(Inc. Nostradamus Quatrains I 62  IV 67  I 69  I 62  X 60  VIII 91 VIII 2  III 12  IX 37  II 33  X 6   II 31  II 84  VIII 1  VI  88  II 43  I 46  X 67  X 50  II 41  II 93  II 46  III 3  II 17 II 81 V 98  and  VIII 16 revisited)

around the River Rhône, the Garonne, the Gardon and Campania, the Gave d’Oloron, the Aude, the Durance and concomitant disasters occuring at End Time as foreseen by Master Michel de Nostradame.

In Michel de Nostradame’s Preface to Cesar immediately after my notation Ana-gogy is up: kata-strophe is down  is the translation that clues us in to the meaning of a good few of the 941+ Nostradamus Quatrains in The Centuries:

I found out that before the universal conflagration the world has had such deluges and so high inundations that there will be no local ‘guierre’ soil which is not covered by water: and it will be for so long a time, that save applying geo-graphs and topo-graphs, the whole picture is not ‘peri’: also before and after such inundations, in several regions, the rains will be so small, and so great an abundance of fire and stone incandescences will fall from the Heavens, such that there  will remain nothing that is not consumed there: and this will happen for a short time and before the last conflagration: 

Nostredame acknowledges the Biblical Conflagration at End Time but sequences this with virtual drought and incandescent missiles from the sky and even a deluge of such proportions that it might be the Deucalion or Noahic Floods all over again.

When Saturn and Mars Are Equally Combust

IV 67 

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

L’an que Saturne & Mars esgaux combust,
L’air fort seiché, longue traiection:
Par feux secrets, d’ardeur grand lieu adust
Peu pluie, vent, chault, guerres, incursions.

The year that Saturn and Mars are equally combust,
The air very dry, long meteor:
From hidden fires a great place reddens with heat,
Little rain, winds, heat, wars and incursions.

According to famous Seventeenth Century astrologer William Lilley, a planet is ‘combust of the Sun’ when it and the Sun are positioned within close limits in the same Sign. The strength of the ‘combustion’ relies on whether the Sun is approaching toward or receding from the planet in question. Opinions vary as to how to fix the exact time of combustion. Lilley suggests ‘Use which you find most verity in’ and adds (from the viewpoint of the enquirer) ‘the significator of the Querent Combust, shews him or her in great fear, and over powered by some great person’.

In non-astrological speech, OF ‘combuste’ meant ‘aduste’ (reddened, scorching) or ‘brûler’ (incinerating).

Interestingly, Mars and Saturn were together in the Fire Sign Leo in the Fall of 1947, a time of far-reaching national-cum-international implications for much of the globe, not the least being in China and India.

Many prognostications by Nostredame were about the weather and this was of major importance in an agrarian society.  This one seems to be a long-term weather forecast but includes a meteor which underlines the importance of the matter. We may have here a time-marker for some surprisingly dry aspects sequenced in with the watery devastation before the conflagration that ends our time on Earth. It is not clear whether Nostredame really agreed with the Church on the biblical Conflagration or was simply obliged to do so but he is certainly at odds with them in foreseeing Noah’s Flood ride again and with devastating results in his homeland in particular.

Some quatrains are disturbingly whole and meaningful, but …

Nostradamus Quatrain I 69

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

La grande montagne ronde de sept stades,
Après paix, guerre, faim, inundation,
Roulera loing abysmant grands contrades,
Mesmes antiques, et grand fondation.

The great mountain seven stadia round,
After peaceful order, warlike disorder, starvation, inundation,
Rolls far engulfing great institutions,
Even the ancient ones, and the fundament itself.

Apart from Michel Nostredame having a friend called Stadius, a stadium is also a Greek term implying a radius of about 300 feet and so this quite accurately describes a seismic disturbance resulting in a gigantic and far-travelling tsunami or else a new kind of super-typhoon or an unundation of biblical proportions. But where and when? (Other famed prophecies concur with Nostradamus here and feature the concurrent rise of Atlantis or some other new land in the ocean.)

Alternatively, this could be the Seven Hills of Rome. Or an ice-melt at Mont Blanc. Or descending space debris of enormous size. Could planet Charon be Chyren and could Selin be the Moon? These are two frequent names in The Centuries. Is Nostradame forseeing Charon or a similar body as a momentary moon of the Earth? The Chyren Selin?

(Also see Chyren, Selin and Chyren Selin in the Article SOME NAMES AND NOUNS IN NOSTRADAMUS)

Certainly, nothing would ever seem the same again and great changes would be provoked, so proving such an event to be the herald of final destruction or otherwise immutable change.

Line 1 and Line 2 seem reversible, either the inundation has already passed when the great mountain rolls far or else the perils of Line 2 all follow the rolling mountain. Which is it to be …

… and when will the Great Deluge begin?

Here are two looks at Nostradamus Quatrain I 62: first

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

La grand perte las que seront les letres:
Avant le cicle de Latona parfaict,
Feu, grand deluge plus par ignares sceptres
Que de long siecle ne se verra refaict.

Translation 1:
The great sad loss that will be ‘letters’:
Before the completion of the cycle of Latona,
Fire, great flooding and more through rule by ignoramus
That for a long age will not be remade.

Line 1, OF ‘perte’ = to lose or miss, to mislead, a shortfall or a waste or else to suffer a competitive disadvantage or the risk inherent to battle or a bad result, ruination, death. Religiously it’s damnation.

OF ‘las’ is exhausted, tired of, unhappy, defeated.  However, ‘las que’ could also be a mistaken ‘lors que’, simply meaning when.

OF ‘letres/lettres’ represents a variety of meanings from a sign in the alphabet to a set of initials and could cover etching and metal type, written fonts and the literal senses attached to some letters. It can also be something used in somebody’s absence either to let someone know what could not be said in person or a paper and seal that imbues an absentee’s authority upon the holder. This has then extended the meaning of ‘lettres’ to the content itself which in turn could be expanded out to all written knowledge; the texts of culture and education. It could even mean a scholar or else academic qualifications. I include all this because I feel that Nostredame deliberately left ‘letres’ undefined. I guess he meant all aspects of Book Knowledge. In an advanced society dependent upon pre-acquired information this spells the early demise of the status quo, a further kind of disaster.

Line 2, ‘Latona’. The beneficial and retiring Roman goddess of hidden charm is Latona (Dorian Gr., Latō). She finds a floating island in the ocean to give birth to Artemis and Apollo, children of Zeus . Her father Coeus was the sphere of heaven and her mother Phoebe was the finest aspects of the Moon. Arguably the regulatory motor of the heavens is Mars which cycles efficiently in relation to the other planets. The cycle of Latona is likely an expression for the whole heaven-and-earth motion including Mars cycles and the Moon (the Sun-Moon Metonic cycle) although it remains unclear. However, this comes after the loss of ‘book knowledge’ or IT or whatever hand-me-down instruction or research storage faciity applies most at that future time.

As curious as it may seem to us today, with our intensive daily use of reading skill, this was an activity of scholars, priests, lawyers and astrologers in Michel’s day. At a time of ‘classics revival’ it would be known to these readers that Plato had rejected the written word as a corrupter of spoken philosophy (and a poet would be described as ‘singing’ his verses).

If, though, this Nostradamus Quatrain I 62 is a retrospective vision then it could be the destruction of the Library at Alexandria (arguably the most infamous of several deliberate library destructions in history) and emphasizes the sheer ignorance behind its participants motives.

Nostradamus Quatrain I 62:

the second  take is from the alternative quatrain appraisals in the article THE LATE DOLORES CANNON’S ‘ANTICHRIST ACCORDING TO NOSTRADAMUS’

La grande perte laslque feront les lettres
Auant le cicle de laton a parfaict,
Feu, grand deluge, plus par ignares sceptres
Que de long siecle ne se verra refaict.

Line 1. OF ‘laslque’ seems mangled and a little too far outside the box. Possibly this means ‘it wearies that’ or else the OF ‘lasque’ from ‘lâcher’, to release, or the OF ‘lacque’ being lacquer the resinous finishing material. It might have intended to suggest bound and sealed documents.

My Translation 2:
The great loss that will befall the portfolios manuscripts and letters
Before Rome’s cycle is complete,
Fire, great deluge, utmost ignorance of the sovereign cultures
How long will the centuries be wherein its restoration remains a matter of contemplation.

The deluge here is not final, even occurring incidentally and locally, but exists within the Nostradamus End Time.

Back to continual rains,

What Will Be The Effects?

X 60

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Je pleure Nisse, Mannego, Pize, Gennes,
Sauone, Sienne, Capue, Modene, Malte:
Le dessus sang & glaiue par estrennes,
Feu, trembler terre eau, malheureuse nolte.

Line 3, the OF verb ‘estrennes/étrenne’ is the beginning of or the first use made of something – the new year, a wedding gift –  or fate or an omen, sign or prognosis. Although this is often a happy thing or a signicant gift, when it is a bad omen it is from very bad to fatal.

I weep (because of what I see) Nice, Monaco, Pisa, Genoa,
Savona, Siena, Capua, Modena, Malta:
At the high point blood and sword bode badly,
Fire, earthquake water, unwished for and deeply unfavourable changes.

This disaster is to happen over South East France, North West Italy and the Mediterranean around Malta.

Line 1, OF ‘pleure’ is a lot to do with the eyes. Weeping tears of sadness or chagrin expressed by the eyes, pleading with the eyes, perhaps devout imploring or even the eyes expressing “look at that!” or “watch out!” It is a by-product of industrialization that Western peoples now smile intermittently with cold eyes as a matter of procedure whereas peasant societies smile emotionally with glowing eyes no matter the circumstances. It can also mean to petition Almighty God (as it appears at the beginning of Nostradamus Quatrain X 64.)

Weeping openly at a demise or funeral was normal, “Entends notre voix déplorable! Le thrène à deux voix sur ta tombe” (Hear our pitiful voices! The dirge for two voices on thy grave) from ‘Choéphores’ by Claudel is a reconstructed death lament of great antiquity. (CNRTL/atilf)

Line 3, OF ‘dessus’ is one up on a simple façade, it suggests a more elevated thing, the high ground or a high point. Are people who gather at the high ground above the floodplain fighting each other over space and resources? At the very height of the deluge?

Line 4. OF ‘nolte’ is a noun, nolition, the opposite of volition. An adverse action of will, a retrograde move or regressive behaviour. It’s negative whereas the similar nolle or nulle means the zero point. It could refer to the result of an eclipse, perhaps fiery ruination or watery intrusions. If OF ‘feu’ is a simplification for ‘fire in the sky’, which appears in many quatrains, then this is another reference to the combined effects of impact, earthquake and flood. But that’s not all,

“and there will be a thousand other occurences which will come from the waters and continual rains” Michel Nostredame in his Preface to Cesar

Like everywhere else, France’s fertile fields depend upon their rivers and waterways. Most are roughly within bounds such as the River Adour with its upper watershed on the Northernmost slopes of the Pyrenees. But France like the other countries located around lofty Switzerland has a major river sourced outside of its control. The source of the Rhone River is at the high Furka Pass. The river runs over eight hundred kilometres to its mouth to the West of Marseilles on the Mediterranean. The majestic Rhine begins close by the Rhone and the mighty Danube starts to trickle just 25km away from both of them. Switzerland occupies the highest ground with springs and lakes that feed Europe’s longest rivers.

Southern France has many high and precipitous places bearing running water.  If the mass of water were grossly increased there would be torrential cliff-like descents and flooded plains below. Of course, all river-water descends and, in some places, some ‘reasonable’ seasonal flooding is commonplace. Nothing highlighted in the Centuries is quite as normal as that.

Nostredame the visionary is impressed in more ways than one. Was he also a pleasantly startled tourist here? Bastides and Cathedrals abound against magnificent Pyrrenean mountain backdrops or rolling foothills disguising spectacular valleys, from which it looks like the plains towns are thrusting sheer cliff-face backdrops up into the blue. So many great gorges to explore. As rivers pass through the landscape their grassy banks become replaced by lengthy high-walled brick buildings rising from the river and arching exchange points stationed out in the water. Watermills and bridges abound. Bayonne and Lescar are just two of many Southern places that have cathedrals named for Notre Dame. This was a region of pilgrimage, both in its starting points and its destinations. Perhaps he made a tour of several places using Notre Dame his touring theme or the highlight to some trips?

Nostradamus Quatrain IX 31 warns us that Southern England may be inundated due to a geological phenomena; perhaps by tectonic tilt. In Quatrain I 17 we read that there will be 40 years of dryness and 40 years of rainbows as great floods follow great droughts, which seems unreal unless a year somehow means a day. Perhaps there is a hidden message within a strange warning here. (I look into 40 quatrains on this webpage, by the way.) Quatrain V 14 sees the Rhine change its course away from Agripinna so that everything there is changed.

Italy is also involved in a weather change. It has a climate not dissimilar to the South of France and with great local diversity as well. In late 2010 Pompeii suffered rains so heavy that ancient walls inside and between houses and gardens collapsed including the fresco’d Schola Armaturarum where gladiators once prepared for combat.


‘Tu cours superbe, ô Rhône, florissant’ by Maurice Scève,
a contemporary of Michel de Nostredame

Tu cours superbe, ô Rhône, florissant
En sablon d’or et argentines eaux.
Maint fleuve gros te rend plus ravissant,
Ceint de cités, et bordé de châteaux,
Te pratiquant par sûrs et grands bateaux
Pour seul te rendre en notre Europe illustre.
Mais la vertu de ma Dame t’illustre
Plus qu’autre bien qui te fasse estimer.
Enfle-toi donc au parfait de son lustre,
Car fleuve heureux plus que toi n’entre en mer.

My Translation :
You run, O great Rhône, flourishing
In sandy gold and silvered waters.
Many another big river serves to make you more beautiful,
Girding cities and bounding castles,
Ships navigate you with sureness
For your existence alone could make our Europe famous.
And yet the virtue of my noble Lady is reflected in you
More than anything good you do estimate yourself.
Swelling yourself perfects your lustrousness,
For no more joyous river merges into sea.

Nostradamus Quatrain VIII 91

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Frymy les champs des Rodanes entrees
Ou les croyez seront presque vnys,
Les deux brassieres en pisces recontrees
Et vn grand nombre par deluge punis.

Watery incursions into the fields of the Rhône-dwellers
Where the faithful are united,
The two tenures meeting in Pisces
And a great number punished by the deluge.

Line 1, OF ‘Frymy’ is an odd spelling. OF ‘frémir’ could mean waving back and forth, OF ‘frire’ is a cooking term but can mean lost or gone to waste and OF ‘mi’ would be half or else in the middle. Maybe ‘frymy’ is colloqiual and puts them all together: floodwater lapping or even shuddering in waves in and out of the fields, ruining the crops and leaving great pools behind. ‘Rodanes’ are the Rhône dwellers whose living depends on the fields.

Line 2, OF ‘criore’ is to take on credit, to have faith or to accept something as being true. OF ‘unys’ is from ‘unir’, to unite totally and harmoniously.

Up to 1480 the East bank of the Rhône was part of the Holy Roman Empire. Nostredame seems aware of the socio-religious paradox that either side of the river were Christians divided by terrestrial politics yet reunited by floodwaters that had made their political border disappear. I remember a similar realization as Cambodian and Vietnamese flood survivors paddled freely past a tiny island, presumably a hilltop, on which was a remnant that read ‘BORDER’ so as to swap newly-picked tree fruits with each other.

Line 3 refers to the floodwater robbing two hinterlands of their individual definition at a certain point. (Likely the region of Bouche-du-Rhône) Those who were alike yet separated by the river are now united, so to speak, by the waters flooding everywhere.

Nostradamus Quatrain VIII 91 mentions the point where two hinterlands all but meet along theRhone and Line 4 warns that many will be punished by flood, as if a sentence had been imposed on them. Here is the real starting point for this page. These floods are Nostredame’s own preview of a God-given deluge that seems to herald the coming of that Great Conflagration mentioned in Revelation that is the end of all humanity on Earth.

(River Rhône seems the correct translation for ‘Rosne’ and we can cross-reference that with Nostradamus Quatrains II 25: II 74: II 96: III 12: IV 3: V 17: V 71: IV 76: IV 94: V 68: VII 22: VII 62: VIII 38 and IX 68)


Nostradamus Quatrain VIII 2

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Condon & Aux & autour de Mirande
Ie voy du ciel feu qui les enuironne.
Sol Mars conioint au Lyon puis marmande
Fouldre, grand gresle, mur tombe dans Garonne.

Condom and Auch and around Mirande,
I see fire from the sky which encompasses them.
Sun and Mars conjoined. At Lyon, then at Marmande,
Lightning, great hail, a wall falls into the Garonne.
Sun and Mars conjoined in Leo, then at Marmande,
Lightning, great hail, a tomb wall/masonry falls into the Garonne/a wall of water for a tomb in Garonne.

The Sun and Mars are conjoined in Leo, a further clue when the time comes. Although the theory of evolution has many scientists in a headlock there are others who believe that major changes/reversals have happened suddenly and freshly swallowed stomach contents found frequently in frozen mammoths and preserved dinosaurs seem to affirm this.

The storm-water theme continues: a lowland region of France suffering extreme weather and hedged-in by forebidding highland. Marmande is situated at a confluence with the Garonne. The invasive English had it in 1447. Henry IV tried an unsuccessful siege in 1577. The town fended-off one ofWellington’s divisions for a while in 1814. It was a toll-point on the Garonne. Mirande is in the Gers in Southwestern France. Auch is a charming medeval city, capital of the Gers. Condom is the ‘little capital’ of Armagnac. This region was calmer than most in the Middle Ages and all these towns are cathedral’d and famously pleasant places.

The ‘fire from the sky’ is possibly extended, extensive or exaggerated lightning. A riverside wall sliding into the river is not exactly unknown though a wall of water is likely to be a waterfall and this would fit to the cliff-face surroundings. The ‘Opera Nostradamus’ has more than its share of arch descriptive stylizations which we can connote best by recalling that this was a regular style for prophesying in the Sixteenth Century to which the Western European reader was well-accustomed .

Nostradamus Quatrain III 12

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Par la tumeur de Heb. Po, Tag. Timbre & Rosne
Et par l’estang Leman & Aretin,
Les deux grans chefs & cites de Garonne
Prins, morts, noies. Partir humain butin.

By the swelling of Ebro, Po, Tagus, Tiber and Rhône
And by the waters at Leman and at Aretin,
The two great chiefs and cities of the Garonne
Caught, deaths by drowning. People divided from their possessions/
human booty liberated.

Line 2. The Rhône glacier (Rhône alpestre) is the source of the Rhône that feeds Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and exits to plough the Rhône-Saone River Corridor further downstream, running more or less due South to the Mediterranean.

Aretin/Arretium/Arrezo  is on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the Arno River in Central Italy.

Lines 3 and 4 seem to be both warnings and examples: strong river currents can separate folk even from their clothing.

This is one of the many surging river-in-flood forecasts in the Opera Nostradamus, all dire visions as would befit End Time. Major flooding in the South of France, Italy and Spain. Destruction in two cities, presumably Toulouse and Bordeaux.

Nostradamus Quatrain IX 37

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Pont & molins en Decembre versez,
En si haut lieu montera la Garonne:
Murs, edifices, Tholose renuersez,
Qu’on ne sçaura son lieu autant matronne.

Bridge and mill divested in December,
The Garonne will rise to such a height:
Walls, edifices, Toulouse taken down,
One will know one’s place in Mother Nature’s scale of things.

The flooding of the Garonne is catastrophic, destroying Toulouse. December is a clue.

Water is pulling out these riverside buildings. The Garrone is much too high. This links to Nostredame’s other accounts of outright, totally destructive inundations in Italy and France sourced from high in the mountains. Mankind stands little or no chance once the bounds on Nature become released or relaxed, as with Kali the Indian goddess who may be the motherer or murderess to humanity, according to her mood.

(See also Nostradamus Quatrain III 12  above)

Nostradamus Quatrain II 33

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Par le torrent qui descent de Verone
Par lors qu’au Po guindera son entrée,
Vn grand naufraige, & non moins en Garonne
Quant ceux de Génes marcheront leur contrée.

Line 2, OF ‘guindera’ means winching up, winding. For a body of water it means wending or meandering through.

Line 3, OF ‘naufraige/naufrage’ is a shipwreck or a fleet of boats or the beach scavengings from a shipwreck.

Line 4, Genoa and Geneva are both names and descriptions of an angular geographical position. It’s taken from the same root as ‘genuflect’, to bend the knee. Elsewhere Genoa is referred to by Nostredame or his printer as ‘Gennes’ and not ‘Génes’. It might also intend Guiennes.


OF ‘marcher’ means to trample or march like an army or move about on foot or be delimited by or else adjacent to something.

By the torrent which descends fromVerona
There the Po will work its incursions,
A great wrecking of boats, and no less in the Garonne,
At that time those of Genoa/Geneva shall wander their countryside.

(See also the above Nostradamus Quatrain III 12)


The Gardon (Occitan) or Gard river inSouthern France is 133 km long. Several tributaries are named Gardon also. Alès is on the “Gardon d’Alès”, a major tributary.

It rises in the Cévennes mountain range and enters the Rhône at Comps. The Pont du Gard and Pont Saint-Nicolas are famous and durable Roman constructions that cross the Gard. Since the turn of the new millennium there have been record levels of flooding causing damage to the bridges but this peril has settled down for the moment.

X 6 


1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Sardon Nemans si hault desborderont
Qu’on cuidera Deucalion renaistre
Dans le collosse la plus part fuyront
Vesta Sepulchre feu estaint apparoistre.

Sardon is 250km from Nîmes (Nemans). Sardon-Nîmes could be a line indicating the extent of damage and loss by flooding or else Sardon should be Gardon, which seems the more likely meaning. The famous Pont du Gard is a striking feature of the Roman settlement of Nîmes as is the great colliseum.

The Gardon in Nîmes so high above its limits,
The people will allude to Deucalion being reborn,
Into the colossus the greater part will flee,
At the tomb for Vesta the fire is apparently extinguished.

Nîmes was founded by the Romans. The quatrain wording keeps current the link with Rome. The flooding will be thought of as a deluge. The story of Deucalion was one of two pagan forerunners to Noah that sported a similar description of deluge. The people of Nîmes seek shelter in the famous colliseum, while at the same time a flame goes out in the temple of the Vestal Virgins in Rome. Like the Olympic Torch today, the Vesta flame obviously could fail but would surely only do so if all human effort to keep it alight was to no avail. Force majeure.

Line 2. This satement is like a reversed metonym. It simply means there is a major deluge, akin to Noah’s Flood.

OF ‘cuidera/cuider’ can be to speak of something imaginary or phenomenal.

Line 4, OF ‘estaint/éteindre’ is to smother and is comparable with the verb to extinguish. OF ‘apparaître’ was usually an apparition or to demonstrate proof but here it appears to help support the metric scan.

Such watery events to come are referred to in the Nostradamus Quatrains in particular and more generally in his prose pieces. It seems likely that they may all be supposed contemporaneous with one another, a Great Deluge.

II 31

En Campanie le Cassilin fera tant,
Qu’on ne verra d’aux les champs couuers:
Devant apres la pluye de long temps,
Hors mis les arbres rien l’on verra de vert.

In Campania the river through Capua will do so much
That one will see only water where there were fields:
For a long time after the rain,
One will see nothing green except the tops of the trees.

Line 1. Casilinum was near Naples (aka Neapolos or New City) in the Campania Felix and is now called the city of Capua in Campania, Southern Italy. It sits on a bend of the Volturno river. Amalfi, Vesuvius and Capri are also in Campania.

More views of deluge after rains. I have sailed for days over a floodplain such as this with nothing much in view but the tops of trees ‘from horizon to horizon’.

II 84

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Entre Campaigne, Sienna, Flora, Tuscie
Six moys neufz iours ne plouura vne goute.
L’estrange langue en terre Dalmatie
Courira sus: vastant la terre toute.

Around Campania, Sienna, Florence, Tuscany
Six months nine days it will not rain one drop.
The strange tongue will run upon the Dalmatian land:
Devastating the entire land.

This previously unbeknownst tongue might be a flame or a fiery appearance to the sky. It appears to move swiftly around causing or adding to a long drought below and bringing ruin to Dalmatia.

The Biblical tongues of fire are about prophecy alone. The classics seem somewhat empty on the subject but I sense that this is all about the story of Phaeton as recorded by Ovid. The prestigious translation by Addison, Congreve, Dryden, Pope, and others in the early Eighteenth Century can be found on the website of N.S.Gill,

Phaeton fearlessly drove his father Helios’s Chariot of the Sun but the horses sensed his inexperience and ran where they would across the sky, veering left and right and up to Heaven and down to Earth. The fields were scorched or incinerated when the horses turned the Sun Chariot downward and freezing cold when they raced the Sun Chariot up too high. In between, there must have been frequent, successive weather extremes. Zeus eventually shot down the chariot for the greater good. According to Ovid, ‘The breathless Phaeton, with flaming hair, Shot from the chariot, like a falling star … ‘Till on the Po his blasted corps was hurl’d, Far from his country, in the western world.’ The Sun Chariot was fiery and the horses breathed fire. His folly was great, his determination also. Phaeton’s incontinent excursion knew no bounds. He was dashed through strange skies like a darting tongue of fire.

GAVE D’OLORON, a river of South West France near Spain, plus the townships of Pau, Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Mirande, and the Aude, a river  in the South West flowing from the Pyrenees through Carcassonne to the Mediterranean near Narbonne, and the Durance, a major river of South Eastern France flowing from the South Western Alps passing through Bouche-du-Rhône and entering the Rhône near Avignon.

Nostradamus Quatrain VIII 1

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

PAV, NAY, LORON plus feu qu’a sang sera.
Laude nager, fuir grand aux furrez.
Les agassas entree refusera.
Pampon, Durance les tiendra enferrez.

Pau nigh Oloron-Sainte-Marie will be more of fire than blood.
The Aude area to swim, making the rich householder seek refuge
The guardian magpies will refuse entry.
The Durance will keep them ‘bogged down’ on the plains.

The Durance to overflow and reduce accessible dry ground on the ‘pampon’ meadows.

These are geographical references to Aquitaine’s departments and towns eponymous to the rivers that are running through them wildly like fire rather than pulsing regularly like bloodflow. (The capitalization of the first three names by Nostredame would suggest that they are proper nouns for a historic person, perhaps incidentally.)

A high man’s household will decamp but gets refused entry to some refuge. Magpies are deemed unlucky and, being both black and white, were considered perverse birds. They will solitarily defend big territories. The Biblical account of Noah has the magpie as the only bird refusing to enter the ark, choosing to perch outside instead, and they say that a chattering magpie atop the house will give a lookout’s warning. (Some isolated French villages had lookout posts built-in to their church steeples.) By legend these magpies also point up the need to give a stranger an especially cautious reception.

The great one’s group becomes stranded and threatened as rising confluences close the ground around them, tightening the noose. All in all, it is like a disaster movie featuring the stages of a flood or even figuratively describing Napoleon’s return to France that at first inspired Marshall Ney to raise the alarm and the Emperor’s surrender after the disasterous Waterloo Campaign against Wellington and Blucher.

A ‘laud’ is a Spanish mandolin-type double-coursed musical instrument whereas the Aude region in Southern France was once the Languedoc and now officially names its Corbierres section as the ‘Cathar Country’. It takes its name from the river Aude which is in the South West France. (It starts in the Pyrennees and enters the Mediterranean between Carcassone and Narbonne.) L’Aude forms a North-South wind corridor and autumns get violently stormy. Carcassone is famed for its city walls and has been restored to Medieval glory. Narbonne fostered two important languages, Judæo-Provençal and Judæo-French, and gets mentions in Talmudic works for its specialized scholarship. Narbonne declined as a river port in the Fourteenth Century because the silted river changed course, hindering navigation from the sea. In the Sixteenth Century it was rendered suitable for canal boats and then linked to the Seventeenth Century Royal Canal that ran from Bourdeaux to Sete, so avoiding the Barbary Pirates off the coasts of Spain.

Pau (it possibly has the meaning pallisade, although ‘paura’ is an emblemic word meaning ‘provoking fear or dread’) overlooks the Pyrénées from its vantage point on high bluffs. The main fortifications, the Chateau and Notre Dame Cathedral were erected by the notable Count de Foix in the Thirteenth Century. Henri IV, a Protestant, was born ‘a Béarnais’ at Pau. (The cow is the symbol of Béarn, fuelling the disparagement “the cow of Béarn has given birth to a Sheep of Navarre” which was rebutted by “Now the Sheep has given birth to a lion”.) Even today Pau is still quite the Royalist town and ‘La Ville Anglaise’ has, by a peculiar role-adoption, become unusually pro-British in outlook. The Gave de Pau joins other water at Peyrehorade in the Landes (Guyenne andGascony) department of Aquitaine. Typical of the region is a deep cleft in the middle of Pau, the original source of its hereditable water.

Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesuits, was a young warrior who lost one leg at Pamplona in the Basque hill country. Pampon is the Spanish word for open ground suggesting that the highly sloping river Durance (the ‘Mistralian’) is flowing torrentially and the accessible ground is shrinking, a serious version of the seasonal occurence. The Durance flows into the Rhône near Avignon.

The Gave d’Oloron is a river of South Western France near the border with Spain named for the two-part city called Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Oloron Old Town was once destroyed by Normans. Oloron has always held an important position close to the Pyrenees, up high on the bluff overlooking the junction of the Ossau and Aspe that has created the Gave d’Oloron. On the plains (pampons) around the great hill the church authorities built Sainte-Marie Town around a cathedral. These combined Basque towns contain sudden and surprising views of deep cuts incised by the rivers.

Michel de Nostredame is greatly impressed by the natural high walls and cliff-faces concluding, more skilfully than awkwardly, that the South of France’s lowlands (the sticking point of the shocking Albigensian Crusades) will be in a dilemma because of their life-giving rivers being in full and fast flood and he describes one grandee losing ground in the face of raging Mother Nature plus some nervous natives.

                                 (Also see the Article ADDENDUM ON PAU, NAY, LORON)

Nostradamus Quatrain VI  88

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

Vn regne grand demoura desolé,
Aupres de l’Hebro se feront/seront assemblees:
Monts Pyrenees le rendront consolé,
Lors que dans May seront terres tremblees.

A great realm will be left desolated,
Beside the Ebro an assembly will be/assemblies will be:
The Pyrenees mountains will make consolidated,
When in May the land will be quaking.

Line 3, OF ‘consolé’ can mean consolidated or comforted. The latter meaning might apply once we have real life information to support this.

Earthquake in May. Forceful events in May are a thread running through the Centuries.

(see the Nostradamus Quatrain II 97  BEWARE THE IDES OF MAY)

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Romain Pontife garde de t’approcher
De la cité qui deux fleuues arrouse,
Ton sang viendras au pres de la cracher,
Toy & les tiens quand fleurira la rose.

1557 Utrecht Du Rosne has Line 4 ending with ‘route’ which is in error.  The 1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud edition has Line 2 ‘qui’ as ‘que’.

Line 2, OF ‘arrouser/arroser’ is to do with running water or swimming rivers/crossing. Or drizzlimg or overflowing or, by analogy, garnishing plentifully.

Line  3, OF ‘cracher’ literally meant reject by mouth, spit. An ancient Chinese theatrical device has a person spit blood as proof that death approaches.


Roman Pontiff beware of your approach
To the city which two rivers swim across,
Your blood will come close to spitting,
You and all yours when the rose will decorate.

Unspecified papal disaster close to the skin and extending to others of like kind. It happens as the roses bloom. I guess that means Spring. Some roses have very extended growing seasons and some climates induce early flowering. (There’s on-and-off all the year round blooming in the subequatorial zone.) Let’s play safe and call it the Ides of May. This should take place at Vatican City/Rome but it could be many other cities upon rivers. The spelling ‘Pontife’ is a little close to Pontifex, magistrate. At the time of Rome Republic’s take-over by Julius Caesar there were 16 in Rome. Otherwise, this is a Pope.

II  43

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Durant l’estoyle le cheueleue apparente,
Les trois grand princes seront fait ennemis,
Frappes du ciel, paix terre tremulente.
Po, Tymbre vndants, serpant sus le bort mis.

During the appearance of the shaggy star,
The three great princes will be made enemies,
Strikes from the sky, peaceful land quaking.
Po, Tiber inundation, the serpent/the traitor placed over the bastard.

Line 4, OF ‘bort’ = bourt’ = bastard. OF ‘bort’ = ‘bord’ = limit/shaped edge/border/coast/ship’s rail

A comet accompanies flooding and earthquake in the North and the West Coast of Italy.

If this is the river Po (yet there is also a placename Pau in Sardinia as well as in France) then we are in Northern Italy. The ground is struck from the sky and there is an  earthquake.

Serpents were displayed on Roman Empire military banners. (There were also snakes as  household pets which was most common in Rome, both safe and so revered that they slithered as if they owned the streets.)

I 46


1555  Lyon Bonhomme

Tout aupres d’Aux, de lectore & Mirande
Grand feu du ciel en troys nuicts tumbera:
Cause auiendra bien stupende & mirande:
Bien peu apres la terre tremblera.

All near to Aux, Lectoure and Mirande
Great fire in the sky three nights will tumble up and down:
A case of the future arriving well stupendous and miraculous OR stupendously at Mirande:
Very soon after the earthquake.

Line 3 has little meaning to me unless the ampersand should represent ‘à’ or Mirande is a mistake for ‘miracle’. OF ‘aviendra’ could be from OF ‘advenir’ (the future arriving consequentially) or from OF ‘avenir’ (the future arriving as scheduled). Interestingly, Nostredame’s ‘stupende’ seems derived/borrowed from ‘stupendo/stupenda’ and is more Italian than French.

(Also see GARRONE VIII 2 above)


Nostradamus Quatrain X 67

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

Le tremblement si fort au mois de May,
Saturne, Caper, Iupiter, Mercure au beuf:
Venus aussi Cancer, Mars, en Nonnay,
Tombera gresse lors plus grosse qu’vn euf.

A very mighty quaking in the month of May,
Saturn in Capricorn, Jupiter and Mercury in Taurus:
Venus also Cancer, Mars in Virgo,
Hailstones fall larger than an egg.

We’re at a time here when Saturn is in its own Sign of Capricorn with Jupiter and Mercury in Taurus and Venus in Cancer and Mars in Virgo which is a rare astrological configuration.

Big hail is very bad news for crop farmers, of course. It has and will happen that hail the size of a hen’s egg comes down, yet very locally. This quatrain enables exact prediction of the time such as in May 1995, so we were warned.

Nostradamus may have felt morally impelled to let us know everything he knew (there was actually an imperative Jewish saw to this effect that he may have been aware of) or there is something hidden in here. Or it was non-momentous news for most of us back in May 1995. (Yes, big hail did fall locally then, destroying all kinds of things including parked airplanes, but then it probably does on most days, somewhere. As for the concurrent mighty quaking – not yet, unless this is the trembling of Insurance Underwriters!)

Update: May 14th 2012: China: 40 people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of Northwest China. Eighteen others remained missing. It “wreaked havoc” on all of the county’s 18 townships. In Hunan, 7,600 houses collapsed. The Telegraph.

Update: June 22nd 2012: a tornado in South Dakota accompanied by hailstones bigger than baseballs, said observers.

X 50

1568 Lyon Benoist Rigaud

la Meuse au jour terre de Luxembourg,
decouurira Saturne & trois en lurne,
montaigne & pleine, ville, cité & bourg,
orrain deluge trahison par grand lurne.

The Meuse by day in the land of Luxemburg,
It will find Saturn and three in the urn:
Mountain and plain, town, city and borough,
Lorraine s deluged, treachery by the great urn.

In the surviving copy of this edition the left side of this page  got torn a long time ago and the line beginnings were inserted by an antique hand.

OF ‘déluge’ can be flooding or torrential rains or a calamity or a massacre or, metaphorically, an overabundance of a thing.

It is always unclear whether Nostredame means the urn in Sat-urn or, more traditionally, the urn carried by Aquarius or else that period of enhanced consciousness around 500 BC that belonged to Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism and the preSocrat philosophers of Miletus and around, as represented poetically and academically by the Grecian urn. It is possible that Nostredame has inserted ‘lurne’ for something he simply could not describe such as a ballot-box or else that the ‘great urn’ locates the water-bearing function of the rirmament or even that the Urn is the U-r-n in Uranus, its treachery then being to turn retrograde in prohibition of a good outcome for Lorraine on its astrological weather chart.

II 41 

1555 Lyon  Bonhomme

La grande estoile 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,
Cloud will cause two suns to appear:
The big mastiff will howl all night
When the great pontiff will change country.

Michel Nostredame starts Line 4 with the word ‘When’ having told us how to know when in Lines 1, 2 and 3. In fact it reads better by taking the fourth line first.

A great star (probably a comet, possibly Venus) burns through seven days. The strange cloud or swarm (a comet’s entailment) causes two suns to appear. (Possibly doubling because of gravitational light-bending.) The large dog (grand mastin = mastiff) howls through the night when the great Pontiff ups and runs away.

Sirius ‘B’ of Canis was unknown to the scientists of astronomy when this was written (although it has always been known to the otherwise primitive Dogons of Mali, or so they say) and the larger Sirius ‘A’ is the bright Dog Star. The Ponfiff is an ancient title carried forward byConstantinefrom his Mithras worship involving Dagon the Little Fish. The Dogons say they were instructed in astronomy by mermen from Sirius. There is a link of sorts between the supposedly deliberate flooding of ancient Egypt, the emergence of mermen (Greek; Tritons), The Flood, the Baylonian Mysteries moving over from Nimrod to Janus with Noah emerging as Dagon, the Beast of the Sea, the Dogons, Sirius, and the Virgin Mary and Child. Let alone Isis, Osiris and Horus. The Pope bears the mitre that gives the clue.  (The verb ‘to bear’ meaning ‘to carry for others’ has a deep meaning in both Paganism and Christianity.)

It has been suggested that the mastiff is Sirius/Isis and also the Woman With Child of Revelations, being the howling of the Collective Consciousness interrupting the nights of the End Time. OK that’s pretty convoluted (but then so is the Opera Nostradamus).


II 93

 1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Bien pres du Tymbre presse la Libytine:
Vn peu deuant grand inondation:
Le chef du nef prins, mis a la sentine:
Chasteau, palais en conflagration.

Very near the Tiber presses the Tyrant:
Shortly before great inundation:
The chief of the ship taken, thrown into the bilge:
Castle, palace in conflagration.

Line 1, OF ‘la Libytine’ is, I think, the noun from which the OF adjective ‘libidin’ (tyrannical) was taken, therefore ‘the Tyrant’. The Tiber is the famous river that passes through Rome.

OF ‘nef’ in Nostradamus is frequently construed as the Barque of the Church. Napoleon’s marching men took heart that the ‘inundation’ referred to here in quatrain II 93 was their body of Revolutionaries/Imperialists as they fell upon Rome to devastate it bloodily.

The first and last lines, if read together as the first of a pair of rhyming couplets, tell of the march of the tyrannicals and how château and palace alike are to be torched. The second couplet of the rhyming quatrain may be completed by reversing the two middle lines. This could time-mark the future Deluge as contemporary with a future flight of the Pope from the Vatican.

Figuratively it may well refer to Napoleon’s army flooding through Rome. Or to some later resemblance of this devastating fate for the Pope and his Vatican. Literally, it forecasts a future flood with the chef du nef, the Pope, perhaps overtardy in attempting his escape and achieving a wretched fate.

                            (Also see the Article MALACHY’S POPES AND NOSTRADAMUS)

Nostradamus Quatrain II 46

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Apres grand trouble humain, plus grand s’aprest
Le grand mouteur les siecles renouuele.
Pluie, sang, laict, famine, fer, & peste
Au ciel veu, feu courant longue estincele.

Line 1, OF ‘apprêt’ is to prime. Line 2, OF ‘mouteur’ was a vassal compelled to grind his harvested corn at the mill of the overlord. Or that planet which drives the machine that, by the will of God, churns the centuries.

Line 4, OF ‘veu/vue’ = made to see. OF ‘estincele/étinceler’ = throwing shiny flashes

After great trouble for humanity, an even greater primes itself
The great turning hand renews the age.
Rain, blood, milk, hunger, weapons and epidemic
Long flowing sparks evident in the sky.         .

A comet warning, when the ruler of the age changes. The terrible effect of a comet impact of high density would hardly know limitations. A mountainous tsunami wave could result, affecting most of the world either directly or indirectly and physically wrecking coastal environments all over.  The geological effects would be imponderable. Even a malplaced lesser impact could wash out a low region. A non-impacting comet might still shower debris in its trail.

Comets seem quite unpredictable as to brightness and those that can be seen without assistance or at all are fairly rare. North to South they occupy the morning sky and then change to the evening sky – sometimes on the same day. If Nostradame was scrying the sky in a bowl or somehow or other receiving remote pictures it would make a difference if he told us whether it was that of the Southern or the Northern Hemisphere that he was viewing – or even remote viewing in Deep Space which has been attempted surprisingly successfully. (See the Article REMOTE VIEWING TIME). Comets are not really sparks or tinsel. The Sun makes them glow that way. Their characteristic tail is an effect of the solar winds. Dusty ice showers can be seen using a lens but melting icewater would obscure them ordinarily.

The mystery of how water appeared on the dry carbon world of Earth is sometimes attributed to the melt of giant comet strikes but that long ago before we had the Moon to distract both them and us.

III 3  

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Mars et Mercure, et l’argent ioint ensemble,
Vers le midi extreme siccité:
Au fond d’Asie on dira terre tremble,
Corinthe, Ephese lors en perplexité.

Mars and Mercury, and the silver joined together,
Extreme drought toward the South:
At the bottom of Asia one will say the earth trembles,
Corinth, Ephesus then in perplexity.

This OF translation is almost the same as a translation from Modern Fr. would be and combines earthquake with extreme drought. The placing of the earthquake should be in South Asia or South East Asia, possiblyAustralasia, but Greece in Line 4 suggests that Nostredame may have meant at the bottom of Asia Minor which makes a big difference. Line 1 is an astrological time-marker by a triplicity of Mars, Mercury and the Moon. Greece becomes ‘perplexed’ in parts which suggests a non-weather event that acts as a further time-marker. However, Ancient Corinth perlexes its historians for lack of written information on the subject.

(Ephesus was home to Heraclitus who reckoned that the Great Year, as Plato was to call it, lasts for 21, 600 Zodiac years. The turning of the age in Nostradamus Quatrain II 46, above, could be a reference to this and it is supposed to occur sometime around now.)


1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Le camp du temple de la vierge vestale,
Non esloigné d’Ethne & monts Pyrenées:
Le grand conduict est caché dans la male
North getés fluues & vignes mastinées.

Line 2, OF ‘Non esloigné’ means ‘not so far away from’ which I contextualize in the only sensible way as ‘not so different from’ as Rome and Etna in Italy are quite a physical distance from the Pyrenees of France/Spain. (Unless Michel is using ‘esloigne’ in an special sense, perhaps an old astrological one, for an alignment as seen on a flat map; hence unaligned, out of alignment, not along a line.)

Line 4, starts with the word North which in OF is ‘nord/nort/northest/northwest’ or metonymically ‘vent du nord’, the North Wind. OF ‘getés’ = strongly pushing. OF ‘mastinées’ = maltreated, abused, pulled around.

Although the places named line up East-West the thrust of this front appears to be North-South.

The field of the temple of the Vestal Virgin,
Not so different from Etna and the Pyrenees:
The great driver of all this is concealed within the forceful
North Wind, strongly pushing the rivers and pulling the vines around.

II 81

1555 Lyon Bonhomme

Par feu du ciel la cité presque aduste:
L’Vrne menasse encor Deucalion:
Vexées Sardaigne par la Punique fuste
Apres que Libra lairra son Phaeton.

Through fire from the sky the city almost burned:
The Urn threatens Deucalion again:
Sardinia vexed by the Punic crafts,
After Libra will leave its Phaëton.

Line 3, OF ‘fuste’ is a water transport.

There are many interpretations of this quatrain. One sets this in the year 900, repelling Saracens at Sardinia. An ‘aerial bombardment’ may mean Greek Fire discharged from craft but most  probably brings us more up-to-date or points to the future. The urn, the water vessel, might at a stretch be the Arabian Gulf or theMediterranean in outline. (Usually the geographic locations in the Centuries have been deduced by Nostredame from Astrology books. See NOSTRADAMUS GEOGRAPHY)

As the Deucalion of Greek legend supposedly avoided The Flood much like Noah did this may be another reference to a threat to Italy by Deluge. Mentioning Libra, the Balance, is reminiscent of the Cold War balance of power in Europe that was effectively divided equally between the Soviets and the USA, Britain and France. A future balance would be within Europe itself and the USA superpower or could simply be the mysterious balance in our intellect that promotes duality as matched opposites.

When Lycaon King of Arcadia made a human sacrifice to Zeus the god was suitably horrified and unleashed a deluge so that the rivers ran in torrents and the sea likewise made saltwater incursions upon the coastline, covering hills and drowning plains, cleaning the place up. Like Noah and Mesopotamia’s Utnapishtim he was encouraged to build a big box (an ark) around him so as to survive.

Another legend explaining extreme weather or climatic aberrations (they were known occurences, if only in stories of the distant past) is found in Plato’s Timaeus. When lawmaker Solon (who by his poems portrayed Athensas in the grip of greed and arrogance) visited Egypt he wondered why there was no Greek history prior to the Trojan War. He was told that there could be no history before the very first Greek man and woman, sometime after the deluge. A priest opined that Greeks were all young in mind as they carried limited cultural baggage and knew only new knowledge. The priest added that there had been many disasters for humankind, the greatest through fire and water, and proceeded to detail the fate of Phaëton, son of Helios, who could not control the sentient horses of the Sun Chariot (the angel tractor of the Sun) and burnt the Earth beneath him when they swerved too low in flight. (Swing not low, Sun chariot!)

This is a myth that conveys an astronomical notion: the motion of the Solar System will move the heavens around over a long interval – or else there is some Sunspot cycle the ancient’s had no measure of – until at first the heat of the Sun’s increasing proximity scorches the vegetation and then there comes a running Conflagration (ashes to ashes). Eventually Zeus knocked down the hapless hot charioteer Phaëton with a thunderbolt. Grieving, Helios refused to drive his Sun Chariot for three whole days.

(Also see the Article GODLY ASTROLOGY)

By association, Phaëton would represent the planet Venus to some but Jupiter to others. Of course, Michel might have seen a Fire Rainbow. It occurs when the light source is critically at 58 degrees to cirrus clouds causing suspended platelets to exit the refracted light through their bottom edges.

How shocked the ancient farmers and weather-augurers must have been to see this rare atmospheric phenomenon refracting a ‘rainbow’ that resembles more a huge and wavy feathered crown with nearer-to-horizontal bars of colorations and that does not arc to Earth. Was this the ‘bow’ of Genesis and does Nostredame project it forward to herald the End Time? This rare yet harmless effect is created by plate crystals in diaphonous clouds and looks like the circum-horizontal spectrum is smoking as if on fire.

Then there’s the small matter of jet vapour trails, which may yet become changed by fuel composition and engine design in the future, and light refracting against clouds that are being disturbed loopily by high-speed or supersonic turbulence, etc.

Nostradamus Quatrain V 98 

1557 Lyon Du Rosne

A quarante huict degré climaterique,
A fin de Cancer si grande seicheresse:
Poisson en mer fleuue, lac cuit hectique,
Bearn, Bigorre par feu ciel en detresse.

At the forty-eigth climateric degree,
At the end of Cancer very great dryness:
Fish in sea, river, lake boiled hectic,
Béarn, Bigorre in distress through fire from the sky.

This is traditionally seen as a further ‘comet quatrain’ although this could equally be the Sun misbehaving dramatically or even a Fire Rainbow. OF ‘climaterique’ means ‘plotted over several skies’ and is Latitude . It refers to the end of Cancer the natal Sun Sign which includes part of June but this could lead us on into July also because the trajectory of a piece of space debris does not strike solid earth initially; it can be enthralled by Earth’s gravity and circumnavigate, circling before impact. The white heat of a comet might graze and scorch the Earth along Latitude 48°North.

Nostradamus may be hinting that the coastal areas under its path are likely to come off the worst from this suffering. However, Béarn and Bigorre are at 43.5°N approximately. It’s all too reminiscent of Phaeton’s mythical wheels of fire swinging low and swerving widely.

The Latitude 48° North covers a lot of land, crossing North America much of mainland Europe and Kazakhstan among over a dozen other countries plus the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans and the inland sea Lake Superior.

Rapid reactions to aerial heat along a trans-continental path, featuring here their effect on Michel de Nostredame’s homeland. (Béarn and Bigorre are regions of France.) Other quatrains in which the sky burns but which are not treated on this webpage include I 46 and VI 97.

Here is the third section of the Nostradamus Quatrains webpage ‘X 96 ADALUNCATIF & VIII 16 FESULAN

VIII 16 

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 in this context.

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 ofMount 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 stretching from Athens to Macedonia and 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. (Also see the Nostradamus Quatrain  VII 8 THE ROMAN FESULAN)

                                                               Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012