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Nostradamus C02 Q35: N's commentary on the personal menace of his astronomic views.
Copyright: Allan Webber, December 2015

This verse is one of those that contributed most to my earliest views on how Nostradamus incorporated astronomic data into his poetry (See my paper on Astronomy for more). My attention was drawn to it by the anagrams of the fourth line where astronomers (ſeront a mort) and astronomist (ront a mortis S) stand out as having especially powerful links to the text of that line. The tone of the anagrams is consistent with the views of a person of the sixteenth century who understood the difference between the ill powers (pour ſeu - l il) of astrology and the pure logic of astronomy. Using the anagrams of this verse in the manner of a powerful keyword filter we can build a focussed picture which correctly foretells the split of 16th century astronomy into two distinct branches, astronomy and astrology but it has an even greater story of the martyrdom of an astronomist, Giordano de Bruno.

Anagrams that help in giving meaning to this verse include:

used logics design induce cleft fleet pruned ad[d]enda
Dans deux logis de nuict le feu prendra

wiser Edessan notes datedness foetus foresets split Jews usuries
Pluſieurs dedans eſtouffez et roſtis

drapers unpraised deeds exuded useful powers ill prowess ruined invader
Pres de deux fleuues pour ſeul il auiendra

astronomist loss all ark carpet routes treasonous astronomers sit
Sol l'Arq et Caper tou sſeront a mortis
.
The fire by night will take hold in two lodgings,
Several within suffocated and roasted.
It will happen near two rivers as one:
Sun, Sagittarius and Capricorn all will be reduced.
Dans deux logis de nuict le feu prendra
Pluſieurs dedans eſtouffez et roſtis
Pres de deux fleuues pour ſeul il auiendra
Sol l'Arq et Caper tou sſeront a mortis.

Anagrams research that first alerted me to the possibility of there being code was done by me twenty years and it showed that although there is no substantial difference between the frequency of the letter pairs n-m and l-g (which distinguish the two words) there is a significant difference between the occurrences of variants for astronomy and astrology in Nostradamus' Prophecies.There are a total of eleven for astronomy (see astronomers) but only one for the identical variants of astrology (astrologer C.8 Q.56). Enough of a difference exists to infer that Nostradamus saw himself as an astronomer not an astrologer. And this view then gives the prophetic rationale to the text as shown in this precis of one event in history.

Four centuries ago on February 16, 1600, many years after Nostradamus' own death, the Roman Catholic Church executed Giordano Bruno, Italian philosopher and scientist, for the crime of heresy. He was taken from his cell in the early hours of the morning and burnt alive at the stake. In a peculiar twist to the gruesome affair, the executioners were ordered to tie his tongue so that he would be unable to address those gathered. This happened in Rome at a place alongside the Tiber. Throughout his life Bruno championed the Copernican system of astronomy which placed the sun, not the Earth, at the centre of the solar system and he was one of the first to realize that stars are actually suns.

There is also a second theme in the anagrams which implies there is still to come an astronomer whose views will offend people of Jewish faith and this accounts for the twinning found in the text.

The fire by night will take hold in two lodgings,
Several within suffocated and roasted.
It will happen near two rivers as one:
Sun, Sagittarius and Capricorn all will be reduced.
Dans deux logis de nuict le feu prendra
Pluſieurs dedans eſtouffez et roſtis
Pres de deux fleuues pour ſeul il auiendra
Sol l'Arq et Caper tous ſeront a mortis.
  1. <feel pure logixs used uncited><raDdan induce logix fleet used><design enxlouds><lux saDden> pretenceful
  2. <sadder ieuuS storez Spilt><~saddens uuiser Splits feeZ foetus rot~><storez deadness to Split usuries><uuiSe dreads onsets> Edessan reSidues / reiSsued
  3. <deduxes / seduxed pouuerleSs fleuu unrepaired><~sPare fuel exuded ruined ill pouuerS use~ > fluxed sPread Prouuess pouuerful-use
  4. <So All aStronomers paCqet its route><~aStronomist raCqet All posture(s) /proetus roSe~><treaSon posture> treaSonous


15: carpet, sits, sits,
16: unpaired, unrepaid, nearmost, menastor, matrones, posture, proetus, proteus, pouuers, usuries, deriues, residue,
17: saddens, drapers, ieuus, uuise, zete,
18: dreads, sadder, addres, timor, eddas,
19: treasons, uuiles, left, felt,
20: uanei,
21: rezt,
22: uuiser, atom,
23: panderer
  1. pretenceful, logix(x=c), splits, 'astronomers route', 'astronomer posture', pacqet (q=k), treasonous, racqet (q=k)
  2. enxlouds (x=c), split / spilt, ' ill pouuers (uu=w)', astronomist, underpraised,
  3. astronomers, foetus, cleft,
  4. storez (z=s), pouuerless (uu=w), supersoul, postures
  5. prouuess (uu=w)
  6. -
  7. datedness, residues / reissued
  8. deduxes / seduxed (x=c), fluxed, flex,
  9. design
  10. deadness, loss,
  11. unrepaired, induces, slouuer / louuers,
  12. -
  13. onsets, exuded
  14. Raddan(?)
  15. carpet, sits,
  16. usuries, pouuers (uu=w), posture / Proetus
  17. saddens, Ieuus (Jews)
  18. sadder / dreads
  19. felt / left, treason, uuiles,
  20. -
  21. -
  22. uuiser (wiser), atom,
  23. panderer.

astronomist, pure logic, underpraised, splits, ill powers, astronomers route, treasonous, posture, powerless, supersoul, foetus, cleft, enclouds, unrepaired, design, datedness, flex. deduces, loss, Edessan, Jews, prowess, reissued, induces, slower, usuries, onset, fluxed, wiser, dreads, exuded, carpet, sits, panderer, felt, treason, wiles.

 

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