Nostradamus Code

Starting with his letter to Caesar (See epistle pages), Nostradamus states literally: "I composed books of prophecies containing each hundred astronomical quatrains of prophecies, which I wanted a little bit to set obscurely and are perpetual come and go from here to the year 3797". The last sentence meaning: from here 1st of March 1555 (date of the letter) to (or until) 3797, subtracting these two numbers the difference is2242. Nostradamus may have meant total duration of time as understood by our contemporary calendar, which start from the birth of Christ and may extend to the year 2242 as the fulfilment of his prophecies. Lets retain this year date of 2242 and see the relation to some of the other numbers given by Nostradamus.

In the letter to Henri II King of France (See epistle pages), Nostradamus refer to his letter to Caesar and then give us two chronologies of time from Adam to Christ and from the Creation to Christ. In these two chronologies one can see, without being a master in history or biblical studies, that the periods of time stated by Nostradamus do not correspond to the historical reality and are hypothetical rounded numbers, so lets analyze them.

1st Chronology (Letter to Henri II)

Adam to Noah (approximately)...........1242 years, (added =) (1242)
Noah to Abraham...............................1080............................(2322)
Abraham to Moses ..............................515 or 516.................(2838)
Moses to David....................................570.............................(3408)
David to Christ...................................1350.............................(4758)

TOTAL ..............................................4758 (Birth of Christ)
By adding the duration of...................2242 (found by the difference stated in Caesar’s letter)
we arrive exactly at............................7000 years

Christ to the Saracens..........................621 (Islam, Muhammad)

The number of 7000 years total duration is important as he states in Quatrain # 48, Century # I :

"Twenty years of the moon’s rule passed
 Seven thousand years other will hold its rule
 When the Sun will take its exhausted days
 Then accomplished and meant my prophecy"

The first sentence refer to the astrological lunar cycle of 354 years beginning in 1535 until 1889, twenty years after 1535 is 1555 and the year corresponding to the first dedication of his prophecies in the letter to Caesar.
The second sentence refer to the 7000 years of the prophecies, past present and future as he also mention the number in the same letter to his son Caesar dated 1st of March 1555, and "other will hold its rule", mean the one thousand years that will follow under the rule of Christ as foretold in the Bible and in opposition to the passed 7000 years ruled by Evil ending with the first judgment, completing 8000 years or the eighth millennium.
Adding 2242 + 20 + 1000 = 3262, the approximate year for the final judgment of all things.
The third sentence mean the astrological end, but also the word "Sun" for God when he would allow Christ to rule and exhaust the time for the salvation of mankind.
The fourth simply states that by then (2242, the beginning of Christ rule) his prophecies will be accomplished with all its meaning. Furthermore in Caesar’s letter Nostradamus states: "...that we are in the seventh number of thousand that is to achieve all..." and this may explain why Nostradamus has calculated all in past, present and future time totaling 7000 years and continuing in to the eighth millennium that is to achieve all.

Upon this chronology the understanding would be that the actual dating, according to our contemporary calendar, start in 4758, the year of the birth of Christ or the year zero of our calendar.

With this number in mind, lets pursue our investigation into the second chronology that follows and given by Nostradamus in the very same letter to Henri II, the chronology appears quite different.

2nd Chronology

Nostradamus count (Lunar Years)...Converted to Solar...(Diff)...Added =

Creation to Noah.................1506.........1254 (Ratio 1.2 = 1)...(252) ....1254
Noah to Arche.......................600...........500...........................(100).....1754
Flood.........................................1.2............1............................(0.2).....1755
Flood to Abraham..................295...........246............................(49)......2001
Abraham to Isaac..................100.............83............................(17)......2084
Isaac to Jacob.........................60.............50............................(10)......2134
Isaac in Egypt....................... 130...........108......................... ..(22)......2242
Jacob in Egypt.......................430...........358............................(72)......2600
Out of Egypt to Salomon.......480...........400............................(80)......3000
Salomon Temple to Christ.....490...........408............................(82)......3408

TOTAL..................................4092.2......3408.........................(684.2)

But following the chronology, Nostradamus states the total given (first column) is "4173 and 8 months approximately..."  which doesn’t match with the real total of 4092.2 and a difference of 81.6 or approximately 68 solar years, once converted from lunar to solar. This correspond to the average difference between lunar and solar counts for each of the ten sub-chronologies totaling 684.2 years . The numbers in the second and third columns are my numbers when converted from the first column to solar years and then added.
In this second chronology Nostradamus also states "...let the given (information) be solar or lunar or a mixture of the ten. I hold the sacred scriptures use Solar (years)..."

These remarks by Nostradamus is letting us know that the year count must be done in Solar year and accordingly in the second column I have converted the lunar years given by Nostradamus to solar with the simple ratio of 1.2 to 1 as generally accepted for Lunar to Solar conversion, I then arrive at a total of 3408 for the year corresponding to the birth of Christ or year zero of our contemporary calendar. Looking back to the 1st Chronology we find this number 3408 in the second column when you sum the number of years from Adam to David (4th added position) and/or when subtracting from the total the difference of 1350 years found in 5th position (David to Christ) 4758 - 1350 = 3408.
If hypothetically we add 2242 like we did in the 1st Chronology, we arrive at 3408 + 2242 = 5650 years for the total duration of past, present and future instead of 7000 years, (a difference of 1350 years as above mentioned). Lets also retain this 3rd number of 3408 as a possible key to a dating system given by Nostradamus.
Also of interest is the number 2242 found again in the 2nd Chronology, 7th added number in the 3rd column which may not be a coincidence. ( Perhaps the 7th number for the 7th millennium?).
To further prove that we may be along the right tract, lets take the dedication date of 14th of March 1557 in the letter and add the difference between Lunar and Solar years in the third column of 684.2 + 1557.4 = 2241.6 or 2242 as a round number confirming the end predicted by Nostradamus in the letter to Caesar.

From these two chronologies, two important numbers must be retained : 4758 and 3408 as the years corresponding to the birth of Christ or year zero AD, the beginning of our current and generally accepted calendar, regardless of the minor adjustment between Julian and Gregorian calendars.

These numbers may reflect the following three legged calendar dating system:

1) 4758 + 2242 = 7000

2) 3408 + 2242 = 5650

3) 0000 + 2242 = 2242

Nostradamus went to a great extend in writing these chronologies, thus the resulting numbers must be very important if a dating code is intended.

In the first part of his letter to Henri II, Nostradamus states that he composed and calculated the dates the most accurately possible according in part to a "tripode aeno", many scholars interpreting this as a magic brass tripod. My understanding; I believe he met a 3 legged (tripod ) year counting system, the word "aeneo" being a phonetic anagram for "anno" (year) and not a magical anode. The base for this counting tripod could then simply be the following three dates discovered in the previous chapter:

                 4758 --------------------3408 --------------------0000

 (1st Chronology to Christ)...(2nd Chronology)...(Actual Chronology)       
      Up to: (7000).....................(5650).................(2242) (End of his prophecies)

Nostradamus explain that calculation and composition of the prophecies includes past, present and future so therefore a number that regroup all and defy changes in the calendar as humans have done several time in our past. I later discovered that another reason is to probably better fit a certain number range applicable to each of the quatrains decoded values.

Now since it appears to be a numbers game, how would these numbers apply to a quatrain? I thought that a logical hypothesis would be to convert the words of the quatrains to numbers like giving a value to each word by the number of letters contained in their spelling.

Example: Michel = 6, Nostradamus = 11, etc., quite simple. The Quatrain and Centurie numbers could also be converted to Arab numerical. Example: Centurie I (Roman number), Quatrain 35 (Arab number) would simply read 135 as a single arab numerical.

For this to work, having the most accurate text possible and the original French was paramount as any misspelling could drastically change the value of the numbers. Many scholars are puzzled by the fact that Nostradamus seem to have spelled the same word different ways through the prophecies or used different forms of grammar, this could be one of the explanation for Nostradamus intentionally doing so in order to obtain the desired word number value.
In the 16th century, French grammar, spelling and printing process was at its embryo stage and one could find different spellings in a same text printed by different publishers, thus adding to the difficulty to ascertain what Nostradamus really wrote.

To begin my analysis, I choose a well known prophetic quatrain documented and accepted by most scholars as having occurred unmistakably, the famous quatrain 1-35 foretelling the death of King Henri II in a jousting game accident in 1559. I found it to be the perfect tool to clearly see the numbers representing the year of the event by applying the above dating system, here is the prophecy:

Q 1-35 - Date of accident: 30-06-1559, actual death: 10-07-1559. (DD/MM/YYYY)

(Original French text)

Le Lyon ieune, le vieux surmontera,
En champ bellique par singulier duelle:
Dans cage d’or les yeux luy crevera,
Deux classes une, puis mourir, mort cruelle.

(Verbatim English translation)

The young lion, the old to overcome,
On the combat field by single battle:
In the golden cage he will pierce his eyes,
Two class one, then to die, cruel death.

Q 1-35 - By Nostradamus calendars, year 1559 would = year 4967 (1559 + 3408* = 4967) or year 6317 (1559 + 4758* = 6317), (*) Birth of Christ in 1st and 2nd Chronology and year 0 of our Calendar.

Therefore the numbers to look for in the quatrain are: 6317, 4967, 1559 and 10-7, here is how I found them with the French words of the quatrain converted in numbers by the value of each word: like "Le" = 2, "Lyon" = 4, "ieune" = 5 and so forth... and then applying the code numbers given by Nostradamus, (4758, 3408) adding or subtracting them will give us the date intended by Nostradamus.

2 4 5 2 5 1 0
2 5 8 3 9 6
4 4 3 3 4 3 7
4 7 3 4 6 4 7

First line 10 for the day of death of King Henri II (10-07-1559).
Last vertical numbers 6 and 7 for the last two digit of the year 4967 and in group 1, 6, 3, 7 for the year 6317 = 1559 of our calendar, the second 7 for the month of July.
As a result we can clearly see in the last vertical numbers; 10-07-67, corresponding to the exact date Henri II died.
Adding the underlined 4734 in last line to 233 in 4th column = 4967 or year 1559, (4967 - 3408 = 1559), confirming that we are on the right track, also;

2 45 2 51 0
2 58 3 9 6
4 3 3 4 3 7 
4 7 3 4 6 4 7

First line 24 + 525 + 10 = (1)559 the year of the event.
Last line 47 and 7346 for 6347 = 1589, year of the death of Catherine de Medicis, the wife of Henri II.
In 2nd column 547 stands for years 1547, coronation of King Henri II,
In 5th column 5946 for 4965 = 1557 (4965 - 3408 = 1557) = 6315, the year Nostradamus dedicated the prophecies to Henri II.
In 6th column 1634 for 6314 = 1556, Nostradamus visit to Catherine de Medicis.
The quatrain # 1.35 may confirm the numbers 3, 1, 5 of 6315 = 1557, the year the prophecies were dedicated to King Henri II. Also adding the 2 first digits 24 of 1st line to the quatrain number 35 = 59 for the year 1559 and adding 1 + 3 + 5 = 9 for the last digit of the year.
Omitting the 2 on first line and column, then adding 4525 + 442 = 4967 or 1559.
Taking the number 4482 in 1st diagonal (bottom left up) divided by 4734, left on last line and the base of the angle, the result is 0.9467 or in different order = 4967 or 1559.
The same with the numbers at angle 2334 in 4th column divided by 2937 in 4th diagonal from the top line to bottom on the right = 0.7946 = 4967 or 1559.

All of the above, if some are perhaps coincidental, do unmistakably refer to 4967, 6317 or year 1559.
I was quite amazed to find so many numbers and combinations of numbers referencing the exact date and year of Henri II’s death and other dates pertaining to significant related events.

One could say that numbers can be picked, sorted and combined to arrive at whatever number you whish to obtain or simply be mere coincidences. To a certain extend I agree, however, similar general pattern of numbers representing the event date are going to be found all through the quatrains as they are decoded using this formula and that is no longer coincidental. In a 4 digits number the odds may be as low as 1 in 9999 when the digits are found in the exact order and as high as 1 in 40 otherwise in the very best case scenario. I defy anyone to play with the numbers and come up with that many numbers similarities that could identify a completely different date, it is easier said than done.

What really happened in 1559:

In June 1559 Henri II may have ignored all warnings against ritual combat from Nostardamus and his Queen Catherine de Medicis (I said "may have" because there is no historical evidence of warnings) and decided to celebrate the dual marriage of his sister Marguerite to the Duke of Savoy, and his daughter Elizabeth by proxy to King Philip II of Spain, by staging a three-day jousting tournament. A large public gathered from all over France along rue St Antoine outside Paris to see the athletic French king compete in jousting tournament, his favorite sport. He was dressed in full gilded armor, wielding a great lion-decorated shield.

After two festive days, Queen Catherine had just seen her husband’s final bout with Gabriel de Lorge, Comte de Montgomery, end in a draw, and for a moment she could secretly sigh in relief.
Then she noted a heated conversation between the two ritual warriors. The king had lifted his gilded golden visor and was leaning over his horse to speak more forcefully to the younger man. Montgomery’s manner betrayed nervousness at what the king requested. At last he bowed his head and drew up his own lion embossed shield. Both lions reached for a new lance, it was obvious now that Henri had demanded another match. On this final bout Montgomery fails to drop his lance in time, it shattered, sending a large splinter of ragged wood through the king’s gilded visor (golden cage), piercing his eyes and temple, penetrating his brain. Bacterial infection and the severity of the wound drained Henri’s life away. He lingered for 10 agonizing days (then to die, cruel death).
The young lion, the old to overcome; Both men that day had held shields embossed with lions.And the younger Montgomery did overcome the older King Henri II.
On the combat field by single battle: A tournament is a field of ritual combat or battle and is a single battle between two.
Two class one; Either refers to two wounds in one or most likely, Queen Catherine left by herself and the ensuing family ruffle. Class in old French also meaning army as all of this was conducted by allies.

As one could see, the pictural details of the event scene are well described by Nostradamus demonstrating that he had not only perceived this event but truly saw it in detail three years before its occurrence. In addition he dated exactly the death of Henri II and related events.

The detail vision is not unique to this quatrain, in my book a large selection of Nostradamus quatrains demonstrates beyond doubt that Nostradamus had indeed and unmistakably seen with great precision some of the future events of our world and the end of the world.

My book will reassure the reader that Nostradamus did not predict 2012 the end of the world nor any reference to the Mayan calendar and other datings portrayed by Nostradamus pretended scholars.

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