigro

49. Flagellum solis

50. Ceruus Sirenæ

51.Corona ueli aurei

52. Lupa Cœlestina

53. Amator Crucis (needs ‘nuict’ to be spelt with a letter ‘c’)

54. De modicitate Lunæ

55. Bos pascens

56. De Capra et Albergo

57. De Ceruo et Leone

58. Piscator minorita

59. Præcursor Siciliæ (needs ‘nuict’ to be spelt with a letter ‘c’)

60. Bos Albanus in portu (but short of one letter ‘b’)


61. De paruo homine

62. Fructus Iouis iuuabit

63. De craticula Politiana (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

64. Leo Florentius

65. Flos pilei ægri

66. Hiacinthus medicorum (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

67. De coronamontana

68. Frumentum flocidum (flaccidum?) (needs extra letters ‘m’)

69. De fide Petri

70. Esculapii pharmacum (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling and short of one ‘m’)

71. Angelus nemorosus

72. Medium corpus pilarum (needs extra letters ‘m’)

73. Axis in medietate signi

74. De rore cœli

75. Ex antiquitate Vrbis (by changing u to v, as was normal)

76. Pia ciuitas inbello

77. Crux Romulea

78. Vndosus uir (by changing u to v, as was normal)

79. Gens peruersa

80. In tribulatione pacis

81. Lilium etrosa

82. Iucunditas crucis (with the ‘nuict’ spelling it lacks one letter ‘c’)

83. Montium custos (but short of one ‘m’)

84. Sydus olorum (changing an i to y, as was normal)

85. De flumine magno

86. Bellua insatiabilis

87. Pœnitentia gloriosa

88. Rastrum in porta

89.Flores circundati (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

90. De bona religione

91. Miles in bello

92. Columna excelsa (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

93. Animal rurale

94. Rosa Vmbriæ (by changing u to v, as was normal)

95. Vrsus uelox (interchange of u and v, as was normal)

96. Peregrin apostolic

97.Aquila rapax

98. Canis et coluber (needs ‘nuict’ to be spelt with a letter ‘c’)

99. Vir religiosus

100. De balneis Ethruriæ

101. Crux de cruce (with the ‘nuict’ spelling it still lacks one letter ‘c’)

102. Lumen in cœlo

103. Ignis ardens

104. Religio depopulata

(‘Loss of religious population’. Pope Benedict XV’s reign from 1914 to 1922 covered the Great War, the anti-religious Russian Revolution, and the Post War rise of ‘the rights of the common man’ and ’emancipated woman’ with new personal freedoms emerging that proved ultimately stronger than the cultural constraints of the West by the end of the Twentieth Century)

105. Fides intrepida

106. Pastor angelicus

107. Pastor et nauta

108. Flos florum (but short of one ‘f’)

109. De medietate lunæ

110. De labore solis

111. Gloria oliuæ

111. Part (ii) In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.

Holds the seat during extreme persecution of the Church.

112. Part (i)  Petrus Romanus

Peter a Roman,

112 Part (ii) qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus (but short of second letter ‘b’)

who pastures his sheep during many tribulations:

112 Part (iii) quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis diruetur (needs the ‘nuict’ spelling)

after these happenings, the city of seven hills destroyed,

112 Part (iv) et Iudex tremendus iudicabit populum suum. Finis. (short of two letters ‘m’)

and a fearful judge will try the people.

(There are total lists of popes that include all possible anti-popes which would add a hundred and more names to the above but no additional Malachy legends.)

The legends from 108 to 111 make a small verse of sorts:
Flower of Flowers
Of the Half Moon
From the Labour of the Sun
The Glory of the Olive

There seems to be a natural progression. The goodness of the flowers, after a brief diversion into half moonlight (that does them no actual harm and would warm the cockles of Rudolf Steiner’s heart) is transformed under the Sun into ripe fruit. The last couple of lines is especially striking as they suggest that one brings to completion the efforts of the other. This next quatrain may well relate to St. Malachi’s prophecy of the olive papacy that fructifies the activity of the Sun Pope.

Quatrain V 56

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

Par le trespas du tres vieillart pontife,
Sera esleu Romain de bon aage:
Qu’il sera dict que le siege de bisse,
Et long tiendra & de picquant ouuraige.

Through the passing of the very old Pontiff
A Roman of good age will be elected,
Of him it will be said that the Holy See has bite,
And long will he hold it and with piquant effects.

Line 2, OF ‘trespas/trépas’ meant passage to somewhere. By metonym it was the fee or trépassage required for passage from one place to another (the coin for the boatman to ferry a soul across the gulf of death) or more simply the transition from life to death. (Our modern view that a whole body/person dies upon an instant is a superficial legal convenience.) A word of wide meaning from transgression and abuse to the passage of life into death.

Line 4, OF ‘ouuraige/ouvrage’ meant a work activity or any result of work. (What comes out a process, i.e. the product and its usage or implementation.)

Once we allow a very few key consonants to duplicate once or twice then all 111 Latin legends coined lyrically by Malachy and the description, by parts, of the end of the Roman Church under Peter are living within the letters of Nostradamus Quatrain II 41 which not only endorses the accuracy of Malachy further but certainly makes Michel de Nostredame’s composition seem a work of sheer genius, don’t you think?

(Were ‘Malachy’s Popes’ rewritten or expanded during the time of Nostradamus? For more than one reason, maybe? Elected Pope Pius IV, 1559-65, ‘Esculapii pharmacum’ was a Medici by family name and so was Clement VII, 1523-34, ‘Flos pilei ægri’, the flower of the sick person’s pill. The Medicis dynasty started out as flourishing pharmacists then sank to social supremacy with criminal control over worldly wealthmaking and ‘Peter’s pence’. The modern publication was in 1969 by Colin Smythe Ltd. and marked favourably by the (mod.Fr.) ‘Archeveque S.E. Cardinale, Nonce apostolique en Belgique et au Luxembourg’. These letters in parentheses may be found in Quatrain II 41 also on allowing duplicates, as was normal enough with anagrams in Nostredame’s time. Is this peculiar instance a pure coincidence? I would guess so for otherwise what might that imply?)

(Also see the Nostradamus Quatrains
V 31   END OF THE PAPACY             
and then consider I 96 THIS IS HIM)

                                        Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012/3